What's so special about Drachen Fire?

Saturday, April 21, 2001 9:20 AM
I don't mean for that to sound antagonistic in any way; the fact is I've never had the opportunity to ride the thing. It's reputation however, is of mythological proportions! You can't go to a coaster site without hearing about it; it even has it's own coaster site!

So tell me; what is so special about Drachen Fire?

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Saturday, April 21, 2001 9:48 AM
It is the only coaster with a corkscrew/drop and a cutback! How cool is that!?
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Saturday, April 21, 2001 9:59 AM
everything
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Saturday, April 21, 2001 10:06 AM
Too bad they took it down though.

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Saturday, April 21, 2001 10:08 AM
I didn't know that it was the ONLY coaster with a cutback...?
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Saturday, April 21, 2001 11:25 AM
I've been told that the cutback on that coaster was INTENSE. Wish I could ride it...

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Saturday, April 21, 2001 11:35 AM
The fact that it has been closed down for so long now and Busch Gardens has done nothing with it, it brings question to everyones minds.

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Saturday, April 21, 2001 11:41 AM
Coastergenious, they didn't take it down. It's SBNO, but not taken down. I hope they reopen it by the time I get to BGW. The elements on it look awesome.

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Saturday, April 21, 2001 11:56 AM
As far as I can tell, the only thing special about it is that it's closed. While the cut-back is certainly unique, it otherwise reminds me of every other Arrow looper I've ever been on.

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Saturday, April 21, 2001 11:57 AM
It's only the best Arrow looper ever. I think I read that the park designed it for B&M to make, but Arrow ended up building the ride. This would explain it's non-Arrowish layout. Can anyone confirm?

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Saturday, April 21, 2001 12:07 PM
Like Jeff said in a previous post... the only thing unique about it is that it is closed.

If it were still running and Loch Ness Monster would be sitting there SBNO all of the talk and mystery would be about that one.

If Kennywood would have just closed down Steel Phantom and not created Phantom's Revenge, that would be the "cause".

etc etc etc.
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Saturday, April 21, 2001 5:12 PM
It must not have been that great. After all, they closed it down, didn't they.
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Saturday, April 21, 2001 5:17 PM
I was fortunate to ride Drachen Fire in when it first opened in 1992. It may have been an Arrow coaster but it sure didn't seem like an Arrow. Typical Arrows are vertical loops, corkscrews, and boomerangs, but with elements never before found on an Arrow (wraparound corkscrew, batwing/cobra roll, and cutback) made the coaster unique.

I also liked the open trains, also not like a typical Arrow.

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Saturday, April 21, 2001 5:51 PM
Im sorry but I got to ask this question... What is a cutback? Not sure what it is, but it sounds like a half loop-barrel roll... is it anything like that?

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Saturday, April 21, 2001 5:55 PM
It's more like a U-turn where you invert will traveling through it, here is a good pic:
http://www.rcdb.com/installationgallery112.htm?Picture=4. Hope that helps! Also, you could think of it as the top-hat inversion on Mr. Freeze (albiet a really tall one).

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Saturday, April 21, 2001 5:57 PM
Ok. I wasnt sure, so i just wanted to make a fool of myself and ask. Always helps.

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Saturday, April 21, 2001 6:03 PM
They should remove the ride and add a Deja Vu. Or they would add a dueling V2.

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Saturday, April 21, 2001 6:03 PM
First time I rode MF, I thought the overbanked turns were just big cutbacks like the one on Drachen fire. That picture posted above sure looks loike an MF overbanked turn! (I'm not trying to start debate on whether or not MF has inversions)

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- Peabody
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Saturday, April 21, 2001 6:05 PM

StealthmF5m3 said:
"They should remove the ride and add a Deja Vu. Or they would add a dueling V2.

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Unlikely. Busch is a class act all the way. Nothing the've built in the last 20 years comes close to being a clone. (If course others have come close to cloning their coasters)

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- Peabody
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Saturday, April 21, 2001 7:25 PM
I don't understand why everyone is so excited about Deja Vu anyway. It's just a big boomerang. I don't like boomerangs. I don't care if they are almost 200 feet tall. It's STILL a boomerang. Hopefully they won't put one in every park like they did with the other boomerangs.
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