The Gravity Group to Open New Coaster at Fun Spot America

Kissimmee, Florida – A new roller coaster is coming in 2017 that will flip Florida thrill-seekers head over heels! Packed into a small footprint, this yet-unnamed wooden roller coaster is big on thrills. The ride features two twelve-passenger Timberliner trains to maneuver the twists of this roller coaster’s track.

New Wooden Coaster at Fun Spot America

After plummeting down the 82 ft [25 m] first drop, the Timberliner trains fly through a zero-g inversion and 11 more moments of heart-racing airtime on an impossibly twisted layout. The zero-g inversion over the station and queue builds anticipation for the exciting ride to come, with rest only coming to the riders after they have braved the fast-paced ride and arrived back at the station.

The extremely sculpted track of this ride is only made possible with the Gravity Group-designed Timberliner trains. As the only wooden roller coaster trains capable of steering though curves, these trains will allow this coaster at Fun Spot America and other wooden-tracked rides to avoid the level of wear and tear often found on other wooden coasters. This ensures this coaster will give a smooth ride for guests for years to come.

Fun Spot America is developing some awesome ideas for the theme of the ride and Timberliner trains.  They are currently seeking sponsorship and naming opportunities. Be sure to follow the development of the ride on the roller coaster’s fact page or our many social media connections.

Ride Statistics

  • Opening Summer of 2017
  • Lift Hill Height: 82 ft [25.0 m]
  • Track Length: 2256 ft [688 m]
  • First Drop: 80.5 ft [24.5 m]
  • Zero-G inversion
  • Max Banking: 115°
  • Airtime: 12 moments
  • Top Speed: 48.5 mph [78.1 km/h]
  • Two 12-passenger Timberliner trains

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Fun Spot America Theme Parks are Central Florida’s only family owned theme parks, with two locations Orlando and Kissimmee. John Arie, Sr., owner and founder of the Fun-n-Wheels attraction in 1978 then developed and expanded the property into Fun Spot America Theme Parks. Fun Spot America Theme Parks features unique patented multi-leveled go-kart tracks, Arcades, Roller Coasters, Family, Kiddie, and Thrill Rides. It is home to the largest arch (Orlando – 250 ft.) and tallest (Kissimmee – 300 ft.) SkyCoasters in the world.

The Gravity Group, LLC combines modern technologies with the classic art of wooden coaster design to create award-winning rides. With work on over 50 different rides around the world, this team of engineers has more experience than any other wooden roller coaster design team. Equipped with best-selling, state-of-the-art Timberliner trains, Gravity Group rides debut with high rankings and stay smooth.

ZDT’s Amusement Park Announces Switchback – an all new style of roller coaster

Seguin, Texas – Over a hundred and thirty years have passed since LaMarcus Thompson changed the landscape of America’s amusement parks with the introduction of his Switchback Railway at Coney Island. Inspired by Thompson’s innovation, roller coasters have evolved over the past thirteen decades to do all sorts of crazy things in an attempt to capture the thrill that riders felt on the first Switchback Railway.

To celebrate the June 1884 birth of the wooden roller coaster, ZDT’s Amusement Park has teamed up with The Gravity Group to capture the magic of the original wooden roller coaster with Switchback – the first modern wooden shuttle coaster!

What begins as a typical wooden coaster experience, complete with the traditional climb up the lift hill, quickly becomes a modern thrill machine! Guests are propelled through overbanked turns and hills packed with monumental amounts of airtime, as they approach….”The Grand Spire” – only to repeat the entire experience again backwards! Get ready for Switchback, coming this summer to ZDT’s Amusement Park.

ZDT’s Amusement park is a family-owned business that opened in 2007 in Seguin, Texas, with five attractions. Since then, with the addition of water slides, a shot tower, and a multi-level indoor/outdoor go-kart track and more, ZDT’s has grown from a local attraction to a regional sensation. Now, with the addition of Switchback, this innovative park is poised to elevate to the next level, becoming the area’s premier family adventure thrill park.

The Gravity Group, LLC combines modern technologies with the classic art of wooden coaster design to create award-winning rides. With work on over 50 different rides around the world, this team of engineers has more experience than any other wooden roller coaster design team. Equipped with state-of-the-art Timberliner trains, Gravity Group rides debut with high rankings and stay smooth.

Ride Statistics

  • Lift Hill Height: 63.5 ft [19.4m]
  • Track Length: 1175 ft [358m]
  • Ride Length: 1980 ft [604m]
  • Spire Height: 64.5 ft [19.7m]
  • Max Banking: 104°
  • Airtime: 8 moments (5 forward, 3 backward)
  • Trains: Two 8-passenger Timberliner trains

Press Release Files

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Get Ready to Roar!

A dinosaur is going to roar into Story Land in Glen, New Hampshire in the spring of 2014.  Dubbed Roar-O-Saurus, this smaller wooden coaster twists and turns at a frenetic pace over its 1242ft (379m) long track. Dropping 38.5 ft (12m) passengers will experience 12 unique airtime moments in the ride’s state-of-the-art Timberliner trains as well as fly through a curving tunnel.

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