Follow the construction of Dragon’s Fury, the Maurer Söhne spinning coaster, ahead of its opening in 2004.

14th March 2003

The first stage of construction was to re-route and shorten Toadie’s Crazy Cars, in order to clear the area that would be used for Dragon’s Fury’s station building.

9th June 2003

Hoarding was put up around the site and a temporary path was been created next to Toadie’s Crazy Cars for easier access to Beanoland and Mystic East. Action Man had started to be dismantled.

31st October 2003

The majority of the coaster foundations had now been laid, and initial steelwork arrived. The last two photos were taken on 01/11/03.

24th November 2003

The lift hill, helix, and block 3 section had now been built. The ride was not constructed in layout order due to accessibility reasons.

8th December 2003

Approximately half the layout was now complete. The large play area building had started to rise.

19th December 2003

With some of the larger sections of the ride completed, work was focused on the drop, Immelmann turn and section after.

12th January 2004

Only the first drop was left to be erected. The world’s largest Immelmann turn was now complete, dwarfing the equivalent on Spinball Whizzer at Alton Towers. The playhouse continued to progress, with the sides of the building going up. The first dragon had also arrived on site, along with a large amount of mesh that was used to construct the rockwork and other theming in the area.

16th January 2004

The last piece of track, the base of the first drop, was put in to place on 14th January, completing the circuit. The playhouse started to come together, with theming put on to the sides of the structure.

3rd February 2004

Work continued on the platforms of each block brake, and the first tree house started to rise. The trains were delivered, providing a first-look at them. Commissioning and ride testing was due to start soon.

19th February 2004

The area really started to come together, with one tree house complete, and the second due for completion shortly after. Dragon’s Fury made its first successful test run on 17th February, using a test car from Maurer Söhne that was also used to commission Spinball Whizzer at Alton Towers. This car had the spinning mechanism disabled.

3rd March 2004

Construction was now focused on the theming in the area, with the two smaller rides due to be installed a few days later. Dragon’s Fury was going through its commissioning process before staff could ride for the first time.

24th March 2004

With only three days left before the park opened for the season, the frantic rush was on to get everything ready for the first guests.