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IAAPA Expo First Day Unveils New Cars

Tuesday, November 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jerry Willard
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Opening day on the trade show floor at the annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Attraction Expo always brings much excitement. This year's was no exception, starting with the Kickoff Event, which is a window into what is happening in the industry this year. Not only is it a good check in, but it can provide inspiration for new rides and attractions. It's always good to keep up with the competition.


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The first day brings first looks at what is coming next year. While there were no new announcements of any big coasters for 2019, several parks were dressed to impress when they unveiled their beautiful new coaster cars. Parks and manufacturers love the "WOW" factor to draw attention at the show.

Appropriate for football season, Kennywood and S&S Worldwide, Inc. revealed a new car for The Steel Curtain, the multi-inversion coaster which has a definite football look and theme. The number 33 on the front of the car does not honor a famous former Pittsburgh Steeler, but rather the year the football franchise was founded.


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Not to be outdone, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment showed off two new additions, though they were vastly different in size. While there may be some debate among enthusiasts whether San Diego's Tidal Twister from Skyline Attractions is a coaster, there is no debating the beautiful blue car was quite attractive. It will be frequently flipping riders next year. There aren't many who could have fit on the car Premier Rides displayed for Busch Gardens Tampa's Tigris. That's because it was not a model car, even a miniature one, but actually a cake. It sure looked tasty though, and hopefully the ride is just as tasty.


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Thankfully steel coasters didn't hog the spotlight all day as the wonderfully ornate Kentucky Flyer wooden coaster car from The Gravity Group got some attention as well. ACE members have their fingers crossed that host park Kentucky Kingdom will have this new woodie ready and running for the 2019 ACE Preservation Conference in May.


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