ETF Ride Systems

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ETF Ride Systems
Founded Nederweert, Netherlands (1999 (1999))
Headquarters Nederweert, Netherlands
Area served Worldwide
Products Amusement ride systems
Parent ETF Group
Website Official website

ETF Ride Systems is a Dutch manufacturer of amusement ride systems. It was founded in 1999 and is owned by the ETF Group. The company has manufactured both tracked and trackless systems for both dark and outdoor rides.

History[edit]

ETF Ride Systems was founded in 1999 as a subsidiary of the ETF Group. The ETF Group currently encompasses ETF Machinefabriek, Sioux Electronics, ETF USA Corporation, and ETF Ride Systems.[1]

One of the company's first projects was to create a dark ride system for Sally Corporation's Labyrinth of the Minotaur ride. It opened in 2000 at the Terra Mítica amusement park in Spain. The ride system consisted of a several vehicles featuring laser blasters moving along a set track.[2] Although this tracked dark ride system was used on other rides, the company has also developed a trackless dark ride system to expand on their offerings.[3]

In 2010, ETF Ride Systems began designing a new ride system for Europa-Park in Germany. Following nine months of design and construction Da Vinci Flight opened in August 2011. The ride system consists of several vehicles being suspended from an overhead monorail line with guests controlling the speed of the ride through the use of on-board pedals.[4][5]

Products[edit]

  • Multi Mover – dark ride systems which can be either tracked or trackless and optionally feature a motion platform[6][7][8]
  • Mystic Mover – similar to the trackless version of the Multi Mover but features smaller cars[9]
  • Panorama Pedal – an indoor/outdoor ride system which allows riders to pedal to control the speed of the motorised vehicle[10][11]
  • Suspended Flight – vehicles are suspended from an overhead monorail line with an operation similar to the Panorama Pedal[12]

The company also has several concepts for rides which they have yet to construct.[13]

Installations[edit]

Ride Park Location Opened Model Style In conjunction with Ref(s)
Bulliversum Bavaria Film Studios Germany Munich, Germany Mystic Mover Trackless [14]
Challenge of Mondor Enchanted Forest United States Turner, Oregon, United States 2006 Mystic Mover Trackless [15]
Challenge of Tutankhamen Walibi Belgium Belgium Wavre, Walloon Brabant, Belgium 2003 Multi Mover Trackless Sally Corporation [16][17][18]
Da Vinci Flight Europa-Park Germany Rust, Germany 2011 Suspended Flight N/A [4][5]
Ghost Hunt Lake Compounce United States Bristol, Connecticut, USA 2008 Mystic Mover Trackless Sally Corporation [19]
Ghostwood Estate Kennywood United States West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, United States 2008 Mystic Mover Trackless [20]
Kingdom Quest Legoland Discovery Centre Several locations worldwide Multi Mover
Mystic Mover
Track Bound
Trackless
P&P Projects [14][21][22]
Labyrinth of the Minotaur Terra Mítica Spain Benidorm, Alicante, Spain 2000 Multi Mover Track Bound Sally Corporation [2][23]
Maus au Chocolat Phantasialand Germany Brühl, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany 2011 Multi Mover Track Bound 3DBA [24][25]
Motor Mania ring°werk Germany Nürburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany 2009 Multi Mover Trackless [26][27]
Nights in White Satin: The Trip Freestyle Music Park United States Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States 2008 Multi Mover Track Bound Sally Corporation [28][29]
Safari Tuneli Vialand Turkey Istanbul, Turkey 2013 Mystic Mover Trackless P&P Projects [22][30]
Scooby-Doo Adventure Parque Warner Madrid Spain San Martín de la Vega, Madrid, Spain 2005 Mystic Mover Trackless Sally Corporation [31][32]
Thor's Hammer Tusenfryd Norway Vinterbro, Norway 2013 Multi Mover Track Bound with Motion Platform P&P Projects [22][33]
Toy Story Midway Mania! Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney California Adventure
Tokyo DisneySea
United States Bay Lake, Florida, United States
United States Anaheim, California, United States
Japan Urayasu, Chiba, Japan
2008
2008
2012
Multi Mover Track Bound Walt Disney Imagineering [7][25][34]
Vi På Saltkråkan Astrid Lindgren's World Sweden Vimmerby, Sweden 2007 Mystic Mover Trackless Sally Corporation [3][35]
Volcans Sacrés Vulcania France Saint-Ours-les-Roches, Auvergne, France 2013 Multi Mover Trackless [36]
Zindan Vialand Turkey Istanbul, Turkey 2013 Mystic Mover Trackless P&P Projects [30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ETF Company profile leaflet". 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b O'Brien, Tim (27 March 2000). "$300 Million Terra Mitica To Open As The Year's Largest Park Project". Amusement Business 112 (13): 1, 24. 
  3. ^ a b "New projects from ETF Systems". Park World Magazine. 1 January 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Kernels - January 2010". Park World Magazine. 24 December 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Da Vinci Flight at Europa-Park". Park World Magazine. 2 August 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Multi Mover". ETF Ride Systems. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Multi Mover Track Bound". ETF Ride Systems. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Multi Mover with Motion Platform". ETF Ride Systems. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Mystic Mover". ETF Ride Systems. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Panorama Pedal". ETF Ride Systems. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Panorama Pedal Plus". ETF Ride Systems. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Suspended Flight". ETF Ride Systems. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Flying Birds". ETF Ride Systems. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "ETF's rides and people movers help...". Park World Magazine. September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Another challange for ETF Ride systems in Salem, USA" (Press release). ETF Ride Systems. 7 June 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  16. ^ Szakonyi, Mark (29 October 2007). "Sally Corp. scares up profits on dark rides". Jacksonville Business Journal. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  17. ^ O'Brien, Tim (23 September 2002). "Mummy Strikes At Six Flags". Amusement Business 114 (38): 8. 
  18. ^ Koranteng, Juliana (10 February 2003). "King Tut Ride To Scare Up Biz For SF Belguim". Amusement Business 115 (6): 5. 
  19. ^ "Sally Corp. promotes two". Daily Record. 28 March 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  20. ^ "Kennywood unveils Ghostwood Estate". Park World Magazine. 18 December 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  21. ^ Cornet, Benoît; EAS 2011 (26 October 2011). EAS 2011 – Interview with Benoit Cornet, CEO of Alterface. Interview with François Mayné. NewsParcs. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  22. ^ a b c "P&P designs new dark rides". Park World Magazine. 5 October 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  23. ^ Joossens, Patrick (26 February 2007). "Sally Corporation: l'intervista". Parks Mania (in Italian). Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  24. ^ "Maus au Chocolat". Park World Magazine. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  25. ^ a b Koppens, Ruud (15 November 2011). ETF Ride Systems. (Interview). The Coaster Crew. Orlando, Florida. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  26. ^ "Dark Rides 2009". Park World Magazine. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  27. ^ "Ring°Werk". Park World Magazine. 1 November 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  28. ^ "Nights in White Satin". Park World Magazine. 30 June 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  29. ^ "Sally's plans for 2008". Park World Magazine. 18 December 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  30. ^ a b "Zindan & Safari Tuneli". Park World Magazine. August 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  31. ^ "Mystic Mover" (PDF). ETF RIde Systems. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  32. ^ "Scooby-Doo Adventure Best New Family Ride" (Press release). ETF Ride Systems. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  33. ^ MacDonald, Brady (3 April 2013). "Thor's Hammer dark ride set to debut at Norway's Tusenfryd". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  34. ^ "Multi Mover" (PDF). ETF RIde Systems. 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  35. ^ "Unusual dark ride for Swedish park". Park World Magazine. 1 January 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  36. ^ "New Multi Mover trackless ride at Vulcania France" (Press release). ETF Ride Systems. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 

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