Summer has hit at last and the first few matches of the World Cup are underway. Not that I can understand it personally, but there are some people out there who have no interest whatsoever in sport, and for them, their summer is spent experiencing the thrills and spills of amusement and theme parks. Well, here’s some little known facts for you.
Russia is accredited with inventing the roller coaster concept: apparently in the 15th century they rode sledge down slides made of ice which were hundreds of feet long. And the first acknowledged one in the USA was actually a working mountain coal train and when it became redundant in the 1850’s, people rode it for fun.
It will probably come as no surprise to learn that Walt Disney Company is the leading player in the theme park world with more than $14 billion revenue from its theme parks. In 2012, over 126 million people visited Disney parks globally.
But check this out, it’s Japan that holds the record for the longest rides. Roller coasters are possibly the most popular attraction: people tend to love to hang upside down and have their innards churned and the longest steel coaster is Steel Dragon 2000, in Mie, Japan which totals 8,133 feet of track.
The Good, the Bad and the Utterly Petrifying
The fastest and without doubt the scariest ride is the Formula Rossa roller coaster at Ferrari World in the United Arab Emirates. In just five seconds, it accelerates to its top speed of 140 miles per hour. The G force can only be imagined!
Now while the majority of modern steel roller coasters have a 90 degree angle of descent (that’s straight up and straight back down again to you and me), Japan has taken this one stage further wth the Takabisha at Fuji-Q Highland in Japan which boasts a terrifying 121 degree tilt drop free fall. This is without doubt the steepest roller coaster in the world! A word of warning, don’t eat beforehand. Please.
Catering for the Public
Which leads nicely on to mass catering at theme parks. The variety of food available at theme parks has changed over the years. Where once burger, hotdogs and chips were the only option, today’s visitors are far more discerning. African, Indian, Mexican, French and Italian eateries are now commonplace (Hogwarts butterbeer is the latest favourite offering), and the customer demands of quality and speed can cause major headaches for the theme park catering fraternity.
The best advice is to invest in an oven that is reliable, trustworthy and reputable. Then make sure that the brand is backed up by a support network that is on hand to assist whenever you need it. For example, AC Services (Southern) has been the Rational Service Partner for the South, South West England and South Wales for many years and clients who use the Rational brand know that all of their maintenance, repair, installation and servicing for any Rational model is in the best hands. So if you are catering for the masses this summer, be prepared.