Funtime (manufacturer)

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Funtime
Private
IndustryManufacturing
Founded1998 (1998)
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide
ProductsAmusement rides
Websitewww.funtime.com.au

Funtime is an amusement ride manufacturer based in Bundall, Australia.[1] The company manufactures rides such as the Sling Shot, Star Flyer and Vomatron.

History[edit]

In 1998, Funtime was established in the suburb of Bundall on the Gold Coast, Australia.[1] Shortly after, the company opened a small amusement park in Surfers Paradise, a nearby Gold Coast suburb. At the time, the amusement park was known as Adrenalin Park and featured the company's Sling Shot and Vomatron rides.[2][3][4]

In 2010, Funtime threatened legal action against Dutch amusement ride manufacturer, Mondial, after that company unveiled the WindSeeker which bears similarities to Funtime's patented Star Flyer ride.[1][5] Mondial responded to the threat by stating that "there is no merit to Funtime's claim".[6] The matter did not progress.

Products[edit]

A Star Flyer
  • The Bell — a ride similar to a Frisbee, except they are located inside a giant bell[7]
  • Chaos Pendle — riders are mounted on the ends of several arms and spun around in a propeller-like fashion[8]
  • Rocket — riders are harnessed into a rocket shaped car which is raised into the air and spun around a tower and on its own axis[9]
  • Sky Diver — an amusement ride similar to a Skycoaster where riders are winched to the top of a launch tower and then dropped towards the ground, swinging from a cable tether back and forth until brought to a rest[10]
  • SlingShot — a reverse bungee ride where passengers are propelled over 100 metres at speeds in the region of 160 kilometers per hour. The machine does not utilize rubber ropes or bungee cords as in a slingshot, but is powered by a patented spring propulsion device incorporating up to 720 specially-designed springs. The SlingShot can be custom designed to cause minimal disruption to existing venues.
  • Star Flyer — a variation of the traditional swing ride where riders are swung around the top of a tower[11]
  • Tornado — a ride that simulates a tornado by sending riders in a figure-eight motion[12]
  • Vomatron — a type of ride similar to the centrifuges used in astronaut training, except on a vertical axis[3]
  • Skyfall — currently the highest transportable drop tower in the world with a height of 80 metres (260 ft)[13]

Ride installations[edit]

Ride name Park Location Model Opened Status Ref
AtmosFear Playland Canada Canada Star Flyer Operating 2011
Black Mamba Wiener Prater Austria Austria Chaos Pendle Operating 2011
Die Glocke Hansa-Park Germany Germany The Bell Operating 2008
Donjon de l’Extrême Nigloland France France Skyfall Operating 2016
Drop Line Dollywood United States United States Skyfall Operating 2017
Eclipse Gröna Lund Sweden Sweden Star Flyer Operating 2013 [14]
FlyOver Fantasilandia Chile Chile Star Flyer Operating 2018
Highlander Hansa-Park Germany Germany Skyfall Under construction 2019
Lighthouse Tower Holiday Park Germany Germany Star Flyer Operating 2006
Mega Mindy Flyer Plopsa Coo Belgium Belgium Star Flyer Operating 2010
New England SkyScreamer Six Flags New England United States United States Star Flyer Operating 2014
North Star Valleyfair United States United States Star Flyer Operating 2017 [15]
Orlando StarFlyer I Drive 360 United States United States Star Flyer Operating 2018
Prater Turm Wiener Prater Austria Austria Star Flyer Operating 2010
ROX-Flyer
Formerly SpringFlyer
Plopsaland De Panne Belgium Belgium Star Flyer Operating 2006
Sky Diver Walibi Holland Netherlands Netherlands Sky Diver Operating 1994
Sky Diver Walibi Belgium Belgium Belgium Sky Diver Operating 2004
Six Flags SkyScreamer Six Flags Darien Lake United States United States Star Flyer Under construction 2019
SkyScreamer Six Flags Discovery Kingdom United States United States Star Flyer Operating 2011
SkyScreamer Six Flags Fiesta Texas United States United States Star Flyer Operating 2012 [16]
SkyScreamer Six Flags Great Adventure United States United States Star Flyer Operating 2012 [16]
SkyScreamer Six Flags Over Georgia United States United States Star Flyer Operating 2013 [17]
SkyScreamer Six Flags St. Louis United States United States Star Flyer Operating 2011
Sling Shot Funtime Australia Australia Sling Shot Operating Unknown [2]
Sling Shot Magical Midway United States United States Sling Shot Operating Unknown
Sling Shot Kentucky Kingdom United States United States Sling Shot Operating 2002
Sling Shot Elitch Gardens United States United States Sling Shot Operating 2006
Sling Shot Six Flags Magic Mountain United States United States Sling Shot Operating 2012
Sling Shot Six Flags Great Adventure United States United States Sling Shot Operating 2011
Sling Shot Six Flags St. Louis United States United States Sling Shot Operating 2012
Sling Shot Six Flags Mexico Mexico Mexico Sling Shot Operating Unknown
Sling Shot Carowinds United States United States Sling Shot Operating 2015
Sling Shot Cedar Point United States United States Sling Shot Operating 2015
Sling Shot Kings Island United States United States Sling Shot Operating 2015
Sling Shot Canada's Wonderland Canada Canada Sling Shot Operating 2015
Sling Shot Old Town United States United States Sling Shot Operating Unknown
Snake Gröna Lund Sweden Sweden Chaos Pendle Under construction 2019
Spring Shot Morey's Piers United States United States Sling Shot Operating Unknown
Star Flyer Divo Ostrov Russia Russia Star Flyer Operating Unknown
Star Flyer Fujikyu Highland Japan Japan Star Flyer Operating Unknown
Star Flyer Greenland Kyushu Japan Japan Star Flyer Operating Unknown
Star Flyer Hellenic Park Greece Greece Star Flyer Operating Unknown
Star Flyer Luna Park Tel Aviv Israel Israel Star Flyer Operating 2016
Star Flyer Magical Midway United States United States Star Flyer Operating Unknown
Star Flyer Manchester Town centre United Kingdom United Kingdom Star Flyer Operating Unknown
Star Flyer Nagashima Spa Land Japan Japan Star Flyer Operating Unknown
Star Flyer Oktoberfest Germany Germany Star Flyer Unknown Unknown
Star Flyer Pacific National Exhibition Canada Canada Star Flyer Unknown Unknown
Star Flyer Parques Reunidos Unknown Star Flyer Unknown Unknown
Star Flyer Steel Pier United States United States Star Flyer Operating Unknown [18]
Himmelskibet Tivoli Gardens Denmark Denmark Star Flyer Operating 2006
Star Flyer Tykkimäki Finland Finland Star Flyer Operating 2009
Stupet Kongeparken Norway Norway Skyfall Under construction 2019
Super Girl Sky Flight
Formerly SkyScreamer
Six Flags Mexico Mexico Mexico Star Flyer Operating 2015
Texas Gunslinger Six Flags Fiesta Texas United States United States Sling Shot Operating 2013
Texas SkyScreamer Six Flags Over Texas United States United States Star Flyer Operating 2013 [14] [19]
Texas Star Flyer Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier United States United States Star Flyer Operating 2012 [20]
Torre del Mar Hansa-Park Germany Germany Star Flyer Operating 2005
Tornado Wiener Prater Austria Austria Tornado Operating 2007
Vol Ultime La Ronde Canada Canada Star Flyer Operating 2012 [21]
Vomatron Funtime Australia Australia Vomatron Operating Unknown [3]
Vomatron Old Town United States United States Vomatron Operating Unknown
Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth Six Flags America United States United States Star Flyer Operating 2017

Amusement park[edit]

Adrenalin Park in 2007

Funtime operates a small amusement park in the centre of Surfers Paradise, aptly named Funtime.[4] The park features installations of their Sling Shot and Vomatron rides.[2][3] The park was previously known as Adrenalin Park and featured several other rides and attractions, including an Intamin Parachute Drop tower, a mini golf course and a bungee tower.[22][23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Slind-Flor, Victoria (27 August 2010). "Cedar Fair's New Thrill Ride Infringes Patent, Funtime Claims". Bloomberg. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Sling Shot (Funtime)". Parkz.
  3. ^ a b c d "Vomatron (Funtime)". Parkz.
  4. ^ a b "Funtime". Parkz. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  5. ^ ‹See Tfd›US patent 7666103, ‹See Tfd›Walter Pondorfer & Laurence Ross Petrie, "Amusement ride", published 27 October 2005, issued 23 February 2010, assigned to Cottingham Agencies Ltd. 
  6. ^ Fogarty, Steve (25 August 2010). "Cedar Point's new ride a swing at variety". Chronicle Online. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  7. ^ "The Bell". Funtime. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Chaos Pendle". Funtime. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Rocket". Funtime. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  10. ^ "Sky Diver". Funtime. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  11. ^ Jackson, Jerry W.; Kassab, Beth (23 January 2006). "StarFlyer takes riders for a twirl". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  12. ^ "Tornado". Funtime. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  13. ^ "About Skyfall". Funtime. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  14. ^ a b "Officially the world's tallest Star Flyer!". Park World Magazine. Datateam Business Media Limited. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013.
  15. ^ "The Stars Align In 2017 For New Thrills At Valleyfair!". valleyfair.com. Retrieved August 21, 2016.
  16. ^ a b MacDonald, Brady (1 September 2011). "Six Flags unveils new attractions for every park in 2012". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  17. ^ "Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water Announce New Thrills for 2013" (PDF). SixFlags.com. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  18. ^ MacDonald, Brady (12 April 2012). "Steel Pier expansion moves forward minus diving horse act". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  19. ^ "Texas SkyScreamer" (PDF). SixFlags.com. Retrieved August 30, 2012.
  20. ^ MacDonald, Brady (9 February 2012). "Galveston Pleasure Pier brings thrill rides back to Texas coast". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  21. ^ Mayné, François (22 January 2012). "La Ronde annonce Vol Ultime pour son 45ème anniversaire". NewsParcs (in French). Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  22. ^ "Unknown Parachute Drop (Magic Mountain)". Parkz.
  23. ^ Tuttiett, Henry (25 September 2010). "Coast's Adrenalin Park to close". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 27 April 2012.

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