LEGO TECHNIC Test Track
Specific Type: Wild Mouse
In 2009 Cypress Gardens Adventure Park shut its gates and ceased operation. In 2011 new life was breathed into the standing but not operating park re-opened as Legoland Florida. With the new theme and name also came a new ride for the park. The coaster formerly known as Jungle Coaster at Legoland Windsor located in England made the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean and landed in Winter Haven, Florida. Along its journey its named was changed to LEGO TECHNIC Test Track.
This coaster, which is located fairly centrally in the park, is pretty much your average family coaster. A Mack wild mouse model,LEGO TECHNIC Test Track stands at nearly 52 feet tall with a nearly 50 foot drop and sports a layout of just over 1312 feet long. At the bottom of this drop the single-car trains carrying up to four riders reach their top speed of around 35 miles per hour.
The ride begins with a trek up the lift hill to reach the top height of 52 feet. At the top the train takes a small dip, whips through an un-banked turn, and glides through a set of brakes before its time for the main attraction. The train dives down towards the ground and gets going to its top speed of 35 mph. As soon as it reaches the ground it pulls up and heads right back up towards the sky before leveling off and heading into another brake run. Up next is what gives the ride its classification as a wild mouse coaster. After exiting the brakes the train goes through a hairpin turn to the right, then to the left, and back right one more time before sliding into the next set of brakes. Up next is another set of hairpin turns, this time going left and then right before the next set of brakes waits. One more final set of hairpin turns make their appearance before the train hits the last set of elevated brakes. After exiting these brakes the train takes a tight left turn. After this turn the train drops while still turning slightly to the left. The track goes over a slight hill while turning before un-banking and heading down a straight drop. After the drop the train rises back up, slides through some brakes, and takes a hairpin turn to the left. The train drops and rises once again before hitting yet another set of brakes. All of these brakes may seem excessive, but they are essential to maintaining a safe speed to limit lateral g-forces through the hairpin turns. They also help in the blocking of trains to keep the coaster’s capacity high. One last set of hairpin turns is all the ride has left as it slides into the final brakes and makes its way back to the station.
LEGO TECHNIC Test Track is a coaster the whole family can enjoy, so head on down to Legoland Florida to check out this coaster in its new home as well as a new park!
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