The Gravity Group announces new coaster for Big Chief's

Posted Friday, January 23, 2004 10:30 PM | Contributed by Jeff

The Gravity Group released this statement today:

Cincinnati, Ohio (January 23, 2004) - The Gravity Group, LLC has begun design work on a large wooden roller coaster project. The roller coaster, deemed Hades, will open in the spring of 2005 at Big Chief Mount Olympus Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Hades will be constructed in-house by the park and will be the fourth and largest wooden roller coaster in the park's collection. Nick Laskaris, the park's owner, describes the ride as huge compared to anything else in the region. The new ride will dominate the park's skyline, which is already defined by the park's three existing wooden roller coasters: Zeus (1997), Cyclops (1995) and Pegasus (1996). Gravity Group member Larry Bill was the head engineer for each of these rides.

The Gravity Group, LLC is comprised of the former Custom Coasters, Inc. engineering team and carries with it the design experience from over 45 wooden roller coasters worldwide. Since its inception in August of 2002, The Gravity Group, LLC has completed many engineering consulting projects for the industry, including foundation and structural design for amusement rides. The Gravity Group, LLC offers complete and customizable solutions to bring wooden roller coasters to amusement parks worldwide.

Link: The Gravity Group

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Friday, January 23, 2004 10:46 PM
Robocoaster's avatar My plans for 2005 are now officially starting...
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Friday, January 23, 2004 11:15 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar Good to see CCI...I mean GG is getting some contracts.
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Saturday, January 24, 2004 12:42 AM
I second Andy's thought.
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Saturday, January 24, 2004 1:08 AM
Is this just their first new coaster project?*** This post was edited by Michael Darling 1/24/2004 1:08:46 AM ***
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Saturday, January 24, 2004 3:05 AM
They keep mentioning "large" but aren't very specific in what they mean by large i.e. height? length? speed?
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Saturday, January 24, 2004 3:32 AM
Finally!!
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Saturday, January 24, 2004 9:39 AM
Jeff's avatar I think by "large" they mean it's not light consulting work or designing foundations for flat rides.
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Saturday, January 24, 2004 10:29 AM
It looks like GG thinks any coaster over 85 feet tall is large...
http://www.thegravitygroup.com/styles_3.html
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Saturday, January 24, 2004 10:40 AM
Excellent! It's great to finally see the Gravity Group with a coaster contract. Can't wait to see what they come up with!

-BB

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Saturday, January 24, 2004 11:23 AM
Just check out some of those concept images on the site for the large coasters....there's no way we'll be dissappointed.
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Saturday, January 24, 2004 11:44 AM
Even their small and medium size designs look like great fun. Also, their new ride concept the Splinter would make a great dark ride. Hmmmm
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Saturday, January 24, 2004 11:50 AM
I dunno if I'd classify 85ft as a large wooden coaster, I'd say thats mid-sized. Anything over 100ft I'd say is a large woodie. But hey whatever works for them I guess.
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Saturday, January 24, 2004 12:39 PM
They said huge compared to anything else in the region though.

However, I will remain skeptical of just how "huge" this ride is until its officially announced.

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Saturday, January 24, 2004 1:01 PM
nasai's avatar Huge can be defined in a LOT of ways. I certainly hope the ride has length, and even girth..... ;) But Height? Eh... that gets old really fast, and it's been proven that taller woodies just don't perform well.
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Saturday, January 24, 2004 2:19 PM
If they are talking huge and largest in the midwest, wouldnt that mean a wooden coaster taller than Raging Bull in height???
Or at least bigger than The Boss and Son of Beast??
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Saturday, January 24, 2004 2:29 PM
Olsor's avatar

...there's no way we'll be dissappointed.


A sure harbinger that someone will be disappointed. :)

Seriously, though... those layouts all look amazing.

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Saturday, January 24, 2004 2:32 PM
Those concepts clearly indicate where the majority of CCI's good ideas came from. I think that GG could make an exciting 30-foot tall coaster!
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Saturday, January 24, 2004 3:24 PM
The Dells newspaper article stated it would be the tallest coaster in the midwest, but I'm willing to bet the claim was actually tallest wooden coaster in the midwest. Now, it's clear by the other thread that people's concepts of "midwest" vary. So if we exclude Ohio, a 130' tall wooden coaster would be the tallest in the midwest. Consider the fact that Zeus is just 40' shorter than that, and the fact that it's going to be under construction for two years, and I think it's clear this is going to be much taller than 85'.

-Nate*** This post was edited by coasterdude318 1/24/2004 3:24:40 PM ***

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Saturday, January 24, 2004 4:03 PM
BullGuy's avatar Please, please, don't let this be a steel support structure.
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