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Let Battle recommence! Universal Singapore coaster comeback


The popular but troubled rollercoaster Battlestar Galactica: Human vs. Cylon is set for a new lease of life at Universal Studios Singapore. The attraction, which comprises intertwined suspended and conventional coaster tracks, is targeted to re-open in early 2015 after an extensive review of the ride and all its components and systems. Key to the relaunch are new two-abreast ride vehicles from


Vekoma,


replacing the bulky four-abreast trains that operated on the ride prior to its abrupt closure in 2013. “The new vehicles will allow riders to feel closer to the experience,” says John Hallenbeck, senior vice-president of attractions at Resorts World Sentosa, home of Universal Studios. “It will be as if every rider has their own window seat.”


The new look two-abreast suspended trains


Maurer partners with


Themed after the hit TV series of the same name, the Battlestar Galactica coaster immerses Universal guests in a battle between Cylons and Humans. Passengers are launched at high speed and experience a series of loops and inversions as they chase the opposing coaster.


The new look “conventional” trains from Vekoma


Porsche After building Fiorana GT Challenge for Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Maurer Söhne is to partner with a prestige car brand a little closer to home with the introduction of a new Porsche Roller Coaster concept. Developed together with One World Studio, the ride vehicles are themed like the brand new Porsche 911 GT3. The racing launch coaster, supplied with two tracks, accelerates from 0 to 65mph in less than 2.5 seconds and offers multiple potential launch sequences and brake zones.


new waterslides Two new waterslides are coming to Denmark’s Fårup Sommerland Water Park, opening June 2015.


Fårup Sommerland confirms New Mondial wheel to grace


"One of the slides is the Double AquaLoop and will be the first of its kind in the world,” says an excited park president, Søren Kragelund. “You start at the top, in a small cubicle. One moment later the floor disappears beneath you and you fly into a freefall down in a closed pipe and continue at high speed through two loops and end with a huge splash. We are certain that it will be a huge attraction next season.” The other slide is a


Kamikaze, measuring 35m in length. The Danish company Scan Water and Germany’s Aquarena are behind the two new attractions. Kragelund adds that he hopes to take the waterpark to the next level after “a few really good and hot summers.”


Champs-Élysées A new special edition MCS 70-48 observation wheel has been ordered from Mondial for the French showman Gilles Campion, whose existing 60-metre ride is regular feature of Paris’ Place de la Concorde, overlooking the Champs-Élysées.


According to Mondial boss


Froukje Knijpstra, “he did not to ask to part-exchange the other ride.”


The new 70m (230ft) attraction will be the largest Ferris Wheel every constructed by the Dutch company, yet despite its mass it will be a portable model, supplied with just 11 transport vehicles. Mondial is also building a MC35 giant wheel for the Swiss family Bourquin, as well as a new park model Shake for an unidentified location in Russia.


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