Vekoma

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Vekoma Rides Manufacturing
Type Subsidiary
Founded1926
FounderHendrik op het Veld
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide
Products Amusement rides
Parent Sansei Technologies
Website Official website

Vekoma Rides Manufacturing is a Dutch amusement ride manufacturer. [1] Vekoma is an abbreviation of Veld Koning Machinefabriek (Veld Koning Machine Factory) [2] and was established in 1926 by Hendrik op het Veld. They originally manufactured farm equipment and later made steel constructions for the coal mining industry in the 1950s, After the closure of Dutch mines in 1965, they manufactured steel pipes for the petrochemical industry. Since the 1970s, they have manufactured amusement rides. In 2018, Vekoma was acquired by Sansei Technologies, the parent company of American ride manufacturer S&S Sansei.

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Roller coasters

As of May 2018, there are over 349 roller coasters around the world from Vekoma, some of which are either under construction or have been removed. [3]

Models

ModelFirst producedDescription
Bermuda Blitz2017A sit down multi-inversion roller coaster with new generation trains and restraints. An off the shelf layout is available replicating Lech Coaster, whilst custom layouts are also available. Only one installation of this model exists, It is in Legendia in Poland. [4]
Big Air2010Formerly known as a hammerhead stall due to the spinning function it previously possessed. There is only one installation of this roller coaster, It is in E-DA Theme park in Taiwan. [5]
Boomerang 1984 Shuttle roller coaster with three inversions, height of 117 feet, and speed of 47 mph.
Corkscrew with Bayerncurve (discontinued)1979Vekoma corkscrew designed by Arrow Dynamics and manufactured by Vekoma.
Dive Pretzel Coaster [6] [7] 2014 [8] A roller coaster with a 90 degree climb and several pretzel loop elements.
Double Loop-Corkscrew1981A modified version of the MK-1200, it consisted of four inversions (two vertical loopings and two corkscres and a standard track.
Flying Dutchman 2000First large-scale flying roller coaster built. There are two of these coasters.
Giant Inverted Boomerang 2001Like Invertigo but with vertical lift hills and slightly different layout.
Hurricane 1989Has a vertical loop and a double corkscrew. There were only ever 2 installations. [9]
Invertigo 1996An inverted model of the Boomerang.
Motorbike roller coaster 2004Vekoma-launched roller coaster with trains like motorbikes.
LSM Launch Coaster 1999Roller coaster with three inversions. Launched around 55 mph using LSM technology.
Space Warp Launch Coaster 2016A sit down LSM launch coaster built with new-generation track and trains in a layout with multiple inversions. Only one installation of this model exists. [10]
Splash Party2013An inverted slower-paced roller coaster that is designed with several water gun and water bomb placements. Only one installation of this model exists. [11]
Stingray2009A compact flying roller coaster designed as the successor to the Flying Dutchman. Only one example has been installed. [12]
Suspended Family Coaster 2001Similar to the SLC but no inversions and more appropriate for families.
Suspended Looping Coaster (discontinued)1994Inverted coaster with several different models.
Loop-Corkscrew1986A modified version of the MK-1200, it consisted of two inversions (a vertical looping and a corkscrew) and a standard track. [13] Three installations exist in the world and are all still operating.
Mine train Coaster 1992A roller coaster with a Western, mountain or mine themed style. 785m and MK-900 M models.
Junior Coaster 1990Roller coaster aimed at children. 207 m and 335 m models.
Shockwave Coaster2019A sit down LSM launch coaster built with new-generation track and trains with multiple inversions and features sometimes tunnels. 1095m and 1320m models.
Top Gun Launch Coaster2020A sit down LSM launch coaster built with new-generation track and trains but with a different layout and multiple inversions.
Suspended Thrill Coaster2020A suspended coaster based on the suspended family coaster but with inversions, the replacement for SLC. Debuted with Hals Über Kopf at Erlebnispark Tripsdrill.
Wooden roller coaster 2000Classic wooden coaster produced by Vekoma. There are two examples: the Thundercoaster at TusenFryd, and Weerwolf at Walibi Belgium. The removed one was at Walibi Holland and was called Robin Hood.

Other Vekoma coaster models include Wild Mouse, Hyper Space Warp, Firestorm, Swinging Turns, Enigma, Illusion, Family Boomerang, Tilt Coaster, Energy Storm and Powered Coasters.

In 2013, Vekoma signed a deal with Idaho-based Rocky Mountain Construction. The agreement allows Vekoma to sell Rocky Mountain Construction's roller coasters outside the North American market. [14]

Vekoma is also the constructor of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT in Walt Disney World, designing innovative new cars that can turn and spin as it proceeds on the track. This will be one of the longest and most ambitious indoor coasters ever constructed.

Other attractions

Ferris wheels

In 2008, Vekoma Rides Manufacturing acquired the Wheels of Excellence range of Ferris wheels from Ronald Bussink, to be handled by a new Vekoma division, Dutch Wheels BV. [15] The Dutch Wheels product range includes the R40, R50, and R60 models, each available in three different types. [16]

Notable installations

Ferris wheel nameLocationOpenedStatus
Giant WheelSix Flags Darien Lake, US
1983
Operating [17]
Giant Wheel Morey's Piers, Wildwood, New Jersey, US
1985
Operating [18]
Navy Pier Ferris Wheel Pier Park, Navy Pier, Chicago, US
1995
Closed [19] [20] [21]
Delhi Eye (R50) Kalindi Kunj Park, Okhla, Delhi, India
2014
[22] [23]
Hong Kong Observation Wheel Central, Hong Kong
2014
Operating [24]
Grande roue de Montréal Montreal, Canada
2017
Operating [25]

Madhouse

A madhouse is a flat ride that gives the impression that the rider is upside-down, when in reality the room they are in rotates around them.

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Flying roller coaster

A flying roller coaster is a type of roller coaster meant to simulate the sensations of flight by harnessing riders in a prone position during the duration of the ride. The roller coaster cars are suspended below the track, with riders secured such that their backs are parallel to the track.

Custom Coasters International

Custom Coasters International (CCI) was one of the premier wooden roller coaster manufacturers in the world and produced 34 wooden coasters in eleven years — more than any other company in recent times.

Lift hill

A lift hill, or chain hill, is an upward-sloping section of track on a roller coaster on which the roller coaster train is mechanically lifted to an elevated point or peak in the track. Upon reaching the peak, the train is then propelled from the peak by gravity and is usually allowed to coast throughout the rest of the roller coaster ride's circuit on its own momentum, including most or all of the remaining uphill sections. The initial upward-sloping section of a roller coaster track is usually a lift hill, as the train typically begins a ride with little speed, though some coasters have raised stations that permit an initial drop without a lift hill. Although uncommon, some tracks also contain multiple lift hills.

S&S – Sansei Technologies

S&S – Sansei Technologies, formerly S&S Worldwide, is an American company known for its pneumatically powered amusement rides and roller coaster designing.

Boomerang (roller coaster) Steel roller coaster

Boomerang is a model of roller coaster manufactured and designed by Vekoma, a Dutch manufacturer. The roller coaster model name is from the hunting implement based on the traditions of the Indigenous Australians. As of December 2020 there are 55 Boomerangs operating.

Giant Inverted Boomerang Steel roller coaster

A Giant Inverted Boomerang is a type of steel shuttle roller coaster manufactured by the Dutch firm Vekoma. The ride is a larger, inverted version of Vekoma's popular Boomerang sit down roller coasters. As of January 2021, five installations of the model are operating, with another one under construction.

Suspended Looping Coaster Type of roller coaster

The Suspended Looping Coaster is a model of steel inverted roller coaster built by Vekoma. There are at least 39 different installations across the world. The minimum rider height requirement is 130 centimetres. Vekoma is now marketing a Suspended Thrill Coaster to replace the Suspended Looping Coaster. The Odyssey is the largest, fastest and tallest SLC ever built at Fantasy Island in the UK. Many people argue that this is the best however it can sometimes be rough

Chance Rides

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.

Suspended Family Coaster

A Suspended Family Coaster is a steel inverted roller coaster built by Vekoma designed for families with no inversions. Just like all inverted roller coasters the train runs under the track with the seats directly attached to the wheel carriage. This latter attribute is what sets it apart from the older suspended swinging coaster, which runs under the track, but "swings" via a pivoting bar attached to the wheel carriage.

Fabbri Group is an Italian amusement rides manufacturer based in Calto. They are known for producing a number staple attractions for both amusement parks and funfairs, such as the Booster and the Kamikaze Explorer.

Motorbike roller coaster

A motorbike roller coaster is a type of steel roller coaster designed with motorcycle type cars. Booster Bike at Toverland was the world's first motorbike roller coaster. Vekoma was the first company to design such a ride, although Intamin and Zamperla have since created similar designs.

Maurer AG German amusement ride manufacturer

Maurer AG, formerly known as Maurer Söhne GmbH & Co. KG, is a steel construction company and roller coaster manufacturer. Founded in 1876 in Munich, Germany, the company has built many styles of steel buildings, ranging from bridges, industrial buildings, and even art structures. While known for building a variety of wild mouse coasters, its subsidiary Maurer Rides GmbH has branched out into spinning, looping, and launching coasters. The company also produces a free-fall tower ride. On December 15, 2014, the company changed its name to Maurer AG.

Reverchon Industries was a developer, designer and manufacturer of amusement park attractions that were sold all over the world. The company went into liquidation in September 2008, filing for bankruptcy and closing down their manufacturing and operations plant.

Invertigo (roller coaster) Steel roller coaster

Invertigo is the name of an inverted shuttle roller coaster model developed and manufactured by Dutch company Vekoma. Four roller coasters based on this model were built, with the first installation opening in 1997 as HangOver at Liseberg amusement park located in Sweden. Three of the four are still in operation. Invertigo is designed as an inverted variation of their traditional Boomerang model, which first appeared in 1984. Invertigo's seat configuration is also a departure from its predecessor, in that riders sit back-to-back, resulting in all rows facing one another with the exception of the first and last.

Ronald Bussink

Ronald A. Bussink has been a leading designer of giant Ferris wheels and similar structures for over 25 years. Bussink entered the amusement industry market in 1985 and designed, manufactured, and delivered more than 60 giant Ferris wheels between 1990 and 2005.

Technical Park is an Italian amusement ride manufacturer based in Melara, Rovigo, Veneto, northern Italy.

Kumbak is a Dutch amusement ride manufacturing company. In addition to manufacturing its own rides, the company primarily specialises in changing existing rides and attractions, originally made by other manufacturers.

Rocky Mountain Construction

Rocky Mountain Construction, often abbreviated as RMC, is a manufacturing and construction company based in Hayden, Idaho, United States. The company is best known for its I-Box track and Topper Track for wooden roller coasters.

Sansei Technologies, Inc. is a manufacturing firm based in Osaka, Japan. The company specialises in the manufacturing of amusement rides, stage equipment, and elevators.

Martin & Vleminckx

Martin & Vleminckx is a roller coaster manufacturing and construction company headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with an affiliated office and manufacturing facility in Haines City, Florida, United States, and two subsidiaries, including a warehouse, in China.

References

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  16. Dutch Wheels - our product range
  17. Ride experts call 11-year-old Pleasantville girl's fatal fall from Wildwood's Morey's Pier Ferris wheel a freak occurrence
  18. Navy Pier's new attractions deemed 'critical' to luring variety of patrons.
  19. Historic Navy Pier Attractions - Pier Park
  20. 10 millionth rider goes for spin on Navy Pier ferris wheel
  21. Delhi Eye thrown open to the public
  22. Giant wheel a monumental treat
  23. Partners - The Hong Kong Observation Wheel
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