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Kolmården Wildfire: “World’s Best Wooden Rollercoaster” to Open in 2016

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Kolmården wildlife park, owned by Parks and Resorts Scandinavia,  has announced that they are building “the world’s best wooden roller coaster”, Wildfire, which will open to the public in spring 2016.

The SEK 110 million wooden roller coaster will be the fastest in Scandinavia and the fastest and tallest in Europe.

Kolmarden Wildfire: “World’s Best Wooden Rollercoaster”

“For a long time, our goal has been to build the world’s best roller coaster at Kolmården.  The challenge has been to develop a world class roller coaster that blends in with the extraordinary landscape and the park’s atmosphere.  This has finally been made possible thanks to modern technology.  We are delighted that this dream can finally be realised, “ said Johan Tidstrand, principal owner of Parks and Resorts Scandinavia.

Wildfire will use cutting edge coaster technology first used on Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City theme park.  Wildfire will be the first wooden coaster to use this technology outside the US.

Wildfire’s vital statistics are:

  • Top speed: 113 km/hour
  • Length: 1 300 meters
  • Elevation: 57 meters
  • First drop: 49 meters with a tilt of 83 degrees
  • Number of inversions: 3
  • Airtime (the feeling of weightlessness): 12 movements, 4 of those with negative G
  • Ridetime: 120 seconds
  • Capacity: 960 persons/hour
  • Seats per train: 24 personer
  • Height limit: 120 cm 
  • Investment: 110 miljon SEK 
  • Manufacturer: Rocky Mountain Construction (USA)

Peter Osbeck, Ride Manager at Parks and Resorts, said, “We have taken some of the best elements of the world’s best roller coasters, added new ideas and created a unique ride.  The result is Wildfire, a ride with so much airtime, action and intensity that it has no equal.  The two minute ride through Kolmården’s dramatic terrain high above the waters of Bråviken Bay, will make it the world’s best wooden roller coaster.”

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