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Postby RIP Psyclone » Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:26 pm

Things like the closed Skyway to Tomorrowland station at Disneyland and the lower Dragon station at SFMM always catch my eye. In a way, it's nice to be able to remember old rides that way, even if it means having an old, delapitated building just sitting there.

Also, I always try to find if a building housing its 2nd ride has any traces of the first ride that occupied it. For example, what's left of Adventure Thru Inner Space in the Star Tours building at Disneyland.

Anyone else?

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Postby RIP Psyclone » Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:29 pm

Rideslover took this nice photo of the lower Dragon station during WCB:

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If you get a little closer to the station, you can see that some of the track remains. What can I say, I just think it's cool.

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Postby Reality15 » Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:24 pm

What exactly was the Dragon? I've been looking for information/other photos on it, and I can't find anything.
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Postby RIP Psyclone » Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:45 pm

Reality15 wrote:What exactly was the Dragon? I've been looking for information/other photos on it, and I can't find anything.


The Dragon was a tram up the west side of Samurai Summit (north if you pretend the back side is the north side, as shown on park maps). Unfortunately it didn't serve its purpose well, so it lasted only a few years. It's a shame because walking up the sloped path from next to Gold Rusher is quite tiring for many. The tram up the east side, Orient Express/Funicular is much more functional, and it has lasted since the park's opening. Rideslover took this pic:
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It's basically 2 cars that move simultaneously, one goes up while the other goes down, and they pass each other in the middle. As for Dragon, I'm not sure exactly how it worked, but it appears that there were several cars along a single path. For anyone who remembers, did they all just bunch up at the top and bottom, and the first car would have to wait for the last car to arrive? I could see how that would be inefficient.

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Postby ebl » Sat Mar 15, 2008 2:30 pm

First, I don't mean to be nit picky, but the Orient Express takes guests up the east side of the mountain, while the old Dragon served the west side. Just gettin' ya oriented.

Anyway, the Dragon, while convenient, was very slow (and stopped a lot), making it easy for guests to step out and walk alongside the cars---and believe me, many did! Those cars were connected to a chain that moved continously, and the cars themselves were boarded much like the Jet Stream boats as they moved around the turtables at each end.

My guess is that now with Spin Out gone, they could combine that space with that of the old lower Dragon station and place a future attraction there. Same goes for the old Shangri-la station of Eagles Flight (the long-empty building just under Tatsu's "egg turn").

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Postby RIP Psyclone » Sat Mar 15, 2008 2:53 pm

^Fixed. So it had turntables at each end, connected to a single, straight track. If the loading speed was the same as the regular speed, I can see how it would have been painfully slow.

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Postby ebl » Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:01 pm

^ And not very comfortable when you're traveling that slow facing downhill on a steep track. You could definitely get out and walk faster.

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Postby Rideslover » Sat Mar 15, 2008 3:52 pm

I glad y'all known about the old dragon station, two eagle's flight in one station and funicular.

Well as old platform was from the Crazy Barrels as the Intamin Drunken Barrels which ride is closed in 1989 and barrels are removed and platform is still there becames rust like abandoned as like the Power Kegs (Hannibarrels) at Six Flags St Louis the ride is still SBNO and wait for removed.

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Postby Homer » Sat Mar 15, 2008 4:36 pm

I picked up some stuff and browsed around for quite a while, and no one noticed me! Very cool...


Word of advice, people who trespass behind restricted areas aren't really looked upon positively in the enthusiast community.

Anyway, I'm kind of an enthusiast of abandoned infrastructures. Busch Gardens Africa turned an old flat ride area in the Congo section (the Monstrous Mamba area) into a sitting area for the Vivi Storehouse restaurant. The queue for the ride is still intact and not blocked off, although some growth from nearby planters have obscured this area. Today, this piece of infrastructure has been torn up for Jungala though.
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Postby SFGAm Shock Wave » Sat Mar 15, 2008 4:41 pm

At SFGAm, they turned one of the Sky Ride stations into a Funnel Cake place. The queue is also there. We also have TrailBlazer's remains in Southwest Territory. That's all I can think of right now, but I'm sure be plenty of remains in County Fair this year with the departure of Splashwater Falls and Deja Vu.

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