"Steel Dragon" arrived.

Friday, July 9, 2004 4:43 PM
Waldameer's new coaster was named today, kind of used / un-creative. "Steel Dragon". None of the ops liked it and relatively no one clapped when announced. Oh well. 30 minute max. wait. The coaster is fun, and a good decision by the park, unlike the name.

Was anyone from CoasterBuzz there? I was there from 2:30 - 4pm. I was wearing a bright yellow shirt and khaki shorts...

*** Edited 7/9/2004 8:45:24 PM UTC by Rctycoon2k*** *** Edited 7/10/2004 3:22:51 AM UTC by Rctycoon2k***

Friday, July 9, 2004 5:07 PM
Well, the photos on rcdb.com look awesome. I'm glad mice-designers are finally starting to do some different things, like banked drops and (almost) overbanked turns.
Friday, July 9, 2004 5:09 PM
The pics on RCDB.com are mine... ;) I am uploading some pics of it right now. It's very smooth and fun coaster.
Friday, July 9, 2004 5:20 PM

There are some pics from earlier today (the ones labeled "spinner_#.jpg")

Friday, July 9, 2004 5:27 PM
Looks more fun than Ragin Cajun!
Friday, July 9, 2004 5:36 PM
Is this the same model as the Whirlwind at SeaBreeze?
Friday, July 9, 2004 5:38 PM
I think it is modified, the last turn doesn't look as high as the one as Whirlwind.
Friday, July 9, 2004 5:42 PM
So it's all official now? We have a name and it's up and running daily?
Friday, July 9, 2004 5:44 PM
Yep, the ride officially opened last friday. The ride is now open every day, running 4 cars.
Friday, July 9, 2004 6:17 PM
Pics right here:





The ride's new name is so lame.
I hate it. Reminds me of that Japanese joke Steel Dragon 2000 that crushed Millennium Force's 2 records (fastest & tallest).

The ride itself is uber-smooth & climbs the lift really fast. Not as dizzying as I thought/hoped it'd be, but still nice.

Name is dumb, though... I bet a 6yr old came up with the name & that's the only reason they chose it. Come on... a naming contest for all these weeks and that's the final? Hmmm... something's not right. Maybe they only got one response?

[EDIT] BTW: These were taken last Friday when the ride officially opened for the first time to the public: 07-02-04

*** Edited 7/9/2004 11:00:59 PM UTC by DawgByte II***

Friday, July 9, 2004 6:39 PM
Cute logo though...I just called a logo cute. I cant wait to ride it tommorow! *** Edited 7/9/2004 10:42:05 PM UTC by eightdotthree***
Friday, July 9, 2004 8:46 PM
The fact that everything was themed to dragons already also makes me wonder about how "legit" the naming contest is also. For instance, the name submission page had a dragon on it, before the contest even ended!
Friday, July 9, 2004 10:33 PM
11 year old named it I guess... I dont know, I only heard the announcement, didn't see it. I just got back from Waldameer again ;). Ride is better at night, but still an awesome pick for Waldameer.

The one girl op I know for a fact hated the ride... she said they should have used her name... "Blazing Fire", which makes sense seeing the coaster is very bright red.

*** Edited 7/10/2004 2:36:03 AM UTC by Rctycoon2k***

Friday, July 9, 2004 11:00 PM
We rode it last week and it was very cool, smooth and family friendly. My daughter loved it "my favorite part was going down the big hill really fast." LOL, I guess it would be big and fast to a 5 yr old. While it's disorienting, it doesn't make you dizzy like Exterminator can. Great addition to the park.
Saturday, July 10, 2004 2:59 AM

DawgByte II said:

Steel Dragon 2000 that crushed Millennium Force's 2 records (fastest & tallest).


I wouldn't say 8 feet taller and 2 mph faster is crushing. That would be like saying a team winning a basketball game by 2 points was a slaughter.

I would say Dragster crushed both of them though! :)

Saturday, July 10, 2004 9:54 AM
Ok.... stomped? Trampled? just-crested? barely by a hair?
Saturday, July 10, 2004 12:37 PM
I entered the name to be Superman:Mouse of Steel :(
Saturday, July 10, 2004 12:44 PM
Yeah, and you are stupid.
Sunday, July 11, 2004 6:42 PM
seems the color would lead to a different name, oh well, it looks fun though
Sunday, July 11, 2004 6:44 PM
does there look to be a traveling model of this anytiime soon?

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