Location: Orlando, FL (USA)

IAAPA 2017 has officially wrapped up in Orlando, FL. Each year the expo is held at the Orange County Convention Center and attracts various Amusement Park operators and Press Outlets. This year one of our affiliates, Coaster Addict, attended the event and covered many aspects of what various companies have to offer. Most of what you would find at the trade show is typically anything you would need to operate your business in the industry of fun. There are many arcade games, food, rides, and typically anything you could imagine to help you run your business of fun. Virtual Reality products were the headliner of this year’s event as many booths were marketing off specific products.

Courtesy: Silver Dollar City (Branson, MO)

Some of the main highlights from this year’s expo included the various new in 2018 announced attractions holding official unveiling of their ride vehicles. SeaWorld Orlando unveiled the main vehicle for their new water ride:
Infinity Falls. Silver Dollar City unveiled their ride vehicle for their new ride: Time Traveler,
and Six Flags Over Georgia unveiled Twisted Cyclone. All of these new attractions are scheduled to open for the 2018 season. Some of the other exhibits at the expo had many fan favorites from all of the delicious innovative food to some rides or attractions you would find at your local county fair. Central Park Funland, a complex located in Fredericksburg, VA, is always in attendance at the IAAPA expo. They will be debuting a crazy eight spinning coaster in 2018. Many news organizations and industry related websites/outlets participated in the week long event that brings people from all over the world to the Orlando area. There are miles of show floor to cover and many new products to get a look at.

Courtesy: Six Flags Over Georgia (Atlanta, GA)

The IAAPA 2017 Brass Ring Awards are awarded each year to individuals that excel on specific parts of the amusement industry. The presentation was held on Nov. 15. The full list of recipients is available here: 2017 Brass Ring Award recipients. The event continues to grow each year and there are numerous opportunities coming forward to share with everyone. Our affiliate Coaster Addict has provided some video content of this year’s festivities. They interviewed individuals from: Alterface, TrioTech, Rocky Mountain Construction, Sally Corporation, and The Gravity Group. Sally Corporation is celebrating 40 years of innovative thrills and is just coming off a successful launch of Justice League: Battle for Metropolis at numerous Six Flags parks this past season.

Full video playlist: IAAPA video playlist Coaster Addict

A big thank you to the Coaster Addict team and to all affiliates that participated in covering the IAAPA expo this year.

For more information about the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, visit: https://www.iaapa.org

Logos and images credits:

Logo courtesy of International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions

Feature image courtesy of International of Association Amusement Parks and Attractions


Article prepared by: Brian Mitchell – Site Operator

Disclaimer: The Amusement Wire is not affiliated with the park or attraction mentioned in this article. All photos and video are courtesy of the individual parks or outlets and used for publicity reasons. The Amusement Wire does not own the rights to photos or video used unless otherwise noted.

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