Specific Type: Pre-Fab Wooden Coaster
In a generation that was built for speed and record breaking, Heide Park in Lower Saxony, Germany was not far behind the curve. In 2001, the park built the tallest wooden coaster in the world called Colossos. Colossos was not only unique in the height of the coaster, but also in how the coaster was designed and built. Unlike most wooden coasters in the world that are built on site and by hand, Colossos was made with pre-fabricated track. It was the first coaster in the world that used this method which began to revolutionize the way wooden coasters were built. There a many coaster people who do not like the idea of prefab woodies because of the nostalgia of the classics, but there are benefits like construction time and smoothness of the ride. The coaster was designed by Werner Stengel and manufactured by Intamin. The coaster stands at a massive 196 feet tall and can reach speeds of up to 68 mph. The trains that traverse the track consist of 5 cars with three rows in each car allowing for 30 riders per train. If you are ready for a virtual ride, read on and then ride on!
As riders enter the queue line, they stare up at the tallest wooden coaster in the world with shock and awe. The screams and chills coming from the riders as they speed down the first hill gets everyone excited. Before you know it, you hit the station and it’s time to ride. Riders step into classic wooden coaster trains, pull the lap bar over their legs and the coaster takes off. The train immediately catches the chain and begins the massive ascent to the top. At the top, the train releases the chain and goes around a right hand turn at the top. As riders prepare for the long 4,409 feet of track the coaster then screams down the drop and immediately up another tall second hill. The coaster glides down the next massive hill and goes right up into an unprecedented third hill. As the train completes the third hill, the track then banks hard to the right and comes back parallel to the hills. The train now goes over consecutive bunny air hills and then straightens out before turning hard to the left. The train enters a steep banked left hand helix and finishes with three more intense bunny hills. The track banks hard to the right as the train comes in to the brakes.
If you are looking for world record breaking excitement, look no further than Heide Park and Colossus! You cannot and will not be disappointed.
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