Efteling Flying Dutchman

Friday, June 23, 2006 2:34 PM
What is the problem with this ride. I saw something on Screamscape and I can't figure out what they mean. Does this ride have a flying part and a boat flume part?
Friday, June 23, 2006 2:40 PM
Its a water coaster, at least from what I can discern from rcdb.
Friday, June 23, 2006 4:19 PM
It is. And seriously impressive it looks too. Unfortunately, it seems there are technical problems with the design, that have forced a delay until 2007.
Saturday, June 24, 2006 7:59 AM
There are two threads about that sad story:



To answer the question about flying: NO, it doesn´t have a flying section. But the ride is trying to re-tell the story of the flying dutchman, so they tried to simulate the moment when the boat actually left the waters and started to fly.

After the 12 person boat finished its indoor section, the vehicles plunge down a hill and go up a very steep lifthill. As I understood, plans were calling for a seemless transgression from the drop into the hill (aka there should be no bump or sudden stop before the lift chain egages).

Apparantly there is not only a very noticable bump, but on some occasions the boat doesn´t even connect to the chain as it should.

Now this is the next big drawback in a series of big blunders that happened with this ride.

a) boats were not finished on time

b) boats used to stall before or after the horse-shoe. Would barely creep through the element or would not reach the midcourse brake.

c) problems with the chain drive that brings the boat back into the station.

d) track, chains and wheel assemblies in muddy water.

e) muddy water :)

d) and now the lift problems.

Efteling claims that it is their own fault. They wanted to build the ride by themselves. Kumbak is said not to have constructed the ride. It was done mostly in-house.

The park alledgedly declined offers from watercoaster providers such as Mack and Intamin.

Rumours claim that they turned to Mack now.

Will they ever KUMBAK?


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