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The Dragon Mountain Rollercoaster at Marineland of Canada, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Having 5,500 feet of track and designed for three train operation Dragon Mountain has several block brakes to safely keep the trains apart.  The first is right before Dragon Mountain's "volcano".

The Dragon Mountain Rollercoaster at Marineland of Canada, Niagara Falls, Ontario

For most of Dragon Mountain's existence there was no volcano.  When it was being built the plan was to have a huge volcano with themed effects for Dragon Mountain to go through.  The coaster was also supposed to go under and through a quarter scale Niagara Falls. 

The Dragon Mountain Rollercoaster at Marineland of Canada, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Marineland has always been the type of business to pay cash instead of take loans for additions.  With the mountain being built, numerous tunnels for the coaster added to it and the cost of the coaster itself the volcano and miniature Niagara Falls were cut to keep within the rides budget.

The Dragon Mountain Rollercoaster at Marineland of Canada, Niagara Falls, Ontario

For decades the "Volcano" was nothing more than a cone like structure of metal supports for the rides helix. 

The Dragon Mountain Rollercoaster at Marineland of Canada, Niagara Falls, Ontario

In 2006 concrete was added to the supports to make the helix volcano like for riders.
  




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