Specific Type: Vekoma Looping Coaster
Vekoma coaster company has been around for a long time and enthusiasts throughout the world have probably been on multiple coasters built by them. What was the first one they ever built? Funny you should ask that question as the first Vekoma coaster was built at Efteling in the Netherlands. The coaster still stands today and is called Python. The coaster was the largest steel coaster in Europe when it was built in 1981. Python is a double looping corkscrew coater that became a mainstay for Vekoma throughout the 1980s.
Python did not come easy to Eftelling as many of the members and locals around the park were not happy with the addition of a coaster to the park. They were worried about the noise and massive amout of guests that would be there. A high court ordered the stop of construction, but it would resume some time later. The park was in legal dealing for many years after the building of the coaster. The trains on the coaster have been changed twice. In 2005, they were replaces with Kumbak trains and in 2011 they added Vekoma MK1212 trains. In 2012, the cars were redone on the trains to add a shoulder strap as well as wheels to make for a smoother ride. Big boy seats were added as well to accommodate larger guests. The coaster has a maximum height of 95 feet and spans a track distance of 2,460 feet. The coaster reaches a maximum speed of 52 mph and inverts riders 4 times throughout the ride. Join us now as we take a virtual ride on the legendary Python at Efteling Park.
Guests navigate through the short queue and reach a very vintage and classic station. Guests then board either the red or orange train and pull down on their restraints. The train leaves the station, drops ever so slightly and then around a left hand turn through the “jungle”. The train arrives at the chain lift hill and goes to a height of 95 feet. At the top of the lift, you say goodbye to the flags the train releases the hill and down a small hill and a left hand turn into the big first drop. The train screams down the hill and into the first loop. The train immediately goes into the second vertical loop. As the train exits the loop, it banks to the right and turns right into a double corkscrew! The train then banks to the right and speeds into a final large helix. Riders balance back out, hit the final brake run and slowly turn back into the station. Now you can brag to your friends that you have ridden Vekoma’s first coaster
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