27 photos of Anaconda posted, Giovanola's inverted

Posted Tuesday, July 31, 2001 4:56 AM | Contributed by Taipan

Here are the photos I promised after the Shaft of Terror. Anaconda is an inverted Giovanola at Gold Reef City in South Africa.

Show me the photos!

Tuesday, July 31, 2001 5:27 AM
Those are some cool shots. I wonder what the cost of a Giovanola invert is compared to a B&M?

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Tuesday, July 31, 2001 5:50 AM
Looks like a great ride! I love the theming!
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Tuesday, July 31, 2001 5:53 AM
One thing you can be sure of is that the feel of the ride is drastically different from front to back, as that's one long train.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2001 6:07 AM
I love the helix around the rocks.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2001 6:08 AM
If you wouldn't have told me that that wasn't a B&M, I would have never known. The similarities are uncanny.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2001 6:11 AM
Jeff is right, I only got to ride Anaconda three times. Twice somewhere in the middle and once in the back, didn't get to ride in the front. :( Oh well. The back is way more intense, you just get ripped through the inversions & your legs tingle more after. The front will slam you through - the difference is timing, e.g. you'll be hanging on the drop & the back will get pulled over. There may be a design flaw with the seats, they are very short. If you're tall like me (6'2",) your knees will extend away from the seat, not very comfortable.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2001 6:34 AM
Is Giovanola a branch off of B&M? They look exactly the same. The first half of that ride is like a BTR clone. Is the ride quality similar to B&M?
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Tuesday, July 31, 2001 7:01 AM
Gee, why do they always build the coolest coasters in obscenely faraway places? Anaconda looks like yet another fine example of why I desperately need to win the lotto!

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Tuesday, July 31, 2001 7:17 AM
According to B&M, Giovanola and B&M used to work together manufacturing rides for Intamin... Then B&M split from Giovanola and became different companies.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2001 7:33 AM
I would like that ride if it only had RETRACTING FLOORS! That ride is very dangerous for anyone tall and long legs. You might snap an ankle just getting out of the station, and that's not very comforting to hear about a ride
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Tuesday, July 31, 2001 8:38 AM
Did I read that right when it said it only had *1* ride check op?

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Tuesday, July 31, 2001 10:10 AM
First half a B:TR clone? The first drop is completely different and into a tunnel, the first loop has much more track at the top, the zero-g-roll is much more push-in-your-seat than "zero-g." The only similarity in the first half is the order of inversions. I see your reasoning though, but I hardly consider it something B&M would dream up, looking at that helix around the man-made rock formation... That's Giovanola all the way!

If the review in ACE's Rollercoaster! mag is any clue, this ride is simply fantastic, better than any B&M inverted you care to mention. It doesn't sound like you were as impressed as I thought you'd be, Taipan. Care to comment?
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Tuesday, July 31, 2001 10:18 AM

According to B&M, Giovanola and B&M used to work together manufacturing rides for Intamin... Then B&M split from Giovanola and became different companies


Giovanola makes the track for B&M they have never been the same company, B&M isn't a manufacturing plant. Intamin had B&M but B&M broke off in 1990.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2001 11:20 AM
Yes, but on V2, there is a height restriction for people really tall as well as short, and you have to jump up kinda to even get on the seats of V2.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2001 12:03 PM
Hey Taipan, Awsome pics! Did you ride the Golden Loop any?

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Tuesday, July 31, 2001 12:27 PM
I rely like these pics
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Tuesday, July 31, 2001 6:39 PM
Thanks for the comments mates!


SFGA_Maniac said:
Yes, but on V², there is a height restriction for people really tall as well as short, and you have to jump up kinda to even get on the seats of V².


Anaconda is the same. I don't think there is a maximum height restriction. V² doesn't have a retracting floor? In that case isn't it dangerous as it flies through the station several times at 70mph?


ßruce said:
Hey Taipan, Awesome pics! Did you ride the Golden Loop any?


Yup, I rode it three times. Good fun, the Loop pulls massive G's & there are no OSTRs to hold you back! :) The launch is lame, barely any acceleration compared to S:TE & T.o.T (It's weight launched.)


Coasterr said:
Did I read that right when it said it only had *1* ride check op?


That's right. Actually there was another man & he didn't do anything, just watched the ride op (may have been a supervisor & the control room op.)


Ed said:
If the review in ACE's Rollercoaster! mag is any clue, this ride is simply fantastic, better than any B&M inverted you care to mention. It doesn't sound like you were as impressed as I thought you'd be, Taipan. Care to comment?


Sorry, I was saving my review for the TR. The only other Inverts I've been on are Lethal Weapon (SLC+), B:TR @ SFMM, Montu & Dueling Dragons.

The answer? Anaconda is better than all of them! It is fast & furious with excellent pacing. B:TR doesn't give you a chance to take a breather & is over before you know it whereas you get a short breather at the top of the helix & it lasts longer. The Zero-G Roll lives up to its name, only spins faster. The first Loop is the same shape as the last, it just depends on what angle you're looking at it from. One angle it will look round, from another it will look very tight (klothoid.)
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Wednesday, August 1, 2001 1:37 AM
OH mY god! that helix i believe around the rocks is tight as he**.. i love it i want to ride it now! but thats a place i would never go until future lol.z.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2001 8:59 AM
This looks like this first ride that might live up to the standards of a B&M . The ride look to be of similar constuction,other than the 2 across seating! Does anyone know if ther are any plans for something like this on US soil? The theming on this ride looks over the top nice job to all involved,now I have a reason to go to Africa thanks for the pics TAIPAN ,very very nice world class photos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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ANACONDA RULES!!!! *** This post was edited by IGGY "KING OF COASTERS" on 8/1/2001. ***
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