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Thanks for putting all the great coverage in one place Robb. Between work and family In town I've missed a lot of what's been going on. Did get a chance to watch the new video format and really liked it. I like hearing the different companies answers all in a row instead of zoning in and out of repetitive interviews each year. The hard Rock Park question was especially interesting to hear their thoughts on.

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Thanks for all the coverage, having a crappy week of work but really enjoying the IAAPA coverage by tpr. The video was interesting and liked the new format.

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Robb I love the new style video! So nice hearing the same answers all at once, rather than listening to long rambling or painful interviews. Great job, and thank you for gathering that information for us!

As to some of the interviewees being cocky. Just remember what they are ultimately there to do, sell product. I've never met a single sales person that isn't cocky in some way.

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The show is currently up to 28,000 registrants according to today's IAAPA Today email. From what I remember that is slightly down from years past. Hopefully people take advantage of the Friday special and there are some additional people on the floor tomorrow.

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Work has sucked for me as well this week, so I finally had a chance to watch the video last night. I thought it was funny that someone said it was too short. When I first looked I thought, "20 minutes? I'm not going to watch that. It's too long." I liked how informal the interviews were. That's probably why I like TPR more than any other site. I'm just interested in different things than a lot of other enthusiasts. Thanks for all the coverage.

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^ It wasn't working, or at least wasn't turned on for the show if it's possible to work. (looked like no)

 

So it's realistic too?

 

All kidding aside, that was a real awesome model of it.

 

Thanks for all the great coverage guys.

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I wonder if those Kumbak trains are going to Kentucky Kingdom's SLC for the re-furbishment?

 

They could be, but it would be a smarter move IMO to get the new Vekoma trains, since they also offer a much improved wheel assembly.

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Good to see the KumbaK trains on display, hopefully more parks will opt for them for their SLCs since they make a HUGE difference. They obviously eliminate headbanging, but they also don't cause any chest discomfort like I've felt on Vekoma's new restraints.

The only issue with them is that load-time has become ridiculous due to the ride-ops having to do up everybody's seat belt restraint. This is partly due to the fact that the belt is unreachable by the rider once the lapbar is down, but also supposedly because if the seatbelt is twisted the restraints won't lock properly and the train won't leave the station. If this is true (it may just be an excuse for the incompetence of Movieworld's staff) then I hope it's something KumbaK fixes in the future.

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^ It wasn't working, or at least wasn't turned on for the show if it's possible to work. (looked like no)

 

So it's realistic too?

 

All kidding aside, that was a real awesome model of it.

 

Thanks for all the great coverage guys.

 

Being a coaster modeler, I actually know the guy who builds the models for Gerstlauer, René Jachmich. He and his wife Bea have been to visit us in the States during a coaster tour. I can confirm for you, via conversation with him about the model of the Smiler, it is static, like all of his coaster models. He does remarkable work. If you Google his name, he has a nice website (in German) and you can see several of his scale models, including the Schwarzkopf Triple Loop, Thriller and Olympia Looping and assorted Gerstlauer rides (coasters and flat rides).

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Just got back from IAAPA 2013!

 

Since Robb and company pretty much covered everything, here are a few pics I took today.

 

Enjoy!

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Thanks Robb and Zamperla!

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Lots of inflateables

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A cool motor driven swing made by S&S

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Sensory overload in 3-----2---------

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The new thing for 2014

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Jumping off steps

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B&M Booth

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Rrrrrrrrrrrrrawr!

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And from the side

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Japanese/Chinese exhibit

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Zamperla Air Race

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The longest line at IAAPA.......

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Free food

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Decent and FREE!

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Catch a wave

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This was fun as well

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Closest I will ever get to the front of the train for a picture!

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Good to see the KumbaK trains on display, hopefully more parks will opt for them for their SLCs since they make a HUGE difference.

 

Really? All of my experiences with Kumbak trains have been awful. Their wooden trains at Port Adventura and the Python trains at Efteling were extremely uncomfortable.

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Another round of excellent coverage of IAAPA-2013!

Big thanks to Robb and all the other members who posted photos, videos of the event.

I am looking forward to all the new coasters and other attractions on deck for 2014-15!!

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Good to see the KumbaK trains on display, hopefully more parks will opt for them for their SLCs since they make a HUGE difference.

 

Really? All of my experiences with Kumbak trains have been awful. Their wooden trains at Port Adventura and the Python trains at Efteling were extremely uncomfortable.

 

The trains Kumbak built for Sea Viper aren't anything special, just as much headbanging as normal Arrow trains (although lower-profile, so the forces are more intense). But they've done a great job with the ones on Lethal Weapon/Arkham Asylum, so I'm not surprised that they are trying to sell that design to other parks with SLCs.

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