After years of frequent maintenance on the wooden roller coaster Joris en de Draak at Efteling, the amusement park has decided to equip the ride’s track with steel rails, effectively transforming it into a hybrid coaster.
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While this may appear to be a significant change, the amusement park is currently only modifying the ride’s most high – stress areas. This will primarily impact the coaster’s far turnaround, which occurs after the triple jump and passes by Python.
Great Coasters International manufactured Joris en de Draak, which opened in 2010. The manufacturer of this wooden roller coaster and the supplier of the new steel track are the same company. The track type was unveiled at the IAAPA convention in Orlando a few years ago and is marketed as Titan Track.
The intention of the park is not to alter the ride experience, and the likelihood of this occurring is low. The installation of the steel track will take approximately three months. However, the project is part of a three-year process that will involve additional track, queue, theming, etc. modifications and updates.
During the next three years, the ride’s infamous animatronic dragon, Edna, will be restored, and existing wooden track will be replaced with denser, more durable wood to preserve the wooden coaster feel while reducing downtime and maintenance costs.