Beginning tomorrow, August 30, Annual Passholders will have access to new “Dueling Dragons” merchandise at Universal Studios Florida.
Dueling Dragons Merchandise
Annual Passholder previews of the Halloween tribute store begin tomorrow, August 30, and some new merchandise from the opening-day rollercoaster Dueling Dragons will be available for purchase.
The shirt reads “Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights 2023” across the top, with Dueling Dragons across the bottom. An image of the iconic red fire dragon and a blue ice dragon can be seen in the middle.
The Halloween tribute store will be available to Universal Orlando Annual Passholders tomorrow from 11 a.m. until the park closes.
The Tribute Store will open for Halloween Horror Nights 32, which begins on September 1, but be available for guests during the day, too.
Watch our video below for a look at the facade.
Do you plan to grab one of the Dueling Dragon shirts? Let us know in the comments.
A Dueling Dragons haunted house will be part of Halloween Horror Nights 32 at Universal Studios Florida, as was rumored here at Universal Parks News Today earlier this summer.
Dueling Dragons: Choose Thy Fate
The full lineup of houses was announced, and Dueling Dragons: Choose They Fate was among them. Here’s the full description from Universal Studios Florida:
The great wizard Merlyn has been transformed into the Enchanted Oak, leaving a power vacuum. When two powerful warlocks invade his castle to steal his spell book, they are turned into dragons of fire and ice. Now guests are caught in the middle of their battle and are forced to choose a path and a victor. But beware, one never knows who will win in “Dueling Dragons: Choose Thy Fate.”
Dueling Dragons was an opening-day roller-coaster in the now-defunct Merlinwood section of the Lost Continent at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. It featured a red fire dragon and a blue ice dragon fighting, represented by riders in different cars on two different racks, running at the same time. When The Wizarding World of Harry Potter took over Merlinwood, Dueling Dragons became the Harry Potter-themed Dragon Challenge.
The Bollinger & Mabillard coaster was unique at the time in that the launch was carefully timed to have both tracks’ cars moving in tandem, leading to moments where riders came within 18″ from one another. This effect was ended in 2011 after two separate incidents where riders’ loose objects fell and hit riders on the other train. Dragon Challenge operated essentially as two completely separate coasters after that.
The coaster eventually closed permanently in 2017 and was replaced by Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.
Halloween Horror Nights Houses & Scare Zones
The following haunted houses will be available during Halloween Horror Nights 32:
- Stranger Things 4
- The Exorcist: Believer
- The Last of Us
- Chucky: Ultimate Kill Count
- Universal Monsters: Unmasked
- Dr. Oddfellow’s Twisted Origins
- Dueling Dragons: Choose Thy Fate
- YETI: Campground Kills
- The Darkest Deal
- Bloodmoon: Dark Offerings
Guests can visit some of the houses during the day for a lights-on tour with Behind the Screams: Unmasking the Horror.
The five scare zones are all connected to Dr. Oddfellow:
- Dr. Oddfellow’s Collection of Horror
- Dark Zodiac
- Jungle of Doom: Expedition Horror
- Vamp ’69: Summer of Blood
- Shipyard 32: Horrors Unhinged
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