Drachen Fie being dismantled

Posted Sunday, February 10, 2002 7:07 PM | Contributed by thrillman

The work to dismantle Drachen Fire, the five-inversion Arrow Dynamics steel coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, began last week. Work is expected to be completed by opening day in mid-March.

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Sunday, February 10, 2002 7:40 PM
This is so sad, I only go to ride that once, I hope it stays in the United States.
Sunday, February 10, 2002 8:26 PM
wow, after all this time. what a major bummer. nothing could have been done to save it? maybe its just time for somethin new. farewell DF.
Sunday, February 10, 2002 8:43 PM
I am sure Busch weighed its options regarding Drachen Fire and felt it was in the best interest of the park to remove it completely and (most likely) replace it with a new rollercoaster. I woulod expect the ride to be sold or auctioned and re-opened at a new destination, but probably NOT a major park. DF's history of problems/dissatisfied customers will make it a cheap buy (in theme park $) for a smaller park looking to add a "big" attraction to its landscape.
My other car is a Giovanola!
Sunday, February 10, 2002 8:49 PM
Robodud's avatar That is really sad to see that nothing could have been done to at least fix it.  We have to remember that they are a business, and that they most likely looked at every option that they had and picked the best that would benefit the park.  You never know, they may build something better in its place.

Too bad I'll never get to ride it :(

***Why can't all parks have a Millennium Force?***

Sunday, February 10, 2002 9:00 PM
Jeff's avatar It's not going to "stay" anywhere. It's going the same place Windjammer went.

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Sunday, February 10, 2002 9:20 PM
Busch should send it to Sea World San Diego.......
Sunday, February 10, 2002 9:43 PM
I sure hope they move it to another park in the US.  I never got to ride DF, so I hope it is reassembled somewhere so I can ride it.
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Sunday, February 10, 2002 10:06 PM
Well...I too am dissapointed. But if you really love(d) Drachen Fire, buy or fire up your copy of NoLimits, download the update and hold on. (DR is included in the update.)

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Sunday, February 10, 2002 10:08 PM
I think it's being melted down.  Check http://coasterbuzz.com/forums/thread.asp?ForumID=11&TopicID=17929
Sunday, February 10, 2002 10:41 PM
Its about time, now lets gets some Intaminy goodness in there.  I have a dream of a Intamin Hyper Coaster that has instead of a lift hill a Nmeumatic luanch that takes you from 0-85 mph in just 3 seconds, i have a dream that this coaster will be 4500 ft long winding and twisting through the back woods of Bush Gardens.

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Monday, February 11, 2002 12:18 AM
I dunno, they now need a megalooper. B&M Floorless would be the way to go unless it's taken 2nd chair to Flyers. Hey, they could call it 'Dragon's Flight.' :)

Just exactly what was wrong with DF to warrant its destruction? The rumor that B&M designed the layout is a myth. Was it just bad transitions of the elements? I know the first corkscrew was cut out. Apparently it was Arrow's first Batwing/Cobra Roll.

*** This post was edited by Taipan on 2/11/2002. ***

Monday, February 11, 2002 2:36 AM
What was so wrong about about Drachen Fire that they had to close it and dismantle it?
Monday, February 11, 2002 2:44 AM
*goes to the coner and cries*


Monday, February 11, 2002 3:26 AM
For the benefit of those of us who don't have a subscription to this online magazine, can someone summarize what they said? 
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Monday, February 11, 2002 3:27 AM
Having rode DF several times during its first two years I'll miss it a lot. Memories of great summer vacations but also memories of my family crying about how rough it was. I wish something could have been done because that first drop was great. I guess they tried to sell it do quite a few people as it was not operating for so long, but they couldn't find anyone to buy it? They couldn't even ship it off to Brazil or something just for the value of the steel? At least someone could have nejoyed it...
Monday, February 11, 2002 3:58 AM
ShiveringTim's avatar Well, I know what I'll be doing when I'm at BGW on opening day.  Stay tuned to MCC for the pics :)
Scott W. Short
Monday, February 11, 2002 4:11 AM
john peck's avatar I don't subscribe to AB (even though I should). I also never got to ride this coaster.

I of course, have a whole slew of questions:
In the other forum about this, they say that the steel will be recycled. Now, will this be right away or are they storing it somewhere for like another month or two (I know it wont sit for long) ? Also, how much $$$ do you think they will get for the steel?

How are they disassembleing this ride? Like Windjammer with saws and just tearing it apart... or carefully? Also, when did the destruction start? Was that one person who spread the two rumors about it in the General Buzz Forums (about two months ago) actually telling the truth at that time or not?

Im just curious to see if they take it apart will it remain for sale at a lower price........ because obviously no one wanted to buy it at $4.5 Million and have to spend another $1 million or more taking it down and re-assembleing it. I know, thats a long shot.

Are there any pictures? And last, from the the older Buzz members: What was really, really wrong with this thing? Seriously. Don't say "rough" unless you have a whole lot of details to go along with it.....

Monday, February 11, 2002 4:27 AM
Kick The Sky's avatar Well, I have to say it is about time this park announced it's intentions on what they are going to do with this contraption.  I have heard all the loonies on the net proclaiming this thing will open again for long enough.  Guess what folks, you were wrong!  Scrap it and put in an Arrow 4D.


Bob Hansen

"Excuse me while I kick the sky!"

Monday, February 11, 2002 4:38 AM
It will better in its new home. The big park in the sky...........

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