Dorney Park has submitted plans to open a 138-feet-tall rollercoaster in 2012, adding fuel to rumors that the park will be installing the Invertigo inverted coaster.
Sister park California's Great America confirmed last week that it will remove Invertigo ahead of the 2011 season, with rumors subsequently pointing to Dorney Park as the likely new home for the ride. The plans, submitted to the South Whitehall Township, strongly suggest that this will be the case.
Invertigo, a Vekoma inverted shuttle rollercoaster, features a first drop of 138 feet - exactly matching the Dorney Park plans. It is set to be located on the former site of Laser, which now operates as Teststrecke on the German travelling fair circuit. The park will remove several minor attractions to make room for the coaster, including an Antique Cars ride, a Duny Buggy ride and a Kiddie Merry-Go-Round. All three attractions are listed for sale on Ital International.
While some rumors had suggested the park would fast-track Invertigo into action ahead of the 2011 season, the park has denied this and says it will focus on the new Planet Snoopy area this year. Further details of the 2012 attraction will be released this summer.
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.
The coaster sees 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.
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