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Hansa park builds drop tower of 120 meters (395 ft) tall




A theme park in Germany will open next year a record-breaking attraction. Hansa-Park opens in 2019 a drop tower of 120 meters (395 ft) high, the highest in Europe and second tallest in the world. The sensational drop tower will be called Highlander. That's what the park announced tonight.


Daredevils are first slowly lifted to the top. The seats then tip over for 30 degrees and will drop passengers at 120 kilometers per hour (75 mph). Highlander will be manufactured by the Swiss company Intamin. IMAscore provides the soundtrack.


The opening will take place in the course of 2019. Hansa Park is developing a British themed area especially for the new attraction. The tower is higher than the highest roller coaster in Europe. That is Red Force in the Spanish theme park Ferrari Land, with a height of 112 meters. There is only one drop tower in the world that is higher than the new drop tower of Hansa-Park. That is the 126 meters high Zumanjaro: Drop or Doom at Six Flags Great Adventure.


The new free-fall tower will be located where the Nessie Superrollercoaster’s lighthouse stand. It is the park’s oldest roller coaster. For the occasion, the latter will be repainted. And will receive a new theme in agreement with Highlander's theme.







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I figured something was up when I saw Nessie's new black paint job in the helix earlier this month but the new theme is looking great. And dayum Highlander's going to dwarf Kärnan


Nice to see Hansa working with someone else than Gerstlauer for their big stuff for a change.

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Some more information:

World's largest gyro drop tower

Name: Highlander

Totalheight: 120m (394ft)

Drop height: 103m (338ft)

Speed of fall: 120km/h (74,5mi/h)

Specials: Tilting seats

Manufacturer: Funtime GmbH, Wien

Height above N.N.: 149 m (489ft)

Number of seats: 24

Straps: shoulder straps

Music: Highlander - composed by Andreas Kübler und Sebastian Kübler of IMAscore


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Two new trademarks appeared this week for the names "Royal Scotsman" and "Heligan Express", one of which is rumored to be the new name for Rasender Roland.





The official artwork for Highlander definitely suggests RR will receive the same Britannica makeover as Nessie so a new name would make sense.



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Hey TPR folks!


We're planning our summer 2019 tour and are considering Hansa Park as our new park for this year.


Has anyone been to Hansa Park with a one year old? He did everything he was allowed on in Tripsdrill and therefore, if we do it, we want to go on two days making sure we'll have enough time to do everything without having to rush.

Do they offer baby switch or a similar system? And how does it work?

Any suggestions for a nice private bed and breakfast over there?


Tanks for your replies!

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Tallest free fall in Europe opens at Hansa park


The tallest free fall tower in Europe has been officially opened. The northern German Hansa-Park has erected a 120 meter high gyro drop tower. The attraction, which is called Highlander, goes at a whopping 120 kilometers per hour. Once at the top, the seats fold forward. Then visitors make a perpendicular free fall of 103 meters, before they are slowed down.


Special is that Highlander has two different ride programs. They are always chosen completely randomly, director Christoph Andreas Leicht told the opening ceremony on Friday evening. "With one of the two programs, the seats fold back before the free fall. With the other, you fold forward and immediately fall down."


There is room for 24 people per ride. The Austrian company Funtime was called in for the construction. The German company IMAscore provided a special soundtrack, which can also be heard at a height of 120 meters. The gondola is equipped with speakers.


Highlander is located in a Scottish theme area. The immense tower was built in the middle of the track of the 39-year-old Nessie family roller coaster, whose station building was redecorated this year.




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