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Rather unexpected turn of events tbh...

 

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I want to be the person who takes off the protective covering... And those Mack restraints are actually gonna make this pretty damn good...

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Feel like this could be in a similar vain to Intamin's wing riders (Skyrush) than B&M's ones. Not that that'd be a bad thing.

Totally called it ;)

In all seriousness though, I had been expecting a spinner for a while now, so this is a pleasant surprise. The things I've heard of Skyrush have all been ridiculously positive, so a Mack take on that, seemingly crossed between a Eurofighter, has the potential to be incredible. Really looking forward to this!

Also, Mack have said over Facebook that these cars are their 'BigDipper' cars. Will no doubt be seeing a few of these spring up soon I'm sure.

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The fact that this turned out not to be a spinner confuses me, alot of the layout seems kinda plain and pointless? e.g the wild mouse turn and the general drawn out-ness of alot of it :P

 

Also the trains looks odd on the huge track, like a rct3 ctr

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The first drop looks fab, and I imagine the airtime on the first hills will be too! 

 

The weird, ever so slight, outward banking on that turn before the MCBR is just plain odd though.

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That first drop looks absolutely fab!   :wub:  I'm a bit unsure on the theming still; some of it looks a bit tacky I think, but some of it looks pretty awesome.  Hopefully when it's finished it will come together quite well.

 

Also, some of the soundtrack has appeared...

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLKzEdAl4Ck

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Official music video for the Lost Gravity soundtrack. 

 

 

I feel based off the music video and the ride itself, that the whole experience is themed to what its like during an acid trip...

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So this opened yesterday, and seems to have good reviews so far, despite some awkward pacing during the ride.

For anyone interested, I'd suggest looking at the park's Snapchat (walisnaps), which shows the opening ceremony. Fireworks, confetti, dancers, actors, live performances, the lot. They certainly know how to open a ride it seems!

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Goliath, the park's headline coaster, is getting a repaint to help celebrate the ride's 15th birthday next season...

 

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I like the colour, though some of the community seem to be a bit wary of the loss of the iconic green.  

 

 

In other news, the potential new ride for next year (which was said to be a thrill ride replacing the old 4D theatre near Lost Gravity) might not be happening.  One of their Halloween attractions, The Clinic, used the space this year, and had a lot of money thrown at it apparently, and is also returning next year (if you're a fan of scare attractions, I'd recommend looking it up!).  But given that this is Walibi, who knows what they're planning...

 

 

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At least the ride is going to look fresh again next year.

 

Was a fan of the green, but that may be due to my obsession with RCT2.

 

So 2018 is potentially now their next big thing if next year's investment isn't happening I guess?

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2019 is the next big addition, they kinda announced that the other day as well but no mention of what it is aside from being big...

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The park's director said back in February that 2019 would be a unique coaster costing more than Lost Gravity (though there's been no mention of how much Lost Gravity cost).

 

2017 was said to be a thrill ride, though no sort of monetary budget was rumoured.

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There's good news and bad news coming out of Walibi Holland...

 

Good news:  Speed of Sound, their Vekoma boomerang, is being repainted, with the same colours.

 

Bad news:  (H)El Condor, their atrocious Vekoma SLC which causes pain to every inch of your body, and should be ripped down as soon as physically possible, is also being repainted, also with the same colours.  

 

Source:  http://www.looopings.nl/weblog/6497/Walibi-Holland-verft-deze-winter-drie-achtbanen.html

 

I wonder if all this money bring used for repaints has come due to the presumed non-appearance of the 2017 attraction?

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Suppose this can be seen as a good thing. Seeing most rides typically look much better after a repaint instead of being left in a grotty and neglected state. 

 

I'm yet to experience the terrors of that SLC, but can't say I am excited if and when I do.

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