Drachen Fire demise visible from outside park

Posted Tuesday, February 19, 2002 7:20 PM | Contributed by RobbieB73

InsideBuschGardens.com has received a photograph and details showing the first part of the Drachen Fire demolition at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

Tuesday, February 19, 2002 7:33 PM
Sad to see it go...What park is it going to?
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Out of the coasters i've ridden here is wat i rank them overall:(ive been to canobie lake and SFNE)
1. S:RoS 2. Yankee Cannonball 3. Riverside Cyclone 4. Canobie Corkscrew 5. Thunderbolt 6. Galaxy 7. Mind Eraser 8. Dragon coaster 9. poison ivy's tangled
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Tuesday, February 19, 2002 7:34 PM
The park in the sky... it's scrap metal.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2002 9:36 PM
I am going to cry
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Tuesday, February 19, 2002 11:15 PM
I feel like crying, too. I was not able to ride this magnificent creature when it was open. It is sad that nothing could be done about Drachen. Rest in peace.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 1:52 AM
i dont understand why lap bars on it couldnt be possible.  if you can survive 4(flight of fear)with them why not 5 or 6. 
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 2:11 AM
It was more than just headbangin'.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 2:30 AM
Beyond headbanging, what was it?  The fact that they put the coaster *behind* a huge cafeteria?  That wouldn't have been an issue with the coaster itself.  I'm still pretty razzed that they didn't bother to try modifying the coaster to eliminate the headbanging, because having ridden it myself, headbanging was the only thing that negatively impacted the experience.  Hey, maybe they'll put an *Invertigo* or  generic *SLC* in its place.  Bah!
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 3:14 AM
I wish they couldve moved it to one of their sea world parks      how much can the "recycled" steel be worth in comparison to the price of the ride when it was installed
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 3:44 AM
I don't know this for sure, but I would imagine that it is far less expensive to simply knock it down then it would be to skillfully disassemble it so that it could be reassembled elsewhere. Besides, what park would be foolish enough to purchase an incredibly expensive ride that was, by all accounts, a dismal failure?
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Doesn't it seem as though morons always have the caps lock on?
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 5:37 AM
The scrap steel will be worh less than $100 per ton.  It won't even pay for the cost of demoing the coaster.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 6:13 AM
I'll be blunt ;-)

I for one will not miss it.  I guess I am the odd ball.  No one outside of enthusiasts really enjoyed it, that is whey it NEVER had a line.  People could not find it and when they did, they discovered it was just a twisted headache inducing machine.

I really did not like the ride aside from the cool looking trains and first drop/inversion.  I always felt as though it were improperly placed in the park, stuck out like a sore thumb and was no fun.

I am glad no other park is getting the coaster, and am glad Busch finally decided to remove it.  That ugly sleeping dinosaur was not doing anyone any good by sitting there year after year.

I generated more intrige and interest by sitting dormant than it ever did when it operated.

Shaggy

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Shaggy
A.K.A. John K.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 6:31 AM
Well put Shaggy.....Although I have never ridden DF , I have been to BGW several times and the location is very poor to say the least.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 6:35 AM
My 2 cents here -----

I rather enjoyed the ride after the 1st season it premiered when the ride was toned down some on the break-the-neck factor.  I think DF would have done a lot better in a more prominent part of the park similar to where Apollo's Chariot is now.  But now that we know DF is gone....does anyone care to guess what could be coming in its place for '03??? I know I haven't a clue other than the old rumors I've heard off and on about a wooden coaster coming to BGW sometime in the future.

Farewell Drachen Fire!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 6:54 AM
I would bet money that Busch will NEVER place another coaster in that area.

Actually the area most prime for a coaster is near the new Ireland area. 

I percieve either a coaster in the ravine next to it, or in the area near Threadneedle Fair where the factory tour used to take place.  There is ample employee parking in that vicinity that cries out "coaster."

Shaggy

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Shaggy
A.K.A. John K.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 7:08 AM
I remember Drachen Fire being adjacent to Big Bad Wolf, but I guess I'm wrong.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 7:43 AM
In which country was DF located?
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 7:54 AM
Drachen Fire was in Octoberfest, Germany.  You reached it via a very un-noticible path between the Festahus and the Bumper Car area.


That path led you beside the Festahus, then around Big Bad Wolf's First lift/drop/turn.  DF was located behind BBW and in front of the train tracks.


When DF was built, one of the expenditures of the installation had nothing to do with DF itself.  Actually BGW had to frame in and complete the "non-show" sides of the German town buildings in the BBW village. Because guests could then see the back-sides of those buildings.  BGW spares no expense when it comes to detail, that is for sure.


The path that led to DF still exists, although now it just leads to the Black Forrest Catering area.   This picnic shelter spot was there prior to DF ever being added.

Shaggy

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Shaggy
A.K.A. John K. *** This post was edited by Shaggy on 2/20/2002. ***

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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 8:09 AM
one cool thing i remember about DF was that awesome airtime over that hill after the drop. it was a cool ride and im glad i rode it 7 times. ill miss it. does anybody know why it took so long for it to come down?
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Wednesday, February 20, 2002 8:23 AM
I won't miss it but I sure regret that I never got to ride it.  I was at BGW in the spring of 1999 and got pictures of it SBNO.
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