Revolution (Bobbejaanland)

Revolution
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Bobbejaanland
Location Lichtaart, Antwerp, Flemish Region, Belgium
Status Operating since May 1989
Statistics
Manufacturer Vekoma
Product Illusion
Type Steel - Enclosed - Virtual reality
Riders per train 60
Hourly capacity 1200
Propulsion Booster wheel lift hill
Area 48 metres × 48 metres
Height 18,5 metres
Top speed 50 km/h
Length 720 metres
Inversions 0
Duration 2:20
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Revolution is a steel enclosed roller coaster located at Bobbejaanland in Lichtaart, Antwerp, Flemish Region, Belgium.

History

The ride opened in May 1989 and was originally called Revolution. In 2008, the name and theme was switched to Evolution but was reverted back to Revolution in 2013. For 2016, Bobbejaanland announced that the coaster would have virtual reality headsets added to the attraction called Mount Mara. A separate queue-line was created for riding with virtual reality, allowing guests to choose between Revolution (without a headset) or the new Mount Mara attraction. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the VR application has been put on hold.

Design

Elements

The roller coaster is enclosed in a darkened building, which is made out of an inner and outer ring. It has a booster wheel spiral lift hill at the inner ring where a large video projection screen with a diameter of 24 meters is situated on the ceiling. Originally, there was a projection on the floor as well but it had to be removed due to high maintenance costs. The coaster doesn't pick up speed until after it has reached the top of the building (at a track height of 18,5 meters, the building itself has a height of 27,6 meters) and spirals downward in the outer ring, where various projection screens and light effects can be found. Over the years many have broken down or have been swapped out. Since the closure of Chaos, Mount Mara now has the longest roller coaster train in the world.

Starting from 2016, half of the ride's operating time the VR application Mount Mara would run. Riders with a headset experience climbing and descending a volcano on a quad bike. Later, the station was split in two, with only riders in the first half of the train receiving Samsung virtual reality headsets and the second half riding Revolution with all the effects intact.

The ride has had many different soundtracks over the years including but not limited to the original 1989 soundtrack (composer and title unknown) and starting from 1997 Capriccio Italien by Pjotr Iljitsj Tsjaikovski. In 2004, fan-favorite Bones on the Beach by Michael Hoenig was introduced, the soundtrack used in the later years of sister ride Chaos. For the 2008 season, the Evolution theme brought with it another soundtrack: Animals and Cannibals by Andrew Blythe and Marten Joustra, as well as a new projected movie and station design. In 2013 all was reverted back to the original Revolution (except the station for as the original theming was destroyed). Mount Mara was added in 2016 with once again a new soundtrack, this time specially written for the coaster. With the VR application being put on hold in 2020, the Bones on the Beach soundtrack returned once again.

Trains

Single train with 30 cars. In each car, riders are arranged inline in 2 rows, for a total of 60 riders per train. The train is 56 meters long, which Bobbejaanland says is the longest in the world.

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