Ride Details Edit
Riders sit in a large circular dragon train that appears to chase its own tail. After your lapbars are lowered, the ride accelerates and speeds around in a circle at speeds of up to 13 rpm (15 mph), flowing over hills and dales up to about six feet in height. The ride then slows down and moves backwards for the remainder of the ride. The upper part of the ride is enclosed in a highly ornate 40 foot tall pagoda.
Jumping Dragon is located in the center of the former Putter Around the Park mini-golf course.
Compared to Musik Express. Edit
This type of ride is commonly known as a Himalaya, although the ride's manufacturer, ZIERER, calls it a Dragon Ride. The ride is very similar to the Musik Express at Lagoon. One notable difference is that Jumping Dragon begins moving in reverse about half-way through the ride. Musik Express did this in the past as well, but now it only travels forwards. Jumping Dragon also features divided seats with individual lap bars while Musik Express features open seats, seatbelts and a more simple, shared lap bar. The experience of being "crushed" up against your ride partner(s) that is common on Musik Express, will not occur on Jumping Dragon.
Jumping Dragon has a Chinese Dragon theme and travels through a giant pagoda. Behind the ride lies a tunnel that looks like a giant dragon that park guests can walk through. To the west is a garden where parents can rest and watch their kids ride. The ride queue line features detailed sculptures that fit well with the theme.