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    Gerstlauer

    Gerstlauer

    • Rides Manufactured: Project Dylan
    Gerstlauer Amusement Rides GmbH is a German manufacturer of stationary and transportable amusement rides and roller coasters, located in Münsterhausen, Germany. In the year 1982 Hubert Gerstlauer, a former employee of the Schwarzkopf GmbH, founded his own company which he named "Gerstlauer Elektro GmbH". With this company he delivered electric and pneumatic equipments for Schwarzkopf's facilities. After final bankruptcy of Schwarzkopf in 1992, Gerstlauer acquired part of their production halls and continued the manufacture of amusement rides and roller coasters. Regarding the increase of their products, the company had been renamed to "Gerstlauer Amusement Rides GmbH" in March 2007. Gerstlauer's first individual roller coaster "G'sengte Sau", a Bobsled roller coaster, was built in the "Erlebnispark Tripsdrill", an amusement park in Baden-Württemberg. Since 2003 Gerstlauer became popular with their "Euro-Fighter" coaster, which is present in different styles all over Europe and the United States. A specialty of all "Euro-Fighter" coasters is a drop with a "beyond vertical" angle of more than 90 degrees. Another mentionable model is their spinning roller coaster in which riders are
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    Intamin AG

    Intamin AG

    • Rides Manufactured: Stealth
    Intamin Worldwide is a designing and manufacturing company in Wollerau, Switzerland. It is best known for creating thrill rides and roller coasters worldwide. The U.S. division of the company is located in Glen Burnie, Maryland, and is headed by Sandor Kernacs. The Intamin brand name is an abbreviation for: INTernational AMusement INstallations. The company distributes approximately 5-7 roller coasters from their workshops in Switzerland and Glen Burnie each year. Intamin is a major player in the amusement park attractions industry, supplying some 22 different styles of rides to a variety of parks. Their first roller coaster installation was The Jr. Gemini, a roller coaster at Cedar Point in 1979. Since then they have installed a total of 70 coasters in several countries around the globe. They designed and built the first "river rapids ride" known as "Thunder River" based on the idea supplied by Bill Crandall, a past General Manager at the now defunct AstroWorld. Intamin also marketed the first Freefall (developed by Giovanola) experience and the first Drop Tower. Intamin's product range is in two broad categories, Rides and Thrill Rides, and Transportation. Intamin is well known
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    Walt Disney Imagineering

    Walt Disney Imagineering

    • Rides Manufactured: Spaceship Earth
    Walt Disney Imagineering (also known as WDI or simply Imagineering) is the design and development arm of the Walt Disney Company, responsible for the creation and construction of Disney theme parks worldwide. Founded by Walt Disney in 1952 to oversee the production of Disneyland Park, it was originally known as WED Enterprises, from the initials Walter Elias Disney. The term Imagineering, a portmanteau, was popularized in the 1940s by Alcoa to describe its blending of imagination and engineering, and adopted by Walt Disney a decade later to describe the skill set embodied by the employees of WDI, known as Imagineers. Imagineering is responsible for designing and building Disney theme parks, resorts, cruise ships, and other entertainment venues at all levels of project development. Imagineers possess a broad range of skills and talents, and thus over 140 different job titles fall under the banner of Imagineering, including illustrators, architects, engineers, lighting designers, show writers, graphic designers, and many more. Most Imagineers work from the company’s headquarters in Glendale, California, but are often deployed to satellite branches within the theme parks for long
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    MACK Rides

    • Rides Manufactured: Flying Fish
    Mack Rides is a German company that designs and constructs roller coasters, water rides and other amusement rides. The family that owns the company also owns Europa Park. The creation of the Mack company goes back to 1780, by Paul Mack, when he started building carriages. The Mack company started to design roller coasters in 1920. Mack is one of the oldest roller roller coaster suppliers. Mack builds several kinds of rides such as Dark Rides, Water coasters, Tow boat rides and Log Flumes. They are commonly known for their Wild Mouse roller coasters. They have built modern versions of Wild Mouse roller coasters and are the prominent supplier of Wild Mouse rolled coasters.
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    Anton Schwarzkopf

    • Rides Manufactured: Jet Star
    Anton Schwarzkopf (8 July 1924 – 30 July 2001) was a German engineer of amusement rides, and founder of the Schwarzkopf Industries Company, which built numerous rides and large roller coasters for both amusement parks and travelling funfairs. Anton Schwarzkopf was introduced into the industry with his father's involvement with the design of specialized trailers used to transport circus equipment. The company eventually transitioned into creating amusement rides. In 1960, Schwarzkopf took over his father's company leading to the creation of his first actual roller coaster, The Wildcat, in 1964. Schwarzkopf also designed the first launched roller coaster in the world by means of weight-drop technology, the Shuttle Loop. The first installation was King Kobra at Kings Dominion in Virginia. This coaster was later moved to Alton Towers, where it became well known as Thunder Looper. After its third move, it now resides at Hopi Hari in Brazil as Katapul. Schwarzkopf Industries grew rapidly with the vast support of various customers praising the company's creations. Outside of Germany, the company was represented by the Intamin firm; and as a result, many older rides credited to Intamin
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    Arrow Dynamics

    Arrow Dynamics

    • Rides Manufactured: Magnum XL-200
    Arrow Dynamics was a roller coaster and amusement ride design company based in Clearfield, Utah, United States. In 2002, the company went bankrupt but was quickly bought by fellow amusement ride manufacturer S&S Power to form S&S Arrow. During its peak, Arrow Dynamics was responsible for some of the biggest and most influential advancements in the roller coaster industry. From the first tubular steel tracked coaster, Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland, to the first mine train roller coaster, Run-A-Way Mine Train at Six Flags Over Texas, to the first modern inverting coaster, Corkscrew at Knott's Berry Farm, to the world's first hypercoaster, Magnum XL-200 at Cedar Point, to the world's first multi-dimensional roller coaster, X² at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Arrow Dynamics had a monumental and lasting impact on the roller coaster industry. Roller coaster company Vekoma still uses Arrow-designed trains on some of their roller coasters. Arrow Development Company Inc was founded in 1946 when World War II veterans, Ed Morgan, Karl Bacon, Bill Hardiman, and Angus "Andy" Anderson, formed a small machine shop at 243 Moffett Boulevard, just north of Downtown Mountain View, California. They
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    Bolliger & Mabillard

    Bolliger & Mabillard

    • Rides Manufactured: Flight Deck
    Bolliger & Mabillard Consulting Engineers (more commonly known as B&M) is a roller coaster design consultancy based in Monthey, Switzerland. The company was founded in 1988 by Walter Bolliger and Claude Mabillard, with Bolliger as president and Mabillard as vice-president. Since 1988, B&M has built 85 roller coasters around the world and have pioneered several new ride technologies, most notably the inverted roller coaster. Since 1990, all coasters designed by B&M that have been built within North America have been manufactured by Clermont Steel Fabricators which is located in Batavia, Ohio, United States. B&M started with four employees and has since grown; as of 2010 it employs 28 people, mostly engineers and draftsmen. Walter Bolliger and Claude Mabillard starting working for Giovanola, a manufacturing company who supplied rides to Intamin, in the 1970s. During their time at Giovanola, they helped design the company's first stand-up roller coaster, Shockwave at Six Flags Magic Mountain. They also worked on other projects, such as Z-Force at Six Flags Great America. Bolliger & Mabillard left Giovanola, but the company continued to use their track design, so the company's roller
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    Bradley and Kaye

    • Rides Manufactured: Timberline Twister
    Bradley and Kaye are roller coaster manufacturers. The company was co-founded by David Bradley. Although they made several junior roller coasters, they are best known for their carousels.
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    Chance-Morgan

    • Rides Manufactured: Steel Dragon 2000
    Chance Morgan Coasters, Inc. is a roller coaster and amusement ride manufacturer. It was formed on June 14, 2001 when Michael Chance, grandson of Chance Rides founder Richard H. Chance, acquired the assets of roller coaster builder D. H. Morgan Manufacturing of La Selva Beach, California. At the time, Chance Rides was going through bankruptcy reorganization and neither Chance Industries nor Chance Rides had any equity in the company. Michael Chance was the main investor along with a few silent partners. The company operated separately for a few years under the Chance Morgan name and handled the sales for Chance Rides Manufacturing. In 2011, Chance Morgan reintroduced the Chance Rides brand name in its marketing efforts, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of Chance Manufacturing Co., Inc. in 1961 by Harold Chance. Notable examples include:
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    Custom Coasters International

    Custom Coasters International

    • Rides Manufactured: Lost Coaster of Superstition Mountain
    Custom Coasters International (CCI) was one of the premier wooden roller coaster manufacturers in the world and produced more wooden coasters in recent times than any other company . Founded by Denise Dinn Larrick (daughter of coaster designer Charles Dinn, founder of Dinn Corporation) and Randy Larrick in 1991, Custom Coasters International went on to design 34 wooden coasters, some of which still remain very highly rated. CCI coasters are known for their speed and aggressive intensity. CCI filed for bankruptcy in 2002 while still building the New Mexico Rattler at Cliff's Amusement Park. Cliff's was left with a half completed coaster and had to complete the ride themselves. Owner Denise Larrick has since moved on to create a wooden coaster division at S&S Power, while the four remaining designers for CCI (Larry Bill, Chad Miller, Korey Kiepert, and Michael Graham) founded The Gravity Group in 2002. Other coaster designers Dennis McNulty and Mike Boodley left CCI prior to the company going bankrupt, and Boodley would eventually start Great Coasters International. While Custom Coasters International was in business, they designed and build 34 wooden roller coasters. As of 2012,
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    Dinn Corporation

    • Rides Manufactured: Timber Wolf
    Dinn Corporation was a roller coaster designing and manufacturing company established in West Chester, Ohio in 1983 by Charles Dinn. The company is noted for moving and rebuilding several existing wooden coasters and building ten new wooden roller coasters in the United States. Charles Dinn served as Kings Island's Director of Construction, Maintenance and Engineering, where he designed and built The Beast with a team including Al Collins, Jim Nickell, William Reed and Curtis D. Summers. In November 1984, Dinn left Kings Island and opened his own corporation in West Chester, Ohio. The corporation relocated three older wooden roller coasters from parks that had been closed to new parks One of the firm's first projects was rebuilding the San Antonio Playland Park Rocket as the Phoenix at Knoebels Amusement Resort. In 1985 Dinn contacted Curtis D. Summers, Inc., an engineering firm in Loveland, Ohio to provide the design for the restoration of the helix of Paragon Park's Giant Coaster which his company was moving to Wild World in Largo, Maryland. That was the start of relationship that lasted until 1991. In 1987 the two started building new coasters, with Wolverine Wildcat and Raging
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    Dynamic Structures

    Dynamic Structures

    • Rides Manufactured: Test Track
    Dynamic Structures is a Canadian company with a history in steel fabrication dating back to 1926. They create amusement rides, theme park rides, observatory telescopes and other complex steel structures. Dynamic Structures has been involved in the design and construction of most of the world's largest observatories. These include: Currently the company is busy with the design of what will be the largest telescope in the world, called the Thirty Meter Telescope Their partnership with Robocoaster and SNOX have led to the development of several rides which incorporate robotic and other industrial automation technologies. These include several installations of the Robocoaster G1 rides in parks such as Legoland. Other rides that the company has been responsible for include: Other structures that Dynamic Structures have constructed include:
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    Fabbri Group

    • Rides Manufactured: Detonator
    The Fabbri Group (AKA Fabbri) is an Italian amusement rides manufacturer, based in Bergantino, a northern village of Italy. Fabbri was founded in 1950, just after World War II, by Romolo Fabbri. He found a way to convert war surplus material into 'a new productive means that could give new joy and hope for the future'. Manufacturing also began in 1950 with Fabbri's first ride, the Avio (Aeroplane Ride) specifically designed for traveling shows in Italy. In the 1970s Romolo's son, Licinio Fabbri, took over direction of the company, and expanded sales beyond Italy into the rest of the European continent. Fabbri expanded its sales once again in the 1980s to include the world market. As demand for rides increased, Fabbri decided that instead of concentrating on one main facility, several affiliate companies would be formed, all located in nearby towns, each specialising in its own type of ride. In 1998 the multiple factories were brought together under the name the Fabbri Group. Fabbri Group offers a large range of rides from children's rides, to launch coasters. The Fabbri Group entered the coaster market in 1998 with the introduction of a Wacky-Worm type ride. The Fabbri Group is
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    Giovanola

    • Rides Manufactured: Eurostar
    Giovanola Freres SA was one of the prominent thrill ride manufacturers in the world. It was well known for thrill rides and also built electrical power stations, water storage tanks, pipelines, highway bridges, and many other steel products. The company started out as a small metal forging shop, founded by Joseph Giovanola in 1888. It served as a subcontractor to Intamin supplying rides and roller coasters. In 1998 Giovanola started marketing directly under the name Giovanola Amusement Rides Worldwide. The company was based in Monthey, Switzerland. During its last years in business, Giovanola fashioned steel behind the scenes for companies such as Intamin and Bolliger & Mabillard. The company also built its own thrill rides and roller coasters from 1998 to 2001. Examples of Giovanola roller coasters are Goliath at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Titan at Six Flags Over Texas and Anaconda at South Africa's Gold Reef City. Giovanola was filed for bankruptcy in 2001 after their last coaster. The company went completely bankrupt in 2004, and merged into Bolliger & Mabillard and Intamin.
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    Great Coasters International

    • Rides Manufactured: Prowler
    Great Coasters International, Inc. (GCI or GCII) is a Sunbury, Pennsylvania-based roller coaster manufacturer which has created several award-winning rides since its formation in 1994. Starting in 2006 with Thunderbird in Finland, the company expanded beyond the United States and began building coasters in Europe and Asia. Güenter-Engelhardt GmbH handles the company's marketing rights in Europe. In addition to designing and building new roller coasters, GCI also refurbishes and re-tracks existing roller coasters, regardless of manufacturer. GCI designed roller coasters are known for their often curved drops, twisted layouts, and perception of high speed. Exciting elements such as the station fly-by and station fly-through have been incorporated in many of their layouts. Many GCI designed roller coasters also contain an on-ride camera midway through or towards the end of the ride. GCII was founded in 1994 by Mike Boodley and Clair Hain, Jr. Boodley was a coaster designer previously with Custom Coasters International and Haun had gained a reputation throughout the industry as a master coaster builder. In 1996, the firm opened Wildcat at Hershey Park which contained many of the
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    Harry Traver

    • Rides Manufactured: Crystal Beach Cyclone
    Harry Guy Traver (25 November 1877 – 27 September 1961) was an American engineer and early roller coaster designer. Traver was born in Gardner, Illinois. In 1919, he founded the Traver Engineering Company in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, which created amusement rides, including the Tumble Bug, The Caterpillar, Laff in the dark, Auto Ride, and the Circle Swing, a ride similar in concept to the earlier Captive Flying Machines ride popularised in the UK by American-born inventor Sir Hiram Maxim. He died at New Rochelle, New York in 1961. Traver's "Giant Cyclone Safety Coasters" were what made him the most famous (or notorious) of all coaster designers. His most famous coasters were the "terrible trio", all built in 1927. They were: All three shared the same twisted layout. The Prior and Church Century Flyer trains (the Great Coasters International Millennium Flyers are patterned after this rolling stock) left the station, turned 180 degrees, and ascended the lift hill. Coming off the lift, the trains dove down to the right, climbing to a sharp jog to the left. A drop and hill followed, and then a severely pitched double helix. Coming out of the helix, the train entered a figure 8 banked
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    Hensel Phelps Construction

    Hensel Phelps Construction

    • Rides Manufactured: Twister II
    Hensel Phelps Construction Co. (HPCC) is one of the largest general contractors and construction managers in the United States, ranked consistently among ENR's (Engineering News-Record) top 20 Contractors. Founded in 1937 a small, local builder in Greeley, Colorado, Hensel Phelps Construction Co. has grown into a multi-billion dollar employee owned, national contractor with an eclectic and unparalleled portfolio of successfully completed projects. Hensel Phelps Construction Co. was founded in Greeley, Colorado, in 1937 by Hensel Phelps. Operations were limited to home building and remodeling until 1948, when competitive contract work was undertaken on a limited scale. In January 1955, a partnership was formed between Hensel and his son, Joseph F. Phelps, and continued through 1957, when Hensel retired. Joseph Phelps incorporated the firm on June 3, 1957, and continued as president and general manager until 1975. Robert G. Tointon joined the firm in 1963 as a project engineer when the firm was just beginning to emerge as an important regional, general construction firm. Tointon advanced to executive vice president and general manager of the company's largest operating unit, the
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    Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation

    • Rides Manufactured: Blazing Fury
    Herschend Family Entertainment (abbreviated HFE) is a privately owned themed-entertainment company that operates several theme parks and tourist attractions within the United States. Founded by Jack and Pete Herschend of Branson, Missouri, in its early years HFE was simply known as Herschend Enterprises. In the 1980s the name was changed to Silver Dollar City Inc., and in 2003 the company gained the current name. HFE is currently headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The company's mission is to "Create Memories Worth Repeating." Company CEO Joel Manby was featured in the March 28, 2010, episode of the CBS reality series Undercover Boss. HFE traces roots back to Hugo and Mary Herschend from Chicago, Illinois along with sons Jack and Pete. The family vacationed in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains region and fell in love with the nature the area offered. In 1951 Hugo obtained a 99 year lease on a Branson, Missouri area attraction called Marvel Cave. Hugo suffered a heart attack and later died in 1955, however Mary along with her two sons continued to improve the cave attraction by installing electric lighting and building cement walkways. A cable train was installed in 1958 to ferry guests out
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    Hopkins Rides Inc

    • Rides Manufactured: The Dragon
    Hopkins Rides is an amusement ride manufacturer based in Haines City, Florida. The company has had experience in amusement rides for over 45 years. In 1962 O.D. Hopkins incorporated Hopkins Engineering and started installing ski lifts for J.A. Roebling & Sons of Trenton, New Jersey. In 1965 Hopkins purchased the ski lift division and all the related assets from Roebling & Sons. Soon afterwards a competitor, Universal Design Ltd., discontinued manufacturing Sky Rides, and their customers turned to Hopkins Engineering for parts. Hopkins' first customer in the amusement business was Charles Wood of Storytown USA. In 1971, the name of the company was changed to O.D. Hopkins Associates Inc. In 1979, Hopkins was approached by Paul Roads, owner of Wonderland Park (Texas), to build a reasonably-priced log flume for his park. The success of that project started Hopkins in the water ride manufacturing business. In October 2001, O.D. Hopkins and Associates Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection. The aerial ropeway/sky ride division was spun off to SkyTrans Manufacturing on January 1, 2002. The company reorganized and emerged as Hopkins Rides, LLC in May 2002, and was for a brief time in
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    Hurler

    Hurler

    Hurler is the name of two wooden roller coasters at Cedar Fair's Carowinds and Kings Dominion parks. Both coasters opened in the same year, 1994. Built by International Coasters Inc., the coasters both have exactly the same design, with exactly the same statistics. Both Hurler roller coasters opened in 1994. The coasters originally borrowed their theme from the 1992 Paramount motion picture Wayne's World, whose main characters frequently used the word "hurl." While Paramount sold both parks in 2006, the new owners, Cedar Fair, have retained the name as fitting for a roller coaster but removed references to Wayne's World. The Kings Dominion roller coaster was briefly closed at the start of the 2006 season to be re-tracked. It was closed again leading up to the 2010 season for installation of a trim brake immediately after the first hill. It was open in time for daily operation. Riders are hoisted up a 83-foot (25 m) lift hill and make a wide turn before reaching the initial drop. During the drop, an on-ride camera automatically takes photographs of passengers. The ride continues with a wide, heavily banked, flat turn, then a series of hills and drops which jerk and shake passengers,
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    John Miller

    John Miller

    • Rides Manufactured: Jack Rabbit
    John A. Miller (born August John Mueller in 1872, Homewood, Illinois - died June 24, 1941, Houston, Texas) was a roller coaster designer and builder. He held over 100 patents, many of which were for roller coaster safety devices (e.g. the safety chain dog), that remain key components of present-day roller coasters. He designed over 60 coasters in his lifetime. For a time in his early career, he worked for La Marcus Adna Thompson and then as a consultant to the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. He also worked with noted designers Frederick Ingersoll and Fred and Josiah Pearce. Miller in 1910 designed a device that prevented cars from rolling backward down the lift hill in the event of pull chain breakage. It attached to the track and clicked onto the rungs of the chain. Known as the safety chain dog, or safety ratchet, it evolved into the device on the underside of cars that makes that distinctive clinkety-clank sound of wooden coasters. Miller's most important contribution to coaster technology, though, was the underfriction wheel. In 1919, he patented the "Miller Under Friction Wheel," also called the "upstop wheel," which consisted of a wheel that ran under the track to keep the
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    KECO Entertainment

    • Rides Manufactured: Grizzly
    Kings Entertainment Company (KECO) owned and/or operated six theme parks around the world. The company was originally owned by Taft Broadcasting and in 1984 was purchased for $167.5 million by senior executives and general managers of Taft's Amusement Park Group. In 1992, the company was sold to Paramount Communications (formerly Gulf+Western, and later acquired by Viacom), then the parent of Paramount Pictures, which changed the name of the parks by adding "Paramount's" in front of their names. The park in Australia was not purchased by Paramount and was sold to a local company. The company was renamed Paramount Parks in 1994, around the time of the Viacom purchase, and remained in existence until 2006. As part of the 2005 Viacom split, ownership of Paramount Parks was transferred to the CBS Corporation. CBS, in turn, sold the parks to the Sandusky, Ohio-based amusement park management company Cedar Fair Entertainment Company on June 30, 2006 (CBS decided that the parks would not fit a new corporate strategy that they were implementing). As of January 2007, Cedar Fair has begun dropping the Paramount name from the individual parks and restoring their original KECO names with new
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    Kings Island

    Kings Island

    • Rides Manufactured: Beast
    Kings Island is a 364-acre (147 ha) amusement park located 24 miles (39 km) northeast of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. It is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. The park was opened in 1972 by the Taft Broadcasting Company and after more than $275 million in capital investments, the park features over 80 rides, shows and attractions including 13 roller coasters and a 33-acre (13 ha) water park. Kings Island has won Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award for having the "Best Kids' Area" in the world for twelve consecutive years (2001–2012). Kings Island operates from late April through Labor Day. The park reopens several weeks later for Halloween-themed events held every weekend until the end of October. Kings Island is currently tied with Cedar Point for the most visited seasonal amusement park in the U.S. with an estimated 3.14 million visitors in 2011. Both parks are second overall for attendance in North America behind Canada's Wonderland. Kings Island was conceived as early as 1964 when Coney Island, a popular park on the banks of the Ohio River, 10 miles (16 km) east of downtown Cincinnati, suffered from a major flood that submerged the area in over 14 feet
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    KMG

    • Rides Manufactured: Vortex
    KMG is a Dutch company manufacturing amusement rides. KMG has constructed over 150 rides to date. The following, among others, are KMG rides:
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    Knoebels

    • Rides Manufactured: Flying Turns
    Knoebels Amusement Resort is a family-owned and -operated amusement park, picnic grove, and campground in Elysburg, Pennsylvania. Opened in 1926, the park has more than 57 rides, free admission, two wooden roller coasters, a 1913 carousel, and a haunted house dark ride that was featured on the Discovery Channel. The park and its rides have won awards from organizations such as Amusement Today, American Coaster Enthusiasts, and The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. Knoebels has won the Amusement Today Golden Ticket Award for best amusement park food for the past 14 consecutive years. The amusement park is owned and operated by the Knoebel (pronounced kuh-NO-bel) family, who also operate a lumber yard next to the park. The park's name has traditionally been spelled Knoebels without the apostrophe, and appears that way on all official park advertising and correspondence. The park straddles two counties: Northumberland and Columbia. Knoebels is located in a small wooded valley in Central Pennsylvania. The valley, originally known as "Peggy's Farm," with its creek-fed swimming hole, was a popular picnic destination in the early 20th century, attracting Sunday
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    KUKA

    KUKA

    • Rides Manufactured: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
    KUKA is a leading German producer of industrial robots for a variety of industries - from automotive and fabricated metals to food and plastics. The KUKA Robotics Corporation has over 20 subsidiaries worldwide, including: the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, India and almost all European countries. The company name, KUKA, is an acronym for Keller und Knappich Augsburg, and at the same time is the registered trademark found on the industrial robots and other products they produce. The company was founded in 1898 and in 1995 was split into KUKA Robotics Corporation and KUKA Schweißanlagen GmbH (now KUKA Systems GmbH). The company headquarters are located in Augsburg, Germany. The company belongs to the publicly traded KUKA AG (earlier IWKA Group). In 1973 KUKA created the world's first industrial robot with six electromechanically driven axes, known as FAMULUS. Today the company’s 4 and 6 axis robots range from 3 kg to 1300 kg payloads, and 350 mm to 3700 mm reach, SCARAs, palletizers, gantry and articulated robots, all controlled from a common PC based controller platform. By 2006, the KUKA Robotics Corporation and its subsidiaries have installed
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    Kumbak

    • Rides Manufactured: Flying Dutchman
    Kumbak is a Dutch amusement ride manufacturing company. In addition to manufacturing its own rides, the company primarily specialises in the upgrade of existing rides and attractions, originally made by other manufacturers. Kumbak (originally Kumbak Coasters) was formed on 14 November 2001 just months after the bankruptcy of Vekoma, a roller coaster manufacturer. The company was founded by nine former employees of Vekoma. The company expanded to a total of 16 employees less than a month later. Kumbak's first project was to design a passenger evacuation platform for Morey's Piers' Great Nor' Easter Suspended Looping Coaster. Since then the company has performed a complete upgrade on several rides originally made by different manufacturers, as well as designing their own water coaster and dark rides.
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    LaMarcus Adna Thompson

    LaMarcus Adna Thompson

    • Rides Manufactured: Switchback railway
    LaMarcus Adna Thompson (March 8, 1848 – May 8, 1919) was an American inventor and businessman most famous for developing many highly enjoyable gravity rides. Thompson was born in Jersey, Licking County, Ohio on March 8, 1848. In his adolescence he became a skilled carpenter. In 1873 he began operating a grocery store in Elkhart, Indiana. There he began designing a device to manufacture seamless hosiery. He made a fortune in that business, but failing health forced him to quit it. Thompson is best known for his early work developing roller coasters, and is sometimes called the "Father of the Gravity Ride". He did not invent the roller coaster; that credit goes to John G. Taylor who patented it under the name "Inclined Railway". However, over his lifetime, Thompson accumulated nearly thirty patents related to roller coaster technologies. An example is the patent granted 22 Dec. 1885 for the Gravity Switch-back Railway. Thompson's Gravity Pleasure Switchback Railway opened at Coney Island in 1884. A (6 mph) ride cost 5 cents. Eventually he built many more, both in the U.S. and in Europe. In 1887, along with designer James A. Griffiths, he opened the Scenic Railway on the Boardwalk in
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    Mack Trucks

    Mack Trucks

    • Rides Manufactured: Avalanche
    Mack Trucks, Inc. is an American truck-manufacturing company and a former manufacturer of buses and trolley buses. Founded in 1900 as the Mack Brothers Company, it manufactured its first truck in 1907 and adopted its present name in 1922. Mack Trucks is a subsidiary of AB Volvo which purchased Mack along with Renault Trucks in 2000. After being founded in Brooklyn, New York, the company's headquarters were in Allentown, Pennsylvania from 1905 to 2009, when they moved to Greensboro, North Carolina. The entire line of Mack products is still produced in Macungie, Pennsylvania, with additional assembly plants in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Australia, and Venezuela. Currently, the company's manufacturing facilities are located at the Macungie Assembly Operations plant in Lower Macungie Township, Pennsylvania. Mack Trucks is a top producer in the vocational, on-road-vehicle market, Class 8 through Class 13. It is also the most popular manufacturer of heavy-duty off-road trucks in America. The company's bulldog trademark, can be found on the front of almost all Mack trucks. A Mack truck with a gold-plated bulldog indicates that the entire truck is made of Mack components. Trucks with another
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    Maurer Söhne

    • Rides Manufactured: Salama
    Maurer Söhne is a steel construction company and roller coaster manufacturer. Founded in Munich, Germany in 1876, the company has built many styles of steel buildings, ranging from bridges, industrial buildings, and even art structures. While known for building various wild mouse coasters, Maurer Söhne has been branching out into spinning, looping, and launching coasters recently. The company also produces a free-fall tower ride. Maurer Söhne began manufacturing roller coasters just prior to 1996. Their first ride was a custom looping roller coaster called Venus GP that opened at Space World in 1996. Since then they have produced almost 50 roller coasters including spinning, launched, racing and wild mouse roller coasters. One of the first types of roller coaster that Maurer Söhne manufactured was a wild mouse. The design, known as Wilde Maus Classic, was first installed as Kopermijn at Drievliet Family Park in 1996. At the end of 2010, the Wilde Maus Classic design has been replicated at 13 locations around the world. In 2000, the S-Coaster was introduced by Maurer Söhne. The S-Coaster is Maurer Söhne's spinning roller coaster design. It is the most popular design (in terms of
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    Meisho

    • Rides Manufactured: Thunderbolt
    Meisho (名所, lit. "famous places") are sites in Japan which are famous for their associations with specific poetic or literary references. Used in conjunction with utamakura, meisho add layers of allusion to poetry and literary and dramatic works which would not otherwise be present. Many of the most famous meisho derive from references in the Genji Monogatari, Heike Monogatari, and Ise Monogatari. In addition to being referenced in poetry and literature, meisho very often make appearances in Noh, kabuki, and jōruri theatre, and in ukiyo-e and other visual art forms. One example is that of the miyakodori, or "birds of the capital", originally referenced in the Ise monogatari. As most meisho derive from Heian era source, this is among the very few which related to the Edo/Tokyo area. The protagonist of the monogatari, having been exiled from Kyoto, finds his way to the Sumidagawa in what is today Tokyo; at a particular point in the river, he spots a particular type of plovers which he has not seen before. Asking the boatman what kind of bird they are, he receives the reply that they are miyakodori, "capital birds," which makes him long for the capital and weep, asking the birds what
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    Mondial

    • Rides Manufactured: Samurai
    Mondial is a Dutch company specialising in the manufacture of amusement rides. The company was founded in 1987 and has installations throughout the world. The company specializes in carnival rides and their most famous rides are: Jet Force, Heartbreaker, Diablo, Capriolo, Top Scan, Revolution, Splash Over, Ultra Max, Shake, Giant Wheel, Supernova, Inferno, Roll Over, Tornado, Swinger and Wind Seeker. In recent times, the company has begun to concentrate on producing smaller rides that are more practical to transport. This includes rides like Diablo, which is effectively a smaller version of their existing Inferno ride.
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    MWH Global

    MWH Global is a global Wet Infrastructure firm, providing technical engineering, construction services and consulting solutions to protect, enhance, store and distribute water. The firm has provided planning, design and construction management services for a wide range of water resources projects around the world. Work also includes thousands of water quality evaluations and studies. The firm is headquartered in Broomfield, a suburb of the Denver metropolitan area in the State of Colorado of the United States with operations in 34 countries. As of December 2009, MWH Global had a global staff of more than 7,000 employees, including builders, engineers, architects, geologists, operators, project managers, business consultants, scientists, technologists, and regulatory experts. MWH is listed as #364 of America's Largest Private Companies by Forbes (2008). MWH Global is the unification of three major engineering firms: James M. Montgomery Consulting Engineers (JMM), Watson Hawksley, Ltd., and Harza Engineering Company. JMM was founded in Pasadena in 1945 by James M. Montgomery following his work on the design (1936) and commencement (1941) of the 100-million gallon per day F. E.
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    National Research Associates, Inc

    • Rides Manufactured: Disneyland Flying Saucers
    In 1958 Melville W. Beardsley founded National Research Associates company. NRA developed and tested over 30 air cushion vehicles, with the Air Gem Air cushion vehicle produced as their first product. NRA also sold Disney's Flying Saucers attraction under license. The Company went out of business in 1963. National Research Associates, Inc was a United States of America aircraft manufacturer... NRA Developed Air Cushion Vehicles for the Army and Marines. In 1959 The Marine Corps signed a $40,000 contract for a 14x3 ft demonstration vehicle. NRA's development facilities were located in College Park, Maryland and Laurel, Maryland. After moving on from NRA, Beardsley spent several years contesting who had the rights to the patent of the Hovercraft concept with Christopher Cockerell.
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    Oceaneering International Services

    Oceaneering International, Inc. is a subsea engineering and applied technology company based in Houston, Texas, U.S.A. that provides engineered services and hardware to customers who operate in marine, space, and other environments. It was founded in 1964. Oceaneering's business offerings include remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services, specialty oilfield subsea hardware, deepwater intervention and manned diving services, non-destructive testing and inspections, and engineering and project management. Its services and products are marketed worldwide to oil and gas companies, government agencies, and firms in the aerospace, marine engineering and construction industries. It helped recover the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley, which sank in 1864.
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    Pacific Data Images

    Pacific Data Images

    Pacific Data Images (PDI) is a computer animation production company that was bought by DreamWorks SKG. The company is now known as PDI/DreamWorks and is half of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., the public company formed by merging PDI and the feature animation division of DreamWorks. PDI was founded in 1980 by Carl Rosendahl with a loan of $25,000 from his father. He was joined in 1981 by Richard Chuang and in 1982 by Glenn Entis. Richard and Glenn wrote the foundation of the in-house computer animation software that was to be used for the next two decades. They started work on 3D software at the end of 1981, and 3D production started in the fall of 1982. The initial goal of the company was "Entertainment using 3D computer animation". By the time PDI reached its 25th anniversary in 2005, it had completed over 1000 projects and grown to over 400 employees. The first computer at PDI was a DEC PDP 11/44 with 128 kilobytes of memory. This was a lot of memory given that the computer had only 64 kilobytes (16-bits) of address space. It had a 20 megabyte disk. Attached to this was a $65,000 framebuffer which had a resolution of 512×512 and was 32 bits deep. The first 3D image rendered at
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    Philadelphia Toboggan Company

    • Rides Manufactured: Blue Streak
    Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters is one of the oldest existing roller coaster manufacturing companies in the world. Based in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, it was established in 1904 by Henry B. Auchy and Chester Albright, making various amusement devices, including carousels, wooden roller coasters, and their trains. "Auchey" is a not-uncommon misspelling of Auchy's name; the correct spelling is documented in literature and photos from the company. The company's carousels were preferred among discriminating clients, for their elaborate carvings and elegant decorations. Among their lead carvers were Daniel Carl Muller, Leo Zoller, John Zalar and, most importantly, Frank Caretta. Fine examples of the company's carousels (manufactured from 1904–1934) exist throughout the United States. A few of the rides the Philadelphia Toboggan Company built include the Rollo Coaster at Idlewild Park in 1938, and the Carousel for the same amusement park in 1931. The company also manufactured Skee Ball machines for many years. In 1926, PTC was granted a trademark on a new name, Philtobco, created in an apparent attempt to add pizzaz to a long, though honorable, name. The company built coasters from 1904 to
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    Pinfari

    Pinfari

    • Rides Manufactured: Klondike Gold Mine
    Pinfari is an Italian brand of portable roller coasters found at travelling fairs. The Pinfari company was founded by Daniel Pinfari in Mantua. The brand has been especially known for compact models with small footprints, such as the popular ZL42. Pinfari was liquidated on 15 July 2004, due to the early 2000s recession and the weakness of the United States dollar. In 2007, its brand and intellectual property was acquired by Interpark Amusements Srl, based in Modena.
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    Pleasure Beach Blackpool

    • Rides Manufactured: Wild Mouse
    Blackpool Pleasure Beach is a family owned amusement park and resort situated along the Fylde coast in Blackpool, England. It is the most visited amusement park in the United Kingdom, and one of the top twenty most-visited amusement parks in the world with an estimate of 5.5 million visitors in 2007. The park is owned by the Thompson family. In 2003 the park opened the Big Blue Hotel, a four star hotel, making the park part of an official resort. It also includes a miniature golf course just outside the grounds of the main park. The Pleasure Beach recently opened a rethemed children's area in the park called Nickelodeon Land in 2011. Pleasure Beach was founded in 1896 by Alderman William George Bean after he failed in his attempt to become an advertising man on New York's Madison Avenue. He returned to the UK in 1897 and opened two separate amusement parks; one adjacent to Euston Road in Great Yarmouth and another in Blackpool, opposite the tram terminus. The Great Yarmouth amusement park consisted simply of a switchback railway and bicycle railway called the Hotchkiss's Patented Railroad. Bean stayed in Great Yarmouth until the end of the century before moving to Blackpool
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    Premier Rides

    Premier Rides

    • Rides Manufactured: Vonkaputous
    Premier Rides is an amusement ride manufacturer based in the United States. The company was the first to use Linear Induction Motors (LIMs) on their roller coasters. Jim Seay has been the sole owner and company president since 1996. Premier Rides has manufactured a total of 23 rides with another two under construction. Additionally, three rides have been relocated to other amusement parks. Premier Rides was also the broker involved with the High Roller steel roller coaster at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas. However, the ride was manufactured by S&MC.
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    Reverchon Industries

    • Rides Manufactured: Exterminator
    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. Its production unit was set set in the French village of Samois-sur-Seine, near Fontainebleau.
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    S&S Power

    S&S Power

    • Rides Manufactured: RING°RACER
    S&S Worldwide is a company known for its pneumatically powered amusement rides and roller coaster designing. S&S Worldwide was founded by Stan Checketts as S&S Sports, Inc. S&S Sports manufactures bungee jumping and trampoline equipment. S&S Sports was sold in 1996. In 1994, S&S began manufacturing air-powered amusement rides which is now the main stay of the company. S&S Worldwide is based in Logan, Utah. In 2002, S&S Power purchased the bankrupt Arrow Dynamics, renaming it S&S Arrow. In 2006, S&S Power opened Celebration Centre, a Family Entertainment Center featuring a number of S&S rides and prototypes. The facility was later sold and is currently no longer operating.
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    Sally Corporation

    • Rides Manufactured: Men In Black: Alien Attack
    Sally Corporation is a dark ride and animatronic manufacturing company based in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. The company serves amusement parks, attractions, museums and retail clients worldwide. It offers complete design/build services from concept to installation, including scripting, audio and music production, props and sets, lighting and special effects, electronics, and project management. Sally Corporation was founded in 1977 by John Wood, John Fox and John Rob Holland. The company began by manufacturing animatronics. Holland left the company in 1988. John Fox left the company shortly after. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Sally Corporation went on to develop interactive dark rides. John Wood remains in the company to this day as the Chairman and CEO.
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    Sanoyas Hishino Meisho

    • Rides Manufactured: Moonsault Scramble
    Sanoyas Hishino Meisho Corporation is a Japanese company that consists of four principal business groups and twelve affiliated companies. The business groups are: the Ship and Steel Structure Group, the Parking System & Engineering Group, the Construction Machines Group, and the Leisure Business Group. The company's Ship and Steel Structure Group, builds and repairs ships, salvages sunken ships, leases and rents ships and shipboard machinery as well as providing actual marine transportation services. In support of these and other activities, the company also participates in the iron and steel processing sector. The company's other three groups — the Parking System & Engineering Group, the Construction Machines Group, and the Leisure Business Group — have widely varied activities. Activities in these fields include manufacture, installation, sales, leasing and renting, repair and maintenance. Additional services in the civil engineering sector include design, supervision and contracting. The planning, design and installation of electrical signs and illumination systems is one of the company's specialties. The company also has some pure management revenue streams: amusement park
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    Six Flags

    Six Flags

    • Rides Manufactured: Viper
    Six Flags Entertainment Corp. is the world's largest amusement park corporation based on quantity of properties, and the fifth most popular in terms of attendance. The company maintains 14 properties throughout North America consisting of theme parks, thrill parks, water parks, and family entertainment centers. In 2009, Six Flags properties hosted 23.9 million guests. The company was founded in Texas and took its name from its first property, Six Flags Over Texas. The company maintains a corporate office in Midtown Manhattan, New York City and its headquarters are in Grand Prairie, Texas. On June 13, 2009, the corporation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and successfully exited the restructuring on May 3, 2010. The name refers to the flags of the six different nations that have governed Texas: Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the United States of America, and the Confederate States of America. The original park was (and still is) split into separate regions, such as the Spain and Mexico section which featured Spanish-themed rides, attractions, and buildings. The Six Flags chain originated in 1959 with the creation of The Great Southwest Corporation by Angus
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    Six Flags México

    Six Flags México

    Six Flags México is an amusement park owned by Six Flags Inc. and the only Six Flags park operating in Latin America. It is located in the Tlalpan forest and borough, on the southern edge of Mexico City, Mexico. Six Flags México has become one of the most important theme parks in Mexico and the largest in Latin America. It was previously known as Reino Aventura and was a Mexican-owned and run theme park, during which time the orca whale Keiko (featured in the movie Free Willy) was its principal attraction. Reino Aventura (Spanish for "Adventure Kingdom") opened its gates in 1982, and is ever since the largest theme park in Latin America. The park's mascot was a purple cartoon dragon named Cornelio. Since its opening, no new attractions were added, thus attendance dropped. In 1992 the park was closed for an extensive remodeling as well as adding new rides, opening once again on July 3, 1993, with the new moniker El Nuevo Reino Aventura (The New Adventure Kingdom) featuring new rides such as Río Salvaje (Wild River, a raft ride), Viaje Inesperado (Unexpected Trip, a motion simulator) and Roller Skater (a Vekoma Kiddie Coaster). In that same year, the feature film Free Willy was shot
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    Taft Broadcasting

    Taft Broadcasting

    The Taft Broadcasting Company, also known as Taft Television and Radio Company, Incorporated, was an American media conglomerate based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company is rooted in the family of William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States. William Howard's half-brother, Charles Phelps Taft, purchased the Cincinnati Times-Star newspaper in 1879; its later publishers included Charles' son Hulbert Taft Sr., and grandson Hulbert Taft Jr. The company is notable for having been the owner of such major media and entertainment properties as Hanna-Barbera Productions, DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, Worldvision Enterprises, Ruby-Spears Productions, KECO Entertainment and many television and radio stations. It also owned 50% of CIC Video's Australian operations, CIC-Taft Home Video. In a bit of an ironic twist, the company's last headquarters building in the Mount Auburn neighborhood, today houses studios for Cincinnati's NBC affiliate, WLWT. The Taft family's involvement in broadcasting began in 1939 as Radio Cincinnati, Inc., when the Cincinnati Times-Star purchased WKRC radio from founding owner Kodel Radio Company. In 1949, Taft's first TV station, WKRC-TV in Cincinnati
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    The Allan Herschell Company

    The Allan Herschell Company

    • Rides Manufactured: Little Leaper
    The Allan Herschell Company was a company that specialized in the creation of amusement rides, particularly carousels and roller coasters. The company manufactured portable machines which could be used by traveling carnival operators. It was started in 1915 in the town of North Tonawanda, just outside Buffalo, New York. Herschell, together with James Armitage, created the Herschell Armitage Company in 1873. In 1883, his son William traveled to London, England to meet former Limonaire Frères employee Eugene de Kleist. Backed by Herschell Armitage, in 1888 DeKliest set up band organ production in North Tonawanda, founding the North Tonawanda Barrel Organ Factory. The company produced a range of barrell-organ based products, suited for all ranges of fairground attraction. Herschell Armitage remained in operation until the early 1900s. The company carved many portable carousels, made simple in style. Surviving steam riding galleries are located in Mississippi and Maine. In 1901, Herschell left the Herschell Armitage Company due to financial complications, thus allowing De Kliest to buy the pair out, and seek new investment from his association with Ruldoph Wurlitzer. Herschell created
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    The Gravity Group

    • Rides Manufactured: Hades
    The Gravity Group, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is an American based roller coaster design firm. The firm was founded in July 2002 out of the engineering team of the famed but now defunct Custom Coasters International. The design and engineering team has more expertise and experience than any other wooden roller coaster manufacturer. The core group of designers and engineers at The Gravity Group have backgrounds in civil, structural and mechanical engineering. Their experience comes from work on over 40 different wooden roller coasters around the world. The first coaster designed under the name of "The Gravity Group" is called Hades and opened at Mount Olympus Theme Park in 2005. The Gravity also designed the currently #1 ranked The Voyage at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana, which opened in May 2006. These first two accomplishments of the team have been received with great success by both the industry and coaster enthusiasts alike. The Gravity Group designed the Ravine Flyer II at Waldameer in Erie Pennsylvania, which was opened at the start of the 2008 season. In 2009 the Fireball was opened at Happy Valley in China, becoming China's first wooden roller coaster. Their next
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    Thomson-CSF

    Thomson-CSF was a major electronics and defence contractor. In December 2000 it was renamed Thales Group. In 1879 Elihu Thomson and Edwin Houston formed the Thomson-Houston Electric Company in the United States. On 15 April 1892 Thomson-Houston and the Edison General Electric Company merged to form General Electric (GE). Also in 1892 the company formed a French subsidiary, Thomson Houston International. In 1893 Compagnie Française Thomson-Houston (CFTH) was set up as a partner to GE. It is from this company that the modern Thomson companies would evolve. In 1966 CFTH merged with Hotchkiss-Brandt to form Thomson-Houston-Hotchkiss-Brandt (soon renamed Thomson-Brandt). In 1968 the electronics business of Thomson-Brandt merged with Compagnie Générale de Télégraphie Sans Fil (CSF) to form Thomson-CSF. Thomson Brandt maintained a significant shareholding in this company (approximately 40%). In 1982 both Thomson-Brandt and Thomson-CSF were nationalized by François Mitterrand. Thomson-Brandt was renamed Thomson SA (Société Anonyme) and merged with Thomson-CSF. From 1983 to 1987 a major reorganisation of Thomson-CSF was undertaken, with divestitures to refocus the group on its core
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    Todd Pacific Shipyards

    Todd Pacific Shipyards

    • Rides Manufactured: Sailing Ship Columbia
    Todd Shipyards was founded in 1916 as the William H. Todd Corporation through the merger of Robins Dry Dock & Repair Company of Erie Basin, Brooklyn, New York, the Tietjen & Long Dry Dock Company of Hoboken, New Jersey, and the Seattle Construction and Dry Dock Company. The Seattle shipyard could trace its history back to 1882, when Robert Moran opened a marine repair shop at Yesler's Wharf. This shop became the Moran Brothers Shipyard in 1906 and the Seattle Construction & Dry Dock Company at the end of 1911. Todd has performed building and maintenance work for, among others, the U.S. and Royal Australian Navies, the United States Coast Guard, and the Washington State Ferries. Its headquarters and operations are on Harbor Island at the mouth of Seattle's Duwamish Waterway. The 105-foot (32 m)-long hull of Disneyland's Mark Twain riverboat was built at Todd Shipyards in San Pedro, California in 1955. In February 2011, Vigor Industrial purchased Todd for $130 million. This included the Seattle, Everett and Bremerton operations.
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    TOGO

    TOGO

    • Rides Manufactured: King Cobra
    TOGO was a Japanese roller coaster design company, famous for inventing the stand-up roller coaster. TOGO went bankrupt in the early 2000s due to a lawsuit by Knott's Berry Farm for problems with their Windjammer roller coaster. TOGO is also credited with creating the first working pipeline roller coaster, the Ultra Twister. TOGO has had quite the reputation among enthusiasts for rough, even painful rides. However, that was not the case in its native Japan, where the coasters were almost smooth. TOGO created several unique coasters, including its combination of a looping sit-down coaster and a hypercoaster with its Manhattan Express (Coaster) coaster in Las Vegas (now known as "Roller Coaster"). The looping wild mouse by TOGO was a style of ride with a drop into a vertical loop, followed by the hairpin turns and drops of a wild mouse coaster. The former Windjammer coaster at Knott's berry Farm was a variation of the looping wild mouse; it didn't feature any hairpin turns. TOGO is also renowned for inventing the Twist-and-Dive roll, an inversion maneuver that started off in a half-heartline roll, but the ground in a half-loop, hence the name. A version of this maneuver included a
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    Universal Creative

    • Rides Manufactured: Backdraft
    Universal Creative is the research and development group responsible for designing rides and attractions for Universal Studios Theme Parks. It is Universal's equivalent of Walt Disney Imagineering. From 1968 until 1997, Universal Creative was known as MCA Planning and Development. In 1997, when Universal parent MCA was sold to Seagram and dropping the MCA name, the company was renamed Universal Creative.
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    Vekoma

    Vekoma

    • Rides Manufactured: The Mind Eraser
    Vekoma Rides Manufacturing is a global roller coaster and thrill ride designer based in the Netherlands. The company was founded in 1926 by Hendrik op het Veld under the name "Veld Koning Machinefabriek" (Veld Koning machine factory) and had first manufactured agricultural machinery and mining equipment. In 1967, Vekoma started manufacturing amusement rides such as Ferris wheels and has, since the mid-1970s, specialized in manufacturing rides ranging from massive steel roller coasters to water rides to family-friendly attractions. One of Vekoma`s newest inventions is the Madhouse attraction. Villa Volta at the Efteling theme park is the first park to have it. Some other coaster models by Vekoma include Enigma, Hurricane, Illusion, LSM Coaster, and powered coasters. As of 2012, Vekoma has built over 270 roller coasters around the world. Like most coaster manufacturers of recent years, many of Vekoma's coasters have been incorporated into the popular video game series Roller Coaster Tycoon. Coasters of Vekoma's featured in the game include the SLC, SFC, Looping coasters, wooden coasters and the mine train coasters, amongst many more. Many of the rides in the game have options for
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    Von Roll

    • Rides Manufactured: The Sky-Way Six Flags St. Louis
    Von Roll Seilbahnen AG was a Swiss aerial tramway and industrial manufacturing company. The cableway part of the company was taken over by Austrian manufacturer Doppelmayr in 1996. 1 Flims, GR, CH Flims-Foppa 16.12.1945 SB 2 2 Gstaad, BE, CH Gstaad-Werdenvorsaas 02.02.1946 SB 2 3 Gstaad, BE, CH Werdenvorsaas-Wasserngrat 06.04.1946 SB 2 4 Beatenberg, BE, CH Beatenberg-Vorsaas 14.08.1946 SB 2 5 Beatenberg, BE, CH Vorsaas-Niederhorn 15.09.1946 SB 2 6 Grindelwald, BE, CH Grindelwald-Oberhaus 28.12.1946 SB 2 7 Grindelwald, BE, CH Oberhaus-Bort 28.12.1946 SB 2 8 Flims, GR, CH Foppa-Naraus 08.02.1947 SB 2 9 Grindelwald, BE, CH Bort-Egg 08.02.1947 SB 2 10 Grindelwald, BE, CH Egg-First 08.02.1947 SB 2 11 Zermatt, VS, CH Zermatt-Sunnegga 24.12.1947 SB 2 12 Braunwald, GL, CH Braunwald-Kleiner Gumen 01.01.1948 SB 2 13 Kandersteg, BE, CH Kandersteg-Oeschinen 07.02.1948 SB 2 14 Lenk, BE, CH Lenk-Stoss 23.12.1948 SB 2 15 Snezka, Riesengebirge, Tschechien, ehem. CSFR Schneekoppe 1. Sektion 1948 SB 2 16 Snezka, Riesengebirge, Tschechien, ehem. CSFR Schneekoppe 2. Sektion 1949 SB 2 17 Thun, BE, CH KABA 1949 1949 SB 2 Ausstellung 18 Wildhaus, SG, CH Wildhaus-Oberdorf 23.12.1949 SB 2 19 Jasná, Nied.
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    Warner Bros. Movie World

    Warner Bros. Movie World

    • Rides Manufactured: Looney Tunes River Ride
    Warner Bros. Movie World (more commonly referred to as Movie World) is a popular movie related theme park on the Gold Coast in Australia. It is owned and operated by Village Roadshow since the take over from Time Warner and is the only movie related park in Australia. It opened on 3 June 1991. The park contains various movie-themed rides and attractions ranging from motion simulators to roller coasters and slow river rides. In addition, costumed character performers also patrol the park, allowing visitors the chance to take photos with them. These include Batman, Austin Powers, Marilyn Monroe, Scooby Doo, The Mystery Inc. Gang and various Looney Tunes characters. Minor street shows including skits and singing performances are also present. The All-Star Parade showcases costumed characters alongside vehicles and movie-themed floats. There are a number of active film studios within the Movie World complex. House of Wax, the first Scooby Doo film, the 2003 Peter Pan film, Ghost Ship, The Condemned and Fortress are amongst the many films and television series produced at Warner Roadshow Studios, adjoining Warner Bros. Movie World. On 3 June 2011, Warner Bros. Movie World celebrated 20
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    Zamperla

    Zamperla

    • Rides Manufactured: Volare
    Zamperla is a designing and manufacturing company in Vicenza, Italy. It is best known for creating thrill rides and roller coasters worldwide. The company also makes smaller coin operated rides commonly found inside shopping malls. Antonio Zamperla SPA was founded in 1966, while the American branch was founded in 1976. Unlike companies such as Intamin, Vekoma, or Bolliger & Mabillard that concentrate on larger and faster roller coasters, Zamperla focuses on more family-friendly roller coasters that can be easily mass-produced, taken down, and transported to different locations. They are also a major manufacturer of flat rides with such names as: Balloon Race, Bumper cars, Disk'O, Ferris wheel, Water Flume Ride, Galleon/Swinging Ship, Sky Drop, Discovery, Windshear, Tornado, Energy Storm, Z-Force, Mixer, Rotoshake, Turbo Force, Power Surge, and Mini Jet. Zamperla also builds roller coasters, like the powered Dragon Coaster, Mini Mouse, Zig Zag, and Volare. In 2006, Zamperla announced Motocoaster, a motorcycle-themed roller coaster.
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    Zierer

    Zierer

    • Rides Manufactured: Vauhtimato
    Zierer is a German company located close to Deggendorf. Zierer manufactures Tivoli and Force line of roller coasters, as well as panoramic wheels, wave swingers, flying carpets, Hextentanz and Kontiki rides. The company also has partnered with Schwarzkopf to build Lisebergbanan at Liseberg and Knightmare at Camelot Theme Park.
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