Wednesday, December 17, 2003 6:33 PM
Has anyone ridden this coaster? The layout looks freaggin' awesome for such a small coaster.

I think this would be the perfect addition to any park. It has a compact design that looks really intense. That overbanked first drop is rad.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003 8:59 PM
More than vertical! Hmmm...
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 9:55 PM
I'm just saying, if Six Flags wanted to install a small, relatively cheap design..I'd love to see one of these hit my park.
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 10:14 PM
One thing interesting about that ride is that they had to paint some of it it blue due to a strange height law in Denmark... It looks interesting though. I've heard it was a bit shakey at first but that it gives a nice ride now. I believe it also uses a magnetic braking system. It would be nice to see some of those crazy gerstlauer coasters in the United States.
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 10:30 PM
Yeah, I know its a relatively new company-but I've always wondered if they aren't built in the USA due to a building violation of some sort. I'm not sure what kind of restrictions we have on building coasters here in the States-I've only known of certain height limits..and the necessary building permits. Are there any other restrictions?
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 11:21 PM
Capacity can't be all that great.
Thursday, December 18, 2003 1:59 AM
This coaster was originally going to be installed at a US park for 2003 but the park decided to install a Vekoma SLC for 2004 instead.

From those I know that have ridden VS, they claim it is a incredible ride. One person even went as far as saying it was the most intense coaster with 4 across seating he has ever ridden.

It sure looks like fun. Gerstlauer has recently built a longer version at their factory which will be dismantled and shipped to a park in a few weeks. Sad to say though, it's not a US park. =:^(

As far as capacity goes, the new version will have better capacity and is able to dispatch a car every 20 seconds. Yes, that means there will be two cars on the lift at one time.

Here is more info on the new version including testing pics.


Thursday, December 18, 2003 3:26 AM
aww man, awesome link...i've seen models of that coaster, but had no idea they'd already built one. can you imagine going vertical on that lift, only to see a train in front of you....


those guys are on to something.

i also think the capacity should be pretty good, considering the small size of the layout.

hopefully we'll see one of these in the states soon.

Thursday, December 18, 2003 3:30 AM
Is more than vertical really all that great?? Besides how much of a difference does 5 degrees make. It look more like eye candy, to me. Your only more than vertical for a second really. I mean granted, awsome coaster but im gonna be impressed when it goes like 100 degree im sure that would make a difference..........oh yeah and more then 5 ft of the 100 degree.
Thursday, December 18, 2003 3:51 AM
Have you ever ridden X? Ultra-Twister perhaps? You feel it...for sure, and even if it is on a small scale, you'd be surprised at the impact it has. I'm not a fan of ultra-twister at all, but the only thing that coaster has going for it is it's 90 degree drop. (even if it only last for a second). The drop isn't what completely does it for me about this coaster though.....its the entire layout. Not only does it have a more than 90 degree first drop, it has a an overbanked curve, a loop..and some solid positive G turns. Typhoon itself has some crazy inline twists to boot.

I just get really stoked on the fact that they've created a completely impressive, intense coaster on such a small scale. It really goes to show that through inovation and creative thinking, a ride can as completely thrilling as its 150+ ft counterparts. I mean, to me-we're looking at a completely new breed of coaster here...

Thursday, December 18, 2003 4:21 AM

Sean Flaharty said:
This coaster was originally going to be installed at a US park for 2003 but the park decided to install a Vekoma SLC for 2004 instead.

Vild Svinet is a custom design for BonBon Land. They thought that the original design which is now going to Belgium was to "loopy" for their target audience. So I would be very surprised that this version was going to a different park.

I can only recommend to read the other articles that can be found Seans link. The site covers the "birth" of the new Gerstlauer coaster from conception to construction, even including the TAERing down of the former "Looping Star" on the future location.

@cameraman: Yes, those models use magnetic brakes.

The 95/97° drop offers a good dose of ejector air, especially in the second row. The optical effect of "missing track" is only adding to the short but extreme sensation.

Thursday, December 18, 2003 11:00 AM
With rides like this, Maurer-Sohne's and Gerstlauer's spinning coasters, Reverchon's Crazy Mouse and S&S's Screamin' Squirrel, I would be so happy if Six Flags decided to add rides like these to the parks during the next five years instead of loads of Intamins and B&Ms.

Don't get me wrong- I love their coasters, but how cool would it be to see the local park get two of those coasters and a couple of flats in place of a B&M floorless or Intamin Impulse? All of those coasters are probably cheap enough where SF could add one to every park they own and still spend less than they would have by building 4 or 5 coasters by a couple of Swiss firms!

Thursday, December 18, 2003 12:45 PM

So I would be very surprised that this version was going to a different park.

Now that you mention it, I do remember hearing something about Bon Bon land getting a custom version, yet, there was one US park that did show substantial interest in getting a version of it. That was probably the more recent version.


Thursday, December 18, 2003 2:40 PM
Sean, are you referring to this:
as being the coaster that *replaced* VS?

If so, I'm kinda bummed that an SLC was chosen to replace what looks like SUCH a cool (and relatively unique) ride....

Thursday, December 18, 2003 3:24 PM

Cameraman said:
they had to paint some of it it blue due to a strange height law in Denmark...

Well that explains the fugly color scheme. What's the height restriction, though... 30 feet?!?

Interesting and unique ride, for sure, but I doubt there would be a draw for this type of ride at major US parks - ones that already have a multi-looping sit-down, or inverted, or stand-up. Small parks, however, might be a different story.

Thursday, December 18, 2003 6:09 PM
Am I the only one who spots braced footers in some of the Gerstlauer renderings? Will this thing wind up traveling to fairs?


Thursday, December 18, 2003 6:18 PM
Gator - know any other park in the US building an SLC in 2004?


Thursday, December 18, 2003 6:35 PM
Not that I know of mOOSH, but I spent a week with HST recently, so I could be "out of the loop"...;)
Friday, December 19, 2003 12:20 AM
All I can say is that to get just a TASTE of what Vild Svinet and the next generation of "small rides" hold, I may actually have to travel to Utah... shudder...


Friday, December 19, 2003 12:29 AM

You are correct. Rumor also has it that the SLC that is currently being built was originally going to go to another southern park but they decided to get a used B&M instead. the story goes.



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