Specific Type: Vekoma Looping Coaster
One of the most recognizable parks in Europe is home to some extreme and thrilling coasters and that place is Heide Park located in Lower Saxony, Germany. One of those thrilling roller coasters that has been around for a long time in the looping coaster known as Big Loop. The coaster was built in 1983 by Vekoma and was the first roller coaster to be built in the park. Big Loop is a very simple and standard looping roller coaster like many Arrow coasters that you would see in the United States. The Big Loop coaster started out using trains that were designed by Arrow Dynamics, but after the 2010 season, the trains that were used on the now defunct Corkscrew roller coaster at Alton Towers are now being used. The trains consist of 6 cars that have two rows each. The coaster has a very classic steel presence and is often mistaken for a much larger coaster as it sits directly in front of another coaster at the park that has the same color scheme. Below you will find a written POV of the ride so please enjoy!
As riders weave in and out of the queue, the sound of the coaster train and lift hill fill the air. The time for your ride arrives as you take your seat in one of the classic Vekoma sit down trains. You pull the black OTSR over you and train departs the station. The train turns to the right out of the station and hits the chain lift hill. You slowly climb to a height of 98 feet and prepare for a thrilling ride. The train drops at a speed of 39mph and goes directly into a double loop. Riders rise out of their seats as they are flipped upside down. The train then hits a banked right turn and then enters a massive double corkscrew that goes over the lake. The train exits the corkscrew and hits the mid-course brake run. The train jolts down into a final helix before heading back into the station ending the ride.
Make sure the next time you are in Germany that you give Heide Park and Big Loop a chance. There is nothing like riding a classic Vekoma looping coaster.
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