A time travelling adventure through the Mayan stargates...

Theme ParkMirabilandia
Park AreaAdventureland
Opened1 April 2000
ManufacturerBolliger & Mabillard
ModelInverted Coaster
Height164 ft
Length3937 ft
Max Speed64 mph
Duration2¼ minutes
Katun's vertical loop

Katun's vertical loop

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.

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