Vogel Rok

Roller coaster
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Vogel Rok
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The giant Roc which stands by the entrance.
Efteling
Location Kaatsheuvel, North Brabant, Netherlands
Coordinates 51°39′07″N 5°03′09″E / 51.652050°N 5.052496°E / 51.652050; 5.052496
Park section Reizenrijk – Wereld van Sindbad
Status Operating since April 9, 1998
Cost ƒ28,000,000 (€12,727,273)
Soundtrack Yes, by Ruud Bos
Height restriction 1,20 meters
Statistics
Manufacturer Vekoma
Product Custom MK-900
Designer / calculations Ton van de Ven
Type Steel - Enclosed
Riders per train 24
Hourly capacity 1600
Propulsion Tire propelled lift
Height 20 metres
Drop 19 metres
Top speed 65 km/h
Length 643 metres
Inversions 0
Duration 1:36
G-Force 3.2 +
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Vogel Rok is a steel enclosed roller coaster located at Efteling in Kaatsheuvel, North-Brabant, Netherlands. It opened on April 9, 1998.

History

Part of the queue for Vogel Rok.

Vogel Rok is modeled after the Second Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor (Arabian Nights) as he travels to the uninhabited island where the giant Rok (or Roc, Roeck) resides. It marks the first time Efteling tried to combine the excessive theming they are known for with a roller coaster. Originally, a expansion of the Python coaster was planned, but got scrapped due to budget reasons. Later, a duplicate of Europa-Park's Eurosat was considered for this location, but MACK Rides could not deliver the ride on time.[1] The original Vogel Rok was supposed to be much bigger as well, having originally two stations and five trains. Due to budget limitations, this was brought back to the current setup.

When Vogel Rok opened on April 9, 1998, it wasn't as well received as the park had hoped, so changes were quickly made. Some new effects were added as well as a lasershow in the queue. The entire queue lay-out changed in 2007, becoming smaller and being in the theme of a cave and temple instead of the sea. Vogel Rok is one of the first roller coasters at a non-Disney park to have an onboard soundtrack, with the other being Flight of Fear and its clone at Kings Island and Kings Dominion. The music plays through 96 speakers in each train.

Station of Vogel Rok with one of the trains.
Two of the birds one might encounter during a ride on Vogel Rok.

Theme

The ride is guarded by a giant Roc, which has a span width of 22 meters, making it the biggest bird statue in the world. After walking between its talons you end up in a cave (added in 2007), where the remnants of elephant bones (the animal the Roc hunts on) surround you. Later, a giant egg of the bird can be seen in a temple. The station has remained the same since 1998 and isn't know to represent anything from the story of Sindbad.

During the mostly pitch-black ride, orchestrated music plays and various light effects as well as 21 birds in total can be seen. Near the end, a giant snake head and a tunnel with lights surround the train. In 2018, some changes were made, like the addition of sound effects to the music and a starry night sky. Sadly, some old effects like lasers were removed as well.[2]

Design

Elements

Colour scheme

Black track and supports.

Trains

3 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 24 riders per train.

Location

The coaster is located in "Wereld van Sindbad" since 2022, this area, which translates to "World of Sindbad", is themed to the travels of Sindbad the sailor. Wereld van Sindbad is a subsection in the "Reizenrijk" area of the park, roughly translating to "Travel Realm".

References

External links


Articles on Efteling
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