Freestyle (roller coaster)

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Freestyle
SkyRider.jpg
Freestyle when it was known as SkyRider at Canada's Wonderland
Previously known as SkyRider (1985–2014)
Cavallino Matto
Status Operating
Opening date 18 July 2015
Freestyle at Cavallino Matto at RCDB
Pictures of Freestyle at Cavallino Matto at RCDB
Canada's Wonderland
Coordinates 43°50′25″N 79°32′34″W / 43.840209°N 79.542890°W / 43.840209; -79.542890Coordinates: 43°50′25″N 79°32′34″W / 43.840209°N 79.542890°W / 43.840209; -79.542890
Status Relocated to Cavallino Matto
Opening date May 1985 (1985-05)
Closing date September 1, 2014 (2014-09-01)
Freestyle at Canada's Wonderland at RCDB
Pictures of Freestyle at Canada's Wonderland at RCDB
General statistics
Type Steel – Stand-up
Manufacturer TOGO
Model Stand-up
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 88 ft (27 m)
Drop 84 ft (26 m)
Length 2,210 ft (670 m)
Speed 51 mph (82 km/h)
Inversions 1
Duration 1:32
Trains 2 trains with 6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.

Freestyle is a stand-up roller coaster operating at Cavallino Matto in Tuscany, Italy. It opened as the park's fifth roller coaster on 18 July 2015. Freestyle originally opened at Canada's Wonderland in 1985 as SkyRider and closed in 2014.[1] Built by TOGO, it was the second stand-up roller coaster from the company following the now-defunct King Cobra, which opened the previous year at Kings Island.

On August 6, 2014, Canada's Wonderland announced that the ride would close permanently on September 1, 2014.[2] The coaster accommodated nearly 23 million guests during its lifespan. In the Fall of 2014, SkyRider was sold, dismantled and relocated overseas to Cavallino Matto. It was reassembled and opened in 2015 as Freestyle.[3][4]

SkyRider Memories Contest[edit]

In August 2014, Canada's Wonderland announced it would be holding a special contest for thrill seekers before the ride's official retirement. The contest was held on Canada's Wonderland official Twitter page under the banner "SkyRiderMemories", where 24 lucky winners were invited to have the final ride on SkyRider before its official closing on September 1, 2014 at 8pm. The winners were also given one of SkyRider's roller coaster wheels to keep as a souvenir.[5]

Similar rides[edit]

While SkyRider was relocated in 2014, King Cobra was put in storage at sister park Kings Island before the start of the 2002 season, and eventually scrapped in 2008. Freestyle is the second oldest stand-up roller coaster in operation.[6] Shockwave at Kings Dominion had a similar track layout until the second camelback hill, where instead of a trick track and a turn to the right, the ride immediately turned to the left and goes over one bunny hill before entering the brake run. As the last TOGO stand up and the oldest Stand Up in North America, Shockwave closed on 9 August, making room for Delirium, a HUSS Giant Frisbee.

In Japan, the Star Jet roller coaster at Washuzan Highland also has a similar layout to Freestyle until after the second camelback hill, where the trip back to the brake run is shorter and does not feature a banked section of straight track.[7] Unlike Freestyle, only one of the two trains used on Star Jet has rider's standing up. The second train is a standard TOGO sit-down train that has rider's facing backwards throughout the ride.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paramount Canada's Wonderland SkyRider". 
  2. ^ "Canada's Wonderland Retires Iconic Stand-Up Roller Coaster SkyRider After 29 Years". CNW Group. PR Newswire. August 6, 2014. Archived from the original on August 6, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ "After 29 years, SkyRider's ride comes to an end". 
  4. ^ "Freestyle". rcdb. 
  5. ^ "Share your #SkyRiderMemories Contest" (PDF). 
  6. ^ [1], RCDB
  7. ^ "Star Jet". Retrieved 16 May 2013. 

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