Fans of old-timey wooden coasters rejoice! The Hades 360 at Wisconsin’s Mt. Olympus theme park takes old technology and puts it on its head. Literally! In this article we’ll take a look at the Hades 360 and see how it holds up against some of the other top coasters in the region.
WHAT IS THE HADES 360?
The original Hades wooden roller coaster debuted in 2005. At the time it was praised and ranked in the top 10 of all wooden coasters nationwide. It held onto that ranking until 2012, when it slipped down to 12th. As a result, The Gravity Group, designers of the coaster, went back to the drawing board and tried to make Hades even better.
This coaster has a max height of 136ft with a 140ft drop, reaches 60mph and runs for over 4,700 feet.
Mt. Olympus is located in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.
HOW IT COMPARES
We’ll take a quick look at these other three hot coasters in the area.
Simply put, it’s a wooden coaster with some features that wooden coasters just aren’t supposed to have. Naturally, if you like wooden coasters, then you’ll love the smooth construction yet wild ride.
It’s hard to beat 60mph on a wooden roller coaster. It’ll feel a lot faster; hang on for your life!
You normally wouldn’t find a 360 degree barrel roll, a 110 degree over-banked turn, or a 65 degree drop on a wooden coaster. On Hades 360, that’s completely normal. As far as wooden coasters go, that’s some unique territory.
2 minutes and 20 seconds makes for a decent ride length, especially true considering how many rides are shortening their laps.
Roller coasters are super safe nowadays; however a bumpy ride on a wooden coaster could pose problems for some people. If you have any head or neck issues, you might want to avoid riding this one.
The X-Coaster at Magic Springs Arkansas is a Skyloop design. It is very unusual among coasters and sure to be a delight.
It’s a loop: simple, yet jaw dropping.
Like Hades 360, the X-Coaster breaks 65mph in a hurry.
You get to hang upside-down while strapped in for a few seconds, which is terrifyingly fun. The corkscrew drop and fast fall make for an exciting finish.
At a measly 492ft, this ride is over before it begins.
This ride has been closed down more times than one can count. It was even due for removal years ago yet still hangs around.
Goliath, upon its release in 2014, was dubbed the king of wooden coasters. Claiming several records, it definitely is tough to beat.
Goliath features some extremely new techniques along with classic wooden coaster mainstays. Drop below ground level into a tunnel? Check. Leg and waist harnesses only? Yep.
72mph on the drop is insane for any coaster, let alone a wooden one.
You get a great zero-g hang, which is even scarier without shoulder harnesses. An 85 degree vertical angle is as close to a straight drop as you can get.
Sadly it’s a shorter track at just about 3000 feet.
Being more recently designed, this coaster has been running consistently since its introduction.
The most “vintage” wooden coaster on our list, this 1995 masterpiece continues to be a fun ride for visitors to Elitch Gardens in Colorado.
Twister II is all about helixes and curves, which can be fun, but it doesn’t offer much in the way of speed.
Reaching 55mph for a moment is fun, but most of the ride will be a lot slower.
It lacks inversions and steeper drops. Twister II shows the limitations of wooden coaster technology at the time.
At 2 minutes and 17 seconds, it provides a comfortable, albeit quick ride.
No safety issues have ever been reported with Twister II.
The renovations to Hades that made the Hades 360 make for a great ride. Although it can’t quite beat the steepest drops and top speeds of coasters made after it, the 2012 refresh of Hades brought the ride back to life. It clearly wins over older wooden coasters and holds its own against modern giants.
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