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(4/29/20) Holovis - Crowd Solo Replay Webinar (MORE...)
(4/27/20) Crowd Solo - Free Solution To Attraction Operators From Holovis (MORE...)
(4/25/20) Vekoma Shows Off New Firestorm Coaster POV at Vinpearl (MORE...)
(4/13/20) Lagotronics Granted US Patent For GameChanger Dark Ride Concept (MORE...)
Alterface - (1/18/20) Alterface has announced some staffing changes this week. Alterface founder, Benoit Cornet, will be taking on the roll of President to focus on developing new business and market opportunities. The current COO, Stéphane Battaille, will assume the role of CEO and take over the daily management of their headquarters. Other changes include a recently appointed CIO Gillian Basso, Laurence Beckers continuing as Creative Director, Olivier Noel as CFO and new appointments of Etienne Sainton as Product Manager and François Danhaive as Program Manager.
Congratulations to all and looking forwarding to seeing all the latest innovations from Alterface over the upcoming year.
CAVU Designwerks - (11/23/19) CAVU pulled back the curtains at IAAPA on what they are calling the industry’s first intelligent trackless dark ride vehicle. Using technology similar to what is used in self-driving units at warehouse facilities, CAVU’s new SDV (Self Driving Vehicle) is able to adapt to changes in the environment. Inspired by the warehouse machines designed to run 24-hours a day, every-day, with 99% uptime, the idea was to adapt that technology into a themed attraction vehicle, able to handle integration with other equipment and set pieces as well as avoidace of other ride vehicles. They are offering two models, a “standard” model able to handle 8-riders with the ability to move forward, back and rotate, while the “plus” model holds 6-riders but adds in a 3-DOF motion base and on-board special effects.
(10/30/19) CAVU Designwerks has announced that they will unveil details about a next generation trackless dark ride vehicle at IAAPA Expo 2019 in Orlando this November. Follow this link for a few more details about what they are up to while we wait for IAAPA to get here.
Dynamic Attractions - (10/19/19) According to a report from Empire Industries the company had previously decided to leave ‘the low margin, commodity-style steel fabrication industry” and instead focus on their higher profit and profile sub-companys under the Dynamic brand name: Dynamic Attractions, Dynamic Structures and Dynamic Co-Ventures. According to a corporate presentation the company’s future lies in the design and building of rides as well as co-ownership of major tourist attractions. As such Empire has asked their Shareholders to approve a name change for the company to “Dynamic Entertainment” going forward.
(11/20/18) A great video showing off the power of Dynamic Attraction’s new Dual Power Coaster concept ride system can be found below… and it’s simply amazing. At the end of the video they confirm that the first one will open in 2019, and at IAAPA it was mentioned that this first one would be in Malaysia. I can only assume this is going into the 20th Century Fox World theme park slated to open in 2019, and based on the look of the construction pics posted thus far at ThemeparX, you can see a similar ride system being built with a desert mountain façade, rumored to be a Sons of Anarchy themed attraction. If true… then the vehicles could very well be motorcycle themed as well I suppose.
(11/14/18) Dynamic Attractions announced a new ride concept at IAAPA called the Dual Power Coaster which was also selected as the winner of the 2018 Brass Ring Award for Best New Product Concept. The idea features a hidden coaster track on a motion platform, so the only thing you see from the surface is a road surface and a small slot down the middle, similar to Disney’s Test Track concept. In addition to the motion base the coaster cars feature wheels attached to a separate power drive which makes “capable of doing spin-outs, drifting, air time and other racing moves.”
Screamscape will be heading to IAAPA later this week to check this out first hand and gather more info. Sure sounds like a system that would be ideal to use if you wanted to make… say… a fun dueling coaster ride themed to MarioKart or Fast & Furious. Don’t you think?
Great Coasters International - (11/22/19) GCI made a surprise announcement this week at IAAPA… one that should worry RMC a little bit. GCI introduced their own Hybrid track system on Wednesday night at a special event held at Fun Spot America. You can see pictures of their new track system posted to Twitter below.
HOLOGATE - (11/26/19) HOLOGATE, a leader in the world of LBE VR systems, came back to IAAPA with something new this year called HOLOGATE BLITZ. The Blitz system incorporates between 2 to 8 motion platforms that the players will sit in, equiped with a control wheel able to be used for multiplayer flying, driving and underwater based VR adventure games. With a nearly silent drive system the motion platform is 6DOF with 30º of tilt in every direction and able to move a meter in height.
You can see some excellent photos of the HOLOGATE BLITZ motion platform over at BlooLoop this week, where they also describe the first game, Hyper GP, where you pilot futuristic hovercraft in a multiplayer race around floating islands, desert wastelands and ice caves.
I’ve had the pleasure of playing the original HOLOGATE myself at a local FEC here in the Charlotte, NC area (Frankie’s) and this is the real deal. It was a great platform able to handle many different game concepts efficiently in a way that was so fun to play with my kids and have a great time. While being a VR system, you are still able to play socially with the other players and shout out when surprised or you need help… much to the enjoyment of the audience watching the groups of four play each game, flailing about at invisible enemies.
HOLOVIS - (4/29/20) If you missed the live webinar from Holovis about their new Crowd Solo software, you can see it again at the link in the tweet below. The replay is just under an hour long.
(4/27/20) For any attraction out there looking for a free solution to help with the social distancing problem as well as other difficulties, Holovis is hosting a Webinar on Tuesday, April 28th to show off Crowd Solo. Crowd Solo is a new app being developed by Holovis that will be made free to attraction operators and includes an attraction reservation and queue-management system, real time proximity alerts to track guest movements and more.
HUSS - (12/15/19) Huss Park Attractions has announced the opening of a new Sky Tower attraction at Changsha OCT Window of the World park in China. The new 120 meter tall observation tower attraction provides panoramic views of the surrounding area, holding up to 70 passengers at a time and can accommodate guests in wheelchairs, with an hourly capacity of 1400pph.
IRM Rides - (12/1/19) The owner of IRM (International Rides Management), Anthony Rossi, is now selling the company to the current VP of Sales, Samuel Shurgott. With 30 years of experience in the amusement industry, IRM will be focusing primarily on the US market while maintaining connections internationally through IRM partner, Premier Rides. While a new website is being prepared for launch, IRM’s list of current partners include Premier Rides, Sally Dark Rides, Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Swannee River Railroad Co, Great Events of Colorado and has now added Pan Amusements, ITAL Resina Rides and Fibrart to the IRM family group.
Lagotronics - (4/13/20) Lagotronics has been granted a US patent on their GameChanger attraction concept, a rotating indoor and interactive dark ride concept that allows for many different themed to be applied to the same basic ride hardware and setup, allowing for the theme of installed rides to be changed into an entirely new ride with a simple software upgrade. The attraction’s small footprint can be made to fit a space as small as 36 square meters.
Legacy Entertainment - (11/21/18) Legacy Entertainment confirmed that the Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park project they worked on officially opened on Nov. 16th. Two other park projects they have been working on will open in 2019 in Indonesia: Trans Studio Bali and Trans Studio Action Zone (near Jakarta). Our friends at BlooLoop have posted some concept art and more details about the differences between the projects, including the Bali one which is being promoted as “the world's first social media theme park".
Maurer Rides - (10/17/19) A reader pointed out an interesting fact to us the other day that could likely mean that two more of Maurer’s Spike coasters may soon traveling around the world’s oceans in the near future. While Dream Cruises just announced that their first coaster would be going onto the Global Dream which should enter service in 2021, a quick search of the company’s fleet of vessels also shows that an unnamed sister ship to the Global Dream just began construction last month and is expected to open to guests about a year after the Global Dream.
By the same token, a search of Carnival Cruise Lines also shows that the new Mardi Gras vessel launching in 2020 will also have a sister ship launching in 2022 that has yet to be named. It is very possible that both of these twin-ships may also feature the powered coaster rides, much like how both of Disney Cruise Line’s second generation ships (Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy) both launched with the AquaDuck water coaster slides.
(10/14/19) While Carnival Cruise Lines will be the first Cruise Line to have a coaster at sea when they open Bolt on the new Mardi Gras vessel in 2020, a second similar coaster was just announced for “Dream Cruises”. According to the release the company’s new “Global Dream” vessel is now under construction in Germany and will launch in early 2021 with “Space Cruiser”, the world’s longest roller coaster at sea. Just like Carnival’s ride, the new Space Cruiser coaster will also be a powered “Spike” coaster from Maurer Rides, but with a 300 meter long track and able to reach speeds of 37mph.
The coaster will be part of an amusement zone on top of the ship that will also feature inflatable attractions, a trampoline park, a ropes course, a surf board simulator, mini karts and even a small flat ride or two.
Mondial - (11/28/19) Mondial had a number of new attraction concepts in development that were on display at their IAAPA booth this year. Amusement Today has posted a video showing off two of the models for these new attractions which you can see below.
Escape - a spinning ride with seats that swing and flip.
Surf’s Up - a spinning ride with wind surfer looking vehicles where the rides control the swing motion by moving a bar to control the sail, much like a Flying Scooters ride.
Mondial is also offering the Avalanche - a large swinging pendulum looking ride that features two arms of seats connected to the one ride where rides are seated with their legs dangling in the air.
Premier Rides - (11/28/18) In case I forgot to mention this, Premier Rides is working with Kuka to open the world’s first robotic coaster at the new Wanda park opening in Guangzhou, China in 2019. Based on the artwork, imagine a set of roller coaster seats mounted to the end of a giant industrial robot arm… which is then mounted to roller coaster wheels on a coaster track. While I’m sure it wont be moving too fast or anything as it rounds the course, this should offer some all new sensations unlike anything else we've experienced to date.
Polin Waterparks - (11/21/19) Polin Waterparks announced a new attraction concept at IAAPA this week called Time Rider, a unique new slide concept featuring the world’s biggest bowl style slide featuring “more than four pathways, lighting effects, zero gravity and an observation walkway.” Consider me very interested, as I think an area that has been lacking in th majority of water park attractions is extra themeing to enhance the experience.
Sure, you can experience a drop-pod style slide just about anywhere, but the overall experience of walking up and inside a giant volcano mountain to the top to experience the three drop-pods at Universal’s Volcano Bay just seems to make the experience even more memorable. I recall visiting Wet ‘n’ Wild Orlando for the first time in 1990 and always got a little more excited to try their Black Hole slide just because of the dark, space-mountain style themed feeling you’d get while climbing the tower, and passing a few LED lights along the way down.
It’s all about the feels… right?
Ride Entertainment - (2/5/20) Funtime and Ride Entertainment have announced the launch of a new attraction concept called the Booster Unhinged, a revamp of the classic Booster ride concept. The world’s first Booster Unhinged opened at Prater Park in Spring 2019 under the name ‘King Size’ and now it is available to all comers.
“Booster Unhinged takes the proven extreme concept of the original Booster and revs up the adrenaline to another level. Riders experience three separate motions all at once: the rotation of the main boom, powered rotation of the seating rigs, and the free-flipping gravitational motion of each individual seat.”
Riders are placed into unique individual seats that allow for an unobstructed view as they arc their way through the sky, “not knowing which way is up.” The prototype at Prater Park (seen in the video below) has seating for 8 riders at a time (4 on each end of the boom), but Funtime is offering larger scale versions with 16 and 32-seat configurations.
(11/12/19) Ride Entertainment has launched a couple of new high-tech upgrades for their Skycoaster attraction line. The first is the JoyTech Skycoaster Video System, a new onboard digital recording system that can deliver personal videos (with self-editing software) right to the rider’s phone within minutes of their Skycoaster experience, perfect for sharing with friends and social media. You can see an example of the new JoyTech system in action in the video below.
The second new option is through a partnership with KCL Engineering who will be showing off an all new LED lighting package added to the 250 foot tall Skycoaster at Fun Spot America in Orlando during IAAPA. Now the massive structure can be lit in a variety of ways, such as seasonal colors, to support a local sports team, or for special awareness events.
S&S - Sansei - (11/22/19) A great new video showing off new S&S Axis Coaster animation as well as live-action footage from the test track can be seen below.
(11/21/19) S&S has now posted an update to their website all about the new Axis Coaster concept along with a bunch of new concept art showing off possible layouts and track elements, as well as a unique near-vertical lift hill system for the concept. It is worth mentioning that despite how the prototype was loaded and launched, S&S did say that the standard Axis Coaster was meant to be able to load/unload in the Inverted Coaster style posture (because it is easier) but going up the near-vertical lift hill in the Inverted posture sure would be interesting, especially if the cars are able to freely roll about on the Axis.
(11/11/19) Coaster Studios got the chance to visit S&S in Utah and test out the new Axis Coaster prototype with some really amazing new video footage that shows off the Axis concept in more detail than ever before.
(10/29/19) S&S - Sansei has pulled back the curtain on their latest creation… the Axis Coaster. Check it out in the YouTube video below, and be sure to drop by their booth at IAAPA where they will be sharing all the details! For those who can’t wait… it looks like they have created a coaster where the rider seats are attached to an axis that allows them to barrel roll around freely as the coaster soars around the track. From the rider’s point of view, this is especially cool as you can’t predict exactly what the ride is going to do based on your view of the track ahead, as you may be riding on top of the track, under the track, or even on the side of the track at any given point in the ride. It looks like a hell of a lot of fun for sure and I’m glad we get to see an amazing new coaster innovation come to the market!
SBF/Visa Group - (11/28/19) According to this IAAPA wrap-up report, Rides 4 U reported selling the first Big Air Coaster from SBF/Visa to the Craig’s Cruisers FEC in Silver Lake, Michigan. They were not clear if sale was for a new custom layout unit, or if they actually sold the model from the show-floor, or if it would include the new hamster-wheel style spinning car.
Meanwhile the mini Sky Flyer Micro Coaster they had on display was also sold to Deno’s Wonder Wheel park in Coney Island, NY.
(11/22/19) A fun video clip of the Big Air Coaster’s spinning hamster wheel style seating was shot by Attractions Magazine, which includes some POV footage shot by the riders inside the wheel as well if you keep watching.
(11/20/19) A few days ago I told you all about the Big Air coaster that would be on display at IAAPA at the Rides 4-U Booth. Check out the video clip below to see that wild and crazy new lead car, flipping riders all over the place in action. It looks crazy!
(11/16/19) An interesting new mini coaster will be on display, and fully rideable, at the IAAPA tradeshow this week from the Rides R-U booth called the Big Air Coaster. The ride system is actually from client SBF/Visa and is built to fit into a compact area, while still allowing for other small attractions to fit into the center of the footprint. At first glance the coaster uses the SBF/Visa Spinning Coaster car system that has been set up at previous IAAPA shows as a rideable display. Be sure to look carefully at the first car of the train however, which features an entirely different way to ride this coaster, seated inside a giant circular shaped car, where it looks like the face to face seats are able to freely rotate within the circle as the coaster runs along the track.
Sally Corporation - (11/20/19) A few fun pictures and video clips from IAAPA show off the Sally Corp. booth display which has a few new figures coming to Six Flags’ first China park for a Garfield and Friends dark ride experience.
(10/3/19) Congratulation to Sally Corp. and PortAventura as their new dark ride, Sesame Street: Street Mission, was the recipient of two major industry awards during the IAAPA European Expo. The attraction received the Park World Excellence Award for ‘Family Ride of the Year” and placed 1st at the European Star Awards in the “Europe’s Best New Rides” category.
(9/18/19) Sally Corp and Aardman have announced two new dark ride concepts at IAAPA Expo Europe 2019. One is themed to Aardman’s “Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon” film as aliens arrive on Mossy Bottom Farm. The second concept is called “Adventure Through Time” which is themed to a brand new Aardman IP that will feature a unique storyline involving travel through the worlds of Egyptian Pharraohs, the Pirates of the East China Se in the 1800’s as well as the Cretaceous Period.
Simworx - (9/25/19) Simworx announced two new products at the IAAPA Expo Europe in Paris last week. This included the “AGV Dark Ride” and a “Mini Flying Theater”. The first new Mini Flying Theater attraction, developed as a smaller size option for smaller venues, will soon open in Vietnam at Baosun Wildlife Park in Hanoi.
The new AGV Dark Ride will push the boundaries of the genre with no tracks or power cables, allowing the vehicles to freely roam along a programmed path “at speeds unrivalled within the industry”.
They also showed off a new “Metro of Time” attraction concept that “puts a twist on the traditional 4D cinema, taking guests on a time travelling adventure in fully themed metro carriages.”
Skyline Attractions - (11/15/19) Skyline Attractions has announced another new version of the Skywarp ride concept, this one is called Skywarp Orbit. This one was designed to fit in a small footprint and feature both an inversion as well as an airtime hill, all at a size that can even fit into an indoor location.
Tacumeon Rides - (12/24/18) There is a new interesting player in the industry it seems called Tacumeon Rides. The group is said to be some kind of offshoot creation of Mack Rides and MackMedia looking to create and market new attraction concepts that merge the technology and hardware of the two proven groups. The first creation is something they call The Gamestormer, where they use the Mack Sea Storm flat ride (which is really an under-appreciated flat ride these days) and surround it with enclosure with a 360º projection screen system and load each of the vehicles with a couple of interactive cannons / blasters allowing the riders go through sequences where they may be just riding through an incredible themed environment shown on the screens surrounding the ride, and then slow down or stop to have moments of interactivity where the riders can battle with the projections before going into full blast high speed ride mode again, to repeat the sequence of events as many times as needed. To accomplish this, they are teaming with Lagotronics for the interactive elements.
For now concept artwork is all we have to go by, but I have to admit that I really like the idea of this ride system and with the right creative and themed elements, this could turn out to be something very cool indeed.
Triotech - (9/20/19) Triotech and CL Corp announced that they are joining forces to create new media-based experiences and attractions for the industry. CP Corp is known for their motion platform expertise throughout Europe while Triotech is known for their heavy involvement in interactive attractions technology. It should be facinating to see what the two can come up by putting their creative minds together.
(11/22/18) TrioTech had a couple of interesting new projects on display at IAAPA this year. The biggest was an interactive theater experience called Rabbids Team Battle. Guests enter a theater outfitted with Triotech’s XD Dark Ride interactive theater seats, each armed with a blaster, facing a 270º projection screen. Once the show begins you are taken into a battle arena filled with Rabbids cheering for their respective champion battle-bots… Red and Blue, who begin to fight. The theater audience is also divided down the middle into Red and Blue teams, and you aid your team’s battle-bot by blasting at glowing weak-spots on the opposing team’s battle-bot.
As you might expect from an attraction featuring Ubisoft’s Rabbids characters, the action is fast, furious, and funny. It doesn’t take long before the battle spills out of the arena and into the city streets, and your trigger finger begins to ache from the non-stop carnage.
Overall the experience was very enjoyable and felt like a very polished and fun experience, even in this temporary demo setting at IAAPA. It actually reminded me quite a bit of the Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare attraction that opened at Carowinds in 2016… but more modern, with smoother graphics and interactive blaster technology, plus being a bit more fun due to the Rabbids characters. In a lot of ways the Rabbids kind of have a universal appeal, much like Universal’s Minion characters to which they share a lot of similarities. They’re both small, cute, fairly indestructible and speak an utter gibberish language that has global appeal. (A quick note to Cedar Fair, this would make a great replacement attraction for those Action Theater buildings you've got at the former Paramount parks.)
The Triotech attraction that really blew me away however was Triotech’s new VR Maze attraction. First announced at last year’s IAAPA as part of a deal with Ubisoft the first experience was themed to the Rabbids, but this year the new Assassin’s Creed experience was on display and was not to be missed. The fully title is “Assassin’s Creed: The Temple of Anubis” and you are outfitted with HTC Vive headgear and controllers which become your virtual bow and arrow. Nocking a flaming arrow into your bow and unleashing it upon your enemies in the game is actually quite an empowering experience. Loving every second, I was immediately immersed in the experience, exploring the tomb, fighting the ancient forces of evil, rescuing a fellow assassin and finding treasure. The experience ends with a VR recreation of an iconic Assassin Creed moment from the game series… a leap of faith from a tall tower that was quite a rush.
The experience was slick, polished, well themed and to be honest, highly addictive, because even now I want to try it again. This is exactly the kind of VR experience you’ve been waiting for, and I can’t wait to see what’s next!
Vekoma - (4/25/20) Ready to ride a brand new roller coaster design? Vekoma released a POV video of their new “Firestorm” model coaster making a test run at the remodeled Vinpearl theme park in Vietnam set to re-open sometime in 2020. According to RCDB the coaster’s final name will be Wrath of Zeus. It features a magnetic launch, three inversions, tons of twists and turns, an underground tunnel and lots of low-to-the-ground terrain hugging maneuvers.
Walltopia - (11/15/19) Most of us have seen Ropes Courses by now, but Walltopia will introduce a new take on the concept at IAAPA next week called The Tree Course, which resembles an 85 foot tall tree where the climbers head out on the various curved branches to tackle all the crazy obstacles. It looks wonderful and terrifying all at the same time, but is also a fantastic way to make a ropes course look like an attractive addition to your landscape.
WhiteWater - (6/20/19) WhiteWater announced at the IAAPA Expo Asia last week that following their licence deal with Wiegand-Maelzer last year for the SlideWheel attraction, they reached a new deal in 2019 that has granted exclusive rights to the SlideWheel attraction to WhiteWater, making this award winning new attraction concept “exclusively available from and manufactured by WhiteWater.”
WhiteWater has also been involved with a few large projects that have hit the headlines as of late including: Island H2O Live! (new waterpark at Margaritaville Resort, Orlando), Perfect Day at CocoCay (private waterrpark from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines) and in China the new Guangzhou Sunac Water World.
Zamperla - (11/23/19) Zamperla put two new coaster train designs on display at IAAPA this past week, the DangleZ and Lightning trains. DangleZ has elevated trains mounted to a controlled spinning axis point that apparently can rotate the riders up to 80º to the left or right of the direction of the track. Lighting is more like an evolution to the previous Thunderbolt train design, this one seating four across (up from 3) and made from stronger/lighter material, able to handle launches, vertical lift-hills and have an on-board sound system. You can see pictures of both new train designs in a Tweet embedded below.
Of course they also brought along a fully functioning NebulaZ flat ride for everyone to see and test-ride, spinning and whirling in action in every direction while comfortably fitting inside the convention center on the IAAPA show floor. Most impressive! I can’t wait to see these start to appear in parks.