Iron Dragon is a steel suspended roller coaster located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, built in 1987 by Arrow Dynamics. It is located in the Celebration Plaza section of the park. It closes for about 45 minutes every night for Luminosity — Ignite the Night!, a nighttime show that takes place right in front of Iron Dragon.
This type of roller coaster features cars that hang beneath the track by a chassis allowing them to swing side to side. Some parts of the ride are built on artificial lagoons, and the track takes riders into wooded areas and over water. Iron Dragon is one of two roller coasters at Cedar Point to utilize two separate lift hills, the other being Cedar Creek Mine Ride. Both hills are built side by side and head in opposite directions.
After departing the station, the ride turns to the right. After ascending the first lift, the ride drops down the ride's first drop, and then rises into a wide left turn. This leads into a right turn. At this point, the ride makes a slight turn to the left, followed by a turn to the right. The ride continues right, descending towards the ground. After rising up again, the track goes down a descending, 270-degree helix. This leads into a set of brakes and the second lift hill, which goes in the opposite direction as the first lift. This lift leads into a drop. This drop is not very steep, but twists side to side, first going left, then right, then left. The ride then pulls up, transitioning from a left to a right turn.
The next drop curves left slightly, then a right-hand turn. This drop leads into a right-hand helix. This part of the ride has mist sprayers under it, although these do not always run. The helix is somewhat pretzel - shaped. The train enters through the helix, goes around the entering track, but then exits over the entering track, and under the helix itself. Exiting the helix, the ride dips and rises, turning left and then right to align with the station and final brakes.
Type Steel - Suspended
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Designer Ron Toomer
Lift/launch system Two chain lift hills
Height 76 ft (23 m)
Length 2,800 ft (850 m)
Speed 40 mph (64 km/h)
Capacity 2,000 riders per hour
Height restriction 3 ft 10 in (117 cm)
Trains 3 trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.