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Drachen Fire

Drachen Fire

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roller coaster
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
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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[edit | edit source]

Drachen Fire was going to be built by Bolliger & Mabillard, like Kumba at Busch Gardens Tampa, but the company was busy. However, Busch Gardens Williamsburg picked Arrow Dynamics to construct Drachen Fire. The ride started construction in 1991. Drachen Fire opened on April 4, 1992.

The ride was famous for gaining a reputation of being very rough, which led to poor ridership. The corkscrew between the block brake and cutback was the roughest part of the ride. 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 was still rough.

The coaster closed in 1998 and subsequently listed for sale.[1] It was ultimately demolished in 2001.

Design[edit | edit source]

Elements

Color scheme[edit | edit source]

Drachen Fire had a light blue track and silver supports.

Trains[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

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