Half Pipe (roller coaster)
Half Pipe at Elitch Gardens
|Opening date||April 30, 2003|
|Opening date||May 27, 2004|
|Type||Steel – Launched – Shuttle|
|Model||Half Pipe Coaster (30m)|
|Track layout||Half pipe coaster|
|Height||98.4 ft (30.0 m)|
|Drop||80 ft (24 m)|
|Length||229.7 ft (70.0 m)|
|Speed||43.5 mph (70.0 km/h)|
|Max vertical angle||90°|
|Capacity||460-1100 riders per hour|
|Height restriction||52 in (132 cm)|
|Trains||Single train with 2 cars. Riders are arranged 8 across in a single row for a total of 16 riders per train.|
|Half Pipe at RCDB
Pictures of Half Pipe at RCDB
Half Pipe is a steel launched shuttle roller coaster located at both Elitch Gardens in Denver, Colorado and at Särkänniemi in Tampere, Finland. It is 100 feet (30 m) in height and consists of 230 feet (70 m) of track. It is currently one of two rides of its type offered in the United States (the other being Avatar Airbender at Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America).
Riders are placed in one of two cars on the train which is made to resemble a giant skateboard. Each car is a free-spinning circle that holds eight people. The track is essentially a giant, upright "U" and trains are loaded at the bottom of it. LIM engines accelerate the train up both sides of the track. A typical ride consists of approximately five to six cycles of the train traveling through the track.
There is another Half Pipe, identical to the others, on top of the Don Quijote store in Roppongi, Tokyo. It was completed in December 2005, but it never opened, and remains standing but not operating.
On October 5, 2013, the ride apparently derailed "and crashed" early in the morning. The park's site lists it as closed for the remainder of the season.
- "Elitch Gardens - Review". Coastergrotto.com. August 23, 2004. Retrieved December 20, 2011. External link in
- on YouTube
- Half Pipe at Särkänniemi at the Roller Coaster DataBase
- Half Pipe at Elitch Gardens at the Roller Coaster DataBase
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