kids encyclopedia robot

Intamin facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Industry Manufacturing
Headquarters ,
Products Amusement rides, roller coasters, transportation
Divisions Intamin Amusement Rides
Intamin Transportation

Intamin Worldwide is a designing and manufacturing company in Wollerau, Switzerland. They are known for building thrill rides and roller coasters. The Intamin name stands for: INTernational AMusement INstallations. They distribute about 5-7 roller coasters from their workshops every year.

The first roller coaster they built was The Jr. Gemini at Cedar Point in 1979. After that, they installed a total of 70 roller coasters around the world.

Roller coasters built by Intamin

Year Accomplishment Ride Location Notes
1979 Intamin's first roller coaster Wilderness Run Cedar Point
  • Steel children's coaster
  • Formerly Jr. Gemini
1981 First wooden coaster built by Intamin American Eagle Six Flags Great America
  • Was the fastest, highest and longest coaster in the world; still is the fastest, highest and longest racing roller coaster
1985 First (and only) Spacediver coaster Z-Force Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags Great America and Six Flags Over Georgia
  • Opened in '85 at Great America, was relocated to Over Georgia in '88, then to Magic Mountain and opened there as Flashback in '92; demolished and scrapped in mid-December 2007 after sitting idle since 2003
  • First coaster to feature four-abreast seating
1997 First coaster to go above 300 ft (90 m)
First coaster to go 100 mph (160 km/h)
Tower of Terror II Dreamworld
  • Not a complete circuit; the train does not reach the top of the vertical spike
1997 First coaster with a structure to reach beyond 400 ft (120 m) Superman: Escape from Krypton Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • Not a complete circuit; the train does not reach the top of the vertical spike; formerly Superman: the Escape
1998 First LIM launched inverted coaster Volcano, The Blast Coaster Kings Dominion
  • Fastest inverted coaster at 70 mph (110 km/h) when first opened
2000 First Giga Coaster (over 300 ft)
First coaster to drop 300 ft (90 m)
Millennium Force Cedar Point
  • First complete circuit coaster to stand over 300 ft (310 ft)
  • Drop is exactly 300 ft (90 m)
2000 First LIM Twisted impulse coaster Possessed Dorney Park
  • Previously operated at Geauga Lake as Superman: Ultimate Escape
2001 First coaster to utilize a LIM launch hill California Screamin' Disney California Adventure Park
  • Has a magnetic launch followed by a magnetic non-cable/chain lift hill (this along with "scream tunnels" was done to reduce noise)
  • Currently the longest coaster with inversions
2001 First wooden coaster with prefabricated track Colossos Heide Park
  • Currently the tallest continuously-running wooden coaster in the world
2002 First coaster to do 10 inversions Colossus Thorpe Park
  • Has 10 inversions - in order: 1 Loop, 1 Cobra Roll (counts as 2), 2 Corkscrews, and 5 barrel rolls
2002 First hydraulic catapult launch coaster Xcelerator Knott's Berry Farm
  • Accelerates from 0 to 82 miles per hour, covering 157 feet of launch track, in just 2.3 seconds
2003 First Strata coaster (over 400 ft) Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point
  • Tallest and fastest coaster in the world when opened at 420 ft (128 m) and 120 mph (190 km/h)
2004 First accelerator coaster to feature inversions Storm Runner Hersheypark
  • Reaches a height of 150 ft and catapults riders from 0 to 72 mph in 2 seconds
  • Features a top hat and three inversions
2005 World's tallest coaster (2005–present); was world's fastest coaster (2005–2010) Kingda Ka Six Flags Great Adventure
  • 456 feet high; launch speed 128 mph (206 km/h)
2007 First 4th Dimension design Ball Coaster by Intamin
First Intamin coaster to include curved hydraulic chain lift hill
Kirnu Linnanmäki
  • First compact 4-D coaster in the world
  • Features redesigned restraints (lapbar with safety belt shoulder harness system) and non-friction magnetic brakes
2007 Intamin's first WingRide coaster Furius Baco PortAventura
  • Fastest coaster in Europe
  • Accelerates from 0 to 135 km/h (84 mph) in 3.5 seconds
2008 At 97 degrees, steepest drop of all Intamin coasters Fahrenheit Hersheypark
  • Ascends chain lift hill at a 90 degree angle
  • Features a 121 foot Norwegian loop and six inversions
2008 Record holder at the time for the steepest wooden coaster in the world
Currently the highest, fastest, longest coaster in South Korea
T Express Everland
  • Maximum 77 degrees
  • Height 183.75 ft (56.01m)
  • Top speed 64.6 mph (104 km/h)
  • Length 5383.10 ft (1641m)
  • 12 airtime hills
2008 Denmarks fastest and tallest coaster, chosen as world's 5th best coaster Piraten Djurs Sommerland
  • Mega-Lite Coaster
  • Maximum 70 degrees
  • Height 104.99 ft (32m)
  • Top speed 56 mph (90 km/h)
  • Length 2477.04 ft (755m)
2010 World's first freefall drop coaster Thirteen Alton Towers
  • Horizontal track falls vertically down in the crypt
  • After being dropped you are flung into a backwards helix
2010 Current record holder for the world's fastest coaster Formula Rossa Ferrari World
  • Top speed 150 mph (241 km/h)
2011 First ZacSpin built in the USA Green Lantern: First Flight Six Flags Magic Mountain

Images for kids

kids search engine
Intamin Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.