Tests to setup the world´s longest rollercoaster at sea, to be installed on board Dream Cruise´s newbuilding, ‘Global Dream’, has started.
The pre-assembly of the main attraction, ‘Dream Park at the Pier,’ the first theme park at sea, is underway, Dream Cruises said
Last October, Dream Cruises and Maurer Rides announced the building of the world’s longest roller coaster at sea to be fitted on board the new Global Class cruise ship, ‘Global Dream’.
The patented Spike-Coaster type roller coaster – called Space Cruiser – will be the highlight of the ‘Dream Park at the Pier’. The concept is being set up on land in advance for testing purposes.
In order to keep the assembly and commissioning time for the 2,500 cabin cruise ship as short as possible, the roller coaster is currently being built for testing in the immediate vicinity of the vessel’s builder, MV Werften shipyards in Germany.
Marco Hartwig, Maurer Rides Project Manager explained why the construction on land is so important: “Among other things, the test setup will be used to test the installation methodology especially designed for ship assembly. Furthermore, the conductor rail and gear rack along the roller coaster track, which is necessary for the generation and transmission in the electric motor, can be installed on land in advance.
“This saves valuable time during the ship assembly. The aim is also to collect all the 93 support base points co-ordinates after the roller coaster has been completed and then forward them to the shipyard for preparation and positioning for the deck foundations. With the help of this elaborate procedure, we can ensure that the support base points on the deck of the ship are in the correct positions later,” he said.
Following the installation, three Spike vehicles will be installed step by step and the system control will be thoroughly tested. Before the roller coaster leaves the test site in Güstrow, Germany, the system will be dismantled and transported to the shipyard for final assembly.
“Dream Cruises is extremely excited to be working with Maurer Rides to create this spectacular new attraction at sea on board ‘Global Dream’. We are thrilled with the progress of the construction of the roller coaster and are excited to unveil this ride to our guests when our ship launches,” said Michael Goh, Dream Cruises President.