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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 tunnels.

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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