Sunkid installs first Sunrider at German family park

Austrian manufacturer Sunkid has announced the successful installation of the world’s first Sunrider attraction, at German family park Erlebnispark Steinau.

The Sunrider is the latest family ride concept from Sunkid, and was installed at the Erlebnispark Steinau in Hesse, Germany, in late May 2021.

The new Sunrider has vehicles themed as caterpillars installed on four parallel tracks. Riders move forward or backwards along the rail by pulling and pushing the hand levers. The ride is easy to operate, intuitive, and extremely entertaining. Riders can enjoy a ride along the rail on their own or compete with others on the parallel lanes.

The new Sunrider complements the other Sunkid products already installed in the park, which include the Water Bob Nautic Jet, the butterfly themed Pendulum Track, two Luna Loops, a wooden ball tower, and a number of other wood products.

“We place great value on offering our guests new and innovative rides at Erlebnispark Steinau,” said Theo M. Zwermann, managing director at Erlebnispark Steinau. “The Sunrider is a true innovation that does not require any operator. Those were the main reasons for our investment. Entire families use the Sunrider. Our four lanes permit parallel use and allow a family-internal competition. Once they have figured out how it works, all age groups really get on with it very well.”

The ride can be customised to any theme, with horses, bananas, motorcycles, or excavators, among other things.

“Several considerations together with Sunkid have led to the idea of implementing a caterpillar theme. The natural movements of a caterpillar can be imitated very well with the Sunrider. Our park aims to introduce children to different animals. This facility is ideal for that,” continued Zwermann. “Our guests love the Sunrider. It is used very often and by many. It fits our landscape very well visually as well thanks to its caterpillar theme.”

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