Although we have previously heard that Walibi Holland would be installing an S&S Free Spin for their next roller coaster, they have opted to revamp their Vekoma wooden roller coaster "Robin Hood" instead. RMC has been confirmed to be utilizing their I-box track, making it a hybrid coaster, a first in all of Europe.
Ironically, Vekoma is RMC's broker for all projects and marketing overseas. This project has very similar circumstances to White Cyclone at Nagashima Spa Land, which has just been confirmed to be receiving the same treatment a few weeks ago. Reviews from both rides came to a consensus that they were very rough rides, and were in need of some rehab work.
2019 is the first year that RMC will construct multiple projects overseas, and this will become only the third RMC product outside of North America. Robin Hood will continue to operate for the 2018 season, so that guests can get in their last rides.
Vekoma has only constructed 3 wooden roller coasters over the company's history. Robin Hood opened in 2000, and 2 more wooden models followed in 2001. The company quickly closed their wooden coaster division, as these rides became very rough and in need of maintenance quickly.
This project is a part of Walibi Holland's plan for a major theme renovation, and the entire Sherwood Forest area that the ride resides in will be seeing updates.
Along with Goliath and Lost Gravity, the new Robin Hood will be another world class coaster to add to the park's collection. In my mind, that makes Walibi Holland a criminally underrated park, and a hidden gem in the industry mainly due to its location.
No specs or details on the ride's new statistics have been released, but we will be sure to share once that info has been made available.
Chalk this one up as another "semi-confirmed" news update. Following the closing of the White Cyclone wooden roller coaster, Nagashima Spa Land released a statement on Facebook that loosely translated to them confirming a steel hybrid conversion for the massive ride.
White Cyclone was among a rare breed of wooden roller coasters in Japan, one of only 6 to ever operate in the country. Only 3 traditional wooden roller coasters remain in operation in the entire country. The reason for this is mainly due to costs and stringent earthquake codes to construct a wooden structure. White Cyclone held the country records for length, height, and speed since its opening in 1994.
While it was noted to be a rough ride over the course of its lifetime, its gigantic support structure is suitable for reuse in the hybrid conversion. With the coaster's height and length, it will make a great candidate for the first every RMC hybrid in Asia. Besides Wildfire in Europe, RMC White Cyclone will also be only the second RMC product to open overseas.
The project is slated to open in 2019, but no renderings, layout information, etc. have been released yet. The only hint given on the post was that the first drop will be made extremely steeper.
This is exciting news for Asian coaster enthusiasts, as this project is not only a first for the area, but a very large one at that. We will keep you updated when more information is released.
Call it a slow news day if you will, but this has to be a first. Fred Grubb, owner of Rocky Mountain Construction, is planning to build a full scale Raptor track model in his backyard for his granddaughters to ride.
While many are calling it a fascinating project, and saying Grubb is "the best grandpa in the world", RMC's owner believes that it is no different than putting in a large swimming pool. Since he is in the business of roller coasters, he already has the materials and crew that he needs to complete the project.
The project will take 6-7 weeks to construct. Local county commissioners said there are no laws or ordinances that prevent Grubb from building the coaster, since it will only operate privately. The 100 foot ride will also blend in with the surrounding environment, and not cause any noise pollution according to Grubb.
It is unknown how long the ride will remain on the property, but it may be sold in the future. The Raptor is a great little project for the grandkids to enjoy now, and since it will be built to code and standards, would likely interest a park in the future if Grubb decides to sell.