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Tue Sep 18, 2007 10:20 pm

I cant see anything :? and i take it this is El Condor We're talking about?

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Tue Sep 18, 2007 11:22 pm

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Wed Sep 19, 2007 4:58 pm

Oooh that looks quite nice actually, alot more freedom to move

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Wed Sep 19, 2007 5:08 pm

They just look really comfortable... i wonder if they actually are :D

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Wed Sep 19, 2007 5:23 pm

They look very good (and comfortable) indeed. Let's hope Blackpool take note of these and invest in some for Infusion, it would make the ride a lot better in my opinion (assuming they are actually a lot more comfy than the current restraints).

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Wed Sep 19, 2007 6:50 pm

How come only a few have been replaced?
 
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Wed Sep 19, 2007 7:01 pm

Since they're new, they're probably demonstrating them on a couple of rows at Walibi to see if they (and other parks of course!) want to buy them.
 
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Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:17 pm

they're the same as the restraints on the junior suspended vekoma at movie park in germany - they were comfy on that, but woluld be interesting to see how they coped with the loopy stuff!
 
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Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:35 pm

They seem to have plenty of space for the likes of me, lol
 
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Thu Sep 20, 2007 12:32 am

"DanB" wrote:
They seem to have plenty of space for the likes of me, lol


I can fit them no probs!

next year, I hope to have trimmed down for colossus!
 
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Thu Sep 20, 2007 2:24 pm

Its great that the ride manufacturers have now started to review the restraint systems. There wasn't any serious progress for AGES! Great.

What differs to the trains on the new Vekoma Suspended Family coasters (Movie Park Germany, Grönalund Stockholm) is, that the train on the picture at Walibi World doesn't have the genious ability to slightly swing to the sides to avoid roughness. Maybe that system doesn't cope with the forces of an SLC... :roll:
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Walibi Holland 2011: Speed of Sound (rethemed boomerang)

Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:04 pm

I realise that this probably isn't of enormous interest to many folk (it only is to me, as I will be going to this particular park later this year), but anyway...

After 4 years in the SBNO wilderness, Walibi Holland's (the recently renamed Walibi World) Vekoma Boomerang - La Via Volta - is to re-open in 2011. Fitting in with Walibi's musically-inclined rebranding of all their parks, the new ride will be called Speed of Sound.

Some concept art on RCDB.

According to Vekoma's official website, they have just delivered a "new train, with the latest comfortable restraints and a WOW Sound System" to Walibi Holland (nerd fact - the original trains are what now run on Pleasurewood Hills' Boomerang).

So, a Vekoma Boomerang with on-board audio and 'comfortable restraints'. That sounds to me like a ride with potential, especially if the audio is well synchronised with the ride experience.

Taking a leap here, but if Screamscape are to be believed, it will be the same restraints as shown here, on Carowinds' Carolina Cobra. They do indeed looks less traumatic than the 'classic' Vekoma horse collar.

Edit - Just noticed that second picture in the Vekoma link seems to confirm the above regarding restraints.
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Re: Walibi Holland: Boomerang to reopen in 2011

Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:17 pm

Been monitoring this for a while as I am also going this year in May, good to see it finally being set in stone. I'm not a big fan of the whole 'music battle' theme they seem to have going on all over the park at the moment, the last time I visited the park was still under the Six Flags tag. Hopefully it'll surprise me.

Now they just need to get Turbine running again and i'll be happy! :D
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Re: Walibi Holland: Boomerang to reopen in 2011

Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:13 pm

In slightly more glib Walibi Holland 2011 news, their Mack wild mouse (Flying Dutchman) has been knocked down and carted off to France.

Also, their Zierer Tivoli - Wok's Waanzin - has been re-christened Rattle Snake. I presume that's supposed to be some sort of edgy, bad-ass, rock'n'roll kind of a name :roll:
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Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:16 pm

The Bommerang of Walibi Belgium and Walibi Rhone Alpes also get the new Trains with the Sound System.
 
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Re: Walibi Holland: Boomerang to reopen in 2011

Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:46 pm

Just been watching this video which indicates a few things about Speed of Sound.

1) The ride has received a rather nice new lick of paint.

2) I don't think the ride will have on-board audio as such. There appear to be large speakers attached at regular intervals along the course of the ride. Doesn't look like the sound is going to be coming from the car like on R'n'R. Which leads me neatly to number 3...

3) While the audio looks like it will be well corresponded to the ride's motion, the song is some dreadful, originally composed piece of helium-voiced, tweeny-bop fluff which make R'n'R's soundtrack seem tasteful.

4) Back to the positive, there seem to be incredibly cool spark effects attached at similar intervals to the speakers along the track.

Still, just a boomerang at the end of the day. The world's gaudiest, tackiest boomerang :roll:
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Re: Walibi Holland: Boomerang to reopen in 2011

Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:51 pm

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Re: Walibi Holland: Boomerang to reopen in 2011

Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:53 pm

I LOVE IT!

This is totally insane!

:D :D :D
 
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Re: Walibi Holland 2011: Speed of Sound (rethemed boomerang)

Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:08 am

@ Gloomy Dude
U can bet, its realy Onboard Sound:
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Re: Walibi Holland 2011: Speed of Sound (rethemed boomerang)

Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:06 pm

I'd hate to be a ride op on that thing. Imagine having to listen to that audio over and over and over again. It'd be like being forced to endure Radio Halifax adverts on loop for a day.

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