Worlds First "Mountain Glider" goes to Walibi Belgium

Wednesday, February 8, 2006 3:56 AM
After Walibi Belgium recently demolished their Vekoma Corkscrew in an orgy of destruction they will premier the new ride system by alpine-lift manufacturer Doppelmayr.

The Mountain Glider, a mixture of a chair-lift and a suspended coaster with a vertical lift looks certainly interesting.

Pictures of the particular Walibi Model which should give you an idea what the ride will do can be seen here:

Wednesday, February 8, 2006 8:36 AM
Ok, not sure I would get on that thing.
Wednesday, February 8, 2006 10:12 AM
I'd definitely try it out...although I think I'd be hanging on pretty tight... ;)

LOL @ "orgy of destruction"...why aren't more native speakers as clever with their use of English? :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2006 10:27 AM
^Fear of heights?

Doppelmayr is one of the (they call themselves THE) leader in ropeway engeneering. So I guess the thing would be safe and fun.

More Info on Doppelmayr:

And Info on the Mountain Glider (contains four short Video clips of prototype testing!):

Wednesday, February 8, 2006 10:29 AM
Here's a site that has four (very) short videos of the ride system...
Wednesday, February 8, 2006 11:54 AM
I love how few supports it needs. This will make a great addition to 'land locked parks'... that don't need high capacity.
Looks like tons o fun.
Wednesday, February 8, 2006 11:59 AM
But wouldn't Walibi Belgium need a bit more capacity than these? How will capacity be any better than those Setpoint failures? Looks like an amazingly fun ride though.
Wednesday, February 8, 2006 3:19 PM
Wouldn't it be cool to have a ride like that at Kennywood from the free parking area to the park entrance? Looks like a lot of fun!
Wednesday, February 8, 2006 3:32 PM
Would this count as a coaster? How many credits, Andy? ;)
Wednesday, February 8, 2006 3:50 PM
Why wouldn't it, Matt? It rolls and meets my definition of a roller coaster. ;)
Wednesday, February 8, 2006 4:03 PM
Probably a good thing to build it over water. ;)

Trip out though!

Wednesday, February 8, 2006 4:13 PM
^I like your thinking, Machos. :-)

After viewing the videos though, I think the Skyglider would be more my thing. Maybe they can replace Kennywood's chair lift with THAT one. :-P


Wednesday, February 8, 2006 5:04 PM
They stole the idea from RCT!!! ;)
Wednesday, February 8, 2006 11:03 PM
That looks like "teh r0x."
Thursday, February 9, 2006 12:04 AM
Wicked scary looking to me.
Thursday, February 9, 2006 1:03 AM
So does that mean you're gonna count the ferris wheel at DCA, George?
Sunday, February 12, 2006 9:33 PM

Count me in.

Sunday, February 12, 2006 11:20 PM
that think looks awesome, think about the possibilities....i could see Knoebels intalling one that winds down the same mountainside that the scenic chairlift goes sure ride it :)
Sunday, February 12, 2006 11:34 PM
That does look like a lot of fun. The new sky ride. I could see a lot of parks getting these. Next thing you know Cedar Point will be taking back the record for height. ;)
Sunday, February 19, 2006 5:32 PM
RCDB has some specs and a some very interesting 3d sketches of the cars and the actual layout.

It is only a few feet short of a hyper-coaster and will have a very nice lapbar system (yay, no OTSR!). Check that nifty wheel assembly!

Sadly, the previous layout which runs over the lake can not be built because the lake is protected by some no-fun environmental law. Yeah, right! In an amusement park!

The old layout would have had only two supports in the lake, and the riders would have come very close to the water surface. It seems that the new layout will now surround the lake, but it looks a bit less spectacular.



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