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New coaster trains


Dynamic Attractions’ Flying Theatre


Soarin’over IAAPA Flying simulators abound


Dynamic Motion Rides’ Flyboard


Those looking for a multimedia flying ride experience were spoiled for choice at this year’s IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando. Soarin’ Over California creator Dynamic Attractions was talking to potential customers about a variety of products including the Flying Theatre, Immersive Transporter, Trackless Ride Vehicle and SFX Coaster. The company has just opened a double Flying Theatre at Wuhan, two months after another Chinese project, an Immersive Transporter at Chimelong Paradise in Guangzhou. "We focus on making the rider feel


like they are in the middle of an adventure movie," explains Dynamic Attractions president Peter Schnabel. “All of our new attractions rely heavily on advanced media." In partnership with Falcon’s Treehouse, Oceaneering was offering the Suspended Theater, featuring a motion base attached to a pulley system rather than a rigid arm. But perhaps the most interesting thing about the patented ride system from the two Orlando companies is the fact the 108 seats are hidden from the domed screen behind a wall when riders enter the building.


“It just seems like a normal movie theatre at first,” explains Oceaneering’s Matt Kent, “but then there is this big reveal.”


Meanwhile Dynamic Motion Rides (DyMoRides) has adapted its Flyboard system to run in tandem with a domed screen, and is currently working on a prototype at its production facilities in South Wales, UK. Other companies offering similar flying ride systems include Huss Park Attractions, Vekoma/Brogent Technologies and Mondial/Simworx.


revealed Here's one of the trains from Twisted Colossus, the world's longest hybrid coaster, set to open this coming spring at Six Flags Magic Mountain, California. Seen here is the lead car of the coaster, unveiled at IAAPA Attractions Expo on the Rocky Mountain


Construction booth, where company owner Fred Grubb tried it out for size alongside park president Bonnie Rabjohn. Twisted Colossus uses as its base


the structure the original Colossus wooden coaster opened at Magic Mountain in 1978, but now with new steel topper track and several re- profiled sections.


Batman: The Ride (train pictured below) will be S&S Sansei's first 4D


FreeFly coaster, coming soon to Six Flags Fiesta Texas. The attraction will feature an imposing “floating” and twisting track including two beyond- vertical freefalls, in addition to the six head-over-heels spins. Selectively imbedded magnets will flip riders head-over-heels at least six times on this wing-style coaster as they race along the weightless, tumbling journey. The ride concept represents a more compact – and affordable – development of S&S's intense 4th Dimension rollercoaster, as seen at Six Flags Magic Mountain (California), Fuji-Q Highland (Japan) and Changzhou Dinosaur Park (China). Meanwhile Bolliger & Mabillard's first true launch coaster, Thunderbird is now being erected at Holliday World, Santa Claus, Indiana – and here (below) is a glimpse of the ride vehicle. Quick to climb aboard the Wing Coaster for an imaginary ride at the recent IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando were (left to right) Holiday World executives Lori Koch, Lauren Koch Crosby, Matt Eckert and Leah Koch. When complete, the $22 million Thunderbird will launch from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.5 seconds. It will have more than 3,000ft of track, four inversions including a 14-storey Immelman Loop, and "near misses" including two keyholes. The steel-tracked rollercoaster was custom designed by B&M around Holiday World's hill and wood terrain.


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Suspended Theater from Oceanerring/Falcon’s Treehouse


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