Belantis

25th July 2010

Fairly solid rumour on the internet suggests that Belantis' latest coaster was originally intended for the now defunct Formula One park in Dubai. Whether true or not, the bright red track of Huracan (#1540) stands out like a sore thumb in what is otherwise a beautifully themed park. A certain amount of effort has been made on sprucing up the station and ride cars, but the result looks utterly pedestrian when compared to the castle and battlements that surround the seven year old Drachenritt on the far side of the park.

Huracan

Worse yet, the new ride is surprisingly rough. There are several track joins that frankly hurt, particularly when riding in the back of the car. The front of the car is better, but in row one the seats are just a tiny bit too close together for two adults to sit comfortably. The middle seats might well have been the proverbial sweet spot, but I felt too bruised after front and back to find out. A few years ago it seemed that Gerstlauer could do no wrong, but it would appear that those times are past; this ride joins last year's model in the useful addition to the park category.

On the plus side, the big new coaster meant that there was nobody at all waiting for Drachenritt, which no longer features the car-crash stop at the end of the ride that I mentioned in my report of last year. We were able to ride twice in quick succession, and both laps were particularly enjoyable.

 

Rodelarena Wasserkuppe

25th July 2010

Rodelarena Wasserkuppe appears to be run by Wiegand as a demonstration of their various products, and it's a winner. The indisputable highlight is the Rhönbob, a tracked alpine coaster with some positively insane turns on the course. These rides are supposed to be speed limited, but it certainly wasn't obvious to this enthusiast who felt very tempted to apply the brakes on some of the sharper turns. The only slight problem is the one that is endemic to this sort of attraction, namely slower riders in front. It would be interesting to bring a group of coaster enthusiasts here!

Other rides include a fairly decent trough bobsled, a slow mountain ride (Wie-Li), and Hexenbesen (#1541). The latter is a swinging suspended coaster, featuring a two seater vehicle that negotiates a short course at a quite alarming speed despite its three lift hills being no more than twenty feet high apiece. There is no doubt that a ride like this stretches the definition of roller coaster a little, but it meets my rules!

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