IAAPA 2000: Giovanola shows fully functional tilt coaster model

Posted Friday, November 17, 2000 9:04 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Recently Giovanola, who is best known in the US for Six Flags Magic Mountain's Goliath, produced a computer rendering of a "tilt coaster," where the train parks on a piece of horizontal track that is tilted to vertical and released down vertical track. The company is now showing a working model that even includes the same safety and control systems that a real ride would have.

Here are the photos:

Friday, November 17, 2000 9:18 AM
3 words...

OH MY GOD!


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Friday, November 17, 2000 9:35 AM
Both Vekoma and Giovanola have these to offer now, that's weird. Has Giovanola spoken about any potential "Tilt" installations?
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Friday, November 17, 2000 9:47 AM
It really looks like it woulde be an interesting feeling to be held at 98 degrees for a few seconds before being dropped...
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Friday, November 17, 2000 9:51 AM
This ride is insane...pure insanity. I can't wait for one of these babies to pop up somewhere. However, I feel that the coaster would have to have extreme safety measures, and that is usually coupled with higher maintenance costs and time, so those factors might deter any parks from building one. I surely hope not though. It looks like a fun ride. I wonder if they need some testers....;)

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Friday, November 17, 2000 10:09 AM
What really caught my attention about the model is that it also turns 90ยบ to the right! As if tilting to vertical isn't enough!

It will be interesting to see if anyone actually installs one of these. It still seems like a lot could go wrong. What if it got stuck mid-tilt? How would they get the people out? Worse yet, even though there would undoubtedly be numerous safety mechanisms, there is the possibility, however remote, that the train could slide right off. Is any park going to be willing to take that risk?



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Friday, November 17, 2000 10:15 AM
I can see by the concearns that this coaster would scare the wits out of alot of people. That's something that's missing from most of today's coasters, out and out FEAR...

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Friday, November 17, 2000 10:17 AM
I give anything to see my wife's face after strapping in to this baby!

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Friday, November 17, 2000 11:11 AM
This looks like an awesome ride!! I personaly think it would be more fun then arrow's new coaster type. Way to go Giovanola!!
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Friday, November 17, 2000 11:56 AM
Has any one noticed that after the tilt and vertical dropn there is a loop and helix then the ride is done!? This has to be just an example becuase thats waaaay to short!

Todd
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Friday, November 17, 2000 1:10 PM
I'm glad to read that I'm not the only one freaked out by the design and possible safety issues. I think this may have some short lines if ever built. And as I've learned in a interview this week, this may not be a good R.O.I.
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Friday, November 17, 2000 1:53 PM
In response to:

Both Vekoma and Giovanola have these to offer now, that's weird.

Don't forget Pinfari, their 'Breathless' model is wicked.
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Friday, November 17, 2000 1:59 PM
I guess Giovanola is serious about building this "Terror Tilter." I thought this design was going nowhere fast. Can't wait to see if it will be actually put into a park! I also hope the final design is more than the loop and a turnaround.

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Friday, November 17, 2000 2:34 PM
Short lines is a bad thing?

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Friday, November 17, 2000 3:18 PM
Looks like M.F. on steriods
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Friday, November 17, 2000 3:24 PM
This would be one truely terrifying ride. I can't wait for a park to actually build one of these.

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Friday, November 17, 2000 5:31 PM
ok to make it not slide off they would have like a stop but it couldn't hang there for tooo long because the people would fall forward & hurt the lap bars. so it would be great to install but it might go small like hypersonic.



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Friday, November 17, 2000 6:24 PM
I saw this type of ride (elevator tilt) in "Amusement Today" with a coaster that actually raises 5 stories, and they tilts the riders to drop them. I though about how if the brake malfunctioned, the train would careen off the track.

If this is the new age of coasters, then I'm in!
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Friday, November 17, 2000 6:57 PM
Personally, I think it's just another gimmick. It looks sweet, and would attract tons of attention, however, if you look at the big picture... this is just another element in an otherwise standard steel looping coaster.

As far as I can see, this tilt element only happens after the initial lift hill. After that is done, it's all just like any other steel coaster. Loop here, corkscrew there, back to the station. If it had another tilt element further on in the coaster's run, or another original new feature yet not used in today's coasters, then it would be something to behold.
But for now, that's only a new feature on an old idea.

I think Arrow's new coaster design will best this. Don't get me wrong. This feature looks great, and adds a real "thrill" factor. However, the lasting impressions will be something that is entirely new (not just a single feature), and that lies in Arrow's new coaster!
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Friday, November 17, 2000 7:01 PM
WHAT A MODEL!

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