Mike240SX wrote:You might be too young to ever have experienced it. It wasn't as bad as the modern pundits make it out to be. Rough? Sure. But not as bad as many coasters that still exist today.
I beg to differ on this point. When I rode during its first season, Drachen Fire left me with a throbbing headache, an upset stomach, and a huge bruise on either shoulder. It was simply wretched.
They re-profiled it, which helped some--but it was too little, too late. It looked pretty, but felt foul.
Yes, Drachen Fire has its fans. As you've probably guessed, I'm not among them.
I rode it in 1997 so not sure if thats after the reprofiling. I was 15 yrs old so able take a beating more than I am now. My friend and I rode it was and had zero desire to go back to it, and this was when they only had 4 coasters.
Yeah, '97 was after they removed the first corkscrew (1994). I'm pretty sure that's the only "reprofiling" the coaster ever got.
-Mike Total Coasters: 145 Top 10 Steel: Maverick, Skyrush, Intimidator 305, Fury 325, Banshee, Millennium Force, Raptor, Superman: The Ride (SFNE), Top Thrill Dragster, Big Bad Wolf Top 10 Wood: The Beast, El Toro, Phoenix (Knoebels), Boulder Dash, Thunderbolt (KW), Mystic Timbers, Comet (Hershey), Hercules, Shivering Timbers, Jack Rabbit (KW) Top 5 Hybrid: Twisted Timbers, Goliath (SFGAm), Wicked Cyclone, Great White, Gemini
^^-- I never felt like a possible broken neck on an SLC, so much pain from one tap. Nor have I ever been able to ride one almost never touching the horse collar, which was a must on DF, though not easy. I rode it a couple hundred times after my moment of great fear, I don't give up that easily. It had a rare combination of intensity and short lines for the time, but with reasons.
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