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Boomerang is back! Vekoma secures new ride sales

Following the successful introduction this season of its new Junior Boomerang coaster, Vekoma Rides Manufacturing has secured orders for two full size Boomerangs. Both rides will be going to customers in Asia, featuring upgraded trains and magnetic brakes. Vekoma’s first Family Boomerang opened this summer as Ben 10 – Ultimate Mission at Drayton Manor in England, followed by Boomerange at Parc Touristique des Combes in Le Creusot, France, where it helped attendance climb by 27%. Due to open in Turkey within the coming weeks will be a 335-metre-long Junior Coaster at the new ORA park in Istanbul, while in Nanjing, China, the Red Sun mall is gearing up for the debut of a custom designed Motorbike Launch Coaster. Vekoma is also working on a new Motorbike Coaster featuring an LSM launch and a Pretzel Coaster, which will open in 2013 at one of the largest indoor parks in Asia. To the Middle East it will deliver its first Suspended Interactive Water Coaster. The ride will feature a slow section so riders can drop water and shoot with laser guns at interactive targets. Further rides on order include several interactive 5D simulators and I-rides (flying theatres) to customers in Europe, Asia and Canada.

Chance celebrates 50 years

Harold Chance started a family tradition when, in 1961, he incorporated Chance Manufacturing Co. For 50 years, three generations of Chance companies have provided quality amusement rides and attractions around the world. Throughout the last decade, Chance has fully consolidated the Morgan Manufacturing operation back to its Wichita, Kansas, headquarters, however in celebration of five decades in business, the family firm is reintroducing the Chance Rides brand, including a new logo and redesigned website. “This has been a very exciting year at Chance with the successful opening of the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel in May and the debut of the Unicoaster ride at San Diego’s Belmont Park,” says Mike Chance, president. “As the tradition continues, look for more new and exciting things from Chance Rides in the future.”

A classic CP Huntingdon train by Chance Bumper year for Bertazzon

Despite customersupgrading less often, Bertazzon has enjoyed a busy year for sales of bumper cars with more than 700 shipped in the first nine months of the year. “We didn’t expect this because of the market at the moment,” says a delighted Michele Bertazzon. “Our showmen customers used to change cars often because

of the competition, but now due to the economic situation they are slowing down. But bumper cars are still our best selling product.”

Junior Boomerang at Parc Touristique des Combes in France, Toverland takes on Pieter

Pieter Cornelis is the new director of strategy and development at Toverland in the Netherlands. He will focus on the development and expansion of the 10- year-old park outside the town of Sevenum, Limburg, working alongside CEO Caroline Maessen. Opened in 2001 by Maessen’s brother Jean Gelissen, Toverland started life as an indoor attraction aimed at families but soon expanded with the addition of rides such as a Vekoma Motorbike Coaster and Troy, the tallest and fastest wooden rollercoaster in the Benelux.

Caroline Maessen and Pieter Cornelis

“Now that the concept has proven itself, we are going to develop further,” notes Gelissen. “New grounds have been purchased and investments will be

more and more focused on families with children above the age of 12. Pieter is the ‘right man at the right time’ to help us realise these plans.” A former head of research at Efteling, earlier this year Cornelis, 45, received a PhD from the universities of Tilburg and Tarragona for his research into the effects of investment in new theme park attractions. Gelissen/Maessen also identify overnight accommodation and an emphasis on “software” as key to the growth of Toverland. 22

The Italian manufacturer recently secured a large order to supply 10 rides and attraction of a turnkey basis to a new park in Taipei, Taiwan. These include a rollercoaster, wave swinger, carousel, pirate ship, monorail, cups & saucers, tower ride and Telecombat. Some of these will be manufactured by the Fabbri Group.

Ukraine wheel

This is the new gondola design that will be used by Technical Park on a 55-metre Ferris Wheel under construction for a park in Ukraine. With windows in the bottom and floor of the gondola, passengers will get a great view of the local surroundings. The new park is being built to coincide with Poland and Ukraine’s stint as host of the Euro 2012 soccer tournament.

Zamperla goes racing

Featuring electric vehicles, Z-Racing is a new ride concept from Zamperla. The first will be supplied to a park in China, where riders will travel along a circuit comprising slopes, valleys, parallel sections and a lift.


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