We’re looking at the most sold roller coaster model ever! Yes, it’s a Vekoma Boomerang. Although there are 2 Vekoma Boomerang models in CA, we’ll be taking a look at the ‘newest’ one that opened in ’98, at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.
We realize that Boomerangs are not the fan favorites in a state that has some of the best coasters on the planet. This though, does not take away the love we have for boomerangs. Boomerang Coast to Coaster, just like any other standard Boomerang, has a track length of 935 ft, over which it will travel both forwards and backwards. It has 3 inversions that terrify riders by turning them upside down 6 times!
When riders have approached the backside of the park, close to the zoo section of the park, they’ll find a coaster scattered somewhere far away from all other coasters. Boomerang Coast to Coaster that is, even though the sign only says Boomerang, it is indeed Coast to Coaster :D. Riders will enter the line that is located in the middle of the track’s triangular layout. Once the riders moved through the line, they will be hold over at the stairs leading to the station, where a Flash Pass employee or Ride-Op will assign rows, or let small people enter the station. The train returns, the gates open and there you go, you are about to experience a ride that literally spins you around, forwards, backwards, and upside down.
Once the operators have done their quadruple visual scan, the train will leave the station going up a 116.5 ft hill, backwards. The catch-car will take you to the top, and then drop the train. Once the train is released it will dive down to the station with a speed of 47 MPH, it will the put 5.2 Gs on your body before shooting over the midway into a nice Cobra-Roll. Make sure to keep your head back in the Cobra-Roll, because it might be a bit shaky, but there is no stopping yet! The train will then fly into a disorienting looping, before flying up the second hill. It will be caught by a chain-lift to reach the 116.5 ft once again. Without warning, the train will drop backwards to deliver an amazing second half of the ride! The train will fly through the loop again, BACKWARDS, yes we here at CCK love ‘Backwards’. The loop is probably the best element backwards, next to the drop. After spiraling through the loop again, riders will experience some funky ‘air-time’, as they shoot through the Cobra-Roll again, but backwards. An amazing feeling you will get from going through the Cobra-Roll backwards is that you will have that little feeling of ‘hang-time’, and ‘air-time’ right before you drop back to the station. The train will be slowed down and ultimately placed back in position for the next riders to experience the many elements in the short 1 minute and 48 seconds.
Boomerang Coast to Coaster is located between 3 big stadiums and the zoo-area of the park. It’s across from the Alligator Isle, and the Ark (Swinging ship). The lines for Boomerang C to C tend to be pretty short throughout the day. There is practically no line ’til around noon, or 1 PM, because of it’s location in the park. It will have a short wait to about 20 minutes for the remainder of the day, and crowds won’t lessen towards the end of the day, because the zoo-area closes earlier, and thus Boomerang is often the only thing operating (and some flat-rides). On busy days the line can get long, to about an hour if it’s really crowded, but this is not usually the case. Boomerang C to C is often closed during the winter operations together with Voodoo and Tazmanian Devil. Therefore, spend time riding all the other rides first in the winter, but give Boomerang a shot first in the summer, since it will have a line later on during the day, and the other rides won’t have such long lines later on the day!
It is and will always be a Vekoma Boomerang, we love ’em, but some others don’t so just keep in mind; keep your head back, relax and yes, it might be a bit jerky. But, it’s definitely worth riding without lines. You gotta agree, backwards and forwards and 6 (3) inversions… still pretty great!