Vekoma Custom MK-900

Thursday, July 3, 2003 1:52 PM
So I was looking at some parks on RCDB, and I came across the new Hong Kong Disneyland and noticed the type of ride that the Space Mountain roller coaster is. According to the site, it's a Vekoma Custom MK-900. Heh, so I clicked on the link of the model type, and saw that there's five other coasters like that model. But wait, there aren't 5 Space Mountains... The other four were at totally different parks. That made me wonder, is Disney using an off-the-shelf (so to speak) coaster for their new park? I could see something like that for something small, like a wild mouse, but for something like Space Mountain, I'd only expect it to be a clone of another Disney SM, not from something outside the chain. Here's the link...

http://rcdb.com/installationresult.htm?column=1,10,3,4,5&order=1,2&production=100&contact=7

So yeah, I was just wondering if they're using the same type, or if it's just the same name, but different design, or something else.

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Thursday, July 3, 2003 1:58 PM
Well, the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster is a trio, and only 2 are on Disney properties.

http://rcdb.com/installationresult.htm?column=1,10,3,4,5&order=1,2&production=93&contact=7

Edit: (forgot to finish) There is a possibility that the new coaster could be a clone.

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*** This post was edited by Evil Zucchini 7/3/2003 6:00:00 PM ***

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Thursday, July 3, 2003 2:02 PM
Though, you'd imagine that since the model is "Custom MK-900," it's safe to assume that it's not a clone. Or, at the very least, it's not an off-the-shelf model.

I'd expect it to be similar, though, if not identical, to Space Mountain: From the Earth to the Moon. I don't trust that Vekoma would do anything custom *and* exclusive.

I also don't trust that Disney would pay more than it needs to export its product.


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Thursday, July 3, 2003 2:03 PM
It's interesting to note that those particular Vekoma trains run on the outside of the track when nearly all other Vekoma coasters, run on the inside of the track.
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Thursday, July 3, 2003 2:56 PM
MK-900, that is the track gauge. Just to compare, the usual Vekoma looper are MK-1200. That pretty much rules out a clone of the DLP Space Mountain, since that one, like the 3 LSM Coaster (the 2 RnRC and Superman: The Ride), use the MK-1200 track.
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Thursday, July 3, 2003 3:07 PM
900 mm? I suppose that makes sense.

Might this then be indicative of whatever retrofit is taking place to Disneyland's Space Mountain?

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Thursday, July 3, 2003 6:19 PM
Could be, but the track it currently runs on is Arrow, and I'm not sure what gauge it is... Probably smaller, from what I can remember, but don't quote me on that.

And also, the word out of Anaheim (via Mouseplanet/Miceage) is that Disney wants to simply rebuild the old layout, and possibly retheme it a bit. Nothing more, nothing exciting.

Remember, Disneyland's Space Mountain building is much smaller, and buried quite a bit because of it. I'm pretty sure it ends up being smaller in volume than the Floridian Mountain.

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Thursday, July 3, 2003 8:24 PM
Vekoma's coaster tracks are 1200mm (Arrow-style), 900mm (talked about in this thread) and 700mm (Roller Skater), correct?

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Thursday, July 3, 2003 8:46 PM
There is also the MK-900 M... the mine trains! They have inside guidewheels and run absolutely smooth! The trains are also well themed and comfortable.
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