Behind every fantastic ride is a fantastic maintenance team that spends most of the park’s off season disassembling, inspecting, and rebuilding the rides we all know and love. While the park may be closed, the months of November, December, January, February, and March are used to give all our rides a little TLC so by the time opening day comes, the rides are ready to go.
Depending on the ride, some may be repainted, have fiberglass replaced, have lift motors rebuilt, or have decals on the train redesigned and updated. While each ride may have its own unique maintenance, the majority of all rollercoaster trains and ride vehicles are required to be taken off the tracks, completely disassembled, and inspected thoroughly to ensure smooth and safe operation each season. After inspection, the teams will reassemble parts and deliver them back to their rides.
For the Flying Eagles, each vehicle is detached from the ride while all the other pieces like the cable shackles, cable blocks, and the blue panels that hold the cart together are taken to the maintenance shop to be cleaned and checked for any wear.
When it comes to the rollercoaster maintenance, each train is taken apart all the way down to the floorboards and all the axels, wheels, and bogies are thoroughly inspected.
Take a look at the three types of wheels awaiting their testing from Flight of Fear.
Think you can guess which coaster these restraints belong to?
If you guessed Backlot Stunt Coaster then you're on the right track!
While the trains are waiting to be inspected and put back together, most parts must go through NDT (Non-Destructive Testing) before being reassembled and heading back to the stations. Once everything passes inspection, the train will be placed back on the track in time for opening day. Here you can see the Backlot Stunt Coaster train as it is being placed back on the track.
There is a lot of work that goes into ride maintenance to ensure a safe and thrilling ride – here’s a huge shoutout to our maintenance teams for all they do! Be sure to follow the KD Blog for more coaster maintenance updates!