The "Official" IAAPA in Orlando 2007 Thread

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The "Official" IAAPA in Orlando 2007 Thread

Postby disneyfan1313 » Fri Nov 16, 2007 9:50 pm

Whew! Every year that I go to IAAPA it always amazes me how many different companies are related to the theme park industry - it always seems like new inventions and new companies are constantly cropping up and it is always fascinating to see. I am glad to see the event back in Orlando, and from listening to the vendors, many of them are as well. This year had many familiar booths and also some new trends - it seems many more asian firms are trying to inch into the american ride market.

Anyways... on to the photos!
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Trains with wheels seemed to be a hot trend - no less than 5 different booths featured them.. WTF!
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One of the many Asian firms that was looking to gain a foothold in the ride market.
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Extreme and interactive play areas for kids were also hot ticket items. More active the better!
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This was the dinner in the sky concept - interesting but not very practical except for perhaps special events.
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This is where the dinner in the sky loaded - the crane was huge.. it would take a big budget for a park to pull off.
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In the outdoor midway they had very few rides - this was a odd disc-o type ride.
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The rest of the outdoor area was dominated by inflatables.. the trend that wont die!
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Ma'am - I don't think you can snap this flyer!
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Crazy, huge, customizable props also were the rage. Parks really have a lot of options with themeing.
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OMG THERE IS A GUY ON A UNICYCLE ON TOP OF THE BOOTH!!!
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Trans Force - Robots in Dis...hey wait a minute!!
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B&M *finally* decided to change the booth from the Superman seat! YaAEEE!
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These were some cool mini-versions of some popular flat rides.

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Postby disneyfan1313 » Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:01 pm

And more photos - until you have been it is hard to believe how huge it is.
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There were more flats inside than out on the midway this year.
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Step 1 - you cut a hole in the box....
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I think bowling is coming back - there were a number of vendors showing ways to get it into small areas.
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There were TONS of crazy haunted house items including huge creatures like this!
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Hello Cameron!
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Dick Tracy Plush - for the kids who are into failed 80s movies!
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I heart crazy neon extreme disc-o!
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OMG X-2 IS COMING!! AQUA TRAX!!11!!
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Uh - I am not an english major - but is that proper grammar?
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Hmmm... What else is this like... Transformers....no... Harry Potter... no.. hmmm..
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Kangaroo boxing = comedy gold!

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Postby disneyfan1313 » Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:12 pm

Can you believe there is still more?!?!
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This was really well themed for an off the shelf flat ride!
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Really - how else would you want to wash your balls?
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Another crazy train with wheels... there were a million of them this year.
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This was a weird rice cake thingie that was great... but not very "theme park food".
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Fried FRUIT on a stick?!?! WTF - is this real?!
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This was an *awesome* virtual jump rope game. Tough as heck!
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GAWD INFLATABLES ARE EVERYWHERE!
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Concept art for the new six flags night parade.
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OMG! ITS AN EXTREME COASTER THAT JUMPS THROUGH A FERRIS WHEEL!

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Postby ParkTrips » Sat Nov 17, 2007 1:09 am

Dude, virtual jump rope looks sweet!! Great stuff guys

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Postby RIP Psyclone » Sat Nov 17, 2007 3:10 am

Virtual jumprope, I never knew what those things were until now. Kangaroo bouncy bouncy makes sense...but lantern bouncy bouncy? WTF?

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Postby Meteornotes » Sat Nov 17, 2007 7:38 am

Awesome report. I'll be using "more better" all day now...

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Postby cfc » Sat Nov 17, 2007 8:13 am

Everything's more better with more butter.

That coaster with the Ferris wheel lift looks really bizarre. I wonder what Ferris-wheel-hating coaster enthuiasts will think of it?
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Postby noyzz » Sat Nov 17, 2007 8:43 am

Dave and Busters has the virtual jump-rope game. It's crazy!!! I've seen kids just rack up points. So whats the difference with the new X2 trains?
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Postby LOVE SFKK » Sat Nov 17, 2007 9:33 am

yah. we have a jumpin jackpot at a family fun center here in lincoln. Its a really good game and it only costs 1 token. I have gotten the jackpot and it was about 500 tickets or so. Its all a rythm until you get to the end. then just jump as fast as you can.

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Postby DenDen » Sat Nov 17, 2007 9:50 am

Meteornotes wrote:Awesome report. I'll be using "more better" all day now...

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Well, that's more better! ;)
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