Dragon Khan

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Dragon Khan
Dragon Khan and Shambhala in 2012.JPG
Dragon Khan's (red) layout under Shambhala (white)
PortAventura Park
Coordinates41°05′15″N 1°09′39″E / 41.08750°N 1.16083°E / 41.08750; 1.16083Coordinates: 41°05′15″N 1°09′39″E / 41.08750°N 1.16083°E / 41.08750; 1.16083
StatusOperating
Opening dateMay 2, 1995
General statistics
TypeSteel
ManufacturerBolliger & Mabillard
DesignerJohn Wardley (layout) Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH (mechanical role)
ModelSitting Coaster
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Height45.1 m (148 ft)
Drop49.1 m (161 ft)
Length1,285 m (4,216 ft)
Speed104.6 km/h (65.0 mph)
Inversions8
Duration1:45
G-force4
Height restriction140 cm (4 ft 7 in)
Dragon Khan at RCDB
Pictures of Dragon Khan at RCDB

Dragon Khan is a steel sit-down roller coaster located in the PortAventura Park theme park in Salou and Vilaseca (Tarragona), Catalonia, Spain. Dragon Khan boasts eight inversions, which was a world record until the opening of the ten-inversion Colossus in Thorpe Park, United Kingdom in 2002.

The ride built by Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) opened on May 2, 1995 and was one of the two roller coasters that Port Aventura had when it opened. The track is red with white and pastel blue supports; the trains are green, blue and purple (a third train is run at peak times only).

Ride experience[edit]

Inversions[edit]

Inversions
1 Vertical loop
2 Dive loop
3 Zero-g roll
4 Part 1 of cobra roll
5 Part 2 of cobra roll
6 Vertical loop
7 Part 1 of interlocking corkscrews
8 Part 2 of interlocking corkscrews

The ride[edit]

After boarding the ride, riders climb to the top of the lift hill 45 m (148 ft), crossing under one of Shambala's return airtime hills. At the crest of the lift hill, Dragon Khan's track crosses under Shambala's lift hill and hits a pre-drop. The track makes a right hand turn, then immediately dives down the first drop, crossing over the entrance to Shambala's splashdown, and entering a 36 metres (118 ft) vertical loop. This is immediately followed by a dive loop. Right after this, the track goes through a zero-g roll which threads through the second vertical loop, and a cobra roll. The track then rises up into the midcourse brake run. Off the midcourse brake run, the track drops to the right, crossing under the exit from the first loop, and into a second vertical loop which wraps around the zero g roll. Leaving the second loop, the track passes goes through a 270 degree counterclockwise upward helix, before entering a set of interlocking corkscrews. The ride then makes a left turn into the final brake run, passing under the center point in the cobra roll, before re-entering the Chinese-themed station. The track is 1,285 m (4,216 ft), and the ride's top speed is over 104 km/h (65 mph). The ride's duration is 1 minute and 45 seconds. The ride, thus far, has more inversions than any other B&M coaster made before or after.

Dragon Khan's zero-g roll

The ride has a total of three trains, each containing seven cars. Riders are arranged four across in a single row for a total of 28 riders per train.

The theme for this ride is based on Chinese mythology: the dragon Khan was the reincarnated spirit of the evil Prince Hu of Beijing. His fury was unleashed each time a human dared to climb atop his back. This links in with the fact that the ride is located at the very back of the park in the Chinese themed area. Due to this ride's placement, it can be seen from anywhere inside the park, as well as from nearby hotels and the Reus airport.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Kumba
World's Tallest Vertical Loop
May 1995–May 1996
Succeeded by
Mantis
Preceded by
Shockwave
First Roller Coaster With 8 Inversions
May 1995–March 2002
Succeeded by
Colossus