Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Monster is Rising at Adventureland

Most of the new for 2016 roller coaster are wrapping up construction, or nearly ready to open, but such is not the case with The Monster at Iowa's Adventureland amusement park.  Heavy construction is still underway, but good things come to those who wait, as this new Gerstlauer "Infinity" coaster is looking great so far.

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Adventureland has shared some recent construction photos of The Monster, revealing that plenty of bright green track and gray supports are already in place.  The custom designed ride replaces the park's aging log flume and contains 2,500 feet of track in a small space.  This recent news story has some additional photos, along with information on the design process of the $9 million coaster.

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The Monster starts with a 135 foot tall vertical lift hill, quickly followed by a 101 degree beyond-vertical first plunge.  The ride has a total of 5 inversions and will cross over or under the park's Sky Ride path 8 times during the layout.  You can imagine that there will be some pretty neat photo opportunities for those on the Sky Ride in 2016.

The Monster is the first new roller coaster to open at Adventureland in 20 years, as the Underground premiered back in 1996.