Saturday, December 9, 2023

Adventureland and Zamperla showcase next generation flume vehicle at IAAPA Expo

Vikings will be invading Adventureland Resort next summer with two major new attractions. This week, Viking brutes joined park representatives and ride manufacturer Zamperla at the International Association of Amusement Park and Attractions’ (IAAPA) Expo to unveil the ships that will set sail next summer on the Midwest’s first super flume water ride, Draken Falls.

Each of the ten Viking ships seats six people within the three-row boat. Nordic theming will turn riders into real, live Vikings as they take on Draken Falls. The falls alternate between tranquil beauty and thrills, with a 40-foot tall panoramic view interrupted by multiple splash moments as the ship reaches speeds of up to 33 miles per hour.

“The reimagination of the flume vehicle was done with total cost of ownership at the forefront of the design; therefore reducing annual maintenance costs,” said Zamperla North American Sales Manager Michael Coleman. “The boats can hold up to six people, and feature state of the art individual lap bars. With more seats than a traditional flume vehicle, larger groups can ride together, increasing hourly capacity.”

The new Super Flume ride features the biggest wave of any flume ride on the market, plus airtime and speed hill moments to offer the splashes of a shoot-the-chute with a traditional log ride experience.

“Our guests voiced a desire for a new log flume ride, and this next-generation version is bigger and better than anything else in the country,” said Adventureland General Manager Bill Lentz. “These unique Viking ships will help immerse guests into the new themed land for a whole new adventure at the Home of Iowa’s Best Thrills!”

Draken Falls is one of two new integrated rides manufactured by Zamperla coming to the Altoona theme park next year. The Flying Viking roller coaster will soar over, under and around Draken Falls. Hang on as Flying Viking travels 1,312 feet of twisting, turning, exhilarating track.

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