Canada's Wonderland announced Leviathan, a 306-foot B&M roller coaster

Posted Thursday, August 18, 2011 12:04 PM | Contributed by Jeff

[The following is an excerpt form a press release. -J]

In 2012, Canada’s Wonderland will unveil one of the biggest and tallest roller coasters in the world: Leviathan. When the Park opens in May 2012, Leviathan will dominate the Park’s landscape, taking riders to breathtaking heights and speeds never experienced before at Wonderland.

The excitement begins on Leviathan’s first lift hill as riders climb to a record breaking height of 306 feet (93.3M) followed by an exhilarating 80 degree drop. Reaching a top speed of 148 kilometers per hour, riders will experience extreme coaster thrills on 5,486 feet (1,672M) of track that includes a series of giant camelback hills reaching heights up to 180 feet (54.9M), and an astonishing overbanked hammerhead turn at 115 degrees that will cross above the Park’s front gate at 147 feet (44.8M) high.

“Leviathan will be our 16th coaster and now positions Canada’s Wonderland as one of the top three coaster destinations in the world.” said Raffi Kaprelyan, Vice President and General Manager, Canada’s Wonderland. “We will go higher, longer, and faster than ever before when we launch Leviathan in 2012. With the addition of this new coaster and our diverse collection of rides, shows and attractions, we continue to show why Canada’s Wonderland is the destination of choice for those seeking world class thrills and family entertainment."

Leviathan is designed and manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, of Monthey, Switzerland. The highly recognized industry leader in roller coaster development also constructed Behemoth, which premiered at Canada’s Wonderland in May 2008.

Read more and visit the official Canada's Wonderland Leviathan site.

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Friday, August 19, 2011 12:54 PM
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Jeff said:
I'm surprised no one mentioned the total lack of a mid-course block.

That's the best part!


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Friday, August 19, 2011 1:21 PM
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No, you see, they just combined the mid-course and final brakes.


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Friday, August 19, 2011 2:25 PM
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You could very well be right Raven.


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Friday, August 19, 2011 2:29 PM
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Im not disputing any of those facts. Intamin has made many mistakes, and perhaps to receive bad representation from some enthusiasts. However, your disappointment is suggesting that Cedar Fair will never build another coaster from Intamin based on the mistakes they have made. Or did I read that all wrong?


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Friday, August 19, 2011 2:59 PM
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Raven-Phile said:
No, you see, they just combined the mid-course and final brakes.

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I thought that was pretty obvious. "Where is the last 1/3rd of the ride?"

(I am poking fun of the design. Yes, I can accept it as is and understand why it is the way it is. It's still goofy to me.)

Last edited by CoasterDemon, Friday, August 19, 2011 3:00 PM
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Friday, August 19, 2011 6:32 PM

Raven-Phile said:
No, you see, they just combined the mid-course and final brakes.

Just like Millenium Force... since, the exit station is basically just another blocked section...

Plus, since this is supposed to be more speed orientated compared to Behemoth, having a mid break (or even a big helix) would be out of place. The ride basically covers as much land as possible (with tricks) in a minute

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Friday, August 19, 2011 6:59 PM
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jonnytips said:

Just like Millenium Force... since, the exit station is basically just another blocked section...

For (friendly) argument's sake, Millennium Force is over 1,100 feet longer than Leviathan.

The talk about the cost of the coaster got me thinking; I would assume that track is much more expensive than support columns.

Either/any way, it still looks goofy at the end.


Billy
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Friday, August 19, 2011 9:49 PM

Does anyone know the name of the company employed to do those videos?

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Friday, August 19, 2011 11:30 PM
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Jim Bobs Cheap Coaster Videos 'R' Us? ;)


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Saturday, August 20, 2011 2:26 AM
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Remember when we were talking about rides that have really unique features? Talking about the little hill or bump before the cobra roll on Kumba?

I keep looking at the track on Leviathan, how it has a small hill and dives to the left right before the first major airtime hill. Its a small feature but I think the sensation is going to be amazing. Its like Superman Ride of steel at DL. After the first helix, the train enters a straight run right into the third hill. I feel a really neat pop of airtime. It seems as though Leviathan is going to do almost the same thing, but at much higher speeds and towards a much bigger hill.

:)


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Saturday, August 20, 2011 11:49 AM

All I know is that I finally have a reason to go back to CW next year.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011 5:12 PM
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^^^^ RoarsLoudly, the company you're looking for is Virtual Image Productions.


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Sunday, August 21, 2011 12:17 AM
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RoarsLoudly said:
Does anyone know the name of the company employed to do those videos?

I would assume that it's Virtual Image Productions, since he's generally a favorite around Cedar Fair (and much of the industry).


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Sunday, August 21, 2011 12:43 AM

SFoGswim said:
^^^^ RoarsLoudly, the company you're looking for is Virtual Image Productions.

Thank you for your help. This is a legitimate inquiry and I FINALLY got a legitimate answer. Have a GREAT day!

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Sunday, August 21, 2011 12:50 AM

Thanks Jeff!

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Monday, March 19, 2012 3:32 PM
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Leviathan POV

Looks like a B&M. Rides like a B&M. Smells like a B&M. Must be a B&M! It does look nice, though... I'm sure people will love it. I wonder how much they payed for the searing soundtrack?

edit - and here are 3 off ride views, including in 3D! (had to turn off the 3D myself)

Last edited by CoasterDemon, Monday, March 19, 2012 3:47 PM
Billy
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Monday, March 19, 2012 4:47 PM
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One disadvantage about it being B&M is the chain lift, seems like that lift will take forever.


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Monday, March 19, 2012 4:53 PM
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^But on the upside, you have plenty of time to look around and you are simply "on a ride" longer. For lift hill enthusiasts, like me.


Billy
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Monday, March 19, 2012 7:16 PM
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There's not many tall structures in the area. You should have a good view of the city.


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Monday, March 19, 2012 7:56 PM
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^And some good views of some coasters!


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