I just recently got regular access to the internet and therefore have just recently begun looking at sites dedicated to roller coaster enthusiasts, and I have noticed that while people seem to like Big Bad Wolf at BGW, Iron Dragon (a similar coaster built at around the same time) seems to be almost universally denigrated. I was wondering -- what makes the experiences of these two coasters so different? Is it the theming around Big Bad Wolf? Is Iron Dragon over-braked? (a common complaint about cedar fair parks)
In fact, it is BBW that is braked heavily where it wasn't originally. ID has no trims.
Basically, it comes down to design and location. BBW is a pretty wild ride at times in a unique location with awesome theming. ID is a GREAT family ride. It's a great starter coaster and is a good part of CP's coaster collection.
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BBW is one of the greatest coasters I have ever been on. It's all about the swing. With it the coaster is awesome but without swing it's just boring. *** This post was edited by Colin 5/11/2003 2:17:02 AM ***
The only one I thought was *tame* was ID....the rest provided at least a few moments of thrill....someday someone will show me why riders on suspendeds require such an enormous amounts of restraint INSIDE the *cabins*....probably not in this lifetime though...;) ------------------ "Like most problems in life, it's nothing that can't be solved with a little bending"...Bender, Futurama
Iron Dragon is tame, yes, but it still is a good family ride and I think it's a good part of Cedar Point. But not all coasters need to be intense and thrilling! ------------------ CCI Lives On! -Patrick
I've been on Iron Dragon, Vortex, Top Gun, and Big Bad Wolf- Top Gun was by far the best with Vortex in a close second. I was very young when I rode BBW however, so if I were to ride it again, my opinions might change. :)
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ID at CP is just an entry coaster for younger riders. You have to start somewhere and ID is still fun for all those youngsters. Another reason ID isn't very big is the space concens at CP. I have no idea if they were planning to put in another coaster where TTD is when ID was built but it could have been a thought. If ID was any taller or longer, there would be no room for TTD and who would want that? If you look at the design for the BBW at BG it takes up a ton of land because suspended coasters can't turn tightly. BG built BBW larger because they had room to spare and because they aren't worried about breaking any records for number of coasters. I would rather have ID and TTD where they are now than a bigger better ID and no TTD.
Has ID *become* a coaster Pointers say is just for "starters" and not meant to be a thrilling coaster to defend where its lacking compared to other suspended coasters or did CP advertise and market ID as a family coaster to begin with? Iron Dragon is the fiercest-named family coaster I can think of.
-Danny *** This post was edited by Koaster King 5/11/2003 4:31:59 PM ***
The Bat was truly unique.....I'm just glad that the problems were worked out. The suspended coaster became successful thanks to the trial and error of that furry critter. :) Nice to see one pop up again at Kings Island (not to mention one that takes names!). ------------------ Brad Sherman The Headless Horseman awaits thee in 2003! Arrowed!