Adventureland opens The Monster

Posted Friday, June 10, 2016 10:27 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Adventureland in Altoona, Iowa, has opened its new Gerstlauer roller coaster, featuring a 101-degree first drop and a fantastic lighting package.

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Friday, June 10, 2016 10:48 AM
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That might be the coolest lighting on any coaster ever.

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Friday, June 10, 2016 11:22 AM
rollergator's avatar

I was a big fan of the reverse tracers on OzCat - this blows that *completely* out of the water...

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Friday, June 10, 2016 11:26 AM
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Friday, June 10, 2016 7:08 PM
Rick_UK's avatar

This is a great ride system, there's a lot more mileage in it for Gerstlauer over the next few years.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 12:57 PM

I'm with KCL Engineering and worked on the lighting design for this. Thanks for the great comment!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 2:07 PM
kpjb's avatar

Don't know how I missed this before, but damn. That's spectacular.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016 4:54 PM
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What Jeff said. Spectacular.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016 9:25 PM
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Tom, that lighting turns an otherwise ordinary roller coaster into something great. I'd love to see lighting like this on more coasters. It should be standard on at least one coaster at every park. It enhances the look of the ride so much.

I envision what the amusement park of the future looks like, and lighting like this plays a big part in my daydream.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 9:30 PM
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I don't think I have ever observed lights that actually follow a train like that. Is that a first? Simply stunning.

If I ever find myself in Iowa at night....

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 10:04 PM
rollergator's avatar

The last time I was this impressed with the "ancillary features" of a ride, I remember doing enough research to locate "Suzanne Sessions, Inc." from their work...on Alpengeist. Hope to see more of KCL's work in the near future...kudos!

Last edited by rollergator, Wednesday, September 7, 2016 10:04 PM

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016 10:13 PM
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Thursday, September 8, 2016 4:35 AM

Definitely a nice lighting package. That's what I call not skimping on the pate.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016 5:46 AM

Those night rides have to be amazing. I agree with everyone that's the coolest lighting package.

Thursday, September 8, 2016 6:47 AM
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Wait, do we all agree?

Thursday, September 8, 2016 1:04 PM
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But the capacity sucks.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016 2:49 PM
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That's why it's in Iowa.

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