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RoboCoaster Ltd.
Industry Entertainment
Founded December 2000 (2000-12)
Headquarters Warwickshire, England
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Gino Daniel De-Gol
Products RoboCoaster
Subsidiaries Simworx
Website robocoaster.com

RoboCoaster Ltd is an amusement ride design firm based in Warwickshire, England. Through partnerships with KUKA and Dynamic Attractions, RoboCoaster has installed its namesake products at locations across the world.

History[edit]

In December 2000, RoboCoaster Ltd was founded with the goal of integrating robotic technology into the entertainment and leisure industry.[1] In the company's first year of operation, Gino Daniel De-Gol invented the concept of a robotic-arm-based amusement ride.[2] In December 2001, a partnership with German robotic arm manufacturer KUKA saw the patenting and manufacturing of the initial Robocoaster G1 design.[1][2] In 2004, RoboCoaster partnered with AMEC Dynamic Structures (now Dynamic Attractions) to develop the RoboCoaster G2 system, which utilises track-mounted KUKA arms.[3]

RoboCoaster's partnership with KUKA has also seen robotic arms integrated into films, including Die Another Day, The Da Vinci Code, and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.[4]

Ride systems[edit]

RoboCoaster G1
RoboCoaster G2
First and second generation RoboCoasters pictured at Epcot and Universal's Islands of Adventure
  • RoboCoaster G1 – the original RoboCoaster design, where pairs of riders are attached to a stationary KUKA arm. From 2014, four-seater vehicles from the G2 series will be offered in stationary form for smaller family entertainment centers.[5]
  • RoboCoaster G2 – the second generation of robotic product, where four-seater KUKA robotic arms run along a two-dimensional track throughout a show building. The track is designed by Dynamic Attractions.[6]
  • RoboCoaster G3 – a conceptual third generation of the technology, where trains of four-seater KUKA robotic arms run along a traditional three-dimensional roller coaster track.[7]
  • AGVsautomated guided vehicles for trackless dark rides developed with Dynamic Attractions.[8][9]
  • Motion Theatre – a flight simulator where rows of riders are elevated in front of a large dome screen.[10] The attraction is developed with Dynamic Attractions, who has previously developed the ride system for the Soarin' rides at Disney parks.[11][12]
  • HSA – high-speed amphibious vehicles developed with Gibbs Sport Amphibians Inc. of the United Kingdom.[13]

Installations[edit]

As of 2012, over 200 individual RoboCoasters have been installed, including some travelling models.[14]

Ride Park Location Opened Model Ref(s)
Danse avec les Robots Futuroscope France Poitou-Charentes, France 2006 RoboCoaster G1 [15]
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Universal's Islands of Adventure United States Florida, United States 2010 RoboCoaster G2 [16]
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Universal Studios Hollywood United States California, United States 2016 RoboCoaster G2 [17][18]
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Universal Studios Japan Japan Osaka, Japan 2014 RoboCoaster G2 [19]
Hero Factory Legoland Deutschland Germany Günzburg, Germany 2004 RoboCoaster G1
Knight's Tournament Legoland California United States California, United States 2005 RoboCoaster G1 [20]
Power Builder Legoland Billund Denmark Billund, Denmark 2004 RoboCoaster G1 [21]
Robocoaster Grand Pier United Kingdom England, United Kingdom 2010 RoboCoaster G1 [22]
Robocoaster Mall of the Emirates United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates RoboCoaster G1
Robocoaster Xscape Braehead Renfrew United Kingdom Scotland, United Kingdom 2006 RoboCoaster G1
The Sum of All Thrills Epcot United States Florida, United States 2009 Robocoaster G1 [23]
Unknown Jurassic Dream China Heilongjiang, China 2013 Motion Theatre [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About Us". RoboCoaster Ltd. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b US patent 6776722, Gino Daniel De-Gol, "Ride apparatus", published 17 August 2004, assigned to RoboCoaster Ltd and KUKA 
  3. ^ US patent 6871596, Gino Daniel De-Gol, "Moving means, particularly for amusement parks, fairs and the like", published 29 March 2005, assigned to RoboCoaster Ltd and KUKA 
  4. ^ "Media Projects". RoboCoaster Ltd. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "G1 Robot Systems". RoboCoaster Ltd. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "G2 Robot Systems". RoboCoaster Ltd. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "G3 Robot Systems". RoboCoaster Ltd. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "AGV". RoboCoaster Ltd. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Dark Rides". Dynamic Attractions. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Motion Theatre". RoboCoaster Ltd. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Flying Theatre". Dynamic Attractions. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Dinosaurin' Over China". Park World Magazine. 23 December 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "HSA". RoboCoaster Ltd. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "History". RoboCoaster Ltd. Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "French parks relent on rides". Park World Magazine. 29 March 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "Wizarding World of Harry Potter". Park World Magazine. 7 July 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  17. ^ MacDonald, Brady (December 6, 2011). "It's official: Harry Potter land to debut at Universal Studios Hollywood". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Universal Studios Hollywood Makes Unprecedented Investment in Epic Theme Park Transformation" (Press release). NBCUniversal. April 9, 2014. Retrieved August 3, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (Universal Studios Japan)". Parkz. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  20. ^ Niles, Robert. "Innovative 'Robocoaster' Debuts at Legoland California". Theme Park Insider. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "Polar Land at Legoland Billund". Park World Magazine. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "Grand Pier opening confirmed". Park World Magazine. 11 October 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  23. ^ "The Sum of All Thrills design-your-own-ride opens in Innoventions at Epcot - Video, Photos - Orlando Attractions Magazine". Orlando Attractions Magazine. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 

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