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Universal Joint - Universal Orlando's dragon coaster was quite a challenge

by The Jim Hill Media Podcast Network

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Dustin Fuhs & Jim Hill start off Episode 18 by discussing how Universal Creative is now in the process of buttoning up “Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.” They then talk at length about Dueling Dragons, the thrill ride that previously occupied this corner of the Lost Continent at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park


Over the course of this episode, listeners will learn about:

Why it might initially seem surprising that the Hard Rock Café opted to renew its lease at the Universal Orlando version of CityWalk through 2039

What’s significant (from a film history point-of-view) about the Six Corners section of the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot

How T.H. White’s “The Once and Future King” inspired the overall storyline for “Dueling Dragons”

How two separate incidents during the Summer of 2011 resulted in Universal Orlando changing Dragon Challenge from an attraction that featured dueling coasters to one built around chasing coasters

How a highly successful scare zone from last year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood is being reimagined as a full-scale house at this year’s event


released May 1, 2019
Hosts: Dustin Fuhs and Jim Hill
Editor: Aaron Z. Adams


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Jim Hill is a writer, blogger, and theme park historian, and he'll be the first to tell you all of the back-room deals and corporate gossip that happens inside the Walt Disney Company.

Len Testa co-authors the Unofficial Guide series of travel books, focusing on theme parks.
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