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ChrisFL
10-11-2008, 10:47 AM
:sad:

According to a few sources from screamscape.com, the dragon statues have been....destroyed...

Why would they do that? Why not do something else with them?? I hope it isn't true, but it sounds like it is.

RIP
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/26/DuelingDragonsEntrance.jpg

the Dark Marauder
10-11-2008, 11:28 AM
I need to walk through that area again, but according to this:

http://www.boards.ioacentral.com/index.php?showtopic=12850&st=0&#entry225316

the dragon statues are gone.

ChrisFL
10-11-2008, 11:33 AM
They're definitely gone but there was hope that they were just going to repaint them and bring them back or something

DeblovesPoohbear
10-11-2008, 12:01 PM
The dragons are gone but the coaster is still there, that's the most important part.
Are they just going to re-theme it?

the Dark Marauder
10-11-2008, 12:25 PM
^^^^
That's the word in the Islands...

damo
10-11-2008, 12:26 PM
I wonder if the dragons were just more difficult to move than to recreate?

DeblovesPoohbear
10-11-2008, 12:28 PM
I can't wait til everthing is all done with HP :goodvibes

IheartEdward
10-11-2008, 03:46 PM
Where they destroyed or just moved? Harry does battle a dragon in Goblet of Fire. Maybe they are relocating the dragons?

Metro West
10-11-2008, 05:09 PM
They're definitely gone but there was hope that they were just going to repaint them and bring them back or somethingI don't know anything about HP but it seems to me dragons and unicorns are in the stories...yes? no? I can't imagine they would take out the coasters. Maybe Universal will build bigger and better statues? :confused3

IheartEdward
10-11-2008, 05:38 PM
Metro-
Yes there are many mythical creatures in HP. Dragons, unicorns, hippogriffs, centuars the works

Dragons are important in "Goblet of Fire" , Harry has to battle with one in order to get an egg for a clue in the Tri-Wizard Tournement
Ron (Harry's BFF) brother works with Dragons in Romania
From the shape of the dragons that were outside DD, I would think US would keep them and add an egg for it to protect. Then base the DD roller coaster off that scene from the HP books/movies. Change the seats to be brooms. PRESTO HP ride.

ChrisFL
10-11-2008, 05:53 PM
I don't know anything about HP but it seems to me dragons and unicorns are in the stories...yes? no? I can't imagine they would take out the coasters. Maybe Universal will build bigger and better statues? :confused3

They are keeping the coasters, yes, but not the dragon theme apparently

DOOM1001
10-11-2008, 05:56 PM
Unless they do something bigger and better to the theme, they just made the ride less cool!!!

Seewhatimesdone
10-11-2008, 06:21 PM
I'm sure that whatever theme they give it will be really cool

Metro West
10-11-2008, 08:51 PM
Metro-
Yes there are many mythical creatures in HP. Dragons, unicorns, hippogriffs, centuars the works

Dragons are important in "Goblet of Fire" , Harry has to battle with one in order to get an egg for a clue in the Tri-Wizard Tournement
Ron (Harry's BFF) brother works with Dragons in Romania
From the shape of the dragons that were outside DD, I would think US would keep them and add an egg for it to protect. Then base the DD roller coaster off that scene from the HP books/movies. Change the seats to be brooms. PRESTO HP ride.Thanks for the clarification. I thought HP had those creatures in the movies/books.

coastermom
10-12-2008, 07:55 AM
:sad2: :sad1: :sad: I can't believe it ... I just hope they are repainted and put back where they belong. if not it is indeed a very sad day .

Skrutti
10-12-2008, 08:57 AM
I think they will do a broomstick race of some kind of it. Not that I like the idea.

cbdmhgp
10-12-2008, 09:43 AM
If they do re-theme the ride, it shouldn't be that much different from the previous one........I think

Metro West
10-12-2008, 12:54 PM
If they do re-theme the ride, it shouldn't be that much different from the previous one........I think That's what I'm hoping.

donaldduck352
10-12-2008, 06:02 PM
Yes I can verify.We were there yesterday>>:sad2: Dragons are gone!!

NOT THE RIDE,THANK ***!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

d4est
10-12-2008, 06:29 PM
The title of this thread scared the beejeebus out of me! I thought the ride closed. Sacrilege!

Charleyann
10-13-2008, 07:05 AM
Will the coaster be there at Christmas time?

Geez, I hope so!

Charleyann

Metro West
10-13-2008, 07:17 AM
Will the coaster be there at Christmas time?

Geez, I hope so!

CharleyannI certainly don't think the coasters will be removed so yes...it should be open during Christmas time.

Charleyann
10-13-2008, 09:14 AM
I certainly don't think the coasters will be removed so yes...it should be open during Christmas time.


Oh Thank you:worship:

Charleyann

damo
10-13-2008, 09:18 AM
I doubt that they will change the actual vehicles, so it will most likely remain dragon themed of some kind.

DisneyTN
10-16-2008, 02:15 PM
Sad to see the dragons leave the park. IOA is no stranger to extraordinary ride detail & creativity, and I know they're going to have a field day with Potter. It should be worth the loss.

jenny105
10-16-2008, 03:26 PM
I think they will do a broomstick race of some kind of it. Not that I like the idea.


That's what I was thinking. Quidditch, maybe? One side would be Gryffindor and the other Slytherin?

raph_b
10-17-2008, 07:33 AM
That's what I was thinking. Quidditch, maybe? One side would be Gryffindor and the other Slytherin?

That is a great idea :thumbsup2

jenny105
10-17-2008, 09:53 AM
That is a great idea :thumbsup2


Thanks. Maybe they should give me a job :laughing:
I'm a total HP nerd so I would be fine with a theme like that!

RAPstar
10-17-2008, 08:53 PM
There's also a scene in the last book where Harry, Ron and Hermione ride on the back of a dragon. But I doubt they would theme after that, but you never know.

RockNRollerGator
10-17-2008, 08:59 PM
Lame, I hope they don't close the ride for refurbishment, the current theme is just fine, and I don't want to go several months without Fire.

Metro West
10-17-2008, 09:18 PM
Lame, I hope they don't close the ride for refurbishment, the current theme is just fine, and I don't want to go several months without Fire.I'm right there with ya on that!

GOLFDISNEY72
10-18-2008, 08:02 AM
We are going the first week of Nov and this is one of our favorite rides. It sounds like the coaster is still there but is it actually running? My oldest is going to freak out if that ride is closed.

damo
10-18-2008, 09:48 AM
Yes the coaster is still running. There is a new entrance but everything is still operational.

tink,too
10-18-2008, 10:22 AM
Phew! When I saw the title, I thought the coaster was gone! :scared:

I think the dragon theme fits in really well, with HP. This is a great example of when the saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" fits perfectly.

Hopefully USF/IOA will find somewhere appropriate to relocate the dragons to - I'd really miss those guys if they were gone for good. :sad1:

A Mickeyfan
10-18-2008, 02:27 PM
Aren't they going to eventually close the coasters to do the update in theming? I thought they were.

mark2311
10-18-2008, 07:30 PM
http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t36/mark2311/Florida2006060.jpg


:sad2:

Tinks1984
10-19-2008, 12:42 PM
Oh what a shame, I LOVED the dragons outside the ride :sad2: It was very much for me what made me more nervous about riding! They looked fantastic!!

I do hope that they are just down for a refurb!

Laurabearz
10-19-2008, 08:35 PM
We were just there... and I was like... gee.. just a couple of weeks ago I could walk this way... But there is now a wall right past the Talking Fountain near Sinbad, and a bridge right before the fountain. Not a lot of signage.

The new enterance to DD is wackadoodle for lack of a better word. You have to enter via the Jurassic park area (near some lockers and the popcorn stand), over bridge, up steep stairs, behind Flying Unicorn(which is still there, but stripped down to the metal awaiting new paint??) then into the castle....

There was a strong order of dead fish at the bridge, and we saw cast members poking around looking for the cause. We felt bad for the staff working that area that day.

Oh and the new wall threw me so much the Loss of the dragons didnt even occur to me. I was happy to see the Flying unicorn still standing, and I hope they keep that gem of a kiddie coaster around.

RockNRollerGator
10-19-2008, 08:45 PM
I don't think there is a better word for the new entrance than wackadoodle. You can hear Jurassic Park music when you're at Dueling Dragons, random. It also makes for a longer walk. -.-