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Winja's Fear & Force
Winjas 1.jpg
Location Brühl, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Status Operating
Opened March 30, 2002
Height restriction 51 inches (130 cm)
Manufacturer Maurer AG
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Twin - Spinning - Indoor
Model / product Xtended SC 3000
Hourly capacity 1440
Propulsion Elevator lift
57.1 feet
57.1 feet
Top speed
37.3 mph
41 mph
1,345.2 feet
1,525.6 feet
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Winja's Fear & Force is a pair of spinning roller coasters located at Phantasialand in Brühl, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. They are situated in Wuze Town, an indoor area of the park. The rides were built by Maurer AG.

Design[edit | edit source]

The ride has two tracks, which mirror each other, but also feature some unique sections.

The cars are raised via an elevator lift, rather than a traditional lift hill. While on the lift, the cars tilt. The Winjas feature another unique hinged section of track about halfway through, with Fear collapsing forward and Force banking sideways in order to continue.

Both tracks race each other, as the cars start simultaneously and are intertwined in the main hall of Wuze Town. At the very end of the ride, a little surprise element is built in, which shortly drops a section of track a few feet and raises it again.

Trains[edit | edit source]

A car in the station.

14 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 4 riders per car.Both rows face away from each other.

The cars are able to spin after the first drop. Unlike most spinning roller coasters, the rotation is controlled most of the time allowing for optimal use of the car's momentum, forcing the car to move in certain ways.

Theme[edit | edit source]

The ride is themed to fit in with the Wuze Town area - a fictional deep underground city of myths and fantasy. It is a long lost civilization that women rule. The rides are named after the character Winja, who is the main character of the area. The ride also has its own soundtrack, which can be heard in the queue line. Two samples of the soundtrack for the 2000 Disney film Dinosaur are also used during the ride, respectively the lift and hinged sections.

Ranking[edit | edit source]

Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster Poll: Steel
Year 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Ref.
Force {{{1994}}} {{{1995}}} {{{1996}}} {{{1997}}} {{{1998}}} {{{1999}}} {{{2001}}} 71 55 45 33 39 44 41 46 61 No poll 98 116 {{{2014}}} [1]
Fear {{{1994-2}}} {{{1995-2}}} {{{1996-2}}} {{{1997-2}}} {{{1998-2}}} {{{1999-2}}} {{{2000-2}}} {{{2001-2}}} 71 55 45 33 39 44 41 46 61 No poll 82 103 {{{2014-2}}}

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