The loops are good the, the following helix is okay, the bow tie (and its approach in the tunnel) is great... but the rest of the ride is a little lack luster. At that time, either a) add the dark elements, b) add some other interesting elements or (and some will cringe) c) actually shorten the ride somehow and go a more direct route from the helix to the tunnel approach to the bow tie in stead of through the areas where the steel skeleton of the planned / never built / now long abandoned dark sections were to be located.
This is a coaster with a split personality. From the area of the tunnel and bowtie, to the station, to the lift and the loops it is one coaster... good to fairly good land scaping and themeing. After the loops though, when you make the turn around the top of the (man made?) mountain, things get sureal as you go through the steel skeleton of the planned but never finished "mountain" (where the Helix is) and the long steel work of the flat sections below that.... almost like riding a coaster through an abandoned industrial park that is in the process of being torn down.
I did like the entrance/cave, as well as the scenery. Pretty cool!
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But they have had the boat/train ride deal in the works for awhile:
Marineland - River Country - Wilderness Adventure Ride and Train Ride
Visitors will be able to view the attractions from below through inter-connected acrylic tunnels via a boat ride, from the side through large acrylic panels and from above. In addition special contact areas will allow visitors to have the chance to personally interact with a variety of sea life
They have a long ways to go, however... but if they plan on opening all that up... they should spend the capital to finish off Dragon Mountain... especially if they plan on putting any other rides back in that area. There were a few rumors that they were going to finish it off in the coming years (these being recent rumors)... probably due to the other developments in the area.
...hell, it would be nice to market the park with possibly 3 world-class coasters (Dragon Mountain being one of them)...
...but the way Marineland works... we won't see any new ride construction until next year, with an opening of 2010 ;).
At it's age, Dragon Mountain IS finished...it's beautiful to LOOK at, and it's fun, but it DOES have a couple signature Arrow BANG moments, and is by no means a spectacular RIDE. If not for the views, it probably wouldn't make my top-100 steelies... ;)
You didn't see me re-riding Psucklone and Viper at SFMM again did ya? ;-)
I will, however, re-visit Marineland without question, although it won't be anytime soon. Beautiful little park!
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I wish nearby Viper at SFDL had one of those instead of the typical Arrow Boomerang. (I still think Viper is a better ride though)
Like I said... connect the track right after the loops (perhaps leaving the helix too) direclty to the tunnel that leads to the bowtie and sell the rest for scrap. It's the part of the ride that falls between the Helix and the Bowtie that makes it boring.
Lemme get that pic back up of the old broschure what it shows how it SHOULD Have looked (in its inaugral year).
"Hey, come see our scale model of the falls! Just turn right after the real falls and it's a mile ahead on your left!"
Took us over 20 minutes of driving around thru the Niagara area to find the ENTRANCE to MarineLand....no such thing as *signage*, eh? ;)
I didn't think Dragon Mountain sucked OR hurt....mostly boring though....;)
...and no, it doesn't look too retarded... it's actually kind of cool have a coater going basically through the 'Falls as it shows:
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