Dragon Mountain

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Dragon Mountain
MarineLand
Coordinates 43°03′41″N 79°04′49″W / 43.061265°N 79.080379°W / 43.061265; -79.080379Coordinates: 43°03′41″N 79°04′49″W / 43.061265°N 79.080379°W / 43.061265; -79.080379
Status Operating
Opening date 1983
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Arrow Huss
Designer Ron Toomer
Model Custom Looping Coaster
Track layout Terrain
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 186 ft (57 m)
Drop 80 ft (24 m)
Length 5,500 ft (1,700 m)
Speed 50 mph (80 km/h)
Inversions 4 (two back to back vertical loops and a "bowtie" consisting of two inversions)
Duration 3:30
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Trains 3 trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.
Dragon Mountain at RCDB
Pictures of Dragon Mountain at RCDB

Dragon Mountain is a steel roller coaster located at MarineLand near Niagara Falls, Ontario in Canada[1] Built in 1983 by Arrow Huss, it was the tallest roller coaster in the world before the opening of Magnum XL-200 at Cedar Point.[2] Although Dragon Mountain reaches a maximum elevation of 186 ft, the first drop is only 80 ft. It covers 30 acres (12 hectares) of land. It is also the only roller coaster with a bowtie element.

Theming[edit]

The riders are first welcomed at the base of the mountain by a long path. At the end of the path lies the Dragon's cave which is carved to look like an actual Dragon's head. The queue and station inside are almost in complete darkness. The station however is lit up more than the queue because it would make operating the ride extremely difficult for the ride operators and attendants. Upon exiting the station, the riders are brought back outside climbing up the lush-green hill. Throughout the most of the ride, the track follows the terrain closely.

For most of the coaster's lifetime, this was all the theming it had. This was because Marineland did not have enough money to execute the ride's initial plan. Upon the opening in the early 80's, the ride was missing the proposed Volcano facade around the helix, and the miniature waterfall built around the stretch of track after exiting the first tunnel. These unthemed parts of the ride had nothing but the framework, which was constructed along with the track. In 2006, Marineland decided to complete the volcano to improve the ride's appearance. Whether the park would like to add more to the facade to make it look more like a volcano is unknown. This has been the only improvement to the ride's theming, as the other incomplete section has remained untouched.

Preceded by
Loch Ness Monster
World's Tallest Complete Circuit Roller Coaster
1983–May 1989
Succeeded by
Magnum XL-200

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