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Dragon Challenge (Walt Murphy)

Dragon Challenge (Walt Murphy)

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roller coaster
Dragon Challenge (Walt Murphy)
Beastie (Alton Towers).jpg
The roller coaster while it was at Alton Towers
Walt Murphy
Location Travelling
Showman / operator Walt Murphy
Status Operating
Alton Towers
Location Alton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom
Operated 1983 to 2010
Replaced by Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure
Manufacturer Pinfari
Type Steel - Family
Model / product Super Dragon MD31
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Dragon Challenge in 2019

Dragon Challenge is a steel family roller coaster travelling with showman Walt Murphy. It was formerly located at Alton Towers in Alton, Staffordshire, England, UK.

History[edit | edit source]

Beastie originally opened in 1983 as Mini Dragon in the Festival Park (now Dark Forest) area of Alton Towers. It allowed younger children to experience the thrill of a full-size roller coaster.

In 1987, the ride was renamed to just Dragon.

In 1993, the ride was moved to the Thunder Valley section of the park. This was when it assumed it's current name, Beastie, due to the Beast opening at the park.

In 1998, the ride was moved to its final position, in the Adventure Land area of the park.

In 2009, the Beastie became the oldest roller coaster operating at the park, after the Corkscrew closed in 2008.

In 2011, it was revealed that the Beastie would leave the park. It was left standing but not operating and was removed just before the 2013 season kicked off. The area where Beastie was located is now used for the Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure, forming part of CBeebies Land.[1]

The ride was then purchased by travelling showman Walt Murphy, who travels with the ride as Dragon Challenge.[2] It operated at the Global Village in Dubai from late 2013 to early 2014.

Dragon Challenge operated at the Hoppings in 2015. In April 2017, Dragon Challenge was operating at Barry Island Pleasure Park in Wales, UK, where it remains today.

Design[edit | edit source]

This ride features a standard layout. It has many head-chopper elements and a compact footprint.

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