Ednör - L'Attaque
Specific Type: Suspended Looping Coaster
La Ronde is one of Canada’s largest parks. It began humbly, at the World’s Fair in 1967. The park has slowly grown since then, with the major additions of La Super Manege, a Vekoma Corkscrew, La Monstre, a racing wooden, Cobra, a rare Intamin Stand-up,Vampire, a B&M inverted roller coaster, and Goliath, a massive B&M hyper coaster. But for 2010, the Six Flags-owned park went a new direction from the un-themed thrill rides that had so far been the park's norm.
But while La Ronde was trying to be a world-class thrill park, something else was going on. In 2005, before Goliath even opened, the neglected Six Flags Astroworld closed down in October. Many enthusiasts were sad, but they were curious about what was going to happen to the roller coasters left behind. Some, like Texas Tornado, were relocated (It went to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom to be sent to Mexico where is operates as Tsunami), others were flat out destroyed (Texas Cyclone and X-LR8), while the majority are sitting, disassembled, rusting away, in fields and warehouses across various Six Flags parks. Many still are, and until recently the Vekoma Suspended Looping Coaster called Serial Thriller was among them. It was lying in a Six Flags owned (But lacking the Six Flags title) Great Escape, fate looking dim. There weren’t many rumors about where it was going, as the ride is a production model that has many clones around the world. But one day, the track was placed in trucks to be sent away--Trucks with Canadian license plates.
In any other circumstance this would be a dead ringer to the ride going to La Ronde. However, the Suspended Looping Coaster has the cars hanging below the track, much like the already existing Vampire at La Ronde. Parks tend to add variety and go with different styles of rides, but not this time. Six Flags was going to do it.
Vampire was unthemed, but this new ride has a back-story to rival a successful TV show. The park circulated an idea that a sea monster came from the park’s lake, Lac de Dauphins, and traumatized two workmen. After supposedly consulting with a Scandinavian expert, La Ronde dubbed the monster “Ednor”, which is a rearrangement of the letters in 'Ronde'. After some campaigning and construction, the ride was opened May 15th, 2010 under the title of Ednör - L'Attaque.
The ride begins with an original queue, dubbed The Centre, with information on Ednor, as well as other sea monsters such as Champ, Ponik, and the good ol’ Loch Ness Monster. It also has information on Ednor’s attack on the park workers, all with the ride looming over the soon to board victims.
The ride begins with a climb up to 109 feet. Then it hits a drop, which takes the train all the way down to the lake and includes a 180 degree turn, with the riders ending up traveling the opposite direction from where they were originally heading. The train pulls up into a signature roll-over inversion. This element takes the train through a half-loop, rolls it over in an in-line twist and back upright before promptly rolling the train back upside-down and into another half-loop back toward the water below.
Next it has to take a turn to the left, which is taken in the form of an overbank turn that provides some strong laterals. After that, it pulls up into another half-loop and once again, instead of finishing it, it rotates and levels off going right from the original direction. To keep the ride compact, the coaster continues turning right, all the way around--a nearly 270 degree turn--to travel parallel with the lift once again.
Then the ride flips the guests over in an in-line twist not just once but twice in a row, rocking them in every direction. After this the ride stops sending the passengers upside-down, ending the ride with a right hand turn and some S-shaped turns running alongside the roll-over. After this brief roller coaster the train hits the final brake run. Ednor apparently decided to spare the riders this time, though the next batch may not be so lucky.
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