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Reverchon Industries was a developer, designer and manufacturer of amusement park attractions that were sold all over the world. The company went into liquidation in September 2008, filing for bankruptcy and closing down their manufacturing and operations plant.

Its production unit was set in the French village of Samois-sur-Seine, near Fontainebleau.

Reverchon Industries
Private company
FateBankruptcy
Founded1929
FounderGaston Reverchon
Defunct2009
Area served
Worldwide
Websitewww.reverchon-attraction.com Edit this on Wikidata

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HistoryEdit

  • 1929: Gaston Reverchon, a young coach builder, created his own workshop in the suburbs of Paris. The rides business began there when Gaston Reverchon thought to adapt the coachwork he used on real cars to bumper cars. At the time, bumper cars were nothing more than a steering wheel and a seat attached to a wooden board on wheels. The first Reverchon bumper-car with its metallic color and design inspired by the American cars of that period went on to the market and was an instant success.
  • 1937: It occurred to Gaston Reverchon to not only make parts for bumper-car rides but the whole ride itself and that year, on the dawn of the second world war, Télécombat, a ride featuring small military airplanes, was born.
  • 1956: After progress had been halted by the war, Reverchon began to provide attractions for distraction-thirsty Europeans. Joined by his sons Michel and Christian, working respectively as designer and technician ("Gaston Reverchon" became "Gaston Reverchon and Sons"), he began a second diversification, designing and producing a full range of complete rides. In 1956, they were the first to develop polyester as part of the bumper cars' coachwork.
  • 1950–1971: These two decades marked a golden age for Reverchon, throughout which the company created new rides and improved old ones. The production unit was relocated to Samois-sur-Seine, where 2,000 cars and 50 rides were produced every year and a new model designed every 5 years. In 1971, 270 workers were working in the company.
  • 1973: 1973 proved to be a big year for Reverchon Industries, when Christian Reverchon presented his two latest attractions in Chicago: Himalaya and Paratrooper. Here, the company understood its strength and weaknesses: the public found the rides very fun and the aesthetic pleasing but the rides took very long to set up (3 days for 3 people). It also revealed Reverchon Industries' desire to expand beyond Europe.
  • 1976: In 1976, Reverchon made its first flume ride at Bagatelle Park, in Berck France.
  • 1978: Having learned a lesson from 1973, Reverchon launched a bumper car system to be set up using hydraulics. Now, rather than requiring two days for six people, the owner could do the work all on his or her own.
  • 1990: The first Reverchon roller coaster is installed at Le Pal in France.[1]
  • 1997: The first Crazy Mouse coaster opens at Dinosaur Beach in Wildwood, New Jersey, U.S.[2]
  • 2003: During the 2003 IAAPA Expo, Alberto Zamperla and Gilles Reverchon announced Zamperla would manufacture and sell Reverchon amusement rides worldwide under a license agreement.[3] The first coaster built under this arrangement is installed in 2004 at Six Flags Great America.[4]
  • 2005: The Zamperla and Reverchon agreement is dissolved, however Zamperla retains the rights to build and market its own spinning mouse coaster calling it the Twister Coaster. It is virtually identical to the Reverchon model except for the use of individual restraints mounted to the floor of the vehicle – the Reverchon passenger restraints pull down from overhead.
  • 2008: Reverchon announced that they have filed for bankruptcy and are closing down their manufacturing and operations.[5] On September 26, 2008 the company ceased trading. Rival roller coaster company Zamperla continues marketing the Twister Coaster.

List of roller coastersEdit

As of 2019, Reverchon Industries has built 37 roller coasters around the world.[6]

Name Model Park Country Opened Status Ref
Tigre de Sibérie
Formerly Grand 8
Custom Coaster Le Pal   France 1990 Operating [7]
Wall's Twister Ride Spinning Coaster West Midland Safari Park   United Kingdom 1998 Operating [8]
Crazy Mouse Spinning Coaster South Pier   United Kingdom 1998 Removed [9]
Dizzy Mouse Spinning Coaster Wiener Prater   Austria 1998 Operating [10]
Spinning Coaster Spinning Coaster Yokohama Cosmoworld   Japan 1998 Operating [11]
Crazy Mouse Spinning Coaster Hirakata Park   Japan 1998 Operating [12]
Spin Mouse Spinning Coaster Greenland   Japan 1998 Operating [13]
Crazy Mouse Spinning Coaster Steel Pier
Dinosaur Beach
  United States 1999
1997 to 1998
Operating [14]
[15]
Ratón Loco Spinning Coaster La Feria Chapultepec Magico   Mexico 1999 Operating [16]
Exterminator Spinning Coaster Kennywood   United States 1999 Operating [17]
Roller Boom Spinning Coaster Fiabilandia   Italy 2000 Removed [18]
Crazy Mouse Spinning Coaster Brighton Pier   United Kingdom 2000 Operating [19]
Crazy Mouse Spinning Coaster Motor World   United States 2000 Removed [20]
Twister
Formerly Treetop Twister
Spinning Coaster Lightwater Valley   United Kingdom 2001 Closed following Accident [21]
Crazy Mouse Spinning Coaster Magic World   Italy 2001 Closed [22]
Flagermusen Spinning Coaster Fårup Sommerland   Denmark 2001 Operating [23]
Crazy Mouse Spinning Coaster Allou Fun Park   Greece 2002 Removed [24]
Souris Mécaniques
Formerly Papillons d'Alice
Junior Spinning Coaster Jardin d'Acclimatation   France 2002 Operating [25]
Primeval Whirl Spinning Coaster Disney's Animal Kingdom   United States 2002 Operating [26]
[27]
Magic Mouse Spinning Coaster Fantasia Luna Park
Funland Park
  Greece 2003
1998 to 2003
Removed [28]
[29]
Crazy Mouse Spinning Coaster DelGrosso's Amusement Park   United States 2004 Operating [30]
Famous Jack
Formerly Ragondingue
Formerly Mouse Trap
Spinning Coaster Bagatelle
Pleasurewood Hills
  France 2006
2000 to 2005
Operating [31]
[32]
[33]
Speed Mouse Spinning Coaster Fami P.A.R.C   France 2006 Removed [34]
Wild Mouse Spinning Coaster Plopsa Coo   Belgium 2006 Removed [35]
Magic Mouse Spinning Coaster Brean Theme Park   United Kingdom 2007 Operating [36]
Bukkerittet
Formerly Crazy Mouse
Spinning Coaster Kongeparken
Wild West World
Myrtle Beach Grand Prix
  Norway 2008
2007
1999 to 2006
Operating [37]
[38]
[39]
Gold Mine Custom Coaster Pirat' Park   France 2008 Operating [40]
Crazy Mouse Spinning Coaster Lunapark Fréjus   France 2009 Operating [41]
Crazy Mouse Spinning Coaster Dreamland
Brean Theme Park
  United Kingdom 2015
2002 to 2006
Removed [42]
[43]
[44]
Crazy Mouse Compact Spinning Coaster Coney Beach Pleasure Park
Bundoran Adventure Park
  United Kingdom 2016
2014
Removed [45]
[46]
Boulets de Canon Junior Spinning Coaster Kid Parc   France 2016 Operating [47]
Fantasy Mouse Spinning Coaster Fantasy Island   United Kingdom 2017 Operating [48]
Crazy Mouse Spinning Coaster Azur Park   France 2017 Operating [49]
Crazy Coaster Spinning Coaster South Pier
Arcadia City
Plopsaland De Panne
  United Kingdom 2018
2014 to 2017
2009 to 2010
Operating [50]
[51]
[52]
Fantasy Mouse
Formerly Magic Mouse
Formerly Fantasy Mouse
Spinning Coaster Fantasy Island
Dreamland
Fantasy Island
  United Kingdom 2018
2017 to 2018
2000 to 2016
Operating [53]
[54]
[55]
[56]
Pierre de Tonnerre Junior Spinning Coaster Parc du Petit Prince   France 2019 Under construction [57]

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  8. ^ Marden, Duane. "Wall's Twister Ride  (West Midland Safari Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  9. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crazy Mouse  (South Pier)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  10. ^ Marden, Duane. "Dizzy Mouse  (Wiener Prater)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  11. ^ Marden, Duane. "Spinning Coaster  (Yokohama Cosmoworld)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  12. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crazy Mouse  (Hirakata Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  13. ^ Marden, Duane. "Spin Mouse  (Greenland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  14. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crazy Mouse  (Steel Pier)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  15. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crazy Mouse  (Dinosaur Beach)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  16. ^ Marden, Duane. "Ratón Loco  (La Feria Chapultepec Magico)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  17. ^ Marden, Duane. "Exterminator  (Kennywood)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  18. ^ Marden, Duane. "Roller Boom  (Fiabilandia)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  19. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crazy Mouse  (Brighton Pier)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  20. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crazy Mouse  (Motor World)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  21. ^ Marden, Duane. "Twister  (Lightwater Valley)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  22. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crazy Mouse  (Magic World)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  23. ^ Marden, Duane. "Flagermusen  (Fårup Sommerland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  24. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crazy Mouse  (Allou Fun Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  25. ^ Marden, Duane. "Souris Mécaniques  (Jardin d'Acclimatation)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  26. ^ Marden, Duane. "Primeval Whirl  (Disney's Animal Kingdom)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  27. ^ Marden, Duane. "Primeval Whirl  (Disney's Animal Kingdom)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  28. ^ Marden, Duane. "Magic Mouse  (Fantasia Luna Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  29. ^ Marden, Duane. "Magic Mouse  (Funland Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  30. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crazy Mouse  (DelGrosso's Amusement Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  31. ^ Marden, Duane. "Famous Jack  (Bagatelle)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  32. ^ Marden, Duane. "Ragondingue  (Bagatelle)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  33. ^ Marden, Duane. "Mouse Trap  (Pleasurewood Hills)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  34. ^ Marden, Duane. "Speed Mouse  (Fami P.A.R.C)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  35. ^ Marden, Duane. "Wild Mouse  (Plopsa Coo)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  36. ^ Marden, Duane. "Magic Mouse  (Brean Theme Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  37. ^ Marden, Duane. "Bukkerittet  (Kongeparken)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  38. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crazy Mouse  (Wild West World)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  39. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crazy Mouse  (Myrtle Beach Grand Prix)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  40. ^ Marden, Duane. "Gold Mine  (Pirat' Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  41. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crazy Mouse  (Lunapark Fréjus)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  42. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crazy Mouse  (Dreamland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  43. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crazy Mouse  (Brean Theme Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  44. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crazy Mouse  (Brean Theme Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  45. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crazy Mouse  (Coney Beach Pleasure Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  46. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crazy Mouse  (Bundoran Adventure Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  47. ^ Marden, Duane. "Boulets de Canon  (Kid Parc)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  48. ^ Marden, Duane. "Fantasy Mouse  (Fantasy Island)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  49. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crazy Mouse  (Azur Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  50. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crazy Coaster  (South Pier)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  51. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crazy Coaster  (Arcadia City)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  52. ^ Marden, Duane. "Crazy Coaster  (Plopsaland De Panne)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  53. ^ Marden, Duane. "Fantasy Mouse  (Fantasy Island)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  54. ^ Marden, Duane. "Magic Mouse  (Dreamland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  55. ^ Marden, Duane. "Fantasy Mouse  (Fantasy Island)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  56. ^ Marden, Duane. "Fantasy Mouse  (Fantasy Island)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  57. ^ Marden, Duane. "Pierre de Tonnerre  (Parc Du Petit Prince)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved June 12, 2012.

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