Theme Park ride design and manufacture

For theme park ride design and manufacture, Garmendale are your perfect partner with a range to suit any sized theme park or attraction and a huge amount of experience in ride creation since 1980.

Here we will show you some of our favourites from our portfolio of rides and ride systems and then introduce you to the range of ride solutions we offer. At Garmendale, we specialise in theme park ride design and manufacture and have done since 1980.

Sundown Adventureland Monkey Mayhem Driving School

Some of the finished cars, ready to go at Sundown Adventureland for the Monkey Mayhem Driving School

The finished Monkey Mayhem Driving School ready to go

Garmendale have worked with Sundown Adventureland since 1995. Over many years, they have previously supplied the Robin Hood train ride, the Tractor ride and the Christmas AGV. For this latest project, the Garmendale team created a bespoke design for a new fleet of electric 4×4 Monster Trucks and designed and built their overnight charging station. You can read more about that here.

The Forbidden Caves Dark Ride at Bobbejaanland

Garmendale designed and developed their own all-electric 3DoF Motion Master 30 seater ride system.

Forbidden Caves Immersive Tunnel

The ride was installed at Bobbejaanland as the Forbidden Caves Ride. There are two cars that leave the station and take up to 60 passengers on a dark, immersive subterranean adventure, to a time when supernatural creatures roamed the earth. You can read more about that here.

Chessington Scorpion Express refurbished and redesigned from the Runaway Mine Train Ride

The finished Scorpion Express Ride at Chessington World of Adventures Resort.

theme park ride design- Chessington Scorpion Express

The Runaway Mine Train had long been a family favourite at Chessington. Originally built by Mack Rides in the 1980’s, the team at Merlin Creative felt it was time to give the ride a whole new lease of life. The Garmendale team delivered the finished Scorpion Express in double quick time. You can read more about that here.

The Robin Hood Ride at Sundown Adventureland

One of our favourite rides over the years has been the Robin Hood ride at Sundown Adventureland. It’s been well themed and continually maintained, so it runs smoothly and consistently.

theme park ride design - The Robin Hood ride at Sundownland by Garmendale

The Robin Hood Ride takes passengers on a journey back in time into Robin Hood’s world. Riders meet the outlaw, famous for his gallantry, robbing the rich to feed the poor and fighting against injustice and tyranny. You can read more about that here.

The Weymouth Jurassic Skyline Tower

Weymouth’s Jurassic Skyline tower was originally built as a viewing platform for the 2012 Olympics. The tower which is 53m (174ft) tall delivered bird’s eye views of the Olympic sailing events. It’s since been repurposed to work as a standalone attraction offering views of the Jurassic Coastline.


The Jurassic Skyline Gondola, after loading, rises 53m (174ft) above the resort. Once at the top, the fully enclosed gondola slowly rotates, allowing stunning views of the Jurassic Coast. You can read more about that here.

The Needles Chairlift – Bull Wheel and Ride Refurbishment

Always a huge family favourite with visitors to the Needles, the iconic Chairlift is a fabulous way to see the Isle of Wight’s most famous landmark.

The Needles Chairlift refurbishment by Garmendale

Having been in almost continuous use since it opened in 1973, there were sections of the chairlift structure that needed critical refurbishment. The most striking of which was the main chair lift drive wheel or Bull Wheel. You can read more about that here.

Dragon Falls Log Flume – Chessington World of Adventures Resort

Dragon Falls was beginning to show signs of ageing, so to ensure safety and longevity of the ride, the Garmendale team carried out essential maintenance and upgrades.

Theme park ride design and manufacture of the Dragon Falls

The Garmendale team replaced large sections of the trough structure that were suffering from decay due to exposure to the elements. Mainly the spine brackets connecting the trough support steelwork to the trough spine. You can read more about that here.

The London Eye – Safety Gate System

The London Eye quickly became one of the world’s most iconic structures. Our role was to install a safety gate system that ensured total passenger safety.

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The Garmendale team were tasked with replacing the gating system to both meet and exceed health and safety standards but also to dramatically improve load times (and therefore footfall) through the ride. You can read more about that here.

Theme Park Ride Design and Manufacture

Since the mid 1990’s Garmendale have been designing and manufacturing theme park rides for many of the World’s most well known theme parks and attractions. Covering the length and breadth of the British Isles and as far afield as the Middle East, the range of rides is extensive and designed to suit almost any ride requirement. All of the rides can be adapted to work with any brand or IP.

So let’s meet the range.

The Quadstar Aerial Roundabout

The QuadStar aerial roundabout ride has been designed as a range with six to ten vehicles. Each car allows four people to ride together with full yaw control for the ‘driver’. The design of the passenger ‘car’ can be adapted to suit any design or IP.

Quadstar Aerial Roundabout for attractions slider

The Motion Master 30 Dark Ride System

The Motion Master 30 is Garmendale’s biggest ride solution and the first fully electric 3DOF ride. The design has been configured to carry up to 30 people with further versions offering eight and six seats.

Motion Master 30 at Bobbejaanland

The Quadtrack Dark Ride System

The QuadTrack has been designed to deliver a great value, lightweight and robust solution for tracked dark ride applications. The drive system is fully electric and features individual lap bars for all occupants. Again it is adaptable for any brand or IP.

Dark Ride System QuadTrack by Garmendale Theme Park Engineering

Tracked Trains for Attractions

The Garmendale range of tracked trains ranges in scale from 15″ gauge up to the much larger 24″ gauge. Train manufacture was the initial mainstay of the business dating back to 1980 and since then, over 50 train systems have been designed and manufactured.

Tracked trains and transportation systems by Garmendale

Motion Master Six Immersive Ride System

The Motion Master Six by Garmendale is our smallest all-electric 3DoF ride system. It’s designed to carry six people and can be configured in the full 3DoF specification, or a far simpler spin option.

Motion Master six 3dof ride

Electric Cars for Attractions

The Garmendale Electric Car range is both hard-working and flexible. The body can be matched to any brand or IP. The battery system has been designed so that the cars can run for a full seven-hour shift between charges and requires minimal maintenance

theme park ride design - Electric Cars for attractions and theme parks

Tractor Ride System

Tractor rides have been a staple product within the Garmendale ride range for many years and have proven to be incredibly reliable in operation. With simple maintenance, they will run for many years and one client system in operation has already carried nearly five million riders.

theme park ride design - Tractor Rides for attractions

AGV Ride with MagTrac or OptiTrac

The MagTrac and OptiTrac ranges are AGV Dark ride systems that are designed to run indoors following a programmable ‘track’ that guides the cars around a pre-defined route. As you can see from the above image, that track is a simple floor strip and is infinitely variable.

Close up of the underneath of the AGV ride car

Electric Boat Range for Attractions

The Electric Boat range by Garmendale is a logical and cost-effective addition to areas of open water within a park, attraction or location. They are super efficient and the battery system designed to power the boats effortlessly for a complete working day.

theme park ride design- Electric Boats for Attractions by Garmendale Theme Park Engineering

Theme Park Ride Design and Manufacture made easy by Garmendale.

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