One of the hidden gems of the theme park and roller coaster world is the Gold Coast of Australia. Often referred to as “Orlando Down Under,” the Gold Coast is home to multiple theme parks and, more importantly, some largely sought-after roller coasters for American enthusiasts. It’s time to add another coaster to that list this October as Warner Bros. Movie World will debut the highly-anticipated DC Rivals Hypercoaster.
Construction has been ongoing for quite some time, and the ride is nearly complete with the exception of a few signature elements, but the name of the Mack Rides offering was announced earlier this week. With the highly-anticipated opening of Silver Dollar City’s 2018 attraction (also expected to be from Mack Rides), the DC Rivals Hypercoaster gives us enthusiasts in the northern hemisphere hope that Mack Rides will make a big splash in the United States sooner rather than later.
As for the DC Rivals Hypercoaster, it will feature a 202ft high first hill, a top speed of nearly 72 mph, and a length just shy of 4,600ft long. The intrigue, however, comes not from the statistics but from the elements and features. The announcement video shows a massive lattice structure adorning the top of the lift resembling The Joker himself, and riders will stare him down as they plummet down a sharply banked right-hand turning drop, not a far cry from what is found on Expedition GeForce, the top coaster in Europe according to the Golden Ticket Awards for over a decade.
In addition, the ride will feature a non-inverting loop as its signature element, a first of its kind for a ride in this region. Similar elements have previously been seen on rides like Flying Aces at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, and more popularly, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios Florida. The most exciting feature though is that the last row of seats will face backwards, and that’s no temporary gimmick. The ride will run its last row of seats backwards from the very start. Few rides offer this type of experience, but the most notable is a B&M Wing Coaster, Swarm, at Thorpe Park in the U.K., which has the last two rows reversed. It will no doubt be a unique experience, and it just may have American coaster fans taking a look at what flights to Australia cost…
[Feature Image courtesy of Warner Bros Movie World.]