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Dueling Dragons: Choose Thy Fate Announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2023


Park history fans rejoice! The battle of fire and ice continues in the recently-announced Halloween Horror Nights house, Dueling Dragons! 

Dueling Dragons: Choose Thy Fate at Halloween Horror Nights 2023
Dueling Dragons: Choose Thy Fate at Halloween Horror Nights 2023

Here’s how Universal described the house: 

Two warlocks of great power were turned into dragons after trying to take Merlyn’s spell book. Now you and your friends are caught in their epic battle. You must choose a path and a victor.

What’s interesting about this dragon-filled house is that it is not only a nod to an archived attraction but appears to have four different endings in somewhat of a “choose your own adventure” style. 

Long before the land of Butterbeer lived Merlinwood, a fantastical land in Universal’s Islands of Adventure based on another mythical wizard – Merlin. This area’s main draw was the Dueling Dragons inverted coaster, an opening-day attraction, where we follow the battle between the Ice Dragon and the Fire Dragon. The ride featured dueling tracks based on each dragon where the trains originally simultaneously dispatched.   

In 2010, the attraction was renamed to Dragon Challenge and rethemed for the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Instead of a battle between fire and ice, the two tracks were given the new names of Hungarian Horntail and Chinese Fireball. 

Dragon Challenge closed in 2017, releasing the land to a new resident – Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. However, the original rides, like Dueling Dragons, that paved the way for today’s latest and greatest still hold a place in many hearts.

It’s exciting that we will watch the story of these two dragon foes develop and unfold after six years of cease-fire during Halloween Horror Nights, running September 1 through November 4. Find out everything you need to know about tickets here.

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About Kelsey Bowyer

Kelsey hails from the land of chocolate, ketchup, and Mister Rogers – known to most as Pennsylvania. Her family’s annual visits to the sunshine state instilled a love of storytelling and theme parks at an early age. In 2015, she packed her bags for the Disney College Program but decided to make this move permanent and call Orlando home. When she is not roaming Orlando’s world-class Theme Parks with her husband, she can be found lost in a book, planning her next vacation, or petting dogs.