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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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It should be noted that the seats don't tilt straight down like Falcon's Fury and Ikaros. At least from videos it appears to be more comparable to Six Flags Over Georgia's Acrophobia, or other Intamin stand-up floorless towers, but in a traditional seating position.

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The seats are tilting 30 degrees, but on some rides they even tilt back before the drop. On other rides you'll drop down with the tilted seats. It will be determined randomly by coincedence.

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I think you misunderstood me: They are always tilting to the front by 30 degrees. On some rides they are tiliting back to the normal position before dropping down.

 

Ah ok, thank you! I read that as the seats reclining backwards towards the sky.

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I think you misunderstood me: They are always tilting to the front by 30 degrees. On some rides they are tiliting back to the normal position before dropping down.

 

Ah ok, thank you! I read that as the seats reclining backwards towards the sky.

Yeah, sorry. It was quite misreadable.

In other news it would be interesting to drop like that

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I just went to Hansa Park today and it blew me away. I knew about Karnan and Fluch von Novgorod, but I had no clue the park was so charming. I was there open to close and there were still several attractions I would have liked to ride like the pony ride where they give you a gun to shoot things.

 

Now part of that is Karnan's fault. That ride is exceptional. It's absolutely insane and so unique.

 

Not enough people talk about this park or Karnan.

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Had a wonderful visit to Hansa Park today. 

Operations were fantastic with Kärnan and Novgorod running 3 trains, resulting in fast moving queues and the longest I waited was 30 minutes for Kärnan. 

I rode Highlander for the first time and really liked it, not the most forceful droptower, but very long drop, beautiful views and I love the on-board audio.

Kärnan was running great, and they have really nailed the show on the lifthill now, with soundeffects, music and projections in the ceiling. This is my 6th visit and I have yet to see Kärnan having any downtime, surprising considering how complicated that coaster is!

As for covid measures: Masks in queues, on rides and indoors. They were not using the interior queue on Kärnan and Novgorod, on Kärnan they used the single rider entrance bypassing the interior queue so you end up directly in the bagage area, they were still running the preshows. 

On Novgorod they had a member of staff by the entrance to the building managing the queue, then you walked through the inside queue and directly on the ride.

Two negative things at the end, Nessie was only running one train, and all the restaurants with inside seating was closed.

I had a great day, and Kärnan looks fantastic in the dark!

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^ I second that statement! 🤩

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2014 TPR Scandi (w/Hansa) Tour ~ Myself, with one of Elissa's faaaaaaaaaaave mascots ...... not. 😋

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