Approximately 24,000 people from a record 100 countries visited the 2008 IAAPA Attractions Expo which was back in Orlando for the second of two back-to-back years.
ACE takes pride in its efforts to showcase our organization’s goals and accomplishments while networking with significant and influential industry officials.
ACEers are always interested in the coaster manufacturer’s booths.
The surprise of the show was the unveiling of new wood coaster trains from the Gravity Group. Dubbed Timberliners, few details were made available during the press release but ACE was told the new single bench trains would utilize the latest in technologies including magnetic braking, shock absorption and ergonomic styling. The trains will be available for the 2009 season. Maurer Söhne’s booth had a model of the new coaster for Universal Studios Orlando. S&S presented a video of the prototype Free Fly coaster, as well as a animation of Tranan going into Skara Sommarland in Sweden for the 2009 season. PTC showcased the train for Fireball, the new Gravity Group / Martin & Vleminckx coaster under construction in China.
Zamperla introduced “Surf's Up,” a stand up variation of their Disk’O Coaster. People wanting to take control of their ride can do so via joystick on Moser’s Top Spin-style flipper, from mild to extreme. Moser’s Riders had several smaller versions of bigger, well-known rides scaled down to fit inside Family Entertainment Centers.
On the waterpark side, Whitewater West showcased Aqualoop, a thrilling freefall-style waterslide that begins with a trap door plummeting riders down a 75-degree slope into an overbanked waterslide turn. Show attendees were able to experience the freefall by donning a jumpsuit and dropping down a 15-foot descent. WaterFun Products is introducing “Wave Racer” that begins like a waterslide and then creates a wave propelling the rider down a 120-foot channel. Water Toys is introducing bumper cars that allow riders to hydroplane. Disney historians might find it as a throwback to the Flying Saucers of Disneyland’s 1950s era.
ACE also promoted its calendars in the IAAPA store and had the Herbert Schmeck books available.
A more detailed report will be covered in the upcoming January/February ACE News.