Raptor Attack

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Raptor Attack
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Lightwater Valley
Location Ripon, Yorkshire, England, UK
Status Defunct
Operated 1987 to 2019
Cost £500,000
Height restriction 47 inches (120 cm)
Manning's Amusement Park
Location Felixstowe, West Sussex, England
Operated 1983 to 1986
Replaced Mad Mouse
Vekoma
Location In storage
Germany
Location Germany
Statistics
Manufacturer Schwarzkopf
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Enclosed
Product Wildcat - 45m
Riders per train 4
Hourly capacity 900
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Area 150 feet × 62 feet
Height 35 feet
Top speed 30 mph
Length 1378 feet
Inversions 0
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Raptor Attack was a steel enclosed roller coaster located at Lightwater Valley in Ripon, Yorkshire, England, UK. Opened in 1987, it was the first roller coaster at the park. The ride was a standard Schwarzkopf Wildcat model. It was removed in early 2021 after standing but not operating during the previous season.

History

The rides entrance before renovation.

When the ride opened, it was named Rat Ride and themed around sewer rats.[2] Prior to its opening the park was criticized by the RSPCA for reportedly offering a reward to the person who sent them the largest dead rat.[3] The entry and exit corridors accurately replicated a real sewer and the ride vehicles were shaped as giant rats (unlike the usual muscle-car theme on Wildcat models).

Rat Ride closed in October 2009 at the end of the season. It reopened on 3 April 2010 with a new name and theme. The ride is now called Raptor Attack. Along with the new theme, the braking system was also updated, allowing for a better capacity.

Raptor Attack did not operate during 2020 as the park decided to focus on younger children for the season.[4] On 1 February 2021, the park announced that Raptor Attack would be removed, along with other larger attractions, as the park repositioned itself as an attraction for young families.[5]

Design

The ride was contained within a warehouse-type building hidden by trees and embankments. This gave the illusion that the ride was actually underground. The ride took place in complete darkness.

Trains

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A car on Raptor Attack before and after its renovation.

8 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 4 riders per car. Before its re-theme, Raptor Attack's cars resembled rats. Now, they look like mine-carts.

Ride Experience

The ride's entrance

The ride WAs themed on an old abandoned mine shaft and riders queue at the entry point of this shaft. In the queue, giant newspaper clips are printed on the walls, which talk about the mine. Guests are sent in in groups of eight. The entrance is very small, meaning guests must get on to their knees to get in. After this, riders walk through a series of tunnels and descend down a spiraling staircase between which water is falling from overhead.

An abandoned office features blood-spattered equipment including a monitor which shows footage of a distressed miner. This footage originally had sound, with the miner calling out a warning that there is something moving down there and not to send anyone else down the mine. However the sound was removed partway through the season, as younger children thought that the footage was real and were becoming distressed.

Guests then reach the station and are seated in a four-seater mine-cart. Ride operators are dressed in themed miner clothing with hard hats and fluorescent jackets.

The train leaves the station into an area of total darkness and ascends a chain-driven climb. A series of drops follows interlinked between sudden appearances of animatronic velociraptors and sound effects designed to startle the riders. The roller coaster system and layout remains the same as the original 'Rat Ride' but the appearances of the dinosaurs and the rides revamped theming add refreshing new elements to the ride.

When the car returns to the station and riders disembark, they pass a steel door from behind which something begins to suddenly bang very loudly. This is another feature designed to startle departing riders and is activated via motion sensor.

Riders then continue on through the tunnels, passing a hydraulic piston in a pool of water and human bones. The piston suddenly discharges a blast of air from beneath the water, creating a loud noise and splash designed to startle the exiting riders. A staircase is then ascended, another tunnel passed during which sound effects of dinosaur roars and groans play and the surface is reached.

In the immediate area outside the ride exit is the raptor paintball range and riders leave via a merchandise shop which also sold on-ride photographs.

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