Raptor at Gardaland - Wing Rider Coaster

What is a Wing Roller Coaster?

Raptor at Gardaland - Wing Rider CoasterWhat is a Wing Rider Roller Coaster?
With the number of wing coasters on the rise, I figured it was time to add a post about them in my series of Coasterology 101 posts. Wing rider roller coasters have seats positioned on either side of the track rather than above or below it. They look similar to 4th dimension coasters, but unlike those rides, the seats are fixed and do not rotate. The seating position allows for unobstructed views. They’ve also been referred to as wing walker coasters.

Furius Baco at Port Aventura (Spain) was the first wing coaster. Built in 2007, the coaster features six rows with two seats outside of the track in each row. In 2011, Bolliger & Mabillard built their first wing coaster in Raptor at Gardaland (Italy). Three more have been announced for 2012. They are: The Swarm at Thorpe Park, X-Flight at Six Flags Great America, and Wild Eagle at Dollywood.

Bolliger & Mabillard has yet to list these coasters as a product on their website, but you can see Intamin’s listing for their WingRide Coaster model.

Here’s a great video of Raptor at Gardaland:

Note – This video was filmed by a professional with permission from the park.
For your safety and the safety of others, please DO NOT take a camera on a roller coaster.

What’s Your Take?
Have you been lucky enough to ride Raptor at Gardaland or Furius Baco at PortAventura? What’d you think of it? Image courtesy of Roller Coaster Evolution.