Dorney Park has received the go-ahead from local authorities to install the Invertigo rollercoaster in time for the 2012 season.
WFMZ-TV reports that South Whitehall Township commissioners gave unanimous approval for the plans at a meeting last week. The ride will be moved from sister park California's Great America, with owners Cedar Fair having announced its removal in January.
Dorney Park is yet to confirm details of the ride, but its description as a 138-foot-high, inverted rollercoaster exactly matches that of Invertigo. The Vekoma Inverted Boomerang rollercoaster 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.
The coaster is set to be located on the former site of Laser, which now operates as Teststrecke on the German travelling fair circuit. Dorney Park will remove several minor attractions to make room for Invertigo, including an Antique Cars ride, a Duny Buggy ride and a Kiddie Merry-Go-Round. All three attractions have been listed for sale on Ital International.
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.
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