Dreamworld, Australia to relaunch Tower of Terror

Posted Tuesday, August 10, 2010 12:19 AM | Contributed by Rick_UK

The Intamin reverse freefall coaster will run backwards when relaunched after a four week closure. It will also launch from total darkness.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010 12:28 AM

Shame there isn't one of these in the states that could also be run backwards... :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 2:43 AM

You've got to wonder if Dreamworld are going to pip SFMM to the post with this ride once again 14 years later.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 7:18 AM

Other than the Arrow shuttle loops are there any other coasters/thrill rides that launch backward?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 8:56 AM


Tuesday, August 10, 2010 9:31 AM

Yeah, I really wish the Florida Mummy had the Hollywood Mummy's backwards launch section. If it had that, it would be top 5 for me.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 10:41 AM

The impulse coasters launch backwards, but not from a standstill.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 11:09 AM

So it's going to take Dreamworld four weeks to make the change but SFMM's Superman is down until 2011? Something doesn't add up....

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 11:44 AM

Actually, in a way, it all adds up. ;)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 5:14 PM

Well the rumors are that Superman will get a spanking new paint job (no small feat), and will be more energy efficient, allowing SFMM to once again run both sides at once. Also, Dreamworld has been planning their conversion since 2008, hardly overnight.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 5:15 PM

I was being sarcastic.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 7:06 PM

I probably would have posted the same thing regardless, cause it is a legit question. : )

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 7:21 PM

Dreamworld staff, not the park were also saying on the day of the annoucement that they'll be "getting back to full speed aswell". I wondered why this wasn't in the announcement but suspect because they wouldn't like to let on it's only hitting 75/80mph at the moment.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 8:44 PM

Yeah, brand-new spanking paint job with advertisements plastered all over the cars advertising something useless.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 9:55 PM

And making money for the company so that we don't pay $82 to get in...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 12:59 AM

Do they have to add some new restraint? Seems a simple lap bar wouldn't do the trick. Any reason they can't do this on Superman at MM? Would make that tired old ride worthwhile again!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 1:23 AM

^ They are doing it.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 6:39 AM

^ I'm sure a lap bar would work technically. I just don't know how comfortable it'll be?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 8:36 AM

The way that those coasters roll into their launch, I don't see why it would be uncomfortable.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 9:14 AM

Superman The Escape closed a week or two ago and a sign outside the ride states it will "relaunch in 2011" and that something "BIG is happening" to it. The park however, has not released any information specific to what's being done to the ride, although with Dreamworld's recent announcement, it's quite obvious as to what it is.

Dreamworld has indeed beaten Magic Mountain to the punch again, with Tower of Terror.

Tekwardo said:
The way that those coasters roll into their launch, I don't see why it would be uncomfortable.

Hah. Roll into their launch? Yeah, if you compare Superman and Tower of Terror to the new Intamin Accelerator coasters, they feel sluggish, but the initial acceleration from a stand-still is still forceful enough to pin riders to their seatbacks. That's not something that would be "comfortable" if your entire upper torso is thrown forward with a violent jerk having the vehicles accelerating in reverse from a stand-still.

Last edited by kRaXLeRidAh, Wednesday, August 11, 2010 9:18 AM

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