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KCL Roller Coaster Lighting System Debuts at American Dream's Nickelodeon Universe

KCL Engineering is pleased to announce the company's newest roller coaster lighting systems have debuted on TMNT Shellraiser (Launched Euro-Fighter manufactured by Gerstlauer Amusement Rides) and Sandy's Blasting Bronco (Short Loop Coaster manufactured by Intamin Amusement Rides). Both marquee roller coasters are located at Nickelodeon Universe amusement park, which opened on October 25th at North America's third largest retail and entertainment complex, American Dream, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

TMNT Shellraiser features the world’s steepest roller coaster drop, at 122 degrees. Riders are held at the edge of this dramatic drop in a glass and steel pop-up, where they get a brief glimpse at the Manhattan skyline before plummeting 12 stories. KCL Engineering was chosen to light TMNT Shellraiser, which involves a first-of-its-kind lighting feature on the launch portion. With effects running in reverse direction, riders are given the impression they are accelerating at an even faster pace. At night, the LED lighting systems integrated into the track and at the base of the lift tower transform the experience. The lighting concept also reflects the four colors of each TMNT.

“We raised the stakes at Nickelodeon Universe with our first indoor lighting system on Shellraiser and Sandy’s Blasting Bronco,” says Kris Kunze, Founder and Managing Principal of KCL Engineering. “And in its world debut, a KCL Light Launch on Shellraiser takes lift-off to a whole new level."

"A big hats-off to the KCL programming team who created intense new launch effects on Shellraiser while brilliantly applying KCL’s signature ‘chase’ to follow multiple cars simultaneously. These are visuals found nowhere else in the world and we are honored to be part of Triple Five’s monumental entertainment achievements at American Dream," Kunze commends.

Sandy's Blasting Bronco features KCL's signature roller coaster lighting system, the first on an Intamin ride. The two roller coaster systems are compatible with the entire Nickelodeon Universe lighting controls system, which is capable of producing park-wide light shows.

KCL Engineering thanks partner, Ride Entertainment, for their advocacy to bring KCL's lighting system to a stage of American Dream's magnitude. Nickelodeon Universe is just the first phase of American Dream. Triple Five plans on opening their waterpark in November; the ski park in December; and the retail section in March. Learn more at

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