Python (Efteling)

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Python
Roller coasters in the evening Efteling.jpg
Python as seen in 2018
Efteling
Location Efteling
Park section Ruigrijk
Coordinates 51°38′49″N5°03′13″E / 51.64694°N 5.05361°E / 51.64694; 5.05361 Coordinates: 51°38′49″N5°03′13″E / 51.64694°N 5.05361°E / 51.64694; 5.05361
StatusOperating
Opening dateApril 12, 1981 (1981-04-12)
Cost€ 9,4 million
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Vekoma
DesignerVekoma
ModelDouble Loop Corkscrew
Lift/launch system Chain lift
Height95 ft (29 m)
Drop72 ft (22 m)
Length2,460 ft (750 m)
Speed46.6 mph (75.0 km/h)
Inversions 4
Duration2:08
Capacity1400 riders per hour
G-force 3.5
Height restriction47.3 in (120 cm)
Trains2 trains with 7 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 28 riders per train.
Single rider line availability icon.svg Single rider line available
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Python is a double-loop corkscrew roller coaster in the Efteling amusement park in the Netherlands. It opened as the largest steel roller coaster on the European mainland.

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History

With Python, Efteling started the implementation of a new strategy: development from a fairy-tale forest into an all-round amusement park. This change led to many problems with the local community. Environmentalists tried to get the building permit withdrawn, and the park's neighbors feared problems arising from growing visitor numbers. Because of the likely noise pollution, the highest court of public justice ordered the construction to be stopped. After some time, construction recommenced, but legal problems continued for several more years.

In 1995, when operating hours were extended until 10 pm, the coaster's 45-decibel noise level became a problem once more. Plans were submitted to the local municipality, describing an extension and complete renovation of the coaster, which would reduce the noise substantially. Due to the high cost, the funds were allocated to the construction of a new enclosed (to reduce noise problems for the park's surroundings) roller coaster, Bird Rok.

Efteling hoped to get a night license for Python with some small renovations (new trains and a chain lift), but only with a change in the permit could Python remain open until 10 pm.

In 2005 the trains were replaced by Kumbak Coasters designed by Karel Willemen and in December 2011 with Vekoma MK1212 trains.

In 2017 Efteling decided to rebuild the old coaster, because the quality of the steel was deteriorating. While the general layout remained the same, the track was redesigned to provide a smoother ride. In 2018 Efteling demolished the old track. The station, lift hill, first drop, and brake-run remained. The Belgian company CSM produced the new track. The ride reopened on the 31 March 2018. [1]

Characteristics

In mid January 2012, Python was given new trains with vest restraints to provide a more comfortable, smoother ride experience.

Incidents

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References

  1. "Efteling heropent Python na megarenovatie: dit is er veranderd". Looopings (in Dutch). 31 March 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  2. "Efteling: ongeluk gebeurt niet nogmaals". Omroep Brabant (in Dutch). 1 August 2007. Archived from the original on 22 June 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2020.