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Tailor-making Phantasialand’s next world of wonder

Two years on from introducing one of the

world’s most unique and highly-themed flume rides (Chiapas), the German park Phantasialand is hard at work on another mega project. Taron will be

Europe’s fastest multi launch coaster and the anchor

attraction of a new themed land called Klugheim. Built by Intamin, which also

collaborated on Chiapas, it will be supplemented by a second new rollercoaster for 2016, a Family Boomerang from Vekoma. Here

Sebastian Jonas, project developer and quality

manager of Phantasialand, explains the lengths the popular park near Cologne is going to in order to make Taron a “tailor-made” experience


t Phantasialand we create whole themed worlds with attractions embedded in them; not just attractions with “a bit of theming.” Where new developments are

concerned, one thing is particularly important to us: combining absolute ride enjoyment with extraordinary theming to create a unique overall experience. This only succeeds if we deal intensively with each detail right from the start. Working on new projects, we develop quite precise specifications which we pass on to the manufacturers. This then affects every single aspect of the project such as the capacity of the ride, the look of the track and also the route/layout. So as with all our projects, from the earliest development phase onwards we had quite a specific idea of what we wanted Taron to do: the rollercoaster length, track and train design, thematic embedding and above all rider enjoyment. We worked all that out right down to the smallest detail to create an attraction that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. We wanted to create an experience with a dramatic arc

that builds continuously throughout the ride. For this we specified elements such as S-bends, airtime hills, over-banked turns as well as special changes of direction (a trick we have used previously on Chiapas and our Winjas Force/Winjas Fear rollercoasters) and also changes in speed as the ride makes its way through the rocky landscape of Klugheim. Taron will offer enjoyment and surprise right until the very end!

Get ready for the launch The start of the ride was also important to us. We were particularly keen on a very strong launch. This meant it needed a drive superbly equipped for the two LSM catapult launches; only the most up-to-date and high-performance technology should be used. We want Taron to be powerful and more intensive than any other multi-launch coaster out there – and enormously fast. When it came to the track, we demanded a particularly delicate framework. The “3-belt” track supplied by Intamin in accordance with the new Eurocode 3 standard offers a slender aesthetic that ensures the harmonious integration of the rollercoaster into the Klugheim themed world. Even the ride’s supports could not be square “standard” supports and had to be round to fit aesthetically into the overall picture. The train of course also had to comply with this philosophy. We had specific ideas on all details, from the seat position and the straps right through to the materials used, creating a completely new custom-built train that looks at home within this new part of the park. In looking for a manufacturer that would support us with all our special requirements and bring just as much passion

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