A time travelling adventure through the Mayan stargates...
|Opened||1 April 2000|
|Manufacturer||Bolliger & Mabillard|
|Max Speed||64 mph|
Mirabilandia seem to have an obsession with claiming their rides are #1: iSpeed is supposedly the number one rollercoaster in Europe, and apparently Katun is the number one inverted coaster.
While a bold claim, in the case of Katun it certainly has some merit. The ride, an Inverted Coaster from B&M, is often cited by rollercoaster enthusiasts as one of the firm's best.
Katun is named after a measure of time in the Ancient Mayan calendar equivalent to 7200 days, each k'atun being marked with various prophecies and special ceremonies. The ride takes on a Mayan theme, with the track navigating around a ruined Mayan city and through two enormous "stargates" - one at the bottom of the lift hill and one at the beginning of the final brake run.
The layout is forceful yet smooth, and features six inversions including a giant vertical loop, zero-G roll, eye-catching cobra roll and two corkscrews separated by a tunnel near the ride's finale helix.
Katun is definitely amongst the best of the world's B&M Inverted coasters, helped by its long layout and some great theming. Without doubt, it is one of the best rollercoasters at Mirabilandia, and indeed in Italy too.
Mayan temple station
Katun's lift hill
Arriving back in the station