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Lighting Up Your Lives with KCL Engineering

Amusement parks and other attractions tend to be eye-catching by nature. But, when you really think about it, they truly come alive at night. There’s something about a theme park at night that sets the senses into overdrive and a big part of that is the way the...

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A Clean Facility is A Profitable One

When it comes to the guest experience, nothing ruins the day faster than seeing a dirty park or attraction. So just how clean is your facility? As more and more guests seek out cleaner, healthier ways to have fun, what has your facility done to adapt and address its...

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From Mild to Wild, Gerstlauer Delivers the Thrills

From Mild to Wild, Gerstlauer Delivers the Thrills

They are the ultimate in German roller coaster engineering. Family and thrill rides that (literally) stand out above all the others.  They are the roller coasters of Gerstlauer, one of the most celebrated ride manufacturers of our time. Gerstlauer boats an impressive...

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What a Difference a Year Makes

Where does the time go? It seems like just last month we were talking about polar temperatures and the first people getting the COVID-19 vaccine here in the United States. My how a few months changes things, huh? At Ride Entertainment, we’ve been in overdrive since...

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Meet Our Installations Project Manager, Amanda Mercado

Meet Our Installations Project Manager, Amanda Mercado

Today we’re starting a new series here on the Ride Entertainment Blog where you’ll get to know the people that make us the Gold Standard in the attractions industry. Up first is Amanda Mercado, our Project Manager for Maintenance & Installations. When she’s not in...

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The Gold Standard

The Gold Standard

Our customers and partners have often referred to Ride Entertainment as being the “Gold Standard” in the amusements industry. As a team dedicated to excellence, this is not something we take lightly. It’s more than just a marketing tagline – it’s our mantra, our way...

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When Is a Ride More than Just a Ride?

As our industry begins to emerge from the biggest challenge to it since World War II, many decisions will have to be made on older, classic attractions – the very ones that helped build the attractions industry into the billion-dollar sector it is today. I’m reminded...

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Soaring to New Heights

Let’s wind back the clock a bit…the year is 2012. After thrilling riders for over three decades, Six Flags Over Texas’ “Chute Out,” an aging parachute drop, was giving its final rides. The venerable took its final bow in October of that year, when dynamite felled the...

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Gerstlauer thrills from “Rock Bottom” to “Sky Fly”

The moment you walk into the Mall of America’s giant atrium into Nickelodeon Universe, two rides are bound to catch your eye. The first is Spongebob Squarepants Rock Bottom Plunge, a custom Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter with a punch as strong as any jellyfish sting.If that...

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The Spirit of the Season

“2020 is nearly over.” Those are probably the best words we’ve all heard in a long time. As our industry continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19 and the economic fallout that has followed it, you couldn’t be blamed for feeling down or depressed about the...

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Ticket to Ride

Hello world! I’m Kris Rowberry, Ride Entertainment’s Communications Manager. I’m beyond excited to join the Ride Entertainment family and get to know all of you on this journey. Every month, I’ll be dropping a new blog or two that hopefully you find funny,...

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Another Way to Fly

Back in 2014 with Skycoaster’s 25th anniversary on the horizon, our team began to take a look at how to come up with a new way to fly on a Skycoaster®. After 25 seasons of providing millions of flights, it was time for a refresh, a way to repay our loyal...

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Star Power at SeaGlass

The great American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, once wrote that, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” But since I’m writing from our offices in New York City, I’d like to also quote the great American singer/song-writer and New York native, Billy Joel: I...

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IAAPA Expo

That was fast. I feel like I say it every year, but 2018 was the quickest the IAAPA Attractions Expo sped by. Part of the reason was because there was more up-front work than ever this year. We celebrated our 20th anniversary, so we have been planning for this year’s...

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A Good Ride

Twenty years has gone by quickly. In 1998 it all started in a small office with one employee and both of us sharing one laptop. Fast forward to now and we have 3 offices and 150 employees. Of course, any story like ours is laden with backstories that at the time may...

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Flying High in Connecticut

The 2018 Skycoaster® Owners Meeting and Safety Symposium will be held at Lake Compounce (Bristol, CT) on Friday and Saturday October 12/13. The 2018 event is the first to take place in its new Autumn time slot which will allow for future events to rotate around...

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Celebrate With Us

Twenty Years! Everyone at Ride Entertainment is excited about the fact that we are celebrating two decades in the attractions industry this year. While our founder and CEO, Ed Hiller, started Ride Entertainment in 1998 he had actually been in the industry for some...

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Hang Time coaster coming to Knott’s Berry Farm in 2018

Gerstlauer's new "Hangtime" Infinity Coaster at Knott's Berry Farm was featured in U.S.A. Today. The scariest part of riding a roller coaster may not be the free-falling acceleration, crushing G-forces, upside-down acrobatics, or the other hairy elements it delivers,...

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IAAPA 2017 Round Up

Some thoughts from our team on IAAPA Expo 2017. We had a fantastic week and wanted to share a few memories. Hulk Hogan pictures courtesy of IAAPA.

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Site Controllers- The Pulse of the Flight Experience

Over 25 years ago when Skycoaster® was introduced to the attractions industry, it was a fresh new ride experience that had never before been seen or experienced.  Combining elements of Skydiving, Bungee Jumping, and Hang Gliding in one signature thrill ride, this...

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A New Place for Fun on Staten Island

Since opening last month for the 2017 season, Staten Island FunPark (SI FunPark) has quickly become a favored local (and destination) hot spot for Go Karts, Mini Golf, and Batting Cages and fun! The park is the seventh operation in Ride Entertainment's Operations...

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Job Opportunity: Sales Associate

Ride Entertainment is one of the amusement industry’s most diverse and fastest-growing companies.  Combining the disciplines of Sales, Operations, Financial Partnerships, and Installations; we work in every segment of the attractions industry.  We are a boutique firm...

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Position Available: Installation Division

Ride Entertainment is one of the amusement industry’s most diverse and fastest-growing companies.  Combining the disciplines of Sales, Operations, Financial Partnerships, Installations, and Ride Manufacturing, the company works in every segment of the entertainment...

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Spain It Is: A Visit to EAS

Barcelona. Food, drinks and fun- the call of Spain was too much for us to resist as we packed our bags and headed to Europe’s sun-soaked coasts. Arriving on Sunday we enjoyed visiting Tibidabo, a historic municipally-run park set high in the hillside of Barcelona. It...

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