Bandit (Yomiuriland)

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Bandit
Bandit Coaster Yomiuriland Overview.jpg
View of Bandit from above
Yomiuriland
Coordinates 35°37′32″N 139°31′05″E / 35.625524°N 139.518122°E / 35.625524; 139.518122Coordinates: 35°37′32″N 139°31′05″E / 35.625524°N 139.518122°E / 35.625524; 139.518122
Status Operating
Opening date March, 1988
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer TOGO
Model Sitdown
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 167.3 ft (51.0 m)
Length 5,118 ft (1,560 m)
Speed 68.3 mph (109.9 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 2:18
Capacity 1260 riders per hour
Height restriction 43.31 in (110 cm)
Bandit at RCDB
Pictures of Bandit at RCDB

Bandit (バンデット Bandetto?) is a steel roller coaster located at Yomiuriland in the city of Inagi, near Tokyo, Japan. Built in 1988 by the TOGO company, it was the fastest roller coaster in the world when it was built (taking the record from American Eagle at Six Flags Great America). It lost the record to Magnum XL 200 at Cedar Point one year later.

Ride layout and experience[edit]

Bandit lift hill

Bandit's course is laid out as a terrain roller coaster. This means that it was custom-built to closely follow the contours of the hilly topography of Yomiuriland. Although the coaster's height is officially listed at 167.3 feet (51.0 m), the layout of the terrain means that the difference between the highest and lowest points on the ride is actually 256 feet (78 m) (also a record when it was built).[1] When Bandit was built in 1988, it held the record of being the fastest roller coaster in the world.[2][3] The ride passes through the treetops of hundreds of cherry trees. This is highlighted during the park's annual cherry blossom (sakura) festival. During the festival, Bandit is marketed as being the fastest ever "flower viewing" (hanami). The cherry blossoms around Bandit's course are also lit at night.[4]

The majority of Bandit's course is somewhat isolated from the other rides and buildings in Yomiuriland.[5] From the top of Bandit, riders can see views of the distant Shinjuku skyline of Tokyo.[5][6] Rides on the coaster cost 900 yen.[6]

Reviews[edit]

Bandit is the most popular roller coaster at Yomiuriland.[4][6] In 2013, the coaster was identified by RocketNews24 as No. 9 of the "10 unmissable roller coasters in Japan".[5] In 1990, roller coaster enthusiast magazine Inside Track rated Bandit as being the 24th best roller coaster in the world.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wyatt, Mark (1996). White knuckle ride: The illustrated guide to the world's biggest and best roller coaster and thrill rides. London: Salamander Books. ISBN 0517159457. 
  2. ^ Marden, Duane. "List of fastest roller coasters (page 2)". Roller Coaster DataBase. 
  3. ^ Marden, Duane. "List of fastest roller coasters (page 3)". Roller Coaster DataBase. 
  4. ^ a b Kosuke, Orimoto (19 March 2010). "お花見+アトラクションが楽しい!期間限定の“お花見遊園地”" [Hanami + attraction is fun! For a limited time "Hanami amusement park"]. RBBToday (in Japanese) (IID). Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Kendall, Philip (5 September 2013). "Hold on tight: 10 unmissable roller coasters in Japan". RocketNews24 (Socio Corporation). Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "バンデット" [Bandit]. Yomiuriland (in Japanese). Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Predator Ranked Among Top Coasters". Buffalo News. 28 September 1990. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
American Eagle
World's Fastest Roller Coaster
March 1988–May 1989
Succeeded by
Magnum XL 200 at Cedar Point