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E-DA World
Not many tourists make their way to
southern Taiwan. Taipei, the capital in
the country's north, is by far the more
frequent tourist destination. But Taiwan's
2nd largest city of Kaohsiung, boasting 2.7 million residents, is located in
the south and is the main site of E-DA
World. This world-class shopping and
entertainment resort opened in the summer of 2010. E-DA World was financed
and conceived by Lin Yi-shou, founder
and owner of the E-United Group, a Taiwanese diversified conglomerate.
E-DA World covers an area of 90
hectares and celebrated its opening in
June, 2010. The outlet shopping center
alone is gigantic and is touted as Asia's
largest outlet mall, occupying an area
of 190,000 square meters. But size is not
everything, and the vacancy rate in the

over several floors. Greece in Taiwan?
The project's initiator and owner of the
E-United Group is fully aware of the
Taiwanese population's fascination with
Europe, and has subsequently selected a
theme for the amusement park based on
European history.
Taiwan's summers are unbearably warm.
Average temperatures of 28° C and humidity exceeding 80% add up to a sticky
climate altogether. The park's operators
have accordingly sought to spare its visitors this discomfort as much as possible.
The 386 meter long Swiss Rides monorail serves the dual purpose of providing guests with a viewing tour and also
transporting them comfortably from A to
B in an air-conditioned environment. The
monorail commutes between the Greek
temple and a four-storey Trojan fortress
featuring two underground floors and a

Der i-Ride Flugsimulator ist die beliebteste
Attraktion im Park.

enormous, multi-storey shopping complex is shockingly high. It appears as if
up to now barely 50% of the sales space
is occupied. - Two hotels, including a
650-room Crowne Plaza Hotel, offer
western luxury and standards that are
otherwise harder to find in Taiwan.

The Amusement Park
The main entrance to the E-DA Theme
Park is located on the 4th floor of the
shopping center, and features a look
reminiscent of a huge toy store with
a variety of candy shops. A covered
bridge takes visitors to the park site,
where they are immediately led into the
next building: a massive Greek temple
housing shops, restaurants, a 4-D movie
theater, a spacious theater and one of the
park's two monorail stations, all spread
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roof terrace. Along with a broad range
of Zamperla children's rides spread over
all four floors, a Fabbri spinning coaster
was also installed on the roof. Six carriages seating four persons each soar
high over the park on the coaster, which
is located at the edge of the building and
dotted with peaks as high as 15 meters.
Fabbri additionally installed two other
rides on the exposed roof, a "Swing
Chair" and a "Samba Balloon".
The Trojan fortress houses another of
E-DA World's rollercoasters. "Darkride" is the name of the Vekoma junior
coaster, and its name fits like a glove.
Guests are sent on a journey to the
center of the earth. Once the train has
loaded up, the lights go out in the station
and an eerie voice prepares the passengers for the adventure to come. Shortly

thereafter, a lightning storm heralds the
start of the ride straight down into the
depths with no lift. The 405 meter long
rollercoaster traverses an overall elevation difference of 15 meters, shooting
almost exclusively through a dark hall
fitted with lighting and fog effects. The
end of the U-shaped building is the site
of Vekoma's prototype attraction: the
first i-Ride Simulator. Taking its cue from
Disney's "Soarin' Over California" attractions, the Taiwanese Brogent company designed a variation with individual
simulator units instead of large structures with several rows of seats. The i-Ride
was then marketed in collaboration with
Vekoma and found its first customer in
E-DA World. Depending on the level
they are at, passengers find themselves
hoisted between two meters and far more
than ten meters above the ground, already a thrill in itself. With guests secured
only by a lap seatbelt, the flight over
Taiwan's most beautiful areas and sights
begins. This is the park's most
popular attraction, and waiting periods of more than 1 ½ hours are not
uncommon on busy days. The ride is
a wonderful experience, even though
E-DA regrettably pinched pennies on
the film quality. Vekoma and Brogent are
now looking forward to the next i-Ride
installations. Two have already been announced, but the clients remain a secret
for the time being.
The Vekoma prototype "Big Air" rollercoaster can be seen from far away. Two
60 meter high towers frame this rollercoaster, which features a simple standing
U as its course. Big Air was designed as
a shuttle coaster and is fitted with one
train equipped with two carriages, each
accommodating 12 persons. The train is
elevated by a catch-car up to the top of
the first tower, soon placing passengers
on their backs and moving up the rest of
the ascent at a 90° angle. Once the top
of the tower has been reached, the train
stops for a moment before both carriages
suddenly rotate 180° in opposite directions. Now the guests, most of which are
still surprised by the rotation, are looking straight down. After a few seconds
the coaster dashes downwards in a freefall, reaching up to 108 km/h when it
roars through the station before climbing
up the second tower. Without touching
the brakes, the coaster then goes back
down backwards and up the first tower

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