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S&S - Sansei Technologies
Industry Manufacturing
Predecessor Arrow Development
Arrow HUSS
Arrow Dynamics
S&S Sports Inc.
S&S Power
Founded 1994 (1994)
Founder Stan Checketts
Headquarters Logan, Utah, United States
Area served
Worldwide
Products Amusement rides, roller coasters
Parent Sansei Technologies
Website www.engineeringexcitement.com
The former S&S Worldwide logo.
Passengers about to get shot up on Scream!, combo tower at [Six Flags New England].
Power Tower, an S&S ride at Cedar Point.

S&S - Sansei Technologies, formerly S&S Worldwide, is an American company known for its pneumatically powered amusement rides and roller coaster designing.

History[edit]

S&S - Sansei Technologies was founded by Stan Checketts as S&S Sports, Inc. S&S Sports manufactured bungee jumping and trampoline equipment. S&S Sports was sold in 1996. In 1994, S&S began manufacturing air-powered amusement rides which is now the main stay of the company.[1] S&S - Sansei Technologies is based in Logan, Utah.

In 2002, S&S began looking for opportunities to expand their business, citing acquisitions as the best method to do so.[2] Following the bankruptcy filing of wooden roller coaster manufacturer Custom Coasters International (CCI), S&S hired founder Denise Dinn-Larrick and several other former CCI employees to start a new wooden coaster division for the company.[2] In October 2002, S&S founded S&S Arrow, a limited liability company which purchased the assets of the bankrupt Arrow Dynamics.[3] However, the only Arrow Dynamics coaster design S&S continues to offer is the 4th dimension coaster.

In 2004, after four wooden roller coasters were built, S&S closed that division of the company.[4]

In 2006, S&S Power opened Celebration Centre, a Family Entertainment Center featuring a number of S&S rides and prototypes. The facility was later sold and is currently no longer operating.[5]

On August 25, 2006 S&S Power, Inc. announced that Stan Checketts and Gene Mulvihill, both original founding partners of S&S, had formed a group to purchase a controlling interest of S & S. The negotiations took several months. CEO Checketts was to direct the company based on the same principles upon which it was founded; "...to provide the amusement industry with thrilling, high-quality rides the entire family can enjoy." Checketts also announced that the business operations of S&S would remain under the direction of Rich Allen, who would continue in his role as Chief Operating Officer.

In February 2009, Larsen MacColl Partners acquired a significant equity interest in S&S, including all shares previously owned by Checketts. The Koffman family and affiliated shareholders were to maintain their ownership interest. Checketts ended his consulting relationship with the company in order to pursue other business interests.[6] As of December 2013, those interests included Soaring Eagle Zipline Inc., of Logan Utah.

In November 2012, S&S Worldwide Inc., entered into a binding agreement with Sansei Yusoki Co., Ltd., of Osaka, Japan, whereby Sansei acquired 77.3% interest in S&S.[7][8] Signage at the 2012 and 2013 IAAPA Attractions Expos promoted the new company as S&S - Sansei Technologies.

Types of amusement rides[edit]

Roller coasters[edit]

Model First produced Description
Free Spin 2015 Variation of a wing coaster in which seats are able to rotate along the pitch axis at 360 degrees. The track does not veer off or tilt in any way, as opposed to S&S' other 4th Dimension model.[9]
4th Dimension 2006 Variation of a wing coaster in which seats are able to rotate along the pitch axis at 360 degrees. The track is laid out like a traditional sit-down roller coaster.[10]
El Loco 2008 Slower-paced roller coaster containing a beyond-vertical drop and thin rails.[11]
Free Fly 2009 Inverted roller coaster with track inversions that are made obsolete due to a revolving carriage.[12]
Family Inverted Coaster 2017 An inverted roller coaster with seating below the rails.
Wooden Coaster 2003 (discontinued) Standard wooden roller coaster with several variations in track layout.[13]
Screaming Squirrel 2005 Variation of the wild mouse roller coaster where there is no defined primary drop, consisting of several "hairpins" and saxophone inversions.[14]
Air-Launched Coaster 2001 Name given to a variety of roller coasters utilizing compressed air launch systems.

Towers[edit]

Flat rides[edit]

List of Roller Coasters[edit]

Mumbo Jumbo at Flamingo Land is an S&S El Loco.


Name Model Park Country Opened Status Ref
Powder Keg: A Blast into the Wilderness
Formerly BuzzSaw Falls
Air-Launched Coaster Silver Dollar City United States United States 1999 Operating [23]
Hypersonic XLC Air-Launched Coaster Kings Dominion United States United States 2001 Removed [24]
Do-Dodonpa
Formerly Dodonpa
Air-Launched Coaster Fuji-Q Highland Japan Japan 2001 Operating [25]
Timberhawk: Ride of Prey Wooden Coaster Wild Waves Theme & Water Park United States United States 2003 Operating [26]
Falken Wooden Coaster Fårup Sommerland Denmark Denmark 2004 Operating [27]
Avalanche Wooden Coaster Timber Falls Adventure Park United States United States 2004 Operating [28]
Hell Cat
Formerly J2
Formerly Tsunami
Wooden Coaster Clementon Park United States United States 2004 Operating [29]
Sequoia Adventure Screaming Squirrel Gardaland Italy Italy 2005 Operating [30]
Man-O-War Screaming Squirrel Mysterious Island China China 2006 Operating [31]
Eejanaika 4th Dimension Fuji-Q Highland Japan Japan 2006 Operating [32]
Afterburner Screaming Squirrel Wonder Island Russia Russia 2007 Removed [33]
Steel Hawg El Loco Indiana Beach United States United States 2008 Operating [34]
Tranan Free Fly Skara Sommarland Sweden Sweden 2009 Operating [35]
Mumbo Jumbo El Loco Flamingo Land United Kingdom United Kingdom 2009 Operating [36]
Extreme Rusher Air-Launched Coaster Happy Valley Beijing China China 2011 Operating [37]
Timber Drop El Loco Fraispertuis City France France 2011 Operating [38]
Green Lantern Coaster El Loco Warner Bros. Movie World Australia Australia 2011 Operating [39]
Dinoconda 4th Dimension China Dinosaurs Park China China 2012 Operating [40]
Bullet Coaster Air-Launched Coaster Happy Valley Shenzhen China China 2012 Operating [41]
Eldorado Family Coaster Etnaland Italy Italy 2013 Operating [42]
ring°racer Air-Launched Coaster Nürburgring Germany Germany 2013 SBNO [43]
Crazy Bird El Loco Happy Valley Tianjin China China 2013 Operating [44]
El Loco El Loco Adventuredome United States United States 2014 Operating [45]
OCT Thrust SSC1000 Air-Launched Coaster Happy Valley Wuhan China China 2014 Operating [46]
Batman: The Ride 4D Free Spin Six Flags Fiesta Texas United States United States 2015 Operating [47]
The Joker 4D Free Spin Six Flags Great Adventure United States United States 2016 Operating [48]
The Joker 4D Free Spin Six Flags Great America United States United States 2017 Operating [49]
The Joker 4D Free Spin Six Flags New England United States United States 2017 Operating [50]
The Joker 4D Free Spin Six Flags Over Texas United States United States 2017 Operating [51]
Arashi 4D Free Spin Nagashima Spa Land Japan Japan 2017 Operating [52]
Merlin's Mayhem Family Inverted Coaster Dutch Wonderland United States United States 2017 Under Construction [53]
GaleForce Launch Coaster Playland's Castaway Cove United States United States 2017 Operating [54]
Catapult Roller Coaster Air-Launched Coaster Sun Tzu Cultural Park China China 2017 Under Construction [55]

List of other attractions[edit]

Name Model Park Country Opened Status Ref
Barnstormer Screamin' Swing Dollywood United States United States 2011 Operating
Giant Barn Swing Screamin' Swing Silver Dollar City United States United States 2007 Operating
Rush Screamin' Swing Thorpe Park United Kingdom United Kingdom 2005 Operating [56]
Skyhawk Screamin' Swing Cedar Point United States United States 2006 Operating
Thunder and Lightning Screamin' Swing Lake Compounce United States United States 2006 Operating
Xtreme Swing Screamin' Swing Valleyfair United States United States 2006 Operating
Batwing Spaceshot Space Shot Warner Bros. Movie World Australia Australia 2006 Operating [57]
Big Shot Space Shot Stratosphere Las Vegas United States United States 1996 Operating [58]
Detonator Space Shot Worlds of Fun United States United States 1996 Operating [59]
Doctor Doom's Fearfall Space Shot Islands of Adventure United States United States 1999 Operating [60]
Ice Blast: The Ride Space Shot Blackpool Pleasure Beach United Kingdom United Kingdom 1997 Operating [61]
Maliboomer Space Shot Disney California Adventure Park United States United States 2001 Removed [62]
Raketti Space Shot Linnanmäki Finland Finland 1999 Operating
Space Shot Space Shot U.S. Space & Rocket Center United States United States Unknown Operating
Space Shot Space Shot Walibi Holland Netherlands Netheralnds 1998 Operating
Columbia & Discovery Multi-tower Ride Mirabilandia Italy Italy 1997 Operating
Dominator Multi-tower Ride Dorney Park United States United States 1999 Operating
Power Tower Multi-tower Ride Cedar Point United States United States 1998 Operating
Power Tower Multi-tower Ride Valleyfair United States United States 2000 Operating
Sasquatch Multi-tower Ride Great Escape United States United States 2009 Operating
The Rocket Multi-tower Ride Lagoon United States United States 1999 Operating
Hellevator Combo Tower Ride Playland Canada Canada 2000 Operating
Scream! Combo Tower Ride Six Flags Fiesta Texas United States United States 1999 Operating
Scream! Combo Tower Ride Six Flags New England United States United States 1998 Operating [63]
Down Time Turbo Drop Lake Compounce United States United States 2004 Operating
Supreme Scream Turbo Drop Knott's Berry Farm United States United States 1998 Operating [64]
Catapult
Formerly SWAT
Sky Swat Six Flags New England
Six Flags AstroWorld
United States United States 2006
2003 to 2005
Removed [65]
Slammer Sky Swat Thorpe Park United Kingdom United Kingdom 2005 Closed [18]
VertiGo Sky Sling Cedar Point United States United States 2001 Removed
VertiGo Sky Sling Knott's Berry Farm United States United States 2001 Removed

References[edit]

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