It’s not every day you get the chance to brave a roller coaster that breaks four world records all in one go. I got this rare opportunity when I rode Taron (twice in one day, in fact), one of two new roller coasters in the new Klugheim themed area at Phantasialand. Taron is the fastest and longest multi-launch coaster in the world, has the fastest LSM launch system in the world and crosses over itself 116 times, more than any other coaster in the world. Surely, a coaster that does all that has got to be an awesome ride, right?
For the most part the answer is: yes, yes, and an emphatic YES.
Klugheim the area is magnificently themed, and it really does look like a charred rocky wasteland. It’s amazing to think that only, what, 6 months ago, this whole area was hidden behind construction fencing, and was themed as a silver mine prior to that. What they’ve got here is something that looks visually stunning – and then you go and throw a twisted, tangly mess of black track across it all, and that only makes it look even more impressive.
Taron has an awesome and exhilarating layout from start to finish. Twists and turns, ups and downs, left and right – and let’s not forget those two adrenaline-infused launches; the second in particular is brutally fast and genuinely sounds like an F1 race car accelerating. It’s the perfect length, too – a little longer than you might be expecting, but taking in every inch and corner of Klugheim while incorporating overbanked turns, airtime hills, sudden changes in direction and a whole host of other elements that really keep you guessing as to what’s coming next.
The big thing you should probably have gathered by now from this review is that this is definitely not a ride for the faint of heart. Taron is unashamedly aggressive, and while it isn’t rough as such you will be holding onto that lap bar for dear life from start to finish. There are times when you feel yourself being flung to one side or the other, and you know for a fact that if that bar wasn’t there you’d be mincemeat in those rocks by now. Taron doesn’t invert, and it doesn’t need to, but the transition between some of the turns is borderline violent at times and it does make me wonder whether throwing in a zero-g roll or an Immelmann in places wouldn’t be somewhat welcome to help relieve some of the stress the ride otherwise puts on you.
That said, Taron is a roaring success of a roller coaster and deserves all the praise and popularity it’s been getting. If you like your thrills long, fast and unpredictable, and you can take a little aggression from your coasters, then I guarantee you’ll be a fan of Taron.
See you around =] x x