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.