The Dueling Dragons rollercoaster at Universal's Islands of Adventure has had its queue area altered as it prepares to undergo re-branding, but remains open.

The coaster is now only accessible via what is usually its exit area. The change has been made to allow the ride's extensive queue system to be re-themed as part of the construction of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. At some stage, Dueling Dragons itself will be closed, to reopen in Spring 2010 as Dragon Challenge - but no closure date has yet been revealed.

It had been feared that Dueling Dragons may shut as early as August, but Universal will aim to keep one of the park's main draws open as long as it can. The move to switch the ride's queue could see it remain operating until after the busy Christmas season, before closing to allow final re-theming of the ride's trains. However, Universal has yet to confirm a timetable.

Dragon Challenge will incorporate elements of the Triwizard Tournament as seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

You can keep up-to-date with the latest confirmed and rumored temporary ride closures through Theme Park Tourist's "Rehab Watch".

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I am really pleased to hear that the ride is still open because it is one of the big attractions in the park.
I was excited that it was open over the summer. It is a great ride, I bet it will be brilliant when it is refurbished!!!

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