Vogel Rok

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Vogel Rok
Vogel Rok.JPG
Park section Reizenrijk
Coordinates 51°39′08″N 5°03′09″E / 51.65222°N 5.05250°E / 51.65222; 5.05250Coordinates: 51°39′08″N 5°03′09″E / 51.65222°N 5.05250°E / 51.65222; 5.05250
Status Operating
Opening date April 9, 1998
Cost € 12 million
General statistics
Type Steel – Enclosed
Manufacturer Vekoma
Designer Ton van de Ven
Model Custom MK-900
Lift/launch system tyre-driven lift-hill
Height 82 ft (25 m)
Drop 62 ft (19 m)
Length 2,296 ft (700 m)
Speed 40 mph (64 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 101 seconds
Capacity 1600 riders per hour
G-force 3.5
Height restriction 47.3 in (120 cm)
Vogel Rok at RCDB
Pictures of Vogel Rok at RCDB

Vogel Rok ("Bird Rok" in English) is an enclosed roller coaster in amusement park Efteling in the Netherlands.

History and details[edit]

At night

The name of the ride, Vogel Rok, refers to the adventure of Sinbad and the Bird Roc from the 1001 Arabian Nights; the extensive theming covers, beside the ride, the building and the queue line. The building has as a frontage a giant colorful Roc, the largest bird in Europe, according to the Guinness Book of Records. In the opening year there weren’t a lot of effects in the ride, and the link between the story and the ride wasn’t very clear. Since then a Serpent’s mouth has been added at the end of the ride, which lights up as the train goes through it. There used to be a laser-light-show at the queue, but that has been removed. This was done because the lights were too low, and people would look at them, thereby damaging their eyes.

In 2007, more themed decorations were added.

The ride[edit]

Lasers project over the train as it climbs the lift-hill and seen to the left are four Rocs flying off. In a strong curve down leftwards the train dives towards the ground and several more curves bring the train through a tunnel of lasers.
The train then falls into a helix and goes through a Serpent’s mouth, which lights up as the train passes through it. The last curve is decorated with fiber optic lights, portraying the diamond treasure.
Apparent wind-effects stimulate the ride-experience.

The ride has an onboard sound system with a synchronized soundtrack written by composer Ruud Bos, who also wrote the musical themes for Droomvlucht, Fata Morgana and Villa Volta.