- Bird Rok
Bird Rok (or "Vogel Rok" in Dutch) is an Enclosed Roller Coaster in
amusement park Eftelingin the Netherlands.
Infobox roller coaster
name= Vogel Rok
section= Reizen Rijk
model= Custom MK-900
lift= tyre-driven lift-hill
duration= 101 seconds
cost= € 12 million
History and details
The name of the ride, Bird Rok, refers to the adventure of
Sinbadand the Bird Roc from the 1001 Arabian Nights; the extensive theming covers, beside the ride, the building and the queue line. The building has as a frontage a giant colorful Roc, the largest bird in Europe, according to the Guinness Book of Records. In the opening year there weren’t a lot of effects in the ride, and the link between the story and the ride wasn’t very clear. Since then a Serpent’s mouth has been added at the end of the ride, which lights up as the train goes through it, and a laser show at the queue line, which projects the story of the ride.
In 2007 more themed decorations were added.
Lasers project over the train as it climbs the lift-hill and seen to the left are four Rocs flying off. In a strong curve down leftwards the train dives towards the ground and several more curves bring the train through a tunnel of lasers.
The train then falls into a helix and goes through a Serpent’s mouth, which lights up as the train passes through it. The last curve is decorated with
fiber opticlights, portraying the diamond treasure.
Apparent wind-effects stimulate the ride-experience.
The ride has an onboard sound system with a synchronized soundtrack written by composer Ruud Bos, who also wrote the musical themes for
Dreamflight, Fata Morgana and Villa Volta.
* [http://www.efteling.nl Company information]
* [http://www.rcdb.com/id900.htm Rollercoaster database]
* [http://www.s104638357.websitehome.co.uk/html/vogelrok_main.htm Coaster Kingdom]
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