The thrill of a ride is what makes Halloween a night for fun and family traditions, which is why the design and inclusion of Helen Rittelmeyer into the Coaster of The Day is an exciting development.
Helen and her love of old-fashioned Americana are evident in her creation, The Unruly Coaster, a traditional roller coaster that takes the shape of a steam engine and will be a nighttime delight for families to enjoy.
The coaster is inspired by Helen’s love of horses and their use throughout American history.
The skeleton and “fire” locomotive are both inspired by her mother’s New England farm and the coal stove in her kitchen.
San Diego Bridge
The skeleton is also based on a bridge built in San Diego in the 1940s, a bridge with “the flames that lick up the sides like smoke,” which has since been removed.
As well as its design, Helen is also celebrating the old ways of life of American heritage with a unique train ride to commemorate the origin of the train and the relationship between father and son. She begins her journey at the Catching a Ride Station with family and friends gathered in anticipation.
The unique “family picture” at the station is part of the coaster, where riders can interact with Helen and enjoy the station itself, her imagination, and the use of the image. As part of her storytelling process, she introduces a humorous story about “how John loved his son.”
WHERE SHE WORKS
She is also working on a Tornado Roller Coaster and Stormy Winds Roller Coaster, as well as a Steam Racer and Goliath Adventure, which are being created in association with a Japanese company and feature authentic wooden tracks and the ghosts and ghost tracks are being cast by her family. A Skeleton Train, named After Helen’s Mother, is also available. In addition to the many roller coasters, Helen is working on plans for a scenic carnival ride that will serve to satisfy the needs of the children while inspiring adult imaginations.
Helen and her desire to help children and families have the same kind of connection and enjoyment that she has found with rides, is what inspired her to create her first ride, The Unruly Coaster.
Once complete, her belief that she could share these experiences and her love of true Americana will inspire others to enjoy what she has created.
Let’s Start a Conversation
Helen Rittelmeyer’s life work, and passion for the history of the family and the soul of the land, are captured in the name of her company, “America’s Historian.”
From the use of her own personal history, to the legacy of the past, Helen’s work celebrates and highlights those true American stories that people need to know, are still true, and will always be in their hearts.
If you would like to see Helen’s work in person, you can find her online or on her own website.