Pagode

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Pagode
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Efteling
Location Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, Netherlands
Park section Reizenrijk
Status Operating since 28 May 1987
Cost 8 million ƒ
Theme Asian
Rider height 100 cm unaccompanied
Statistics
Manufacturer Intamin
Product Flying Island
Designer / calculations Giovanola, Ton van de Ven
Capacity 60 per cycle
Hourly capacity 720
Power consumption 220 kW
Height 60 metres
Cabins 1
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Pagode is a Flying Island ride built by Swiss manufacturer Intamin currently located at Efteling in Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, Netherlands.

History

Pagode was a ride that wasn't planned, the park just decided that they wanted a new ride for the 1987 season. The original plan was to continue Fata Morgana's theme in the park, and open an Arabian themed show. A test presentation was already set up, but higher-ups already decided on a flying island and quickly filed the permits behind the backs of everyone else.

The Flying Island was chosen after Efteling designer Ton van de Ven saw one while on a trip in the United States, deciding that it would be a good fit for Efteling.[1]

Design

The ride utilises the Flying Island system built by Intamin. This is a platform fitted on a long arm, with a counterweight on the other side. Pagode's counterweight is 340.000 kg (749571,7 lbs).

Location

The ride is located in the "Reizenrijk" area of the park, roughly translating to "Travel Realm".

Etymology

Pagode is the Dutch name for Thai Temples. The ride would originally be called Pagoda, which is the English word for Thai temples, but this got changed due to a miscommunication. This miscommunication involved that staff thought Pagoda ment 'grave' in Thai, this was not correct however, but the name was already changed.

Theme

The ride is themed to a Thai temple, while the area around the ride is more Japanese inspired.

References

Articles on Efteling
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