The Skywarp Lands!

Vallejo, CA, USA (August 31, 2017): “Skywarp, one of the amusement industry’s most anticipated new attractions, has its first home Six Flags Entertainment Corporation announced today that the first Skywarp will be landing at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, CA for the 2018 season.

This exciting experience offers 32 passengers a unique journey as they board the competing ride vehicles. The train rocks back and forth, building up to full speed before completing several thrilling forward and reverse rotations through the twin Immelmann inversions. The two trains duel one another and riders see the fear and fun in the faces of other riders.

Jeff Pike, founding partner of Skyline Attractions, said that everyone at the company is thrilled to be working with Six Flags once more. “Six Flags continues to look for innovation in the theme park industry and we are very happy those chose Skywarp for as part of their 2018 plans. They are a great partner and always are pushing the thrill ride envelope. We feel that this ride will be a great addition to the collection of thrills found at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.”

You can see the park’s awesome theme by clicking here and visiting the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom website to see what a unique experience Skywarp will be. Also, stop by and learn more about the ride breaking the thrill-cost barrier at booth 5808 at the 2017 IAAPA Attractions Expo this November.

Ride Stats.

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Casino Pier Opens Hydrus

Seaside Heights, NJ, USA (June, 2017): Crowds gathered in early summer to celebrate the opening of the Hydrus roller coaster at Casino Pier. The ride, a Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter, was one of the centerpieces of a multi-million dollar rebuilding effort on the part of the family that owns the pier.

Maria Mastoris, Marketing Manager at Casino Pier, said, “Since Superstorm Sandy, our rebuilding plans were all geared towards fortifying the infrastructure to protect against any potential future loss. We [now] have a great roller coaster to replace the JetStar and a new Ferris wheel on our expanded pier that will bring a lot of excitement to the property and springboard us into more new and exciting things in the future.”

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was on-hand during the opening ceremonies and celebrated the coaster as a symbol of the state’s recovery from the storm. He noted, “In the same way that the Jet Star was the iconic symbol of what happened here during superstorm Sandy, the Hydrus is now going to be forever the iconic symbol of the comeback of the Jersey Shore from Hurricane Sandy.”

The roller coaster, which features green track and blue columns, sports an exciting start with a chain lift that goes straight up into the sky. Once the ride crests the top of the hill the car heads towards the ground as it speeds down a 97-degree first drop. Riders then head through three inversions before the coaster returns to the station.

Siegfried Gerstlauer, Managing Director of Gerstlauer Amusement Rides, said, “We were extremely honored that Casino Pier chose Gerstlauer to provide their new coaster. Obviously with everything the park has been through the resilience of the owners is impressive. We think the project turned out fantastic and the vertical lift and beyond-vertical drop has created a new icon along the Jersey Shore.”

Since opening the ride has been prominently featured in national news coverage. Hydrus was featured in a segment on NBC News, listed as one of the 6 best new coasters on ABC News, and received significant regional coverage in The New York Times, USA Today, and the Washington Post, among others. Casino Pier was also recently chosen as the Top Jersey Shore Attraction in New Jersey Monthly magazine.

Adam Sandy, Chief Business Development Officer at Ride Entertainment, said that the experience was a great one for all involved. “We were fortunate to begin speaking with Casino Pier very early in the rebuilding process. Because the coaster was being built on a pier the park had some very specific requirements on size and weight distribution. We were thrilled with the resulting ride and working with Casino Pier was a great partnership, it was our second project with them in 24 months.” Ride Entertainment both sold the attraction for Gerstlauer and installed the coaster for Casino Pier.

Mastoris said that Gerstlauer was great to work with. “After looking at several different companies, it was decided that this coaster gave us everything we needed – thrills, excitement, a coaster that families can ride with a good rider height, good capacity, and fit in the footprint we had planned for it.  All we hear from is how much fun the coaster is, and how smooth and quiet it is! That makes everything from rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy to today feel worth it. When we finally opened Hydrus, it was a very big moment. We can now say we are fully back and can close the books on the ‘Superstorm era,’” she said.

Hydrus sports the newest Euro-Fighter vehicles, which Gerstlauer has been working on for some time. Siegfried Gerstlauer said, “This Euro-Fighter represents the culmination of evolution for this vehicle design. We have been improving it for several years and it offers a more comfortable and open rider experience.”

Bret Ulozas, a noted Seaside Heights amusements historian and the New Jersey representative for the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE), said, “From a historical perspective it is an iconic roller coaster for future generations. From the coaster enthusiast point of view, it is smooth and well-paced, everyone wants to ride it again and again.”

Casino Pier (https://casinopiernj.com) is open daily. Stop by and enjoy the thrills of Hydrus this summer in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

Ride Stats.

Manufacturer: Gerstlauer Amusement Rides (Germany)

Model: Euro-Fighter 320

Height: 72 feet (22 meter)

Track Length: 1,049 feet (320 meter)

Number of Vehicles: 2

Elements:

  • Vertical Lift
  • 97-Degree Beyond-Vertical Drop
  • 3 Inversions: Vertical Loop, Cutback and Heartline Roll

The Skywarp Cometh!

Orlando, FL, USA (July 1, 2017) – Skyline Attractions has altered the landscape of thrill rides with its latest scream maker- Skywarp. Skyline is excited to announce the sale of their first of many Skywarps, which will make its public debut in the summer of 2018. This exciting experience offers 32 passengers a unique journey as they board the competing ride vehicles. The train begins rocking back and forth, building up to full speed before completing several thrilling forward and reverse rotations through the twin Immelmann inversions.

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The unique concept was first shown to the world at the 2016 IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida. This annual event is the world’s largest showcase rides and the Skywarp was one of the most unique concepts displayed. This innovative attraction combines the speed, inversions, and capacity of a big coaster with a fraction of the necessary investment needed.  The clever design of Skywarp allows it to deliver the thrills a modern rider expects, with the reliability, ease of maintenance and ultra-compact footprint that fits in nearly any park.

“Skywarp has everything that operators of all sizes desire: Big impact, big thrills, big visibility, and big capacity with a small footprint and a small price,” said Evan Souliere, founding partner of Skyline Attractions.

The small 120 foot by 30 foot footprint allows for the placement of the attraction in nearly any location, and topping out at 62 feet in height it can even fit in many indoor locations.

“The flexibility of Skywarp, combined with the excitement it delivers to guests, makes it a great addition to any park.  We are thrilled to be placing the first of what we believe will be many Skywarp attractions,” commented Chris Gray, Vice President at Skyline Attractions. “Stop by and see us at booth 5808 at the 2017 IAAPA Attractions Expo as we unveil where the first Skywarp will be taking guests on a wild ride.”

Ride Entertainment is the sales partner for Skyline Attractions.

Ride Stats.

  • Height: 62 feet (19 meters)
  • Footprint: 120 feet X 30 feet (37m X 9m)
  • Track Length: 360 feet (110 m)
  • Instant Capacity: 32
  • Hourly Capacity: 800 pph

SkyTrans Manufacturing, LLC Partners With Ride Entertainment

Singapore at the IAAPA Asian Attractions Expo (June, 2017) – SkyTrans Manufacturing, a leading supplier in aerial tramways, has chosen Ride Entertainment as their sales partner.  The companskytrans-cover-photo-ride-entertainment-hersheypark-hershey-pennsylvaniay specializes in aerial ropeway design, manufacturing, and service.

“We are pleased to announce that SkyTrans has formed an exclusive partnership with Ride Entertainment for the sale of our product line of Aerial Ropeways (Chairlifts & Gondolas) to the Amusement Industry throughout the world, which includes Amusement Parks, Large FEC’s, Waterparks and Zoo’s. We selected Ride Entertainment because of their stellar reputation in the industry and their ability to provide all of the services to back up our products such as financing and installation. We look forward to working with them for the future,” said Jerry Pendleton, President of SkyTrans Mfg., LLC.

SkyTrans products can be found in popular amusement parks like the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Hersheypark and Knoebels. In addition, their product is a favorite among zoos, with world-class facilities like the Henry Doorly Zoo and Zoologico Guadalahara choosing the SkyTrans skyrides for their facilities.

“Ride Entertaiment is thrilled to partner with SkyTrans,” said Adam Sandy, Ride Entertainment’s Chief Business Development Officer.  “SkyTrans offers a unique product that is accessible to parks of all sizes that is sure to thrill and delight guests around the world. Our partnership allows for both sales of the ride and in certain cases revenue share financial partnerships, which means our customers have a myriad of options,” he said.

Visit the Skytrans and Sky Ride pages on the site to learn more.

Interactive System Upgrade at Lake Compounce Increases Guest Enjoyment and Uptime

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The family dark ride “Ghost Hunt” at Lake Compounce was upgraded to provide a better interactive experience for both visitors and the park management team while keeping the story alive. Lagotronics Projects provided a new interactive system for the ride.

Lake Compounce in Bristol (Connecticut, USA) is the oldest, continuously-operating amusement park in North America. The park has invested in rides and attractions during the recent years, and today it’s more beautiful than ever.

The dark ride Ghost Hunt, situated in a haunted house, is an entertaining experience for the entire family! In 2016 Lake Compounce got in touch with Adam Sandy from Ride Entertainment to discuss the possibilities of an upgrade. The interactive system in the ride had become outdated and required a lot of maintenance. It required a whole new, contemporary interactive system but the ride’s theme and story was not altered. In addition, they were looking for a reliable partner that could provide long-term support. That’s why Lagotronics Projects was introduced into the project.

“Since our first meeting with Lagotronics Projects on the Ghost Hunt project, we knew that we were working with a ‘first class’ company and that the guns and targeting system on the ride would be a huge hit with our guests.  The quality, craftsmanship and dedication from Lagotronics Projects was of the highest standard and we are sure our guests will notice right away,” said Jerry Brick, the park’s general manager.

The new shooters use LED’s and feature no mechanical wear parts. Combined with new speakers and personal scoring displays in the vehicles the ride is up to date again. The interactive devices also offer increased accuracy, a larger shooting range and audio feedback when fired in order to increase the enjoyment of those brave enough to collect ghouls for points. Furthermore, all targets and IR sensors on the ride were replaced and the system was incorporated in the scenery. At the end of the ride, a new large scoreboard was installed, which shows the individual visitor scores, the high score of the day, week, month or the best of the season. Last but not least the Ghosts Hunt’s showcontrol system was replaced in order to bring maintenance to an absolute minimum. This offers great possibilities for the park team because they can change the ride’s scoring difficulty and target interactions based upon guest feedback. The software is able to trigger numerous events when a target is hit and can be changed very easy, enabling Lake Compounce to connect with their guests in Social Media, respond to their comments, and interact with the fans.

“The technology allows us to utilize software that offers parks interactivity which wasn’t available ten years ago,” said Mark Beumers, CEO of Lagotronics Projects. “Our systems not only offer reliability for park owners, but the storytelling technology that we provide is different than other companies. With our ability to change scoring difficulty, output results to social media and integrate our technology into existing attractions we feel that Lagotronics Projects is offering a guest experience unlike anyone else in the attractions industry.”

In short: the new equipment tremendously increases uptime and guest (and park) enjoyment of the existing attraction and storyline!

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Dollywood Opens Drop Line

Pigeon Forge, TN, USA (May, 2017) – Dollywood has dubbed 2017 the “year of the family”. The park’s goal was to appeal to every type of rider through different attractions. For the thrill seeker in each family their addition was a 200-foot Skyfall drop ride from Funtime of Austria.

The ride experience offers two distinct segments, sightseeing and thrill. After they board the 24 passengers are secured via a lap bar restraint. The lifting rig pulls the ring of seats skyward and the seats rotate around the tower twice. As riders go higher they receive an unparalleled view of the Smoky Mountains. The tower peaks above the valley so that guests get a sweeping view of Dollywood and the tree-covered region and it is a vista unlike anywhere else in Tennessee.

“Drop Line is the perfect new attraction for Dollywood,” said the park’s General Manager Gene Scherrer. “We have a number of unique rides, but this one is unlike anything else here. Our guests will have a chance to enjoy the beautiful Smoky Mountain scenery as they rise up the tower, but once they get to the top, the anticipation of the drop will certainly create memories they’ll remember for quite some time,” he added with a laugh.

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The tower is set in the Timber Canyon area of the park and has become a new icon for the property. The first challenge Funtime overcame was re-purposing the existing foundation. The ride stands where the former Timber Tower attraction ran, and that ride required large amounts of concrete. Funtime engineered a custom embed and bottom tower section that extended about 15 feet below grade and tied into Dollywood’s existing foundation. By allowing the park to re-use the existing foundation Funtime saved Dollywood a significant amount of money in the process.

The final ride experience has been a hit for the park and offers park-goers a new way to enjoy the world-famous theme park.  “We were thrilled that Dollywood chose to work with Funtime,” said Hannes Lackner, Funtime’s company’s General Manager. “To have our first U.S. Skyfall drop ride in such a beautiful park is special for us,” he noted.

“Dollywood has been a great showcase for Ride Entertainment and its partners,” said Adam Sandy, Chief Business Development Officer for Ride Entertainment. “We have been working with Herschend Family Entertainment for over a decade and they continue to amaze us with the creative theming concepts they come up with for our hardware.”

The ride was also installed by Ride Entertainment’s Installation Division. You can ride Drop Line at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, which is open every day.

Snap Stats.

Tower Height 200 feet (61 meters)

Instant Capacity: 24

Hourly Capacity: 600 pph

Theme: Drop Line, a 200-foot tall free fall over the wooded rustic landscape.

 

Extreme Engineering Names Ride Entertainment the Distributor of the Cloud Coaster™

Sacramento, CA (March, 2017) – A revolutionary partnership to distribute Extreme Engineering’s award winning Cloud Coaster™ has been formed with the one of the world’s leading attractions industry products distributors, Ride Entertainment. As the official distributor of the Cloud Coaster™, Ride Entertainment will increase visibility and availability of the world’s first cart-less roller coaster.

As the world’s largest adventure product supplier for the amusement and resort industries, Extreme Engineering desired a distribution agent for the Cloud Coaster™ with a stellar reputation, long standing history and world-wide reach. As one of the largest distributors in attractions to the amusement industry with a robust world renowned reputation, Ride Entertainment was an ideal match for distributing their unique and groundbreaking product. Extreme Engineering and Ride Entertainment both share a long standing and active history with the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), which further connected the two companies together to form this exciting and dynamic new relationship.

Ride Entertainment is a world leader in providing thrilling products to the attractions industry, having earned international recognition for innovation and commitment to quality entertainment, and will be the exclusive Cloud Coaster™ distributor in the Middle East including distribution towards large amusement parks and waterparks such as Six Flags, Universal and Disney worldwide.

Adam Sandy, Chief Business Development Officer for Ride Entertainment states, “We are thrilled to unite with one of the world’s largest adventure and amusement pioneers to promote growth in distribution of their innovative Cloud Coaster™. We look forward to serving countless satisfied customers and thrill seekers through this respected and rewarding partnership.”

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Developed and designed by the entertainment experts at Extreme Engineering, the Cloud Coaster™ is an innovative part zip line and part flying roller coaster. The world’s first cart-less roller coaster gets its riders adrenaline pumping using a unique custom lift system to raise riders slowly, simulating the traditional anxious feeling at the start of a large roller coaster, then blasting off and giving the triple sensation of flying, zip-lining and rocketing up and down.

The Cloud Coaster™ also holds the esteemed title of being the only zipline coaster on the market using lifts, which allows tandem riders to be pulled up a track on motors to zip up hills for a truly unique ride. The Cloud Coaster™ won back-to-back IAAPA awards for best product display in 2015 and 2016 and was recently honored by USA Today as a Top Attraction.  The 2017 track design features a new tandem cart system so participants can enjoy ride the together, as well as exciting lifts and upgraded MBS braking technology.  The Cloud Coaster™ is the premier family-friendly thrill ride.

Jeff Wilson, CEO of Extreme Engineering states, “We are honored to see our one of a kind and treasured product distributed by an internationally recognized amusement and adventure powerhouse. Given their stellar reputation as a world renowned industry leader, it is as inventive as it is logical to partner with Ride Entertainment to distribute our groundbreaking and award winning Cloud Coaster™. We look forward to seeing our cherished product soar to new heights through this exciting new relationship.”

KCL Engineering & Ride Entertainment Join Forces

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KCL Engineering, a leader in custom lighting solutions, has chosen Ride Entertainment as their sales partner in the attractions industry.

KCL burst onto the scene this year with three notable projects at Adventureland Park, the most innovative being a first of its kind LED lighting system on the park’s new Gerstlauer roller coaster, The Monster. The coaster, which stands 131 feet tall, can be seen throughout the park by day, and at night the ground and track-mounted lights make the attraction a focal point.. Beyond an illumination solution, on a coaster designed to confuse riders, the lighting systems adds another layer of intrigue and unpredictability.

“When Adventureland shared the concept for The Monster, we had a vision to bring the entire structure to life through dynamic track lighting. Perhaps the fact that this was our first large-scale ride lighting project worked in our favor as we truly felt no limitations. We simply came up with an idea and engineered our way to it,” said Kris Kunze, PE, The Monster’s lead lighting designer.

“As soon as I saw what KCL could do I knew we needed to work with them,” laughed Adam Sandy, Chief Business Development Officer at Ride Entertainment. “We are always on the lookout for innovation in the attractions industry and what they created for Adventureland was unlike anything I have seen. We are thrilled to see where they take their unique illumination concepts next,” he noted.

The Iowa-based engineering company is no stranger to working on high-profile projects worldwide. KCL Engineering has implemented LED solutions for Yankee Stadium, Safeco Field, and numerous skyscrapers around the globe.

“Working with Ride Entertainment is an absolute honor,” declared Kunze. “Their partnership provides immediate immersion into the attractions industry. We look forward to providing a wide variety of custom lighting solutions; from basic LED installations that give an existing attraction new life to park-wide solutions seen nowhere else in the world.”

Lagotronics Projects Storms into the United States

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Lagotronics Projects is thrilled to announce their latest project and first in the U.S. For the 2017 season the Dutch company will update the Ghost Hunt dark ride at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut, U.S.A. with new shooters, targets and gaming system.

“We are thrilled to grow our presence in the North American market and excited to work with the team at Lake Compounce,” said Mark Beumers, CEO of Lagotronics Projects. “They have a fantastic park and we are proud to be a part of the many improvement projects at the property next year.”

The goal of the new equipment is to both increase uptime and guest enjoyment of the attraction. The new interactive system uses LED’s, which are safer and much more reliable than older-style guns. In addition, the removal of moving parts from the gun’s interior makes the Lagotronics Projects systems superior to those offered by many competitors. The guns offer increased accuracy and audio feedback when fired in order to increase the enjoyment of those brave enough to collect ghouls for points.

“Everyone is excited about the Lagotronics Projects system coming stateside,” said Adam Sandy, Chief Business Development Officer at Ride Entertainment, who represents the Dutch company in North America. “They have fantastic technology and game play, we know it will be a hit with riders at Lake Compounce,” he noted.

The project comes at an exciting time for the Dutch company. This year they debuted their GameChanger interactive attraction at Shimao’s Skyscrapers City, an interactive dark ride at Wanda Mall Nanchang, a dark ride upgrade at Chessington’s World of Adventures and showcased their Hand Symbol Control and Swipe Control at the attractions industry’s largest expositions.

“We are excited about what the future will bring. Lagotronics Projects has been on the cutting edge of the attractions industry for some time and we are looking forward to sharing more of our exciting innovations with the world,” said Beumers.