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  • IAAPA Day 3:  Audio Innovators Develops Midway Sound System; Myers adds new European Dark Ride
    A little after ten am on Thursday, February 16th, the third day of the IAAPA Trade Show, the parking lots at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando were nearing capacity.  The IAAPA show is always quite a spectacle, with attendees from all over the world, the latest in technology and new equipment for the entertainment business and the manufacturers and suppliers to amusement parks, FECs, water parks and carnivals.

    Sometimes you can find innovations for the largest of parks and facilities.  Zamperla for instance, had their Windstarz, huge park model ride with large swing-like seats.  But other times, some of the innovations are smaller as is the case with the Rockin 'Rollin' Video game Party Company of North Carolina.

    Rockin' Rollin' has been in business for the past seven year, outfitting cargo trailers into deluxe game rooms with 4 - 8 TVs, stadium seating , colored LED track lighting and advertising wraps.  The company makes units from 4 TV premier units to 8 8 tv virtual reality Extreme Units.  The colorful trailers come fully outfitted and range in price from $49,000 to $74,000.  

    The company has grown to 137 mobile units on the road with various owners. They don't charge a franchise fee or royalty fee but are now granting territory exclusivity.  Rockin' Rollin' provides full raining to owners after purchase and they even have a private support forum online and a national reservation system for parties.  

    The company takes pride in having launched many customers as independent business owners and encourages cooperation among its family of independent owners.  In fact, the owners have a gathering here at the IAAPA Show to discuss business practices, marketing strategies and just share some stories from the road.

    Rockin' Rollin' was created primarily as a business for birthday parties and celebrities but some of the owners have expanded into festivals and even branded sponsorship experiences.  In fact, the company has been expanding beyond the video game caters and has developed several new trailer experiences.  Laser Tag, a 14' trailer with 16 laser taggers, can be purchased for about $37,000, the Glamour party Theater with beauty stations, a dance floor, karaoke and lounge and craft area, all in a 32' trailer, can be purchased for $72,000 and the new 32' mobile escape room trailer, built completely turn-key with a 2 room puzzle, can be purchased for just under $100,000.  

  • ARM to build second Frenzy Ride; Wisdom to debut new Y-Factor
    The second day of the 2017 IAAPA Attractions Expo opened Wednesday to mild crowds, but by the end of the day, the trade show floor was filled with an assortment of buyers and attendees.  Overall, attendance seemed lighter then opening day, however, exhibitors expressed enthusiasm with the customers that they saw at the show.

    Wisdom Rides
    Wisdom Rides was set up in its regular corner location near many of the other carnival suppliers.  Victor Wisdom did not have any new sales to report as of mid afternoon Wednesday, but was optimistic that his company would come out of the show with several new orders.  He was pleased to announce that the company's new thrill ride, the Y-Factor is under development and on schedule to premier at this year's IISF Trade Show in Gibsonton.  The first model has already been sold to James Gang Amusements and there is a vast amount of interest in the ride from other show owners.  

    Wisdom will also debut its full size, one trailer, Flying Bobs-style ride, themed Fast and the Furious at the Gibsonton Trade Show.  The piece is currently in production and will feature 20 full size passenger cars.  The first model has been sold to Robert & Juanita Salerno's All Around Amusements of Chicago.

  • Rides 4-U Debuts New Mini-Break Dance at IAAPA
    The 2017 edition of the IAAPA Attractions Expo opened to large crowds on Tuesday at 10am.  Attendance figures for the first day of the trade show have yet to be announced, however, the floor was packed with industry buyers and attendees.  Due to the large volume of crowds, the convention center parking lot was at capacity as early as noon on opening day.  

    Rides 4-U
    One of the largest ride exhibitors at the trade show was Rides 4-U, representing SBF/Visa, Wisdom Rides, E-Works LED Packages, as well a broker of many used rides within the amusement park and carnival industry. 

    Rides 4-U was proud to introduce a new attraction, dubbed a Mini-Break Dancer, built by SBF/Visa.  Company President, Len Soled was happy to announce that his company sold three of the new rides to the family entertainment center / amusement park sector of the business.  "Its going to be a really strong piece for the FEC industry", said Soled of the new compact attraction.  The Mini Break Dancer on display is a park model, however, plans are in the works to develop a trailer mounted version.  "We have some interest from carnivals and hope to have the first portable model sold this week during the show", said Soled.  The portable version is available for a June 2017 delivery.  A park model of the ride will be on display in Gibtown, and Soled hopes to have an artist's rendering of the portable version available. 

    Also on display at the Rides 4-U booth is a SBF/Visa Drop N' Twist Drop Tower, which has been on display the last couple of years.  "The Drop N' Twist has been very popular because of its pneumatic drive and portability" said Soled.

    Another old but perennially popular attraction Soled hopes to have on display in Gibtown is a new version of the popular Frog Hopper kiddie ride, now built by Wisdom Industries.  The popular kiddie drop tower was previously built by S&S Power, however, the manufacturing rights were sold to Wisdom so that S&S could concentrate on building larger park attractions.  "We sold the first park model of the Wisdom Frog Hopper and are working on building the trailer mounted version", Soled said.

    "We sold several used pieces prior to the IAAPA Show.  We're planning on visiting with a lot of carnivals during the trade show.  I just hope we can produce it all in time", stated Soled.

  • More than 32K Expected to See New Ride Technologies Unveiled at IAAPA
    The premier conference and trade show for the $39.5 billion global attractions industry - IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 - opens Tuesday, November 14th and runs through the 17th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The trade show is unveiling an array of new ride technologies, including the Unicoaster 2.0, the first interactive roller coaster, by Chance Rides.

    Known as the marketplace of innovation , more than 32,000 industry professionals will find inspiration visiting the nine miles of tradeshow aisles, with more than 1,000 exhibiting companies showcasing the the latest technologies, products, and services across a 560,000-net-square-foot trade show floor. With an expected 21,000 buyers, representing leading amusement parks, water parks, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, museums, resorts, and other destinations from around the world the Expo is place to learn what's new.  The IAAPA Attractions Expo claims to be the largest annual gathering for global attractions professionals.

    According to an IAAPA press release, "with its theme "Join the Creation Nation" the show provides attractions industry leaders and visionaries with everything needed to take every guest experience to the next level, whether through the thousands of innovations, the hundreds of expert-led educational opportunities, or the engaging networking opportunities."

    In advance of IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017, several exhibiting companies shared information regarding their latest news, products, and services. (Companies presented in alphabetical order.)

    IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 New Products

    Booth 4364
    Alberici showcases a new product line of Jumbo illuminated push-buttons that improve guest tactile feedback, enhance visibility for easier reading, and strengthen overall guest satisfaction for commercial payment systems.

    Booth 3110
    Amaze 'n Mazes introduces a new imaginative maze concept that includes information and fun facts about local wildlife on its exterior panels. The maze features a slide, mini zip line, trapeze, and monkey bars within the its twisting, creative labyrinth.

    Booth 2646
    Aquatic Development Group announces Adventure Lagoon, a skill-based interactive water play adventure combining an inflatable obstacle course, river crossing, and rock wall all in one exciting attraction.

    Booth 3754
    BirdBuffer LLC provides innovative products to help with bothersome birds in attraction food areas. The products emit a safe, grape-scented vapor that keeps birds away from guest areas. (BirdBuffer LLC will host a press conference at its booth on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 4:15 p.m.)

    Booth 2075
    Breeze Creative offers an innovative new product allowing children to draw and color and then watch their designs come to life on a giant wall-sized virtual experience. The product offers easy set-up and customizable content to fit the needs of a space and theme.

    Booth 5124
    Chance Rides unveils the Unicoaster 2.0, the first interactive roller coaster of its kind that allows riders to choose the thrill of a looping coaster or the mild ride of a family coaster. In addition, the classic C.P. Huntington train is available for purchase in an electric, solar-battery powered option. In-station, auto-charging provides all-day operation with zero emissions.

    Booth 3654
    CITC Special Effects Equipment debuts several new special-effects machines including: new Snow-Star laser snow machine; the Maniac II LED moveable head fogger; the BubbleMax Auto-fill machine; the Quiet Cube snow machine, and more.

    Booth 467
    Cloward H2O debuts the Aquaticar Experience, the world's first underwater driving adventure. Guests drive futuristic vehicles powered by a proprietary Bubble Engine through an underwater world themed for any concept - from a teeming coral reef to a rugged Mars landscape and more.

    Booth 431
    Digital Centre introduces a new Eclipse Photo Booth that offers a curved 12-foot external LED screen. Interactive capabilities and the option to customize the background give customers the ability to take photos from any virtual location. The photo booth also provides instant access to photos on customer smartphones.

    Booth 3065
    Extreme Engineering debuts the all-new Cloud Coaster with new track and cart design, providing a faster coaster experience with enhanced track layouts. (Extreme Engineering will host a press conference at its booth on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 2 p.m.)

    Booth 150
    FetchRev announces the next iteration of its revenue generation and customer retention software for family entertainment centers (FECs). Introducing FIDO, FetchRev's fully automated system, "Buy Now" offers and "Claim Now" coupons, will not only save FEC owners time, but increase their current conversions by 200 percent. (FetchRev will host a press conference at its booth on Friday, Nov. 17 at 11:45 a.m).

    Booth 1033
    LAI Games introduces Virtual Rabbids: The Big Ride, an attendant-free virtual reality attraction that operates like a coin-operated game. Based on the Ubisoft license "Rabbids," and featuring premium state-of-the-art headsets, accurate motion base by D-BOX, and dynamic wind simulation, Virtual Rabbids is an experience for all ages. (LAI Games will host a press conference at its booth on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m.)

    Booth 2269
    Mack Rides in partnership with Silver Dollar City and Herschend Family Entertainment will reveal the ride vehicle for its newest thrill ride, "Time Traveler" a complete-circuit spinning roller coaster. (Mack Rides will host a press conference at its booth on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m.)

    Booths 5154, 5158, 8430
    Magic Jump Inc., one of world's leading manufacturers of inflatable attractions, introduces a  unique 45' H2Obstacle Course Wet/Dry attraction, a combination "obstacle course" and "water slide." The attraction features an innovative patent-pending "hidden stopper" feature for wet/dry slides, and new-to-market DuraBounce fabric exclusive for family entertainment center inflatables. (Magic Jump Inc. will host a press conference at its booth on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m.)

    Booth 7165
    MMOne Project debuts the MMOne Virtual Reality (VR) Simulator, a fully interactive, 360-degree virtual reality simulator. Using a dynamic three-axis assembly and powerful zero latency configuration, the MMOne enhances the VR experience by delivering an intense combination of movements and interactions.

    Booth 2158
    PeopleVisionFX debuts Photon HoloImager‘, a display device that provides the opportunity for animated effects to emerge from the flat surfaces of a chamber and move through holographic space. Utilizing unique PeopleVision technologies, the device can use live action, animation, and prerecorded content to captivate audiences and create a deep involvement with any story.

    Booth 4850
    Picsolve unveils a new digital content platform that creates, collates, and shares photo and video moments for enhanced consumer experiences. (Picsolve will host a press conference at its booth on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m.)

    Booth 1691
    Racket Studios - First-time exhibitor introduces a sound proof kiosk for video karaoke recordings. Guests can step into a Racket Studio, put headphones on, and make a high definition audio/video recording of their favorite song that then can be texted to their personal smartphone. (Racket Studios will host a press conference on Friday, Nov. 17 at 2:45 p.m.

    Booth 5430
    Ropes Courses, Inc. announces the company's new role as the North American manufacturer of Clip 'N Climb and owner of Amaze 'n Mazes. The company offers a collection of scalable family entertainment offerings serving customers in the entertainment and leisure industries worldwide.

    Booth 1837
    Semnox Solutions announces the release of Parafait Lumin, a new radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader that allows users to tap anywhere to launch and play an audio system. The product features a 3.5-inch LCD display which is customizable for multiple languages, includes built-in Wi-Fi, and integrates with an external interface board.

    Booth 5808
    Skyline Attractions / Ride Entertainment, in partnership with Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, reveal the first look at its innovative, uniquely designed coaster car for its new Harley Quinn Crazy Coaster, a thrilling dual looping coaster which opens in spring 2018. (Skyline Attractions will host a press conference at its booth on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 12:30 p.m.)

    Booth 654
    Walltopia Adventure Hub houses high and low ropes courses, adventure trails, interactive climbing walls, parabolic slides, and artificial caving systems. This product offers the diverse activities of an entire amusement center, while only taking up the area of a single attraction. ( Walltopia will host a press conference at its booth on Friday, Nov. 17 at 12:30 p.m.)

    Booth 2659
    Water Safety Products, Inc. launches two new products, a Water Rescue Station to make code-required safety equipment more visible to the public, and a 24-pair Shoe Drop for guests to leave and retrieve their shoes at the base of a water attraction. Both products are made in America and constructed of recycled plastic.

    Booth 1675
    Zero Latency introduces Outbreak Origins, an innovative eight-player zombie adventure from the pioneers of free-roam virtual reality. Attract squads of players with a 30-minute-long next generation game that features built-in replay value, advanced narrative, ultra-realistic zombies developed using motion capture of live actors, and an epic final battle. (Zero Latency will host a press conference at its booth on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 1:15 p.m_

    Booth 5827
    ZipFlyer LLC debuts the V2 ZipRunner Trolley and ZipCoaster Shuttle featuring a new, patented variable dynamic braking system. The Eddy Current Braking System is designed to offer consistent speeds accounting for variables such as patron weight, weather, or changing slope conditions. This new system provides the highest levels of safety and the most consistent performance for the widest weight range of riders. (ZipFlyer will host a press conference at its booth on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 11:45 a.m.)

    The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently located amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents more than 5,300 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than 100 countries with member facilities including amusement and theme parks, water parks, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, and museums. IAAPA hosts three annual trade shows including IAAPA Attractions Expo, Euro Attractions Show, and Asian Attractions Expo. The association's global headquarters is in Orlando, Florida, United States. The nonprofit organization maintains offices in Brussels, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Alexandria, Virginia. 

    Stayed tuned all this week for daily coverage of the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017

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Broward County Fair kicks off Friday with a variety of midway operators
The resurrected Broward County (Fla.) Fair starts Friday at Gulfstream Park with a carnival midway consisting of about 60 rides and attractions. In addition to his own rides, fair producer Harlan Bast has booked equipment from Modern Midways, Rides of Utica, Michael's Amusements, Geren Rides, Deggeller Attractions and Oscar's Amusements, among others. In addition, independent ride owner Butch Van Hull has booked his Zyklon coaster. Independent concessionaire Nigel Carley is managing the food and game operation with 75 games set up for the event. Fair admission is $10 and the most expensive ride wristband is $25. For the two Midnight Madness specials on the fair's two Fridays, gate admission is free after 10 p.m. The fair runs through Nov. 26.   Posted by Don Muret on 11/15/2017
SLA Announces Annual Christmas Party
Chicago, IL - The Showmen's League of America (SLA) announces the annual Christmas Party at The Hanson Park Elementary School at 5411 W. Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL on December 8th. Each year, SLA volunteers and donors partner up to entertain and provide two Christmas shows for hundreds of underprivileged and disabled students.

Santa, Rudolph, and Guy and Charlene Leavitt of Ray Cammack Shows will be there as well as many volunteers. Every child will receive a stuffed animal, cotton candy, and popcorn while they watch the showpeople perform on stage, this year headed by Tim Balster of Balster Magic Productions.

On December 7th, members and friends are invited to the SLA headquarters at 1023 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL for dinner and camaraderie.

The SLA would like to thank Christmas Party Chairmen Peter Kasin and Donnie Massie, III for coordinating the event along with all of the volunteers and stock donors. Special thank you's go to Dave Jaros and Patti Grillion for the dinner, Fundways of Illinois, Fare Foods, and Gold Medal.

  Posted by Cindy Henning on 11/8/2017
Firestone Financial Announces "Take Half The Season Off" Promotion
Needham, MA - November 6, 2017 - Firestone Financial, the leader of financing in the carnival industry, is offering customers the ability to only pay for half the season for new loans. Any carnival or amusement park that funds a new loan by Memorial Day of 2018 will only need to pay for half the season for the first year. For borrowers that have a seasonal schedule that runs from May to October, payments would only be made from August to October in 2018; payments for subsequent years would follow the seasonal schedule.

In additional to this program, Firestone Financial also offers lines of credit to qualified customers. A Firestone credit line may be used for new and used rides, light packages, bunkhouses, winter quarters, insurance and maintenance.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit Firestone Financial at IAAPA, booth 1813 or call 800-851-1001 ext. 42 for more information.

  Posted by Firestone Financial on 11/6/2017
Jeff Shuper of NAME passes away
Industry veteran Jeff Shuper passed away late Thursday evening in a tragic car accident.  Jeff was a friend to many and was an outstanding ride foreman for North American Midway Entertainment.  

Viewing will take place at 5pm on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at:
Dougherty Funeral Home
2615 First Avenue
Hibbing MN, 55746

Funeral service will be held at 10am on Friday, October 20, 2017 at:
First Lutheran Church
2201-3rd Avenue East
Hibbing, MN 55764

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of "Jeff Shuper" to the Showmen's League of America Scholarship fund.  Donate online at

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