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S&S – Sansei Technologies
IndustryManufacturing
PredecessorArrow Development
Arrow HUSS

Arrow Dynamics
S&S Sports Inc.
S&S Power
Founded1994 (1994)
FounderStan Checketts
Headquarters,
United States
Area served
Worldwide
ProductsAmusement rides, roller coasters
ParentSansei Technologies
Websites-s.com
The former S&S Worldwide logo.
Power Tower, an S&S ride at Cedar Point.

S&S – Sansei Technologies (formerly S&S Sports, S&S Power, and S&S Worldwide) is an American company known for its pneumatically powered amusement rides and roller coaster designing.

History[edit]

Stan Checketts with his wife Sandy (Stan & Sandy) founded S&S Sports, Inc in 1994 in Logan, Utah. S&S Sports manufactured bungee jumping and trampoline equipment. Later that year, S&S began manufacturing air-powered amusement rides which is now the main stay of the company.[1] S&S Sports was sold in 1996.

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 Technologies 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.

On March 30, 2018, it was announced that Sansei Technologies had acquired amusement ride manufacturer Vekoma.

Stan Checketts, aged 80, died January 2, 2022, at his home in Providence, Utah.[9]

Types of amusement rides[edit]

Roller coasters[edit]

Model First produced Description
4-D 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 bank in any way, as opposed to S&S' other 4th Dimension model.[10]
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 with additional rails to control seat rotation.[11]
Axis Coaster[12] 2019 (Prototype) Steel roller coaster utilising unique trains which rotate freely (although regulated by magnets) through a layout with multiple inversions. This coaster model currently only exists at S&S' testing facility in Utah.
El Loco 2008 Slower-paced roller coaster containing a beyond-vertical drop and thin rails.[13]
Free Fly 2009 Inverted roller coaster with track inversions that are made obsolete due to a revolving carriage.[14]
Family Inverted Coaster 2018 An inverted roller coaster with seating below the rails.
Wooden Coaster 2003 (discontinued) Standard wooden roller coaster with several variations in track layout.[15]
Screaming Squirrel 2005 (discontinued) Variation of the wild mouse roller coaster where there is no defined primary drop, consisting of several "hairpins" and saxophone inversions.[16]
Air-Launched Coaster 2001 Name given to a variety of roller coasters utilizing compressed air launch systems.
Steeplechase 2017 A family roller coaster with various vehicle theme options; revival of an Arrow coaster of the same name.
Looping Coaster 2019 A sit down coaster with multiple inversions.

Towers[edit]

Flat rides[edit]

List of roller coasters[edit]

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

As of 2021, S&S – Sansei Technologies has built 41 roller coasters around the world.[25]

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 2005 Operating [26]
Hypersonic XLC Air-Launched Coaster Kings Dominion United States United States 2001 Removed [27]
Do-Dodonpa
Formerly Dodonpa
Air-Launched Coaster Fuji-Q Highland Japan Japan 2001 Closed [28]
Timberhawk: Ride of Prey Wooden Coaster Wild Waves Theme & Water Park United States United States 2003 Operating [29]
Falken Wooden Coaster Fårup Sommerland Denmark Denmark 2004 Operating [30]
Avalanche Wooden Coaster Timber Falls Adventure Park United States United States 2004 Removed [31]
Hell Cat
Formerly J2
Formerly Tsunami
Wooden Coaster Clementon Park United States United States 2004 Operating [32]
Sequoia Magic Loop
Formerly Sequoia Adventure
Screaming Squirrel Gardaland Italy Italy 2005 Closed [33]
Man-O-War
Formerly Screamin Squirrel
Screaming Squirrel Mysterious Island China China 2006 Operating [34]
Eejanaika 4th Dimension Fuji-Q Highland Japan Japan 2006 Operating [35]
Afterburner Screaming Squirrel Wonder Island Russia Russia 2007 Removed [36]
Steel Hawg El Loco Indiana Beach United States United States 2008 Operating [37]
Tranan Free Fly Skara Sommarland Sweden Sweden 2009 Operating [38]
Mumbo Jumbo El Loco Flamingo Land United Kingdom United Kingdom 2009 Operating [39]
Extreme Rusher Air-Launched Coaster Happy Valley Beijing China China 2011 Operating [40]
Timber Drop El Loco Fraispertuis City France France 2011 Operating [41]
Green Lantern Coaster El Loco Warner Bros. Movie World Australia Australia 2011 Operating [42]
Dinoconda 4th Dimension China Dinosaurs Park China China 2012 Operating [43]
Bullet Coaster Air-Launched Coaster Happy Valley Shenzhen China China 2012 Operating [44]
Eldorado Family Coaster Etnaland Italy Italy 2013 Operating [45]
ring°racer Air-Launched Coaster Nürburgring Germany Germany 2013 Closed [46]
Crazy Bird El Loco Happy Valley Tianjin China China 2013 Operating [47]
El Loco El Loco Adventuredome United States United States 2014 Operating [48]
OCT Thrust SSC1000 Air-Launched Coaster Happy Valley Wuhan China China 2014 Operating [49]
Batman: The Ride 4D Free Spin Six Flags Fiesta Texas United States United States 2015 Operating [50]
The Joker 4D Free Spin Six Flags Great Adventure United States United States 2016 Operating [51]
The Joker 4D Free Spin Six Flags Great America United States United States 2017 Operating [52]
The Joker 4D Free Spin Six Flags New England United States United States 2017 Operating [53]
The Joker 4D Free Spin Six Flags Over Texas United States United States 2017 Operating [54]
Arashi 4D Free Spin Nagashima Spa Land Japan Japan 2017 Operating [55]
GaleForce Launch Coaster Playland's Castaway Cove United States United States 2017 Operating [56]
Merlin's Mayhem Family Inverted Coaster Dutch Wonderland United States United States 2018 Operating [57]
Wonder Woman Coaster 4D Free Spin Six Flags Mexico Mexico Mexico 2018 Operating [58]
Steel Curtain Looping Coaster Kennywood United States United States 2019 Operating [59]
Maxx Force Air-Launched Coaster Six Flags Great America United States United States 2019 Operating [60]
Batman: The Ride 4D Free Spin Six Flags Discovery Kingdom United States United States 2019 Operating [61]
Launch Coaster Air-Launched Coaster Sun Tzu Cultural Park China China 2020 Operating [62]
Dragon Slayer 4D Free Spin Adventureland (Iowa) United States United States 2021 Operating [63]
John Wick: Open Contract 4D Free Spin Motiongate Dubai United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 2022 Operating [64]
Tumbili 4D Free Spin Kings Dominion United States United States 2022 Operating [65]
Unknown Air-Launched Coaster Window of the World China China 2021 In Storage [66]
Unknown 4D Free Spin World Fairytale Land China China 2022 Under construction [67]

List of other attractions[edit]

Name Model Park Country Opened Status Ref
Moon Shot Space Shot U.S. Space & Rocket Center United States United States Unknown Operating
Big Shot Space Shot Stratosphere Las Vegas United States United States 1996 Operating [68]
Detonator Space Shot Worlds of Fun United States United States 1996 Operating [69]
Uppskjutet Space Shot Liseberg Sweden Sweden 1996 Removed
Columbia & Discovery Multi-tower Ride Mirabilandia Italy Italy 1997 Operating
Ice Blast: The Ride Space Shot Blackpool Pleasure Beach United Kingdom United Kingdom 1997 Operating [70]
Space Shot Space Shot Rusutsu Resort Japan Japan 1997 Operating
Double Shot Double Shot Indiana Beach United States United States 1999 Operating
Power Tower Multi-tower Ride Cedar Point United States United States 1998 Operating
Scream! Turbo Drop Six Flags New England United States United States 1998 Operating [71]
Sky Jet Space Shot/Turbo Drop Janfusun Fancyworld Taiwan Taiwan 1998 Operating
Space Shot Space Shot Happy Valley Shenzhen China China 1998 Removed
Space Shot Space Shot Walibi Holland Netherlands Netherlands 1998 Operating
Supreme Scream Turbo Drop Knott's Berry Farm United States United States 1998 Operating [72]
The Volcano Space Shot Fantasy Island United Kingdom United Kingdom 1998 Operating
Totem
Formerly Totem Infernal and SkunX Tower
Space Shot Walibi Rhône-Alpes France France 1998 Operating
Det Gyldne Tårn Turbo Drop Tivoli Gardens Denmark Denmark 1999 Operating
Doctor Doom's Fearfall Space Shot Islands of Adventure United States United States 1999 Operating [73]
Dominator Multi-tower Ride Dorney Park United States United States 1999 Operating
Orbite
Formerly Space Shot
Space Shot La Ronde
Action Park
Canada Canada 1999
1996 to 1998
Operating
Raketti Space Shot Linnanmäki Finland Finland 1999 Operating
Scream! Combo Tower Ride Six Flags Fiesta Texas United States United States 1999 Operating
Space Shot Space Shot Adventureland United States United States 1999 Operating
The Rocket Multi-tower Ride Lagoon United States United States 1999 Operating
Hellevator Combo Tower Ride Playland Canada Canada 2000 Operating
Höjdskräcken Turbo Drop Liseberg Sweden Sweden 2000 Removed
Kilauea Combo Tower Ride Six Flags México Mexico México 2000 Operating
Power Tower Multi-Tower Ride Valleyfair United States United States 2000 Operating
Maliboomer Space Shot Disney California Adventure Park United States United States 2001 Removed [74]
Space Shot Space Shot Genting Theme Park Malaysia Malaysia 2001 Removed
The Abyss Turbo Drop Ocean Park Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong 2001 Removed
VertiGo Sky Sling Cedar Point United States United States 2001 Removed
VertiGo Sky Sling Knott's Berry Farm United States United States 2001 Removed
Cliff Hanger Combo Tower Ride Flamingo Land Resort United Kingdom United Kingdom 2002 Operating
La Venganza del Enigma Multi-Tower Ride Parque Warner Madrid Spain Spain 2002 Operating
Starblaster Double Shot Canobie Lake Park United States United States 2002 Operating
Superman: Tower of Power Combo Tower Ride Six Flags Over Texas United States United States 2003 Operating
Down Time
Formerly StratosFear Screamer - Re-Entry
Turbo Drop Lake Compounce
Alabama Adventure
United States United States 2004
2001 to 2003
Operating
Sky Screamer Combo Tower Ride Marineland Canada Canada 2004 Operating
Screamin' Swing Screamin' Swing Knott's Berry Farm United States United States 2004 Removed
Double Shot Double Shot Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk United States United States 2005 Operating
Screamin' Swing Screamin' Swing Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom United States United States 2005 Removed
Screamin' Swing Screamin' Swing Family Fun Center United States United States 2005 Operating
Screamin' Swing Screamin' Swing Morey's Piers United States United States 2005 Operating
Rush Screamin' Swing Thorpe Park United Kingdom United Kingdom 2005 Operating [75]
Slammer Sky Swatter Thorpe Park United Kingdom United Kingdom 2005 Removed [20]
Catapult
Formerly SWAT
Sky Swatter Six Flags New England
Six Flags AstroWorld
United States United States 2006
2003 to 2005
Removed [76]
Batwing Spaceshot Space Shot Warner Bros. Movie World Australia Australia 2006 Operating [77]
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
Apollo's Swing Screamin' Swing Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park United States United States 2007 Operating
Giant Barn Swing Screamin' Swing Silver Dollar City United States United States 2007 Operating
Screamin' Swing Screamin' Swing Fun Spot Atlanta United States United States 2007 Operating [78]
Uppswinget Screamin' Swing Liseberg Sweden Sweden 2007 Operating [79]
Sasquatch
Formerly Bayou Blaster and Sonic Slam
Multi-tower Ride Great Escape
Six Flags New Orleans
United States United States 2009
2000 to 2005
Operating
Giant Canyon Swing Screamin' Swing Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park United States United States 2010 Operating
Barnstormer Screamin' Swing Dollywood United States United States 2011 Operating
Hot Seat
Formerly Gauntlet
Screamin' Swing Fun Spot Kissimmee
Wild Adventures
United States United States ≤ 2011
2005 to 2007
Operating
Swedish Swing Screamin' Swing Scandia Amusement Park United States United States 2012 Removed [80]
Blast Off
Formerly StratosFear Screamer - Launch
Space Shot Six Flags Darien Lake
Alabama Adventure
United States United States 2013
2001 to 2011
Operating
Oozora Tengoku Screamin' Swing Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest Japan Japan 2014 Operating [81]
Hot Seat
Formerly Gauntlet
Screamin' Swing Fun Spot Orlando
Wild Adventures
United States United States 2015
2005 to 2007
Operating
Hershey Triple Tower Double Shot/Combo tower/Choose your thrill tower Hersheypark United States United States 2017 Operating [82]
Finnegan's Flyer Screamin' Swing Busch Gardens Williamsburg United States United States 2019 Operating
Drop Tower
Formerly Hyper Blaster
Double Shot Navy Pier
Pleasure Island
United States United States 2021
2000 to 2016
Operating [83]
Space Mission Orbit
Formerly Hot Shot
Combo Tower Ride Movieland Park
Blue Bayou and Dixie Landin'
Italy Italy 2021
2008 to 2019
Operating [84]
Harpoon Combo Tower Ride Hainan Ocean Paradise China China 2021 Operating [85]
Terraform Tower Challenge Combo Tower Ride Genting SkyWorlds Malaysia Malaysia 2021 Operating
Tidal Surge Screamin' Swing SeaWorld San Antonio United States United States 2022 Operating [86]
Skyborne
Formerly Turbo Drop
Turbo Drop Lost Island Theme Park
Buffalo Bill's
United States United States 2022
1997 to 2017
Operating [87]
[88]
Serengeti Flyer Screamin' Swing Busch Gardens Tampa Bay United States United States 2023 Under construction [89]
Unknown Combo Tower Ride Sunac Cultural Tourism City China China TBD Under construction [90]
Unknown Combo Tower Ride World Fairytale Land China China TBD Under construction [85]
Unknown Space Shot Chongqing Wanda Theme Park China China TBD Under construction [85]

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