Chance Rides

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Chance Rides Manufacturing
TypePrivate
Industry Amusement ride manufacturing
FoundedChance Manufacturing: 1961
Chance Rides Manufacturing: 2002
Headquarters Wichita, Kansas, United States [1]
Key people
Harold Chance, Richard (Dick) Chance, Michael Chance, John Chance, Aaron Landrum
Products Roller coasters, thrill rides, family rides, gentle rides
Subsidiaries Chance Morgan
Website chancerides.com

Chance Rides Manufacturing is a roller coaster and amusement ride manufacturer. The company was formed on May 16, 2002, when the former Chance Industries Inc. emerged from bankruptcy. The main office and manufacturing facility are located in Wichita, Kansas.

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History

Chance Manufacturing was incorporated in 1961 by Richard H. (Harold) Chance. Harold Chance had been involved in the amusement business since 1946, building small trains for the Ottaway Amusement Company. He designed a 2 ft (610 mm) gauge replica of the C. P. Huntington , a well-known steam locomotive built in 1863 for the Southern Pacific Railroad. [2] Titled by the same name, Chance's C. P. Huntington is the company's most successful product line. [1] In 1967, Chance began producing Starliner Trams under the subsidiary Chance Coach. In 1970, Chance acquired the assets of the Allan Herschell Company. Richard G. Chance (Dick Chance) assumed control of the company and formed Chance Industries, Inc. in 1985 to oversee the various divisions – Chance Rides, Chance Coach, and Chance Operations. [1] In December 1986, Chance then acquired Bradley & Kaye, a ride manufacturer specialized in children's rides and carousel figures. [3]

Modern era

For several years, Chance Rides Manufacturing products were sold under the brand Chance Morgan. In 2011, the company reintroduced the Chance Rides brand which encompasses Chance Morgan Coasters, Inc. and Chance Rides Manufacturing. [1] On September 17, 2011, trade publication Amusement Today presented Chance Rides with the Golden Ticket Award for Supplier of the Year, in honor of the company's 50th anniversary. [4]

Trains

C.P. Huntington train at Saint Louis Zoo. Miniature Railway.JPG
C.P. Huntington train at Saint Louis Zoo.

Chance Rides began to fabricate their 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge [5] C. P. Huntington locomotive in 1960. Since 2018, these locomotives can be powered by a gasoline, diesel, propane or electric engine. An automatic transmission and drop down 90* gearbox transfers power to the front and rear power trucks via drive shafts and gearboxes. Its drive wheels are not powered but roll on the rails while fake side rods reciprocate in and out of fake cylinders. Some owners have chosen to remove the false drive wheels for ease of maintenance.

With over 400 examples built as of 2022, the C. P. Huntington has become the most popular park train since The Allan Herschell Company merged into Chance Industries in 1970 and production of the S-24 Iron Horse train ceased. Many amusement parks are replacing their steam locomotives with these locomotives since they are easier to maintain and operate. [6] Locomotives and coaches can be customized in a variety of ways.

Carousels

Chance Carrousels (deliberately spelled with two 'Rs') were introduced in 1971 following the acquisition of the Allan Herschell Company the previous year. Chance modified the Herschell design giving it a more ornate style. [1] After Chance purchased Bradley & Kaye in December 1986, Chance was able to use the molds and manufacturing rights to 62 carousel figures produced by Bradley & Kaye owner, David Bradley. He had carefully reproduced prized carousel animals from famous carvers over the previous 20 years and new molds were cast at the Chance facility under his direction, until Bradley died in 1988. [7] These famous reproductions with spectacular detail have been included on Chance carrousels since the late 1980s. With the merger of the D. H. Morgan line of carousels, some of the unique Morgan figures have been added to the collection as well. Although fiberglass, the magnificent detail and menagerie of different styles of horses and other figures have become a trademark of Chance Rides carrousels. [1]

Ferris wheels

The first Ferris wheel from Chance, the Astro Wheel, was sold to showman Don Franklin and debuted at the 1967 Iowa State Fair. It featured 16 cars with two passengers per car. [8] The first park model, an 80-foot Giant Wheel, was built in 1975 at Valleyfair amusement park in Minnesota. [9] It features 18 cars holding four passengers per car and is still in operation. The Giant Wheel/Century Wheel was introduced in various sizes in both park and portable models in 1988. [10]

In 2006, Chance worked with Ronald Bussink Professional Rides of Switzerland and Dutch Wheels BV, a division of Vekoma Rides, to produce larger wheels such as the Niagara SkyWheel which stands 53.3 m (175 ft) tall. [11] It features 42 air-conditioned cars seating eight passengers per car. [12] According to Chance Rides director Angus Jenkins, the larger wheels are known as observation wheels as opposed to Ferris wheels, since they carry riders in enclosed cars rather than in open seats. [13]

On October 19, 2012, Chance Rides announced a long term license agreement with Bussink Design GmbH for the exclusive rights to manufacture and sell the R80XL Giant Wheel in North America. [14] Chance Rides will market the R80XL, which is over 250 ft (76 m) tall, under an affiliate company, Chance American Wheels. The first R80XL wheel was manufactured by Maurer German Wheels in Munich, Germany, and was delivered to the city early in 2013. [15] The first U.S. version built by Chance was the Capital Wheel at the National Harbor, Md. It opened May 23, 2014. [16] [17] Chance Rides/Chance American Wheels will continue to manufacturer and sell R60 wheels in North America under an exclusive license from Dutch Wheels BV. [11]

Notable wheels include:

Roller coasters

Chance Manufacturing's first coaster was the Toboggan, a portable ride in which a small vehicle climbed vertically up a tower then spiraled back down around the same tower. The ride was invented by Walter House of Amarillo, Texas, and Chance acquired the manufacturing rights and started producing it in 1969. It was designed to be a carnival ride, fitting on two trailers, but several units were purchased by amusement parks where they were set up as permanent attractions. Chance manufactured 32 of these units, two of which still operate at a permanent park. [26] In 1998 Chance introduced the Big Dipper children's coaster. With the integration of the D. H. Morgan line into Chance Rides in 2001, the company acquired track manufacturing technology and the ability to offer a variety of coaster designs. D. H. Morgan was an offshoot of Arrow Development, original developer of tubular steel track, first used on Disney's Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction. In 2006, Chance formed an alliance with Vekoma. [27] Chance Rides represented Vekoma in North America and manufactured the steel track for select projects. On October 17, 2012 Chance Rides and Vekoma discontinued their agreement to produce rides together for the North American market. [28]

List of roller coasters


As of 2019, Chance Rides has built 36 roller coasters around the world. [29]

NameModelParkCountryOpenedStatusRef
TobogganToboggan Trimper's Rides Flag of the United States.svg United StatesUnknownRemoved [30]
TobogganTobogganAdventureland Flag of the United States.svg United StatesUnknownRemoved [31]
TobogganTobogganJenkinson's Boardwalk Flag of the United States.svg United StatesUnknownRemoved [32]
TobogganTobogganGreat Adventure Amusement Park Flag of the United States.svg United StatesUnknownRemoved [33]
Star WarsTobogganParc Avenue Flag of France.svg FranceUnknownRemoved [34]
TobogganTobogganPlayland Park Flag of the United States.svg United StatesUnknownRemoved [35]
TobogganToboggan Old Chicago Flag of the United States.svg United StatesUnknownRemoved [36]
Swiss TobogganToboggan Boblo Island Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg CanadaUnknownRemoved [37]
TobogganTobogganShaheen's Fun-O-Rama Park Flag of the United States.svg United StatesUnknownRemoved [38]
TobogganTobogganCentral Pier Arcade & Speedway Flag of the United States.svg United StatesUnknownRemoved [39]
TobogganTobogganFuntown Pier Flag of the United States.svg United StatesUnknownRemoved [40]
TobogganToboggan Family Kingdom Amusement Park Flag of the United States.svg United StatesUnknownRemoved [41]
TobogganTobogganSportland Pier Flag of the United States.svg United States1966Removed [42]
Swamp BuggyToboggan Six Flags AstroWorld Flag of the United States.svg United States1970Removed [43]
TobogganTobogganParc Belmont Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada1970Removed [44]
TobogganToboggan Casino Pier Flag of the United States.svg United States1970Removed [45]
TobogganToboggan Queens Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1970Removed [46]
Swiss TobogganToboggan Santa's Village AZoosment Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1971Removed [47]
TobogganToboggan Hersheypark Flag of the United States.svg United States1972Removed [48] & [49]
Arctic CatToboggan Crystal Beach Park Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada1974Removed [50]
UnknownTobogganCal Expo Amusement Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1975Removed [51]
Swiss TobogganTobogganIn The Game Funtrackers Flag of the United States.svg United States1978Removed [52]
TobogganTobogganStewart Beach Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1980Removed [53]
TobogganToboggan Ghost Town Village Flag of the United States.svg United States1980Removed [54]
Toboggan Toboggan Lakemont Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1991Removed [55]
Wild & Wooly Toboggan
Formerly Toboggan
Formerly Earthquake McGoon's Brain Rattler
Toboggan Little Amerricka
Seven Peaks Water Park Duneland
Dogpatch USA
Flag of the United States.svg United States1993
1989 to 1990
1969 to 1988
Operating [56]
[57]
[58]
Joust Big Dipper Dutch Wonderland Flag of the United States.svg United States1998Operating [59]
Woodstock Express
Formerly Big Dipper
Big Dipper Michigan's Adventure Flag of the United States.svg United States1999Operating [60]
[61]
Gold RushBig Dipper Wild Adventures Flag of the United States.svg United States1999Removed [62]
TobogganTobogganGrand Prix Amusements
Arnolds Park
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada1999
1998
Removed [63]
[64]
Wile E. Coyote's Grand Canyon Blaster Big Dipper Six Flags Over Texas Flag of the United States.svg United States2001Operating [65]
TobogganToboggan Conneaut Lake Park Flag of the United States.svg United States2002In storage [66]
The Joker Funhouse Coaster
Formerly Wile E. Coyote Canyon Blaster
Big Dipper Custom Six Flags Over Georgia Flag of the United States.svg United States2004Operating [67]
TobogganToboggan Clacton Pier
Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom2009
1993 to 2000
Removed [68]
[69]
Lightning Run Hyper GT-X Coaster Kentucky Kingdom Flag of the United States.svg United States2014Operating [70]
Family Roller CoasterBig Dipper CustomWildlife World Flag of the United States.svg United States2016Operating [71]
Nickelodeon Slime Streak Family Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park inside the American Dream Meadowlands Flag of the United States.svg United States2019Operating [72]
Space MoonTobogganAnimalia Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil2022Under construction [73]
Bone ShakerFamilyMattel Adventure Park Flag of the United States.svg United States2023Under construction [74]
Hot Wheels Looping CoasterHyper GT-X Looping CoasterMattel Adventure Park Flag of the United States.svg United States2023Under construction [75]

Current models

Past models

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