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Gerstlauer busy in 2011 Vekoma x10

The coming year promises to be one of Gerstlauer Amusement Ride’s busiest ever, with nine new projects underway. Among these will be the German manufacturer’s largest rollercoaster to date, an as yet unnamed launched Euro-Fighter ride for a park in Asia, standing 43-metres tall. “We were very pleased with our first launched Euro-Fighter, which opened at

Hansa Park in Germany in 2008,” says the company’s managing director Siegfried Gerstlauer. “From a guest perspective, the launch and beyond-vertical drop are outstanding. This coaster will also feature our four-tube track, which will save our customer’s considerable expense when it comes to foundation costs.” In America Gerstlauer will open several rides according to Adam Sandy of the Ride Entertainment Group, which handles Gerstlauer’s projects in the Western Hemisphere. These include two Euro-Fighters, namely Dare Devil Dive at Six Flags Over Georgia outside Atlanta and Untamed at Canobie Lake Park near Boston. Gerstlauer has also designed and built three new trains for the Texas Giant wooden coaster, currently under refurbishment at Six Flags Over Texas. Designed to resemble a 1961 Cadillac, the ride vehicles have custom-designed seats to handle the coaster’s extreme forces.” In Europe, the company is supplying two 30ft-tall family coasters, one to Hansa Park, and a second to be confirmed, an unannounced coaster for Movie Park in Germany, a 16-metre-tall custom spinning coaster for Belgium's Plopsa Coo, and a 33ft-tall family shuttle coaster for Ruhpolding in Germany.

RIGHT: The layout for Six Flags Over Georgia’s Dare Devil

S&S sales strong

Rich Allen, president and CEO of S&S Worldwide, has revealed that the prolific American supplier is building four new coasters in China, including three that will open in 2011 and the fourth in January of 2012. The Utah company is also delivering a Screamin' Swing ride to Dollywood, Tennessee, an El Loco coaster to Fraispertuis City, France, and four Space Shots to Japan in 2011.

At IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, S&S displayed a new four-abreast coaster train, as pictured here.

S&S’ new four-abreast train Intamin’s new projects

Intamin has a long list of new rides opening for the coming year. Here goes: an LSM launch coaster is going to Busch Gardens Tampa in Florida; a ZacSpin and an Impulse Coaster are planned for a new park in China; Rapids Rides are headed for Ocean Park in Hong Kong and Rainbow Magicland outside Rome, which has also ordered a 20-meter Shoot-the- Chutes; a 25-metre Shoot-the-Chutes is being supplied to Changzhou Dinosaur Land in China; a 40-metre Surf Rider is going to a park in Saudi Arabia; observation towers are planned for the State Fair of Texas (150-

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metres/500ft) and Taipei, Taiwan (110-metres/360ft) and an unidentified Asian park (53-metres/175ft); while monorails are being shipped to a China, Africa and Italy.

Intamin is also retrofitting Superman the Escape at California’s Six Flags Magic Mountain with new trains that will ride backwards and upgrading the Liseberg Tower in Sweden to a freefall which, when opened will be the tallest in Europe and the second tallest in the world. Intamin's Family Launch Coaster with freefall, as seen in the form of Thirteen at Alton Towers (pictured left), was recognised recenlty as the best Major Theme/Amusement Park Ride at IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando.


Big Air at E-DA World

Vekoma Ride

Manufacturing has 10 projects in the works around the world, as well as two new coaster

innovations including a new MK1301 four-abreast train, with an added half-metre of legroom between rows. Rides planned in Europe for 2011 include a long- awaited Mine Train for Isla Magica in Spain, a themed Junior Boomerang coaster

Indoor Coaster at E-DA World in Taiwan

for Drayton Manor in England and a package of attractions for Rainbow Magicland outside Rome including a Madhouse, Mine Train, Junior Coaster and Sky Shuttle. At the ORA Themepark in Istanbul, Turkey, Vekoma will supply a 335-metre-long Junior Coaster. At E-DA World in Kaohsiung, South Taiwan, Vekoma has opened a custom designed five-story indoor Family Coaster as well as a Big Air Coaster. Work on a launched Motorbike Coaster for Red Sun near Nanjing, China, is nearing completion. A portion of the 610-metre-long custom layout runs outdoors. Vekoma is also preparing a Giant Inverted Boomerang for Jin Jian Park in Shanghai, China. The company also has three other unidentified projects underway.

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