KOBRA (ride)

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KOBRA
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Chessington World of Adventures Kobra2.jpg
Chessington World of Adventures
Area Wild Asia
Status Operating
Cost £1,000,000
Opening date 2010
General statistics
Manufacturer Zamperla
Model Mega Disk'O Coaster
Height 51 ft (16 m)
Length 90 m (300 ft)
Speed 43 mph (69 km/h)
Capacity 600 riders per hour
Fastrack available

KOBRA is a Zamperla flat ride opened in 2010 at Chessington World of Adventures Resort. As of March 2014, the ride continues to operate.[1]

History[edit]

KOBRA opened in the 2010 season in the new Wild Asia land at Chessington World of Adventures Resort. It was manufactured by Zamperla. It is only the second model of its type in Britain, after The Edge at Paulton's Park.[2]

Description[edit]

As with all rides of its type, riders sit in a motorcycle-like position in outward-facing seats at the edge of the circular ride platform. The ride model features an airtime hill (AKA camel back hump) in the middle of the track, and two steep slopes at either end. The platform spins and travels backwards and forwards along the track at moderate speed.

KOBRA features two large snake statues at either end of the track; giving the ride its name. Riders sit at the edge of a circular ride car, which spins along 90m of track at 43mph. The ride model includes a camel back hill in the centre of the track to give the car airtime as it travels over.

Minimum height is 1.20 metres, with torso measurements approaching 51 inches.[1]

Reception[edit]

The addition of KOBRA, along with the rest of the Wild Asia area led to the highest visitor numbers since 2000, it raised the annual attendance to 1.4 million people which was almost double on the previous year. (This figuer has now been raised to 1.5 million following the addition of ZUFARI: Ride into Africa in 2013). The addition of KOBRA won Chessington the Theme Park of the Year award in 2010. In its opening year, the ride attracted queues of up to three hours and is still on of the most popular rides in the park.

The ride was given a unanimous acclaim for its cobra snake theming and overall execution.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wild Asia". Chessington World of Adventures. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  2. ^ "Kobra - Chessington World of Adventures". Coaster Force. June 27, 2011. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 

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