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RETURN OF THE C
It’s easy to scoff that there was noting new at this season’s trade shows, but Park World did spot a few.
Here’s three classic amusement industry classics with a brand new twist
REINVENTING THE WHEEL
controlled and have a multimedia centre for guided sightseeing and
interactive marketing opportunities, including the ability to interact with
Amusement industry think tank US Thrillrides claims to reinvent the way
the lights on the wheel itself.
we have fun. This time, company founder Bill Kitchen is at it again. The
Its shape is further enhanced by a stunning light and sound show that
creator of the Skycoaster, Skyventure, and Unicoaster has applied his
can be fully programmed. Lights will make the stationary oval wheel
ingenuity to reinventing the wheel, or rather the Ferris Wheel.
appear to turn. The spectacle of a SkyView can be seen for miles
The SkyView could become the next generation of giant observation
making it a great eye-catcher and people magnet.
wheel, but what makes it so unique? In a paradigm shift of giant wheel
It’s now 10 years since the London Eye debuted in England’s capital
proportions, the SkyView can be shaped in multiple unusual
city, and most manufacturers are still slavishly copying most of its
configurations. It's unfathomable that IAAPA overlooked SkyView recently
attributes. SkyView takes the best of them; then tries to do something
when handing out its Best New Product awards in Las Vegas.
new. Could this be the shape of things to come?
"We like to think of it as Ferris Wheel 2.0," says Kitchen, "it is more
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beautiful, stronger and costs less than its predecessors." Kitchen plans to
erect and operate 300ft-tall versions of the attraction in Orlando and
Las Vegas. Site negotiations are already underway in both cities.
“SkyView can be customised in different shapes; it can be a circle, a
pentagon, an oval or even a guitar pick, why not?" explains Kitchen. The
standard shape for the attraction is actually an oval, but one
unidentified operator even asked if it could be shaped as mouse ears.
Hmmm.
The design is unusual in that the structure itself does not turn, instead
the gondolas move around it on a chain-type mechanism. Heights will
range between 200 to 600ft (60-180 metres) while at the same time
requiring less ground space than older giant wheel designs. By
comparison, the London Eye is 443ft tall.
The SkyView weighs
around half that of
some rotating wheels,
chiefly because it does Bill Kitchen
not have “spokes,” and
it is designed to
hurricane wind
standards. A patent
REINVENTING THE TEA CUPS
pending emergency Mack Rides has introduced Twist ‘n’
access pod meets all Splash, an interactive, water-based version
the requirements of the of its classic tea cup ride.
fire departments with
The perfect attraction for parks of all
regards to passenger
sizes, including waterparks, this spinning
safety. The design
ride features multiple new patented
allows for capacity of
features including boats that are able to
up to 3,000 passengers
float free on the water and rotate on their
per hour,
own axes. The water gun system,
accommodating
meanwhile, is the same as used on Mack's
patrons without a
other interactive water attractions.
lengthy waiting period.
The full-sized ride measures 22-metres
Passengers will travel
(82ft) in diameter. Twelve 4 or 6-seater
in comfort aboard
boats carry up to 1,440 passengers per
stylish gondolas with a
hour. A “mini” (14-metre diameter) version
capacity of six to eight
is also available, offering a theoretical
people. All gondolas
hourly capacity of 960. The ride can be
will be climate
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