Alterface introduces new mobile action device NOMAD for wireless pointing and shooting

By | June 22, 2018

During AAE in Hong Kong, Alterface introduced NOMAD to the market. Alterface’s award-winning and patented pointing technology can be found in renown parks around the world. Based on this expertise, Alterface now developed a totally wireless interactive pointing and shooting device, boosting interactivity and enhancing immersive experiences. It allows customization from the very smallest up to the largest interactive device.

NOMAD stands for “New Optimized Mobile Action Device”, a compact and portable device that enables interaction with media screens, scenery and animatronics. Alterface aligns all this with its advanced technological infrastructure empowering the interactive ride or attraction. NOMAD is bringing a totally new level of game simplification and interaction. The new pointing and shooting devices are entirely wireless and can be miniaturized to the size of a magic wand, allowing for unsurpassed levels of personalization. Based on Alterface patented camera-based detection technology, NOMAD can be used by hundreds of visitors at the same time, enabling any type of action such as shooting, moving, circling, pointing, etc.

New dimension to interactive experiences
NOMAD greatly simplifies the process of turning any attraction into an interactive venue, as it requires no specific infrastructure at the player side. No cumbersome encoding technology, no dependence on wireless networks, no power on vehicles! Players can embark the ride with their own NOMAD interactive device or can use one of them, tethered to the vehicle by just two power supply cables for loading the devices.

Shooting precision is millimetric and the system has been successfully tested to distances of up to 35 meters, in open air. Like all other devices designed by Alterface, it is based on infrared technology, totally safe for the players.

Benoit Cornet, Founder & CEO of Alterface, explains: “Over the last 17 years, Alterface has provided its technology to the biggest brands in the industry and our market leadership in interactive dark rides is undisputed. With this advanced technology development, we open up new opportunities in the interactive segment, from dark rides and interactive walkthroughs to entirely new creative attractions.”

In order to facilitate the implementation of this new mobile action technology, Alterface has been setting up a comprehensive creative department, assisting anyone interested to go interactive. Services include specialist advice, technology provision, media production, game play definition and storytelling. Alterface can be the driving force in developing a new attraction from A to Z, in close cooperation with its network of experienced partners.

NOMAD can be integrated in all existing and new Alterface ride systems, including its recently launched Erratic Ride. This first non-linear mixed-media ride ever with dynamic scene changing, allows players to determine the sequence depending on their ranking and preferences. It is aimed at space conscious venues and represents a total solution for anyone who wants a true and immersive dark ride experience on a limited footprint, yet with high throughput.

“We are all very excited about NOMAD! This new and advanced wireless device will bring interactivity to a next level. It offers tremendous opportunities for any kind of attraction, adding dimension to the story and experience. NOMAD perfectly fits our vision and offering of non-linear rides, bringing more freedom and customization to visitors, and optimizing space in the parks.” concludes Benoit Cornet.

Gold Medal Meets Changing Customer Needs with New Website

By | June 21, 2018

Concession industry leader, Gold Medal Products Co. has launched its new website, gmpopcorn.com. Creativity and strategy combine to provide a fully engaging user experience. The purpose behind the site is to connect customers with both the information and products they need to run a successful concession business.

Visitors will be greeted by an attractive, fresh, interactive design showcasing the variety of products Gold Medal offers from popcorn to cotton candy, hot dogs, fryers and more. Not only does it give a positive first impression, it also allows users to easily navigate and browse the latest content and product listings. For convenience, the site is structured so that it can be viewed on any type of device.

One of the greatest advantages of the site is the collection of resources it offers. Visitors can watch how-to videos, find recipes, and get new ideas from the Gold Medal blog. A notable new addition is a section called Concession Insights, which is home to useful articles for building businesses or hosting events and fundraisers. For more in-depth and market specific information, there is a library of e-books available for download.

Equipped with e-commerce capabilities, the site makes it simple to not just browse products, but also provides purchase options. Customers can create an account to request quotes on any of Gold Medal’s products. A selection of items is also available for immediate purchase online. Another feature is that customers can use the Find a Dealer page to locate the nearest Gold Medal distributor.

President of Gold Medal, Adam Browning expressed his excitement about the site launch stating, “Gold Medal continues to be a thought-leader for the concession industry. Our focus is to be the preferred source customers can rely on for all their concession needs. We do more than just manufacture and sell products; we’re a trusted consultant and advisor with the knowledge and experience necessary to help them achieve success.”

Busch Gardens Williamsburg pulls curtain back on a new haunted house and terror-tory

By | June 21, 2018

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — – A new Era of Terror is coming for the 20th anniversary of Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream.  Fear abounds within the park’s collection of elaborate haunted houses, immersive themed scare zones, challenging escape rooms and darkly entertaining live shows. This means more scares are in store for unsuspecting guests during the popular fall event.

With so many new Howl-O-Scream attractions on tap, Busch Gardens will reveal new scares on the 20th day of each month through Aug. 20 until the full line-up is announced. Details can be uncovered at HOWLOSCREAM.COM/VA

Here are the June reveals:

New Haunted House: Demented Dimensions™ 

Guests will enter Sterling Manor – a haunted house built on top of a dimensional vortex. The energies of the vortex have opened portals to other realms where humans are hunted by monsters, where aliens are in control and the virtual has become reality.

New Terror-tory™: Fools’ Court™

Guests will experience Jester characters in Fools’ Court scare zone, where chaos reigns supreme. When the Motley Fools hit the streets, the joke always will be on you.

New scares coming in 2018 include:

3 Haunted Houses – 7 total

3 Bars – 5 total

2 Terror-tories™- 6 total

2 Party Zones

1 No Escape (Escape Room Experience) – 2 total

Plus more frightening fun

July 20 Reveal – Another haunted house, a second Terror-tory and the No Escape Room

August 20 Reveal – A third haunted house, party zones, bars and other frightening features

Howl-O-Scream opens Sept. 15 and will run on select days through Oct. 28.

The best way to enjoy Howl-O-Scream and other events all year long is through the Busch Gardens Williamsburg Membership Program.  Get unlimited visits to Busch Gardens, Water Country USA®, Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town™ for as little as $12 per month.  Plus, exclusive discounts and monthly Member Rewards valued at over $250. For more information, visit buschgardens.com/joinBGW.

The Outer Banks of North Carolina Welcomes its First Trampoline Park

By | June 21, 2018

The Outer Banks of North Carolina will soon add a family centric trampoline park to the expansive list of activities locals and tourist can enjoy.

Jumpmasters Trampoline Park, located in Manteo, North Carolina, will celebrate the opening of their trampoline park on June 23rd with a grand opening celebration. According to the park owner, Brent Johnson, Jumpmasters will be the first trampoline park in the Outer Banks area.
Brent decided to open a trampoline park after ending a 10-year military career as a certified Army jumpmaster. He stated that he knew he wanted to open a business after the military, but it took some time to decide what venture he wanted to pursue. “I wanted to be an entrepreneur, so I started researching and looking for ideas on businesses that I would like to open.” He went on to say that the idea for a trampoline park came from a Facebook advertisement. “I saw a trampoline park advertisement on Facebook and thought something like that would do well in the Outer Banks area.”

After speaking with industry experts and researching the trampoline park industry Brent decided a visit to a trampoline park with his three children was required. The positive experience he had at the entertainment center coupled with the excitement on his kids faces when they entered the park convinced Brent that the Outer Bank’s needed a trampoline entertainment center.

Jumpmasters will offer their guests a variety of attractions including a large main trampoline court, an extreme dodgeball court, traverse climbing wall, stunt jump equipped with a custom airbag, and a three-lane ninja warrior course.
The park also has plans to offer local cuisine and has partnered with local food trucks that are tied to restaurants in the area. Brent commented, “It’s all about offering a great experience. Everyone is going to love the attractions we offer. I wanted to take it a step further and allow guest the opportunity to enjoy quality, local, fresh food.”

Best American Trampolines manufactured the attractions for Jumpmasters, provided industry insight and a creative design according to Brent. He stated, “Phillip Howell (Best American Trampolines President & CEO) not only designs and builds trampoline parks, he owns them. His insight into the industry and the knowledge that comes with knowing both sides of the business solidified my decision to go with Best American.”

Jumpmasters Trampoline Park is located at 728 US Highway 64 in Manteo, North Carolina. They will be announcing special promotions and events on their social media pages and encourage parkgoers to complete the online waiver required to enjoy the park in advance.

Steel Telescopic Slides Available from JW Winco

By | June 20, 2018

NEW BERLIN, Wisc. — JW Winco, Inc., A Ganter Company, a leading supplier of standard industrial machine components, now offers an assortment of GN 1400 series Steel Telescopic Slides with full, partial, and double-sided full extensions.

With a wide range of extension types and additional functions and dimensions, these RoHS compliant slides can handle loads of between and 50 and 700 pounds (220 and 3100 N) of force per pair. The 13 new variations, which feature telescopic rails made of rolled sheet metal, are suitable for use in a number of different applications.

Depending on the length of the extension, between 250 (9.84”) and 1,500 mm (59.06”), the steel telescopic slides are made up of two, three, or four interconnected slides. Winco’s product range includes a wide scope of solutions in terms of features, including latches and dampening systems.

The slide profile is steel, zinc plated, with a blue passivated finish. The bearings are steel and hardened, while the ball cage outer slide is either steel with a zinc plated finish or plastic, with a steel, zinc plated inner slide. The rubber stops on select versions are plastic/elastomer, while the self-retracting mechanism is stainless steel and plastic. The telescopic slides function in operating temperatures or -4 °F to 212 °F (-20 °C to 100 °C).

JW Winco offers an extensive selection of inch and metric size adjustable levers, cabinet U-handles, plastic and steel hinges and locking mechanisms, revolving and retractable handles, hand wheels, hand cranks, tube connection and conveyor components, inch and metric construction tubing, shock absorption mounts, leveling mounts, hand knobs, spring, ball and indexing plungers, jig, fixture and fastening components, retaining magnet assemblies, toggle clamps, metric casters and wheels, universal joints, oil sight glasses, and metric tools for the industrial and commercial equipment industries. JW Winco’s new website, with improved 3D CAD and online buying, is viewable at www.jwwinco.com.

Funtasticks Tucson adds Cactus Springs Water Attraction

By | June 13, 2018

TUCSON, Az. — Funtasticks Family Fun Park in Tucson, Arizona, which is owned and operated by ProParks Management of Orlando, Florida has announced the addition of Cactus Springs interactive waterplay attraction to the property set to make its first “splash” late June 2018.

Cactus Springs water play structure has multiple levels, features colorful water slides and multiple gigantic tipping buckets that dump 1,000 gallons of water every 10 minutes on funseekers at the park. The new structure also has bubbler jets, water wheels, water curtains, and waterfalls which are all perfect for children and families to enjoy together.

“Cactus Springs is an amazing new water attraction that guests will love and are sure to get wet,” said Funtasticks General Manager Bill Pegg. “It will add an interactive family friendly attraction to “beat the heat” and compliments the excitement of our kiddie land rides, go-karts, arcade, laser tag, bumper boats and the “clean-safe-fun” experience we provide to each of our park visitors.”

AIMS International Safety Award 2018 nominations deadline is July 9

By | June 12, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The AIMS International Safety Award is presented annually to an individual or organization demonstrating leadership, innovation and foresight in improving safety in the amusement industry.

With safety as the industry’s number-one concern for guests and employees worldwide, efforts in improving safety are shown in many forms, including the design and implementation of new products and technology, the development of safety education programs and training, and by exemplary leadership in influencing others to promote innovation and best practices in the area of safety.

Nominations for the 2018 AIMS Safety Award can be submitted by individuals working within the amusement industry. The winner will be selected by a vote of AIMS International’s board of directors, and the award will be presented during Amusement Today’s presentation of the Golden Ticket Awards at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., on Saturday, Sept. 8.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 6. Information on the AIMS Safety Award and official nomination forms can be found on the AIMS website at aimsintl.org/aa-safetyaward.asp. Requests for forms also can be sent to AIMS at info@aimsintl.org.

The AIMS International Safety Award was created in 2016 and is presented annually during the Golden Ticket Awards. The inaugural award was presented to Harold Hudson, a former longtime engineering executive with Six Flags Entertainment Corp. and a founding member of ASTM F24 Standards Committee, at the 2016 Golden Ticket Awards ceremony at Cedar Point, in Sandusky, Ohio. In 2017, the award was presented to Har Kupers of Vekoma Rides during the ceremony at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Conn.

AIMS International is a non-profit 501(c)(6) association dedicated to improving amusement industry safety through leadership in education. AIMS International provides training classes and certification programs for ride inspectors, operations, aquatics and maintenance personnel through the annual AIMS Safety Seminar and at other venues throughout the year. The 2019 AIMS Safety Seminar will be held in Galveston, Texas, Jan. 13-18, 2019.

AIMS also serves to inform its members on legislative and other issues relating to the amusement industry. For more information about the award and about AIMS, and for other AIMS-related news, please visit the website below and see page 45 of this issue.

Dollywood’s Summer Celebration packed with thrilling new entertainment options

By | June 12, 2018

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Dollywood’s Season of Showstoppers continues with a sensational celebration that provides families more time to enjoy together at the award-winning vacation destination. Dollywood’s Summer Celebration (June 16- Aug. 5) features extended park hours—10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily—as well as a nightly fireworks spectacular, thrilling new entertainment and the fun of Dollywood after dark!

Families have several world-renowned entertainment options to keep them entertained during Dollywood’s Summer Celebration. International touring sensation DRUMLine LIVE visits the park with riveting rhythms, bold beats and ear-grabbing energy. Developed by the consultants of the hit 2002 movie Drumline, the band featured in this exhilarating show creates a synchronized musical masterpiece for guests—it’s more than just the typical halftime performance! DRUMLine LIVE runs in Celebrity Theater June 16- July 4.

“Dollywood is the ultimate family theme park and DRUMLine Live is the ultimate family show,” said Don Roberts, CEO and Director of DRUMLine Live. “We promise to offer the same excitement, energy and exhilarating entertainment as any roller coaster in the park. I guarantee you’ve never seen anything like DRUMLine LIVE. We will have you on your feet by halftime. We want to thank Dolly Parton and the team at Dollywood for giving us this wonderful opportunity.

iLuminate, finalists on America’s Got Talent in 2011, bring their electrified glow-in-the-dark costumes to DP’s Celebrity Theater to perform dynamic dance routines and illusions to thrill guests. iLuminate performs July 7-21. In addition to their third place result on AGT, iLuminate has toured the world from Egypt to Malaysia and has appeared on shows like Dancing with the Stars, X-Factor, Good Morning America and Ellen. The group launched in 2009 and patented the mesmerizing technology used in their shows. They’ve performed alongside stars like Christina Aguilera, The Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta and more, and are excited to bring their talent to Dollywood.

“iLuminate is very excited and honored to bring our unique dance performance technology to Dollywood this July,” said Miral Kotb, iLuminate creator. “We will be featuring new light suits and dances that have never been seen before, while bringing back some audience favorites. Get ready for energetic and mesmerizing performances that you and your family will remember for years to come!”

Speed painter Ricardo Barazza astonishes Dollywood guests during his show PaintJam, an innovative and mesmerizing show which runs the entirety of Summer Celebration. Barazza creates stunning works of art on a spinning 360-degree canvas, while he dances and moves throughout the performance.

A new evening show called Nighttime Experience gives guests reason to rock well in to the night. Some of Dollywood’s best daytime performers offer a fresh new show highlighted by their interpretations of today’s hottest hits! Guests shouldn’t miss these 13 singer/dancers and five live musicians as they put on a concert for the ages! The show takes place July 25- Aug. 8. Every evening during Summer Celebration ends with Dolly’s Nights of Many Colors, a thrilling fireworks extravaganza synchronized to music.

It’s story time again as The Little Engine Playhouse showcases three favorite books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, including Coat of Many Colors, based on Parton’s newest children’s book. Coat of Many Colors and Pretend, by Jennifer Plecas, feature sing-along songs that kids of all ages will enjoy. Everyone’s favorite, The Little Engine That Could, comes to the stage with a delightful reminder of what can happen with just a little bit of determination.

While Dollywood guests have an amazing amount of entertainment options to enjoy during their visit, they also can experience the park’s award-winning rides in a completely different environment. Once the sun sets, Dollywood’s trademark attractions, like Wild Eagle, Lightning Rod and Thunderhead, provide a unique experience for those who climb aboard. These rides thrill guests who race through the summer night with no idea which way the track will turn next!

A range of tasty new dining options also highlight Dollywood’s Summer Celebration including savory jambalaya with shrimp and andouille sausage, chicken and beef skewers over rice pilaf and flavorful street tacos. Festival-exclusive dessert offerings include blackberry cobbler, churros and strawberries and cream.

The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale announces the first-in-Florida SeaQuest to its popular shopping and dining destination

By | June 12, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, recognized as Fort Lauderdale’s premier shopping destination, has announced SeaQuest Fort Lauderdale will open during late 2018 as one of the newest additions to its popular mix of retail and dining offerings. The hands-on global sea life education and entertainment experience for all ages will reside in a 23,000-square-foot home at the east end of The Galleria near H & M and the soon to open Powerhouse Gym.
 
“The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale is thrilled to announce the addition of SeaQuest Fort Lauderdale which will add another dimension to our collection of nationally recognized retailers and top-notch restaurants,” said Mark Trouba, general manager at The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale. “This first-in-Florida interactive journey through exhibits that highlight global wildlife will be fittingly located at The Galleria which has a loyal following of local shoppers and welcomes visitors from around the world.”
 
SeaQuest Fort Lauderdale will be home to a variety of animal species from across the globe. Designed as a “Quest of Edutainment,” visitors to SeaQuest Fort Lauderdale will journey through realistically themed environments where they will connect with the animals through various hands-on encounters such as feeding sharks and stingrays plus they can interact with capybara, Asian small-clawed otters, giant Sulcata tortoises, exotic bird species and other creatures along the way.

Blue, the Velociraptor from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World Franchise, Debuts at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort as Part of “Raptor Encounter” Experience

By | June 12, 2018

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., & ORLANDO, Fla. — Blue, one of the most popular dinosaurs from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s blockbuster Jurassic World franchise, is now part of Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort’s exciting “Raptor Encounter” experiences inviting guests to brave the dangerous predator in daring face-to-face standoffs.

The imposing life-like creature is Owen’s beloved Velociraptor from Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and was brought to life for the “Raptor Encounter” employing the exact computer-generated model and images used to create her for the big screen.

Blue is a welcome new addition to the “Raptor Encounter,” allowing guests to come face-to-face with the clever carnivore. Velociraptors are intelligent and formidable hunters, and theme-park guests are advised to approach them with caution.

With their intimidating eye contact and ear-piercing screeches that reinforce predatory dominance, each Raptor bares 56 razor-sharp, bone-crushing teeth and lunges forward with curved talons that extend up to 12 inches from their 18-inch-long feet. Towering 12 feet in height and 15 feet—from tail to snout—the aggressive carnivores will each succumb to highly skilled handlers who adeptly guide them to within feet of guests.

“Countdown to Extinction of Jurassic Park—The Ride” at Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood recently announced its “Countdown to the Extinction of Jurassic Park—The Ride” campaign designed to pay homage to the thrill ride that closes on September 3 to make way for the all-new Jurassic World ride, a technologically-advanced epic adventure inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster film franchise, opening in 2019.

In 1996, Universal Studios Hollywood redefined theme park thrill rides with the unprecedented introduction of “Jurassic Park—The Ride,” based on three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg’s epic film. Hailed as a technological achievement of triumph and wizardry, the ride featured newly debuted principles of hydraulic physics, mechanics and space-age robotics. Working in partnership with scientists, paleontologists and aerospace engineers, Universal Creative—the team that develops Universal theme park rides—brought to life one of the most compelling rides ever created. Life-sized and lifelike animatronic dinosaurs, some towering more than five-stories high, freely roamed the earth at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Twenty-two years later—and after sending millions of guests back to the Jurassic era for menacing encounters with such predators as Stegosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Dilophosaurus, Velociraptors and the Tyrannosaurus rex, “Jurassic Park—The Ride” will become extinct in preparation for a new, next-generation experience that’s even more immersive and technologically-advanced.