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Dragon Khan (PortAventura) - OnRide - (480p)02:15

Dragon Khan (PortAventura) - OnRide - (480p)

General
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Park PortAventura Park
Location Salou, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain
Status Operating
Operated
Operated
Opened May 2, 1995
Opening
Cost
Height restriction
Statistics
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Builder
Designer Werner Stengel, John Wardley
Type
Type Sit-Down
Model Sitting Coaster
Riders per train 28
Riders per hour
Lift/launch system Chain Lift
Height 148 feet
Drop 161 feet
Top speed 65 mph
Length 4,156 feet
Dimensions
Duration 1:45
Inversions 8
Steepest drop
Maximum g-force



Dragon Khan is a steel sit-down roller coaster located in the PortAventura theme park in Salou (Tarragona), Catalonia, Spain. Dragon Khan boasts eight inversions, which was a world record until the opening of the ten-inversion Colossus in Thorpe Park, United Kingdom in 2002.

The ride built by Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) opened on May 2, 1995 and was one of the two roller coasters that Port Aventura had when it opened. The track is red with white and pastel blue supports; the trains are green blue and purple (A third train is run at peak times only). After boarding the ride, riders climb to the top of the lift hill 148 ft high (45 m), before plummeting back down to earth and straight into a 118-foot-tall vertical loop (36 m), followed by a diving loop, a zero-G roll, and a cobra roll. Riders then get a short break at the ride's trim brakes before coming back down into a smaller vertical loop and then onto the last two inversions - the interlocking corkscrews. The ride then pulls up into the brake run before re-entering the Chinese-themed station. The track is 4,165 ft long (1,269 m), and the ride's top speed is over 65 mph (105 km/h). The ride's duration is 1 minute and 45 seconds. The ride, thus far, has more inversions than any other B&M coaster made before or after.

The theme for this ride is based on Chinese mythology: the Dragon Khan was the reincarnated spirit of the evil Prince Hu of Beijing. His fury was unleashed each time a human dared to climb atop his back. This links in with the fact that the ride is located at the very back of the park in the Chinese themed area. Due to this ride's placement, it can be seen from anywhere inside the park, as well as from nearby hotels and the Reusairport.The ride has a total of three trains, each containing seven cars. Riders are arranged four across in a single row for a total of 28 riders per train.

Preceded by

ShockWave

First Roller Coaster with 8 Inversions

May 1995-March 2002

Succeeded by

Colossus

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