This Bolliger & Mabillard low flying inverted coaster looks like a fun ride. Located at Phantasialand in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the African-themed coaster dives below the ground a number of times. It’s subterranean sections are reminiscent of Montu’s Egyptian-themed trenches and Nemesis’s low flight path. It appears to spend even more time underground than those two rides. International coaster fan site Coaster Force has this description of Black Mamba:
This B&M Invert is built in and around trenches, pits, close walls, and other scenery, which accentuates its incredibly tight layout. Black Mamba features a new “inversion”, called a Jr. Immelman, which is essentially an Immelman inversion that is raised on an incline (similar to Hydra: The Revenge’s Immelman) and does not completely flip riders upside down. Black Mamba’s tight layout and superb theming provide for an excellent ride experience. – Coaster Force
According to RCDB this well-themed ride cost 11 million euros just for theming! That figure likely includes the cost of building the Deep in Africa section that it flies through. Roller Coaster Database has a 60 more photos of Mamba. Also check out this offride video of Black Mamba at Phantasialand. Germany is definitely one of my most wanted countries with Europa Park, Holiday Park, Ring Racer, and Phantasialand.
What’s Your Take?
What do you think of Black Mamba at Phantasialand? Have you ridden it? Leave a comment below. Image courtesy of Dirk Ermen and RCDB.