People are always asking us what we do around here in the winter. Well lots of things actually, but probably the coolest thing is when the company sends a team of “experts” to some foreign country to try out new or improved rides. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it!
This year the “experts” traveled to Walibi World, an amusement park in the Netherlands, where the very first installation of a Vekoma Suspended Looping Coaster (SLC) is located. It also happens to be the location for prototype testing of a redesigned train featuring an all new SLC passenger carrier and restraint system that Morey’s is considering for the Great Nor’Easter (GNE) (just in case you didn’t know, that’s on Surfside Pier). According to Coaster Maintenance Supervisor Rich Peterson,” This modification, if installed on the GNE for 2008 would make an absolute remarkable change to the existing structure, creating an amazing change in our SLC ride experience”.
The expert team of, Will Morey, President and CEO of the Morey Organization; Jack Morey, Executive Vice President; Geoff Rogers, Vice President Operations/Risk Management; Dino Fazio, Director of Operations; Don Burkholder, Assistant Director Attractions Maintenance and Rich Peterson Coaster Maintenance Supervisor, also visited parks in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Germany and Gothenberg Sweden. (Note the photo of them working very hard to find the next generation of rides for Morey’s Piers)
So they went, they rode, they liked, and they had the prototype seats shipped to the USA to try out here on the GNE. Installation and testing of the prototype design started last week on the Great Nor’Easter and will continue for several weeks (probably until just about everybody in the company has ridden it!).
Test riders came in droves from every department; maintenance, operations, sales, IT, you name it, they rode…and rode again! Of course, Will and Jack took their turn(s) as well. So anyway, the testing goes on, and you can look for an update later on the results… these decisions take time.