Vertical construction has begun on Universal Orlando's future roller coaster that replaced Dueling Dragons. Not much at all has been released yet on any specifics, but work is moving along steadily. I try to cover these parks as unbiased as possible, considering I'm ore of a reporter for this type of news, rather than just a fan. But Universal is still in my doghouse for removing Dueling Dragons.
With the great job that they did with rehabbing Hulk, the same type of thing could have been done to save one of the most iconic and photogenic coasters of modern times. But they had it out for the ride ever since JK Rowling and Harry Potter came into the picture.
The only thing that I've said will put Universal back on my good side is a ride that meets or improves upon the quality of DD. This picture is still too early to predict a manufacturer, theme, or ride system. If I had any say in what SHOULD be, it would be something tight and forceful, along the lines of an Intamin Blitz coaster, but my expectations aren't that high.
Escape from Gringotts is a good ride, and one of the best that Universal has ever manufactured, but I'm hoping for something a little longer and more intense, especially considering what its replacing. I have heard the possibility of a Ministry of Magic theme, but that is just preliminary speculation at this point. The idea of Hagrid's motorcycle also came into play, and possibly considering that Tron at Magic Kingdom will become a very similar roller coaster. this is definitely an intriguing project to follow...