Rides 4-U will showcase 5 different rides at the Gibsonton, Florida event according to Rides 4-U owner, Len Soled. Those attending the trade show will see a brand new KMG Freak Out sold to Pride of Texas Shows, and a Mini Break Dance ride which was purchased by Connecticut carnival company, Stewart Amusements. Additionally, Soled and his team will display a micro-coaster which has not yet been sold; “this coaster has a nice, small footprint and can accommodate kids and adults alike in its airplane themed cars,” says Soled. One of the micro-coasters was sold at the 2019 IAAPA trade show and Rides 4-U fielded lots of interest in additional models. Lastly, the jackhammer-themed “Happy Tower,” purchased by Belmont Productions, will be brought in on a trailer for display. The kiddie drop tower is manufactured to be a family ride to accommodate most guests on the midway.
Soled is optimistic about attendance at the 2020 edition of the IISF trade show; “we've had lots of people calling saying they're attending. We're anticipating additional amusement park people coming this year too in order to see more equipment on display.”
Soled feels that there is less and less equipment on display at the IAAPA trade show each year, so amusement park staff are happy for another opportunity to check out more rides.
After closing several sales at the IAAPA trade show, Soled recalls things being a little quiet around the holidays; “so far our sales have been moving toward the park business, but with the season approaching for carnivals I think we'll close a few things at the IISF trade show,” says Soled. He's also noticed more interest in used rides recently, recalling closing a few smaller used rides sales during IAAPA. The Rides 4-U owner also mentioned concerns about the H2B visa program status, understanding that carnival owners are trying to make sure they have the labor to operate new rides before purchasing.
Rides 4-U has been in the business for more than 25 years and has grown to be a one-stop shop for new and used rides for venues such as carnivals, parks, and family entertainment centers. The business specializes in everything from kiddie rides to larger thrill rides, and also conveniently offers inventory and parts as well as high-quality, color changing, LED systems. Additionally, Rides 4-U can help to arrange for a turn-key approach to installation and tech support. The business continues to stand out from the competition based on the sheer amount of product the company offers, as well as its top-notch customer service.
“We are one of the most diversified companies with one of the biggest product lines out there,” said Soled. “There is much to offer for carnivals, parks, indoor family entertainment centers, etc; as far as rides go, we can provide all anybody in the amusement industry needs.”
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