If I had heard right there is work going on in DF's station. Could it just be a storage place for Howl o Scream or construction for a new coaster. Even though BGW is getting Haunted Lighthouse there is still time for another anouncement. They don't have to demolish anything they just have to place the supports and build the track and theme. BGW fans there is still hope for a new coaster in 2003. There is tarp over the station covering the inside.
From the train I saw the Howl O Scream storage inside during my last visit (2nd to last weekend in August). There is not construction going on back there. The most popular rumor is for a retheming of France (at least redoing the smokehouse) along with the confirmed 4D show in the Pirates Theater. I seriously doubt a coaster for 2003.
that land is great put some good theming in there and you can make a great coaster. Oh ya they need to replace the entarence the last spot was horrible. If it is a flyer or a floorless I will be happy.
BGW seems to build new coasters every 7 or 8 years. Apollo's Chariot arrived in '99 so I am thinking they won't get a new one until 2006. Besides, if they wanted to spend the money on a coaster, they could have spent less money to make the necessary mods to Drachen Fire.
For some reason, I always forget about Alpengeist and Wild Maus. It only seemed that way because Lochness was built in '78, BBW in 1984, Drachen Fire in 1992, and Apollo's Chariot in '99. But, since I forgot about the other 2 being built in the later 90's, my argument is weak. However, if you take into consideration that I forgot about those 2, I am right in what I said, based on the coasters I did not forget about. :)
However, I think I was somewhat correct in saying that instead of investing in a new coaster, they could have spent the bucks to fix up Drachen Fire, something they already had built.
Yeah I also think that it was foolish to destroy such a great unique ride as Drachen Fire. Couldnt they have just worked with what they had and got new trains or redesigned the ride so those transitions were smoother? B+M designed the ride so the center of gravity was focused on the riders heart, while when Arrow took over and finished the job they designed the ride so the center of gravity was focused on the train. Thats why the ride was so plagued with problems.
I'm pretty sure B&M designed the ride and handed it over to Arrow becuase at the time they were busy on Kumba. Look at all the Arrow Mega Loopers and you will see that Drachen Fire is very different. Before DF Arrow had never built interlocking corkscrews which are staples of B&M designs. Also, I think the corkscrew right after the lift was supposed to be a zero-g roll but Arrow couldn't manufacture the part so the changed it to corkscrew.
Don't jump on me all at once, but I thought I read somewhere that B&M had nothing to do with Drachen Fire, and it was Arrow all the way. The whole B&M thing was just a rumor because DF was such a departure from Arrow's previous Megaloopers.
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