Robin Hood To Transform Into RMC Hybrid Coaster At Walibi Holland
Walibi Holland will open the first hybrid roller coaster in Europe on July 1, 2019. Well known roller coaster manufacturer Rocky Mountain Construction (known as RMC) will convert Robin Hood, the park’s Vekoma Wooden Coaster, into a completely new ride using a combination of wood and steel.
Robin Hood was built in 2000 to coincide with Walibi Holland’s acquisition into the Six Flags chain. Designed by the Stand Company, and built by Vekoma, the original coaster was 3395 feet long, stood 105 feet tall, and reached speeds in excess of 49 miles per hour. At the time of its opening, it was the tallest, fastest, and longest, wooden coaster in the Netherlands.
RMC and Walibi Holland will start preparing for the renovation in September of 2018. Then, on October 28th, 2018, Robin Hood will be permanently close as RMC starts construction on the coaster. This gives fans an entire season to get their last rides on the current Robin Hood coaster.
Robin Hood will be the first wooden coaster in Europe to receive IBox track from Rocky Mountain Construction. Adding the IBox steel technology will make it possible to add new thrilling elements to the coaster that traditional wood tracks can not do such as barrel rolls and various types of inversions. Jake from RMC educates us more about RMC’s different types of tracks in this video.
Rocky Mountain Construction has converted some of the most iconic wooden roller coasters in the states from being the roughest to the smoothest — and from worst ride in the park to the best! Some of their recent work includes conversions on notable coasters such as Colossus into Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Cyclone into Wicked Cyclone at Six Flags New England, The Hurler into Twisted Timbers at Kings Dominion, Georgia Cyclone into Twisted Cyclone at Six Flags over Georgia, and one of the most anticipated of 2018 — Mean Streak into Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point.
Along with the transformation of Robin Hood, the surrounding Sherwood Forrest section of the park will also receive a well deserved transformation.
The new ride at Walibi Holland is expected to open on July 1st, 2019. For tickets and more information, visit the official Walibi Holland website by clicking here.
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