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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 mainstay of the company. 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. 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. In October 2002, S&S founded S&S Arrow, a limited liability company which purchased the assets of the bankrupt Arrow Dynamics. 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.

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.

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. 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. 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
4-D Free Spin 2005 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.
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.
El Loco 2008 Slower-paced roller coaster containing a beyond-vertical drop and thin rails.
Free Fly 2009 Inverted roller coaster with track inversions that are made obsolete due to a revolving carriage.
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.
Screaming Squirrel 2005 Variation of the wild mouse roller coaster where there is no defined primary drop, consisting of several "hairpins" and saxophone inversions.
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

As of 2017, S&S - Sansei Technologies has built 35 roller coasters around the world.

Name Model Park Country Opened Status
Powder Keg: A Blast into the Wilderness
Formerly BuzzSaw Falls
Air-Launched Coaster Silver Dollar City United States 1999 Operating
Hypersonic XLC Air-Launched Coaster Kings Dominion United States 2001 Removed
Do-Dodonpa

Formerly Dodonpa

Air-Launched Coaster Fuji-Q Highland Japan 2001 Operating
Timberhawk: Ride of Prey Wooden Coaster Wild Waves Theme & Water Park United States 2003 Operating
Falken Wooden Coaster Fårup Sommerland Denmark 2004 Operating
Avalanche Wooden Coaster Timber Falls Adventure Park United States 2004 Operating
Hell Cat

Formerly J2
Formerly Tsunami

Wooden Coaster Clementon Park United States 2004 Operating
Sequoia Adventure Screaming Squirrel Gardaland Italy 2005 Operating
Man-O-War

Formerly Screamin Squirrel

Screaming Squirrel Mysterious Island China 2006 Operating
Eejanaika 4th Dimension Fuji-Q Highland Japan 2006 Operating
Afterburner Screaming Squirrel Wonder Island Russia 2007 Removed
Steel Hawg El Loco Indiana Beach United States 2008 Operating
Tranan Free Fly Skara Sommarland Sweden 2009 Operating
Mumbo Jumbo El Loco Flamingo Land United Kingdom 2009 Operating
Extreme Rusher Air-Launched Coaster Happy Valley Beijing China 2011 Operating
Timber Drop El Loco Fraispertuis City France 2011 Operating
Green Lantern Coaster El Loco Warner Bros. Movie World Australia 2011 Operating
Dinoconda 4th Dimension China Dinosaurs Park China 2012 Operating
Bullet Coaster Air-Launched Coaster Happy Valley Shenzhen China 2012 Operating
Eldorado Family Coaster Etnaland Italy 2013 Operating
ring°racer Air-Launched Coaster Nürburgring Germany 2013 Closed
Crazy Bird El Loco Happy Valley Tianjin China 2013 Operating
El Loco El Loco Adventuredome United States 2014 Operating
OCT Thrust SSC1000 Air-Launched Coaster Happy Valley Wuhan China 2014 Operating
Batman: The Ride 4D Free Spin Six Flags Fiesta Texas United States 2015 Operating
The Joker 4D Free Spin Six Flags Great Adventure United States 2016 Operating
The Joker 4D Free Spin Six Flags Great America United States 2017 Operating
The Joker 4D Free Spin Six Flags New England United States 2017 Operating
The Joker 4D Free Spin Six Flags Over Texas United States 2017 Operating
Arashi 4D Free Spin Nagashima Spa Land Japan 2017 Operating
Merlin's Mayhem Family Inverted Coaster Dutch Wonderland United States 2017 Under construction
GaleForce Launch Coaster Playland's Castaway Cove United States 2017 Operating
Catapult Roller Coaster Air-Launched Coaster Sun Tzu Cultural Park China 2017 Under construction
Wonder Woman Coaster 4D Free Spin Six Flags México México 2018 Under construction
Unknown 4D Free Spin World Fairytale Land China 2020 Under construction

List of other attractions Edit

Name Model Park Country Opened Status
Barnstormer Screamin' Swing Dollywood United States 2011 Operating
Hershey triple tower Double Shot/Combo tower Hershey Park United States 2017 Operating
Giant Barn Swing Screamin' Swing Silver Dollar City United States 2007 Operating
Rush Screamin' Swing Thorpe Park United Kingdom 2005 Operating
Skyhawk Screamin' Swing Cedar Point United States 2006 Operating
Thunder and Lightning Screamin' Swing Lake Compounce United States 2006 Operating
Xtreme Swing Screamin' Swing Valleyfair United States 2006 Operating
Giant Canyon Swing Screamin' Swing Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park United States 2010 Operating
Batwing Spaceshot Space Shot Warner Bros. Movie World Australia 2006 Operating
Big Shot Space Shot Stratosphere Las Vegas United States 1996 Operating
Detonator Space Shot Worlds of Fun United States 1996 Operating
Doctor Doom's Fearfall Space Shot Islands of Adventure United States 1999 Operating
Ice Blast: The Ride Space Shot Blackpool Pleasure Beach United Kingdom 1997 Operating
Maliboomer Space Shot Disney California Adventure Park United States 2001 Removed
Raketti Space Shot Linnanmäki Finland 1999 Operating
Space Shot Space Shot U.S. Space & Rocket Center United States Unknown Operating
Space Shot Space Shot Walibi Holland Netherlands 1998 Operating
Columbia & Discovery Multi-tower Ride Mirabilandia Italy 1997 Operating
Dominator Multi-tower Ride Dorney Park United States 1999 Operating
Power Tower Multi-tower Ride Cedar Point United States 1998 Operating
Power Tower Multi-tower Ride Valleyfair United States 2000 Operating
Sasquatch Multi-tower Ride Great Escape United States 2009 Operating
The Rocket Multi-tower Ride Lagoon United States 1999 Operating
Hellevator Combo Tower Ride Playland Canada 2000 Operating
Scream! Combo Tower Ride Six Flags Fiesta Texas United States 1999 Operating
Scream! Combo Tower Ride Six Flags New England United States 1998 Operating
Down Time Turbo Drop Lake Compounce United States 2004 Operating
Supreme Scream Turbo Drop Knott's Berry Farm United States 1998 Operating
Catapult

Formerly SWAT

Sky Swat Six Flags New England

Six Flags AstroWorld

United States 2006

2003 to 2005

Removed
Slammer Sky Swat Thorpe Park United Kingdom 2005 Closed
VertiGo Sky Sling Cedar Point United States 2001 Removed
VertiGo Sky Sling Knott's Berry Farm United States 2001 Removed

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