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Worldwide is a designing and manufacturing company in Wollerau, Switzerland. It is best known for creating thrill rides and roller coasters worldwide. The Intamin
brand name is an abbreviation for international amusement installations. The company has offices throughout the world including three in Europe, three in Asia and two in the United States. Intamin
is a major player in the amusement park attractions industry, supplying some 22 different styles of rides to a variety of parks. The company has installed a total of 70 coasters in several countries around the globe. Intamin
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.


1 Products and technologies

1.1 Amusement rides

1.1.1 Roller coasters 1.1.2 Ferris wheels

1.2 Transportation

2 Safety incidents 3 Notable Intamin
rides 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Products and technologies[edit] Intamin's product range is in two broad categories, Rides and Thrill Rides, and Transportation. Amusement rides[edit]

Roaring Rapids river ride at Six Flags Over Texas
Six Flags Over Texas

Roller coasters[edit]

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was amongst the first to create a magnetic propulsion system (linear induction/synchronous motor) and remains one of only a handful of manufacturers continuing to use such technology on roller coasters. Intamin
also created the first hydraulic launch system (also known as the Accelerator), which is now being used to catapult roller coaster trains from standstill to speeds upward of 240 kilometres per hour (150 mph) in a few seconds before climbing up immense heights. Kingda Ka
Kingda Ka
at Six Flags Great Adventure, for instance, is North America's tallest and fastest coaster, launching riders from 0–128 mph (206 km/h) in 3.5 seconds. Intamin
is also known for its massive Mega and Giga Coasters, Intamin's terms for a hypercoaster. Intamin
Giga and Mega Coasters currently occupy three of the top five Golden Ticket Awards
Golden Ticket Awards
with perennial favorites Millennium Force, Superman the Ride
Superman the Ride
and Expedition GeForce.[2] Intamin
uses computerized and industrialized engineering and manufacturing methods for its wooden coasters, rather than traditional on site fabrication.[3] Coasters such as Colossos at Heide Park, Balder at Liseberg
and El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure
Six Flags Great Adventure
utilized this manufacturing technique. Unlike other traditional wood coasters, these rides use prefabricated track sections made of a high-strength wooden laminate that can be secured on-site when the superstructure is completed. This design enables the coaster to reach speeds and navigate course elements smoothly, like a steel roller coaster, while retaining the look and some of the traditional feel of common wooden coasters.[3]

- the first ZacSpin
opened in 2007

Another recent roller coaster development by Intamin
is the ZacSpin, a type of 4th Dimension roller coaster
4th Dimension roller coaster
that was first seen in 2007. The Green Lantern
Green Lantern
at Six Flags Magic Mountain
Six Flags Magic Mountain
in Valencia, California, is the first ZacSpin
in the United States and opened July 1, 2011. It has individual cars, each with 8 seats, arranged in two pods coming off the sides of the car, each with 2 seats facing forward and two facing backward. This car is either lifted to the highest point by a conventional chain lift, or propelled around the course at a constant speed by a Linear Motor
Linear Motor

Maverick at Cedar Point

The company is known for being the original home to the famous (within the coaster world) Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M). The two engineers worked for Giovanola who in turn were frequently contracted by Intamin
for their early stand-up roller coasters (Giovanola eventually started producing roller coasters independently). B&M broke away from Giovanola to form their own company which now supplies roller coasters as well. Similarities between the two companies are often obvious, such as the style of track used by B&M, which was used in a number of early Giovanola installations which were contracted by Intamin. Ferris wheels[edit]

Giant Wheel, a double wheel at Hersheypark

Sky Whirl, a triple wheel at Six Flags Great America

California Screamin, a Custom Intamin
Looper at Disney California Adventure

brokered a number of rides that were manufactured by Waagner-Biro. These included a series of rides for Marriott Corporation, each comprising a vertical column supporting multiple horizontal arms, with each arm supporting a Ferris wheel. The first was Giant Wheel which operated at Hersheypark
in Hershey, Pennsylvania from 1973 until 2004. Similar Intamin
supplied Waagner-Biro
wheels included Zodiac (Kings Island, Mason, Ohio) and Scorpion (Parque de la Ciudad, Buenos Aires, Argentina). All are now defunct. Sky Whirl, the world's first triple Ferris wheel, which debuted at both Marriott's Great America parks (now Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois, and California's Great America, Santa Clara) in 1976, was also manufactured by Waagner-Biro
and brokered by Intamin. Also known as a triple Ferris wheel,[4] Triple Giant Wheel,[5] or Triple Tree Wheel, it was 33 metres (108 ft) in height.[6] The Santa Clara ride, renamed Triple Wheel in post-Marriott years, closed on 1 September 1997. The Gurnee ride closed in 2000.[7] The Orlando Eye, which opened in April 2015, was designed and built by Intamin.[8] Transportation[edit]

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Outside the amusement realm, Intamin
supplies monorail transportation systems which are used in both public transport networks and at tourist attractions across the world. Intamin
was responsible for the design and building of the Moscow
System. The Moscow
Monorail (Russian: Московская Монорельсовая Транспортная Система (ММТС)) is a 4.7 kilometres (2.9 mi) long monorail system located in the North-Eastern Administrative Okrug
North-Eastern Administrative Okrug
of Moscow, Russia
which runs from the Timiryazevskaya metro station to Sergeya Eisensteina street. The monorail line has 6 stations. Planning of the monorail in Moscow started in 1998. In 2016 was opened Ashgabat Monorail
in Turkmenistan.[9] Safety incidents[edit] See also: Amusement park
Amusement park
accidents Intamin
has been in the news for a number of safety-related incidents.

In 1984, three passengers riding The Edge at Six Flags Great America were injured and briefly hospitalized. The ride experienced a malfunction that caused it to fall backward down the wrong shaft.[10] On June 9, 1991, 32-year-old Candy Taylor of Toledo, Ohio, fell to her death from Flight Commander, an Intamin
Flight Trainer, located at Kings Island. Investigators determined that a design flaw in the seat divider could allow a rider to slide into an unoccupied seat and become free from the restraint. A coroner's report later revealed that the victim had a blood-alcohol level of 0.30 which may have also contributed. Speculation suggests the rider lost consciousness during the ride and slid out from the restraints.[11][12] On May 16, 1999, a 365 lb (166 kg) guest was unable to close his lap bar on the Ride of Steel
Ride of Steel
roller coaster at Six Flags Darien Lake. As a result, he was ejected, fell approximately 9 feet as the ride went over a camel hump hill, and suffered serious injuries. He sued the park and the ride manufacturer for negligence and was awarded US$3.95 million.[13] In August 1999, a 12-year-old mentally disabled boy fell from the Drop Tower: Scream Zone at California's Great America
California's Great America
and died. The victim's family claimed his harness was not locked properly. An investigation was inconclusive and no charges were filed.[14][15] In September 2001, a 40-year-old woman fell from the Perilous Plunge attraction at Knott's Berry Farm
Knott's Berry Farm
into the water, was hit by the boat, and died. An investigation showed that the 300 lb (140 kg) woman had loosened the safety restraints so she could fit more comfortably into the ride.[16] On April 16, 2004, a 16-year-old girl from Pontypool was killed after falling approximately 30 m (100 ft) from the top of the Hydro (now called Drenched) ride at Oakwood Leisure Park, Narberth, Pembrokeshire.[17] During a trial brought by the victim's family against Oakwood, a jury returned a narrative verdict stating that the victim died due to being improperly restrained.[18] The second incident of 2004 was on one of Intamin's mega coasters, Superman: Ride of Steel
Ride of Steel
at Six Flags New England
Six Flags New England
in Massachusetts. The ride, again with lap bar restraints, was dispatched with a cerebral palsy sufferer in the front seat, who died after being ejected from his seat. According to an investigation,[19] the ride operators were primarily to blame for not ensuring the rider was properly secured. Intamin
was also partially blamed because the ride's safety system allowed the train to be dispatched without all the restraints properly secured. The third incident of 2004 happened on July 14 and involved one of Intamin's launched stratacoasters. Four people were injured while riding on Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster. The riders were struck by metal debris that sheared off the coaster's launch cable during launch. They were treated at the park's first aid station. Two were further treated at Firelands Regional Medical Center.[20] In June 2007, a 13-year-old girl lost both feet at the ankles on Superman: Tower of Power at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
when a ride malfunction caused a cable to snap. She was brought to the hospital in critical condition[21] but survived and doctors were able to re-attach her right foot. The park was later fined $1,000 for not properly maintaining the ride. A settlement was later reached with Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom that will provide for her throughout her life.[22] On September 16, 2009, two guests were injured when a cable snapped on the Xcelerator
roller coaster at Knott's Berry Farm. The 12-year-old victim had lacerations on his leg, while the adult victim complained of back injuries.[23] On April 29, 2010, a ride train on Expedition GeForce
Expedition GeForce
partially derailed from the track, fully occupied with passengers. Riders were stranded 20m in the air, with eight of them complaining of nausea and bruising.[24] On July 8, 2011, a 29-year-old guest was killed when he was ejected from the Ride of Steel
Ride of Steel
roller coaster. The rider, an Iraq War veteran whose legs had been amputated, was on the front row of the roller coaster when he was thrown from the train during the course of the ride. Park officials stated that the ride was in proper mechanical order and that the various safety restraints were also working normally at the time of the incident, but that the attraction would remain closed pending an investigation.[25][26] On February 24, 2012, a 14-year-old girl died in an accident at Hopi Hari, Vinhedo, São Paulo State, Brazil. She fell from the La Tour Eiffel drop tower ride, suffered cranial trauma, and died on the way to hospital. Initial investigations suggested the possibility of mechanical failure in a restraint latch.[27] On July 24, 2012, the launch cable of the accelerator coaster Rita at Alton Towers, Staffordshire, UK, snapped during a morning test run. There were no passengers aboard at the time and no injuries occurred.[28] On July 19, 2013, a boat on the Shoot the Rapids
Shoot the Rapids
log flume at Cedar Point, rolled back down the ride's lift hill and flipped over, injuring seven, and was said to leave them stranded under water for a few minutes before park employees could get them out. Six were cleared by park medical staff, and one was examined at a local hospital before being released. The ride closed during the investigation. Cedar Point reopened the ride in May 2014.[29] On July 7, 2014, a teenager was killed after his harness sprung open on Inferno, a ZacSpin
coaster at Terra Mítica
Terra Mítica
in Benidorm, Spain.[30] On May 9, 2017, an 11-year-old girl Evha Jannath died from her injuries after she fell from the Splash Canyon ride and into the water at Drayton Manor Theme Park
Drayton Manor Theme Park
in England. The water ride has remained closed for the foreseeable future, following the HSE safety examination. [31]

Notable Intamin
rides[edit] See also: List of Intamin
rides See also: Category:Roller coasters manufactured by Intamin

Year Accomplishment Ride Location Notes

1981 First wooden coaster built by Intamin American Eagle Six Flags Great America

Was the fastest, highest and longest coaster in the world]

1985 First (and only) Spacediver coaster Z-Force Six Flags Great America, Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags Magic Mountain

Opened in '85 at Great America, was relocated to Over Georgia in '88, then to Magic Mountain and opened there as Flashback in '92; demolished and scrapped in mid-December 2007 after sitting idle since 2003 First coaster to feature four-abreast seating

1997 First coaster to go above 300 ft (90 m) First coaster to go 100 mph (160 km/h) Tower of Terror II Dreamworld

Not a complete circuit; the train does not reach the top of the vertical spike

1997 First coaster with a structure to reach beyond 400 ft (120 m) Superman: Escape from Krypton Six Flags Magic Mountain

Not a complete circuit; the train does not reach the top of the vertical spike; formerly Superman: the Escape

1998 First LIM-launched inverted coaster First Impulse shuttle coaster Linear Gale Tokyo Dome City

Closed in 2010

1998 First complete-circuit, LIM-launched inverted coaster Volcano, The Blast Coaster Kings Dominion

Fastest inverted coaster at 70 mph (110 km/h) when first opened

2000 First Giga Coaster
Giga Coaster
(over 300 ft) First coaster to drop 300 ft (90 m) Millennium Force Cedar Point

First complete circuit coaster to stand over 300 ft (310 ft) Drop is exactly 300 ft (90 m)

2000 First LIM-launched Twisted impulse coaster Possessed Dorney Park

Previously operated at Geauga Lake
Geauga Lake
as Superman: Ultimate Escape and Steel Venom

2001 First coaster to utilize a LIM launch hill California Screamin' Disney California Adventure
Disney California Adventure

Has a magnetic launch followed by a magnetic non-cable/chain lift hill (this, along with scream tunnels, was done to reduce noise) Currently the longest coaster with inversions

2001 First wooden coaster with prefabricated track Colossos Heide Park

Currently Standing but not Operating.

2002 First coaster to do 10 inversions Colossus Thorpe Park

Has 10 inversions - in order: 1 Loop, 1 Cobra Roll (counts as 2), 2 Corkscrews, and 5 heartline rolls

2002 First hydraulic catapult launch coaster Xcelerator Knott's Berry Farm

Accelerates from 0 to 82 miles per hour, covering 157 feet of launch track, in just 2.3 seconds. Currently Standing but not Operating.

2003 First Strata coaster (over 400 ft) Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point

Tallest and fastest coaster in the world when opened at 420 ft (128 m) and 120 mph (190 km/h)

2004 First accelerator coaster to feature inversions Storm Runner Hersheypark

Reaches a height of 150 ft and catapults riders from 0 to 72 mph in 2 seconds Features a top hat and three inversions

2005 World's tallest coaster (2005–present); was world's fastest coaster (2005–2010) Kingda Ka Six Flags Great Adventure

456 feet high; launch speed 128 mph (206 km/h)

2007 First 4th Dimension design Zacspin Coaster by Intamin First Intamin
coaster to include curved hydraulic chain lift hill Kirnu Linnanmäki

First compact 4-D coaster in the world Features redesigned restraints (lapbar with safety belt shoulder harness system) and non-friction magnetic brakes

2007 Intamin's first Wing Rider[32] coaster Furius Baco PortAventura

Fastest coaster in Europe Accelerates from 0 to 135 km/h (84 mph) in 3.5 seconds

2008 At 97 degrees, steepest drop of all Intamin
coasters Fahrenheit Hersheypark

Ascends chain lift hill at a 90 degree angle Features a 121-foot Norwegian loop and six inversions

2008 Record holder at the time for the steepest wooden coaster in the world Currently the highest, fastest, longest coaster in South Korea T Express Everland

Maximum 77 degrees Height 183.75 ft (56.01m) Top speed 64.6 mph (104 km/h) Length 5383.10 ft (1641m) 12 airtime hills

2010 World's first freefall drop coaster Thirteen Alton Towers

Horizontal track falls vertically down in the crypt After being dropped you are flung into a backward helix

2010 Current record holder for the world's fastest coaster Formula Rossa Ferrari World

Top speed 150 mph (241 km/h)

2011 First ZacSpin
built in the USA Green Lantern: First Flight Six Flags Magic Mountain

2014 First Special
Effects Coaster/Dark Ride Hybrid Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts Universal Studios Florida

2014 First Drop Tower
Drop Tower
to tilt riders 90 degrees toward the ground Falcon's Fury Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Currently North America's tallest freestanding drop tower Tilts rider face down and drops them at speeds of 60 miles per hour (27 metres per second)

2016 Fastest multi-launch coaster Taron Phantasialand

Multi-launch coaster Holds three world records: Fastest multi-launch coaster, longest multi-launch coaster, greatest number of intersecting track points at 58.

2017 Fastest LSM-launch coaster Red Force Ferrari Land at PortAventura

Currently fastest LSM-launched coaster in the world.[33]

See also[edit]

Incidents at Six Flags parks Incidents at PARC Management parks Incidents at Cedar Fair parks


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Orlando Eye
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External links[edit]

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Official website Amusement Division Transportation Division Intamin
Bahntechnik (official site of Intamin's factory in Germany) Accidents involving amusement roller coasters manufactured by Intamin Alton Towers
Alton Towers
Secret Weapon 6 believed to be built by Intamin[permanent dead link]

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List of Intamin

Current roller coaster models

Accelerator Drop Coaster Giga Impulse LSM Launch Mega Mine train MotorBike Prefabricated Wooden Polercoaster (in association with US Thrill Rides) Spinning SurfRider Suspended Vertical Lift Wing Coaster Wing Rider Wooden ZacSpin

Discontinued roller coaster models

Space Diver Stand-up Swiss Bob

Other current rides

Bounty Flume Ride Flying Dutchman Giant Drop Gyro Drop Gyro Swing Gyro tower Hyper Splash Looping Starship Mega Splash Rapid Ride Super Splash Tow boat ride

Other discontinued rides

Double and triple Ferris wheels Freefall

Notable rides

American Eagle Colossos Colossus Demon Drop El Toro Falcon's Fury Formula Rossa Incredicoaster Kingda Ka Kirnu Millennium Force Possessed Sky Whirl Stealth Superman: Escape from Krypton The Giant Drop Thirteen :P Top Thrill Dragster Tower of Terror II Volcano, The Blast Coaster Wicked Twister Wilderness Run Xcelerator

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