Is This The New Coaster Replacing Dragon Challenge?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

The news that Dragon Challenges last day would be the 4th September was met with similar feeling as when we announced that Jaws would be closing. The much loved coaster will be making way for a brand new Potter attraction but not much more information has been  released, so we’re working off crumbs.

One potential large crumb came to my attention last night when coaster specialist Dynamic Attractions tweeted this…

Now its not the article that’s the interesting part because like all of us we know nothing Jon Snow. Its the comments section that’s interesting…

Hmm an SFX Coaster, what is this strange device you speak of;

Dynamic Attractions bill the SFX Coaster as The World’s most exhilarating dark ride and state;

Combining a high thrill coaster with new track technologies, high definition storytelling visuals and state-of-the art audio effects. This attraction is filled with ‘firsts’ that will attract theme park enthusiasts from around the globe.

Dynamic Attractions did confirm that “someone” in Orlando had purchased an SFX coaster at IAAPA which does help fuel this rumour.

At first glance it does appear to have similarities to Escape from Gringotts but we’re thinking that this attraction may well have an indoor and outdoor part to it.

Universal are promising a “new generation thrill ride” so we’ll keep you posted when we learn more…

Smiles included…


Are Universal Closing Dragon Challenge?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Who doesn’t love a bit of gossip?! I love it! When there’s rumours around, Jamie and I basically fight over them. I don’t know if you know, but there’s been rumours flying about for quite some time now about Universal looking to replace Dragon Challenge.

I for one am pretty upset about this because I love a roller coaster more than the dark rides and I think Universal should continue to have both amongst their parks. The majority of attractions at Universal Studios are 3D, including Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, Shrek 4-D, Terminator 3D, The Simpsons Ride, TRANSFORMERS: The Ride 3D and The Escape from Gringotts. Although I absolutely love these attractions, you just can’t beat a good old roller coaster like Rip Ride Rock It or Revenge of the Mummy.

Over at Universal’s Islands of Adventure (IOA), they have a bit of a mixture with a couple of 3D rides, a couple of coasters as well as my 3 favourite water rides: Dudley Do Rights Ripsaw Falls, Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges and Jurassic Park River Adventure.

Here is what my debate is about. Yes, ok, IOA have the Incredible Hulk coaster (which I absolutely love) but it’s always good to have at least a couple of coasters in a park! For starters, the Incredible Hulk coaster keeps you tucked into the cart whereas Dragon Challenge lets your legs dangle in the air..


I just love all coasters in general and all the adrenaline however if I had to choose I guess I prefer the coasters with my legs dangling. I feel like it’s a bit more daring!

In my opinion, technology has taken over and, understandably, the parks are making the most of all of their wonderful tech knowledge to wow their customers time after time but what’s wrong with keeping some of the old school coasters instead of replacing them. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing all of the new ideas that come along but I’m still adamant that the way forward is more about coasters.

Overall, if Universal do decide to close Dragon Challenge, I hope they replace it with another coaster rather than a dark ride. Theme parks definitely need more of these about!

What would you like to see replace Dragon Challenge?

Smiles Included…


Our Top 5 Fastest Roller Coasters In Florida

Hey Thrill Seekers,

I feel the need, the need for speed!!!…

We love a roller coaster that takes you up in the air and drops you so you’re belly exits via the top of your head, its brilliant fun and separates the weak from the strong. However we also love a coaster that’s purely all about the speed, it doesn’t apologise its about that rush of adrenaline you can only get from amazing acceleration!

Today’s post is about our favourite fastest rides in Florida.

1) The Incredible Hulk Roller Coaster

The lean, green speed machine is a favourite of mine. Located at Universal’s Islands of Adventure this bad reaches a top speed of 67 mph, the most impressive part is the very start of the ride which see’s riders launched from 0-40mph in 2 seconds!


2) Cheetah Hunt

Nothing says speed more than a Cheetah. Cheetah Hunt reaches speeds of up to 60mph, similar to the Hulk ride Cheetah Hunt includes 3 separate launch sections. It fits perfectly in with the theming of the ride as Cheetahs when hunting tend to stalk their prey before sprinting as they tire easily.

cheetah hunt fam trip

3) Rock N’ Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith 

Are there any people on earth that live faster than a rock n’ roller? Located at Disney Hollywood Studios the Rock N’ Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith hits speeds of up to 57 mph and also features a launching start that see’s rider go from 0-57 mph in 2.8 seconds plus its indoors which makes the whole thing feel a lot faster.


4) Kraken 

Kraken at SeaWorld Orlando is often overlooked in preference of its more visually appealing sister Manta, but don’t forget this bad boy coaster reaches speeds of 65mph. Hitting these speeds while navigating through corkscrews, dive loops and zero g-rolls will make you realise why Kraken is named after a mythological sea beast.


5) Dragon Challenge 

Yep there are faster coasters… however 2 coasters are always better than one. Found at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Hogsmeade this dualling coaster offers two totally separate coasters offering a slightly different ride experience.

The Hungarian Horntail (blue) hits speeds of 55 mph while it feister cousin, the Chinese Fireball hits speeds of up to 60 mph. I’m counting that as a combined total of 115mph!

dragon challenge

 So there we have it, our top 5 coasters if you love your attractions speedy. Have I missed your favourite ride off?

Smiles included…



Guide To Islands Of Adventure Universal Orlando

Marvel Super Hero Island

Rides & Attractions:

Incredible Hulk Coaster – This is a steel roller coaster located in Islands of Adventure inOrlando. It is named for the popular comic book super hero character, the Hulk. Voter #1 roller coaster by Discovery channel viewers in 1999.

Riders must be a minimum of 4ft 6in (137cm).

The Amazing Adventures of Spider man – Located in Islands of Adventure. The attraction is a hybrid ride combining special roving motion vehicle’s with 3-D projection, elaborate physical sets, and both practical and tactile effects.

Riders must be a minimum of 3ft 4in (102 cm)

Doctor Doom’s Fearfall – is a pair of S&S Power Space Shot attractions themed after the Fantastic Four.

Riders must be 52 inches (130 cm)

Storm Force Acceleration  – Based on the X-Men comic book stories, Storm Force Acceleration was added toMarvelSuperHeroIslandin 2000. Help on of the X-Men, Storm, defeat the evil Magento as you whirl and twirl in a “spinning power generator”!

There is no height restrictions for this.


Meet Spider-Man and the Marvel Super Heroes – is a meet and greet attraction where guests can meet super heroes. No height restriction.

Toon Lagoon

Rides and Attractions:

Dudley Do-rights Ripsaw Falls– a traditional log flume combined with Roller coaster track based on the old cartoon and movie Dudley Do-Right.

Rider must be a minimum of 3ft 8 in (112cm)

Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges – a river rafting water ride themed after the 1960’s television serious Popeye the Sailor.

Rider must be a minimum 42 inches (110cm)

Me ship, the Olive – a kids playground built around and in Popeye’s ship. The three levels of the ship all contain a variety of interactive elements including cannons and hoses which can further soak riders on Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat barges.

No height restriction.

Mat Hoffmans Aggro Circus – a live seasonal BMX stunt show at the Toon Lagoon Theatre that generally operates during peak seasons, such as spring breaks and summer time.

No height restriction.

Jurassic Park

Rides and Attractions:

Jurassic Park River Adventure – is a water-based amusement ride that is based on Steven Spielburg’s hit film Jurassic Park.

Riders must be 3ft 10in (117cm)

Pteranodon Flyers – is a steel suspended roller coaster. Features three, two seater cars suspended on a track.

Due to low capacity of the ride, only those who are between 36-56 inches (91 and 140cm) or those with a child of that height may ride.

Camp Jurassic– is a children’s play area centered around an imported 50-foot (15m) tall Banyan tree. It features a variety of play elements including slides, nets, water cannons and fountains.

The Jurassic Park Discovery Center– is a large interactive, dinosaur – themed museum based upon the Visitor Center from the film. The museum features large, full sized dinosaur skeletons on display, as well as various games and activities for children.

No height restriction.

Triceratops Discovery Trail – is a walk through attraction where guests can get close up and interact with a full-scale animated replica of a Triceratops.

The Lost Continent 

Rides and Attractions: 

The Eight Voyage of Sinbad – a live-action stunt show located in the Ancient Arabia section.

No height restriction.

Poseidon’s Fury – an indoor special-effects show located in the mythological Greek section.

The Mystic Fountain – a fountain (located in the front of The Eight Voyage Of Sinbad show) that entertains and interacts with guests.

Seuss Landing

Rides and Attractions:

Caro-Seuss-el – is a themed carousel.

The Cat In the Hat – this is a dark ride which takes guest through the Dr. Seuss story of the same name.

No height restriction.

If I ran the zoo – interactive play zone for kids.

One fish Two fish red fish blue fish – a spinning ride with a musical riddle that will help riders escape water-spitting fish.

The high in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride – is a twin-tracked tour above and around Seuss Landing.

Oh, The Stories You’ll hear – a stage show based on the Dr. Seuss books and characters.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Rides and Attractions:

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey – this is a scenic dark ride which utilizes KUKA robocoaster technology, which allows the seats to pivot while being held above the track by a robotic arm.

Height restriction 4ft (122cm)

Dragon Challenge – is a pair of intertwined inverted roller coasters. The ride is themed into two dragons, one side being Chinese Fireball and other Hungarian Horntail.

Height restriction 4ft 6in (137cm)

Flight of the Hippogriff – is a roller coaster and was one of the first attractions to open at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Height restriction 3ft (91cm)

Ollivanders – an interactive experience based on the Harry Potter location Ollivanders.

Dragon Challenge At Universal Orlando

Dragon Challenge at Universals Islands of Adventure in Orlando Florida is located in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and was formally called Duelling Dragons.

Dragon Challenge consists of two roller coasters each consisting of a total different ride.

Height to ride – 54″

Top Speed – 55 mph

Height reached – 125 feet

Attraction Tickets Review – A real treat for the thrill seeker, even though you know your not going to clash with the other coaster, when you flying around at 55 mph you kind of think you will. Great ride, I couldn’t stop queuing.

People who liked this ride also liked – The Hulk Ride at Universal Orlando Dr Dooms Fearfall at Universal Orlando and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-man at Orlando Universal