Meet the new IAAPA chair

Meet the new IAAPA chair

Amanda Thompson OBE, who has been both producer and director of the Hot Ice Show for over 20 years, took over managing Blackpool Pleasure Beach 15 years ago. The fourth generation of her family to run it, Amanda’s great-grandfather bought the land on the seafront and opened the park in 1896. As well as juggling […]

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Chance Rides busy

Chance Rides busy

“We brought our new battery-powered C.P. Huntington locomotive,” explained Dick Chance at the Chance Rides booth during the recent IAAPA Expo in Orlando. “This is the first production model and is going to the Montgomery Zoo in Alabama. The zoo market is a big market for our new trains as they replace their old gasoline […]

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Gravity Group, Cost·a·sur Partner

Gravity Group, Cost·a·sur Partner

The Gravity Group has partnered with Cost·a·sur to distribute roller coaster parts over an Internet website. The Gravity Group’s Korey Kiepert sat with Mike Norton of Cost·a·sur in the Gravity Group’s new coaster concept car with a boat front during the recent IAAPA Expo to announce the new partnership.

Garfield graces the Sally Dark Rides booth

Garfield graces the Sally Dark Rides booth

Garfield, the lazy, fat, and cynical orange American cat noted for his love of lasagna and sleeping, greeted visitors at the Sally Dark Rides booth at the recent IAAPA Expo. Garfield was in anamatronic form along with his friends, destined for Six Flags China to appear in Garfield’s Underwater Adventure. That’s an interactive, 4D, cartoon […]

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Orion Vehicle on display

Orion Vehicle on display

The first look at the lead car for the Orion rollercoaster, scheduled to debut at Kings Island, Mason, Ohio, in 2020, greeted attendees at the Bolliger & Mabillard booth during the recent IAAPA Expo. Joining the world-class line-up of coasters at the park is Orion, one of only seven mega coasters in the world, a […]

Virtuix unveils Elite Force for Omni Arena

Virtuix unveils Elite Force for Omni Arena

Virtuix, developer of the Omni Arena virtual reality esports attraction, has unveiled Elite Force, its latest game for Omni Arena. Elite Force is a player-vs-player military shooter in the style of the popular video game Call of Duty. Up to four players fight each other and battle for special weapons that parachute down from the […]

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Multiple projects progressing at Intamin

Multiple projects progressing at Intamin

At the recent IAAPA Expo, Intamin proudly displayed the lead car for the world’s fastest multi-launch coaster that will open 2020. Pantheon at Busch Gardens Williamsburg features four launches, reaching a top speed of 73 mph. But Intamin is multi-talented and delivers a variety of new attractions every year. According to Intamin’s Sascha Czibulka, its […]

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PTC busy doing rehabs

PTC busy doing rehabs

Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters (PTC) recently received its third patent in two years for an improved locking mechanism for passenger restraints. They are currently very busy. “We have a lot of work back at the shop,” acknowledges PTC president Tom Rebbie. Fifteen American parks have their coaster trains in the shop for winter overhaul and rehabilitation. […]

Hersheypark and MajorMega announce Hyperdeck for 2020

Hersheypark and MajorMega announce Hyperdeck for 2020

Hersheypark, the 121-acre amusement park in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and MajorMega, a Pennsylvania-based virtual reality studio and location-based entertainment company, announced during IAAPA Expo an all-new, immersive virtual reality experience planned for summer 2020. Hyperdeck, MajorMega’s immersive, multi-player virtual reality experience, will be offered as part of Hershey’s Chocolatetown in summer 2020. Two unique, 300-square-feet Hyperdecks […]

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Triotech launches the Storm

Triotech launches the Storm

Following its iconic predecessors, the Typhoon and the Mad Wave Theater, both best-selling coin-op simulators that still populate most FECs and arcades around the world, Triotech has launched the Storm, an interactive VR coin-op game that features two competing players sitting side-by-side on motion seats. “What is unique about the Storm is that it is […]