The Dino Land theme park in Changzhou, China, about two hours west of Shanghai, recently opened its newest coaster. Dubbed Dinoconda, the $20 million coaster is one of just three fourth-dimension coasters built by Arrow/S&S in the entire world, and Dino Land’s is the only in China. The only other fourth-dimension (4D) coasters are X2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Eejanaika at Fuji-Q Highland in nearby Japan.
Like those coasters, Dinoconda features seats on the outside of the coaster, with independently rotating seats. The rotation of the seats is controlled by a second rail running along the course, which causes the seats to roll forward or backward by moving the rail closer to and further from the train. According to the LA Times, Dinoconda, built by S&S Worldwide, will stand an imposing 259-feet tall, plunging down a vertical first drop, and hitting a top speed of 78 mph. The bulk of the layout will consist of an inside raven turn, zero-g roll, fly-to-lie element, an outside raven turn, and a final fly-to-lie element, for a total of 3 complete inversions over a course of 3,500 feet.
Dino Land is known by many as the “Jurassic Park of the East,” an accurate description given the extensive themeing and countless dinosaurs and mythical creatures standing tall throughout the entire park. Dinoconda joins the ranks as the parks third coaster, following 2009’s Whirling Dinosaur Car, a spinning coaster from Chinese manufacturer Golden Horse, and 2010’s Dinosaur Mountains, a Zamperla MotoCoaster.