Friday, February 9, 2018

Walibi Holland's Robin Hood to Receive Rocky Mountain Transformation in 2019

© Walibi Holland
Sure, the crop of new-for-2018 roller coasters aren't even open yet, but it's never too early to get news of a new-for-2019 ride!

Walibi Holland has announced that their wooden roller coaster, named Robin Hood, will receive a Rocky Mountain Construction makeover, turning it into a wood and steel hybrid ride.  When the ride reopens in 2019 it will have a new theme and new name, as well.  That is fitting since the ride experience will be dramatically different.

Walibi Holland is not ready to give more details on the transformation just yet, only saying that it will be faster when it reopens.

Robin Hood is one of only a handful of wooden roller coasters that were created by Vekoma, having opened at the park in 2000.  It has a lift hill of 105 feet, a top speed of 50 miles per hour, and a total track length of 3,395 feet.  As with most Rocky Mountain conversion projects, I would expect those statistics to change considerably when the steel track is complete.

The ride's layout is generally a giant U-shaped out and back, which will leave Rocky Mountain's designers with plenty to work with.  Here is a point of view video of the ride, you can start to imagine what extreme elements the coaster will have when it reopens!