In 1973, Universal Mobility, Inc. (UMI) debuted their UNIMOBIL Tourister Type II monorail system. Six systems would be built over the following eleven years, three which were opened in successive years – 1973, 1974 and 1975. These are the systems that operated at Carowinds, Kings Island, and Kings Dominion. Carowinds Monorail Carowinds opened on March
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Universal Mobility, Inc. (UMI), manufactured two minirail systems in California, in 1968 and 1971. These were the first and third systems UMI manufactured for Habegger in the United States. The latter of the two is Metro, which the history of the ride is tied in with Hersheypark’s Monorail. The earlier is UMI’s first system, which operates
In this series about various monorail systems, there are two monorails with a close relationship between the history of both parks. When John O. Hershey was put in charge of cleaning up Hershey Park in 1969, he was very open minded to significant changes in the amusement park industry, and as such, he took to
Universal Mobility, Incorporated (UMI), was a company based out of Salt Lake City, Utah that existed from approximately 1967 to 1989. UMI was best known for constructing a handful of monorail systems in places such as Hershey, Pennsylvania, Magic Mountain in California, and the Louisiana World’s Fair in 1984. Other products UMI manufactured included tram
Habegger Maschinenfabrik AG is a company in Thun, Switzerland. It was founded by Willy Habegger in 1943. They began manufacturing a type of monorail they were calling a “minirail” sometime in the early 1960s. At the time, the company was called Maschinenfabrik Habegger. European expositions 1964 – 66 The first monorail Habegger designed was for
With the IAAPA Attractions Expo going on in Orlando, Florida this week, here is an article about one of the top awards given in the industry – the Liseberg Applause Award. Since 1980, an amusement park in Gothenburg, Sweden, Liseberg, has given a prestigious award known as the Applause Award. This award is given to
The date Lakemont Park opened Currently, Lakemont Park says it opened in 1894. A newspaper article from the late 1980s says the Lakemont Park Company received the title/deed of the park in October 1894, towards the end of the park’s first season. I assume this is the current rationale for the park opening in 1894.