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Kumali

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Kumali
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Flamingo Land
Location Malton, Yorkshire, England, UK
Status Operating since April 1, 2006
Height restriction 54 inches (137 cm)
Statistics
Manufacturer Vekoma
Type Steel - Inverted
Model / product SLC (Shenlin)
Riders per train 20
Hourly capacity 1,125
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height117.8 feet
Drop111.8 feet
Top speed54.9 mph
Length2,202.8 feet
Inversions4
Duration1:32
G-force4.7G
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Kumali is an inverted roller coaster located in Flamingo Land in Malton, North Yorkshire, England. It is the second of two Suspended Looping Coaster "Shenlin" models built by Vekoma; the first being Snow Mountain Flying Dragon at Happy Valley in Guangdong, China.

Kumali was named after the leader of the lion Pride at Flamingo Land Zoo.[1]

History[edit]

Kumali opened on April 1, 2006. It is believed to be part of a deal with the ride's manufacturer Vekoma, who obtained both the Magnum Force and the Bullet, which was located where Kumali is now.

In 2008, video recorders were added to the trains, allowing riders to purchase their on-ride video.

For the 2009 season, a silver platform was added to the cobra roll to aid evacuation if the ride stalls.[2] It was later painted blue, to match the rides color scheme. Later in the season, the second train was dismantled;[3] most likely for parts.

Design[edit]

Elements

Theme[edit]

Kumali has an African theme. It had dedicated voice commentary and a soundtrack composed by a British composer called ElectricStreetPolice, however these were both turned off in 2012 or 2013.

Kumali has blue track and yellow supports, with stripes of various colors. The train shares this pattern.

Layout[edit]

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After going up the 117 feet tall lift hill, a large, curved drop follows, heading into a vertical loop. A cobra roll over a lake follows, then a zero-g roll and finally a helix leads into the brake run.

Trains[edit]

A train coming into the station.
The transfer track mechanism.

Single train with 10 cars. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in a single row for a total of 20 riders per train. Kumali had a second train, however it was rarely used and was dismantled some time during 2009.

Trivia[edit]

Kumali is one of three operating Vekoma SLCs in the United Kingdom. Odyssey at Fantasy Island in Ingoldmells, Skegness, is the largest, and the other, Infusion at Pleasure Beach Blackpool, is the smallest.

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