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So today I had the pleasure to visit Nigloland and check out their new coaster Alpina Blitz.

 

The ride itself is built by Mack, 713meters long and 33 meters high.

Speeds of up to 100km/h are reached and 9 airtime moments are included.

 

Had a blast riding this and i only spotted happy faces of people after riding.

I like how it's a step up compared to the other coasters at the park. Looking forward to what else the future has in store for this park.

 

For the folks that have been on a megalite.. This looks and feels very similar

 

Video:

 

Picture time:

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early morning, time to wake up

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but first.. it's presentation time

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bacj outside, big wheel

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but this is what i came for

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moving the train

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back of the train

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this ain't a bad sight to wake up to

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maintenance area

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going up

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the front of the train

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ride is open, just look at the line

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going up

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here they come

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are these extra wheels in the chassis for the maintenance area??

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looking at others while standing in line

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blue train

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whee

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for all the tech geeks.. here's the underside of the trains

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expressions time

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hairtime (and something else is flying away as well)

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more hair and airtime

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yup, hairtime

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final turn before the brake run

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fear? joy?

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happy rider

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mommy

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too funny

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more expressions

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how about scarf time instead of airtime?

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happy happy joy joy

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from 1.30m and up?

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does this need a caption?

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station building

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looking at the back of the first drop

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top of the lifthill

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brake run

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fear, joy terror fun

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extreme hair

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happy faces

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fun for all ages

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yummie

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logo

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first drop fun

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another first drop image

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so many things to look at (say)

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yup.. it's pretty

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thank you

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going down

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underneath the lifthill

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whee

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watch out for that tree..

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airtime humps

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happy happy

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caption this ;)

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more happy faces

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more hair

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turn time

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lots and lots of track

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time to "fly"

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fun fun fun

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heading for that final bit

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that's it

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Amazing pictures, thanks a lot Hanno! The ride is so pretty with such a blue sky behind.

 

The area still look rather unfinished, but don't worry, grass and ornaments will pop up soon. And next year, the park called Neverland for some proper theming!

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Great pictures. They really show how much air (and hai) time there is on this ride! I couldn't stop laughing because of the flying sunglasses. I also noticed that the running wheels weren't even touching the track during those moments of strong air, wow that must be intense!

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For the folks that have been on a megalite.. This looks and feels very similar

 

 

After watching the video, I agree completely. Love the look of those airtime hills.

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It looks ridiculously like an Intamin Megalite...can you copyright a layout? To what extent? Very interesting...

 

My thought exactly, this ride looks so good because it's a complete copy of one of the greatest rides ever created.

 

It seems to run faster in the POV's that was posted earlier, and it will probably speed up more in the summer days, but even then the ride dosen't look to be on pair with the Intamin version. The first two hills look like they could be faster, and there is no "snap" in the transitions, something that makes the Intamin so awesome IMO.

 

Also the banking on the turn into the brakes just looks wrong. I would love to try this one out, as the real megalite is my all-time favorite coaster, but unfortunately a 2 day trip is much more expensive than I had hoped.

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Mack isn't responsable for the layout, a manufacturer do whatever the customer wants. See the family B&M...

 

P. Gélis, the owner of Nigloland, adapted the layout of Piraten to his park (see the model) because he really loved that ride. He went to see both Intamin and Mack. The maintenance pieces on the Mack are cheaper and easier to ship, the seats are better (allows bigger persons), and they have a good relationship with this family... They choose Mack over Intamin for these reasons. So Mack did that layout, but it could have been Intamin.

 

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I agree the first part of the ride could have been more powerful indeed. But the second one is really great. Don't forget that the seats are higher than Intamin's, and so the S-turn are snappier than they look.

About the speed, the ride gains 8 seconds between the start and the end of the day! Can't wait for the hot summer days!

 

Another cool thing here is that plateform. While not being particularly beautiful, it allows wheelchairs to go on both sides of the station, and even more interesting, it allows the ride to run with only one operator on slow days, as he can now check the restraint on both side, or see what's wrong here or there.

It's a special request from the park, and I think it's a very good idea.

 

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Mack isn't responsable for the layout, a manufacturer do whatever the customer wants. See the family B&M...

 

Still dosen't change anything, it is a complete copy of the real megalite, and that is the reason it looks to be such a great ride.

 

The wheel chair bridge is an awesome looking detail of this ride.

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Mack isn't responsable for the layout, a manufacturer do whatever the customer wants. See the family B&M...

 

Still dosen't change anything, it is a complete copy of the real megalite, and that is the reason it looks to be such a great ride.

 

The wheel chair bridge is an awesome looking detail of this ride.

 

The wheelchair bridge is an interesting idea.

 

And this ride looks like a great reason to visit Nigloland.

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Megalites are definitely my way of enjoying a good coaster, and if there's

another designer or company that can clone it, the more the merrier for us, yes?

 

I mean, this is the same as any debut coasters i.e Oblivion, Tranan, 13....?

Copies will happen, and hopefully, they'll be just as awesome or even better, than the original.

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My first - and still my fave of all I have ridden, since 2009. (Piraten)

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The U.S. would more likely get one of these over the Intamin model - and I'd be thrilled to see one here.

Curious - why do you think so? They're both -almost- the same ride, so why would a US park in particular pick one over the other?

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Great pictures!

 

Only ridden Happy valley Shanghai's Mega-Lite and I think this looks not as intense as the Intamin version (of course). One thing that we have to know is that Mack's seats are much higher than Intamin's seats so even if the shape and size of the bunny hops are the same and the train travels at the same speed, Intamin's version still feels more intense.

 

As far as the Mega-Lite like rides for US, I think rides like Lightning Run and the original Mega-Lite would more likely to happen. Original and creative layout always win.

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Wow, this Mega-Lite is amazing ! Why aren't there more parks who build one of these coasters ? It's awesome and for a coaster like this it's not *that* expensive. Especially when many parks these days are building rides twice that price (cough cough Cedar Fair cough cough).

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Great pictures!

 

Only ridden Happy valley Shanghai's Mega-Lite and I think this looks not as intense as the Intamin version (of course). One thing that we have to know is that Mack's seats are much higher than Intamin's seats so even if the shape and size of the bunny hops are the same and the train travels at the same speed, Intamin's version still feels more intense.

 

As far as the Mega-Lite like rides for US, I think rides like Lightning Run and the original Mega-Lite would more likely to happen. Original and creative layout always win.

 

Surely if the seats are further away from the track (higher) and the train's speed and track are the same, the fact the height away from the track means the forces are more intense as the centrifugal forces are more? Like on a carousel the further away from the center you are the faster you are moving?

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Wow, Mack is just so impressive. This ride looks great, especially the second half.

 

Hanno, I have to say you take some amazing pictures. The rider reaction shots, though, are easily my favorite. Those pictures are pure awesomeness

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Thanks Hanno,

As ALWAYS fantastic photos.

I am sooooooooooo happy to see the restraint system.

Looks just like Blue Fire at Europa, another Mack

I really think they are the best of any I've ever been on.

Thoose were such a joy to ride and not feel crammed in or bounce your head and neck off the OTSR.

Bravo!

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