Garmendale refurbishes attractions at Oakwood and heads to Japan

Garmendale, a leading theme park ride systems specialist, has announced some updates, including the refurbishment of the Megafobia rollercoaster and Aerodrome ride at Oakwood Theme Park in Wales. The company has also been expanding to the Japanese market, with the creation of a new ride for a theme park in Japan.

Oakwood Theme Park is a family favourite attraction in Pembrokeshire, home of the much-loved Megafobia rollercoaster. Garmendale has now completed the refurbishment of the ride’s silver train. The 901-metre long coaster reaches a high of 26 m and runs at a top speed of 48mph. Added to this, the ride drops at a 55-degree angle, producing G Forces of up to 2.75.

Garmendale Megafobia

Mechanical refurbishment and new upholstery

The work included a complete overhaul checking each component and cleaning, painting and rebuilding vital parts.

All components have been thoroughly tested, and the silver train has also been given new upholstery for comfort and style. Garmendale is confident that the ride will now be running as well as it did when it was first installed in 1996, if not better.

Garmendale Oakwood

Garmendale take to the skies

The company has also refurbished another favourite at Oakwood Theme Park. After being stripped, primed, fixed and painted, the planes from the Oakwood Aerodrome ride are flying back to the park. The new bright colour scheme is sure to delight young visitors.

New coaster for Japan

Garmendale have also announced the creation of a new ride for a theme park in Japan. The company says it is one of their best rides to date, and they are looking forward to the official park announcement.

The ride is a six arm QuadStar, themed around a world famous IP that will be familiar to many. Riders have full control over their ‘car’ height, and can also get involved in the action by shooting at moving targets while riding the attraction. The ride is similar to the Vroomster Ride at Alton Towers’ CBeebies Land. Garmendale says, “as soon as the branded vehicle is added to the ride itself, the engineering behind it almost disappears. For us, this shows the skill within the design as it’s the IP that needs to be front of mind to passengers, not quality of the design and build.”

The Derbyshire company is continuing to expand, with the recent appointment of a new Technical Project Manager.