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Mushroom

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This thread is mainly for "Fun Facts" about the park that do or don't fit into specific categories or threads. Although you should mainly do fun facts only, feel free to leave a few comments here and there.

Good luck!

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Fun Fact: Drachen Fire still exists at the park. You can easily see it. No need to scope out the back of festhaus Park. Just look at Griffon. That's right! DF was melted into supports for Griffon!
 
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It seems like it was made by a teenager trying to look smart saying stuff like that and it took off from there, Plus wasn't griffon and Drachen Fire made by different companies.
 

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I'm sorry. Perhaps I worded that wrong. When DF closed, it was stored for like 4 years and the tracks were melted into Griffon, I think.

That's just what Wikipedia says:
Status: Melted into supports for Griffon

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drachen_Fire]

Sorry for the confusion! :blush:
 
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J0E1 said:
I'm sorry. Perhaps I worded that wrong. When DF closed, it was stored for like 4 years and the tracks were melted into Griffon, I think.

That's just what Wikipedia says:
Status: Melted into supports for Griffon

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drachen_Fire]

Sorry for the confusion! :blush:

Whoever wrote that in Wikipedia is wrong. It makes zero business sense to hold onto steel for years for a ride that was not even in the planning stage when DF was taken down.

There is no part of Drachen Fire in Griffon, period.
 
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Balak95 said:
It seems like it was made by a teenager employee trying to look smart saying stuff like that and it took off from there, Plus wasn't griffon and Drachen Fire made by different companies.

Fixed for you. I cannot believe I had not heard this comical rumor. I guess it means understanding the logistics of the scenario to instantly discredit it.
 

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Sorry! Too bad there's no references. I'll delete it from Wiki in a few days so other people don't get confused. But PLEASE check it out now to make sure I'm not crazy!!!

:hijacked: Can we please get back on the main topic of the thread (now I see why this smilie is used...)? Sorry for the "False Fact"! :D
 
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BGW stocks their "Rhine River" with Catfish, Bass, etc. Also they own three river boats!
 
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Hey now! Don't throw that word around...he was mistaken and he took it back...no need for name calling especially if they've already owned up to their mistake
 
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Despite having a size of more than 100 acres compared to Disneyland's 85, BGW can only hold 35,000 people at max capacity, while Disneyland doesn't turn people away until they reach 85,000 guests. I figure this is mostly due to thankfully undeveloped and vast woodlands on the property, as well as the Rhine River.
 
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Fact: the Big Bad Wolf was almost entirely replaced in 1991 except for the station and the track leading to the first lift.

Fact: the log flume used to go up hill after the first drop. You can still see where it used to dip if you look closely.

I could go on and on with this Haha.
 

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Those are both quite interesting and I had no idea about either of them. Was Big Bad Wolf's retracking/replacement done to extend its service life beyond the original recommendations from Arrow?
 
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Swiftman said:
Those are both quite interesting and I had no idea about either of them. Was Big Bad Wolf's retracking/replacement done to extend its service life beyond the original recommendations from Arrow?

When the ride was originally built the track sections were welded together and the forces of the ride created problems on the supports and track. So the track and some of the supports were replaced to solve the problems. The new track sections that were brought in were bolted together rather than being welded and supports were beefed up to be strong enough to withstand the forces.
 
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too bad bgw couldnt have waited so they could have gotten the b&m they originally wanted.
 
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ALMS7TH said:
too bad bgw couldnt have waited so they could have gotten the b&m they originally wanted.

That's DrachenFire, The Wolf was originally going to be a Schwarzkopf. The Schwartzkopf "flying coaster" prototype was about 75% completed but was then scrapped and Arrow built the Wolf in it's place.

DrachenFire was planned to be a B&M sit-down coaster. A sister coaster to Kumba in BGT. B&M was unable to build them two coasters at the time so BGW gave the contract to Arrow (after building them two great original coasters!) If only Arrow did an original design instead of trying to copy B&M elements, DrachenFire could have been a success and could have made BGW's relations with Arrow last longer. :(
 
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