|Manufactured By: Anton Schwarzkopf Company|
|Height of Ride: 89 Feet|
|Length of Track: 2,296 Feet|
|Speed: 49 Miles Per Hour|
|Cost of Ride: 2.5 Million|
|Year Installed: 1983|
|Location: South Midway|
|Duration: 1 Minute 45 Seconds|
|Capacity: 1600 Passengers per Hour|
|Amount of Lights: 12,000 +|
|Height Requirements: Riders under 46" in height may not ride. Riders between 46" and 50" in height must be accompanied by a responsible person.|
Fire Dragon (sometimes called Colossus The Fire Dragon or Colossus) is a steel double-looping roller coaster.
Fire Dragon is a classic steel looping roller coaster designed and built by famed German coaster designer Anton Schwarzkopf. Since it was moved to Lagoon in 1983 it has been one of the more popular rides at Lagoon. In 1984 it was selected by People magazine as one of the top 10 roller coasters in the country. The ride is actually a mobile roller coaster, and initially toured with German traveling fairs after its manufacture in 1981. It is designed to be set up or taken down in a 24 hour period.
The ride features two loops, one after another. When upside-down in the loops 75% of a rider's body weight is pressed against the seat making it impossible for a person to fall out. Properly seated riders would not fall out of the train even if they did not have a lapbar. The lapbar is used to prevent people from standing up, and would hold riders in place in the extremely unlikely event that the train stalls while upside-down (this has never happened).
The ride can operate with up to three trains at one time, and was operated in this mode in the past. At some point the park decided to generally only run a maximum of two trains as an extra safety precaution. On rare occasions when the park is at capacity the park may still choose to safely run three trains.
Fire Dragon is the only "Double Looping with additional trackway curve" model of roller coaster that was ever built. It is very similar to the more common "Double Looping" model (such as Laser at Dorney Park) but has additional helices near the end of the ride.
Fire Dragon does not allow riders to choose their own seats. Riders will be place in the first available seat starting from the front of the train. Single riders are not allowed to ride in the very front or back seats. They will be asked to move to a different seat.
Fire Dragon was originally named "Colossus" during its days traveling with German fairs. Lagoon changed the ride's name to Fire Dragon so that it would not be confused with the wooden roller coaster of the same name at Six Flags Magic Mountain. Lagoon did not remove the original logos from the trains or the large Colossus sign from the top of the ride's first loop and many people continued to refer to the ride as Colossus. When the ride was installed Lagoon added the word "Fire" to an existing Zamperla "Dragon" sign and placed it at the ride's entrance. This sign has since been replaced with one that reads "Colossus the Fire Dragon".
Click "Expand" to see an on-ride video. Possible spoilers.
Double Looping with additional trackway curve at schwarzkopf.coaster.net
Fire Dragon at schwarzkopf.coaster.net
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