MULTIcoaster revealed: Introducing the roller coaster of tomorrow
Engineering | innovation | (Disclaimer: This has been our April Fools' Joke for 2019!) In 1959, the first ever steel roller coaster was created for Disneyland California. Today, our engineers introduce a new era of roller coaster excellence: the MULTIcoaster. Based on our revolutionary MULTI elevator technology, the cableless ride is going to shake the theme park business forever. Chief Engineer Ela Vadoro gives us the first exclusive insights into the spectacular technology!
Ela, please first tell to us: What is the MULTIcoaster?
Ela Vadoro: The MULTIcoaster is the world’s first cableless roller coaster that uses maglev technology to move not only vertically and straight but also sideways.
Wow, sounds great! How did the idea for the MULTIcoaster come up in the first place?
Ela Vadoro: With MULTI, our first ropeless elevator, we are going to revolutionize urban mobility. But for us, this wasn’t enough. We asked ourselves: What else is possible with an elevator that not only moves up and down but also sideways? The answer was easy: We are going to revolutionize theme park fun, too!
To revolutionize? What’s so special about the MULTIcoaster, in fact?
Ela Vadoro: With the MULTIcoaster, we add an entirely new dimension to the roller coaster world. Our team has developed a concept that lets visitors choose which line of the track they want to explore, making them able to create their own route right before the start. That makes every ride a unique experience.
“With the MULTIcoaster, we add an entirely new dimension to the roller coaster world.”
Is this really safe?
Ela Vadoro: It’s extremely safe – moving in many different directions and coordinating many individualized routes might seem less safe but that’s not the case at all. The linear motors need to be energized before they move. That means, without energy, its cars can’t move. Additionally, we use a multi-step braking system that doesn’t allow cabins to move freely. To prevent crashes, a three-layered state-of-the-art AI system monitors all cars at any time and schedule them. Just think of a big train station where railway companies also have to coordinate all incoming trains. We do it like them – but without human errors.
New ways of roller coasting
Classic roller coasters convert potential energy into kinetic energy to move the carts. How do you manage the challenge of moving?
Ela Vadoro: It’s quite simple. Because the MULTI already uses maglev technology, converting the concept onto roller coaster tracks was a logical step. We are even able to speed up the cars at vertical track parts. Which is awesome. All in all, it’s a step that truly transforms how our theme parks are shaped today and tomorrow.
“We are even able to speed up the cars at vertical track parts. Which is awesome.”
You have stated that the MULTIcoaster is the first coaster that you can ride sideways. However, we’ve heard of the sideways-moving “Switchback Railway” roller coaster – America’s first roller coaster ever.
Ela Vadoro: Well, it was wooden, built in 1884 and rode at a speed of six miles per hour. With all due respect, but that feels like a whole other level for me.
The first designs all place the MULTIcoaster in theme parks. Can you imagine that one day, the project will conquer real cities, too?
Ela Vadoro: I mean, why not? By the end of the century, approximately 68% of the global population will live in cities. Theme parks need much space and are often located far outside urban landscapes. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to just go to the next subway station – and commute to your workplace on the other side of the city by roller coaster rather than by train? High in the air rather than underground? It would be great for the environment, reduce traffic and be so much fun! We will definitely work on that vision.
Is there any special reason for announcing the MULTIcoaster on April 1st? People might almost think that the MULTIcoaster is an April Fool’s joke, don’t you think?
Ela Vadoro: That’s absurd. This would mean that our operational IKEA steel plant from last year would be a joke, too! Wait… oh.