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TOWER
TERROR
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Solid Gold
adrenaline
Riders returns to the station
Featuring a 50-metre plunge, 300-metres of track
and delivering extreme G-forces, Tower of Terror is
short, sweet and intense. Whereas the ride used to
feature a traditional coaster lift hill, now riders are
hoisted straight to the top of the tower via a vertical lift
installed inside the headgear.
The ride was initially designed by Nauta Bussink, but
built and engineered on-site. For Tower of Terror – the
remix, two local suppliers of lift winding equipment,
Hoist-tec and Coilmec, were brought in to assist,
adding to the ride’s mining industry credentials. The
new open-style seating was provided by SAT Rides of
Germany. Jacobs, of Manchester, England, completed
the ADIPS inspection.
As a result of these changes, the ride offers increased
throughput and also a new level of interaction between
riders and spectators. Those standing in the queue line
waiting for the next ride get a tantalising view of the
passengers as the eight-seater car shoots up the tower, then
engages with the track at the top ready for the drop down.
Located on the site of a former goldmine in
Johannesburg, South Africa, Gold Reef City
features a number of attractions that pay tribute
to its mining roots – but none are as fearsome
and spectacular as Tower of Terror. Following the
ride’s relaunch last summer, Park World talks to
the man that helped engineer it
T
ower of Tower uses an authentic lift tower
repatriated from a former mine nearby, and is
one of two such structures that punctuate the
skyline at this park in the Ormonde area of
Johannesburg (the other gives access to a mine exhibit).
Essentially the attraction is a vertical drop rollercoaster,
with a subterranean dive as the car races beneath the
ground and then back towards the loading station.
The ride originally opened in 2001, but following
after an overhaul in 2007 was officially relaunched last
summer.
The gondola enters the vertical lift
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FEBRUARY 2009
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