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|Dragon Challenge in 2019.|
|Type||Steel - Family|
|Model / product||Super Dragon MD31|
|Propulsion||Chain lift hill|
Dragon Challenge is a steel family roller coaster located at Barry Island Pleasure Park in Wales. It was formerly located at Alton Towers in Alton, Staffordshire, England, UK and travelled from 2013 to 2017.
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.
Design[edit | edit source]
This ride features a standard layout. It has many head-chopper elements and a compact footprint.
References[edit | edit source]
[edit | edit source]
- on the Roller Coaster DataBase.
|Roller coasters at Alton Towers|
|Present||Galactica • Nemesis • Oblivion • Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure • Rita • Runaway Mine Train • Smiler • Spinball Whizzer • Thirteen • Wicker Man|
|Former||4 Man Bob • Alton Mouse • Beastie • Black Hole • Corkscrew • Mini Apple • New Beast • Thunderlooper|
|Unbuilt||Secret Weapon 1 & 2 • unknown|