Was Islands of Adventure's Dueling Dragons Disney-created?
I just read this morning on another thread that Dueling Dragons, the duel-inverted steel coasters featured at Islands of Adventure's Lost Continent was originally a Disney-designed attraction intended for DAK's proposed Beastly Kingdom. Since this morning I've tried to do a little background reading, on this site and a handful of others, and have found plenty to back up the claim, including rumors of hidden mickey's and such inside the DD queue, and the fact that the DAK logo includes a picture of a dragon, but it seems that all of my sources so far have been message boards and forums. I'm just curious if any of this is fact, or just Disney urban ledgend or whatnot.
I'm really hoping this is true, because it would give me an edge on an ongoing Disney vs. universal debate i've been having with a former roommate now for quite some time. I've always agreed with him that IoA has better thrill rides than Disney, but I've always argued that the themeing at US and IoA can't even begin to scratch the surface of what Disney does with its parks. He has always come back with a defensive comment like "Well, what about Dueling Dragons? That has probably the best themed queue I've ever seen!", and to that I've had to agree that it is quite good... even by Disney standards. But to learn now that DD was designed by Disney Imagineering, that takes all the amunition out of his best defensive argument!