"Because in our collective minds, it will eat other roller coasters," said
Ride elements will include a vertical lift, inverted loop, diving loop, an underground tunnel, a water feature and a feature officials describe as a "beyond vertical drop."
Officials also said there will be a secret thrill element that will not be revealed until the ride opens. The ride, which will be on the north side of the park, will have a design with a few jungle inspirations.
Lagoon officials made the announcement at a podium before a long, bright red, twisty section of track.
Visitors got a view of the construction of the future roller coaster's base as the tap of hammers and the rumble and hiss of construction equipment floated through the air. Crews planned to have a section of tower up, after a crane slowly inched into place.
The rest of the tower should be up in the next few weeks.
"We're excited that it is unique, one of a kind," Freed said. "There's not another in the world."
This is the first roller coaster of its size that Lagoon has built from the ground up.
In the past, the amusement park purchased rides from overseas, particularly
Freed said the idea for the ride started years ago, but with the success of BomBora, which underwent a similar in-house project, park officials knew they could undertake a coaster at the scale of Cannibal. Work on the ride started about five years ago.
The design of the ride is a collaborative effort between engineers from
By not buying the ride directly from
"It has been developed using local
A company in
By producing the track in state, Cannibal will have longer sections, which mean fewer joints. Fewer joints mean a smoother ride.
Total cost of the ride is budgeted at about
By making the announcement,
"It was really hard, there was a lot of speculation, a lot of it correct," Leishman said. "We thought it would be the perfect time to let the cat out of the bag."
The ride will be ready by the opening of the 2015 season on
To give more patrons a chance to try out the attraction, anyone who buys a season pass after
"This really will be an incredible coaster and we are so excited," Freed said. "We feel it will hold its own against any roller coaster in the world."
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