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IAAPA Expo 2019 - Day 1

Tuesday, November 19, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Derek Perry
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The annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo kicked off on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, and the ACE booth was in the center of the action. Attendees from parks across the country stopped by to see ACE, including Arnolds Park, Central Park Funland, Funtown Splashtown USA, Knoebels, Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Six Flags New England! ACE President Robert Ulrich and ACE Communications Director Elizabeth Ringas announced that ACE will launch an annual month-long event celebrating roller coasters around the world. World Roller Coaster Appreciation Month will launch in June 2020 and will highlight the engineering, architecture, history, entertainment and marvels of roller coasters.

In addition to ACE's exciting announcement, unveilings of new 2020 roller coasters happened at a rapid pace across the Expo floor. Zamperla announced it will be adding a Super Flume and Junior Coaster to Coney Island's Luna Park, celebrating the park's 10th anniversary of operation. Zamperla had much to celebrate as its Nebulaz ride won Best New Product in the Brass Ring Awards, and Alberto Zamperla was inducted into the IAAPA Hall of Fame. The Nebulaz ride is as much fun to watch as it is to ride, and the win was well deserved. Zamperla also debuted its Dangelz coaster car, which gives riders a swinging sensation similar to that of a suspended coaster although the car is perched on top of the track.


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Many other ride vehicles were revealed, including lead cars for Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Iron Gwazi by Rocky Mountain Construction, Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Pantheon by Intamin, SeaWorld San Antonio's Texas Stingray by Great Coasters International, SeaWorld Orlando's Ice Breaker by Premier Rides, Kings Island's Orion by Bolliger & Mabillard and Maurer's Bolt Coaster going on the Carnival Cruise Ship. Shaquille O'Neal helped with Carnival's presentation, making it a real slam dunk!


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SeaWorld San Diego presented the name and logo of its new Bolliger & Mabillard dive coaster dropping in 2020. Emperor will be the first B&M built in California in 14 years! Also coming to the Golden State in 2020, Triotech talked about the development of Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return to the Fair, which is replacing the Voyage to the Iron Reef interactive dark ride. A ride vehicle for Legoland New York's Lego Factory Adventure dark ride was unveiled along with details on its technology that turns riders into a virtual mini Lego figure.


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A perfect way to celebrate being at the Expo was to hop on one of SBF-Visa Group's coasters presented at Rides4U -- SkyFlyer and Big Air Coaster. Although both coasters' tracks are in an oval, their ride experiences are extremely different. SkyFlyer is a small family coaster that traveled around the circuit many times, while the Big Air Coaster traveled around its circuit usually twice with a train that was composed mostly of typical SBF-Visa spinning coaster cars with a wildly unique lead car. The lead car accommodated two riders facing each other in a car reminiscent of a Rok 'n' Rol flat ride. A magnetic segment halfway into ride set the vehicle spinning vertically so the riders flipped head over heels a couple of times while speeding down the track. The Big Air Coaster was the experience that many coaster enthusiasts had to have on the first day of the IAAPA Expo.


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Be sure to check out the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram links at the top of the page to follow ACE's ongoing coverage of the Expo week activities.


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