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Supplier Update

From family coasters to high thrill rollercoasters, and now also water rides, wooden coasters and multimedia experiences, Vekoma Rides Manufacturing remains one of the industry's leading suppliers of rides and

attractions. Park World has a quick catch-up with account manager Charlotte van Etten

Vekoma rides on Coaster company reveals 2014 plans

W hat have been Vekoma’s highlights of 2013? For 2013/2014 we will have delivered a total of 15 new attractions. During the last year we have successfully installed our first Splash Party interactive water coaster at Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi; a Boomerang at Fantawild Adventure Park in Xiamen, China; a Suspended Family Coaster at Fun Spot America in Orlando; a custom-designed Suspended Family Coaster at Fårup Sommerland in Denmark; a Family Boomerang at Kanraria, India; a 'Fly Over Canada' I-Ride panoramic flying attraction at Canada Place in Vancouver and, opening soon, a Giant Inverted Boomerang at Sochi Park, Russia.

What can we look forward to over the next 12 months?

Bandit Bomber (Splash Party) at Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi

At this moment we can disclose the following new installations for 2014: a Suspended Looping Coaster for Al Zawra Park in Baghdad, Iraq; a custom- designed indoor Family Coaster for the Respublica Mall in Kiev, Ukraine; Suspended Family Coasters for Seoul Children's Grand Park in South Korea and Lavina Mall in Kiev; Boomerangs for the Fantawild parks in Zhuzhou, Wuhu and Jinan (China); plus a V- Ride Adventure Simulator and D-Ride (dark ride) for the new Yumble entertainment centre entertainment centre in Roermond, The Netherlands [see page 24].

Vekoma is now offering Rocky Mountain Construction’s range of wood-steel hybrid coasters to customers in Europe and Asia

How has the partnership with Brogent Technologies allowed Vekoma to diversify its product range and client base? We can now offer a range of multimedia attractions including the I-Ride panoramic flight simulator, V- Ride motion platform, D-Ride dark ride solution and more. As well as our valued clients in the amusement/theme park industry, these also appeal to operators of various stand-alone attractions, city centre attractions, IMAX theatres, and also parks and family entertainment centres that may be looking for indoor attractions.

Orkanen (Suspended Family Coaster) at Fårup Sommerland in Denmark

Are there any other product sectors we can expect Vekoma to enter soon? Vekoma and Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC) have initiated a new partnership for wooden coasters. RMC will continue to service the North America market, but now we can offer or customers in Europe and Asia the new Topper and IBOX track, which considerably improves the ride experience. Wooden coasters have offered excitement for many years, but now with this new wood-steel alternative we can offer the thrill, nostalgia and intensity of a wood coaster, but with added speed and smoothness.

How important is the spares and refurbishment side of the business? This is very important to ensure the quality and longevity of the Vekoma product range. Quality and safety are not only important in the design and engineering, but also in maintenance of our coasters. In addition to spare parts and rehabs/refurbishments, Vekoma Rides Parts & Services also offers its expertise with relocations of existing rides and annual maintenance.

What improvements have you made to your products to improve maintenance and running costs for your customers? We've done things like reducing the number of welds in the train by implementing more machined parts, using energy-efficient motors, and have also developed a method to improve smoothness of existing coaster track. Through its ride layout design, track building methods and train design, Vekoma strives to ensure a smooth experience for both ride operators and passengers.

Freedom Flyer (Suspended Family Coaster) at Fun Spot in Orlando


The I-Ride, developed together with Brogent Technologies, appeals to a wide range of attractions – not just parks

Visit Vekoma Rides Manufacturing at IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando on booth #5133, or check out its current product range at


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