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----    THE LATEST INDUSTRY NEWS    ----
    (5/15/22) Simworx Opens New Dark Ride Simulator In Vietnam (MORE...)
    (5/15/22) Zamperla Opens New Thunderbolt Coaster In China (MORE...)
    (5/7/22) Titan Track To Be Installed on TWO Coasters in 2022 (MORE...)
    (5/2/22) US Thrill Rides Files New Name Trademark (MORE...)
    (5/1/22) Vekoma Wins Golden Crown Award For Top Gun Launched Coaster (MORE...)
    (4/12/22) Zierer Shows Off New Ellipse Flyer (MORE...)

 

 

American Wave Machines - (12/1/20) According to a report on American Wave Machines, the plans to build a huge new PerfectSwell surf park at the Thermal Beach Club in Palm Springs has been unanimously approved. The Thermal Beach Club is a new project set on a 240 acre undeveloped site and is not affiliated with the previously announced plans to transform the former Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs waterpark into the Palm Springs Surf Club.
     Plans for a second PerfectSwell wave pool was also approved as part of the master plan for the Ocean Gate Commerce Center in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

 

ART Engineering - (3/2/22) According to a press release from ART Engineering GmbH the company has installed a new “Flower Caroussell” at the MRIYA Resort in Crimea. It’s a very cute looking ride allowing parents to ride with very small children, who can shoot water at flowers in the center of the ride from a water can shaped squirter installed on the side of the car. Of course it looks like some of the giant sunflowers in the middle can also shoot water back at the riders, making this a very cute and interactive ride for families to enjoy together without getting soaked.

 

B&M - (1/27/22) Behind the Thrills has posted a new update about a patent filed by B&M for a new kind of seat and restraint system. Of course everyone immediately assumes that this may be for the mystery “Surf Coaster” concept, but they also said the same thing when a new patent from B&M was discovered regarding an updated seat/restraint system for their Stand-Up coaster design.
    So tossing out any connection to the “Surf Coaster” mystery project, lets just take a look at the new seat design. Primarily there are two major items worth noting… for starters we are looking at a new lapbar only style restraint system, but one that you pull down from overhead in an almost identical fashion to Intamin’s latest restraint system. (If you’ve ridden VelociCoaster, then you know what I’m talking about.)
    The second major innovation is something you won’t see… as it looks like B&M is building in some kind of piston under the rider’s seat that appears to allow for the seat to be lowered for loading and raised for the ride experience. There is also some assumption that piston may also act similar to a car’s shock absorber, taking some of the roughness and sting out of any jarring motion allowing for a smoother ride experience. By contract, allow me to also wonder about one other possible use… if the seat’s on this piston were able to provide a more springy motion, taking the sting out of positive-g impacts and vibrations, what is they could also provide the opposite experience during negative-G moments, allowing the seats to provide a little artificial and extra “pop” of air-time at the top of those hills? What would you say to that little extra thrill?
    Again… I’m not saying we will or won’t see these with the Surf Coaster concept, if it ever gets built, but these do look like something B&M could offer as a replacement concept for all of their seat/restraint systems on Sit-Down, Floorless, Hyper/Giga/Mega and Dive Coaster designs.

 

Brogent Technologies - (6/5/21) Brogent Technologies, a well known maker of Flying Theater attractions, is said to have launched an all new simulator concept at the VinWonders park in Vietnam called Aladdin’s Grand Palace Tour. Watch the video clip below and you’ll see a quick walk through the highly themed queue and into the ride vehicle where the idea is for riders to climb aboard a giant flying carpet. From the look of the video however, the riders are not seated… but instead experience the ride standing up, with a series of railings in place to hold-onto. Instead of a dome-screen in front of the riders, instead the riders are surrounded by a 360º Circle-Visions style projection screen, allowing them to see all action all around them as they soar on the flying carpet.
    The video is set to start at the Flying Theater clip section, but is really about 35 minutes long and shows off quite a bit of the rest of the park experience, including other attractions, shows and more at the VinWonders park in Phu Quoc including a Wrath of Zeus coaster, a Vekoma Firestorm model coaster that just opened last year.

 

Dynamic Attractions - (2/4/22) Dynamic Attractions has announced that they have acquired 50% ownership of the “SkyFly: Soar America” attraction they helped build in Pigeon Forge, TN. Dynamic has also let it be known that they are actively seeking other new investment opportunities to co-own more tourist attractions. According to the report, Dynamic will “purchase” their share by providing attraction development and IP value, partnering with “destination owners providing the location and site management expertise.”

 

ETF Ride Systems - (9/4/21) ETF Rides Systems has announced a new water ride offering called Tiki Splash Roulette. ETF is bringing their experience from building many dark ride systems into this new water ride design that is said to be fun for the whole family, able to offer ‘game features’ and includes their new ETF Aqua Mover ride vehicle. This development comes after years of being asked by customers if the ETF dark ride vehicles could be used for indoor water dark rides, and finally they can now say ‘Yes”.
    All the details for the new Aqua Mover ride vehicles and how they are used as part of the overall Tiki Splash Roulette attraction concept will be revealed at the Saudi Entertainment and Amusement (SEA) show in Riyadh and IAAPA Expo Europe in Barcelona.
    Screamscape can’t wait to learn more!

 

Extreme Engineering - (8/2/21) Extreme Engineering has announced a new creation called “Cloud Coaster Storm”. Twice the speed, twice the capacity, and a newly improved rail system. According to the description on their website, “Extreme Engineering’s new Poseidon roller coaster track is designed to provide more aggressive configurations, allowing for higher speeds, sharper turns and steeper drops.”  You can watch an animated preview of the new design and see concept of possible car designs over at the official website.
 
    (3/22/21) Extreme Engineering, the makers of the Cloud Coaster, have announced the introduction of two new suspended coaster concepts that they are ready to offer.
    Sky Tag - Described as a low-cost suspended dark ride concept that would be affordable for smaller parks and FECs. Small two rider suspended coaster cars are outfitted with Laser Tag style guns allowing the riders to shoot at a variety of targets in the themed space below and around them, and in some cases they may be able to shoot at the other coaster cars. 
    Surfin Tsunami is the second new concept, where riders are asked to stand on a flying surfboard, that will use a unique safety system to keep them safely on the board, that will travel around a suspended roller coaster track.

 

Falcon’s Beyond - (8/1/21) A new release from Falcon’s Beyond has confirmed a partnership with Oceaneering Entertainment to provide the ride systems for all of their Falcon’s Beyond ventures, “including dark rides, Suspended Theater®, CircuMotion® Theater, and more“. The first project in production will be the launch of the new $100 million Katmandu Park in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic that is currently slated to open in Fall 2022.

 

icon_STOPGreat Coasters International -  (5/7/22) Skyline Attraction has posted a picture of a load of new Titan Track they “designed and engineered” for Great Coasters International sitting on the back of a trailer, ready to ship out. Previously they mentioned several hundred feet of Titan Track was being installed somewhere this season, but in the latest update the say that 450 feet of Titan Track will be installed, but across TWO different roller coasters for the 2022 season.
    While nothing has been confirmed by a park, Predator at Darien Lake was considered to be one of the locations, which now makes us very curious about where the second location could be. If you spot Titan Track somewhere in the wild, let us know!
    While personally I’d love to see it come to Wildcat at Hersheypark, that coaster is now open for the season, so this should be going to a coaster that is still closed or undergoing pre-season refurbishment. 

 
    (4/10/22) While the post is from Skyline Attractions, earlier this week the company revealed that they are working with Great Coasters International (GCI) on the “design, engineering, and installation of several hundred feet of Titan Track this year.” They decline to say exactly where it is going however, but welcomed guesses.

 

HOLOGATE - (11/11/21) Hologate will be showing off some of their latest products at IAAPA Orlando, including a look at Hologate X, a “next-end next-level virtual reality, full-body tracking, and 4D physical effects” immersive and social experience. The new HXR (Hologate Xperience Reality) concept introduces players to the world and mission in a pre-show experience before suiting up and entering a full 30-minute long story-driven experience.
    Other concepts from Hologate include Hyper Golf, the Hologate Arena titles, new VR Escape rooms that can be played in the Hologate Arena, as well as the motion platform Hologate Blitz experiences. You can see more about the Hologate X experience in the video clip below.

Hologate_X_Trailer from HOLOGATE on Vimeo.


 
    (7/31/21) Front Runners in the VR game system industry HOLOGATE, have announced a new free-roaming adventure system they are calling HOLOGATE X. The system will use HXR, a new Hologate technology, designed to allow for full-body tracking of players in the VR environment while experiencing “4D physical effects within an immersive and social experience”. One key benefit is that HOLOGATE X will allow players to free-roam without having to wear a heavy backpack full of computer hardware.
    The first experience designed for the system will be a custom made production called SIGVRIED: Escape from Valhalla that will mix Norse mythology with a SciFi adventure and drop players into a world after the Ragnarok, a world full of hidden dangers and magic treasures amongst as they roam through the remains of Valhalla. HOLOGATE X will premier as one of the new attractions at the new HOLOGATE WORLD attraction to open in Germany.

 

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- (10/9/21) Huss Park Attractions has announced the new Break Dance 5, described as “a totally new concept for the company’s most successful attraction”. The new Break Dance 5 was just launched at the IAAPA Expo Europe in Barcelona and you can see renderings of the new ride concept below. The attraction also incorporates the “HUSS Operator Center Stage” into the center of the attraction, placing the operator into position as part of the ride and show experience, equipped with full show control to interact with the guests and ride’s light and sound systems.
    The Break Dance 5 also comes with the ability to run the attraction in two entirely different modes, offering both a white knuckle thrill ride as well as a more tame all-inclusive family ride experience. This comes with the ability to hold different queues for each experience and swap between the modes as needed.
    While I obviously haven’t been on the new Break Dance 5, I can verify from rides on a few other Huss Break Dance models that they are incredibly intense rides that are a blast and pull some serious G-forces. In the US, most of the ones I’ve seen are portable models on the fair/carnival circuit, though I do remember riding one at Hard Rock Park themed as a London Taxi ride.

 

Intamin - (2/26/22) According to a post at CoasterHub on IG, Intamin is working on a new “Multi Dimension Coaster” design. This of this as the latest evolution of the various trick-track elements Intamin has been adding to their coasters over the past few years, such as the loved freefall track drop used on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, or various track switches and rotational systems used on the Movie Park Studio Tour coaster at Movie Park Germany.
    New additions we see in this video clip feature the addition of controlled rotating cars (not unlike what Disney and Vekoma will use on the new Guardians of the Galalxy coaster opening at Epcot this year) and in addition to the freefall drop track effect, they are also offering a “Bungee Lift” system, which is essentially the reverse of the Freefall effect, blasting riders UP instead of down as part of a special effects sequence. There is also a combo track possibility to build both Freefall and Bungie effects into the same drop track , allowing it to also serve as a track switch. Dropping riders down to a lower level for the second for a complete circuit ride that would return to the same track again to blast them back up to the previous level to complete the ride experience.

 
    (12/4/21) Intamin has posted a new video showing off concept animation for a new two-tracked racing/dueling Hot Racer Autodrome coaster layout. Hot Racer is Intamin’s name for their new single-rail coaster design, following in the footsteps of RMC’s Raptor design. The animation concept is interesting, as it shows off a concept of what a coaster like West Coast Racers at Six Flags Magic Mountain would be like if it were built by Intamin instead of Premier Rides. Just like West Coast Racers, what looks like a two track coaster is actually just one really long ride, with the trains taking a lap on the red track first and then lining up with a different train to race again on the blue track for a second race experience before turning to the station.

 
    (11/18/21) Intamin has released a new video showing off something they call DomeRide, where riders sit in a giant ring of seats inside an projection sphere, allowing them to swing, rock back and forth and be surrounded by a screen above, below and all around. The tech is quite impressive and I’d love to see this built somewhere nearby soon. Check it out below.

 
    (10/19/21) Intamin has posted a couple of new videos this week, pre-IAAPA, to promote some of their latest coaster projects. The videos include a good look at their ‘Multi Dimension Launch Coaster” using Namazu at Volcania (France) as an example, and a look at Intamin’s “Family Launch Spinning Coaster”, using the new Objectif Mars at Futuroscope (France) as the example. Both videos give off great looks at these unique coaster designs, with Objectif Mars featuring extensive indoor scenes as well as outdoor track sections, and both featuring a drop-track effect.


 
    (8/19/21) Curious to see an entire video catalog of what Intamin has been up to over the past decade or so? Give the video below a quick watch, chocked full of beautiful theme park projects from all around the world.

 

 

KraftWerk - (6/27/21) KraftWerk LT has released a preview video of a unique new attraction concept called “SUN DARK”. This is a turnkey Transforming Theater concept that uses their Hybrid Dome Theater. The theater itself actually provides a multi-purpose theater venue for the park or attraction that features a rotating central platform that holds the seats under a huge projection dome, but it can also rotate and point the seats towards a multi-purpose stage that can also hold live performers or serve as home to a more traditional style projection screen surface. That can be used for both 2D and 3D media.
    SUN DARK is a turnkey attraction experience built to take full advantage of everything the Hybrid Dome Theater can do, telling a futuristic story of impending disaster unless we learn to work together across the globe to create a sustainable future. More detailed information about the Sun Dark attraction is said to be coming sometime in July.

Hybrid Dome - Product Film | Kraftwerk Living Technologies from Kraftwerk Living Technologies on Vimeo.

 

 

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- (9/4/21) Lagotronics Projects has announced a new interactive flat ride concept called Battle Arena. Riders will be armed with a laser weapon where the riders can battle each other and shoot at targets to score or steal points. According to the description the riders can play against each other on three different levels while their vehicles make sudden movements up and down, making the action unpredictable.
   The new attraction is being built with a partnership with ART Engineering who will develop and deliver the actual ride system for Battle Arena that will feature 12 arms, with a 2-seater gondola at the end of each arm. This allows for 24 riders to ride and play at once during each ride cycle. Adding to the chaos, there are options to also install interactive stations in the queue as well, allowing the riders waiting in line to also get in on the action.

 

Mack Rides - (11/18/21) Mack Rides has posted a video introducing everyone to their Tacumeon Rides division, and how it brings together all the various aspects of Mack Rides, Mack Animation, MackNexT, with all components able to be created and built in-house.

 
    (10/19/21) Mack Animation has completed a new 4D film for the Chimelong Group called Kaka and Kiki’s Magical Circus Adventure. This is the fifth 4D film for Mack Animation as they continue to expand and grow in this section of the industry. The film features the named mascot characters, Kaka and Kiki, who travel to a magical circus world and battle the evil spirits who have taken control of it. 
    In other Mack news, Mack Rides has posted a new promotional video about the “Media Dark Ride” system, which shows off extensive footage of the Snorri Touren at Europa-Park (Germany) as the example of how they can create a large dark ride experience while using minimal space.
    Mack has also posted a couple of other rides videos in the past week, one showing off Iron at Blackpool Pleasure Beach as an example of Mack Rides Launched Coasters, and another one featuring something called AIRIFIC, the “World’s smartest flying theater”. The AIRIFIC is quite interesting, as it features the same kind of Flying Theater you would expect to find, while adding an innovative new design concept to increase throughput by stacking the ride vehicles onto floors on top of each other, but they are also mounted to a turntable. While the turn-table  concept of loading on one side and spinning the riders 180º into the flying theater dome isnt’ new, adding a second ride vehicle onto the backside is new. This way one ride vehicle can be unloaded and fully loaded all while another group of riders are inside the flying theater on the opposite side of the turntable. The concept allows for increased capacity to be added to a Flying Theater experience, without having to build a second theater projection dome.


 

Maurer Rides - (3/17/22) Maurer Rides has announced a new version of their Spike powered single-rail coaster style ride called the “Spike Snow Coaster”. This version is designed for more extreme terrain and conditions and just the thing for Ski Resorts and other mountain style locations. A preview video shows off some interesting elements offered, such as a non-inverted loop and even a roll-back down from a steep hill, allowing the riders to attempt the hill a second time. You can see the animated preview video below.

 
    (9/24/21) Maurer Rides has introduced a new interactive coaster concept that will make use of their Spike coaster system that lets riders control the speed of the car. They call this the Spike Maze, an indoor creation that will send riders through four different zones with different speed-based objectives. Accelerate in one to reach a goal in limited time in once zone, speed up and slow down in another to avoid being struck by lasers in another, and so on. Check out the preview video below to see the concept in action.
    The idea is interesting in concept, but in execution I’m not sure riders will be able to react to the different colored laser lights fast enough to make the experience seem skill oriented instead of just random chaos.
    Personally, I love the idea of the Spike system, but what I’d really like to see is it put to use on some great natural terrain instead to create something more like a more action oriented version of an Alpine Coaster experience. Or perhaps to race across themed artificial landscape alongside a second track on an action adventure experience. Hey, I can dream, right?

 
    (12/31/20) Maurer announced a new concept for their Spike coaster concept, which has been making a lot of headlines as of late as the ride system used for the Bolt coaster on Carnival Cruise Line’s new Mardi Gras vessel. This latest concept for the ride system is called the Spike Signature Tower (ST 30) and will allow for the power-driven coaster concept to use a compact footprint to create a unique layout almost anywhere.


    (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.
 
2021_DreamCruises_SpaceCruiser    (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.

 

Polin Waterparks - (12/23/21) Polin Waterparks has shared an animated video of a new creation concept they call the Storm Racer waterslide. The idea is both unique and compact, as it calls for the creation of a pair of family raft style slides, connected to a central tower that spiral around it, looking very much from the air like a classic Ying/Yang symbol.
    Guests climb the steps built into the central tower to the loading platform way above the action, and climb into one of two raft chutes that immediately take a steel spiral drop half way down the tower, which the raft is deposited onto the wider chutes attached to the central tower, where they then begin an upward journey to the top, before running out of speed and then sliding back down the spiral all the way back to the ground and into a run out.
    The concept is unique looking for sure, not quite like anything I’ve seen before. Check out the teaser video below.

 
    (9/22/21) Polin Waterparks is showing off their new Glassy Waterslide Night Experience concept in the video below, which mixes a fairly clear looking body-slide experience with a colorful dance-club style lighting package to create a fun new visual experience for both the slider and guests watching from the ground. If you haven’t seen it before, Polin posted another video late last year to show off their new “Glassy” slide tubes, which you can see in the daytime in the second video below.

 

Ride Engineers Switzerland - (2/27/22) A new video on YouTube is showing off artwork for the latest creation from Ride Engineers Switzerland (RES) called the ORACLE. At first glance this may seem like a scaled down version of a Zamperla’s NebulaZ, but the arms feature an extra joint at the end to provide a third axis of movement possibilities. Check it out below.

 
    (9/21/21) Ride Engineers Switzerland has shown off a video preview of a new attraction concept they called the Wave Twist L on their instagram page. It’s sort of a hybrid between an Intamin Half-Pipe coaster and a Zamperla Rockin’ Tug. Check it out below and see what you think! Personally, I like it myself. It looks like a blast and I can’t wait to try it out.

 

Rocky Mountain Construction - (12/1/21) This is mostly news to me, but in an interview with RMC from Coaster Studios at IAAPA, they speak with Darren Torr, the new “owner” of Rocky Mountain Construction. RMC founder, Fred Grubb, announced his retirement and Darren has taken over the reigns of the company.

 

S&S - Sansei - (11/17/21) S&S - Sansei brought some cars from their new Axis Coaster concept to the IAAPA show floor to show off just how they can freely rotate on the track at any time.


 
    (3/22/21) According to an article at AmusementToday, S&S is building a new Air Launched coaster to open at the Window of the World park in Changsha, China.
    The new coaster is said to launch riders at 60mph and stand 131 feet tall. It will feature a fairly compact layout of twists and turns, as well as three inversions and they hope to have it open by late Summer if possible. 

 

SimEx-Iwerks - (12/18/21) SimEx-Iwerks has signed as new deal with China’s Happy Valley Group that will see an assortment of SimEx-Iwerks cutting edge 4D cinema and projection technology based attractions coming to the Happy Valley Group chain of theme parks across China.

 

icon_STOPSimWorx - (5/15/22) Simworx installed two of their Cobra Dark Ride systems into the Ba Na Hills park in Vietnam. The ride has opened as “Mắt Bay” (Flying Eyes) and involves two simulator systems that will load guests in a separate area into a ride vehicle on a dynamic motion base (3 DOF) that will then move along a track into the main show theater area, positioning them in front of a large 180º screen.

    (11/19/21) Simworx and Katapult have teamed up to offer a new “Ferrari Experience” attraction concept that offers different simulator rides, an esports hub and a themed dining experience that are all part of the Ferrari themed package.

 
    (10/9/21) Simworx has announced the launch of their new “Fly-Motion” flying theater. The new Fly-Motion experience is said to be ideal for locations that suffer from height limitations that might make adding a large-scale flying theater attraction difficult, if not impossible. To that end Simworx re-engineered their Cobra Motion Theater attraction into this new creation with a 3-DOF motion base mounted to a track system that will move the 30-passenger ride vehicle from the loading bay into the flying theater showroom. Follow the link to see some renderings of the new ride system posted over at Blooloop.

 

Skyline Attractions - (1/16/22) A fun interview between Coaster Hour and Tyler Mullins of Skyline Attractions can be found on YouTube this week. The whole interview is just under 30 minutes and they discuss interesting topics like the P’Sghetti Bowl coasters, Skywarp II, the relationship with GCI, Titan Track, Infinity Flyers, Bombay Express and more.

 
    (10/11/21) According to an update posted by Amusement Today, Skyline Attractions has sold a “multi-tower Strike-U-Up!” ride to an unknown location. Anyone have an idea of where it would go? I always imagine something like this being sent to the Circus Circus Adventuredome myself.
 

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    (9/8/21) Skyline Attractions has announced a new line of kid friendly roller coaster concepts under the name, P’Sghetti Bowl. Four different off-the-shelf designs are available for this line of new kid-friendly single-rail roller coasters and perfectly sized to fit into many indoor locations as well as outdoor settings. The system is also open to custom design layouts as well.

 
    (8/5/21) Skyline Attractions has launched an all new website that may be worth checking out. While the website has a list of Skylines current attractions, they also have a number of placeholders in place to reveal several new rides in the pipeline that are currently only listed with names like: Juggler, Hydra Tower, Boston Tea Party, Eazy Breezy, and P’Sghetti Bowl.

 

TAIT - (3/11/22) TAIT is at it again this week with the announcement that they have signed a deal to acquire Thinkwell. This comes on the heels of TAIT buying ITEC Entertainment back in October 2021.
    TAIT Towers, who for years was primarily known for their technology project builds for live entertainment venues (cruise ships, concerts, Broadway stage shows, etc) is now seems posed to become a major player in the themed entertainment space with these two additions. The combined forces will allow TAIT to provide full turnkey solutions for clients, from the blue-sky creative phase all the way to the technical installation of the final product.
 
    (10/30/21) In an interesting development, well known theme park and attraction design company, ITEC Entertainment, has announced that they have been purchased by TAIT Towers Inc. Tait Towers is known more for their projects involving services and designs for top concert performers, cruise ship projects, Broadway stage productions and other high level shows including Cirque du Soleil. Across it all TAIT Towers is a known expert in blending live entertainment and technology for the world to see for years.
    I know over the past couple years I had been hearing TAIT name dropped more than once in reference to various theme park projects, so it seems that the purchase of ITEC will now give TAIT great access and exposure to this industry sector.

 

Triotech - (11/18/21) Triotech has announced Carnival Chaos Hyper Ride, an interactive dark ride experience that allows for competitive play as the vehicles move past several different game screens, not unlike what we’ve seen at Disney parks like Toy Story Midway Mayhem or the new Web Slingers Spider-Man themed dark rides.
    The first Carnival Chaos Hyper Ride will be going to the Clifton Hill attractions area on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and should be open by Summer 2022 and will feature 7 fully interactive scenes, five carts, all packed into an approximate 6,000 sqft space. 

 
    (9/7/21) Triotech has announced the installation of a 60-seat XD Theater attraction in China at the Happy Valley Tianjin theme park, located in the Viking Harbor section of the park. This would be the 9th such installation to be installed at the chain of Happy Valley theme parks across China. Triotech has also announced they have signed a contract to build a new major attraction with the OCT Group behind the Happy Valley parks for a “double interactive walkthrough attraction” in Fantasy Valley, Xiangyang.

Tianjin Happy Valley XD Theatre Client Testimonial from Triotech on Vimeo.


 
    (10/20/20) Triotech has announced they are building a major new attraction of Fabland Xiangyang in Hubei, China. The new attraction is described as a “double walkthrough attraction” that will serve as an immersive and interactive experience for the park guests themed around the world of Space Pirates and interstellar Bounty Hunters. According to Triotech the concept will add a “dark ride” style attraction to the park without the need for an expensive ride system.

 

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- (5/2/22) Consider me a little intrigued… US Thrill Rides has filed a new name trademark for something called “G Storm” as of April 14, 2022. It was about this same time last year that US Thrill Rides first announced the Skyscreamer attraction, which soon after had the name changed (and trademarked) to Skyblazer. Perhaps we are on the verge of a pending new announcement from US Thrill Rides for another new innovation.
 
    (4/25/21) Bill Kitchen, the original inventor of the Skycoaster, is back with an all new creation, but with a familiar concept. Kitchen came up with the concept of the original Skycoaster upcharge attraction back in the early 90s and it spread like wildfire throughout US theme parks for the rest of the decade. By 1998 Bill Kitchen had sold his patents and the company formed to sell and support the Skycoaster business to ThrillTime Entertainment for $12 million, which was then later re-sold in 2005 to current owner, Ride Entertainment.
    Now through his US ThrillRides company, Bill Kitchen is back with what looks to be a new evolution on the concept called the Skyscreamer. The Skyscreamer appears to take the idea of the original creation, but has plus-sized everything to make this a full scale ride for all park guests to ride in large groups instead of just being an upcharge attraction concept. I’m sure smaller capacity models will still be used as upcharge-attractions in some locations, but the larger capacity versions seem primed for the big parks to bring the thrill to everyone.
    Skyscreamer will use a similar set-up of three huge pylon towers attached to a disk-shaped ride vehicle frame that can hold anywhere from 6 to 24 rides at once, each held in with traditional thrill-ride style seats with over-the-shoulder safety harnesses that is seated on the ground between two of the ride’s towers. Once loaded, the rider pod is raised vertically into the air several feet before a cable attached to the third tower begins to pull the rider pod up towards the top of the huge swinging-arch that can be anywhere from 200 to 350 feet in height.
    As with the Skycoaster, the riders will plunge from their lofty heights after a few moments of anticipation, and enjoy the wild soaring and rotating swing action. A new feature here is a “patented pendulum damper” device at the top of the arch towers that will quickly “reduce the swing arc” motion and bring the rider pod to a gentle stop before it lowers to the ground for unloading.
    You can see an animated video of the concept posted by Orlando’s News 6 on a Facebook Live post, but you can see a clearer video along with several still renderings posted to the US ThrillRides website as well. 
    So what do you think? Would you ride this if your favorite park or attraction were to buy one?  As an official Skycoaster “chicken”, as I’ve remained hesitant to put my body into a Skycoaster all these years, there is something a little more comforting about this version. Maybe it is just the addition of a traditional ride seat/restraint system, as I will willingly climb on board any roller coaster I can find, but something about Skycoasters has always kinda freaked me out. Maybe it was the interactivity of having a rip-cord to pull, or maybe it was just the idea of lying down and being lobbed across the sky by a cable attached to my back. Heck, Wave Swingers make me nervous enough to the point that I’ve also never tried a Star Flyer or Windseeker yet (sorry to disappoint) just because I know I would start to flip-out a little bit. A ride on a Condor was thrilling enough for me, as I just have a “weird thing” about heights I’ve never been able to explain. I have no problem with the “height” itself, as I love roller coasters, observation towers, sky rides, etc… it’s all about my perception of safety and if I might fall.  Put me two feet up on a very wobbly ladder and I’m begging to get down, but I’ve got zero issues being launched to 120mph and soaring 425 feet up and down again on Top Thrill Dragster, so go figure. Just the way I’m wired… so while I still think the idea of the Skyscreamer would freak me out, I’m not saying this in a definite “nope” for me just yet until I see one in action. How about you?

 

icon_STOPVekoma - (5/1/22) Congratulations to Vekoma for winning the “Golden Crown Award” from Asia Attractions for “Outstanding Roller Coaster Supplier (International)”. The award was given for the company’s Top Gun Launch Coaster ‘Fighter Jet’ concept that first opened in 2021 at Fantawild “Oriental Heritage” in Ningbo and Fantawild “Oriental Glorious” in Ganzhou. Two more copies of the Top Gun launch coaster are expected to open in 2022 and 2023 at Fantawild parks in Huai’an and Jining.

 

icon_STOPZamperla - (5/15/22) Zamperla has opened a new Thunderbolt model roller coaster installation in China at Yangzhou Fancy City. The new coaster is named Canal Peak and serves as an eye-catching piece of the skyline over the theme park. Follow the link to see some pictures of the new coaster posted to Blooloop.
 
    (11/18/21) Zamperla has announced a new ‘Family Thrill Launch Coaster” concept that you can preview in the animated video below.

 
    (10/2/21) The new Gryphon flat ride from Zamperla can be seen testing in the video clip below. The company invited select guests out to their facility in Italy to see some of their latest creations in action.

 
    (9/23/21) Zamperla has introduced a new ride concept this week called the BlendeZ. Riders are tossed around “three different axes of rotation”, with the ride’s footprint being small enough to fit in both outdoor and indoor locations. Check it out in action below.

 
    (6/26/21) A quick update regarding the Zamperla Double Heart Lightning coaster. I’ve been informed that the original video was pulled to make some stat corrections and a new video has now been added, and updated to our report as well, which you can see below. Enjoy!
    The video also now confirms that the ride’s top speed during the third launch is 130 k/ph (80.77mph). You can also see a whole ton of stats for the Double Heart Lightning coaster on the official webpage if you follow the link.

 
    (6/24/21) Zamperla has announced a new coaster concept they call the Double Heart Lightning. While this seems similar in concept to Premier Rides’s SkyRocket II concept, the layout is noticeably different. The Double Heart is also much taller, standing 70 meters tall (230ftt) compared to the Premier clone standing only 150 feet in height. The experience will feature three launch pushes, two forward and one backwards, to get the train up to speed to make a complete cycle through the course. Loading should also be a breeze with a turntable system in place to allow for two-train operations, with one loading while the other rides the rails.
    I’m kinda liking the look of this one, with trains that appear to feature a confortable and open lap-bar only restraint system, and 16-passenger trains. Zamperla is also offering a more compact 50 meter version for locations where height or space is a concern. Top speed of the 70m version is 80.77mph.

 

icon_STOPZierer - (4/12/22) Zierer is showing off concept artwork for their latest attraction called the Ellipse Flyer. 32 passengers are held in suspended seats, able to rotate horizontally, while attached to the main arms of the ride that move them all in a elliptical rotation up and around the main structure. “Its standard industrial, tech-heavy design with the possible added option of artificial smoke creates the illusion for passengers of being part of a giant engine in motion.”
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