The god of the underworld is going to be taking a spin next season at Mount Olympus Water and Theme Park in Wisconsin. The wooden coaster known as Hades is going to be adding a 360 degree roll and a 135 degree over banked turn. The park has decided to change the name along with the layout. The new name for the ride is Hades 360 and when complete, will become a structural marvel.
According to a report released from the park, the ride will transform to become the first all-wooden coaster to have an upside down roll. This is not the first wood coaster to have an upside down element, as the Son of Beast at Kings Island had a loop when it was built. The loop was taken out after the stress and other factors caused it to be weak. Coincidentally, Son of Beast is being torn down as this story is being written. The report goes on to state that along with the new elements will be the addition of a new, state-of-the-art roller coaster train. The manufacturers state that the train is supposed to give the rider a feel as if they were on a steel coaster. These elements will only add to the records already set by the coaster as it holds the record for the longest underground wooden coaster in the world.
Gravity Group, who is designing the coaster trains, said in a statement, “Hades 360 will be the first to deliver an awe-inspiring wooden coaster thrill all while in the vast world of Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park.” The ride will include the roll, the 135 degree overbanked turn, a 90 degree turn in complete underground darkness, and speeds up to 70 mph. “The Hades 360 transformation will exceed far beyond any mortal’s expectations. This innovation is so new in the amusement industry; it has never been done before” a spokesman for Gravity Group stated.