When I was younger, one of my absolute favorite places to go on vacation was Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. In the Metro Detroit area that I grew up, it's a very popular summer destination, because it's only a couple of hours away. I still remember my first trip there when I was a preteen. It was me, my brother, my mom, and my step-dad, and there was one rule: we had to ride whatever ride they told us to, otherwise we were never coming back. When the stakes are that high, you face your fears real quick.

After that first trip, I was hooked. I've been to Cedar Point probably ten times since then, but I haven't been back in the almost seven years that I've lived in Iowa. It's just too far of a drive from Cedar Rapids. Luckily, there is a fun place to ride a few rollercoasters that's only a couple of hours away!

We took a trip over to Adventureland in Altoona on Saturday, and I had one goal: ride the Dragon Slayer. The brand new coaster just recently opened in the same place The Dragon once stood. Actually, there are still some remains of The Dragon right next to the new ride!

In terms of size, the Dragon Slayer doesn't look super impressive at first glance. It's not some long, winding ride full of hills and loops. But, when you see it in action, you understand why so many people are afraid to ride it! There are four seats on each side of the coaster, and those seats spin the WHOLE TIME. It's only about 45 seconds long, but that's really all you need. You're upside-down so much that you have no idea which direction you're facing! I really enjoyed it, but the Monster is still my favorite ride at Adventureland.


If you're curious about the Dragon Slayer, here's a video that my friend took of us on the rollercoaster, from start to finish (I'm the one on the left with the black capris and Converse shoes):

If you've also had the chance to ride the Dragon Slayer, let us know your thoughts on it in the comments!

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