I loved dragon mountain when i was at marineland when i was 9. The most i loved about it was the fact taht it was a relaxing ride. Sort of like a mine train on steroids. The lift hill is masive, i think 186ft or something, but the first drop isnt anything special. I heard that they where supposed to have a robot dragon inside one of the tunnels, but both of them where pitch black, that not totally a bad thing. When i was at Marineland, there was a sign that said Dragon Mountain was the longest steel coaster, im not sure how true it was. Im making a return to the Niagra area this summer and im hoping to ride Dragon Mountain again.
Well it certainly is not as rough as its other cousins. Beginning is similar to other megaloopers (the two cookie cutter loops). Then the ride meanders around the mountain, enough to lull you to sleep. The ending is off the hook....you enter a tunnel, the train picks up speed and a gust of cold wind hits your face. You then enter the butterfly element then off to the station. I think it was the longest coaster back in 83 when it opened.
I rode it quite a while ago, but I enjoyed it. If you ever ride it, don't run through the queue area when it's dark. For those who don't know you enter through a dragon's mouth and walk back a dark path to get to the load/unload area. If you run, you'll probably run into one of the pillars sticking out from the walls.
Judging by an onride I have, dragon mountain looks sortof average. The first half after the loops appears very, very slow and rather boring, but even on the video, the ending looks sweet. I wouldn't call it a masterpiece by any means though... especially since imo, the real masterpiece arrow looper no longer exists in its entirety, RIP Steel Phantom!
Marimba, sounds like you know from experience... ouch.
We are making a trip up to the Niagara area this summer also and will be taking a spin or two on Dragon Mountain. Have to ride it once to let my dad know if it's cool for him to ride. He did not like the headbanging that Steel Phantom dealt out, so if it's anything like that, he won't ride it.
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The only spot where Dragon Mountain is painful is the first drop heading towards the intense double loop that starts the ride off. If you brace yourself well enough, this really isn't an issue. After that the ride does get kind of boring until the finish. That tunnel is so dark, it still kind of gives me the creeps even though I've been on the ride nearly ten times. The butterfly is very disorienting because of this as well. If they were ever to refurbish that ride, they should make that spiral turn into a full-fledged helix, as well as give the thing a fresh coat of black paint. All in all, it's not a bad ride, just something a little different from the typical Arrow Megalooper.
I must say I rather liked Dragon Mountian. The entrance in the dragon's mouth is pretty cool. The drop offers some airtime, and the two vertical loops are decent (your typical Arrow loops). The two tunnels are great - especially the second one. The only part of the ride that I found dull was the slow meander into the second tunnel. This is where the scaled replica of Niagara Falls was supposed to be. The bowtie element is a great surprise because you suddenly exit the pitch black tunnel to find yourself thrown into the element. It does offer some head banging though.
Dragon Mountain is a somewhat smooth arrow looper. This was my second coaster ever(next to SFDL's Viper) and from the first time i rode this to the last it was pretty enjoyable.
Not very intense but a (for the most part) smooth arrow looper, which brings me to a realization: it seemes the two arrow loopers in upstate New York are probably the smoothest arrow loopers I have ever ridden.
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That's good to hear about Viper because we will stopping there on the way home from Niagara. We are also stopping at Martin's to try out Silver Comet. I've heard great things about it and can't wait to ride it.
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DM is a very enjoyable ride, but like most of the early Arrows, it is plagued by shuffleing in the trains. The ride itself is surprising and there are some nice punches of speed where you wouldn't think there would be. I don't care the the project ran out of funds, its still a darn good coaster.
Needs new running gear, though.
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First time up the hill.. the lift chains were not in sync so it HURT when they grabbed the chaindogs on the second chain. This same ride.. when we hit the c-block brake right before the tunnel, we basically came to a stop.
Second ride.. lift was smooth.. and we didn't stop at the c-brake. Still a little rough but I LOVE the part where you come out of the tunnel into the pretzel.
After riding this.. I wondered myself why the ride looked like a run through post world war three Poland and did some investigation. Too bad they never finished it because the proposed vocano and waterfalls would have made the ride a one of a kind.
On another note... every single employee in that park took REALLY good care of us. We talked to them about working at CP and other parks and some of them went well beyond the call of duty to make sure we had a good time on a day when there were probably more employee cars in the parking lot than guests.
I loved it so much I'm making another trip up there this summer. But then again, we're talking about me here LOL. Actually, it's just one stop on what should be a week long journey, that will give me a second chance to enjoy some of the parks in NY, ONT and PA. And let's not forget Jess, who is the main reason for the trip. She's already planning her 100th coaster, and I know she'll come to her senses and make it Lightning Racer :)
Dragon Mtn ran quite well on my first trip, but like I said that was in 2001. It is an older ride, and uses original cars that have the classic shuffling to them. They really take a beating on some of the transitons, including the pullout after plummeting to the center of the earth in one of the tunnels. But the layout is unique and gives quite a breathtaking view of the park (or should that be land?). It is one of the longest steel coasters in existence, and might be Arrow's longest if I am not mistaken (over a mile long). I think the best thing about this ride is a 2-way tie between the pitch black station and the magnificent dragon trains. All I can say is try it for yourself! But don't miss the great little "RCT" ladybug coaster. http://www.rcdb.com/installationdetail185.htm
I hit Dragon Mountain two summers ago, and was quite impressed with it. I found it to be A LOT smoother than some other Arrows I've ridden (GASM), and all in all, it was simply enjoyable. The ride had its intense parts (loops), relaxing parts (large helixes), and surpises (bowtie out of the tunnel). Also, I managed to catch some good airtime on the back car, which was surprising considereing the coaster type.
Oh, and the best part is, the lines are SO short :)
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If we end up at Hershey and I'm near 100, I'll make it Lightning Racer, which was my plan. If we are at Dorney, then gosh darn it, its Talon! I mean, come on man, my first looper was Raptor... It only makes sense...
if you guys want to learn more about dragon mountain then make sure to check out the "world's greatest roller coasters" video. it highlights this coaster very thoroughly and also many others, including nemesis and pepsi max big one.