The Flying Dinosaur

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The Flying Dinosaur
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Two massive inversions that soar high above the park.
Universal Studios Japan
LocationUniversal Studios Japan
Coordinates34°39′48″N 135°25′50″E / 34.6634°N 135.4305°E / 34.6634; 135.4305Coordinates: 34°39′48″N 135°25′50″E / 34.6634°N 135.4305°E / 34.6634; 135.4305
StatusOperating
Opening dateMarch 18, 2016 (March 18, 2016)
CostJPY$10,000,000,000
General statistics
TypeSteel – flying
ManufacturerBolliger & Mabillard
ModelFlying Coaster - Custom
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill
Height151 ft (46 m)
Drop124 ft (38 m)
Length3,687.7 ft (1,124.0 m)
Speed62 mph (100 km/h)
Inversions5
Height restriction52–78 in (132–198 cm)
Trains4 trains with 8 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train.
The Flying Dinosaur at RCDB
Pictures of The Flying Dinosaur at RCDB

The Flying Dinosaur is a steel flying roller coaster at Universal Studios Japan. Designed by Swiss firm Bolliger & Mabillard, Flying Dinosaur restrains riders in the prone position. This attraction opened on March 18, 2016, and is currently the world's second longest flying roller coaster, as the track length has been surpassed by the new Flying-Launch-Coaster, F.L.Y. in Phantasialand since September 17, 2020.

History[edit]

In June 2015, Universal Studios Japan confirmed that they would be adding a new Jurassic Park-themed attraction. Later in July, vertical construction began, when the park finished building the first supports and track. Later in August, the park released teasers around the park saying "The Greatest DINOSAUR RIDE IN THE WORLD! Coming in 2016...". Construction was going on for a while. Finally on October 2, 2015, the park officially announced that they were adding Flying Dinosaur.[1]

Ride experience[edit]

Firstly, it starts in a duel station and leads into a lift hill. After it gets to the top it has a big drop which turns slightly to the left and enters the first inversion (a zero-gravity roll) and it quickly enters a "Fly to lie" element which makes riders face the sky. It then goes into a half pretzel loop and makes riders turn into a flying position again. Quickly it turns into another pretzel loop, then enters a small tunnel at the bottom of the loop. It has a small air-time element after that and gets into a corkscrew. After that inversion, the train will enter a helix and comes to the final inversion, an inline twist which is just before the final brake run.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "世界最高フライング・コースター【ザ・フライング・ダイナソー】". USJ.co.jp. Retrieved January 17, 2016.

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