Python (Efteling)

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Python
Efteling - python.JPG
Efteling
Park section Ruigrijk
Coordinates 51°38′49″N 5°03′13″E / 51.64694°N 5.05361°E / 51.64694; 5.05361Coordinates: 51°38′49″N 5°03′13″E / 51.64694°N 5.05361°E / 51.64694; 5.05361
Status Operating
Opening date April 12, 1981
Cost € 9,4 million
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Vekoma
Designer Arrow Dynamics
Model Double Loop Corkscrew
Lift/launch system Chain lift
Height 95.14 ft (29.00 m)
Drop 72.18 ft (22.00 m)
Length 2,460.63 ft (750.00 m)
Speed 52.8 mph (85.0 km/h)
Inversions 4
Duration 120 seconds
Capacity 1400 riders per hour
G-force 0 - 3.5
Height restriction 47.3 in (120 cm)
Trains 2 trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.
Python at RCDB
Pictures of Python at RCDB

Python is a double-loop Corkscrew roller coaster in the Efteling amusement park in the Netherlands. When it started operation, it was the largest steel roller coaster on the European mainland. It is the first Vekoma roller coaster in the world.

History and details[edit]

Loop

With Python, Efteling started the implementation of a new strategy: development from a fairy-tale forest into an all-round amusement park. This change led to many problems with the local community. Environmentalists tried to get the building permit withdrawn, and the park's neighbors feared more problems arising from growing visitor numbers. Because of the likely noise pollution, the highest court of public justice ordered the construction to be stopped. After some time, construction could recommence, but legal problems continued for several more years.

In 1995, when operating hours were extended until 10 pm, the coaster's 45-decibel noise level became a problem once more. Plans were submitted to the local municipality, describing an extension and complete renovation of the coaster, which would reduce the noise substantially. Due to the high cost, the funds were allocated to the construction of a new enclosed (to reduce noise problems for the park's surroundings) roller coaster, Bird Rok.

Efteling hoped to get a night license for Python with some small renovations (new trains and a chain lift), but only with a change in the permit could Python remain open until 10 pm.

In 2005 the trains were replaced by Kumbak Coasters designed by Karel Willemen and in December 2011 with Vekoma MK1212 trains.[1]

Accident[edit]

On July 30, 2007, the ride became stuck at the top of the lift. One employee started to evacuate the train while another tried to pull the car back. The train, now unequally balanced, started moving and continued through the rest of the ride, injuring one employee. Passengers remaining on the train were quick to pull down their safety bars, preventing further injuries.

New cars[edit]

In mid January 2012, the python was fitted with new carriages. These new cars have a new set of restraints which accommodate the needs of riders large and small. There is a flexible over the shoulder strap which is not unlike those on accelerator coasters such as Kingda ka but slightly thicker. Over these are metal bars for riders to hold on to and to give support to the under straps. Also, the cars have been fitted with wheels which allow for a smoother ride.

References[edit]

  1. ^ New Vekoma MK1212 trains tweet Twitpic @drsbartdeboer

External links[edit]

Seen from the Pagoda