ALTOONA, Iowa – Crews are getting Adventureland Park ready for opening weekend, but you'll have to wait a little longer to be able to ride the park's newest attraction.
It's crunch time for Adventureland staff.
"We've been working non-stop since October," said Adventureland Park Spokesperson Molly Vincent.
The park opens for the weekends on Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m., but you'll have to wait until June for the Monster. It is the park's newest addition to Altoona's skyline. It's a $9 million steel roller coaster custom made in Germany.
"We're really excited about it. It's our first roller coaster at Adventureland for 23 years, so it's been a long time coming," Vincent said.
The tracks are in place, but crews still need to work on the electrical components. They're also waiting on the coaster's cars.
The Monster replaces the old log ride the park removed last Labor Day weekend. Now, the sky ride glides through some of the coaster's five inversions. The Monster also features a 101-degree first drop hill.
"It's going to be an unreal ride. People are going to really come out and see it and try it out and see how brave they are," Vincent said.
Groups are already scheduled to visit the new ride this summer, including a roller coaster club from Great Britain.
“The Monster is going to be real exciting. We're ready to get it rolling, and we can't wait to open it up," Vincent said.
You can find ticket price information on Adventureland’s website.