Vekoma Tilt Coaster

Saturday, February 1, 2014 10:35 AM

We all know that there's a Vekoma Tilt Coaster called Gravity Max in Taiwan. But does anyone know if there is any other themepark planning on adding a Tilt Coaster in their park?

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 11:34 AM

Doubt it.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 12:56 PM

Why is that? Are they expensive?

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 5:15 PM

I asked the same question of a Vekoma engineer at a European Coaster Club event a few years ago.

He felt that we wouldn't see another installation.

It's a real shame - Gravity Max is a fantastic ride. A one trick pony to be sure, but what a trick it is.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014 11:51 PM

And the vertical drop is a thrill element most of us have experienced in one way or another, just without the excruciating fear of what would happen if the thing cut loose even half a second too early. Gravity Max has to get the award for the scariest anticipation moment of all time.

I believe it was Kings Island, back in the Paramount days, that put a concept for a tilt coaster out there on a survey. I can't remember the theme offhand, seems to me it was some kind of space thing. And IIRC, it was a Vekoma ride. Anyway, I think that's the closest we've come to actually seeing one here in the U.S.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014 9:47 AM

Yeah, I'm not so sure I would be comfortable on a tilt coaster. Just the thought of something letting go would cause me a great deal of anxiety.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014 2:00 PM

^Seems like that's the only real "thrill" in the ride...

I tend to think it might work better if it were more like the Stratosphere X-Scream, where you tilted back and forth a few times without knowing when the actual "release" would come...

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Sunday, February 2, 2014 2:29 PM

rollergator said:

I tend to think it might work better if it were more like the Stratosphere X-Scream, where you tilted back and forth a few times without knowing when the actual "release" would come...

Nice idea, but just imagine what that'd do to the throughput...

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Sunday, February 2, 2014 4:28 PM

I can not imagine i9t being any scarier than that contraption on top of the Stratosphere in Ls$ Vega$. I hope we get one here.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014 7:49 PM

Vekoma Infusion said:

But does anyone know if there is any other themepark planning on adding a Tilt Coaster in their park?

no, that would have made news here.

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Monday, February 3, 2014 5:14 PM

Vekoma removed it from their product offering last time they refreshed their website. Shame.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 7:22 AM

I'm not surprised. One would think the maintenance and safety concerns would be a logistical nightmare.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 10:40 AM

Considering my post above, I have to say that I'm fairly surprised no one felt the need to make an off-color joke.

Or, to quote Frank Costanza at Festivus - "I'm very disappointed in you people." ;~)

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 11:50 AM

bunky666 said:

I'm not surprised. One would think the maintenance and safety concerns would be a logistical nightmare.

My understanding is that there are multiple failsafes in the design. From riding it myself I can tell you that there are multiple locking mechanisms on the tilting track segment.

The park in Taiwan has managed to operate it for over a decade without an accident.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 12:01 PM

rollergator said:

Considering my post above, I have to say that I'm fairly surprised no one felt the need to make an off-color joke.

Or, to quote Frank Costanza at Festivus - "I'm very disappointed in you people." ;~)

I thought about it, but it woulda been like shooting fish in a barrel.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 11:35 PM

Richard, this is true. And if you look at Vekoma's boomerang inverts, the failsafes actually have resulted in people getting stuck on the lift hills for hours, which is a good thing compared to something going wrong.

How bad would THAT suck if you were already mid-tilt and a failsafe kicked in and the coaster was just dangling there? *laugh* I think that would probably be the point where I'd be done riding coasters for awhile.

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