Wildfire at Kolmården to Reopen Soon
The coaster was shuttered in late October of 2016 after only four months of operation after the Swedish government revoked the coaster’s permit due to environmental concerns, including the noise associated with the ride and its effect on the park’s wildlife.
The coaster, a product of Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC), has been “standing but not operating” (SBNO) ever since. But a translated page on the Kolmården website states that Wildfire is “opening soon.”
Rumors persisted that the roller coaster might meet the wrecking ball, but the ride was allowed to remain standing while discussions were had about the ride’s future. The coaster has remained at the middle of a zoning battle involving the park, government entities and local residents.
A new proposed zoning plan is expected to be approved within the next week, which will allow the roller coaster to reopen.
Wildfire opened on June 28, 2016. It stands 183 feet tall and features a 160-foot, 83-degree drop. It features three inversions: a zero-G stall and two heartline rolls.
Its 24-seat trains reach a top speed of 71.5 mph as they traverse the coaster’s 4,150 feet of track.
On-ride POV of Wildfire at Kolmården
Watch an on-ride POV of Wildfire at Kolmården below:
Stay tuned to Kolmården’s website for the latest on Wildfire’s operating status.
Wildfire was one of two Rocky Mountain Construction roller coasters built from the ground up in 2016. The other? The downtime-plagued Lightning Rod at Dollywood. Hopefully, Wildfire’s reopening marks the 180-degree turn for the issues and downtime these two coasters have faced.
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