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Dragon's Fury at Chessington World of AdventuresSubmitted by SilPho on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 20:37
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Land of the Dragons
Mar 27, 2004
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A custom-built spinning roller coaster, Dragon’s Fury sees guests boarding cars that can hold up to four riders. Its circuit dominates the Land of the Dragons area of Chessington World of Adventures, with riders being challenged to survive the wrath of the dragon (seen at the ride’s entrance).
As with most Maurer Söhne spinning coasters, Dragon’s Fury appears to defy the laws of physics. The vehicles traverse some truly bizarre-looking elements, including a vertical Immelman turn. The level of rotation of the cars depends on the distribution of the weight of the riders on-board. As Chessington usually operates a limit of 3 adults per car, this often results in spinning-aplenty.Review:
Critics will point to the lack of theming surrounding Dragon’s Fury as a major flaw, particularly as it is located in a park that usually excels in that area. Other than the name, there’s little to suggest that a dragon is involved in any way in the ride experience.
Almost nobody who rides Dragon’s Fury will care, though. For starters, you’ll be spinning too fast to see any of the theming anyway. More importantly, it’s just an incredibly well-designed ride, which leaves almost every rider giggling uncontrollably by its finish.
UK theme parks fans will note that Dragon’s Fury is similar to Sonic Spinball at Alton Towers, with owner Merlin having purchased both rides at the same time. For us, Dragon’s Fury stands head-and-shoulder above the ride at its sister park. Be warned, though, that it is very popular, and its relatively low capacity results in significant queues from mid-morning onwards on busy days. Ride early or late to avoid sweltering or getting soaked in its uncovered queue line.Top Tip:
If you want your car to spin faster on Dragon's Fury, make sure you try and spread the weight of your party unevenly around the 4-seater car. If you’re not so keen on spinning, try and sit so that you balance each other out.
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Upcoming refurbishments, rehabs and closures
We are not aware of any scheduled refurbishment periods for Dragon's Fury. Do you know of any upcoming "rehabs" that we're missing? If so - please contact us so that we can keep the list up-to-date.