Infusion (roller coaster)

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Infusion
Infusion.jpg
Photo of the ride showing the fountains underneath
Pleasure Beach Blackpool
Coordinates 53°47′33″N 3°03′19″W / 53.7924°N 3.0553°W / 53.7924; -3.0553Coordinates: 53°47′33″N 3°03′19″W / 53.7924°N 3.0553°W / 53.7924; -3.0553
Status Operating
Opening date 2 May 2007 (1999 as Traumatizer)
Cost £8,000,000
General statistics
Type Steel – Inverted
Manufacturer Vekoma
Designer Vekoma
Model SLC (689m standard)
Lift/launch system Chain Lift Hill
Height 109 ft (33 m)
Length 2,260 ft (690 m)
Speed 49.7 mph (80.0 km/h)
Inversions 5
Duration 1mins 36sec
Max vertical angle 60°
Capacity 832 riders per hour
G-force 4.5
Height restriction 52 in (132 cm)
Infusion at RCDB
Pictures of Infusion at RCDB

Infusion is an inverted steel roller coaster at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire, England. It is the first inverted coaster to be suspended entirely over water. The ride is constructed by Vekoma and runs two trains, each with eight cars and a capacity of up to 16 passengers.

History[edit]

Traumatizer at Pleasureland Southport

The ride opened at the park in 2007, but had been operated by the Pleasure Beach company since 1999, as Traumatizer at sister park Pleasureland Southport. At Pleasureland, the ride was sponsored by the soft drinks firm A.G. Barr (makers of Tizer, hence the name), and operated without any water effects (it was actually suspended over a basic landscaped garden). When Pleasureland closed in 2006, the ride was dismantled and relocated to Blackpool. At Blackpool, the ride was built between the Big Dipper and the Pepsi Max Big One on the former site of the log flume near the Tom Sawyer bridge and was the first 'new' coaster to open at the park since Morgan's Clown Coaster. The ride now boasts numerous special effects including cascading walls of water, sculptures, fountains, sprinklers and a pond containing Koi carp.


SLC[edit]

Infusion's structural support.

The ride itself is a standard model Vekoma Suspended Looping Coaster ("SLC"). The ride opened on 2 May 2007 and was widely publicized and anticipated. Riders are seated in eight rows of two for a total of 16 passengers per train with 2 trains being operated at any given time. Most Vekoma SLC's are capable of running up to 10 cars on each train however Vekoma modeled Infusion with only 8 to make the ride both smoother and faster. The ride starts with a 109' lift hill, before arching into a curved incline. The train rises up into a "sea serpant roll" or "butterfly loop" - two half loops connected by a corkscrew element, before pulling upwards into a banked and curved apex. From here the train drops sharply into an Immelman inversion. A helix follows before the train straightens itself and pulls into a double inline twist. from here the train rolls into a 90 degree turn before pulling downwards and ascending into the brakes. The train then returns to the station. Riders must be between 132 cm and 200 cm tall to ride Infusion.

Marketing[edit]

The ride was the subject of a large marketing campaign for the park, gaining its own website (www.rideinfusion.com) and reports from BBC Newsround, the Daily Star and Daily Express newspapers. The ride also made a comic appearance on TV's GMTV. MD Amanda Thompson and her brother/deputy MD Nick Thompson both rode Infusion on the morning of its opening. Amanda Thompson believes the ride would attract well over the current guest number of 6 million and said thrill seekers will love the exhilaration. The ride was described on GMTV as being one of the most beautiful roller coasters in the country. The ride was officially launched by T4's Vernon Kay who described the ride as 'breathtaking.' The ride has also been ridden by special guests such as Robbie Williams.

There is a red-carpet style handprint of Vernon Kay, acting as a monument by the ride. In a similar fashion there is a monument featuring Red Rum, the famous racing horse (who was stabled at Southport, the former home of the Traumatizer), as part of the Steeplechase ride.

In January 2013, Pleasure Beach reported that something 'mysterious' was lurking under the Infusion 'lake'. Over the course of February, the park reportedly hired an award-winning angler to search the murky depths of the 'lake' to uncover the mystery. In March 2013, the angler was revealed to be the parks HR manager, Pam Roberts, along with the mysterious happenings being linked to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Notes[edit]

In 1999 the rollercoaster opened with a blue frame and red track, the colors of Tizer. The logo for Tizer, complete with the "Tizer Head", appeared boarded onto the frame. In 2003, the Traumatizer logo slightly changed following the slight change for Tizer. There was also a "Traumatizer" giftshop at the entrance, complete with a Tizer vending machine.

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