Sea Viper (roller coaster)

Sea Viper (roller coaster)
Sea Viper
Sea Viper station - Sea World.jpg
The Sea Viper's station.
Previously known as Corkscrew
Location Sea World
Coordinates 27°57′24.9″S 153°25′35.26″E / 27.956917°S 153.4264611°E / -27.956917; 153.4264611Coordinates: 27°57′24.9″S 153°25′35.26″E / 27.956917°S 153.4264611°E / -27.956917; 153.4264611
Status Operating
Opened 1982 (1982)
Type Steel
Manufacturer Arrow Dynamics
Model Loop & Corkscrew
Lift/launch system Chain Lift Hill
Height 28 m (92 ft)
Length 600 m (2,000 ft)
Max speed 70 km/h (43 mph)
Inversions 3
Duration 1:35 minutes
Height restriction 130 cm (4 ft 3 in)
Sea Viper at RCDB
Pictures of Sea Viper at RCDB
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The Sea Viper is a steel roller coaster at Sea World on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

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History

In early 1982, Sea World opened the Corkscrew roller coaster.[1] The ride was the first to feature three inversions in Australia[2] and the second roller coaster for the theme park (the Thrillseeker opened one year prior).[3][4] The Corkscrew was attributed to a 20% increase in attendance in the year after opening.[3]

In 2005, Sea World approached Kumbak to develop a new train for the then Corkscrew roller coaster.[5][6] Throughout 2009, the Corkscrew roller coaster was repainted from white to orange. In the middle of 2009, a sign appeared outside the attraction stating that Sea Viper, a "new ride experience", would be opening by summer.[2] In November 2009, the Corkscrew roller coaster closed to allow the original Arrow Dynamics train to be replaced with a new low-profile train manufactured by KumbaK.[1][2][7][8]

Ride

The ride begins with the train being sent down a small hill followed by a 180° turn to the right under the queue. A chain lift hill then takes riders up to a height of 28 metres (92 ft) before going down another small hill followed by a larger 180° turn. The track then drops to near ground level and enters a vertical loop. The ride then continues to run parallel to the station and up a hill before descending down a curved drop and into the double corkscrews. The second corkscrew passes directly under the Sea World Mono Rail before curving up and back over it. The train's speed is reduced in a brake run before arriving back in the station.

Gallery

References

  1. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Sea Viper  (Sea World)". Database Entry. Roller Coaster DataBase. http://www.rcdb.com/m/1137.htm. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Sea Viper (Sea World)". Database Entry. Parkz. http://www.parkz.com.au/parks/_/_/_/rides/251-.html. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Sea World. "History and Development of Sea World". MyFun. http://seaworld.myfun.com.au/en/Excursions/Project-Information/History-and-Development-of-Sea-World.aspx. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Thrillseeker (Sea World)". Database Entry. Parkz. http://www.parkz.com.au/parks/_/_/_/rides/256-.html. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "KumbaK makes comeback!". Park World Online. 1 November 2009. http://parkworld-online.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/1486/KumbaK_makes_comeback!.html. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Sea World (AU) - Sea Viper (2009)". Kumbak. http://www.kumbakcoasters.com/sea_viper.html. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "PhotoMaps by NearMap". Satellite imagery showing both trains. Near Map. 11 November 2009. http://www.nearmap.com/?ll=-27.957193,153.426561&z=20&t=k&nmd=20091111. Retrieved 16 March 2011. 
  8. ^ Sea World. "Sea Viper | Sea World". MyFun. http://seaworld.myfun.com.au/Attractions/Rides/Sea-Viper.aspx. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 

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