Drachen Fire Lot

Sunday, February 23, 2003 6:12 AM
I haven't visited Busch Gardens Williamsburgh for long time (1993). Now that Drachen Fire has been dismantled, was anything new placed in the empty lot or is something going to be put there?

I don't know it there would be enough room in that area once occupied by Drachen Fire, but I think it's time for Busch Gardens to add a woodie (which I think is long over due). What do you think?

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YOUNGSTOWN 2010

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Sunday, February 23, 2003 6:16 AM
I currently work with the former Operations Manager of BGW and there are currently no plans for anything to there. Right now the area is being used for private parties and a catering area.

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Sunday, February 23, 2003 6:58 AM
It think is a great location for a really tall ride. It will make people want to go to that corner of the park when they see it from a distance.
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Sunday, February 23, 2003 7:01 AM
Hey was it ever sold and if so were did it go. Or did they jsut simply sell it for scrap.

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Sunday, February 23, 2003 7:05 AM
Scrap.
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Sunday, February 23, 2003 11:00 AM
That is truly a shame.

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"Would you like a sports bottle with that? Its only an extra 2.35$ and your soul. For the extra cost you will receive the privilege to fill your cup with soda for only an additional $3.00. And if you act right now we'll throw in a straw (may be broken) an

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Sunday, February 23, 2003 2:35 PM
Yeah it is. This gos as a lesson - DONT COMPLAIN IF A COASTER IS A LITTLE ROUGH! Because there will always be people who like it, and you wouldnt like it if people complained about your favorite coaster and got it torn down. So the next time that old corkscrew coaster puts welts in your neck, or that TOGO coaster leaves you feeling like youve been in a blender, think twice before beyotchin' to the parks management about it because chances are, there is at least one person out there that loves that coaster like you love your favorite.

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Sunday, February 23, 2003 3:38 PM
Not all people got hurt on the ride, me or my family never had a problem with the ride.

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Sunday, February 23, 2003 4:24 PM
First off, Drachen Fire was not injuring riders.... it just wasn't built as well as it should have been, and having terrible transitions, was rough, and notoriously painful. I never had issues with the coaster, but many riders did, and not just the proverbial GP.

BTW, Chris K... don't quote the entire passage, if at all possible. It is a waste of bandwidth, and big pet peeve to the mods. If the previous post is what you are responding to, we can all figure out what you meant. Just a bit 'o advice. :)
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Sunday, February 23, 2003 4:43 PM

Ultimate Coaster said:
So the next time that old corkscrew coaster puts welts in your neck, or that TOGO coaster leaves you feeling like youve been in a blender

Uh huh, and what if that TOGO coaster was actually smooth when you rode it? Not everyone had your same ride.
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Monday, February 24, 2003 4:34 AM
It is time for BGW to build a great wooden coaster. There are still wooded lands that the park owns itsn't there? Build through the woods!

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YOUNGSTOWN 2010

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Monday, February 24, 2003 1:01 PM
Is the train shed still in the lot?
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Monday, February 24, 2003 1:10 PM
OH NO!!!!! I sure hope that texas giant isnt torn down! people complain about that ride a good bit. I feel that one ride(per trip) is good enough for me on a rough coaster. like anaconda at PKD i had a pretty rough ride the one trip I had to that park!
-Ryan
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Monday, February 24, 2003 1:44 PM
I personally love rough coasters as long as they have speed. I dont though like coasters such as Mean Streak that are slow and rough, it just ruins the fun. I never got to ride Drachen Fire, but I heard it was pretty fast and I bet I would have loved it. But anyway, what was it like?
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Monday, February 24, 2003 2:09 PM
I agree with NewYorkSuperman that if a ride is injuring people it should be torn down, like the Crystal Beach Cyclone. But IMO people should quit whining to park managment about rides like Drachen Fire and Shock Wave that don't seriously hurt people but might bump you aound abit. I remember how old it got when me and my friends would go to SFGAm and a few of them would whine the whole time about Shock Wave being rough, and then they had the nerve to whine about S:UF because in their opinion it looked "gay"! I guess some people will never be hapy with what they get.

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*** This post was edited by SFGAMNUT9302 2/24/2003 7:15:51 PM ***

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Tuesday, February 25, 2003 7:40 AM
The biggest circumstance surrounding Drachen Fire's closing was a lack of ridership. Those who rode it once didn't ride again and complained about how painful the ride was. As a result the trains left the station less than half full, and the coaster hurt the park's family image. That's why it was removed.

For the majority of you who never rode Drachen Fire, the ride was brutal enough that you could expect to have a head ache for at least a couple of hours after riding.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2003 7:48 AM
Not once did I ever receive a headache on Drachen Fire, and I am usually quite prone to getting headaches on even mildly intense coasters. Granted, I was younger then, but still...GASM at SFGAdv or Vortex at PKI didn't even give me a headache for more than a few minutes.

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-Vater
'These pretzels are making me thirsty.'
Take a ride...

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Tuesday, February 25, 2003 8:57 AM
The ride was often compared to Steel Phantom, and for that reason, I'm thankful that I never saw Drachen Fire as anything but idle.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2003 9:36 AM
I wonder how many people have been on DF, Flashback at SFMM, Windjammer, and Steel Phantom - the only four coasters I've rode (actually, suffered through) that I swore I'd never go on again. Of the four - and keep in mind two have been torn down, one torn apart and re-built, and the other rarely runs - I found DF to be easily the worst.

For the DF-defenders, my wide disagrees. She thinks it's the second-worst coaster we've ever been on, but that's probably only because her one ride on Neckjammer (as she calls it) caused weeks worth of chronic pain.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2003 9:49 AM
Oh well. I can't win 'em all, and I certainly lost this one...right before the 2002 operating season. I personally think Son of Beast was the most excruciating experience in all of coasterdom, but I wouldn't wish it to be torn down.

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-Vater
'These pretzels are making me thirsty.'
Take a ride...

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