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 Review of Iron Dragon @ Cedar Point
1 Rating Posted by: PhantomNik on 3/10/2008 4:30:00 PM
Iron Dragon joins Corkscrew here at Cedar Point as a roller coaster that I just find to be really good and simple fun. At its core, this dragon that emerges from that puzzling blue-green funk of water near the station is merely an above average suspended coaster. But for me, it offers a wonderful change of pace coaster to take a break from the high-intensity thrill machines. Its not really a "relaxing" coaster per se, but it certainly seems like it here. The setting is pretty good, although I must admit that before some trees needed removed for TTD the setting was even better, and might have garnered it another point. As it is, its still surrounded by a decent number of trees, especially in the first half. The crew really hustles on this coaster, and most times they also run 3 trains, so waits on this are very minimal, which is also an enticement to snag a ride several times during visits. The cars are comfy, and after some checks, this dragon departs its lair.

The lift hills are very (and oddly) slow on Iron Dragon, but once at the top of the first one, the train goes down a nice drop, even though it is not very steep. Theres a bit of swinging as this creature coils itself through the trees and winds its way, rather peacefully, towards the second lift hill. The speed in this half, after the first drop, sputters out rather quickly, but thankfully this coaster ends with a bigger bang. Peaking the second lift, the coaster executes a quick drop and picks up a good head of steam as it curves around and heads to the highlight - the ending over the lake. This ending for me is what bumps it up to the levels of an above average coaster. This steel dragon wants to leave an impression, so it sends riders swooping down to the lake via the rides best drop, and what follows is a fairly good helix element that gets the train swinging as it skims the lake and picks up a little mist before charging into the brakes. Throughout the ride, Im having a great time laughing and enjoying the simplistic nature of this fun coaster. The speed really doesnt pick up until the finale, and overall the layout is rather tame, but theres just something about it that I like. This is a great starter adult coaster for younger kids, but also a great coaster for the young at heart! Its not the end-all be-all of coasters, but it is fun, and that to me is worth something. Give this dragon a go, and you may be pleasantly surprised with the ride you get.

Review Comments

ginzo on 3/10/2008 5:46:03 PM said:
Nice review. This one is definitely my least favorite Arrow suspended. Under high wind conditions I worry about it valleying. I prefer the ferocity of Big Bad Wolf. Apparently, Eagle Fortress at Everland in S. Korea is the king of this genre.
PhantomNik on 3/11/2008 11:40:05 AM said:
This ones the only suspended coaster Ive even ridden, so I cant really place it I guess. Big Bad Wolf looks really good, as does that whole park for that matter. I need to get down to BGE really soon! Yeah, I noticed in Mitchs Steel Coaster Poll that Eagle Fortress ranked at like number 4! Pretty interesting, and if Im not mistaken, this is the same park that is opening T-Express, the new Intamin pre-fab woodie that looks amazing! Hmmmmm, extremely long road trip??
ginzo on 3/12/2008 3:42:38 PM said:
Yeah, T-Express just opened over the weekend. It looks amazing. It looks like Everland might be packing the best 1-2 punch in all of coasterdorkdom.
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