Funtime (manufacturer)

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Funtime
TypePrivate
IndustryManufacturing
Founded1998 (1998)
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide
Products Amusement rides
Website www.funtime.com.au

Funtime is an amusement ride manufacturer based in Dölsach, Austria. [1] [2] The company manufactures rides such as the Sling Shot, Star Flyer, and Vomatron.

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History

In 1998, Funtime was established in the suburb of Bundall on the Gold Coast, Australia. [1] Shortly after, the company opened a small amusement park in Surfers Paradise, a nearby Gold Coast suburb. At the time, the amusement park was known as Adrenalin Park and featured the company's Sling Shot and Vomatron rides. [3] [4] [5]

In 2010, Funtime threatened legal action against Dutch amusement ride manufacturer, Mondial, after that company unveiled the WindSeeker which bears similarities to Funtime's patented Star Flyer ride. [1] [6] Mondial responded to the threat by stating that "there is no merit to Funtime's claim". [7] The matter did not progress.

Products

A Star Flyer VolksfestStarFlyer.jpg
A Star Flyer

Ride installations


Ride nameParkLocationModelOpenedStatusDetails
Merlin and the Magic Circle Freizeit-Land Geiselwind Flag of Germany.svg GermanySling Shot2021Operating
Adirondack Outlaw Great Escape Flag of the United States.svg United StatesVomatron2021Operating
Allgäuflieger Skyline Park Flag of Germany.svg GermanyStar Flyer2020OperatingOne of The Tallest Swing Rides in the world. 465–493 feet (142–150 m)
AtmosFear Playland Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg CanadaStar Flyer2011Operating
Black Mamba Wiener Prater Flag of Austria.svg AustriaChaos Pendle2011Operating
Bollywood Skyflyer Bollywood Parks Dubai Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg United Arab EmiratesStar Flyer2021OperatingTallest swing ride in the world at 460 feet in height, was manufactured and intended for the cancelled Six Flags Dubai. [15]
Catwoman Whip Six Flags St. Louis Flag of the United States.svg United StatesVomatron2022Under construction
Catapult Lagoon Flag of the United States.svg United StatesSling Shot2002Operating
Die Glocke Hansa-Park Flag of Germany.svg GermanyThe Bell2006ClosedClosed after the 2019 season, replaced by Awilda's World
Donjon de l’Extrême Nigloland Flag of France.svg FranceSkyfall2016Operating
Drop Line Dollywood Flag of the United States.svg United StatesSkyfall2017Closed Pending Investigation200 feet (61 m) tall. [16] Ride temporarily closed pending the investigation of the Orlando FreeFall accident. [17]
Eclipse Gröna Lund Flag of Sweden.svg SwedenStar Flyer2013Operating [18]
FlyOver Fantasilandia Flag of Chile.svg ChileStar Flyer2018Operating
Highlander Hansa-Park Flag of Germany.svg GermanySkyfall2019OperatingThe World's Tallest Free standing Drop Tower; 395-feet (120 meters) tall.
Himmelskibet Tivoli Gardens Flag of Denmark.svg DenmarkStar Flyer2006Operating
Lighthouse Tower Holiday Park Flag of Germany.svg GermanyStar Flyer2006Operating
Mega Mindy Flyer Plopsa Coo Flag of Belgium (civil).svg BelgiumStar Flyer2010Operating
New England SkyScreamer Six Flags New England Flag of the United States.svg United StatesStar Flyer2014OperatingEighth Starflyer at a Six Flags park; 403-feet tall. [19]
North Star Valleyfair Flag of the United States.svg United StatesStar Flyer2017Operating230 feet (70.1 m) tall. [20] [21]
Orlando FreeFall ICON Park Flag of the United States.svg United StatesSkyfall2021Closed for investigation.The ride was closed after the fall related death of Tyre Sampson, aged 14, in March 2022. [22]
Orlando Slingshot ICON Park Flag of the United States.svg United StatesSling Shot2021Closed pending investigation.The ride was closed pending investigation into operation practices after the fall-related death of Tyre Sampson on the Orlando FreeFall. [23]
Orlando StarFlyer ICON Park Flag of the United States.svg United StatesStar Flyer2018OperatingOpened as the World's Tallest Swing ride at 450 feet tall.
Prater Turm Wiener Prater Flag of Austria.svg AustriaStar Flyer2010Operating385 feet (117 meters) tall
ROX-Flyer
Formerly SpringFlyer
Plopsaland Flag of Belgium (civil).svg BelgiumStar Flyer2006Operating
Sky Diver Walibi Holland Flag of the Netherlands.svg NetherlandsSky Diver1994Operating
Sky Diver Walibi Belgium Flag of Belgium (civil).svg BelgiumSky Diver20042006
Six Flags SkyScreamer Six Flags Darien Lake Flag of the United States.svg United StatesStar Flyer2019Operating
SkyScreamer Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Flag of the United States.svg United StatesStar Flyer2011Operating
SkyScreamer Six Flags Fiesta Texas Flag of the United States.svg United StatesStar Flyer2012Operating [24]
SkyScreamer Six Flags Great Adventure Flag of the United States.svg United StatesStar Flyer2012Operating [24]
SkyScreamer Six Flags Over Georgia Flag of the United States.svg United StatesStar Flyer2013Operating [25]
SkyScreamer Six Flags St. Louis Flag of the United States.svg United StatesStar Flyer2011Operating
Sky ShotSkylinepark Flag of Germany.svg GermanySling Shot2000Operating90 meters tall
Sling Shot Funtime Flag of Australia (converted).svg AustraliaSling ShotUnknownOperating [3]
Sling Shot Magical Midway Flag of the United States.svg United StatesSling ShotUnknownOperating
Sling Shot Kentucky Kingdom Flag of the United States.svg United StatesSling Shot2002Operating
Sling Shot Elitch Gardens Flag of the United States.svg United StatesSling Shot2006Operating
Sling Shot Six Flags Magic Mountain Flag of the United States.svg United StatesSling Shot20122019Last operated in 2019 and never reopened due to high maintenance costs. Removed in September 2022.
Sling Shot Six Flags Great Adventure Flag of the United States.svg United StatesSling Shot2011Operating
Sling Shot Six Flags St. Louis Flag of the United States.svg United StatesSling Shot20022008
Sling Shot Six Flags Mexico Flag of Mexico.svg MexicoSling Shot2013Operating60 meters tall. [26]
Sling Shot Carowinds Flag of the United States.svg United StatesSling Shot2015Operating
Sling Shot Cedar Point Flag of the United States.svg United StatesSling Shot2015Operating
Sling Shot Kings Island Flag of the United States.svg United StatesSling Shot20022022
Sling Shot Canada's Wonderland Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg CanadaSling Shot2015Operating
Sling Shot Al-Shallal Theme Park Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Saudi ArabiaSling ShotUnknownOperating
Sling Shot Old Town Flag of the United States.svg United StatesSling ShotNovember 2001Operating
Snake Gröna Lund Flag of Sweden.svg SwedenChaos Pendle2019Operating
Spring Shot Morey's Piers Flag of the United States.svg United StatesSling ShotUnknownOperating
Star FlyerDivo Ostrov Flag of Russia.svg RussiaStar FlyerUnknownOperating
Star Flyer Elitch Gardens Flag of the United States.svg United StatesStar Flyer2017Operating17 stories tall. [27] [20]
Star FlyerGreenland Kyushu Flag of Japan.svg JapanStar FlyerUnknownOperating
Star FlyerHellenic Park Flag of Greece.svg GreeceStar FlyerUnknownOperating
Star Flyer Luna Park Tel Aviv Flag of Israel.svg IsraelStar Flyer2016Operating
Star Flyer Magical Midway Flag of the United States.svg United StatesStar Flyer2006Operating
Star FlyerManchester Town centre Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United KingdomStar FlyerUnknownOperating
Star Flyer Nagashima Spa Land Flag of Japan.svg JapanStar Flyer2012OperatingHeight of around 63.4 metres (208 ft)
Star Flyer Oktoberfest Flag of Germany.svg GermanyStar FlyerUnknownUnknown
Star Flyer Pacific National Exhibition Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg CanadaStar FlyerUnknownUnknown
Tornado Terra Mítica Flag of Spain.svg SpainStar Flyer2015Operating
Star FlyerParque de Atracciones de Madrid Flag of Spain.svg SpainStar Flyer2010Operating80 meters
Star Flyer Steel Pier Flag of the United States.svg United StatesStar FlyerN/ANever Materialized [28]
Star Flyer Tykkimäki Flag of Finland.svg FinlandStar Flyer2009Operating
Stupet Kongeparken Flag of Norway.svg NorwaySkyfall2019Operating
Super Girl Sky Flight
Formerly SkyScreamer
Six Flags Mexico Flag of Mexico.svg MexicoStar Flyer2015Operating [19]
Tekkotsubanchou - Sky Tower Swinger Fuji-Q Highland Flag of Japan.svg JapanStar FlyerUnknownOperatingFirst Skyflyer in Japan. [29]
Texas Gunslinger Six Flags Fiesta Texas Flag of the United States.svg United StatesSling Shot2013Operating
Texas SkyScreamer Six Flags Over Texas Flag of the United States.svg United StatesStar Flyer2013Operating [18] [30]
Texas Star Flyer Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier Flag of the United States.svg United StatesStar Flyer2012Operating [31]
Torre del Mar Hansa-Park Flag of Germany.svg GermanyStar Flyer20052015
Tornado Wiener Prater Flag of Austria.svg AustriaTornado2007Operating
Vol Ultime La Ronde Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg CanadaStar Flyer2012Operating [32]
Vomatron Funtime Flag of Australia (converted).svg AustraliaVomatronUnknownOperating [4]
Vomatron Old Town Flag of the United States.svg United StatesVomatronUnknownOperating
Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth Six Flags America Flag of the United States.svg United StatesStar Flyer2017Operating242 feet (73.8 m) ft tall. [20]

Amusement park

Adrenalin Park in 2007 Adrenalin Park.jpg
Adrenalin Park in 2007

Funtime operates a small amusement park in the centre of Surfers Paradise, aptly named Funtime. [5] The park features installations of their Sling Shot and Vomatron rides. [3] [4] The park was previously known as Adrenalin Park and featured several other rides and attractions, including an Intamin Parachute Drop tower, a mini golf course and a bungee tower. [33] [34]

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