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US Thrill Rides introduces Unicoaster Roulette


U


S Thrill Rides has introduced a new model of its popular Unicoaster, the Unicoaster Roulette. Themed as a giant roulette wheel


and dubbed Unicoaster “The Game You Can Ride,” it is now in production. Instead of a roulette ball, up to eight pairs of


riders circle the roulette wheel. This new ride represents a great opportunity for parks and FEC’s and parks to add value to both the guest experience and their bottom line: “In amusement marks there are many rides, and there are games of all kinds, since a prize such as a giant plush toy can be awarded to the winner, the park can treat the Unicoaster as a game, and justify an upcharge of $5 to $!0 per ride, the financial projections show the ride can pay for itself in one to two years,” says U.S Thrill Rides founder and chairman Bill Kitchen. What’s more, the it offers rollercoaster-style thrills


at 20 percent of the price. Why? “Because it’s smaller,” says Bill. “That’s an advantage because it will fit both indoors and outdoors. It’ll fit in a space that’s only 60 feet in diameter.”


I guess it was watching a roulette


wheel at New-York New-York in Las Vegas when I hit on the idea of theming it as a casino game


A game of luck Highly visual, the Unicoaster Roulette is sure to attract guests attention: “We created our own theming internally” says Bill, and many alternative themes are available as well….such as the Unicoaster “Beach Ball” theme.” On what inspired the Casino theme, Bill says:


The original Unicoaster is currently operating


successfully in six locations, but U.S. Thrill Rides has found a new quality manufacturer, Visa, so the price has been lowered by 40 percent over the last two sold. In addition to being a thrilling attraction in which


riders can go head over heels, the physical layout of the Unicoaster is ideal for social distancing, too. Located within a 52ft diameter circular site, the 18-foot tall ride seats up to 16 guests at the end of eight arms, providing an hourly capacity of 196. “Cars are spaced 12 ft apart, and they move at slow speed even though the action is exciting, airflow shields have also been designed if customers need them,” says Bill.


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“I guess it was watching a roulette wheel at New York-New York in Las Vegas when I hit on the idea of theming it as a casino game. We started work on the idea and the theming, and then put one into production. “Along the way, I realised that there was a


great potential here to create the first gaming machine that you could actually ride, that would combine all the thrills that had been proven on the UniCoaster but themed just like a roulette wheel. We created the concept, worked out the computer programming so that where it stops - and who knows where? - is chosen by a random-number generator. The first one is well under construction now at our factory. We will hopefully be able to ship the first one in December.”


JUNE 2020


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