Welcome to Coasterpedia. Please create an account to start editing!

Bob

Roller coaster
Click here to watch the on-ride POV
Bob
Bob (Efteling) 2009 01.jpg
Efteling
Location Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, Netherlands
Coordinates 51°38′53″N 5°02′51″E / 51.648047°N 5.047422°E / 51.648047; 5.047422
Park section Anderrijk
Status Defunct
Operated 4 April 1985 to 1 September 2019
Soundtrack Yes, by various artists
Replaced Petting zoo
Replaced by Max & Moritz
Statistics
Manufacturer Intamin
Product Swiss Bob
Designer / calculations Giovanola, Ton van de Ven
Type Steel - Bobsled
Riders per train 6
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 20 metres
Top speed 60 km/h
Length 524 metres
Inversions 0
Duration 1:40
HELP
Bob (Efteling) logo.png

Bob (Bobbaan in Dutch) was a steel bobsled roller coaster located at Efteling in Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, Netherlands. It was a Swiss Bob installation from Intamin. The ride operated from 1985 to 2019.

History

Opening

Construction of Bob began in 1984 and was completed in early 1985. The attraction opened on 4 April 1985. The entrance had white walls surrounded by two Swiss flags. In the station, there was some light theming, which included skis and cuckoo clocks.[1]

Modifications

In 1996, the trains received rubber wheels, as the hard nylon wheels caused loud noises. The roar could be heard throughout the Fairytale Forest. Two years later in 1998, the queue line's capacity was expanded and the entire meandering covered and equipped with televisions. Then in 2000, a brand new computer control system would be installed.[2]

Bob received new trains during the 2005 season. They were created in-house and sat two riders across. Meanwhile, the original trains were shipped to Six Flags Over Texas to be used on La Víbora.

The station's theming was changed in 2012.[3] For the 2013 season, Bob received a single rider entrance.[4]

Closure

Demolition of the ride.

During the later years, Bob was suffering mechanical issues. Since the Swiss Bob model was discontinued, it became very difficult to keep the ride operating. The lift hill was subject to rollbacks and was considered to be hard to fix. Furthermore, the coaster would close during rainy weather, as the brakes were unable to stop the trains when the track was wet.

On 9 October 2018, Efteling announced that Bob would permanently close on 1 September 2019. Officials delayed an expansion near Vogel Rok and moved up Bob's replacement.[5] The park released a goodbye song called Dag Mooie Bob, which was Dutch for Bye, Beautiful Bob.[6] After the last rides were given, demolition of the coaster began.[7] In 2020, the station would be reused for new dueling family coaster from Mack Rides named Max & Moritz, themed to the 1865 German story of the same name.[8]

Design

Elements

The station had an Austrian-Alps theme.

The ride meandered through the trees, and had some nice drops, curves and points where the ride really picked up some speed.

Colour scheme

The inside of the trough was White, with the outside and supports being green.

Trains

9 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows, for a total of 6 riders per car.

The ride used to have cars with inline seating, which were later replaced with ones that sat two across. The trains were sold in an attempt to raise the capacity of the ride.

Location

The ride was located in the "Anderrijk" area of the park, roughly translating to "Different Realm".

References

External links

  • Bob on the Roller Coaster DataBase.


Articles on Efteling
Efteling logo.jpg