The Wonder Carpet paves the way for more summer tubing tracks
The newly constructed Sunkid Summer Tubing tracks at Eibenstock (Germany) and Alytus (Lithuania) are providing plenty of fun for young and old
In addition to day trippers from Vogtland, numerous additional guests also travel in summer from the Leipzig area to visit the attractions at Auersberg Mountain. Many of them stay for a week and take advantage of the wide array of funtime activities. The summer tubing track in Eibenstock, in operation since the beginning of this summer, has become a special draw for many visitors. Tubers take off right from the starting ramp at a good clip. Two steep-walled curves along the track add to the fun by getting the tube spinning. At the end of the 262-ft track (80m), the Wonder Carpet is waiting to carry passengers back to the top. A photoeye with a stop light, along with a turnstile and a token validator, have been installed at the launch area, Thanks to these, only one operator is needed to ensure supervision of the entire ride. In addition, safety is bolstered by the fact that only one single passenger can be present in the tubing area at any time.
The facilities in Eibenstock are a perfect example of the multiple applications of the Wonder Carpet. In winter, it's used for novice areas of ski slopes. And in summer, it enhances the attraction of a leisure park along with the tubing track. "So far, about 500 rides in one day is the peak usage. On a normal day, we see between 200 and 250 rides," exclaims assistant manager Stefan Uhlmann about the hoped-for, but not entirely expected, flood of new passengers. Since the number of riders on the all-weather bobsled track has also increased, it seems that the tubing track poses no competition for the other attraction, but rather gets guests excited about trying both.
Summer tubing project
Recently, another summer tubing project was implemented by our partner, NEVEPLAST, in Lithuania.
Alytus (Litauen): The first amusement park in Lithuania, named "Tarzanija" (Tarzan), opened four years ago. As the name suggests, the original facilities include a high-ropes challenge course. But over time, additional attractions were introduced. This year, a summer tubing track was added, with varying long and steep sections. For the new attraction, a Sunkid Wonder Carpet was the lift of choice.
Alytus is a medium-sized city in the south of Lithuania, relatively close to the capital, Vilnius. Along the way to Alytus, dense forest and large and small lakes dot the beautiful landscape. The city of Alytus itself is crossed by the Neman river. Four years ago, right on the shores of the Neman and directly next to the city, the first adventure park in Lithuania was opened for business. This park, named "Tarzanija", offers a high-ropes course for all abilities and the longest Flying Fox in Europe. Over time, the park grew as additional attractions were added. Since this summer, there's another attraction which visitors have enjoyed greatly. Sunkid's partner NEVEPLAST constructed four summer tubing tracks with different lengths right next to the entrance of the park, with a total length of 1049 feet (320m) and plenty of different drops to produce different speeds. As a very special feature, at the end of one of the tracks, a gigantic air pad was put in place, so passengers can land softly after a flight about 13 to 19 feet (4 to 6m) in the air. The four tracks are made accessible by a 177-feet long Sunkid Wonder Carpet (54m).