A new rumor suggests that Dueling Dragons at Universal's Islands of Adventure will close between February 27 and March 16, to allow it be rethemed as part of construction of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Dueling Dragons is to be renamed Dragon Challenge when it becomes part of the Wizarding World, and will receive an updated paint scheme and trains. Screamscape reports that a reader claims to have been told by Universal that the attraction will be closed for over two weeks at the end of February, potentially enabling it to undergo the transformation.
If true, the rumor does not fully align with current expectations for the overall opening date for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Given the progress of construction and recent announcements regarding competitions to visit the grand opening, many are expecting a May opening, potentially preceded by a "soft opening" in early May or April. It is possible that Universal may want to get Dragon Challenge up and running as quickly as possible to keep one of the park's main draws open, but until the rumored closure dates are confirmed this remains pure speculation.
Dueling Dragons' two tracks, known as Fire and Ice, are currently accessible via the original exit as Universal works on adding an updated queue system. The two tracks are set to be renamed as the Hungarian Horntail and the Chinese Fireball when the Wizarding World opens, with Dragon Challenge's plot being centred around the Triwizard Tournament as seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Universal has promised that "guests will marvel at the blazing Goblet of Fire and the shining Triwizard Cup" as they pass through the ride's rethemed queue.
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