Does any one know the scoop on Drachen Fire

Sunday, November 25, 2001 2:47 PM
I have never gotten to Ride Drachen Fire, When I did go to BGW my first time I was scared of Roller Coaster, but when I came back after my fears were gone it was closed and its been closed since, Rumors say that the park has considered opening it back up, but I here that there is a birds nest aboard it and they dont want to disturb it.  I hope that at least in the near future it will open be modified to feel smooth and exciting. Any one know anything?
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Sunday, November 25, 2001 3:41 PM
This topic keeps coming up again and again in many forums and conversations.  I rode Drachen Fire many times and have a definite opinion.  Here is the story as I see it:

Drachen Fire is no more.  Fans should just get used to it.  I would be willing to bet money that BGW will never reopen the ride.

The ride was completely un-enjoyable after it finished the camelback hump.  Every inversion except the first one was rough and a terrible headbanger.

Apparently the GP and park shared my opinion since they closed and altered the coaster by eliminating an inversion. 

But you cannot improve something that was painful in several spots just by eliminating one.  Again, the park and GP must have shared that opinion too.  The park closed the ride due to a very hush-hush lawsuit filed by a BGW patron who rode the coaster and suffered head trauma.

Since then, the coaster has sat idle, with the park attempting to sell it.  But what other park in their right mind would by such a problem ride, cheap or not?  Especially when the era of the Arrow multilooper is long gone.

Drachen Fire was a nice looking coaster.  But I HATED the headbanging as well as the awful location.

I shed no tears over it's closure.  Give me AC or Loch Ness anyday.

Shaggy

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Sunday, November 25, 2001 3:53 PM
hehe...I say either get some new arrow trains with the shock absorbers or get rid of it in favor of a CCI woodie.

  a CCI woodie (or any other good woodie for that matter) would IMO make BGW the best overall park in the world!

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Sunday, November 25, 2001 4:38 PM
Shaggy's analysis is right on the money.  I would just add that in its last year DF was so unpopular that running one train it was a half full walk on.
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Sunday, November 25, 2001 4:51 PM
To shed some light on this again, I have heard from the park that the ride will not be reopening at BGW at all.  This could simply be to toss me off since they know the reasons why I contacted them.  Although it is possible, 3 people there have spoken on the issue itself to me and all 3 have said it is not reopening at BGW.  The ideas of remaking the ride where scrapped after an investor showed interest in the ride itself.  When the investor wanted more than BGW would be willing to do, they pulled out as well as the ideas of remaking the ride.

I can tell you one thing to solve a lot of rumors about next year.  What goes in next year is something that is highly unexpected.  As soon as I know the announcement date, I will be glad to help you guys out in solving it.

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Sunday, November 25, 2001 6:46 PM
The ride doesn't exist. It's merely a figment of your imagination. It's not on the park map, and they don't talk it about on the train.

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Monday, November 26, 2001 4:44 AM
The burning question is this:

If BGW is never going to reopen DF (which seems more and more likely as the months/years pass), why not cut their losses and sell it.  Although this is asinine to say, if they sold it for $10.00, they'd make more money then they've made in years on it. 

My point is this.  Even if you get nowhere near what is determined the value of it, if you're not gonna reopen it, sell it.  But a doggone sign on it that says "One million bucks O.B.O."

That land is too valuable to just sit there.  Not to mention, SBNO coasters are too sad to me.  It's like keeping a  brain-dead family member on life support.

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Monday, November 26, 2001 7:03 AM

Homey G. said:

That land is too valuable to just sit there.  Not to mention, SBNO coasters are too sad to me.  It's like keeping a  brain-dead family member on life support.


LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!
So TRUE!
~Tocci


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Monday, November 26, 2001 7:11 AM
Homey G. is right on again...but the REAL question is this:  What in the world makes BGW think they can even try and sell this piece of *steel* for $4-5M.  I saw it on the used rides site about 6 months ago, asking, if I recall correctly, $4.5M for the ride.  Now KBF was at least realisitc in trying to recoup SOME money by trying to sell off WJ for $1M (kinda surprised they didn't get a taker at that price, but from what I hear, it was MUCH rougher than it looked).
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Monday, November 26, 2001 7:18 AM
The ride looks wicked to me, and I have never even seen it in real life.  They should open it up for us crazy folk who wan't to ride it, make us sign waivers or something :)  I know its unrealistic, but I would do it.  We should pool our money and make an offer.  The only question is, who gets to take it home :)

I'll bet it was disapointing to everyone who had something to do with the making of that ride, it looks like it was always rough.  To ride it the first time and just think to yourself "that wasn't any fun"

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Monday, November 26, 2001 7:33 AM
AS originally projected, I belive BGW has scrapped plans to re-invent the ride, so to speak. It is now part of a multi-park deal that will come together in the spring. When I get get settled in my new park next week, I will email Jeff witht he logistics. Oh, yea, customs officials are involved.
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Monday, November 26, 2001 9:29 AM
I think the ride should have been reinvented rather then sit there for all this time.If not that then just get rid of it,like many coaster enthusist it is very sad to watch a coaster sit there and rot and make it seem like it never exsisted.But if it is replaced im sure it will be replaced by somthing a bit more thrilling and exciting,as long as they dont get a dueling coaster and dont duel them.
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Monday, November 26, 2001 1:42 PM
im goin to go against the grain here....and go out on a loop and say that there is still a chance that it will be reopened.  i got the rare chance to ride it before and after Corkscrew #1 was removed....honestly, i didnt think it was as horrible as people say it was.  i mean, yeah it was bad, but it was mainly the quick transitions...which got much better after that facelift :)  and i know a lot of you guys say you have to talked to so and so who works there that says they wont rebuild it.  i just think by now that they would have torn it down, if there had not been a buyer.  i tell you this...if its still there in March when the park opens, then its there to stay.  we shall see.....and yes, i WOULD LOVE to see it reopened!!  go Arrow!!!1 :)
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Monday, November 26, 2001 3:49 PM
Dragon Cyrs: I can tell you one thing to solve a lot of rumors about next year. What goes in next year is something that is highly unexpected. As soon as I know the announcement date, I will be glad to help you guys out in solving it.

What's your source on this information?

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Tuesday, November 27, 2001 7:11 AM

DragonCyrs said:

I can tell you one thing to solve a lot of rumors about next year.  What goes in next year is something that is highly unexpected.  As soon as I know the announcement date, I will be glad to help you guys out in solving it.

*** I read that since they have spent a lot of money in the last few years (AC, Ireland) that they won't do a whole lot this year, like a major ride. 
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*** This post was edited by Zimm on 11/27/2001. ***

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