Of all the new theme park technology and concepts on display at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) expo, few generated the kind of buzz — and encouraged as much unrestrained speculation — as the “Duel Power Coaster” introduced by Dynamic Attractions.
A combination of a motion simulator platform and a roller coaster, Dynamic’s new ride tech is capable of everything from inversions to racing-like features such as drifting, airtime, spinouts and having two cars “dueling” on separate tracks.
“Most coasters are all about the track,” said Dynamic Attractions President Hao Wang. “That is only half of the excitement in this ride, where the cart itself is powered and moves, creating racing sensations never possible before on a roller coaster.”
The technology earned the IAAPA’s Brass Ring Award for Best New Product Concept introduced at the show. For those who saw the Dynamic Attractions presentation, the ride system sparked the same question: Is this Mario Kart?