Posts tagged: IAAPA

By , November 4, 2012
Colin Coon

Time for another blog!

We’ve had a busy few weeks in the shop as the end of the year approaches.  There has been plenty to do and the workflow has been non-stop.  IAAPA is approaching so we have been doing a lot of prepping for that.  For anyone who doesn’t know, IAAPA (the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) hosts an annual trade show in Orlando, Florida that brings in hundreds of vendors and thousands of visitors from all over the world.  Great Coasters attends every year and we bring down large crates full of our booths, two lead coaches (one from our Sunbury shop and one from Coke), several models, and the supporting equipment to make it all go together smoothly.  As a result we have to go through and make sure that everything is in tip-top shape, find space for new things for the booth, and then pack it all up to send down to Orlando.  This has taken us several weeks to do, but we completed all of it on Friday and are ready to go!  Chris has also been working on a new model that will debut at the show which Kevin and I helped out with.  It’s a pretty cool concept, so look for it at IAAPA!

Another big part of the internship that most people don’t read about is the Elysburg Haunted House.  For three weekends we volunteered at the haunted house and I had a really good time doing it.  We dressed in ghillie suites, covered a path in dozens of pine trees, then blended in and jumped out at people as they walked past.  After working at Universal for a few years I always wanted to work at Halloween Horror Nights, but this was my first opportunity to actually be a scareactor and I loved it!  We had nearly 10,000 people come through the house during the three weekends we were open-which was a pretty good turnout.  We had planned on opening for Halloween night, but Sandy had other plans for us.

Finally we have started receiving chassis for Gold Striker from our manufacturer.  Once everything for IAAPA ships we will start preparing the chassis for final assembly since a majority of our components are complete.

That’s it for this installment, stay tuned.

By , December 2, 2008
Evan Souliere

Things have been busy lately (in the good way), but I figured I could still fit in an update.

I’ve been working a lot on our three new rides, as well as a couple rehab projects we’re undertaking during this off-season. I was also lucky enough to get to the annual IAAPA Trade Expo a couple weeks ago and talk to a lot of cool people.

What should I start with today? Let’s go with Forellenhof…

Hopefully you noticed the batch of photos from Forellenhof that I posted a few weeks ago. They really show how the ride is going to turn out, and we’re all really excited about it. I’ll admit that I haven’t had much to do with that ride for the past couple of weeks, but they’ve certainly been busy on site. The first drop’s bents are now standing and tracking is progressing very nicely!

Come to think of it, I haven’t worked much with Six Flags Magic Mountain too much recently either, but that will certainly change once concrete has been poured. I know it doesn’t seem like much is going on at the job site itself (some minor updates have been posted to a few websites recently), but sometimes the work getting done isn’t always visible. Fortunately for those that want more visible progress, any updates you see from this weekend (and beyond) may have some pleasant surprises.

So that leaves Worlds of Fun as the last of the big projects, and it is certainly what I’ve been spending a lot of time on. Specifically, I worked for a while on detailing the bridges that will cross the creek, as well as checking all of the bent drawings that we release to the field. With a majority of the structure standing, that will probably slow a bit in the coming days, but there is still plenty of work to do. And the location of the most recent progress is perfect; I always have a Firefox window open with the Prowler webcam up!

Within the next couple weeks, I should have still more to report, so stay tuned. Perhaps I should also mention that I only have three more weeks left in this office before I return to school for one final semester before graduation! I’ll be sad to go, but I’ll try to get updates from others and post them here while I’m gone. And my time away from the office is only temporary, so don’t worry about a lack of posting updates.

I almost forgot: Have you seen Great Coasters’ new website yet? If not, head over to and check it out. You can also become a fan of ours on Facebook for special updates, as well as subscribe to our Twitter account. There, we post any update about what we’re doing or where you can see the latest information and photos of our rides, whether or not they come from us! We certainly have a passion for what we do and love sharing it with others.

By , November 19, 2007
Evan Souliere

I just want to post quickly and mention how much fun we had at IAAPA last week. A lot of people came by the Great Coasters booth to say hello and talk about coasters, and it was really nice meeting everyone. Finding other people in my school/personal life that like roller coasters as much as I do is hard to come by.

Exploring the rest of IAAPA was equally fun, as we got to see what everyone else in the industry is up to. There are some really good things going on. Plus, who can complain about free Dippin Dots, Laser Tag, Noble Roman’s pizza, and rides on the Kang-a-bounce?

That’s it for me. We’ll hopefully get some photos up of what’s going on at Six Flags right now and get the final Great America layout up here, as well. But, admittedly, I don’t have much to do with the goings-on in the office right now…

Thanks for reading.

By , November 19, 2007
Adam House

Now that the IAAPA attractions expo is over, there are several things to report as far as news from Great Coasters International. First off, Great Coasters and California’s Great America are pleased to announce a new unnamed coaster for the 2009 season. The ride will feature some exciting new elements including a 70 degree bank. The ride will be over 100 ft tall and be located at the center of the park around the skytower.

In other news, site work for Six Flags St. Louis is well underway. Foundation work is really progressing. Nearly all of the ride foundation will be poured today and bent construction will begin soon. Remember to keep checking back to site to find out the latest on news and site updates from Great Coasters.

By , November 8, 2007
Adam House

I just wanted to give everyone an update as to the construction at Six Flags. First off, nearly half of the foundation has been poured and is now curing. Our on site guys have been doing a great job and really moving things along. Here at the office, we have been kicking out bent drawings so that once the guys in the field are ready, we will be one step ahead and construction can go smoothly.

In other news, IAAPA is quickly approaching which means I will be heading out of the office and down to Orlando. Be sure to keep an eye out for Evan and I on the floor and at the GCII booth.

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