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A Huge, er, Behemoth Coaster Coming to Canada's Wonderland in 2008

Preview of Behemoth, the roller coaster debuting at Canada's Wonderland

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Behemoth coaster at Canada's Wonderland.
Cedar Fair, 2007. Used with permission.
Updated April 14, 2008
Canada's Wonderland has a lot of wonderful roller coasters, and is especially regarded for its great collection of woodies. For its 15th thrill machine, however, the park will be filling a void in its ride arsenal by unleashing a steel hypercoaster in 2008. To build its steel monster, Canada's Wonderland is turning to the roller coaster geniuses at Swiss-based Bolliger & Mabillard. The developers of such ultra-smooth, ultra-wonderful hypercoasters as the similar Apollo's Chariot at Busch Gardens Europe in Virginia and Nitro at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, B&M will presumably be bringing the same kind of a slick, smooth, and superb ride to Canada's Wonderland.

Behemoth Stats

  • Type of coaster: Steel Hypercoaster
  • Height: 230 feet
  • First drop angle: 75 degrees
  • Top speed: 77 mph
  • Track length: 5318 feet
  • Ride time: 3:10 minutes
More Behemoth Info

Yup, it's behemoth

The sleek ride will not only rank as the longest, tallest, and fastest at Canada's Wonderland, but in all of Canada as well. In fact, at 230 feet, Behemoth will take a coveted spot among the world's tallest coasters. With its 75-degree angle of descent, a mere 15 degrees shy of straight down, it will also be one of the steepest.

To fully experience the adrenaline rush of the 230-foot, 75-degree drop, Behemoth's trains will feature a new type of seating that will strip away the front and sides of the cars. Each car will include two rows of two bucket seats. The only safety restraint will be an unobtrusive lap bar. The seats in the back rows will be elevated and placed at the outer edges of the cars so that all riders will have unobstructed views of the hypercoaster mayhem. (A hypercoaster is loosely defined as a thrill machine with a height taller than 200 feet. Like Behemoth, they are generally designed without any inversions and feature extreme height and speed, as well as lots of airtime.)

And what mayhem! The out-and-back layout of Behemoth is deceptively simple. It will leave the station, climb its 230-foot lift hill, navigate the 77-mph, 75-degree drop, and then climb a second huge hill that should deliver a huge pop of airtime. After roaring down the second hill, Behemoth will enter a banked turnaround and deliver more soaring airtime as it flies up and down along three successive hills. A trim brake will tone down the momentum so that the coaster can spiral through a double helix. Two bunny hills will deliver a final couple of airtime pops before Behemoth returns to the station.

According to Canada's Wonderland, Behemoth will cost a hefty $26 million and represent the park's largest ride investment in its history. It is scheduled to open when the park opens for its 2008 season in the spring.

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