The Gravity Group

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The Gravity Group
Industry Manufacturing
Founded July 2002 (2002-07)
Founders Former Custom Coasters International employees
Headquarters Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Area served Worldwide
Products Roller coasters, roller coaster trains
Website www.thegravitygroup.com

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 #2 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 roller coaster will be constructed at Quassy Amusement Park for the 2011 season, this will be the company's sixth wooden roller coaster. The Gravity Group was also involved in the rebuilding of Libertyland's Zippin Pippin at Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

In 2008, members of The Gravity Group announced the development of their own wooden coaster trains called Timberliners. They are being produced by Gravitykraft Corporation, a sister company to The Gravity Group. The Gravity Group promotes their trains as the only wooden coaster trains capable of steering through curves, resulting in a more comfortable and maintenance friendly ride. Timberliners were planned to debut on The Voyage at Holiday World for the 2010 season, but after four years of delays, Holiday World officially cancelled the project on August 16, 2013. However, in 2011, the Timberliners appeared on Wooden Warrior at Quassy Amusement Park in Connecticut and on Twister at Gröna Lund in Sweden, and in 2013 were added to Hades as part of its transformation to Hades 360.

The Gravity Group Coasters[edit]

Name Park Length (ft) Height (ft) Speed (mph) Opened Status
Boardwalk Bullet[nb 1] Kemah Boardwalk 3236 96 51 August 31, 2007 Operating
Dauling Dragon[nb 1] Happy Valley, Wuhan, Hubei, China 3914 105 unknown 2012 Operating
Fjord Flying Dragon[nb 1] Happy Valley, Dongli, China 3923.9 109.9 55.9 2013 Operating
Hades 360 Mt. Olympus 4726 136 60 May 14, 2005 Operating
Ravine Flyer II Waldameer 2900 120 57 May 17, 2008 Operating
Roar-o-Saurus Story Land 1242 40 34 2014 Operating
Switchback ZDT'S Amusement Center N/A 2015 Under Construction
Twister Gröna Lund 1574 50 37.9 2011 Operating
The Voyage Holiday World 6442 163 67 May 6, 2006 Operating
Wooden Coaster - Fireball[nb 1] Happy Valley, Shenzhen 3819 108 56 July 28, 2009 Operating
Wooden Warrior Quassy Amusement Park 1200 35 35 2011 Operating
Zippin Pippin[nb 1] Bay Beach Amusement Park 2865 70 40 2011 Operating
unknown[nb 1] Fantawild Adventure, Zhuzhou[1] N/A 2014 Under construction
unknown[nb 1] Fantawild Adventure, Shandong[2] N/A 2014 Under construction
unknown[nb 1] Fantawild Adventure, Wuhu[3] N/A 2015 Announced
Time Travel[nb 1] Hotgo Park[4] 3937 N/A 58.4 2014 Operating

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Built by Martin & Vleminckx

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marden, Duane. "unknown  (Fantawild Adventure)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Marden, Duane. "unknown  (Fantawild Adventure)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Marden, Duane. "unknown  (Fantawild Adventure)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Marden, Duane. "Time Travel  (Hotgo Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 

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