Viking's Revenge Flume Ride

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Viking's Revenge Flume Ride
Vikings Revenge Flume Ride final drop.jpg
Sea World (Australia)
Status Closed
Cost $350,000
Soft opening date 1978
Opening date March 1979 (1979-03)
Closing date 9 December 2016
General statistics
Type Log flume
Manufacturer Sea World (Australia)
Designer John Menzies
Model Custom
Lift system Conveyor belt
Height 13 m (43 ft)
Length 460 m (1,510 ft)
Speed 58 km/h (36 mph)
Duration 4 minutes
Boats 22 boats. Riders are arranged 1 across in 4 rows for a total of 4 riders per boat.
Height restriction 95 cm (3 ft 1 in)

Viking's Revenge Flume Ride was a log flume at the Sea World theme park on the Gold Coast, Australia.[1]

History[edit]

In the late 1970s, Sea World set about adding a log flume to their park.[2] American firm Arrow Dynamics was approached, however, they asked $1.5 million to construct it.[3] John Menzies decided this price was too high and began constructing the ride in-house.[3] He made several overseas trips to measure the dimensions of similar rides.[4] The final cost of the ride turned out to be $350,000 - a fraction of what Arrow Dynamics wanted.[5][6] After a soft-opening in 1978, the ride officially opened in March 1979.[2][5] In late 2012, the ride's course was rerouted to make way for the construction of the park's 2013 attraction, Storm Coaster, on the site of the former Bermuda Triangle ride.

In November 2016, in the wake of a fatal incident at nearby park Dreamworld,[7] which triggered safety audits in amusement parks across Queensland, the ride was closed indefinitely for extensive maintenance. Several components were removed from the ride during this period, and all signage was removed from the park.

On 10 December 2016, the Viking's Revenge Flume Ride was confirmed to be permanently closed by Village Roadshow Theme Parks.[8]

Ride[edit]

Riders joined the queue which began alongside the station of the ride. The queue crossed part of the ride's track and into the centre of the station. The station was made up of four platforms which allowed two boats to load as another two were unloading. Riders boarded one of twenty-two, four-person boats. Each Viking-themed boat arranged riders inline in four rows.[5][9] When the boat left the load station it moved further forward toward the main channel before reaching a brake system. This system ensured that the boats that were dispatched from the two parallel stations do not run into each other. Once released by the control system, the ride turned around and ventured alongside the station of the ride before approaching the Sea World Theatre which was themed as a Viking's castle. It then began the conveyor belt-powered lift hill to the top of the building.[9][10] The track navigated the perimeter of the building before approaching the final drop.[10] At this point riders were 13 metres (43 ft) above ground.[5] During the final drop, riders reached speeds of up to 58 kilometres per hour (36 mph).[5] The ride then returned to the station. An on-ride photo was taken on the final drop and can be purchased from the photo store adjacent to the ride.[11]

The original ride channel was routed alongside Jet Rescue and the queue of the Bermuda Triangle.[10][12] It would then enter one of Bermuda Triangle's volcanoes before exiting from the other.[10] The course would continue with the lift hill and final drop of the current ride's route.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sea World. "Vikings Revenge Flume Ride". MyFun. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Sea World. "History and Development of Sea World". MyFun. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Wilson, Richard (12 April 2004). "Viking's Revenge". Photo. Parkz. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Viking's Revenge Flume Ride". Sea World Australia Resource. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Viking's Revenge Flume Ride (Sea World)". Parkz. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Wilson, Richard (12 April 2004). "Viking's Revenge". Photo. Parkz. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "'Serious' injuries at Dreamworld". NewsComAu. Retrieved 2016-12-09. 
  8. ^ "Vikings Revenge Flume Ride to permanently close – Gold Coast Theme Parks". gcthemeparks.com.au. Retrieved 2016-12-09. 
  9. ^ a b "Australia's answer to Riviera". The Age. 1 May 1981. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c d e McClelland, Tim (7 October 2010). ""Viking's Revenge" Flume Ride HD POV (Sea World Australia)". Video. YouTube. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Park Map". Sea World. 2012. 
  12. ^ Seipelt, Gavin (26 December 2008). "Jet Rescue Slalom". Photo. Parkz. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 

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