Sea Dragon At Columbus Zoo.

Friday, June 11, 2010 11:48 AM

I have never ridden the Sea Dragon and might on a trip to the zoo.

What is the cost to ride the coaster? Is there a pay one price band or can you just buy a single ride ticket?

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Friday, June 11, 2010 12:40 PM

Last I heard, Sea Dragon was out of commission for at least the next week or two. Not sure about current pricing options, though.

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Friday, June 11, 2010 12:43 PM

Just recently read that it is back up and running.

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Friday, June 11, 2010 2:37 PM

There is a wristband for all the rides that is on top of the admission to the zoo or Zoombezi bay. I know that some rides you can pay to go on with out a wrist band (the carousel & train) but I am not sure about the coaster.

Long live The Jet.

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Friday, June 11, 2010 2:38 PM

You might want to call ahead just to be sure.

http://www.columbuszoo.org/

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Friday, June 11, 2010 2:48 PM

Yeah I know, kinda lazy and wanted to hear what the 'experts' said.

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Friday, June 11, 2010 2:58 PM

I haven't been there since the zoo bought it. You really need to go for the zoo and have Sea Dragon be a bonus. I know if your going just to ride the dragon it will be an expensive credit. I'm not sure if you can even get into the waterpark without a zoo admission. Worst case, it's a zoo admission plus a water park admission and still have a pay-per-ride to boot.

Some of my most expensive credits have been at zoos.

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Friday, June 11, 2010 3:17 PM

Yeah it will be a zoo trip. Was wondering the cost of the credit for Sea Dragon.

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Friday, June 11, 2010 7:10 PM

The wrist band is $8. If your going to just the Zoo, you can get into the Jungle Jack's area but not the water park. If your going to the water park, you can get into everything.

I still don't know if you can just buy a ticket for the coaster though. The flume is quite good also.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010 2:43 AM

Yes you can pay one price for the Sea Dragon. (not sure off the top of my head what it is. The "big" rides have the same price (ie the flume is the same as the sea dragon) and the little carnival rides and kiddie rides have another (this is what I remember from last year...I haven't gone down with my kids yet this year...that's next week.)

It IS NOT part of the waterpark or the zoo...the new rides are actually in the area between the zoo and the waterpark in a very nice area connecting everything. Now where it gets tricky is how the zoo is setting everything up now....Before the zoo's main entrance was back about 100 yards...now they redid it with the parking lot "re-model" and they moved it WAY up. So I think the entrance to Jack's Landing (the rides) is between the tickets and the entrance to the zoo (someone else might be able to help with that.)

The flume and sea Dragon are worth going on, if you haven't...it's pretty much the Beastie at King's Island (imo.) But fun none the less.

Even so...I would HIGHLY recommend visiting the Columbus zoo if you are there. It is BY FAR one of the top zoo's in the nation!

-RollerCoasterGod

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Saturday, June 12, 2010 8:51 AM

Cincinnati resident and know all about great zoos. Ours is a top notch one as well. Have been to Columbus zoo many times. Always see the rides and thought I should ride them. So hoping to do so this summer.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010 11:37 AM

Scooby Doo/Beastie/Fairly Odd/Woodstock: 1972
Jet Flyer/Sea Dragon: 1956

Therefore it is more accurate to say the Kings Island coaster "is like the Sea Dragon". :)

The Sea Dragon is the oldest surviving coaster credited to John Allen.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010 12:06 PM

Not to mention the oldest operating wooden coaster in Ohio. Second oldest coaster (all types) in the state, just ahead of Memphis Kiddie Park's Little Dipper (1952).

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Saturday, June 12, 2010 12:46 PM

And a nice ride. With the curved loading station and old rolling stock, it's better than Kings Islands ride, imo.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010 1:30 PM

And no trim brake on the high turnaround, either!

Oh, and Sea Dragon still has its final dip.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010 1:09 AM

Ensign Smith said:
Not to mention the oldest operating wooden coaster in Ohio. Second oldest coaster (all types) in the state, just ahead of Memphis Kiddie Park's Little Dipper (1952).

Where does Leap-The-Dips fall on that list, Smith?

I keep contemplating a trip to the Columbus Zoo, but that would take away a visit to another theme park. I haven't been to a Zoo (D.C.) in a decade, for that very reason.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010 1:42 AM

Leap the Dips is in Pennsylvania, therefore it doesn't belong on that list. :)

The Columbus Zoo recently surpassed the San Diego Zoo as the #1 Zoo in the Country on whatever list it is that keeps track of that sort of thing. I guess it's the Zoo equivalent of the Golden Ticket Awards.

It's a decent Zoo. The water park is small but has some nice stuff in it, the dry park is also woefully inadequate, but at least it does have a Flying Scooter...and they positioned it in such a way that the coaster is horribly donnikered. But there is a whole lot of potential (including the entire Wyandot Lake main midway!) for this to become a really nice combo park.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010 3:59 AM

DOH! (Slaps forehead)

I read "in the State" as "in the United States". I thought that LtD was being overlooked. We can resume talking about Ohio now. Sorry. :)

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Sunday, June 13, 2010 9:02 AM

Ensign Smith said:
just ahead of Memphis Kiddie Park's Little Dipper (1952).

Hey, I just picked up that credit yesterday! :) Its claim to fame (as per ACE plaque out front) is being the oldest operating steel coaster in North America still in its original location.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010 9:18 AM

It was, and still continues to be, many Clevelanders first coaster. Including me. :)

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