Press release received from Antonio Zamperla SpA media center: Antonio Zamperla S.p.A. in cooperation with Soriani S.r.l. is proud to present Giant Discovery 40, a new version of a popular spin & swing flat ride. Operating since September 2006, the
Press release received from Antonio Zamperla SpA media center:
Antonio Zamperla S.p.A. in cooperation with Soriani S.r.l. is proud to present Giant Discovery 40, a new version of a popular spin & swing flat ride. Operating since September 2006, the brand new Giant Discovery 40 is now open at Dinosaur Park in Changzou, China. According to the customer requests, the frisbee style ride has a footprint of 37.1 meters x 25.1 meters (122' x 82') and a maximum axle height of 27 meters (89'). The maximum height in operation is 44.8 meters with a maximum swing angle of 120 degree. The giant circle is made with 8 connected arms with 8 groups of 5 outward-facing suspended seats for a total amount of 40 seats. With a capacity of 800 p.p.h. the Giant Discovery 40 is "the ultimate spin cycle" of its kind (World Record Breaking for this type of ride: max height in operation 44.8 meters or 147' instead of "only" 140' set during the 2005 season with maXair at Cedar Point, Ohio - USA made by HUSS).
Riders on this ultimate thrill ride sit in outward-facing suspended seats that form a giant circle of 40 passengers; their legs dangle freely, and each seat has an individual shoulder restraint and restraining belt. Giant Discovery 40 swings riders back and forth in a seemingly out-of-control pendulum motion while rotating counterclockwise. At the peak of the pendulum movement that reaches a maximum speed of 110 km/h (68 mph), riders are upside down 147 feet above the ground and experience an airtime that coveted feeling of weightlessness that is popular for thrill-seekers on roller coasters. The dynamic return drop generates a variety of sensations on riders depending on their specific position in the counterclockwise rotation, creating a different ride experience each time.