Kind of a unusual word to coin a coaster enthusiast!
I'll ride a 25 foot 20mph max wooden roller coaster if that's what the park offers!!
If anyone absolutely refuses to ride a certain ride... then it should be because it's a complete headache or have some other good reason.
Iron Dragon is a very nice ride. It pales in comparison to all the other Cedar Point coasters because of its small size... but it's still fun, and their only suspended coaster. It's got a great run after the 2nd lift. It's just missing a little intensity and speed...
But if there's no line, or even just half the wait of other coasters, I will take a quick ride on there just because!
Why? It's a waste of time when I have Top Gun 20 minutes away. If I had time, I would definitely ride it. It's just there are better things to do. Size doesn't matter. I would rather ride WC than ID. I would rather ride Raptor or almost anything than Mantis. It's not the size. It's how you use it. ;) ------------- Everything above was my opinion.If you disagree,please respond in an intelligent fashion.But before you post,I warn you that some people say I'm just too smart to understand. Please take that into consideration.
ToddConstantine - as a '98 Dragon operator, let me apologize for the grease -- the ops should have taken care of it long before it became a problem, and I know we've given guests shirts and stuff to replace the clothes the ride has damaged. My sincerest apologies for yours.
Iron Dragon is a good ride, for certain! Yes, it loses a lot of momentum into the second lift, and you have to wonder if there's more that could be done with the "hidden pond", but it is fun. The final pretzel is amazing, especially if the fog is running very well -- my recommendation to hit it right would be first thing in the morning. If you want a really quick wait, watch the 10pm laser show from near the entrance and then get right over to it -- the ride will open within 10-15 minutes and you'll be right on.
Coasterfreakbailes -- I'd ride the Junior Gemini too, if I could hijack a kid to get me on! :)
Variety is the spice of life, and when The Force, Magnum and Raptor have long lines, you can often count on ID to be less crowded for a little change of pace. Not the best suspended ever, I agree, in fact I'd take Top Gun or Big Bad Wolf any day, but when you're there, why the heck not?
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It's a sentimental favorite w/ me because it was my first roller coaster, and I always get at least one ride in when I go there. And as for Top Gun... all I can say is, don't sneeze or you'll miss everything.
Iron Dragon is, IMO, the best suspended I've rode (beating out Ninja at SFMM and Top Gun at PKI). Why? Length, plain and simple.
Koaster King said: "Why? It's a waste of time when I have Top Gun 20 minutes away. If I had time, I would definitely ride it. It's just there are better things to do."
Well I dont have TG nearby, but there are better things to do @ CP and since my CP visits have generally only been once in a year (and off years in betwixt) It made more sence to me to ride Maggie (or now Millie) than ID so I dont think that I've ridden it since 1990. I *tried* to ride it opening day (we had gotten the biggies out of the way) but it was DDM often. I'll probably ride it at CoasterMania. I figure most people will leave it alone. I think I'll make it my first ride after the park is open to everyone (if Millie doesn't sing her seductive song to me...) lata, jeremy --Superman: Ride of Steel
Iron Dragon is always worth a ride or two. I don't get to Cedar Point often enough for it to become "stale." It is good break from some of the more intense rides and a heck of a lot better then sitting on a bench. I also tend to go during times that the park is pretty much dead and there is ample time to ride everything several times. How often do they use the misters in the pretzel? I haven't seen them on in years!
I found ID very relaxing, BBW at BGW whips it in a fight of toughness, though. BBW is relaxing until the drop at the end, which is what makes the difference in the two. BBW is also in more trees and has a village, so they make it look more exciting than it is. I had nothing against ID, maybe I was expecting more but if I go back, it doesn't cut much into the riding of other rides and I will ride it again.
My friend Benet and I never fail to enjoy a ride on the Iorn Dragon at the point. It is exciting to watch off the ride as well. It contributes greatly to Cedar Points eyecatching scenery that its reputation so often is recognized for.
The misters are intermittent, that's for sure, but that's a maintenance issue, not one the ride ops have any say in. I wish we did, they'd be on all the time! It's an especially great way to cool off on a hot day.