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Confirmed: Dorney Park to open Stinger inverted boomerang rollercoaster in 2012Submitted by Nick Sim on Thursday, September 1, 2011 08:51
Dorney Park has officially confirmed that will add the former Invertigo rollercoaster from California's Great America to its line-up in 2012, renaming it as Stinger.
To be located on the former site of the Laser rollercoaster, Stinger is a Vekoma Inverted Boomerang model which stands at 138-feet-tall. It will see riders boarding inverted trains, with seats arrayed in a "face-to-face" formation. This leaves half of the passengers facing forwards during the first trip around the "boomerang" course, and the other half facing backwards. During the return leg, the situation is reversed as the train traverses the course in the opposite direction.
Invertigo only reopened in July 2010 at California's Great America following a year-long closure, which came after an incident which left riders standed 70 feet in the air. The incident on August 10, 2009 saw all of the trapped guests rescued safely after firefighters were called to the scene, but the ride was closed for an extended period while safety inspectors worked to identify the cause of the malfunction. The problem was ultimately blamed on an issue with the ride's lift chain, and it was cleared to return to operation.
Dorney Park's plans to install Stinger were unanimously approved by the South Whitehall Township in April. It will become the third inverted rollercoaster at the park, after Talon and Possessed.
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