Goodbye Dueling Dragons, Hello Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure

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Harry Potter World in Orlando is full of incredibly detailed shops, food mentioned in the books, and magical rides reminiscent of the movies. When Hogsmeade opened in Universal’s Islands of Adventure back in 2010, the large area took real estate towards the back right of the park, in between Jurassic Park and The Lost Continent. One long-standing attraction that made the cut for the Wizarding World was Dueling Dragons—a 2-in-1 roller coaster (ice and fire) that “competed” against each other in a kickass Game of Thrones style rivalry. It was later renamed Dragon Challenge, and was meant to represent a battle between a Chinese Fireball and a Hungarian Horntail from Goblet of Fire. This was a ride I went on repeatedly with my dad when I was a kid, and when I heard the news that it was closing, I was heartbroken. My died of cancer in 2012, and Dueling Dragons was “our ride.” We would queue up over and over, switching from the red to blue coaster and vice versa until our stomachs...