Soarin' Eagle

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Soarin' Eagle
Lift Soaring Eagle Scream Zone Luna Park Coney Island.JPG
Luna Park, Coney Island
Park section Scream Zone
Coordinates 40°34′26″N 73°58′50″W / 40.573848°N 73.980459°W / 40.573848; -73.980459Coordinates: 40°34′26″N 73°58′50″W / 40.573848°N 73.980459°W / 40.573848; -73.980459
Status Operating
Opening date April 2011 (2011-04)
Elitch Gardens
Coordinates 39°44′54″N 105°00′42″W / 39.748338°N 105.011569°W / 39.748338; -105.011569
Status Relocated to Luna Park
Opening date May 18, 2002 (2002-05-18)
Closing date 2007 (2007)
General statistics
Type Steel – Flying
Manufacturer Zamperla
Designer Werner Stengel
Model Volare
Lift/launch system Spiral Lift
Height 50 ft (15 m)
Drop 17 ft (5.2 m)
Length 1,282.8 ft (391.0 m)
Speed 25.7 mph (41.4 km/h)
Inversions 2
Duration 0:48
Max vertical angle 31°
Capacity 500 riders per hour
G-force 3.3
Height restriction 52 in (132 cm)
Trains 7 trains with a single car. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 4 riders per train.
Soarin' Eagle at RCDB
Pictures of Soarin' Eagle at RCDB

Soarin' Eagle is a steel roller coaster located at the Scream Zone at Luna Park, Coney Island, USA.[1] The ride was the first ever Zamperla "Volare" roller coaster when it opened in 2002 at Elitch Gardens as the Flying Coaster.[2][3] The Elitch Gardens ride was constructed by Martin & Vleminckx.[4] The Volare is the cheapest option for a flying roller coaster and boasts a compact layout with a unique spiral lift hill.

In late 2010 the ride got dismantled and relocated to Luna Park, Coney Island. It opened in April 2011 as the Soarin' Eagle.[5]


Riders begin their experience of the Soarin' Eagle by boarding the four-across trains as they pass slowly along a moving walkway. The trains are originally upright so riders can walk up from behind and enter from a standing position. Each rider must select their desired height on a five rung series of ladder-like steps which determine how a rider will be positioned when the train tilts to the horizontal position upon leaving the station. Before departure, a cage is latched down over the backs of the trains to secure the riders for the duration of the trip. The train then heads up the spiral lift hill, which slowly twirls the train upward. After the lift, the train then heads down a short, steep drop and then ascends slowly back up. A hairpin turn then occurs and takes riders through the first Barrel Roll inversion. The train then hits another hairpin turn into another short drop. Another hairpin turn then leads the train into the second Barrel Roll and turns again.

The train is then slowed by the trim brakes and then twists through another set of hairpin turns and twists until the train slows by the final brake run. The train enters the station and completes the experience.

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  1. ^ Marden, Duane. "Soarin' Eagle  (Scream Zone)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Marden, Duane. "Flying Coaster  (Elitch Gardens)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Marden, Duane. "Roller Coaster Search Results  (Zamperla Volare)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Zamperla". Martin & Vleminckx. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Calder, Rich (31 January 2011). "Zamperla breaks ground on new Coney Island coaster, another to follow". New York Post. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 

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