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Arkham Asylum – Shock Therapy
Arkham Asylum – Shock Therapy logo.png
Lethal Weapon The Ride.jpg
One of Lethal Weapon – The Ride's trains going around a bend
Previously known as Lethal Weapon – The Ride
Warner Bros. Movie World
Coordinates 27°54′30″S 153°18′43″E / 27.90833°S 153.31194°E / -27.90833; 153.31194Coordinates: 27°54′30″S 153°18′43″E / 27.90833°S 153.31194°E / -27.90833; 153.31194
Status Operating
Opening date 26 December 1995 (1995-12-26) (Lethal Weapon)
7 April 2012 (2012-04-07) (Arkham Asylum)
Cost A$16,000,000
General statistics
Type Steel – Inverted
Manufacturer Vekoma
Designer Vekoma
Model Suspended Looping Coaster
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 33.3 m (109 ft)
Length 765 m (2,510 ft)
Speed 88 km/h (55 mph)
Inversions 5
Duration 1:42
Capacity 1010 riders per hour
G-force 4
Height restriction 140 cm (4 ft 7 in)
Trains Single train with 10 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 20 riders per train.
Arkham Asylum – Shock Therapy at RCDB
Pictures of Arkham Asylum – Shock Therapy at RCDB

Arkham Asylum – Shock Therapy is a Vekoma SLC roller coaster located at Warner Bros. Movie World in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.[1] When the ride was introduced in 1995, it was themed to the Lethal Weapon film series and was named Lethal Weapon – The Ride.[2][3] In 2012, the ride was rethemed to Batman: Arkham Asylum and renamed Arkham Asylum – Shock Therapy.[4] The ride was the first steel inverted roller coaster at an Australian theme park.[5]

History[edit]

The entrance to the roller coaster when it was Lethal Weapon – The Ride.

Lethal Weapon – The Ride (1995–2012)[edit]

On 26 December 1995, Lethal Weapon – The Ride officially opened to the public.[3] It was the first Suspended Looping Coaster to feature an extended layout with a helix before the brake run.[6] This helix was referred to as a "bayern kurve" by Vekoma.[3]

Some of the theming surrounding Lethal Weapon – The Ride.

Riders would originally join in the queue by entering an area of the theme park made up like Chinatown, complete with a variety of facades such as "Lee's Martial Arts School" and various restaurants and sundry shops. The queue started outdoors, before moving into a movie-theatre like hall where riders watched sequences of the film while waiting to ride.

Before finally riding, riders would progress into an area made up like an auto yard, with cars plied up atop each other and graffiti all over the walls, with the sound of barking Dobermans as well as a seemingly abandoned Shell auto station. After hearing an audio presentation and removing any loose items, riders are strapped in and the ride is dispatched.

The ride's current queue bypasses most of this theming. It is located in the pathway between the original Lethal Weapon – The Ride entrance and Superman Escape. This results in a considerably shorter queue which originally made up just the last portion of the queue.[7]

Arkham Asylum – Shock Therapy (2012–present)[edit]

In September 2011, parts of new trains were spotted in a maintenance area of the ride.[8] The new trains will be designed by Kumbak,[9] the company responsible for 2009 installation of new trains on Sea World's Sea Viper roller coaster.[10][11] At around the same time, the ride's entrance was moved to a new location in the pathway between the original Lethal Weapon – The Ride entrance and Superman Escape.[7]

On 27 January 2012, Lethal Weapon – The Ride closed for an extended maintenance period until 1 April.[12][13] On 30 January 2012, Warner Bros. Movie World announced via Facebook that a new experience would replace Lethal Weapon – The Ride in time for Easter.[14] Images released hinted at the ride being rethemed to Arkham Asylum with the addition of new coaster trains.[9][15] On 10 March 2012, Warner Bros. Movie World announced via their Facebook page that the ride would be rethemed into Arkham Asylum – Shock Therapy featuring a new train with on-board audio and modified restraints.[16] On 7 April 2012, Arkham Asylum – Shock Therapy officially opened to the public.[4]

Ride[edit]

Ride track

The train climbs the 33.3-metre (109 ft) lift hill, before dropping down a steep, curved drop to the right. The train then enters the roll over, followed by a hill with a banked turn to the left. At the bottom of the hill comes a sidewinder (similar to an Immelman loop), followed by a 270-degree turn to the right. Next comes two inline twists. Upon exiting this element riders experience a download 180-degree turn to the right. Unlike most Vekoma Suspended Looping Roller Coasters, Arkham Asylum – Shock Therapy features an additional helix just before the brake run. This element was referred to as the "bayern kurve" by Vekoma and was the first to be installed in any Suspended Looping Roller Coaster.[3][17]

After the ride, guests proceed past an observation deck for the ride and past the ride's former gift shop where they arrive back in Chinatown.

Trains[edit]

When the ride was known as Lethal Weapon – The Ride, it had 2 Vekoma trains with 10 cars per train. Riders were arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 20 riders per train.[2] The two trains are very similar in colour although one features some red elements while the other features blue elements. In 2010, it was reported that the roller coaster was only operating with only one train, featuring parts from both trains. The red train was used as spare parts or as a back up for the blue train.[18]

As part of the Arkham Asylum – Shock Therapy retheme, the ride features a new train with modified restraints which increase upper body movement during the ride.[16] The train was manufactured by Kumbak and was originally set to feature on-board audio.[9][16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lethal Weapon - The Ride". MyFun. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Lethal Weapon - The Ride  (Warner Bros. Movie World)". Roller Coaster DataBase. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Lethal Weapon - The Ride (Warner Bros. Movie World)". Database Entry. Parkz. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Arkham Asylum – Shock Therapy". Press Release. Warner Bros. Movie World. 7 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Marden, Duane. "Roller Coaster Search Results  (Australian Inverted Roller Coasters)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Marden, Duane. "Roller Coaster Search Results  (SLC (765m Extended w/Helix))". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Wilson, Richard (22 December 2011). "Movie World, December 2011". The Parkz Update. Parkz. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Wilson, Richard (30 September 2011). "New Lethal Weapon trains". Parkz. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c Wilson, Richard (30 September 2011). "New Lethal Weapon trains". Parkz. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "KumbaK makes comeback!". Park World Online. 1 November 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Sea World (AU) - Sea Viper (2009)". Kumbak. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  12. ^ Warner Bros. Movie World. "Attractions Maintenance". MyFun. Archived from the original on 27 January 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  13. ^ Warner Bros. Movie World. "Attraction Maintenance". MyFun. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  14. ^ Warner Bros. Movie World (30 January 2012). "We have an exciting...". Facebook. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  15. ^ Warner Bros. Movie World (23 February 2012). "Wall Photos". Photo. Facebook. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  16. ^ a b c Warner Bros. Movie World (10 March 2012). "Arkham Asylum - Shock Therapy". MyFun. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  17. ^ cozza23 (9 April 2007). "Lethal Weapon Ride @ Movie World". Video. YouTube. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  18. ^ joz. "My Day at Movieworld". Forum. Parkz. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 

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