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==History==
 
==History==
In 1991, Drachen Fire was announced. Instead of using crossbeam supports, Arrow wanted to use [[Bolliger & Mabillard]] supports. This would be the first Arrow coaster to copy B&M-style. Drachen Fire opened on April 4, 1992. On opening day, it had technical problems.
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In 1991, Drachen Fire was announced. Drachen Fire opened on April 4, 1992.  
  
Drachen Fire became very infamous for its rough and painful ride experience. Less than a month after the grand opening, riders decided to not go on the coaster because of this.  
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Drachen Fire became very infamous for its rough and painful ride experience. Less than a month after the grand opening, riders decided to not go on the coaster because of this.
  
 
The most infamous part of the ride was the [[corkscrew (element)|corkscrew]] after the [[block brake]]. To increase ridership, Busch Gardens decided to take out the corkscrew after the 1994 season. It was replaced by a straight section, but Drachen Fire continued to be rough. Passengers had to take off their earrings, due to the rough ride causing bloody ears.
 
The most infamous part of the ride was the [[corkscrew (element)|corkscrew]] after the [[block brake]]. To increase ridership, Busch Gardens decided to take out the corkscrew after the 1994 season. It was replaced by a straight section, but Drachen Fire continued to be rough. Passengers had to take off their earrings, due to the rough ride causing bloody ears.
  
After the opening of [[Alpengeist]] in 1997, Drachen Fire's popularity would dwindle. By 1998, the coaster was widely hated by guests. In July of that year, Drachen Fire would close after years of plummeting guest satisfaction. The following year in 1999, [[Apollo's Chariot]] debuted as Drachen Fire was standing but not operating.
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After the opening of [[Alpengeist]] in 1997, Drachen Fire's popularity would dwindle. By 1998, the coaster was widely hated by guests. In July of that year, the decision was made to close it for good. It was then subsequently listed for sale.<ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20110720142836/http://www.richmond.com/news/1999/aug/17/busch-gardens-drachen-fire-for-sale-ar-609318/ Busch Gardens' Drachen Fire For Sale - Richmond.com]</ref> The coaster was ultimately demolished in 2002.
 
 
After closing, Drachen Fire was then subsequently listed for sale.<ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20110720142836/http://www.richmond.com/news/1999/aug/17/busch-gardens-drachen-fire-for-sale-ar-609318/ Busch Gardens' Drachen Fire For Sale - Richmond.com]</ref> The coaster was ultimately demolished in 2002.
 
  
 
==Design==
 
==Design==

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Drachen Fire
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Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Location Williamsburg, Virginia, USA
Status Defunct
Operated April 4, 1992 to July 11, 1998
Cost $4,000,000 USD
Statistics
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Designer / calculations Ron Toomer
Type Steel
Model / product Custom Looping Coaster
Riders per train 28
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height150 feet
Drop130 feet
Top speed60 mph
Length3550 feet
Inversions5
G-force3.5 g
HELP
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Drachen Fire was a steel multi-looping roller coaster located at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA. It operated from 1992 to 1998 and was built by Arrow Dynamics.

History

In 1991, Drachen Fire was announced. Drachen Fire opened on April 4, 1992.

Drachen Fire became very infamous for its rough and painful ride experience. Less than a month after the grand opening, riders decided to not go on the coaster because of this.

The most infamous part of the ride was the corkscrew after the block brake. To increase ridership, Busch Gardens decided to take out the corkscrew after the 1994 season. It was replaced by a straight section, but Drachen Fire continued to be rough. Passengers had to take off their earrings, due to the rough ride causing bloody ears.

After the opening of Alpengeist in 1997, Drachen Fire's popularity would dwindle. By 1998, the coaster was widely hated by guests. In July of that year, the decision was made to close it for good. It was then subsequently listed for sale.[1] The coaster was ultimately demolished in 2002.

Design

Elements

Color scheme

Drachen Fire had a light blue track and silver supports.

Trains

3 trains with 7 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.

Facts

In 1999, Arrow implemented the same B&M-style support structure used on Drachen Fire for the Tennessee Tornado at Dollywood.

Photo Gallery

References

External links