ULTIMATE THRILLS FOR ROLLER COASTER
ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE PROVIDES ULTIMATE THRILLS FOR ROLLER COASTER FANS
Dueling Dragons And The Incredible Hulk Coaster Transport Thrill
Seekers To New Heights (And Loops, Inversions, Helixes and Camelbacks)
ORLANDO, Fla.-- Islands of Adventure’s revolutionary roller
coasters are designed to give riders unprecedented thrills unlike
any coaster experience anywhere -- including near-misses, dramatic
high-speed catapults and g-force flashes of speed through underground
Dueling Dragons is the first dual coaster in the world designed
and built so that its two coasters furiously speed toward each other
on separate tracks. The tracks intertwine in a knotted mass of metal
that send riders barreling directly toward each other at nearly 60
mph – three times in less than two minutes. The coasters avoid
impact at the last second by hurtling riders through a camelback
roll, a double-helix and compound inversion.
Another coaster, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, catapults riders up
a 150-foot tunnel at g-force speed -- with the same energy as a U.S.
Air Force F-16 fighter attack jet -- and immediately spins them into
a weightless, zero-g, heartline roll, turning them upside down more
than 110 feet above ground. Riders then dive at 60 mph before skimming
the waves of the lagoon and then rising 109 feet before plunging
toward the water below.
The storylines and themes created by Universal’s designers
are as remarkable as the rides themselves.
“Our coasters are conceived as the pivotal moment in some
really great stories, which are told using amazing state-of-the-art
technology,” said Mark Woodbury, senior vice president/chief
creative officer for Universal Parks and Resorts. “These coasters
have unique design elements that we believe rank among the best rides
in the world.”
Dueling Dragons is located in The Lost Continent area of Islands
of Adventure, where myths and legends come to life. To enter Dueling
Dragons, guests walk into a ruined medieval castle. Merlin the Magician
appears and urges them to turn back. They hear the tale of the Fire
Dragon and the Ice Dragon and see the charred and frozen remains
of their past victims.
They learn that the dragons hate each other – even more than
they hate humans. And, despite the warnings, guests climb aboard
one of the two dragons as they prepare to do aerial combat.
Guests are allowed to select their dragon, Fire or Ice – and
there is a special queue for those who want to ride at the front
of each coaster. As each coaster is loaded, a computer calculates
its weight and decides which of the two coasters should leave first
and at what speed to ensure maximum thrills.
Guests encounter more roller coaster thrills at Marvel Super Hero
Island, with the Incredible Hulk Coaster. Visitors enter through
Dr. Bruce Banner’s high-tech lab and find that he is conducting
special gamma-ray accelerator tests. They climb inside a vehicle
and something appears to go terribly wrong – and then the ride
begins by accelerating them from zero to 45 mph in two seconds.
The Universal Orlando resort destination (www.universalorlando.com)
includes two dramatically distinct and adjacent theme parks, the
Universal Studios motion picture and television theme park and Islands
of Adventure, Orlando's most thrilling and exhilarating theme park.
Universal Orlando also includes CityWalk, a 30-acre dining, shopping,
club and live-entertainment venue as well as premier on-site Loews
hotels and world-class film and television production facilities.
NBC Universal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment
companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment,
news and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through
the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal
owns and operates the No.1 television network, the fastest-growing
Spanish-language network, a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment
networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television
production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned
theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with
20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.
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