Zambezi Zinger

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Zambezi Zinger
Worlds of Fun
Park section Africa
Coordinates 39°10′24″N 94°29′05″W / 39.173280°N 94.484807°W / 39.173280; -94.484807Coordinates: 39°10′24″N 94°29′05″W / 39.173280°N 94.484807°W / 39.173280; -94.484807
Status Relocated
Opening date 1973
Closing date 1997
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Anton Schwarzkopf
Designer Werner Stengel
Model Speed Racer / Extended Jumbo Jet
Lift/launch system Electric Spiral Lift
Height 56.9 ft (17.3 m)
Length 2,583 ft (787 m)
Speed 41.2 mph (66.3 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 2min 31sec
Max vertical angle 50°
Capacity 1,174 riders per hour
G-force 2.1
Zambezi Zinger at RCDB
Pictures of Zambezi Zinger at RCDB

Zambezi Zinger opened in 1973 as one of Worlds of Fun's original roller coasters. The ride stood for 25 seasons at Worlds of Fun, making it the longest-standing coaster in the park's history. As of 2014 Timber Wolf (currently 24 years old) will be longest standing rollercoaster in the park history.

The roller coaster is now located in Colombian National Coffee Park, Montenegro, Quindio, Colombia, and is known as Broca.[1] It is one of only two Schwarzkopf Speed Racer models still in operation today; the other is Whizzer at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. The site where Zambezi Zinger once stood is now occupied by Boomerang and the Haunt attraction Doll Factory. The ride was unusual as it did not have seatbelts or any lap bar restraint.

Ride Experience[edit]

After loading into your train, in an African themed station, the ride propelled you outward into a 167 degree right turn to the lift hill. The lift hill was unusual, as it spiraled in an upward, left-handed helix, rather than the typical straight section found on most roller coasters. At the top of the lift was a drop past the exit station and storage tracks, followed by another climb upward into a swooping left turn, sending you back toward the lift hill for a fly-by. A steep drop to the left sent you into the thick of the forest, as the track twisted upward again past the Worlds of Fun Railroad trestle. A short drop and hop up into the start of a large sweeping 730 degree series of spiral left turns. The ride gave you brief last breath before being plunged into a seemingly endless underground tunnel, before being hurled out, up, and onto the brakes.

Trains[edit]

There were five trains, each with three cars. Riders were arranged inline (tandem) in three rows per car (maximum two riders per row), for a maximum of 18 riders per train. With five-train operation, the capacity of the roller coaster was 1400 riders per hour.

HOWEVER: if a parent had 2 small children, all 3 could ride in the same row.

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