Marineland of Canada
Niagara Falls, Ontario
May 21, 2014
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Even though it was once the worlds tallest coaster and is still one
of the tallest looping coasters when you ride Dragon Mountain it does not
feel that high as you're only a few feet above the ground for most of the
Marineland's terrain is pretty flat but when the parks owner John Holer
first came up with the idea for the ride in the mid 1970's (there was a
mention of this ride in a newspaper article in 1976) he wanted a mountain
He wanted a mountain so he built a mountain that rises well over 180 feet
over the rest of the park for his dragon to dwell on. Building
up a huge mountain that covers 30 acres is not inexpensive. I can't
think of many parks that would go through all the trouble to actually build
a mountain for a ride. Going through my mind there are two who would
do that. Those two are Disney and Marineland.
With a custom terrain designed for a custom layout and custom trains to
fit the dragon theme this has to be the most custom coaster that Arrow Dynamics
had ever built.
When Dragon Mountain opened in 1983 there was little vegetation up
there on the slopes. In the 31 years since the coaster has been covered
up in foliage making the ride a bit more mysterious for those who don't
know what to expect from a ride that begins inside a mountain and only shows
a fraction of its track to guests.