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New from SBF/Visa

How's this for a cute new children's ride? The Groovy Bus train ride features mini cartoon replicas of the classic VW camper van, which travels along track to any size of configuration desired by the customer.

Also new from the Italian manufacturer is Skate 360, a magic carpet style ride which seats six passengers from side to side and through 360° to a maximum height of 7.3m (24ft).

According to Rides-4-U's

Len Soled, who represents SBF/Visa in North America, a compact figure-eight spinning coaster will be delivered this year to Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach, South

Carolina and Edaville USA, South Carver, Massachusetts. Drop 'N Twist towers are destined for Dino's Wonder Wheel Park, Coney Island, New York and New Jersey's Steel Pier and Casino Pier. The latter will be 17m (56ft) tall and

Preston & Barbieri update

As 2014 draws to a close, we thought readers might appreciate a quick recap on just of the some rides delivered during the year by Italian manufacturer Preston & Barbieri. As part of the Spanish park's new Nick Land area, Parques de Atracciones de Madrid received nine 4-seater safari jeeps. Operating on a 280m circuit, they were themed to Dora the Explorer. In New York, Splish Splash Water Park, Calaverton, got a Splash Battle interactive water ride. A fleet of 19 battery-powered bumper cars were supplied to the Royal Caribbean cruise line for use on its ship Quantum of the Seas, while 10 tropical fish-themed were delivered to the Magic Island FEC at Seef Mall in Bahrain. Finally, the US carnival operator Ray Cammack Shows received a travelling Flying Swinger.


a pirate theme. In Minneapolis, Betty Danger's Country Club will add a 20m (65ft) gondola wheel, while nearby Como Town in St Paul, Minnesota, is adding a Cyclon coaster.

LEFT: One of the fish-themed bumper cars delivered to Bahrain’s Seef Mall ABOVE: Ray Cammack Shows’ new Flying Swinger

Zamperla gives kids the

world ...on a bike! During the 2013 IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Alberto Zamperla asked Give Kids The World president Pamela Landwirth if he could help the Central Florida charity for children with life-threatening illnesses. From that conversation, Zamperla committed to donating a ride, which was handed over at last month’s Expo.

INSET: Alberto Zamperla with Give Kids The World’s Pamela Landwirth and son Antonio Zamperla RIGHT: The Magic Bike ride built for the Give Kids The World Village


The Zamperla team has produced a special version of one of its most popular rides, the Magic Bikes, more than 100 of which have been produced to date. Created specifically for the GKTW Village in Kissimmee by new Zamperla division Access for All, the ride was designed to accommodate all children, including those with physical limitations.


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