ALTOONA, Iowa — Adventureland announced on Facebook in July that they will be adding a new roller coaster in 2016.
The coaster will feature a 2500 foot-long steel track, 133 foot vertical lift hill, 5 inversions, a 101 degree first drop and 10 “airtime” moments, and travel at speeds of up to 65 mils per hour. It will also cross the park’s “Sky Ride” eight times and boast the first negative-G stall loop in the western hemisphere.
In a statement, park officials said the coaster will cost an estimated nine million dollars to construct.
Governor Terry Branstad said he is excited to see the park grow.
“We appreciate the continued investment by the Krantz family in Adventureland Park and encourage Iowans to consider a family outing or vacation to this wonderful Iowa attraction,” the Governor is quoted saying in the park’s statement.
To make room for the new coaster, named “The Monster,” the park will be replacing the log ride.
The log ride has been a staple at the amusement park since it opened in 1974.
“The Log Ride is over 40 years old, and while still structurally sound, technology for rides has advanced by leaps and bounds in that time period. It is requiring an enormous amount of upkeep and maintenance that isn’t feasible long term. We promise to provide our Fans with a suitable replacement, sooner rather than later,” park officials said in the announcement.
Adventureland fans have until Labor Day 2015 to take one last ride on the log ride. After that, construction will begin on the new coaster.
Just last year Adventureland replaced the “Silly Silo” with a tower ride, called the “Storm Chaser.” That ride lifts riders 260-feet into the air and then spins them around at 35 miles per hour for three and a half minutes.
The last roller coaster Adventureland added was “The Outlaw” in 1993.