Ride Entertainment announces success of annual Skycoaster safety seminar

Ride Entertainment, a leader in the supply and installation of some of the world’s most thrilling attractions, has announced the success of its annual Skycoaster seminar.

Ride Entertainment is pleased that this years event, where site controllers received on-site training from industry experts, had a very good turnout. The 2019 Skycoaster Seminar took place from 26 – 28 September, at Cedar Point.

“The entire weekend went extremely well,” says Lance Beatty, Managing Director of Skycoaster. “The weather was beautiful, and we had participants from Europe, Mexico and Canada. The strong turnout demonstrates the continued demand for this event, which allows site controllers to receive hands-on training.”

Education, training and networking

On Thursday evening, attendees enjoyed a beachfront screening of Jaws to kick off the event. A packed schedule of sessions took place on Friday, including instruction from Skycoaster’s partners:

  • Mile High Rigging: Cable Inspection
  • KCL Engineering: Lighting Systems
  • Joytech: Specialized Videos Systems
  • High Energy Sports: Flight Suit Inspection

“The Skycoaster is a ride unlike any other and that is why we make our seminar unique,” says Mark Rosenzweig, Ride Entertainment’s Managing Director of Business Development. “We appreciate our partners taking time out to share in-depth information with site controllers.”

On Friday evening, participants attended a welcome dinner hosted by the park and they had a chance to experience its rides and Halloween attractions. On Saturday, site controllers completed their traditional testing, and participants flew the new Sky Sled harness.

Hands-on learning

“We’ve seen interest continue as we moved the seminar out of classrooms and back to amusement parks so site controllers can learn in a hands-on environment. Throughout the past decade, Ride Entertainment has invested in Skycoaster,” says Adam Sandy, President of Business Development at Ride Entertainment.

“The debut of the Sky Sled capped off several years of research and with new products, like lighting and video systems, we work to ensure that Skycoaster increases the bottom line of each owner.

“We appreciate the generosity of our hosts at Cedar Point. Karrah Folk, Debra Reinauer and Jason McClure all went out of their way in opening up the park to allow for the seminar. It was fantastic to have so many first-time visitors at Cedar Point amongst our presenters and attendees being able to take in the property’s world-renowned collection of attractions. We look forward to seeing everyone at Six Flags over Texas next year.”

Earlier this year, Ride Entertainment revealed that its partnership with Six Flags had contributed to the successful launch of Skycoaster’s Sky Sled. The new ride has now debuted at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Six Flags over Texas, Six Flags Great Adventure, and Six Flags Mexico.