Canada’s Wonderland to Add Leviathan, A Giga Roller Coaster in 2012
Canada’s Wonderland will be going big for 2012 with Leviathan a 306-foot tall monster of a roller coaster. Leviathan joins the park’s 2008 hyper coaster Behemoth giving the park a 1-2 punch of extreme size and speed akin to Cedar Point’s Magnum XL-200 & Millennium Force combo. Leviathan will be 76 feet taller than Behemoth and it will reach speeds of 90 mph. Its height qualifies it as a Giga coaster joining a small club of continuous circuit roller coasters in the 300 foot tall range that includes Kings Domionion’s Intimidator 305, Millennium Force at Cedar Point and Steel Dragon 2000 at Nagashima Spa Land.
Who knew that we’d see another giga coaster so soon after last year’s Intimidator 305? Like that roller coaster, Leviathan’s course seems to emphasize speed over airtime. With a top speed 90 mph, there’s sure to be plenty of speed to go around. The differetiantion is a good idea as Behemoth’s layout is packed with airtime hills while Leviathan appears to have only two. The image below shows Leviathan’s layout:
Bolliger & Mabillard Reach New Heights
For years fans have wondered if we’d see a giga coaster from B&M. Some had even wondered if the company was capable of delivering one. A fan asked about rumored height limits of what B&M coasters during a Q&A session with Bob Mampe from B&M last summer at Carowinds’ CoasterStock. It wasn’t that the company was incapable of going higher, it’s probably more on the end of what the parks wanted. Mr. Mampe stated that while there was likely a height limit, they didn’t know what it was. Read more from the Q&A with Bolliger & Mabillard’s Bob Mampe.
My Take – Passport Please!
Canada’s Wonderland was already near the top of the list for parks that I’ve been meaning to visit. With announcement of Leviathan for 2012, I think it’s catapulted to number 1. With the addition of this massive coaster, Cedar Fair could be creating a Cedar Point north of the border. The Vaughan, Ontario, theme park will now boast 16 roller coasters putting it almost at Cedar Point and Six Flags Magic Mountain’s totals. Years ago, a Carowinds rep shared that Charlotte (Carowinds) and Toronto (Canada’s Wonderland) were the two metropolitan areas that Cedar Fair wanted to invest in as they were growth markets. Since then, we’ve seen that plan play out. Later this week, we’ll hear what Carowinds has planned for 2012 as well.
Check out these videos of Leviathan at Canada’s Wonderland:
Visit Canada’s Wonderland’s Leviathan mini site for more information.
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