Specific Type: Boomerang
Canada's Wonderland is home to one of the several Vekoma Boomerang roller coasters that we see a lot. Their boomerang is called Bat, which is located fairly close to the entrance of the park. Once passing the giant fountain pool at the front and veering off to the right, guests are greeted with Bat's presence as they get a great view of its cobra roll head on. This can look like a bat spreading its wings greeting and welcoming any on coming riders in the midway in front of it.
A ride on the bat takes just under two minutes with its frontwards and backwards rides. The 935 foot course gets riders up to 116 feet in the air and reaches a top speed of forty-seven miles an hour. The Arrow Dynamics built coaster pulls some pretty intense G's at around 5.2 for its peak. The trains go into the tight cobra rolls at the ride's maximum speed and right after rushing down the first incline, causing the high G forces on the coaster. The theme of Bat originally had red track and black supports, but in 2008 was repainted to have red track and yellow supports. The train operating on Bat is not the train that was bought specifically for that coaster either. It is actually the train from Canada Wonderland's coaster, Dragon Fire, which was built in 1981. Dragon Firehad three trains on it, but it never used the third train due to its short duration and unpopularity, so the park decided to use its third train for Bat instead of spending money on another train.
As with all Vekoma Boomerang coasters, you start out of the station backwards by being pulled up the steep incline. As riders are hoisted up higher and higher, the station below and in front of them gets smaller and they get a nice view of the midway below. Once the train is released, down it goes, going full speed through the station being extremely loud to the guests waiting in line. Once through the station, the train goes immediately into the cobra roll, and then the vertical loop. Once past the vertical loop, the train climbs up the coaster's second lift hill. This time, riders are facing the sky. Once released at the top, the train goes through the entire course backwards, making the riders experience a total of six inversions throughout the entire experience. The train climbs about halfway back up the first hill once completing the backwards portion of the ride, and then slowly makes its way back into the station to unload.
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