Big Loop

Roller coaster
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Big Loop
Big Loop (Heide Park) train leaving loop.jpg
A train leaving the second vertical loop in 2009.
Heide Park Resort
Location Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany
Coordinates 53°01′31″N 9°52′47″E / 53.025392°N 9.879749°E / 53.025392; 9.879749
Park section Bucht der Piraten
Status Operating since 1983
Rider height 120 cm minimum
Manufacturer Vekoma
Product Custom MK-1200
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel
Hourly capacity 1200
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 60 metres
Top speed 60 km/h
Length 706 metres
Inversions 4
Rolling stock
Manufacturer Vekoma (2010-present)
Arrow Dynamics (1983-2009)
Riders per train 24

Big Loop is a steel roller coaster located at Heide Park in Sotau, Lower Saxony, Germany. Opened in 1983, it was the first coaster to be built at the park.


Big Loop opened in 1983. The coaster's layout is a mirrored clone of Dragon Fyre in Canada's Wonderland.

Due to technical problems, Big Loop was closed for several months in 2022. It reopened on 4 August.[1]



Ride experience

After turning right out of the station, the train climbs the chain lift hill. Riders are then dropped into back-to-back vertical loops, and a banked right-turn around. Then a double corkscrew follows, leading into the mid-course brake run. Then, a helix to the right follows, eventually leading back to the station.

Colour scheme

White track and green supports.

The old Arrow cars in 2010 after being removed.


6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 24 riders per train. Big Loop originally used trains built by Arrow Dynamics. For the 2010 season, these were replaced with Vekoma rolling stock from the defunct Corkscrew at Alton Towers in Alton, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom.


External links

  • Big Loop on the Roller Coaster DataBase.

Articles on Heide Park Resort