IAAPA 2008 Photo TR

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IAAPA 2008 Photo TR

Postby pianojohn » Thu Nov 20, 2008 1:44 pm

This was my 5th IAAPA, but my first as a member of the press!

The event is very cool, but after about an hour or so, it becomes sensory overload, and it's hard to cover everything!

So, if I missed your favorite manufacturer or park, forgive me! Of course, I did find Intamin, S&S, Great Coasters, etc. I did not find B&M, but I know they were there somewhere.

I did find some cool things and some nice pics, so check 'em out!

And thanks Robb for the opportunity to cover this.
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The convention center
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I attended the kick off event on Tuesday morning since I vocal coached a group from Sea World/Busch Gardens. Here is a pic of the Blues Brothers from Universal Orlando
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Tim O'Brien took the floor for the IAAPA Hall of Fame awards
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One of the many walkways
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The Star Flyer people had this model set up
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In action
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Watch for this one at your local FEC (Family Entertainment Center!)
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These lights were very cool. My friend Tim wanted to get them for his home!
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The Give Kids the World booth. I think this was a gingerbread man.
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My friend James had an entertainment company booth set up.
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This was the outside midway. Literally one ride. Last year they had a few, but this year one kiddie ride. And no Dinner in the Sky.
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Kind of sad
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This was an obstacle course type attraction.
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The coolest thing outside
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In action
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The very blue sky made for great pics!

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Postby pianojohn » Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:05 pm

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A climbing wall that used magnets.
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Cool but not sure how this would work with guests with pacemakers.
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The inflateables section was HUGE. I took one pic. Sue me.
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This was a simulator type attraction. It had 6 films, all computer animated, pretty cool.
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Me taking it all in
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The film
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OK. So this is one water slide I would NEVER go on! Keep reading...
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They had a short piece of it set up, and you could ride the drop part! Of course, no water was available, so you had to wear a jumpsuit to try it out. More pics coming!
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Here is the booth
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And the control panel!
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The Vekoma booth
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And me in the car.
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The London Eye company. Is this the same company building the giant wheel in Orlando?
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Steel Lasso's car from Vekoma
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The S&S Booth
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The Maurer Sohne booth. The gentleman there was very nice and explained a bit about Rip Ride Rockit. We asked why there were no inverisons, and he explained that the client (Universal) wanted a ride with broader appeal. He also stated that there would be 6 trains, each one capable of holding 12 guests. The model was there as well, but they did not want pictures taken of it. You can find them online.
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About to get a bird's eye view courtesy of Zamperla's Drop Tower
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About 1/15 of the whole convention
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Surf's Up, the Zamperla Disk-O
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More of the booths
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AHH!!! About 20 feet up!
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More stuff
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I had my TPR shirt on
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The other view
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The PTC booth
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More entertainment!
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A visor with hair....hmm, what would I look like...
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Hmm....not sure it's me.
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Some very cool animatronics
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A cool talking statue
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And talking bust
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And a creapy animatronic musician

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Part 3

Postby pianojohn » Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:16 pm

Part 3...just a few more pics!
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This very cool wall of water that spelled out things.
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Another mascot. Love these!
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This company had a triple decker carousel on display.
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Very cool looking
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A non-ice ice rink.
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GCI's booth
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They had a Millenium Flyer train on display. The train usually sits at the Coke headquarters in Atlanta.
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Met another TRP member who works for GCI! Joe! His name is Joe! I will never forget it now!
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Ready to ride!
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Pixie stix type candy that turned my tongue blue!
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And the final pic: this very strange animatronic cheerleader from Japan. But they also had a human dressed as a cheerleader as well.

Thanks for reading!

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Postby BeemerBoy » Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:18 pm

Cool report, John. Kind of scary how empty the outside was this year.

Oh, and there's just something odd about that loop slide display screen....
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Postby thrillgeek » Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:21 pm

Wow your really lucky you got to go to this! Where is this at? That sucks that the outside area wasn't filled like you were expecting. Glad you had a good time though. Thanks for the pics =)

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Postby the ghost » Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:27 pm

The animatronic musician was amazing, I thought it was real. BTW does the loop water slide actualy go upside down. ( Ive always though a water slide with an inversion would be cool, but now that it may be real I dont know if I would feels safe riding it.

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Postby iZak » Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:27 pm

Awesome trip report!

I hope it isn't that dead next year when the show comes out here to Vegas...

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Postby Kalepi_Konei » Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:28 pm

^ ^^^ :lmao:

And is IAAPA still open and can anyone get into it?

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Postby holyblakbelt » Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:44 pm

Nice TR.

That Disk-O was interesting. Was that a stand up version?
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Postby BeemerBoy » Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:47 pm

Thanks for that pic of Xtra Ice. I had never heard of it before, so I checked out their website, and now I'm fascinated by it. Really, it's frickin' amazing!! :omg:
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