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to a group of street artists who covered it with giant graffiti representing all sorts of wild animals. Excalibur is now called Blast and it also has new colours to match with the surroundings. Additionally, the whole area is filled with bizarre artistic installations.


A floating sensation Going back to Untamed, the Wilderness theme is represented by the two new trains, resembling giant moths with green glowing eyes. Each can fit up to 20 riders, secured by very comfortable individual lap bars and by a safety seatbelt. The embarking station is also no longer medieval looking but it is like an abandoned greenhouse with the ceiling completely filled by real plants. Right outside the station, the first element is a 45° outward banked turn that leads right into the chain propelled lift hill. With a 40° of


inclination the ascending is quite steep. Thanks to the RMC transformation, the height has been increased from 32 metres to 36.5 meters. Once at the top there is absolutely no time to enjoy the view because the train is already plunging down the 35.4 meters first drop at an 80° angle. Then, after a very tiny, ejector airtime filled bunny hop, it is time for the world's first 270° Double Inverting Stall. This element, containing two


inversions, is a 270° counterclockwise barrel roll high above the ground followed by another 270° clockwise roll that brings the train back to horizontal position. The feeling, while going through it, is like a very long zero-g roll. The two rotations follow each other seamlessly while your body nicely floats out of the seat. Through the layout there are three


additional inversions: a Step-Up Under Flip, a highly overbanked hill and a final barrel roll. This bring the total to five inversions, making Untamed the


hybrid roller coaster with the highest number of inversions in the world. Unlike the original Robin Hood, Untamed is built almost completely low to the ground. This allows the trains to fly through the track at an impressive speedand to keep this pace right up to the final brakes. Furthermore, the figures follow each other in a way that the ride intensity keep increasing. At the beginning they are larger and more spread out, while at the end there is almost no time to breath. All in all Untamed is an impressive experience and a great addition to the roller coaster line-up of Walibi Holland.


About


the author Born in Milan, Italy, Matteo Crepaldi graduated as Space Engineer. He has been working in the amusement industry since 2011 as a freelance journalist and photographer, and has beenemployed full time by Intamin since 2014. Instagram: teocrep


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