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Coming Attractions, at IAAPA 2014 in Orlando

November 18, 2014, 5:48 PM · ORLANDO — Regional amusement parks today showed off their new attractions during the IAAPA 2014 Expo. At the Rocky Mountain Construction booth, Six Flags Magic Mountain unveiled the roller coaster train for its new Twisted Colossus coaster, which RMC is converting from the old Colossus woodie.

Twisted Colossus

Over at the S&S Construction booth, expo visitors could see the new 4D Free Flyer train that will run on Six Flags Fiesta Texas' new Batman: The Ride, debuting in 2015.

Batman: The Ride

In the Bolliger & Mabillard booth, this year's centerpiece is the train from Holiday World's Thunderbird, which will be the first launched wing coaster in the United States when it opens next year.

Thunderbird

Holiday World's Lori Koch, left, and Lauren (Koch) Crosby took a turn in the new seats.

Kochs

It's not just roller coasters getting attention at IAAPA. We looked earlier today at Six Flags' new Justice League ride. And this afternoon, Triotech, the company developing Knott's Berry Farm's new Voyage to the Iron Reef, used the occasion to release new images from the upcoming 3D shooter ride.

Journey to the Iron Reef

Here's an animation clip, courtesy Triotech:

Which new attractions are you most looking forward to experience in 2015?

Previously from IAAPA 2014:

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November 24, 2014 at 2:45 PM · The new hybrid track technology used in the Twisted Colossus makeover is nothing short of earth-shattering. I can't wait to ride this! It gives parks a way to improve features and maintain the interest in a wood coaster and its lifespan while actually saving money on the maintenance. Pretty cool.

I'm also a pretty serious fan of Bolliger & Mabillard and those winged coaster seats for Thunderbrid look phenomenal. Ride harnesses have really come along way. When you read the enthusiast blogs, one thing people complain about consistently is getting banged up by coaster restraints, especially stuff around the head. And coaster injuries from bad seats and restraints is something that gets coasters taken down! It's fantastic that they've been able to engineer these seats with such an open design.

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