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Triwizard Tournament - Chinese Fireball (Red)
Website: Islands of Adventure Homepage
Ride Type: Inverted Steel Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 4.3869
TPC Overall Rank: #72 out of 2899 rides.
Reviews: 189
Last Review: 5/27/2013 8:07:00 AM
In User Top 10: 315 times.
User Tracker Count: 545 times.
 


Fire Dragon

Fire Dragon Inverted
   
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0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up dragoniablu on 5/27/2013 8:07:00 AM
I really loved this, I just really wished I had the opportunity to ride it when they used to duel! I also had to go on both sides!

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up xianghuagurlie on 6/18/2009 8:54:00 PM
I love this ride! It is worth the long wait if there is one! I personally think Fire is better than Ice on the Dueling Dragons Ride. It seems scary when the coasters look like they are going to touch. The loops and twists are amazing. This ride is a heart-stopping thriller! I suggest riding it. This ride is worth a 10!

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Abercromboy44 on 12/20/2008 11:04:00 PM
i love this ride its so fun

ice is more for the views

fire is more for the thrills

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Canobie Coaster on 9/3/2008 10:12:00 PM
Dueling Dragons has been a ride I wanted to experience for years since it combined two of my favorite types of rides- dueling coasters and B and M inverts. Surely the combination would be flawless right? Even when walking up to the ride, it’s layout still is pretty well concealed from view, but the occasional glimpse of screaming riders flying by only makes me even more anticipated for my ride. Well the experience begins with the elaborately well themed queue (or should I say walkthrough attraction) through an ancient castle’s dark corridors complete with the devastation that both the fire and ice dragons have caused. Honestly, even if I disliked coasters (though that is just unimaginable), I would absolutely enjoy this walkthrough. In fact, Universal has apparently taken this into account since there’s an exit right before the actual ride itself. Anyway, eventually the corridor diverges and a choice must be made- fire or ice.

Whatever side you choose though, a great ride is sure to follow with the quality that has come to be expected from B and M. The entire ride is just a capacity machine, with two separate tracks, two trains on each, and not to mention incredibly quick dispatches. On a Friday I didn’t end up waiting longer than 5 minutes…for the front. Of the seats, I preferred the back on both sides just because of incredibly powerful the Gs are on these dragons. That being said, the front still is well worth trying because of the near-miss collision effect.

Both begin with a side-by-side climb to the ride’s highest point, only to diverge their separate ways, but trust me, they will meet again. Fire begins with a swift and graceful swooping drop to the left that earns the distinction for being the most forceful of any drop on a B and M invert. Those Gs are just incredible, especially in the back. I felt like it would rip my legs right off! Immediately after is a smooth, yet powerful Immelmann that just seemed more disorienting than the others I’ve experienced on B and M inverts. Then comes my favorite element, the massive air hill. Not only does it give incredible floater air throughout the train, but it gives riders some serious cardiac arrest as my feet narrowly avoid those of the Ice dragon as they flip high above the ground. Without wasting a second, another Immelmann immediately follows, but it just wasn’t as good as the first for me. Don’t get me wrong it has powerful Gs for sure, but it just didn’t seem as effective for me as the first. I still really liked it, especially the low to the ground turn that followed that really caught me off-guard with some intense Gs.

Following their close encounter at the air hill, the train barrels head-on into a very powerful vertical loop that really defines what a “near miss” is. Maybe my eyes deceived me due to the forces, but there seems to be just barely more than 5-6 inches of clearance between the two trains. These are moments I crave since usually the ride’s stand-alone elements aren’t enough to give me a real good thrill anymore. Moving on, after a speedy turnaround with you guessed it, more powerful Gs, this dragon flies through a sudden corkscrew with such grace and smoothness some on other B and Ms seem to lack. After another quick turn and a brief straightaway that gives a great sensation of speed, Fire just explodes into the final inversion- yet another corkscrew. Personally, this one was better than the first just because it felt faster and wilder while being smooth at the same time. Still maintaining it’s breakneck speeds, Fire flies around a final turn and hits the break run with one final roar.

Just this is a relentless ride from beginning to end, and arguably the most intense coaster I’ve ever been on. Of the two, this is my favorite thanks to the relentless pacing and unbelievably strong Gs. What it lacks in variety, it makes up for in brute force with some of the most powerful Gs I’ve ever experienced. This has earned the illustrious titles of my favorite invert and best ride at Islands of Adventure, let along the entire Universal Resort (though the Ice Dragon is close). If B and M inverts and intensity are your thing, this dragon will certainly provide a unique thrill.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up SFne201004 on 3/24/2008 8:42:00 PM - User's Top Ride #4
I was at the park when there were 3 trains running on a side, so I just kept getting back in line. The Fire side blew me away.

I had gone on the Ice side, but the Fire was much faster and more intense. The wrap-around Immelmann was a great inversion, and the dueling was phenominal

4 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up shag9004 on 1/27/2008 1:26:00 PM
Date Ridden: 1 time in the front car in January of 2007 and multiple times in other cars in January of 2008. Times Ridden: 5 Greetings again from the base of Lookout Mountain in Northwest Georgia. It has amazingly been a great winter of coaster riding with trips out to Knotts Halloween Haunt and Disneyland/Calfornia Adventure in October, Disney World down south in Florida for New Years and finally IOA, Cypress Gardens, and BG Tampa for MLK weekend. It is a blessing to have friends ready to attend these parks with and to enjoy all of the fellowship that goes along with it. And did we ever have something to talk about on our 8 hour journey back to GA.....without a doubt the most intense and scary coaster ride of our lives. If I have you hooked please read on... Most everyone knows the concept of the Dueling Dragons at IOA. This unique attraction consists of 2 superb B and M inverts which duel at various stages through their rides. The two coasters combine to make my favorite attraction in Florida but each coaster is in itself a unique experience. I am going to try to review each coaster seperately in order to focus on what each side.....fire and ice.......has to offer. With all of that said lets check out Fire first. After driving all night and visiting Kraken at Sea World first (see Kraken review) we grabbed some lunch and headed out to IOA for about 5 hours of coaster riding. We were looking for a lengthy wait on Hulk (which is normally the most popular attraction at the park) and the capability to ride the Dragons numerous times since the line is normally short. Amazingly we were able to get 2 quick rides on Hulk and them moved to the back of the park where the line for the DDs was approacing 40 minutes. Since this is a capacity machine with 4 total trains running, our wait was only about 30 as we wound our way through the lengthy que (wait times varied as I think they had some issues with the ride......we had 30 minute waits sometimes and would run around to get back in line and get straight on......it was really weird..we got in 8 total rides) and jumped on the fire dragon first. We rotated our rides back and forth on the two coasters but the ride I wish to focus on was our final ride of the night on Fire. After multiple rides, I think I prefer Fire slightly even though I will give both the same rating. With Fire you have a little more intensity and a little more speed without really losing anything in the dueling aspect. You get two superb duels with Fire (as opposed to 3 that are noticeable on Ice) and they are both excellent as you can see the riders below you on the zero g roll and the double loops sneak up on you a little more on this side. However, as the park was about to close, we were running around the line to get back in for hopefully one more ride. They had closed off the short cut, so we simply leaped the barricade so as not to have to run all the way around. We sprinted through the castle and into the loading area as the gates were popping open. We ran straight through and got on the 2nd car. There were only 4 people on the front and the two of us on the second car when a phone call came down to the operators and everything was delayed. It had been raining off and on all day and we knew that storms were in the forecast but we had no idea that a huge thunderhead had blown up. Suddenly one of the ops stated that management said to go ahead and send the trains as the last ones of the day. We were pumped as they sent us out to the lift hill...and into an unbelievable experience. For anyone who is reading this, I kid you not, it seemed we had entered a freaking hurricane! It was pitch black, the wind was gusting at unbelievable speeds, and it was absolutely pouring rain. I am still amazed that they sent us out into that. As we dropped down the lift hill, I had to pull my hoody over my face and keep my hands in front of my eyes because the rain was hurting so bad<

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Roarfan on 1/15/2008 10:45:00 PM
To experience the Dueling Dragons. You got to ride both Fire & Ice. My Favorite is Ice because you feel like your going to hit into the wall.
The front seat on Fire & Ice are good. And I also like the way that you almost clid into the other train. So if you havnt rode the Dueling Dragons .
you just got to ride it.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up hulkamania on 12/27/2007 11:36:00 PM - User's Top Ride #2
Awesome ride worth almost any wait in line loved every second of it was a lil scared at first but just kept getting better through the line only bad thing is if your not in the front you cant see
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4 Rating
-3 Rating Rate Down Rate Up roxy on 12/27/2007 2:01:00 PM
i prefer ice.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up T-Rex on 12/21/2007 10:53:00 AM
Better than ice in my opinion. The first drop was great, as it was steep and fast and then the following two Immelmansn were incredible as they had really strong Gs and then came a straightaway leading into a great vertical loop. Afterwards were two decent corkscrews and then a few fast turns.

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