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Suspended coaster for


Dutch Wonderland The Pennsylvania amusement park Dutch Wonderland is adding a suspended family rollercoaster by S&S. Scheduled to open in summer 2017, it will be named Merlin’s Mayhem in honour of the park's resident magician. Families will join Merlin on a high-flying adventure in search of his dragon friend, Mayhem, who has disappeared into the park. Thematic events, beginning in the queue, reveal the story of Mayhem and Merlin. Once guests board the ride, Merlin will begin giving clues and encouragement through on-board audio over the seats. Merlin’s Mayhem will be the tallest ride located at Dutch Wonderland,


featuring a 60ft (18m) rise to the top, along with two helix turns. At a minimum height requirement of 39 inches (1m), the family coaster can be enjoyed by young and old.


Skyline reaches high with Skywarp coaster concept


US-based Skyline Attractions, which has introduced a handful of new kids' rides in recent years, has decided it's time to reach for the sky with a new rollercoaster concept, while at the same time simplifying operations and maintenance. Among its thrills, Skywarp produces a duelling near-miss element that brings riders


in the same split train tantalisingly close to one another. The technique effectively creates simultaneous two-train operation without a costly PLC that relies on block logic and maintenance-intensive sensors. Riders seated facing each other, twist sideways and upside-down as they accelerate through twin Immelmann inversions. While drive tyres will be the standard propulsion method, linear synchronous


motors (LSM) from a proven industry expert are an optional substitute to further streamline the system. Both methods will gradually rock the train back and forth until reaching full speed, reducing power consumption and minimising required infrastructure improvements. The proposed construction is 62ft (19 m) tall with a total track length of 360ft


(110m) and fits on a plot of just 30ft (9m) wide and 120ft (37m) long. It seats 32 riders per cycle, pr 800 per hour. Skywarp can be installed on a customer's foundation or supplied with a base frame for semi-permanent installation. And according to Skyline Attractions, the purchase price is attractive too.


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