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Mack Rides

In the coming year, Mack will install a submarine dark ride, tea cups and an interactive Egyptian dark ride at Legoland Japan, currently under construction in the city of Nagoya. A Technic-themed Wild Mouse is also under construction at Legoland Korea in Chuncheon. Any day now, Motiongate movie park at Dubai Parks and Resorts will open a launch coaster from Mack called Capitol Bullet Train, while Warner Bros Movie World in Australia will receive a large steel coaster. Later this year, Movie Park in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, will open a Mack Half- Pipe coaster themed to Star Trek, its biggest new attraction for some years. Pictured here is the ride during construction.

Vekoma Rides Manufacturing

Sales are going through the roof for Vekoma. According to the company's Peter van Bilsen, there are 40 or more installations in the pipeling for each of the next three years, or 122 new rollercoasters through until 2019. Orders are now being taken for 2020 and 2021. Opening soon will be Super Space Warp and Firestorm coasters in both China and Vietnam, and a Bermuda Blitz – as pictured below. Other Vekoma projects set to open in 2017 include a long-awaited Family Coaster in the Respublika Mall in Kiev, Ukraine; a Family Boomerang at Happy Valley Chongqing in China, a Mine Train in Vinpearl Land, Vietnam; and a Suspended Looping Coaster in Sunland, Asia Park, Vietnam.

Chance Rides

Unicoaster rides from Chance are on order for 20th Century Fox World at Resorts World Genting, Malaysia; Robot Land, Doha Oasis, Qatar; and American Dream Mall in New Jersey. Pictured here is the Unicoaster that opened recently at Galaxyland in West Edmonton Mall, Alberta, Canada. Called Zero Gravity, it features 15,360 three-color LED lights that can produce up to 32 different colours, with the display bouncing off the chrome-like center hub and sweeps. Meanwhile Chance is working on a next generation version of the Unicoaster, designed by Bill Kitchen of US Thrill Rides. Unlike the original that rolled through a circular path, Unicoaster 2.0 follows a meandering undulating 300ft (91m) oval tracked layout up to 10ft (3m) high covering 120 by 60 feet (37x18m). It features interactive guest controlled forward and backward rolls. It will be motor powered carrying two persons per car in up to 10-car/20 passenger train. The company is also marketing a new seat for the Zipper with over-the-shoulder restraints. In a licensing deal with Dutch Wheels, Chance is also offering new range of smaller (35m/115ft and 45m/148ft diameter) observation wheels. They will carry six passengers per gondola, with 24 or 32 gondolas. One more ride set for delivery from Chance in 2017 will be a new carousel at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, Florida.

S&S – Sansei

Pictured here is the ride vehicle for S&S – Sansei's first ever Family Suspended Coaster, bound for Pennsylvania's Dutch Wonderland in 2017 (see page 19). The Utah-based ride manufacturer has several more exciting installations planned for the coming year, however. No fewer than four 4D

Free Spin Coasters are under construction, for Nagashima Spa Land (Japan) and the US parks Six Flags New England, Six Flags Great America and Six Flags Over Texas. Tower rides continue to be strong sellers for S&S too. A 12-seat Combo Double Tower is destined for Ferrari Land at PortAventura World in Spain, while a 16-seat Combo Tower is going to the new 20th Century Fox World park at Resorts World Genting in Malaysia. Happy Valley Chongqing, China, gets a 12-seat Space Shot and Turbo Drop Tower, while Hersheypark, Pennsylvania, plans to open a triple tower complex called Hershey Triple Tower, consisting of an 80ft/24 m 12-seat Double Shot Tower, a 131ft/40m 16-seat Double Shot Tower and a 189ft (58m) 20-seat Combo Tower.



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