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Dragon Coaster
Website: Playland Amusement Park Homepage
Ride Type: Wooden Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 3.5000
TPC Overall Rank: #295 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 31
Last Review: 4/30/2011 4:28:00 PM
In User Top 10: 8 times.
User Tracker Count: 57 times.

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3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Barky on 4/30/2011 4:28:00 PM
I'm not a big ride person. I'm afraid of heights and I don't think my body tolerates g-force very well. This was the only non-kiddie roller coaster I've been on, over 20 years ago when I was about 20, so this review may not mean much to some people, but it's shows that some people experience things differently.

The first drop was a painful experience, beginning even before I was over the top, because of the g-force of the slow-down (I wish I could find out how high the g-force is so I could compare it with other rides that I may go on). Then the height scared me even though I lived on a floor much higher and had no problem sticking my head out the window and looking down. When there's openness all around you, like at the top of a ferris wheel or roller coaster, that's a whole nother thing. Then I was scared for the rest of the ride in anticipation of even greater pain (the belly feeling thing, not whiplash or anything like that) only because I didn't realize that first drop was the biggest.

After the ride I went on a looping coaster which didn't scare me. Then I wanted to try the Dragon Coaster again but I had a headache.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up archangels on 8/5/2008 10:21:00 PM
This ride is my favorite ride at Playland. Even though, yeah, it&#39.s not that intense, it&#39.s still a lot of fun, and it&#39.s a really good example of an old-fashioned coaster. The first drop is fun, and the airtime is pretty good. Another drop that has some air is when you leave the dragon&#39.s mouth. I love this ride!!!

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterf42 on 7/4/2008 11:07:00 AM
Not really a bad coaster, but it could be so much better. The first drop has decent airtime in the back, but after that the air seems to fissle out. It is not a very rough coaster, but the turns produce some great laterals. The layout is good and long, and the dragon's mouth with some effective "drool" is a very nice touch. My main complaint is the fact that the large trains seem to make the ride slow down a lot, making the airtime all but non-existant over the last few bunny hops. I enjoy Morgan trains on their hypercoasters, but they just didn't seem to work on this smallish, turn-heavy wooden coaster. It was still a very good experience, and I always seem to enjoy riding classic coasters. I can't give it any better than an average score, because almost all the wooden coasters I have ridden lately are better than it!

2 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Princess on 9/21/2007 9:53:00 PM
The Dragon Coaster is probably the most disappointing coaster I have been on to date. While in the parking lot quite a few of Playlands rides grabbed my attention, but none grabbed mine more than their classic wooden coaster. The ride looked amazing, especially the rides famous tunnel. This was the first ride I went on at Playland. I waited about 5 mintues for the coaster because of a one-train operation and a long ride. This is the only coaster I have been on to date with Morgan trains. As for the ride itself, I was shell-shocked. If only the ride was as good as it looked. The ride should have been a great ride because of the amazingly unique and long layout, the best tunnel I have experienced on a coaster, and the many drops. Sadly the Dragon Coaster just seemed to be dull in many places as the ride just didnt go all that fast. Worst of all was that the ride jackhammered like crazy throughout. Its a shame the Dragon Coaster isnt as good as it looks.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up rocketman23 on 8/14/2007 2:31:00 PM
This is one of those rides thats fun, but nothing spectacular comes out of it. The dragon tunnel is the best part but otherwise theres not much to write about with this ride.

3 Rating
+2 Rating Rate Down Rate Up mrceagle on 8/5/2007 8:54:00 PM
maybe i can into this coaster expecting too much. I have been on a few Classic coasters. they were thrilling and help some surprising speed. But thats not what you get with this coaster. The Morgain trains were terrible. they have a single position lap bar. that meant it was either set to open or castrate. They offered little to no rum to experience hair time if it was found throughout the coaster very complex layout. Thats the big thing that saves the coaster. The layout is complex and weaves around over and under itself and around and over the Ye old mill ride.

The ride is slow and the trains jack hammered badly. you hit a slight straight away and the train slowed instead of keeping momentum. I did enjoy the classic set up and the hand pulled brakes. but I simply left all my rides thinking this coaster had more in it. Its a family coaster no doubt. but still seems like it had more in it.

5 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up degener8 on 6/9/2007 4:21:00 PM - User's Top Ride #5
This is a great, classic wooden coaster. Has a unique layout and is very enjoyable. The part going into the Dragons Mouth and tunnel is fun.

3 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Canobie Coaster on 9/17/2006 11:49:00 AM
Dragon Coaster is a fun, classic wooden roller coaster that has served the test of time. Located near the front of the park, you can see the Dragon Coasters beautiful, white wooden track from the parking lot and almost anywhere in the park. From the parking lot, the Dragon Coaster looked like a longer ride than I thought it was. The curved station looks great when looking at the ride with its classic lettering and structure. Generally, the Dragon Coaster has a 5-15 minute wait because they only run one train and its a pretty long ride. Loading the Dragon Coaster rather quickly, the Dragon Coaster has a 24 seat Morgan train. The train was kelly green and white with a logo of a Dragon on the front of the train. Unfortunately, you cant wait for a certain seat so you have to hope that the seat you want hasnt already been taken when you select your seat. I found the Morgan trains to be roomy, with no seatbelt and only a black buzz-bar. The best seat is the back seat because of the air-time on the first drop. Once the ride began, you turned out of the station and ascended up a long lift hill (only about 75ft tall) and go around a U-turn. You then descend down the 70ft drop with the riders in the back seats getting some good air-time. Then, the train surges up a hill and goes around a turn around. Following that was a double dip followed by a hill propelling you into the dragon tunnel. The green tunnel looks outstanding, is filled with mist, and dark. Afterwards is a sudden drop. For the rest of the Dragon Coaster, the ride travels back and forth within its layout traveling over many hills that sadly lack air-time. On one hill riders in the front seats get a pop of air-time. Overall, a long and fun coaster that shouldnt be missed. I highly recommend this ride to anyone who enjoys classic wooden roller coasters. This is the best roller coaster at Rye Playland.

5 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up ridejunkie on 5/13/2006 8:09:00 AM - User's Top Ride #19
This is one of my all-time favorite woodies! There are just not many things bad about this ride! It has airtime (at least for me), an awesome and heavily themed tunnel, and the really unusual layout is an obvious plus, because you never know whats coming next! I suggest, for the best possible ride, that you sit in the second-to-last seat, and put your hands up at the third drop, and keep them up through the turnaround. You will get a pleasent pop of airtime and a nice view. One of the best parts about this ride is that it was built over 80 years ago, and it has that old feel to it that you could fly off the track at any time or a wheel could break off, and you just dont get that with a coaster thats built around now. that is the reason for the ten. I love this coaster, and if you havent ridden it yet, then shame on you!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up jdale on 10/4/2005 6:36:00 PM
Theres nothing like a nice ride on a classic wooden coaster. Dragon Coaster also is very cool looking. The only reason I gave the ride a 9 is because it was a little too tame. But the drops and going through the dragons mouth are a big plus. Like Phoenix, Dragon Coaster is smooth for its age. This ride is pure fun, but its not the best wooden coaster. Does anyone know what the old trains were like?

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