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Walibi Belgium | Tiki Waka | Gerstlauer Bobsled Coaster

Discussion in 'Roller Coaster Construction' started by KristofWB, Oct 21, 2017.

  1. Ethan

    Ethan Well-Known Member

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    My other guess is that they're speed detectors? They are at an angle, and I'm thinking they're before every break run to see how much speed each one needs to trim off of each vehicle?
     
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    I don't really know about this but I've heard that it's to sort of see if the wagon, train thingy (still don't know how to call this) is calibrated or something. If the train goes too fast thru these, the brakes will be activated. If it goes too slow there will be no stop.
     
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    Yesterday was the first Soft-Opening and I've got some great pictures for you right here! :D
    Before opening the ride a lot of employees who work in Walibi tested the ride to see if it was safe.
    The director of Walibi Belgium (Jean-Christophe Parent) also rode it:
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    (Here a picture of him if you don't know how he looks like!)
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    The first persons to ride Tiki-Waka:
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    The station:
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    The queue is not completely done so this is the temporarily waiting-line.
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    (Photoshopped this one btw). The people riding it are Walibi-employees ;-) .
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    Really nice offride/onride video

     
  5. KristofWB

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    Walibi Belgium has started adding extra details and theming up and around Tiki-Waka, such as near-misses, fountains, etc. And not to be forgotten...tiki-themed toilets!!

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    KristofWB Well-Known Member

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    Sorry for the double post, but here are some pictures of Exotic World. More and more details are added. It now seems the theme of Tiki-Waka is somekind of exotic garage where they are making gravity racers. The Tiki Fruit Bar also opened, selling fresh juices and fresh smoothies aswell as some variety of cocktails and mocktails.

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    Pictures by Yelle Kleykens for ThemeParkVision
     
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    Love the atmosphere of this ride!
     
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    Why was the park so empty that day? This was not today, right?
     
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    Walibi had a lot of visitors! It's just the camera perspective that makes you think that no one's there.
    Next week I think that they will be completely done, it's just a matter of time before they put every little detail together to make it enjoyable to look at and to ride!
    Will be there to take pictures too ;-) .

    Mean while: I will patiently drink my cup of tea, while waiting to see the end result of this beautiful Exotic World.
     
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    Loving all the extra details they're putting in, looks great.
     
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    I have been to the park yesterday and the queue has finally opened. Some pictures I took!

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    Tiki-Waka is themed as somekind of garage in Polynesian style, with a massive thatch roof. When you enter the queue, you have a sort of petrol station with a petrolpump and advertising for several kinds of petrol.

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    They also added some Tiki-style light ornaments in the station.

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    The soapbox kind of car is hung up against the ceiling and with all those instruments around it, it seems like someone has been working on the car.

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    Genuinely love all the details they've put into this.

    Aside from Challenge of Tutankhamon and arguably Pulsar, this is clearly leagues ahead of any other attraction on the park in terms of theming and attention to detail. I really hope that's the bar they're setting for their future developments, because it'll turn the park into something very decent.
     
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    Omg I am on this picture HAHAHA WHAT!? Maybe you will recognise yourself on my pictures? Pictures coming soon I am currently editting them (and it's very difficult because the weather here in Belgium sucks, so a lot of them are very dark...)
     
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    It might be the very first time that I think that a car related theming looks good.
     
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    When I was in the park yesterday, I was pretty stunned by what they did. Every week, every picture, there are new things to discover. It is not what we have been used to from the park. Challenge of Tutankhamon was something different, as it was built under Six Flags, but Pulsar was and is actually the bar they are setting. Pulsar was the first step in the direction they are going and I have been told that Exotic World and Tiki-Waka are in fact the bar they are setting.

    I was also pretty surprised by how close they have stayed to the concept arts by Julien Bertevas. If they are going to do the same thing with the Bollywood project for next year, I will be even more impressed than I am now!

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    I talked to Marc Guffens at the persconference and he told me that what you will see as 'concept art' will actually not be that big of a 'concept' they will try to make the end result look as identical as possible! So what you will see is what you will get.
     
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    Here are my Tiki-Waka pictures!

    First of all here is the Tiki-Waka Station!
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    This is the entrance to the ride.
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    The queue:
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    So at your right you directly see this statue/totem looking thing:
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    And suddenly you see the long waiting-line with this beautiful view.
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    Taking pictures here is extremely difficult because of this net :( ...
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    The wagon passes through this weird thingy that looks pretty cool!:cool:
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    At the end of the ride they have added this 'finish line', so I think it's a kind of racing-parkour? I don't know how to call it.
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    In the waiting lie there is this racing cart and it looks like it's being build.
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    Those look like paint brushes to me:
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    There are a lot of people and it's kind of impressive because it's a long waiting time (I've waited for like one hour and a half?).
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    Normally there will be an action picture made of you, but it's not ready yet!
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    Soooo if you could give me a thumbs-up, like this woman on the picture, I would find that great! Hahaha.
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    Hixee Flojector Staff Member Moderator CF Award Winner 2016

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    Thanks for sharing the pictures! It looks really impressive.
     
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    Well...funny to see myself in one of your pictures!

    By the way, I love this general overview picture you took...

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    Hixee Flojector Staff Member Moderator CF Award Winner 2016

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    It's a bit like playing Where's Wally, except you don't know if you're even in the photo to begin with!
     
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