Many of you have already seen the construction of the new coaster going up at Parc Asterix, either on this site or another. From watching the coaster take shape, the size, scale, length, elements, and height were slowly revealed, but now the park has finally announced some of the details we didn’t know from construction. To be called Oziris, The Parisian has stated that the coaster will represent an € 20 million investment in the French park, its biggest and most expensive investment to date.
Oziris is the Egyptian god of the afterlife, the underworld, and the dead, and now he will make his home in France at Parc Asterix, where he will see his first victims on April 7. The coaster will stand roughly 115 feet tall (40 meters), and will hit a top speed of approximately 55 mph (90 kph), traversing along it’s route a dive loop, vertical loop, immelman, corkscrew, and a zero-g roll along with at least one short tunnel, and several overbanked turns.
The new inverted coaster from B&M will not be as tight and compact as its Batman clones, nor will it be on the same massive scale as Alpengiest or Montu. Instead, Oziris will settle somewhere near the middle, like a mixture of Afterburn at Carowinds and Black Mamba at Phantasialand, but with a heavy Egyptian temple and themeing; think Montu’s offspring in terms of theme, color, elements, etc.
Along with the Egyptian section, Parc Asterix boasts Roman, Gallic, Greek, and Viking themed areas. Oziris will be the parks 7th coaster, joining the ranks of the Vekoma looper Goudurix, Ronde des Rondins kiddie coaster, SOS Numerobis family coaster, wooden Tonnerre de Zeus, Trace Du Hourra bobsled coaster, and Vol D’Icare family coaster. Oziris though, will beat out Zeus as the parks biggest coaster and will be the second B&M coaster in France, the other being the inverted Monster at Walygator Parc, relocated from Expoland where it was Orochi.
The park suffered from attendance issues this past year due to bad weather in July and August, the park’s peak months, but the park remained around its 1.6 million visitor average. The Parisian reports that the park is hoping the new coaster will bring in an extra 200,000 visitors for the 2012 season.