There's just something about wooden roller coasters when it comes to summertime amusement park rides. One of the more notable coasters built in recent years is luckily only an hour northwest of Madison in Wisconsin Dells. The 160-foot tall Hades opened at Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park in 2005, and boasts a 65 drop, speeds up to 70 mph, and the world longest underground tunnel. The rollercoaster made so much of an impression when it opened that it was declared to be one of the "Top 10 Wooden Coasters of 2005" by Amusement Today, only to better itself in the 2006 edition of the awards.
Hades is naturally a magnet for video cameras, footage from both on and alongside the ride shot by coaster documentarians and casual riders alike. Rob Alvey of Theme Park Review -- an online depository of ride photos and videos as well as a host of international rollercoaster excursions -- has shot and released two clips from the marquee ride at Mt. Olympus. The first of these is a four-minutefeature tour of the ride that's set to Twisted Sister's "Burn in Hell."
This video along with several others follows below.
The other video from Theme Park Reviews provides a first-person perspective of the rollercoaster, viewers taking a 103-second tour of Hades from its lofty heights and down 140 feet to a pair of passes through the underworld. Alvey has also published a photo gallery of the coaster that similarly provides perspectives from both on and off the ride.
Rollercoaster fans have many more chances to get an online look at Hades beyond these two clips, though. There are at least two more full-length tours of the coaster that feature perspectives from both off and on the ride. The first is presented by Coasterimage.com, another virtual library of photos and videos from amusement parks around the country. The second was likewise shot by another coaster enthusiast, one who focuses upon the old-school wooden variant of the summer thrill ride.
Then there are simply those persons who shoot onboard footage of the rollercoaster to share with the world. Several of these video clips can be found here, here, here, and here. "It's pretty rough but awesome as hell," notes one of the riders.
More details and statistics about Hades are available from Roller Coaster DataBase, Ultimate Rollercoaster, and Wikipedia, while construction and testing photos are provided by The Gravity Group. The outdoor portion of Mt. Olympus Water andTheme Park that features Hades will be open through Labor Day, September 3, 2007.