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Attraction Profile

More to Mondial

than meets the eye Mondial mainly builds attractions that can be dismantled and moved, such as Ferris wheels and other entertainment at height. As a supplier, Mondial is therefore well known to

fairground operators, but it also regularly supplies amusement parks with Ferris wheels and Thrill Rides, both flat and high. The company was founded in 1979 and is based in Heerenveen.

Its mission statement: To design and manufacture new rides which are innovative and unique, that set the highest standards in quality and safety and remain a profitable and reliable investment for their owners.”

they do.” It’s a solid team. Indeed, prior to transporting the wheel from its factory in the Netherlands to the UK capital, Mondial invited the neighbourhood to come and try it out. “2000 people turned up to ride it, enabling the people who work for us to show their family, friends and everyone else what they had achieved,” says Jisk. “This type of transportable wheel can be built on a

concrete foundation for a permanent location, but also on ballast tanks to allow transportation” says Hendrik, adding: “it’s unique point is the way in which the trailers are integrated, making it very quick to construct and take down.” The entire ride is incorporated within six trailers. There is a

walking system underneath the platform, which allows those constructing the wheel to move sideways and position the trailers accurately. “Safety is key and we have a very good relationship

with the companies that do the certification. It’s all been thought out in such a way that the ride is very safe from the moment you join the queue line,” says Hendrik, explaining that floor sensors ensure that the doors only open and shut when it is absolutely

safe to do so. This functionality is checked contentiously, just as all the other safety related sensors and it’s impossible to open the doors from the inside. Jisk continues: “What you will

notice is that each of the gondolas is completely closed; there’s a choice of music or you can listen to a history of the event on an information channel, there’s also air conditioning inside which is not so important now, but when it’s hot…” The City Star is also very

reliable. “Most of our rides have a modem connection which enables us to see remotely what the problem is and fix it. 99% of problems are fixed this way. We always have all the main components in stock too, which reduces downtime,” says Hendrik. Mondial and Göbel have worked together very

successfully in the past so when PWA Events approached Mondial about this latest project, it also had no hesitation in bringing the latter on board. Both are family companies, so “there is a natural synergy there,” says Jisk. Having bought the ride and operated it faultlessly

throughout the event’s run, Tobias tells me that although this is the first time Göbel has worked with Winter Wonderland, he hopes it won’t be the last – and it look’s like he could be right. Speaking after the event, PWA Events’ Suzy Griffiths

had this to say: “IMG were delighted to welcome the beautiful City Star Wheel from Mondial at this year’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Having the wheel make its debut at the event, it was an incredibly exciting and fascinating project for us to be involved in. Mondial were always helpful, professional and kept us updated on the progress of the build at all times. We were so pleased with the final result and it really was the jewel in the crown for the event’s spectacular 13th year. We look forward to welcoming it back to Winter Wonderland for many years to come!”

Winter Wonderland

audience • 3.7 million visitors in 2018

• Wide demographic covering all socioeconomic classes

• Large social media fanbase: 490,000 Facebook fans, 35,000 Twitter followers and nearly 50,000 Instagram followers

• Appeals to all ages across families, couples and friend groups

• 48% of visitors live outside London and the South East, travelling in from across the UK and overseas


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