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IAAPA Expo 2019 - Day 2

Wednesday, November 20, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Derek Perry
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Day 2 at IAAPA Expo 2019 continued the excitement of the first day both inside and outside of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando! Portable rides and inflatable slides brought a festive atmosphere alongside games of skill in the outdoor portion, with KMG's new ride, Crazy Surf, being one of the highlights. Rides4U presented the ride, which resembles a Top Spin with eight passenger outward-facing cars that spin horizontally, providing a unique mix of G-forces and airtime all in one ride.


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Inside the convention hall, the ACE booth welcomed visitors from California's Great America, Crayola Experience, Hersheypark and Palace Entertainment, which owns Castle Park, Dutch Wonderland, Idlewild, Kennywood, Lake Compounce and Story Land. ACE volunteers from around the country greeted attendees and answered questions while distributing copies of ACE publications, stickers with the colorful World Roller Coaster Appreciation Month logo and "Share Your Moment" decals. ACE's "Share Your Moment" campaign will feature giveaways next summer, and the goal is to encourage park guests to remember to be present and embrace the moments of fun in the park as well as to remind them to share it on social media. Visitors could also learn about the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives with Carole Sanderson; talk to one of the ACE international trip organizers, Cheri Armstrong, about l'ACEtalia in 2020; or browse through the currently available 2020 ACE calendar, wonderfully put together by Photo Editor Tim Baldwin and Association Manager Jeffrey Seifert. ACE President Robert Ulrich and Communications Director Elizabeth Ringas were also on hand in between meetings and interviews, including broadcasting live from the IAAPA Expo show floor with Maegan Wallace of the Maclan Corporation, specialists in roller coaster wheels and parts. Kris Rowberry from the new Ride With Us ACE podcast also conducted interviews for future episodes of the fantastic official ACE podcast!


Photo: David Lipnicky. View full-sized image.


Photo: David Lipnicky. View full-sized image.


S&S presented video concepts and a sample seat of its new Axis coaster. S&S has created a coaster with rider seats that are attached to an axis that allows them to barrel roll freely as the coaster soars around the track. While no information on where it will debut has been released, this awesome-looking coaster should be ready to ride in less than a couple of years. After waiting in a queue that seemed to take a couple of years, IAAPA attendees could ride the suspended Rollglider by Walltopia Active Entertainment. This aerial attraction that was popular with convention goers combines zip lining and an individual seat suspended under the roller coaster track. Zipflyer also showcased a suspended coaster concept with zipline harness vehicles in which riders can ride flying face forward.


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Closer to the ground, Sally Corp. displayed a few fantastic figures of Garfield, Odie and Jon for a new dark ride coming to Six Flags China. Coaster Con 43 attendees may want to try out Hersheypark's new Hyperdreck virtual reality attraction opening in Chocolatetown next year. MajorMega announced this exciting addition, which features a VR play area powered by D-BOX motion technology with the ability to make the entire game floor tilt and rumble along with the action of the game while the arena itself is outfitted with various sensory effects to generate heat, wind and more.


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Polin Waterparks announced a new concept called Time Rider, which features the world's biggest bowl slide, various pathways, lighting effects, zero gravity and an observation walkway, making it a very aesthetically pleasing work of waterslide art. The company also presented a transparent fiberglass slide piece, which can be built to form an entire slide that is completely clear called Glassy. Wiegand received a first-place Brass Ring Award as best new product for its launched waterslide concept, Slide Coaster, and waterslide legend, Fred Langford, was inducted into the IAAPA Hall of Fame. He was the first to use fiberglass in waterslide construction, replacing the standard use of concrete.


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Skyline Attractions showcased its Skywarp Orbit model, which features an inversion and airtime hill in an oval shape. Similar to SeaWorld San Diego's Tidal Twister and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom's Harley Quinn Crazy Coaster, Skyline's latest offering can provide big thrills in a small footprint.


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After the convention doors closed for the day, ACEers made their way over to BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse on International Drive for a fun-filled meetup organized by the ACE Florida region! Moving to a new location this year, the annual ACE/IAAPA Meet & Greet attracted over 80 ACE members looking to enjoy an evening of discussing everyone's favorite moments of IAAPA 2019.

Be sure to check out the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram links at the top of the page to follow ACE's ongoing coverage of the Expo week activities.