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TIMBERLINER
While ride ergonomics have improved
considerably in the last decade or so,
most wooden coaster trains are still
built to a decidedly 20th Century
design. The new Timberliner from the
Gravity Group is therefore long
overdue. This new range of trains
promises to increase passenger comfort
and reduce wear, tear and maintenance on the track. The sculpted seats
feature suspension to absorb shock and vibration and can also
accommodate wider-hipped and longer-legged riders.
The first set of Timberliner trains will go into full time use this season on
The Voyage at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana.
www.thegravitygroup.com
SOARIN’ SUCCESS
Disney’s Soarin’ Over California large screen motion simulator has
inspired no fewer than three established ride manufacturers (that we
know of) to offer similar attractions.
The Movie Base Flying Theatre
from Huss Park Attractions pairs three
sets of ride vehicles with a domed
screen and 2D film content to offer
passengers an immersive flight
experience. Three 10-seater benches
are grouped together in each set,
switching from a horizontal to vertical
position during the ride as they move in
synchronisation with the film. A total of
three ride vehicles are used, offering a
total capacity of 90. Media is provided
by Super 78 of California, with digital
playback courtesy of Electrosonic. The
first unit is pictured here during tests at
OCT’s Window of the World park in
Shenzhen, China. A second will open at
Happy Valley Shanghai.
When it opens this summer, E-DA World in Taiwan will feature an
attraction called Fly Over Taiwan, the first I-Ride panoramic flight
simulator (pictured below) by Taiwan’s Brogent Technologies in
partnership with Vekoma Rides Manufacturing. Comprising a spherical
screen, projection system and
nine moveable platform units
seating 72 passengers, each
eight-seater platform offers a
bird's-eye view of flight, featuring
six degrees of freedom. The
operator may control each of
nine modules separately
depending on the number of
passengers. Above the seats are
canopies serving as mounting
bases for 4D effects as well as
isolating guests from adjacent
riders above or below.
Also offering its own take on the Soarin’ concept is Mondial from
Holland. Its ride vehicle offers a plate above each row of gondolas, so
riders can not see the machinery above. The media provider is not yet
known.
FEBRUARY 2010
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