A Wild Mouse roller coaster
(also Mad Mouse
or Crazy Mouse
) is a type of roller coaster
characterised by small cars that seat four people or fewer and ride on top of the track, taking tight, flat turns (without banking
) at modest speeds, yet producing high lateral G-forces
. The track work is characterised by many turns and bunny hops
, the latter producing abrupt negative vertical G forces. When approaching a turn from a straight section the intended impression is that one will simply continue straight, and thus plunge off of the device, this since there are no transition sections
as are in a conventional high speed coaster track and the turn itself is obscured upon close approach. Almost all Wild Mice feature "switchback" sections, consisting of several of these unbanked turns, separated by straight sections. Usually the turns on the switchback section are 180°, but some coasters feature 90° turns as well as more rarely steep runs with loops (for example Crazy Mouse at Tobu Zoo in Japan
, which is no longer operating). Some riders, usually among taller people, report sustaining whiplash after being subjected to these turns.
The feeling of a Wild Mouse coaster is amplified by using cars that are wider than the track itself, giving the impression that the riders are hanging off the side or that they might fly out, thus giving it the name "wild". Read more...