Sunday, May 17, 2009

Behind All That Mumbo Jumbo

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Photos and video footage taken over the past week reveal that Flamingo Land's soon-to-be record-breaking coaster, Mumbo Jumbo, is going up quickly! Strangely enough, some of the best construction photos I've found were actually posted to this forum thread on TowersTimes, the unofficial guide to Alton Towers. Well at least it's all in the UK, right? Looks like most of the structure as well as the station and queue are complete, and the theming is coming along nicely.

Flamingo Land TV, the official Flamingo Land TV channel, has also released a new video (embedded below) including some footage of the construction site as well as a Q&A session with Nick Buckley, Flamingo Land's Operations Manager. (He also happens to be a coaster enthusiast, by the way!) Among other things, Buckley confirms that Mumbo Jumbo's 112 degree drop will indeed be the steepest in the world, as Steel Hawg's advertised 120 degree drop was based on the original plans for the coaster; in reality, it maxes out at 111 degrees. Mumbo Jumbo is scheduled to open on July 3, and representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records will be on hand to make it official.

Steel Hawg is a great coaster, so I'm really excited to see another El Loco appearing on the worldwide coaster scene. I hope there's even more where these came from!