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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