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Talon
Talon (Final Turn).JPG
Talon's steeply-banked, low-to-the-ground turn
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
Coordinates 40°34′44″N 75°31′48″W / 40.579°N 75.53°W / 40.579; -75.53Coordinates: 40°34′44″N 75°31′48″W / 40.579°N 75.53°W / 40.579; -75.53
Status Operating
Opening date May 5, 2001 (2001-05-05)
Cost $13,000,000 USD
General statistics
Type Steel – Inverted
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Designer Werner Stengel
Model Inverted Coaster
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 135 ft (41 m)
Drop 120 ft (37 m)
Length 3,110 ft (950 m)
Speed 58 mph (93 km/h)
Inversions 4
Duration 2:00
Max vertical angle 50°
Capacity 1200 riders per hour
G-force 4.5
Height restriction 54 in (137 cm)
Trains 2 trains with 8 cars. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train.
Fast Lane available
Talon at RCDB
Pictures of Talon at RCDB

Talon is an inverted roller coaster located at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard and designed by Werner Stengel at a cost of $13 million, Talon opened to the public in 2001 and was marketed as the tallest and longest inverted coaster in the Northeast. It stands 135-foot (41 m) tall, reaches a maximum speed of 58 mph (93 km/h), and features four inversions.

History

On April 28, 2000, Dorney Park announced that a 135-foot-tall (41 m) four inversion inverted roller coaster would be built for the 2001 season. No further details were given until August 30, 2000 when Dorney Park announced the full details of the new $13 million roller coaster and its name, Talon. The ride would be the Northeast's longest inverted roller coaster and would be built on a portion of land set aside for a major attraction by Cedar Fair when they purchased the park in 1992. Construction began on September 5, 2000 and continued through the winter. The first parts of Talon to be put into place were the brake run and transfer track in October 2000. The roller coaster was topped off (the highest piece of the lift hill) on November 21, 2000 and the track was completed in early 2001. After testing was complete, Talon opened on May 5, 2001.

Experience

Talon (Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom) 01
Talon's first drop
Talon (Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom) 08
Talon's Immelmann loop

Having dispatched from the station, the train immediately begins to climb the 135-foot (41 m) lift hill. Once at the top, the train goes through a pre-drop before making a sharp 120-foot (37 m) downward right turn. The train then enters a 98-foot (30 m) tall vertical loop. After exiting the loop, the train goes through a zero-gravity roll before dropping back to the ground and entering an immelmann loop. The train then makes a full 360-degree upward right turn followed by a left turn leading into another drop. After the drop, the train makes highly banked right turn into a flat spin. Next, the train makes a left turn (extremely close to the ground) before heading to an airtime, and back up which leads into the brake run. After exiting the brake run, the train makes a right turn into a second, shorter, set of brakes before entering the station.

One cycle of the ride lasts about 2 minutes.

Characteristics

Trains

Talon operates with two steel and fiberglass trains. Each train has eight cars that can seat four riders in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train. The train structure is coloured blue and turquoise, the seats are black, and the over-the-shoulder restraints are yellow.

Track

The steel track of Talon is approximately 3,110 feet (950 m) long, the height of the lift is approximately 135 feet (41 m) high, and the entire track weighs just under 3,000,000 pounds (1,400,000 kg). It was manufactured by Clermont Steel Fabricators located in Batavia, Ohio. Unlike other B&M coasters, the track is filled with sand to reduce the noise produced by the trains. The tracks are painted orange and yellow while the supports are blue.

Slogan & theme

The entrance sign has a mini-slogan as "The Grip Of Fear. The word "Talon" is named after a claw, which is specifically found on birds of prey and mythical creatures. The ride is themed as a bird of prey.

Awards

Golden Ticket Awards: Top steel Roller Coasters
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Ranking 42 40 (tie)


Mitch Hawker's Best Roller Coaster Poll: Best steel-Tracked Roller Coaster
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Ranking 27 35 32 27 46 48 87 67 66 66 No poll 94 91
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