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PW-JUL19-24-25-Untamed.qxp_Feature 15/07/2019 17:13 Page 24


Ride Profile


the wild Fun Facts


Categories: Hybrid (Wood Structure) Capacity: 900 riders per hour Designer: Alan Schilke Length: 3,559.7 ft Height: 119.8 ft Drop: 116.1 ft Speed: 57.2 mph Inversions: 5 Vertical Angle: 80° Duration: 1:46 Airtime Points: 14 Elements: Chain Lift Hill 270° Double Inverting Stall Step-Up Under Flip Barrel Roll


Matteo Crepaldi was among the first to ride the hotly anticipated hybrid coaster, ‘Untamed’ at Walibi Holland last month, and it didn’t disappoint


came along, allowing more and more intricate layouts and all sorts of inversions. This, however, did not mean that the wooden roller coasters were out of the market. On one hand, thanks to their classic look and the unique ride feeling, they remained always popular and loved by the amusement parks crowds but on the other, they were always overshadowed by those made of steel. Then, in 2009, a company called Rocky Mountain


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Construction (RMC) started to develop a concept that would revolutionise and bring the wooden roller coaster to a whole new level. The idea behind it was to replace the original track of existing wooden roller coasters with what they called the "I-Box Track" made of steel. While doing so, most of the original ride structure was maintained but the layout received a whole upgrade including steeper and bigger drops, additional airtime moments and inversions. Not to mention the development of new trains that could run on the newly designed track. The very first example of this new technology was the transformation in 2011 of the classic Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas into the New Texas Giant. Now, thanks also to a deal with the Dutch manufacturer Vekoma Rides, on the 1st of July, Walibi Holland opened


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ooden roller coasters have been around since the very beginning and for quite some they were even the only available type. Then steel


Untamed, the second I-Box track roller coaster outside North America and the very first one in Europe. Untamed is the Rocky Mountain Construction upgrade of Robin Hood, one of the only three wooden roller coasters ever manufactured by Vekoma Rides itself.


More than an upgrade Officially opened in 2000, Robin Hood had a very classic, “J” shaped, out and back layout, partially built over water, with a good combination of low speed turns high above the ground and quick drops. Overall, compared to other similar rides, it was quite rough but it was always nice to have a few rides on every visit. The fact that it was located right next to the festival ground made it also particularly useful to take a


sneak peek at the massive Defqon.1 Red stage right before the event. The theming around the ride was limited to the entrance


area and to the load/unload station, which looked like a medieval castle. This had to change with the arrival of Untamed and the whole area, known as Sherwood Forest, including also Merlin's Castle: a mad house and Excalibur: a


top spin is now called Wilderness. As the name suggests, the main idea was to create a futuristic and strange environment where nature takes control over the technological elements. Merlin's Castle received a very special new paint job thanks


JULY 2019


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