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Sky Scream from Premier Rides Put New Twist on Thrills at Holiday Park

[quote]This attraction uses all sorts of unique technologies and then we combine those with an amazing ride layout where you have vertical twists going up, vertical twists going straight down, you have loops and 360-degree horizontal twists; the result is an incredible mix of different experiences packed into one ride.” — Jim Seay, Premier Rides President[/quote]

Baltimore, MD, USA (April 18, 2014) – Premier Rides, Inc., a global supplier of cutting-edge theme park attractions, announces the successful opening of its newest attraction, “Sky Scream” at Holiday Park in Germany.  The visually stunning and thrilling attraction, designed and manufactured by the Baltimore-based company, is Europe’s first coaster to feature three magnetic launches.

The ride is the signature attraction in the newly-themed area which is based on the dark world of the undead and vampires.  Coaster enthusiasts, fans, and members of the media were invited to attend a press conference on Friday, April 11 at Holiday Park to kick off the 2014 Season.

Mr. Steve Van den Kerkhof, CEO of Holiday Park’s parent company Plopsa Group, revealed that they hope to attract 600,000 visitors to the park this year.  Sky Scream is sure to lure thrill seekers, zombie fans and more to the park.  “Our goal is to inspire and attract adrenaline fans to the park.  We wanted a signature attraction that would have impact and we are pleased to have partnered with Premier Rides to build Sky Scream.  This coaster is sure to satisfy even the most fearless thrill-seeker.”

Premier Rides President Jim Seay with Plopsa CEO Steve Van den Kerkhof and Holiday Park Manager Bernd Beitz celebrate the successful opening of Sky Scream.
Premier Rides President Jim Seay with Plopsa CEO Steve Van den Kerkhof and Holiday Park Manager Bernd Beitz celebrate the successful opening of Sky Scream.

Speakers included the Hassloch’s Mayor Lothar Lorch, Plopsa’s CEO Steve van den Kerkhof, Holiday Park Manager Bernd Beitz, and Premier Rides President Jim Seay.  Following the presentations the ride was formally opened for attendees to experience.  To add to the ambience of the day, Lady Vampire (the quasi-mascot of Sky Scream), zombies and several of Plopsa’s characters like Wickie’s Uncle and Bee Maya were present.

Jim Seay commented, “We are honored to be a part of Plopsa’s formula for success by supplying this coaster; the first of its kind in Europe.”  Seay continues, “When you look at ride, you will notice that there are no moving parts except for the train.  We use magnetic technology that allows us to launch vehicle forward, to then launch the vehicle in reverse, and again to launch it forward a third time even faster. Magnetic braking has also been incorporated at both the top and bottom of ride.”

Holiday Park and Premier Rides worked together very closely to have the attraction open right at the beginning of the season in order to have the biggest impact.  Seay noted, “The Plopsa/Holiday Park staff was a great team with which to work.  Like Premier, they had the same goal of bringing the attraction to the public ahead of schedule.  Park Manager Bernd Beitz agreed, noting, “It was important for us to be able to deliver Sky Scream to our guests right at the start of the season.  With an expenditure of eight (8) million Euros, Sky Scream is a big and important investment in the theme park.”


Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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