Adventureland in Altoona, Iowa has unleashed "The Monster"; an Infinity Roller Coaster from Gerstlauer Amusement Rides GmbH sold by Ride Entertainment.
The 133ft, beyond-vertical roller coaster represents the largest investment in the park’s history.
Molly Vincent, Adventureland’s Marketing Director, says, “‘The Monster’ at Adventureland Park is sure to be a central showpiece of our ride lineup for years to come. Gerstlauer's design and engineering was impeccable and we would not hesitate to work with their team again in the future.”
This thrill ride breaks new ground for Gerstlauer too. Siegfried Gerstlauer, Managing Director of Gerstlauer Amusement Rides, explains, “This was a fantastic project for us. This is the first of our next-generation Infinity Coasters to open in the Western Hemisphere and we were proud to partner with Adventureland, a family-owned property, for its debut. We have a history of great collaborations with family parks, our first roller coaster was at Erlebnispark Tripsdrill in Germany, and 18 years later we are thrilled to share a scream maker like this with the world.”
The Monster has replaced Adventureland’s Log Flume and was specially designed to fit in its footprint. The ride includes a Negative-G Stall Loop – the first of its kind in North America – offering extended negative-G’s throughout the inversion.
“It is one of best steel roller coasters I’ve been on in a long time, and I am not just saying that because we were involved, ” says Adam Sandy, Chief Business Development Officer for Ride Entertainment. “The experience begins with an intimidating 133-foot (41-meter) vertical lift hill, is quickly followed by a 101-degree beyond vertical drop and speeds through the course. In addition, it crosses over the park’s existing sky ride 8 times, which offers some thrills for non-riders.”
- Height: 133 ft (41 m)
- Top Speed: 65 mph (105 km/h)
- Track Length: 2, 500 ft (762 m)
- Inversions: 5
- Trains: 3, holding 8 passengers each