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Zamperla Showcases new "Tweener Ride", Nebulaz at IAAPA Expo
IAAPA announces Brass Ring Awards
Rides 4U - New & Used Rides

Day 3 of a record attended IAAPA trade show saw lots of traffic and excitement as buyers seemed to be in a mood to purchase and expand.  We reported earlier in the week on the new coasters Sea World Entertainment is debuting at its parks in 2020.

Perhaps the biggest reveal however, was the new coaster car B&M developed for the new giga coaster, Orion, coming to King's Island.  The Swiss manufacturer displayed a car with four seats across on the train, and the cars have a clean, sleek look.  The coaster has a first drop of 300 ft., and  a top speed of over 90 mph., making it one of the tallest and fastest coasters. 

The ride is currently under construction and is scheduled to open at King's Island in 2020. 

Zamperla Rides

Zamperla had a busy booth at the show as well.  The company had on display the first of its “Tweener Rides”, the Nebulaz.  The impressive piece has 4 arms and two tubs on each end with two seats that criss cross as the ride spins.  It has a really unique action and visually, the ride is a feast for the eyes. 

Michael Coleman of Zamperla said the ride is the first of Zamperla's “Tweener Rides” and was developed in response to demand from children who may not be ready for spectacular rides yet, but want something more sophisticated than a tamer kiddie ride. 

“The kids want more action from a ride at an earlier age”, commented Coleman.  The company plans to roll out new rides in the category in the coming years.  Rides in this category will have height requirements of 42”, have exhilarating ride action and an impressive visual presentation.

The first Nebulaz will open in May at the park the company owns in Coney Island, NY.  There it will undergo some field testing, with an eye to streamline operations and gauge guest response from the ride.  The ability to use the ride at its own park gives Zamperla a nice advantage to test things “in-house” before selling to external customers.  This way, the ride will have an extensive field history and hopefully require less feedback than a typical new ride roll out. 

The ride has already undergone some changes in design where the company modified the fiberglass on one of the cars and changed from round foam padding to a “sandwich press” style seat.  This allowed for a comfortable, safe ride for larger adults and a more snug fit near the hips for smaller passengers.

Zamperla's new “Lightning” coaster car was also on the display at the show.  The ride has numerous structural improvements from the popular Thunderbolt coaster cars.  The Thunderbolt has 10 versions worldwide including 2 in North America, as well as installations in Guatemala, China and South Korea. 

“We look at the cost of ownership, wanting to make what we do better, while contributing to the advancement of the amusement industry”, said Coleman.  The Lighting coaster will be just such an advancement. 

The new ride has a milled machine aluminum chassis with no structural welds.  The improvements reduced the weight by about 1 ton without giving up structural integrity.  They also moved to a truss track structure which reduced costs in both the train and the track.  In the end, the ride will be more affordable to the end user. 

The ride features a vertical lift, a standard lift, linear launch or a combination of all three.  The cars are modular and come in single form or connected as a train with up to 28 seats.  The linear launch is available for up to 12 seats.   The new cars and trains also offer onboard audio for an enhanced ride experience.

IAAPA Brass Ring Awards

IAAPA also presented their annual  Brass Ring Awards today.The annual awards recognize amusement parks, water parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, family entertainment centers (FECs), and suppliers from around the world for excellence in food and beverage, games and retail, human resources, live entertainment, marketing, new products, and exhibits.
The tradition of the brass ring, a term now synonymous with spectacular achievement, dates back to the 1800s when rings were hung on carousels to pose a fun challenge for riders. Successfully grabbing a ring while riding the carousel often earned riders prizes, often including an additional free ride. Most rings were made of iron, but a few were made of brass, so grabbing the brass ring was a coveted and celebrated treat.
The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards honor this tradition by celebrating achievements of excellence throughout the global attractions industry.

Some of the 2019 award winners included:
Top Family Entertainment Center (FEC) of the World 

Cinergy Entertainment Amarillo, Amarillo, Texas, United States
Food and Beverage Excellence 
Best New Menu Item – Annual Attendance Less than 1 Million
"Unicorn Cotton Candy Tacos," Jake's Unlimited, Mesa, Arizona, United States
Best New Menu Item – Annual Attendance More than 1 Million:
"BLT Panzzanella Bowl," San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California, United States
Games and Retail Excellence 
Best Plush:
"Porg," Disney Parks, Lake Buena Vista, Florida and Anaheim, California, United States 

Best Apparel:
"Children's Shaun the Sheep Hooded Sweat," Paradise Country – Gold Coast Australia
Best Midway Game Operation 

"Morey's Piers Game Operation," Morey's Piers and Beachfront Water Parks, Wildwood, New Jersey, United States

Most Creative Christmas Show:
"Up on the Rooftop," Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States
Most Creative Halloween Haunt, Show, or Experience:
"Below," Walibi Holland, Biddinghuizen, Netherlands 

Most Creative Property-wide Event: Annual Attendance More than 1 Million:
"SeaWorld Christmas Celebration," SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Florida, United States

Most Creative Show Featuring Animals:
"Sea Lions Tonite," SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Florida, United States

Most Creative Sports/Stunt Show:
Paddington on Ice – the Grand Voyage, Europa-Park, Rust, Germany


Spirit Award

The Spirit Award is given to the most outstanding person who works behind-the-scenes to support high-quality entertainment value of the nominating attraction. This year's Spirit Award went to Katja Mack, Europa-Park, Rust, Germany

Excellence in Marketing

Best Digital Marketing Campaign:
"Snake," Gröna Lund, Stockholm, Sweden


Best Integrated Marketing Campaign:
"Skin Exhibit Integrate Campaign," California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California, United States


Best Outdoor Advertisement:
"2018 San Diego Zoo Jungle Bells Campaign," San Diego Zoo Global, San Diego, California, United States


Best Public Relations Campaign:
"Six Flags St. Louis – Coffin Challenge," Six Flags St. Louis, Eureka, Missouri, United States


Best Radio or Streaming Audio Commercial:
Dino Roar Valley," Dino Roar Valley, Lake George, New York, United States

Best Social Media Campaign:
"You Can't Do This At Home Campaign," Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri, United States

Best Television or Digital Video Commercial – Annual Attendance Less than 250,000:
"Stupet – Where Heroes are Born," Rogaland Fritidspark AS – Kongeparken, Ålgård, Norway

Best Television or Digital Video Commercial: Annual Attendance 250,000 – 1 Million:
"Be A Kid With Your Kid," Silverwood Theme Park, Athol, Idaho, United States


Best Television or Digital Video Commercial – Annual Attendance More than 1 Million:
"Skin Exhibit Advertising Campaign," California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California, United States


IMAGE AWARD WINNER: Bob's Space Racers, Inc., Booth 2615, 2815

Booth Size 100 – 199 Square Feet

First Place: Party Cannon, Booth 4683
Second Place: People VisionFX, Booth 2166

Booth Size 200 – 399 Square Feet

First Place: Imagination Corporation, Booth 671

Second Place: HB Leisure Ltd., Booth 3418

Booth Size 400 – 499 Square Feet

First Place: Backyard X-Scapes Commercial, Booth 3462
Second Place: Laserblast, Booth 4269

Booth Size 500 – 899 Square Feet

First Place: Arihant Water Park Equipment, Booth 1844

Second Place: Splashtacular, LLC, Booth 3254

Booth Size 900 – 1,200 Square Feet

First Place: Tree-Mendous Aerial Adventures, Booth 1354

Second Place: Sandy Creek Mining Company, Booth 3487

Booth Size 1,201 and Larger Square Feet

First Place: Bob's Space Racers, Inc., Booth 2615, 2815

Second Place: Polin Waterparks, Booth 847


Major Ride/Attraction (Product cost of US$5 million or more)
First Place:
  Intamin Ltd., Booth 3424, Dueling LSM Triple Launch Coaster - Dueling Dragons
Second Place: Dynamic Attractions, Booth 1358, Batman: Knight Flight - Robotic Arm Ride with updated Track Switches

Major Ride/Attraction (Product cost of US$2 to US$5 million)
First Place:
 WhiteWater Attractions, Booth 2254, Spinning Rapids Ride
Second Place:  Zamperla, Booth 2024 and 2031, Super Air Race


Major Ride/Attraction (Product cost less than US$2 million)
First Place:
 Zamperla, Booth 2024 and 2031, Nebulaz
Second Place: Ride Engineers Switzerland, Booth 3472, Rollerball M

Kiddie Ride/Attraction
First Place:  Treetop Trekking, Booth E7421, TreeWalk Village
Second Place:  Eurogames SRL, Booth 3869, BIG CAR OUTLANDER

Water Park Ride/Attraction (Product cost of less than US$1 million)
First Place:
 WhiteWater, Booth 2250, Tailspin

Water Park Ride/Attraction (Product cost of US $1 million or more)
First Place:
  ProSlide Technology, Inc., Booth 1838 and 2035, Dueling PIPElineBLAST / FlyingSAUCER
Second Place:  WhiteWater, Booth 2250, Over/Under

Patron Participation Ride/Attraction
First Place: VR Coaster GmbH & Co. KG, Booth 2669, VR Bumper Cars
Second Place:  Ice-World International, Booth 2772, IceByk®

Technology Applied to Amusements (Product or Service used by Consumers)
First Place:
 Pool Safe Inc., Booth 3236, PoolSafe
Second Place: Convergence, LLC, Booth 2684, Automatic Itinerary Planner for Handling Timed-ticket Packages in Web/POS/Kiosk

Technology Applied to Amusements (Product or Service used by Facilities)
First Place:
 Dynamic Attractions, Booth 1358, Loading / Unloading system
Second Place: Valo Motion, Booth E7141, Super Stomp

Food Services
First Place:  VITO Fryfilter, Booth 3956, VITO 80 oil filter system - connect
Second Place: VITO Fryfilter, Booth 3956, VITO FT 440 - Frying oil tester

Merchandising & Retail Products
First Place:  NXT Capture, Booth 3311, NXT Spinning Video
Second Place:  Apple Industries, Inc., Booth 1600, MARVEL ADVENTURE LAB by FACE PLACE

Games & Devices (Arcade & Video Games and Equipment)
First Place:
  Bay Tek Entertainment, Booth 1015, Connect 4 Hoops
Second Place: Betson Enterprises, Booth 415, 515, 615, and 815, SuperBikes 3

Games & Devices (Midway Games and Equipment)
First Place:
 Bob's Space Racers, Inc., Booth 2615 and 2815, Hang Time

Services, Equipment & Supplies
First Place:  Redemption Plus, Booth 224, Redemption Plus Service Packages
Second Place:  Bouncy Castle Network, Booth 5475, Bouncy Castle Network Booking System

Best New Product Concept Award: Major Ride Attraction           
First Place:  Wiegand Josef GMBH & Co. KG, Booth 3486, SlideCoaster
Second Place: Delta Strike International Ltd, Booth 3815, Genesis Laser Tag Equipment

Best New Product Concept Award: Major Ride/Attraction
First Place: Holovis, Booth 1378, Li-Fly
Second Place:  Polin Waterparks, Booth 847, Time Rider

Best New Product Concept Award: Other Product/Service
First Place:  Gatemaster Technology Corporation, Booth 3165, ParkTrainer
Second Place:  Holovis, Booth 1378, HoloTrac

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