Boomerang (Vekoma product)

Boomerang
Boomerang overhead layout.png
Status In production
Introduced 1984
Number built 58
First built Boomerang (manufactured 1982)
Latest built Stress Express (2016)
Statistics
Manufacturer Vekoma
Riders per train 28
Hourly capacity 760
Height 116 feet
Top speed 47 mph
Length 935 feet
Track inversions 3
Rider inversions 6
Angle 45°
G-Force 5.2G
View of a Boomerang installation

Boomerang is a shuttle roller coaster model designed and sold by Vekoma. Its first installation was at Rafaela Padilla and over fifty have been built since. This makes it one of the most popular roller coasters models.

The first known Boomerang clone was built at Lewa Adventure in Shaanxi, China by Beijing Shibaolai Amusement Equipment.[1] It opened in 2015.

Design

Elements

It uses the MK-1200 track system.

Riders are pulled up a lift hill behind the station, then dropped through a cobra roll and vertical loop, before going up a the second spike. The train is then caught, pulled up further and released backwards through the inversions.

Trains

Single train with 7 cars. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 28 riders per train. At first, the Boomerang train was built by Arrow Dynamics. Later models feature a train from Vekoma. The first installation to open with Vekoma trains was Sidewinder at Hersheypark in 1991.

Multiple installations have had their original trains replaced with rolling stock provided by Vekoma, KumbaK and Sunkid Heege GmbH.

Incidents

There were at least three occasions in 1999 where the train became stuck in the middle of the cobra roll element - twice on the former Vampire at Kentucky Kingdom and once on Boomerang Coast to Coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.[2] Some installations have since had a platform erected at this location to assist future evacuations. A similar incident occurred in 2001 on Zoomerang at Lake Compounce.[3]

Installations

Name Park Location Opened Status
Anaconda Luna Park Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
2000 Operating
ASEAN Express Fantawild Asian Legend
China
2018 Under construction
Bat Canada's Wonderland
Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
1987 Operating
Boomerang Bellewaerde
Ieper, Belgium
1984 Operating
Boomerang E-World
Daegu Metropolitan City, South Korea
March 1995 Operating
Boomerang Elitch Gardens
Denver, Colorado, USA
April 30, 1999 Operating
Boomerang Fantasilandia
Santiago, Santiago, Chile
1996 Operating
Boomerang Freizeit-Land Geiselwind
Geiselwind, Bavaria, Germany
2000 Operating
Boomerang Gero Land
Cairo, Egypt
1997 Operating
Boomerang Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, California, USA
April 6, 1990 Closed April 23, 2017
Boomerang La Ronde
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
1984 Operating
Boomerang Parque de la Costa
Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1998 Operating
Boomerang Pleasure Island Family Theme Park
Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England, UK
May 27, 1993 Closed October 29, 2016
Boomerang
Formerly Boomerang
Floraland Continent Park
Qingdao International Beer City
Wenjiang, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Laoshan, Qingdao, Shandong, China
October 1, 2015
July 1998
Operating
Closed 2010
Boomerang
Formerly Boomerang
Siam Park City
Jerudong Park
Khan Na Yao District, Bangkok, Thailand
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei and Muara, Brunei
2007
1996
Operating
Closed 2005 - 2006
Boomerang Six Flags Fiesta Texas
San Antonio, Texas, USA
March 13, 1999 Operating
Boomerang
Formerly Boomerang
Six Flags México
Rafaela Padilla
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
1988
1984
Operating
Closed 1986
Boomerang
Formerly Flashback
Six Flags St. Louis
Six Flags Over Texas
Eureka, Missouri, USA
Arlington, Texas, USA
June 8, 2013
1989
Operating
Closed September 3, 2012
Boomerang
Formerly Boomerang
Walibi Sud-Ouest
Zygo Park
Roquefort, Aquitaine, France
Nice, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
1992
1987
Operating
Closed 1991
Boomerang Wild Adventures
Valdosta, Georgia, USA
1998 Operating
Boomerang Worlds of Fun
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
April 8, 2000 Operating
Boomerang Wurstelprater
Vienna, Vienna, Austria
1992 Operating
Boomerang Coast to Coaster Darien Lake
Darien Center, New York, USA
May 16, 1998 Operating
Boomerang Coast to Coaster Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Vallejo, California, USA
March 27, 1998 Operating
Búmeran
Formerly Boomerang
Parque Diversiones
Playcenter São Paulo
La Uruca, San José, Costa Rica
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
November 25, 2012
1997
Operating
Closed April 1, 2012
Bumerang Tashkentland
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
1995 Operating
Cobra PowerLand
Kauhava, Southern Ostrobothnia, Finland
2005 Operating
Cobra Walibi Belgium
Wavre, Walloon Brabant, Belgium
April 28, 2001 Operating
Flashback Great Escape
Queensbury, New York, USA
May 23, 1997 Operating
Flashback
Formerly Vampire
Formerly Boomerang
Six Flags New England
Kentucky Kingdom
Star Lake Amusement Park
Agawam, Massachusetts, USA
Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Duanzhou, Zhaoqing, Guangdong, China
May 5, 2000
1990
1985
Operating
Closed 1999
Closed
Flying Cobras
Formerly Head Spin and Mind Eraser
Carowinds
Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Aurora, Ohio, USA
March 28, 2009
May 10, 1996
Operating
Closed September 16, 2007
Generator Walibi Rhône-Alpes
Les Avenières, Ródano-Alpes, Francia
1988 Operating
Ragin' Cajun
Formerly Boomerang
Blue Bayou Dixie Landin'
Hafan y Môr Holiday Park
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Pwllheli, Gwynedd, Wales, UK
July 11, 2001
1987
Operating
Closed 1998
Recoil
Formerly Thunderbolt
Wonderla
Aladdin's Kingdom
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Doha, Doha, Qatar
April 4, 2016
1994
Operating
Closed 2004 - 2009
Recoil
Formerly Colossus
Wonderla
Habtoorland

Jamhour Haret El Sit, Mount Lebanon, Lebanon
Augsut 30, 2017
December 23, 2004
Operating
Closed 2009 - 2011
Recoil
Formerly Zoomerang
Formerly Demon
Formerly Titan
Wonderla
Alabama Splash Adventure
Wonderland Sydney
World Expo Park
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Bessemer, Alabama, USA
Eastern Creek, New South Wales, Australia
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
April 7, 2016
May 8, 2005
1992
April 30, 1988
Operating
Closed 2011
Closed April 26, 2004
Closed October 30, 1988
Roller Coaster Al-Shallal Theme Park
Jeddah, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
June 28, 2005 Operating
Sea Serpent Morey's Piers
Wildwood, New Jersey, USA
1984 Operating
Sidewinder Hersheypark
Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
May 11, 1991 Operating
Space Shuttle
Formerly Cobra
Enchanted Kingdom
West Midland Safari Park
Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines
Bewdley, Worcestershire, England, UK
July 28, 1995
1985
Operating
Closed 1991
Speed of Sound Walibi Holland
Biddinghuizen, Flevoland, Netherlands
April 22, 2000 Operating
Stress Express Fantawild Adventure
Zhongmu, Zhengzhou, Henan, China
September 22, 2012 Operating
Stress Express Fantawild Dreamland
Tong'an, Xiamen, Fujian, China
April 28, 2013 Operating
Stress Express Fantawild Dreamland
Shifeng, Zhuzhou, Hunan, China
August 18, 2016 Operating
Stress Express Oriental Heritage
Jiujiang, Wuhu, Anhui, China
August 16, 2015 Operating
Stress Express Oriental Heritage
Huaiyin, Jinan, Shandong, China
April 29, 2015 Operating
Stress Express Oriental Heritage
Cixi, Ningbo, Zhejiang, China
April 16, 2016 Operating
Tidal Wave Trimper's Rides
Ocean City, Maryland, USA
1986 Operating
Wipeout
Formerly Missile
Formerly Coca-Cola Roller
Pleasurewood Hills
American Adventure Theme Park
Glasgow Garden Festival
Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, UK
Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England, UK

Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland, UK
July 28, 2007
July 4, 1989
1988
Operating
2004
1988
Zoomerang Lake Compounce
Bristol, Connecticut, USA
June 27, 1997 Operating
Zydeco Scream
Formerly Boomerang
Six Flags New Orleans
Parque de Atracciones de Montjuic
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
June 10, 2000
1990
SBNO since August 22, 2005
Closed 1998
unknown
Formerly Boomerang
Family Fun
Tivoli Karolinelund
Duhok, Duhok, Iraq
Aalborg, Jylland, Denmark
Unknown
1986
Operating
Closed September 4, 2010

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