Germany 2010 – Day 2. Part 2   Leave a comment

We left Holiday Park in the early afternoon and headed to

Skyline Park

This was a quirky little park, which turned out to be tremendous fun. I will let the pictures illustrate what I mean

That picture gives just a glimpse of the quirkiest ride of all – the Sky Wheel. Which is actually a coaster, and uses the same Maurer Sohne X-Cars (and restraints) as G-Force at Drayton Manor. More information can be found at, but the following extract gives an idea of what it is all about:-

This exciting new ride is based on the innovative MAURER X-Car, the world’s first roller coaster car to allow inverted ride elements without shoulder restraints. Passengers are subjected to negative g forces, secured by no more than a lap strap – freedom with a rush of adrenaline.

The Sky Wheel exploits this new potential to the full, without easing the passengers in gently. Immediately after leaving the station, the X-Car rides up vertically to a height of 46 m where it performs a gut-wrenchingly slow quarter loop – backwards. Inspired by the world of aerobatics, this revolutionary ride figure has been christened the “Humpty Bump Lift”. Subjected to a force of -1 g, the passengers hang upside down at a dizzying height – secured only by a hip restraint.

From a distance, the Sky Wheel looks like a giant Ferris wheel, but with no hub or spokes. Apart from the panoramic view of the Alps, however, the roller coaster has little in common with the tranquillity of a Ferris wheel. The Humpty Bump is followed instantly by a 360° corkscrew and a plummeting vertical drop at 105 km/h. After swinging spectacularly to and fro, again at impressive heights, the X-Car returns to the station – or, depending on requirements and capacity, launches itself over the summit once more and embarks on another breathtaking ride.

I still have mixed feelings about that ride! It was quite an experience, and not all bad. Although those restraints still tend to tighten mid-ride, which most people dislike. It was quite fun – but 2 goes were enough for me (and too many for others in my party)

All too soon it was 7pm and the park was closing – time to move on. There were other rides there that I did not get pictures of – like a spin-doctor type ride, and a suspended spinning coaster. But a full day there would be plenty.

Click here to read about the next part of the trip Click here to read about the previous part of the trip



Posted November 17, 2010 by Peter in European Trips, Photographs, Travel

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