Parks Creating Rides In-house

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Re: Parks Creating Rides In-house

Postby robbalvey » Thu Jul 18, 2013 5:16 pm

matteocrepaldi wrote:Does Blue Fire count? It was designed and built by Mack which is also the owner of Europa Park!

Again, I don't think it really counts when a park can list "attraction design and manufacture" as one of their core businesses. It's more about when a park that doesn't specialize in this sort of thing, builds a ride from a scratch.

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Re: Parks Creating Rides In-house

Postby azza29 » Thu Jul 18, 2013 5:37 pm

Australia seems to have a history of building water rides in-house:
- the Rocky Hollow Log Ride at Dreamworld was an in-house creation, and even after 30 years it's still one of the better ones out there.
- Movie World's Looney Tunes River Ride was developed by the park, and the same ride system was used for Sea World's Bermuda Triangle.
- In the late 70s Sea World decided to build Viking's Revenge in-house after a quote from Arrow came in too high. They built it for something like $350k rather than the $1.5m Arrow wanted.

Who built Knoebels' Flyer? The exposed tractor engine made me think it might have been an in-house job, or at least a prototype.
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Re: Parks Creating Rides In-house

Postby deathbydinn » Thu Jul 18, 2013 5:47 pm

Viper at SF Great America was manufactured in house.
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Re: Parks Creating Rides In-house

Postby cfc » Thu Jul 18, 2013 6:56 pm

What about the Dutch Wonder House at Dutch Wonderland?

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Re: Parks Creating Rides In-house

Postby Nrthwnd » Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:36 pm

^ I just :lover: those things!

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Re: Parks Creating Rides In-house

Postby dropzonefan » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:19 pm

rollin_n_coastin wrote:All the Kings Entertainment/ KECO coasters at Kings Island, Canada's Wonderland, etc. The Beast, Wild Beast/ Grizzly and Minebuster were in-house I think.

^^For sure....definitely something that adds a touch of awesome to Knoebels, fully so when Flying Turns finally opens ;)

I'm pretty sure the Minebuster and Wild Beast were made by PTC, but I could be wrong.

But yes, a lot of woodies (at least older ones) seem to be made in house.
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Re: Parks Creating Rides In-house

Postby Spideyfreak » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:24 pm

Blazing Fury/Fire in the Hole were in house projects.

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Re: Parks Creating Rides In-house

Postby Jer » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:37 pm

Bobselds at Seabreeze is inhouse, and i've ridden it, it's good fun

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Also technically speaking, Flying turns at Knoebels is in house. The wood, contractors, and engineers.

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Re: Parks Creating Rides In-house

Postby Jew » Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:33 am

Enchanted Forest in Oregon built their coasters.
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Re: Parks Creating Rides In-house

Postby bonsaiisuperstar » Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:40 am

From Wikipedia. I knew this living next door to KI, but they summarize it better.

While Kings Island was owned by Taft Broadcasting, the design and engineering was largely subcontracted to Curtis D. Summers Engineering, which was a structural engineering and architecture firm located in Cincinnati. Summers' team worked with Taft staff designers Al Collins and Jeffrey Gramke to design the Beast with John Allen providing profiling and dynamics specifications; Taft was unique in having constructed most of their wood coasters at Kings Island, Kings Dominion, Carowinds, and Canada's Wonderland during the 1970s and into the 1980s. Following KECO's sale of their theme parks to Paramount in 1992, Summers continued to partner with Charlie Dinn's firm on several coasters at parks around North America. The two firms continued to work together on coasters up until Summer's death in 1992.

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