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Are ride lockers a revenue stream or a service to your guests? They can, of course, be both, but if your guests don’t have the right change or are asked to pay too many times chances are they will stop using them. A new system developed by the American company Smarte Carte together with Core Cashless Kiosks aims to address both these issues.
Elton’s derby race games are a midway classic, but on quiet days at a park it can be frustrating waiting for other players. No such problem with Crazy Fruits, which requires just three players for a full race, or can be played by a single player against the machine.
This classic family board game has been reborn as a coin-operated arcade machine.
This professional dynamic simulation platform on three rotation axes features a control system, in the loop hardware and high precision mechanics direct from Formula One. This allows for quick reaction movements and acceleration, providing a very realistic driving experience.
Made up of a grid of rain curtains, Water Web provides a maze for waterpark guests, with curtains acting as barriers.
The Junior Twister Coaster is a new family ride from Zamperla, and it comes in two versions, the JTC 170 "Compact" and JTC 230 "Extended."
Combining the thrill of a Whip with cars from the classic Tilt-a-Whirl, this brand new attraction from Gordon Rides and Larson International was engineered by Ride Centerline.
It’s a train ride without a track! Operators of the Happypillar simply mark their own track on the floor with paint, gaffer tape (duct tape) or anything else that takes their fancy and the caterpillar-themed train faithfully follows it using sensors in each car.
This lavish new history of the famous UK park is published in large paperback format, totalling 144 pages.
Let this be a lesson to anyone closing their park for good. A titillating exposé like this could be written about your facility!
This new book published over the winter is packed full of detail, though lacking in pictures.
Kees Albers, the man behind Tape My Day, reckons his product is different to all the other DVD systems that have come and gone from the amusement industry.
Alterface has developed a mobile version of its Interactive Theater.
This new tower ride by Italy’s SBF/Visa Group is available in a variety of different sizes. Each version comes complete with multiple ride patterns including shot, drop and bounce.
Bombay Amusement Rides (BARPL) recently completed its first Bombay Sky Kopter. The family ride, built to an Italian design, stands 7-metres tall and has been shipped to Indonesia, where it has already proved very popular with children at Jawa Timur Park.
The German ride manufacturer Gerstlauer has introduced a new variation of the Polyp ride, complete with suspended seating. This flat ride features five arms supporting 40 seats in which riders' legs hang free.
This new tethered helium balloon offers passengers the chance to view 360-degree scenery at a height of 120-metres. Up to 16 people at a time can ride, suspended in a gondola from beneath an airship-shaped balloon.
Now supplied in FEC-friendly colours, the Sky Trail Discover provides an exciting, challenging and “dangerous-yet-safe” experience for anyone 1.1-metres and taller.
New from Creative Works Theme Factory, Lazer Frenzy is an arcade-style attraction for spaces as small as 200 square feet. According to its supplier, the game delivers the same revenue as nearly eight arcade games in half the space.
Arcade users are being encouraged to roll up for all the fun of the fair with this new redemption game from Pan Amusements.
Skee-Ball is a classic midway and arcade game that has been enjoyed by family members of all ages for a century. To celebrate its anniversary in 2009, Skee-Ball Amusement Games has produced this collector’s edition anniversary alley.
“A lot of parks have stopped running games now because of staff fraud,” reports the Amusement Corp’s David Miller. The Australian company has released a new midway game that it says will increase takings ...then stop them drifting away into employee’s pockets.
A new range of wooden coaster trains from the Gravity Group and its sister company Gravity Kraft promises to increase rider comfort.
Action Innovators is a new Dutch company that aims to offer a range of challenge-based attractions. One of its first products is the Vertical Bike, in which riders pedal to reach the top of a 12-metre tower.
TV talent shows such as X Factor and American Idol are well known for throwing up their fair share of crazy characters, but a new attraction from Germany’s Clostermann Design boasts a judging panel from another planet.
Built by ex-Mack Rides salesman Oliver Pierling, this attractive Blumen Karussell (Flower Carousel) offers garden-themed fun for park guests aged 3 and up.
This interactive kids’ ride from Gosetto of Italy features a 7-metre diameter platform that rotates around a fixed tree in the centre. The 12 cars, themed as nutshells, seat two children or one adult each.
The Cannonball, or Water Splash, is the newest product from Wiegand Maelzer of Germany – and it’s quite a head-turner. See video here.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas, has debuted Pirate's Plunder, or AquaQuest, a waterpark version of Creative Kingdoms’ MagiQuest treasure hunt game.
Now available from Wave Loch, the FlowRider Mobile, or “MoFlow”, is a portable version of the company’s FlowRider surfing attraction. It can be enjoyed anywhere that is accessible by road, whether that be a special event or perhaps as a guest attraction at an existing waterpark.
Turkish waterpark supplier Polin has added a new pirate-themed product to its range following requests from clients who found its pirate play centre too big for their facilities.
SCS Interactive has introduced a new range of products for the splash park market. Featuring simple but eye-catching design, HydroLine offers an authentic waterpark experience in a small package suitable for a wide range of outlets, from municipal parks to hotels and resorts.
Elton Games recently unveiled an eye-catching dark light/ultraviolet version of its popular derby racing game, for use in FECs or other venues with restricted light.
Designed to enhance child safety at parks and attractions, as well as presenting a potential new revenue stream, the Childminder wristband is a secure device which sends an electronic signal to venue operators when a child leaves without their parent or guardian. It also ensures that missing children are quickly reunited with their parent of guardian by linking their mobile phone number to the wristband.
A new ride designer has set up shop in New York, and its first product is an exciting adaptation of an old classic. Based loosely on the original WF Mangels Whip of 1914, the MegaWhip from GordonRides features one very important difference. Unlike the original Whip, it is able to navigate both left and right curves in a single, extended layout.
This innovative line of patented bracelets, lanyards and temporary tattoos helps reunite wandering children and parents quickly. Parents simply use the Spot Me ID waterproof permanent marker to write their mobile phone number and name on these easy-to-recognise safety products.
Ranger Quest is a new multiplayer theme park gaming experience utilising GPS technology. Provided with location-based videos, trivia, puzzles and a mystery storyline, guests explore the park, competing against the clock and each other in an interactive challenge.
Millions of wristbands are applied to guests at parks and attractions each season, but what happens to the removable tabs attached to the adhesive? They are discarded and thrown on the floor, making some park entry plazas look like they’ve been hit by a freak snow shower.
This stacking unit is ideal for food service applications where counter space is scarce.
Based on the same “Airballs” technology as its Pinball ride, Air Racer from Skytrack in the Netherlands tests four riders’ nerves and reflexes in a drag race race with hovering cars.
Chance Morgan has updated its old Rok ‘n’ Rol ride (reminiscent of the old Allen Herschell Looper) by adding an undulating track and new seating. Known as the Down Force, the first unit has been sold to NASCAR Speedpark, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and will open in May 2009.
An update of the same manufacturer’s Nautibus attraction, the Aqua Tram provides an underwater dark ride experience for a wide range of entertainment venues, from amusement parks to aquaria.
Nina Romero of Velocity Magnetics shows off the latest magnetic return pinch brake for rollercoasters. Two versions are available, one with 2,200 pounds and the other with 5,000 pounds of force.
WhiteWater West has secured the licence for an exciting new waterpark attraction. Combined with the ‘AquaRocket’ rider launch system, the AquaLoop is the world’s first looping waterslide.
The Flying Scooter is back with an updated look. New from Wisdom Industries, Wind Surfer feature 12 cars holding two passengers each. Each wing is controlled by the riders to make the seat fly.
Zamperla has introduced Surf's Up, a stand-up spinning tracked ride that the entire family can enjoy.
Argentine carousel manufacturer Felimana Luna Park is now offering a new 24-seater Jungle Carousel featuring endangered species animals.