How tall is Heide Park's Colossos?

Monday, March 24, 2003 9:11 PM
RCDB quotes 169 feet but when it first opened I've heard 197 feet so why the descrepency? What is the correct height?
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Tuesday, March 25, 2003 1:07 AM
RCDB claims it's 51.8 meters tall, Heide-Park claims it's 60 meters tall. A friend of mine used his GPS to calculate it (yes, he's a true freak), Colossos is about 60 meters tall.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2003 1:23 AM
169 ft. is correct. Heide Park has the stupid tendency to exaggerate their stats.

They billed Colossos as the worlds tallest wooden coaster. When they were confronted with the actual hight of SOB (and RATTLER, but this was already modified) they claimed Colossos to be the tallest PURE woody (SOB uses steel track in the loop).

I think the correct stats are from the manufacturer. The park still likes to tell that "C" is 60 meters high, indstead of 51 meters.

Its still a great ride with wonderful drops.

Oh, Heide Park did it again: They advertise their soon to be opened Gyrodrop SCREAM, as the worldst tallest. They say its over a hundred meters high (over 330 ft.) but there is a huge mast ontop of the tower, and its standing on a hill, which looms over the park. The actual drop is only 70 meters, which makes it just average.

Their marketing is very creative! We know, but the GP certainly doesnt.


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Tuesday, March 25, 2003 3:14 AM
Euh.. just one slight technicality, there isn't some sort of pole on top of the tower, the tower is indeed over 100 meters tall. The gondola just drops down from 70 meters, which means a 55 meter freefall. :) Colossos has two heights, if you really want to be sure how tall the ride is, you'll have to measure it yourself.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2003 4:23 AM
But thew statment that theres will be the tallest drop tower in the world is completley untrue. Giant Drop in Dreamworld, Australia is 119 meters tall and you drop the whole way. I know, I've been on it and it is by far the scariest ride I have ever been on, free falling for about 4-5 seconds. What a rush!

So essentially Dreamworld can sue, if they find out!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2003 4:56 AM
I'm sure Heide-Park's lawyers will find some way to keep on claiming their tower is the tallest in the world*.

* not including Australia, North America, Asia and Europe. ;)

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Tuesday, March 25, 2003 7:17 AM

tricktrack said:
When they were confronted with the actual hight of SOB (and RATTLER, but this was already modified) they claimed Colossos to be the tallest PURE woody (SOB uses steel track in the loop).


Actually, Son of Beast has wooden track while going through the loop. The support structure for it may be steel, but the track in indeed wood.

-Sean


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Tuesday, March 25, 2003 7:37 AM
In a book* about/by Werner Stengel, the following statistics are given:

Height (lowest point - highest point): 51.80m / 170ft
Liftheight: 50m / 164ft
Dropheight: 48.5m / 159ft
Length: 1344m / 4410ft

* Roller Coaster - Der Achterbahn-Designer Werner Stengel
by Klaus Sch├╝tzmannsky

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Tuesday, March 25, 2003 11:25 PM

DRNK said:
Euh.. just one slight technicality, there isn't some sort of pole on top of the tower, the tower is indeed over 100 meters tall. The gondola just drops down from 70 meters, which means a 55 meter freefall.

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I am sure you have seen the concepts before (and I apologise, because this picture just is crappy).

IMO this is a very huge pole ontop of the ride. Its nicely themed, though.

@ aflack: Heide Park claims to have the biggest GYRO drop. (why don┬┤t they call it Roto drop anymore? Sounds much better. The GP in europe will most likely think that GYRO is greek food.)

@Sean F.: sorry, I messed this up.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2003 11:58 PM
I have seen the concept, but as far as I know Heide-Park did not measure the pole. The tower which has been retrofitted into Scream! was already about 100 meters tall. The gondola just doesn't reach this height, the tower does. That's the official story according to former general manager herr Sprengel.

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