Iron Dragon - Perfect for kids!

Monday, July 29, 2002 4:11 PM

I went to CP last week and this is the ride I went on most with my brother. He is five years old and almost 48 inches. The ride op at Gemini and Blue Streak both felt bad because His head touched the bottom of the stick but he was like a centimeter short. I knew the ride ops were doing their job and they were nice about it so it was fine. He's been on Viper at SFDL and BBW at BGW.

My brother went on Iron Draggon 19 times over the course of 2 days. I like it too. Its bigger than the kiddie coasters but smaller than many of CP's other coasters but still packs a punch. This thing swings, not on the level of BBW but it still fun and my brother loved it. Since he went in the front seat half of the time, the ride op let him say "clear" into the microphone. I am serious. It happenned. She was going to let me do except it wouldn't reach to my seat on the right. My brother loved it because it was pretty fast and smooth. This ride is better than Mantis, Mean Streak, Corkscrew, which are all bigger rides but this is better IMO.

What coasters are good for kids which are bigger than kiddies but smaller than full scales?

There are plenty of big rides for all of us but appreciate rides like Iron Draggin that are good for what they are supposed to do.

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Monday, July 29, 2002 4:14 PM
Whizzer at SFGAm comes to mind. Whenever I take my little brother we always power ride it. I'll have to take hime on the 11th. :(

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Monday, July 29, 2002 4:35 PM

Thunderbolt at Six Flags New England

Wildcat at Lake Commpounce(though can be very brutal)

Grizzly at PGA, it's bigger than Taxi Jam and Slime Coaster but still lame and tame enough for the kids, though not many will ride it. Greased Lightnin' is probably one of the best ride for those litte dare devils. At 44", this is great for their first looper, much slower than most loopers and doesn't have a giant unexpected luanch.

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Monday, July 29, 2002 4:46 PM
Cedar Creek Mine Ride is also a good ride for kids that might be intimidated by the bigger coasters. Did they let your little brother on this?

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Monday, July 29, 2002 4:47 PM

CP ismyhome said:
Cedar Creek Mine Ride is also a good ride for kids that might be intimidated by the bigger coasters. Did they let your little brother on this?


Nope. You have to be 48 inches

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Monday, July 29, 2002 7:14 PM

I think that is cool that they let him say "clear" into the microphone, pretty nice of the employees. I am not sure how tall you have to be to go on the Wildcat, but did they let him on? I think it might be 48' inches, but I am not sure, it might be shorter or taller.

Anyways, I know this isn't a coaster, yet, but the ArrowBatic looks like it would be a good "kiddie inverted" coaster. For example, if they build one at Cedar Point, kids who aren't tall enough to go on Raptor, or any guest who just isn't ready for Raptor, can ride the ArrowBatic coaster. They get a good feel for the Inverted feeling, and then they could make the decision to ride Raptor or not. Even so, I am sure that I would ride the ArrowBatic anyways, it looks pretty cool.

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Monday, July 29, 2002 7:18 PM

I know Arrowbatic sounds really cool. To bad arrow is out of business. Most likely another company will come up with something like it.

Wildcat you do have to be 48 inches.

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Monday, July 29, 2002 7:54 PM
Did you guys ride Disaster Transport? Isn't that 46 inches?

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Monday, July 29, 2002 8:03 PM
Yeah I forgot to mention that one. He liked that two. We both went on it 3 times. I really like it but it had long lines both days.
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Monday, July 29, 2002 8:36 PM

Lets see, when I was a kid I think my first "break-out" ride was Iron Dragon. I remember it being so fast and fun, my mom on the other hand was scared to death. Disaster Transport is always great. Wild Cat scared me because of the drop feeling that it gave me. Cedar Creek Mine Ride was great when I was a kid too. I remember it being kind of intense.

You brother is going to have a lot of fun when he gets a little taller.

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Monday, July 29, 2002 8:42 PM
Yeah, I remember when I was just under 48 inches, I rode ID over and over...I cried when I couldn't ride Magnum or MS...I was a coaster die hard back when I was 7! :)

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Monday, July 29, 2002 10:43 PM

I still love all of the smaller coasters at CP...a lot of people say Disaster Transport isn't all that good, but I still enjoy it!

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Monday, July 29, 2002 11:33 PM

Whizzer was a great break out coaster. So is Iron Dragon. For an intro to loops, try Double Loop at SFWOA

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 12:05 PM

Draggin' Iron just doesn't measure up IMHO. A little further south (PKI) and kids can ride two suspended coasters, both of which give ID a black eye. Then there's the Beastie, the Racer.....but I digress.

Even DT offers kids a better time than Draggin' Iron. CBaby was a regular 6 year-old hyper jockey but had never, ever been on a coaster in the dark. She actually had to look out the window and realize she wasn't in Alaska!

The best of the best in grown-up kiddie coasters have to be any Schwarzkopf looper. CMidget's first was BGT's Scorpion. After you talk 'em into that one, you can pretty much talk them into anything ("See--you already went on one that went upside down!")

-'Playa

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 12:13 PM

Even though my son was 48" when we took him to CP for the first time, we started him out on Iron Dragon. He got off and said "I want to go on a BIGGER one!" and we ended the day with Magnum. The following year he was less than an 8th of an inch too short for Raptor and it nearly broke his heart. He was on it by mid-summer, though.

I'm not sure what the ride requirement is for Runnaway Reptar at PKI, but I think that is a wonderful first time coaster for kids!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 12:41 PM
IMO many of the non-inverting steel coasters are great for kids. Mind you I'm also talking about ones under 200 feet tall, so this would include all of the suspendeds, mine trains, bobsleds, super mine trains (Gemini and Excalibur), the compact coasters of Schwarzkopf , Pinfari, Miler, Zamperla and Vekoma, and mice. Relatively smooth woodies with decent but not forceful air tend to be great starters for the younger crowds also.
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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 12:56 PM

But Playa... that's the point the original poster was trying to make. The ride is perfect for the little ones. I've stood on there on the platform and watched countless kids get off and love it, huge smiles. I'll take Top Gun over ID any day, but that doesn't mean the ride serves no purpose.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 12:58 PM
I lil's sis loves the Adventure Express and has been on the Runaway Reptar and Big Dipper at SFWoA. I don't know if she'll ride the Iron Dragon but now I know that other people think it's a better kiddy coaster.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 12:59 PM
Iron Dragon is perfect for the kid in me!
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Tuesday, July 30, 2002 1:12 PM
I took three girls(10, 13, 15) to the Po!nt last week and everyone of them said that Iron Dragon was one of their favorite rides in the park. That is coming from older two that rode Raptor, Magnum, Blue Streak, and Gemini. They all rerode Iron Dragon many times and everytime they came off with huge smiles and excited to go again. Just because many enthusiasts hate the ride (I do!) doesnt mean that the GP hates it, especially the younger ones.

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