Larson International

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Larson International, Inc.
Private
Industry Manufacturing
Founder Walter Larson
Headquarters Plainview, Texas, United States
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Jeff Novotny (President)
Website larsonintl.com

Larson International is a designer and manufacturer of amusement rides based in Plainview, Texas. The company has designed its own collection of amusement rides, as well as owning rights to rides originally designed by Bisch-Rocco and Sellner Manufacturing.

History[edit]

El Diablo, a Larson 22M Giant Loop, at Six Flags Great Adventure.

J & S, Rides, Inc., currently doing business as Larson International, dates back to at least 1988.[1][2]

In January 2002, Larson International, along with AmTech and International Ride Services, hosted the annual Amusement Industry Manufacturers & Suppliers (AIMS) Safety Seminar.[3]

In February 2002, Larson International acquired the rights to Bisch-Rocco's Flying Scooters ride.[4] In the late 1920s, Alvin Bisch and Ralph Rocco designed a rotating, ride-like device for training pilots.[5] In the 1930s, this design evolved into the Flying Scooters amusement ride.[6] Several installations were manufactured by Bisch and Rocco. The first new installation by Larson International was purchased by California's Great America and installed in 2002.[7]

In January 2011, Larson International purchased Sellner Manufacturing, an amusement ride company based in Faribault, Minnesota.[8] Sellner Manufacturing's foundations date back to 1923 when Herbert W. Sellner invented a Water-Toboggan Slide. In 1926, Sellner invented the Tilt-A-Whirl ride, and founded Sellner Manufacturing. The company invented other products over the years, but the Tilt-A-Whirl was its most popular ride, with nearly 1,000 units manufactured to 2010.[9] In the late 2000s, Sellner Manufacturing, which was then led by great-granddaughter Erin Sellner Ward, was facing financial difficulties. The State Bank of Faribault approached Larson International for a possible takeover. Larson International's acquisition saw the company gain ownership of everything except Sellner's building. This included the relocation of all ride plans, molds, computers, office furniture, equipment, and machines, to Larson International's Plainview facility.[1]

Products[edit]

Name Introduced Original designer In association with Description
22M Giant Loop Larson International N/A A larger version of the Fire Ball, measuring 22 metres (72 ft) in diameter. [10]
Flying Rides 2011 Sellner Manufacturing N/A Aerial carousels that come in a variety of themes, including Bumble Bee Bop, Jumping Jumbos, and Star Command. [11]
Flying Scooters 2002 Bisch-Rocco N/A [4]
Flying Scooters (portable) Bisch-Rocco Majestic Manufacturing, Inc. A portable, fairground version of Larson's ride is in development. [12]
Fire Ball 2000 Larson International N/A originally named Super Loop (early 1970s) and renamed as Ring of Fire (1988).[13] [14]
Funnel Force Larson International N/A [15]
The Hubless Wheel Larson International N/A Combines the 22M Giant Loop structure with Star Dancer ride vehicles to result in a ferris wheel-like experience. [16]
Huff-n-Puff 2011 Sellner Manufacturing N/A A self-powered handcar ride for children. [17]
Kiddie Star Dancer Larson International N/A [18]
Mega Bounce N/A A.R.M. [19]
The Ships Ahoy Larson International N/A A themed teacups-style ride. [20]
Spin Rides 2011 Sellner Manufacturing N/A Teacups-style rides that come in a variety of themes, including Barrels of Fun, Bear Affair, Berry-Go-Round, Chilly Willy, Dizzy Dragon, Martian Madness, Monkey Mayhem, Pumpkin Patch, Spin the Apple, Tea Time and Tons of Fun. [21]
Star Dancer Larson International N/A [22]
Super Shot N/A A.R.M. Originally known as Atmosfear. [23][24]
Tilt-A-Whirl 2011 Sellner Manufacturing N/A [8]
Track Rides 2011 Sellner Manufacturing N/A Small track-based fairground rides, with themes available of Jalopy Junction and Rock Town. [25]

Former products[edit]

In the past, Larson International has had informal alliances with other manufacturers including Chance Rides, S&S Power and NBGS, whereby the manufacturers would assist in the fabrication of each other's rides in exchange for revenue sharing.[26] Products previously designed and manufactured by Larson International are shown in the table below.

Name Introduced Description
High Roller/Crazy Train 1989 [27]
Moby Dick [28]
Ring of Fire 1988 new name replacing Super Loop (early 1970s) and renamed Fire Ball (1999). [29]
Space Loop [30]
Super Loop early 1970s renamed Ring of Fire in 1988 and Fire Ball in 1999. [31]

Installations[edit]

Many of Larson International's ride have been sold to fairground operators as portable, travelling rides.[32][33][34][35][36] A listing of rides permanently installed at amusement parks is shown in the table below.

Ride name Park Type Opened Status
AtmosFEAR Morey's Piers Super Shot 2005 Operating
Bourbon Street Fireball Six Flags America 22M Giant Loop 2015 Operating [37]
Brain Drain Elitch Gardens 22M Giant Loop 2014 Operating [38]
Brain Drain Frontier City 22M Giant Loop 2015 Operating [38]
Cedar Creek Flyer Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom Flying Scooters 2015 Operating [39]
Dare Devil Chaos Coaster Six Flags Discovery Kingdom 22M Giant Loop 2015 Operating [37]
Delirious Valleyfair 22M Giant Loop 2018 Operating
Dragons Fly Castle Park Flying Scooters 2008 Operating [40]
El Diablo Loop Coaster Six Flags Great Adventure 22M Giant Loop 2015 Operating [37][41]
Eye Of The Storm Kentucky Kingdom 22M Giant Loop 2017 Operating
Fearfall Kentucky Kingdom Super Shot 2014 Operating
Fireball Six Flags Fiesta Texas 22M Giant Loop 2016 Operating [42]
Fireball Six Flags New England 22M Giant Loop 2016 Operating [42]
Fireball Six Flags St. Louis 22M Giant Loop 2016 Operating [42]
Flying Aces Idlewild Park Flying Scooters 2007 Operating
Flying Eagles California's Great America Flying Scooters 2002 Operating [7]
Flying Eagles Canada's Wonderland Flying Scooters 2016 Operating
Flying Eagles Valleyfair Flying Scooters 2016 Operating [43]
Flying Fish Story Land Flying Scooters N/A Operating [44]
French Quarter Flyers Six Flags America Flying Scooters 2014 Operating
Frontier Flyers Hersheypark Flying Scooters 2003 Operating [45]
Greezed Lightnin' Great Escape 22M Giant Loop 2016 Operating [42]
Hair Raiser Luna Park Sydney Super Shot 2013 Operating
Harley Quinn Spinsanity Six Flags Over Georgia Tilt-A-Whirl 2015 Operating [37]
Hornet's Nest Darien Lake Flying Scooters 2012 Operating [46]
Kong Morey's Piers Flying Scooters 2015 Operating
Lake Erie Eagles Cedar Point Flying Scooters 2014 Operating
Lakeside Gliders Michigan's Adventure Flying Scooters 2013 Operating
Mardi Gras Hangover Six Flags Great America 30M Giant Loop 2018 Operating [47]
Phoenix La Ronde Flying Scooters 2016 Operating [42]
Professor John's Flying Machines Kentucky Kingdom Flying Scooters 2014 Operating
Rolling Thunder Darien Lake 22M Giant Loop 2015 Operating [48]
Screamin 'Eagles Great Escape Flying Scooters 2013 Operating
Spinsanity Six Flags Fiesta Texas Tilt-A-Whirl 2016 Operating
Surfside Gliders Knott's Berry Farm Flying Scooters 2013 Operating [49]
The Joker Chaos Coaster Six Flags Over Georgia 22M Giant Loop 2015 Operating [37]
Tourbillonne La Ronde Tilt-A-Whirl 2018 Operating
Winged Warrior Frontier City Flying Scooters 2014 Operating
Wonder Woman Flight School Six Flags Over Georgia Flying Scooters 2016 Operating [42]
Woodstock Gliders Kings Island Flying Scooters 2015 Operating
Woodstock Gliders Worlds of Fun Flying Scooters 2016 Operating
Zero G Indiana Beach 22M Giant Loop 2016 Operating [50]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Larson International, Inc". Larson International. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  3. ^ O'Brien, Tim (January 29, 2001). "Hundreds of students attend seminar; seven honored at awards banquet". Amusement Business. 113 (4): 16. 
  4. ^ a b Mooradian, Don (February 18, 2002). "M&S news". Amusement Business. 114 (7): 4. 
  5. ^ US patent 1912174, Bisch, Alvin, "Device to train aviators or for amusement purposes", published May 30, 1933, assigned to Rocco, Ralph 
  6. ^ US patent 2162877, Bisch, Alvin, "Amusement device", published June 20, 1939, assigned to Rocco, Ralph 
  7. ^ a b O'Brien, Tim (May 13, 2002). "Parks holding off on adding major rides". Amusement Business. 114 (19): 20–22. 
  8. ^ a b McDonough, Doug (January 25, 2011). "Larson International acquires Tilt-a-Whirl manufacturer". My Plainview. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Fast Facts" (PDF). Amusement Today. 14 (11): 1. February 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  10. ^ "22M Giant Loop". Larson International. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
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  13. ^ Muret, Don (May 1, 2000). "Windy City 'Flings' itself into outdoor season". Amusement Business. 112 (18): 36. 
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  15. ^ "Funnel Force". Larson International. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  16. ^ "The Hubless Wheel". Larson International. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
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  20. ^ "Ships Ahoy". Larson International. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Spin Rides". Larson International. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Star Dancer". Larson International. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
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  25. ^ "Track Rides". Larson International. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
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  27. ^ Emmons, Natasha (February 3, 2003). "Mason having 'Fun' with new signing". Amusement Business. 115 (5): 15. 
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  30. ^ Powell, Tom (December 6, 1999). "Reithoffers nearing deal for rides". Amusement Business. 111 (49): 32. 
  31. ^ Powell, Tom (November 8, 1999). "Amusement industry expo still growing; attendance tops 4,000". Amusement Business. 111 (45): 44. 
  32. ^ Muret, Don (April 28, 2003). "Geren acquires 13 fair/festival dates". Amusement Business. 115 (17): 1, 16. 
  33. ^ Muret, Don (August 21, 2000). "Warm weather and short jump good for Salernos at Rib America". Amusement Business. 112 (34): 48. 
  34. ^ Barbieri, Kelly (August 11, 2003). "McDonagh's invests $1.3 million into show". Amusement Business. 115 (32): 14–15. 
  35. ^ Powell, Tom (November 18, 2002). "Carnival owners discuss plans for spending at IAAPA trade show". Amusement Business. 114 (46). 
  36. ^ Powell, Tom (December 8, 2003). "Macaronis Have Great Season; Eye More Foreign Help Next Year". Amusement Business. 115 (49): 11, 12. 
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  45. ^ Barbieri, Kelly (February 3, 2003). "Hersheypark prepares for new rides, food". Amusement Business. 115 (5). 
  46. ^ "Kernels – May 2012". Park World Magazine. May 9, 2012. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  47. ^ "World's Largest Larson Loop coming to Six Flags Great America - WildGravity Travels". WildGravity Travels. 2017-08-31. Retrieved 2018-06-13. 
  48. ^ https://www.darienlake.com/rides/rides-thrill/rolling-thunder/
  49. ^ "New at Knott's". Park World Magazine. December 12, 2012. Archived from the original on October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  50. ^ https://www.facebook.com/IndianaBeachAmusementPark/photos/a.337714677198.150905.337613147198/10153641891002199/?type=1&theater/

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