By Irish Coaster
Happy Polish Independence Day! A much more important holiday than Veterans Day (just kidding), because without it, we may not have an interesting history of Solidarity and even your own Pius in your driveway wouldn't be there, as some parts of the car are made there. In this brief look, we get a virtual tour of the roller coasters in Poland!
Though in all reality, there are not many. However, in the South of Poland near the city of Katowice, lies a park known as Miasteczko. Can't pronounce it? Only my Polish friend can, and he says it translates into Silesian Amusement Park. Anyways, they are the largest park in all of Poland, with five roller coasters. The first one,Blizzard, is one of those obscure traveling coasters. It was either made by Top Fun or Cavazza Diego, nobody really knows for sure. It has a curved lift hill, a small, steep first drop and two helices, a short but unconventional ride! Thee of the other rides don't need explanation in detail. Cyclon is a Cyclon, Funny Mouse is nothing other than a wacky worm, and Mini Roller Coaster is just an oval coaster.
But as we move through one of Eastern Europe's largest parks, we stumble upon Tic-Tac Tornado. This corporate sponsored ride is made by the unique Soquet. Any Brits in here? Remember American Adventure and its Twin Looper? Well, guess what, this is it! The star of the Polish parks, it is a masterpiece in its own respect. From its sweeping drop, to its circular loop, and its obscure helix. Hey, I just accidentally typed something wrong. Where was I again? Oh yes. So in basic wording, if you go to Poland, this ride is your best bet for a great coaster! However, judging by its reviews in Britain, it may be the worst coaster in Poland!
The closet park to the Silesian Amusement Park is Rabkoland in Rabka, near the Slovakian boarder. This park has a nice website, but I can't read it, I can't read Polish! Anyways, they have a spinning coaster called Thunderbolt but that's all I know about them. Mysterious place. I have distance relatives in law (please don't ask how I know this) who live just a few kilometers away, maybe I should get in contact with them, and go to Poland to discover this unknown roller coaster. Though I'll probably be disappointed with a Reverchon Crazy Mouse.
Near Lodz, the third largest city of Poland, there lies a park called Luna Park. A generic name for a park, they have a once generic coaster in the amusement industry, the Jet Star. This legendary Schwarzkopf model coaster is sadly but quickly going extinct. Its a shame because this model looks like an excellent coaster. If even in Lodz, ride one of these before this one disappears!
The final park is known as Luna Park on the Polish Coast. After reading the really long and random Polish names, you must wonder what name its roller coaster must be! Its name: Tajfun. What a random name. Its your typical galaxy layout, but it isn't fully known if its an actual Galaxi. Its another Polish mystery coaster! Yay!
So there you have it, the parks of Poland! Parents want to go? Maybe you wanna explore the country yourself? Well, now you know your coaster options! Happy Polish Independence Day and enjoy!
By Ryan Shrout
Gravity Group's self-designed rolling stock will get its first true test next year when Holiday World opens up for the 2010 season. Earlier, Holiday World allowed Gravity Group to run some live tests with the new trains on the Raven without guests being able to ride. Rumors flew that it would soon feature the trains permanently. Well we guessed the right park but got the wrong coaster.
Now Holiday World has announced that next year will feature a new and improved Voyage. That's right the highly acclaimed, 163' tall, 67 mph, 6442' long wooden coaster built by the Gravity Group will be the first coaster anywhere to get the new trains. Since its installment back in 2006, there have been some complaints of roughness. The new articulated rolling stock promises to deliver a smoother, as well as a faster ride.
This new style of train, in addition to their single-bench, articulated design will also feature padded seats that have been ergonomically designed for greater comfort. The individual seats are designed to accommodate riders with wider hips and longer legs which is a great improvement for taller coaster enthusiasts such as myself.
While this installment will be just the base model Timberliner. The Gravity Group says that their rolling stock is capable of accommodating everything from on-board audio to launch capabilities. Hopefully this will be just the first Timberliner we see put in to production because I personally would love to see how far these new trains allow engineers to take the wooden coaster experience.