I have visited several parks and experienced many rides. I have got my own fantasy towards Roller Coaster and always loved to enjoy the thrill when I got on to the ride. I had quite a lot of fun with many great coasters and Roller coasters are one of my all time favorite. Though I had visited and enjoyed many, I could quote only a few which has got an everlasting place in my heart. Whenever I think about Roller coaster the first thing to hit in my mind is the Boomerang roller coaster. I admire its design and the way it operates, it’s a machine of thrill and customized to provide sheer enjoyment. I personally think that it is always good to know in depth information about something you really like and enjoy. I would like to share my thrill report about my experience with Boomerang coaster and have listed some basic information about its design structure, types and operational function. Here we go folks…..
Boomerang Roller coaster – History in short
Boomerang roller coaster built by Vekoma was named after the sporting implement based on the traditions of the Indigenous Australians. In 1981, Vekoma introduced the Boomerang coaster and along with it the boomerang element, which is substantially different from the Arrow element of the same name. The first Boomerang began operational in 1984 and it has since become one of the most repeated roller coaster designs in the world. There are more than 47 Boomerangs, its variants are operating till date and the count is rapidly increased every year. The first Vekoma Boomerang, “Escorpion“, was installed at Reino Aventura (Mexico City, Mexico). Since then, this type of coaster has become the most cloned coaster ever. Boomerang coasters are considered to be a good attribute for a park and it provides a pleasant experience for the guest, that’s why you can see many of those operating in many of the parks from Chile to Uzbekistan.
Types of Boomerang
There are two main design variants based on the Boomerang layout. Both were produced by Vekoma and their basic designs are listed below:
Invertigo: The first variant is the Invertigo. It retains the same layout as that of a Boomerang, however it is classified under inverted roller coaster. In addition, the two rows of seats in each car were back-to-back, so the riders in the back row of each car would be facing those in the front of the trailing car. It was first launched for operation in 1997, till date there are four Invertigos in operation as of 2008. I have also heard that Wonderland Sydney had operated this ride in the past.
Giant Inverted Boomerang: The second design is known as both the Giant Inverted Boomerang and the Super Invertigo. While maintaining a similar layout to the Boomerang, the track is again inverted, and the size of the ride is increased. The track is converted to 270 feet longer, the two lift hills are almost convert 80 feet taller and both hills are vertical. The track also crosses over with the station underneath the vertical loop. The train has 8 cars with the four seats of each car arranged in a chevron. As of 2008 only three Giant Inverted Boomerangs are certainly operating. The three models are Déjà Vu at Six Flags Magic Mountain , Aftershock at Silverwood Theme Park , Stunt Fall at Parque Warner Madrid. Originally the coasters had a teal track and white supports. As of 2008 Darien Lake‘s model is still the original colors; Six Flags Discovery Kingdom‘s model has teal track and yellow supports.
Design and Operation
How does it work?
The Boomerang consists of a single train with seven cars, capable of carrying 28 passengers. The ride begins when the train is pulled backwards from the station and up a lift hill, before being released. After being released, the train passes through the station, enters a Cobra roll element (referred to as a boomerang by the designers), then travels through a vertical loop. Upon exiting the loop, the train runs up a second lift hill, which is angled so that the two lifts meet at the top in a “V”-like formation. Once out of momentum, the train is towed to the top of the lift hill and is held for several seconds before being released, later it travels through the roller coaster in reverse before returning to the station. At the end of the cycle the train is pulled up the lift hill at the end of the track, then it gets dropped once again allowing the train to go back through the loops backwards, hence it has obtained the name “Boomerang Coast to Coaster”.
Boomerang coasters have occasionally become stalled, often in the Boomerang element. As a precaution, many Boomerang coasters including the newer Giant Inverted Boomerang models are built with an access platform just under the Cobra Roll/Boomerang element.
Outstanding Ride experience:
Boomerang is the world’s most popular biggest rollercoaster. One of its outstanding features, it first lifts you about 35m in the air backwards. After the train is released, it goes trough two inversions. Once the prior action is over later it is dragged up another steep hill and on the top of the hill released to do the same inversions backwards. Boomerang is a 12-story-tall, steel roller coaster that rockets riders –forwards and backwards– through a disorienting trip of corkscrew turns and upside-down loops. A thrilling roller coaster that catapults its riders forwards, backwards and within the course of a minute, it flips riders upside down six times.
After boarding a Boomerang train, riders are pulled backwards to the top of a nearly vertical 12-story tower and then released to plummet at nearly 50 miles per hour down a steep hill. They turn and go through two corkscrew turns and a vertical loop, flipping upside down three times. Riders then head up another nearly vertical 12-story tower where the whole trip begins again in the reverse direction. It sounds like fun and it was, but it’s a lot harder on your body than you might think. You might feel that when the ride is going to get over and wanted to get out of it at the earliest. However once you are done with it the sheer thrill experience stats in your mind and you would be longing to get on it again.
On a boomerang coaster, you are dragged up a hill backwards; released through the loading station, go through a vertical loop and batwing maneuver and up another piece of track. The train is grabbed again and dragged to the top, only to repeat the process in reverse, until coming to a stop in the loading platform. The inverted seats made this ride a bit more tolerable than the standard boomerang, but not much, and afterwards I felt a bit queasy. Wow! It was very astonishing and unforgettable experience that one can ever forget.
Its’ worth for every penny you shell out!
It’s a Vekoma Classic which comes loaded with low price and small footprint but good for a big thrill. The Boomerang is the perfect looping coaster ride especially for the first time riders. For a thrill ride, the investment is one of the lowest available. It seems such a simple concept: the train runs the track once forward, then runs it backwards again. It offers two completely different ride experiences on the same track. For a theme park on budget it saves space and money without sacrificing the thrill, the Boomerang is an attraction in itself. Its tall imposing structure with the original Vekoma-designed boomerang element is a visual magnet and marketing tool. There is no need for excessive window dressing. The installation is straightforward and keeps total costs low. With over 40 rides installed and operating smoothly since 1982, the design shows no need for major innovations or improvements. The demand for a future thrill ride can be based on the enthusiastic reaction of the guests to the Boomerang. You heart beats faster when you listen to the excited screams as they rush through the station at speeds of 80 km per hour before twisting upside down three times, climbing to a height of 35m and then doing it all again backwards. I believe that the park’s guests will surely be satisfied and park owners will be guided towards future investments in the line of thrill rides. The Boomerang is the logical choice for stepping into the high thrill rides market.
A standard Boomerang which is a kind of Shuttle roller coaster has a height is 116 feet and 6 inches. Its length is 935 feet and speeds up to 47 mph within a time span of 1 minute and 48 seconds with 6 inversions. This coaster can hold up to 760 people. The length of the track is approximately is 2000 feet, which includes both forward and reverse. It is equipped with two towers each 12 stories tall. It has one train which has got 7 coaches and can hold up to t passengers per coach. It can ride up to 1000 passengers per hour and the duration of each ride is one minute. Upon exiting the loop, the train runs up a second lift hill, which is angled so that the two lifts meet at the top in a “V”-like formation
Mind blowing simulation
When you get on to the Boomerang coaster and go for the ride it gives you a sensation as though you are coming out of your seat. This is usually raved about like it is a coaster’s most important attribute. Often found while cresting a hill, if sitting in the front, or in the back of the train, during a drop. Here are some technical reasons; it has a strange effect on your body because your body is not completely solid, as it is composed of many loosely connected parts. When your body is accelerated, each part of your body is accelerated individually. The seat pushes on your back, the muscles in your back push on some organs and those organs push on other organs. This is why you feel the ride with your whole body. Everything inside is being pushed around. Air time” Normally, all the parts of your body are pushing on each other because of the constant force of gravity. But in the “free-fall” state of plummeting down a hill, there is hardly any net force acting on you. In this case, the various pieces of your body are not pushing on each other as much. They are all, essentially, weightless, each falling individually inside your body. This is what gives you that unique sinking feeling in your stomach — your stomach is suddenly very light because there is less force pushing on it. The same thing happens when you drive down a dip in the road in your car or descend in an elevator moving at high speed.
On a roller coaster, this full-body sensation is complemented by all sorts of visual cues — the upside-down turns, dizzying heights and passing structures. Visual cues are an important part of the ride because they tell you that you are going fast. Your body can’t feel velocity at all; it can only feel change in velocity (acceleration).
The only reasons you know that you are moving quickly on boomerang coaster is that the support structure is whipping past you at top speed, and the air is rushing in your face. Boomerang Roller-coaster designers make sure to create plenty of tight fits and near misses to make you feel like you’re rocketing through the structure at out-of-control speeds.
With so many aspects Boomerang roller coasters is a mere pleasure to enjoy. I’m sure that it’s the right ride choice for any Roller coaster fanatic and not doubt to state that it will be another thrill element. I hope you enjoyed reading information on this quick article. Get on it to know about and feel the thrill!