LOGAN, Utah: – The innovative team at S&S Worldwide has been selected by Playland’s Castaway Cove to build what is anticipated to be the first linear synchronous motor (“LSM”) launched coaster to open in the Northeast region of the U.S. S&S has teamed up with Scott Simpson of S&T Amusements (owner of Playland’s Castaway Cove) to create a new design for the “Gale Force” coaster, combining some thrilling elements of the S&S El Loco coaster with three LSM launches. This all-new coaster concept is planned to open for families and thrill-seekers alike on the New Jersey coast in the spring of 2016.
The S&S LSM Triple Launch Coaster will offer visitors to the New Jersey shore an exciting, high-powered ride experience that does not exist anywhere else in the world. The ingenious design of the three launches (one forward, one backward, and a final forward launch at 64 mph) provides an amazing ride experience on a coaster that has a very small footprint. S&S has packed the ride design with an unbelievable number of exciting elements, including a 125-foot crest, the pure rush of a 100-degree downdrop at a pulse-racing 59 mph, a 180-degree twisting climb, an off-camber dive drop, a corked roll, a top hat twist, and a raven dive.
“Scott Simpson wanted to build an exciting family coaster and bring something new and different to the New Jersey shore, and S&S was excited to be able to offer our new LSM Triple Launch Coaster,” said Tim Timco, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for S&S. “It has been a pleasure to work with Scott Simpson and his team in planning an extraordinary new ride for his facility. By listening to our customer and seeking to understand their needs, we have been able to design yet another thrilling coaster that is perfect for the family-centered amusement park (“Gale Force” will accommodate passengers as small as 48” tall). S&S sincerely appreciates the confidence Scott Simpson and his team have placed in us with this coaster project.”
Scott Simpson, owner of Playland’s Castaway Cove, said, “After 56 years on the Ocean City boardwalk, we have chosen S&S to build a compact thrilling coaster to entertain our visitors.
Having enjoyed a long, successful experience with our S&S Double Shot ride, we are adding the next level of attraction to the park. Our “Gale Force” coaster will feature acceleration from beginning to end, providing non-stop excitement for the entire ride.”
Discussing the process of working with S&S on this new coaster design, Simpson said, “We have spent three years with S&S in planning and design, in order to achieve a one-of-a-kind coaster that would utilize a small footprint. We are all very excited to open the ride next spring.”
Timco, who enjoyed spending summers in Ocean City while growing up, added, “This project is very special to me, as well. Being able to partner with a long-time friend in the creation of our new LSM Triple Launch Coaster is a tremendous opportunity – and the coaster is yet another example of the caliber of our world-class engineering team at S&S. We’re looking forward to the grand opening of this new coaster at Playland’s Castaway Cove next spring.”
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