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Hyperion is a steel roller coaster located at Energylandia in Zator, Poland. The ride was manufactured by Swiss manufacturer Intamin and opened on 14 July 2018. It is themed to a fictional mission to Saturn's moon Hyperion and reaches a height of 77 metres (253 ft), has a maximum speed of 142 kilometres per hour (88 mph), and features several hills and banked turns. As of 2019, Hyperion is the tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster in Poland.[4][5][6]

Hyperion
Hyperion, Energylandia - 2018 Aug 06.jpg
Hyperion's lift hill
Energylandia
Park sectionExtreme Zone
Coordinates50°00′01″N 19°24′42″E / 50.0004°N 19.4116°E / 50.0004; 19.4116Coordinates: 50°00′01″N 19°24′42″E / 50.0004°N 19.4116°E / 50.0004; 19.4116[1]
StatusOperating
Opening date14 July 2018 (2018-07-14)
General statistics
TypeSteel
ManufacturerIntamin
Lift/launch systemChain lift hill[2]
Height77 m (253 ft)
Drop82 m (269 ft)
Length1,450 m (4,760 ft)
Speed142 km/h (88 mph)
Inversions1[2]
Max vertical angle85°
Capacity1,300 riders per hour
G-force4.8[2]
Height restriction140–195[3] cm (4 ft 7 in–6 ft 5 in)
Trains2 trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 28 riders per train.
Hyperion at RCDB
Pictures of Hyperion at RCDB

Contents

HistoryEdit

 
Hyperion under construction in April 2018

In October 2016, Energylandia posted two concepts for a new mega coaster on Facebook. One of the concepts was from Dutch manufacturer Vekoma; the other was from Swiss manufacturer Intamin. The park asked the public to vote on which of the two roller coasters they would like to see built for the 2018 season.[7] The following month, it was announced that Intamin would be the manufacturer of the new roller coaster.[8]

Construction on the new ride began in October 2017.[9] That same month, Energylandia announced that the ride would be named Hyperion.[10] The first pieces of track arrived at the park on 13 December 2017 and the first track piece was installed on 24 December.[9] On 29 December, Energylandia released a short trailer for the ride on YouTube. The lift hill was topped off on 28 April 2018 and the last piece of track was installed on 28 May. Pull-through clearance testing began on 12 June and the first full test run was completed on 28 June.[11] The ride opened on 14 July 2018.[2]

Approximately 100 people were involved in Hyperion's construction. The concrete used for the ride's foundations was provided by 50 concrete mixers from a nearby facility.[12] Several excavators and two 30-metre (98 ft) cranes were used during the ride's construction.[13]

Ride experienceEdit

Immediately upon leaving the station, the train begins to ascend the 77-metre (253 ft) lift hill. After reaching the top of the lift hill, the train drops 82 metres (269 ft) at an angle of 85 degrees into a tunnel, reaching a speed of 142 kilometres per hour (88 mph).[2] The train then exits the tunnel and travels over a large hill. Following this hill, the train enters an inversion that consists of a large turnaround similar to a dive drop. The train then banks to the left at high speed before travelling over a small hill. This hill is immediately followed by a much larger hill. The train then travels through a large overbanked turn to the left, passing underneath the lift hill structure. This turn is followed by a series of small hills and banked turns before the final brake run. There is a water feature consisting of fountains on either side of the track immediately before the final brake run.[14]

CharacteristicsEdit

 
Interior of Hyperion's station

TrackEdit

The steel track of Hyperion is 1,450 metres (4,760 ft) in length and the lift hill is 77 metres (253 ft) tall. The track and supports are painted black. The ride features one inversion, a tunnel, hills, banked turns, and a water feature.[2][14]

TrainsEdit

Hyperion uses two trains coloured blue, white, and black.[2] Each train has seven cars, with each car seating four riders in a single row; this allows a capacity of 28 riders per train. Riders are restrained by an over-the-shoulder lap bar.[15] The two inner seats in each row are positioned slightly higher than the two outer seats.[16] The ride can accommodate a maximum of 1,300 riders per hour.[2]

ThemeEdit

Hyperion is themed to a research mission to Saturn's moon Hyperion. According to the ride's theme story, the spacecraft encounters a black hole during the mission and is transported through a space-time vortex to another universe, where it discovers a twin of planet Earth.[17] Guests in the queue can view video screens that tell the ride's theme story.[18]

ReceptionEdit

Hyperion has generally been well received. Sven Popelier of Coaster Kings praised the ride's intensity and air time, but he also noted that the seats in the back of the train did not give as smooth a ride as in the front of the train.[19]

Hyperion received the European Top New Attraction award at the Parksmania Awards 2018.[20]

IncidentsEdit

On 16 August 2018, a park employee was fatally injured when he was struck by one of Hyperion's trains. It is believed that the employee was searching for a phone that was lost by a guest when he was struck by the ride.[21]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Google Maps". Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Marden, Duane. "Hyperion - Energylandia (Zator, Malopolskie, Poland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  3. ^ "MEGA COASTER HYPERION". Energylandia. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  4. ^ Marden, Duane. "Record Holders  (Poland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  5. ^ Marden, Duane. "Record Holders  (Poland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  6. ^ Marden, Duane. "Record Holders  (Poland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Intamin vs. Vekoma – Decide Energylandia's 2018 Mega Coaster Manufacturer". CoasterHub. 3 October 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Poland's Energylandia Announces World's Tallest, Fastest Hyper Coaster". CoasterHub. 27 November 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  9. ^ a b "BREAKING: Grootste Mega Coaster van Europa gaat de hoogte in!" (in Dutch). Themeparkfreaks. 25 December 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Energylandia reveal name of Mega Coaster". CoasterForce. 15 October 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Energylandia-Hyperion" (in Dutch). themeparkfreaks.eu. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Energylandia's Hyperion debut takes riders out of this world". Park World Online. 20 July 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  13. ^ Jasek, Teddy (9 January 2018). "W Parku Rozrywki Energylandia w Zatorze powstaje Hyperion, największy mega coaster w Europie. W jego budowę zaangażowanych jest aż 100 osób" (in Polish). Gazeta Krakowska. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  14. ^ a b "Energylandia Hyperion POV 4K Mounted and Drone". YouTube. Coaster Touring. 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  15. ^ Baldwin, Tim (October 2018). "Hyperion debuts as Energylandia's tallest roller coaster" (PDF). Amusement Today. p. 10. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Record-breaking Hyperion mega coaster from Intamin opens at Energylandia". Bloloop. 23 July 2018. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  17. ^ Frank, Thomas (30 October 2017). "EnergyLandia schickt Besucher 2018 durch schwarzes Loch: Thematisierung von neuer „Hyperion"-Achterbahn enthüllt" (in German). parkerlebnis.de. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Energylandia. Testujemy nowy mega coaster w zatorskim parku rozrywki [FOTO, WIDEO]" (in Polish). 15 July 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  19. ^ Popelier, Sven (24 September 2018). "Energylandia – Hyperion – September 2018". Coaster Kings. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  20. ^ "Parksmania Awards 2018" (in Italian). Parksmania.it. 5 October 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  21. ^ "Employee Killed at Energylandia, Struck by New Hyperion Coaster". Amusement Insider. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2018.

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