Iron Dragon (roller coaster)
|Park section||Celebration Plaza|
|Opening date||June 11, 1987|
|Type||Steel – Suspended|
|Track layout||Terrain roller coaster|
|Lift/launch system||Two chain lift hills|
|Height||76 ft (23 m)|
|Length||2,800 ft (850 m)|
|Speed||40 mph (64 km/h)|
|Capacity||2,000 riders per hour|
|Height restriction||46 in (117 cm)|
|Trains||3 trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.|
|Iron Dragon at RCDB
Pictures of Iron Dragon at RCDB
Iron Dragon is a steel suspended roller coaster located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, built in 1987 by Arrow Dynamics. It is located in the Celebration Plaza section of the park. It closes for about 40 minutes every night for Luminosity — Ignite the Night!, a nighttime show that takes place right in front of Iron Dragon.
Before Iron Dragon’s 1987 debut, the Western Cruise (later known as Paddlewheel Excursions) boats circumnavigated the waters around this island. The popular boat ride’s station sat on the same part of the midway where Iron Dragon’s station rests today (In fact, observant Iron Dragon riders can still spot the docking cleats welded to the dock while climbing the stairs to the boarding station). The Monster circular ride used to call the land under Iron Dragon’s transfer track home. Monster closed on Labor Day weekend in 1986 so Iron Dragon construction could begin. Planning for Iron Dragon began in 1985, the same year the Frontier Lift cable car ride (similar to the Sky Ride found on Cedar Point’s main midway) opened for its final season.
In the early and mid-1990s, a "remote a boat" game was housed in the water under Iron Dragon's final helix element. This was removed in 1997.
Iron Dragon's previous color scheme was red track with gray supports, similar paint schemes to that of Ninja's at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Vortex at Canada's Wonderland (both are also Arrow suspended swinging coasters). In 2004, the supports were repainted yellow, giving Iron Dragon the same paint scheme as Top Thrill Dragster.
Starting in July 2016, Cedar Point began testing virtual reality rides on Iron Dragon. Riders were required to sign a waiver prior to riding and were given a scheduled time to beta test the experience using Samsung Gear VR headsets.
This type of roller coaster features cars that hang beneath the track by a chassis allowing them to swing side to side. Some parts of the ride are built on artificial lagoons, and the track takes riders into wooded areas and over water. Iron Dragon is one of two roller coasters at Cedar Point to utilize two separate lift hills, the other being Cedar Creek Mine Ride. Both hills are built side by side and head in opposite directions.
After departing the station, the ride turns to the right. After ascending the first lift, which travels partially underneath Rougarou's lift hill and first drop, the ride drops down the ride's first drop, and then rises into a wide left turn. This leads into a right turn. At this point, the ride makes a slight turn to the left, followed by a turn to the right. The ride continues right, descending towards the ground. After rising up again, the track goes down a descending, 270-degree helix. This leads into a set of brakes and the second lift hill, which goes in the opposite direction as the first lift. This lift leads into a drop. This drop is not very steep, but twists side to side, first going left, then right, then left. The ride then pulls up, transitioning from a left to a right turn. The next drop curves left slightly, then a right-hand turn. This drop leads into a right-hand helix. This part of the ride has mist sprayers under it, although these do not always run. The helix is somewhat pretzel-shaped. The train enters through the helix, goes around the entering track, but then exits over the entering track, and under the helix itself. Exiting the helix, the ride dips and rises, turning left and then right to align with the station and final brakes.
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