The Gravity Group announces new coaster for Big Chief's
Posted Friday, January 23, 2004 10:30 PM | Contributed by Jeff
The Gravity Group released this statement today:
Cincinnati, Ohio (January 23, 2004) - The Gravity Group, LLC has begun design work on a large wooden roller coaster project. The roller coaster, deemed Hades, will open in the spring of 2005 at Big Chief Mount Olympus Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Hades will be constructed in-house by the park and will be the fourth and largest wooden roller coaster in the park's collection. Nick Laskaris, the park's owner, describes the ride as huge compared to anything else in the region. The new ride will dominate the park's skyline, which is already defined by the park's three existing wooden roller coasters: Zeus (1997), Cyclops (1995) and Pegasus (1996). Gravity Group member Larry Bill was the head engineer for each of these rides.
The Gravity Group, LLC is comprised of the former Custom Coasters, Inc. engineering team and carries with it the design experience from over 45 wooden roller coasters worldwide. Since its inception in August of 2002, The Gravity Group, LLC has completed many engineering consulting projects for the industry, including foundation and structural design for amusement rides. The Gravity Group, LLC offers complete and customizable solutions to bring wooden roller coasters to amusement parks worldwide.
Huge can be defined in a LOT of ways. I certainly hope the ride has length, and even girth..... ;) But Height? Eh... that gets old really fast, and it's been proven that taller woodies just don't perform well.
The Dells newspaper article stated it would be the tallest coaster in the midwest, but I'm willing to bet the claim was actually tallest wooden coaster in the midwest. Now, it's clear by the other thread that people's concepts of "midwest" vary. So if we exclude Ohio, a 130' tall wooden coaster would be the tallest in the midwest. Consider the fact that Zeus is just 40' shorter than that, and the fact that it's going to be under construction for two years, and I think it's clear this is going to be much taller than 85'.
-Nate*** This post was edited by coasterdude318 1/24/2004 3:24:40 PM ***