Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Grona Lund Planning New Compact B&M Inverted Ride for 2020

Sweden's Grona Lund is known for it's super-condensed layout, with amusement rides layered on top of one another, regularly crossing paths and interacting as well.  The park is going to get just a bit more crowded in 2020 with the addition of a brand new B&M Inverted roller coaster.

The amusement park has started the process of applying for approval of their building plans, leaving plenty of time for the construction on the ride to start in 2018, with a 2020 opening.  The park's dense layout means that construction might be a bit more complicated that usual.

Here's the ride's layout, taken from this Swedish news article (translated) about the ride:

© Grona Lund
The new inverted coaster will be located near Insane, the park's Intamin ZacSpin, and if you look closely it appears as though the ride's station will be located below ground level.  The lift will rise up to 111.5 feet above the park, with a steep 180 degree drop right after.  The layout of the ride will stay above many of the park's buildings, navigating through 4 inversions, two heartline rolls and two corkscrews.  There are some nice looking curves and helices in the mix as well.  Total track length is stated to be around 2,296 feet with a top speed of 62 miles per hour listed (though that seems a tad fast for a ride of this size).

The translated article says that the ride is inspired by two similar rides in the U.S. - it does have the heartline finish of Banshee at Kings Island, but I'm not sure I can put my finger on what the other may be.  Looks like a fun coaster, though!