IAAPA 2017 Recap

Another great year of the attraction industry’s largest trade-show has come and gone. It’s hard to see and cover it all but we wanted to share our highlights and those things related to stories we’ve covered in the past. The first major highlight of the week was the kickoff event which featured a virtual groundbreaking. IAAPA also kicked off their 100 year anniversary celebration:

Our very first ride vehicle unveiling came from SeaWorld Orlando. Intamin showed off the detailed raft that will be taking the tallest drop on a raft ride. For more on infinity falls be sure to check out the announcement post:

Next, we scurried over to The Gravity Group booth to check in on our favorite grouch. Oscar’s Wacky Taxi coaster at Sesame Place will have this wonderfully detailed train to open their 2018 season!

We love the details on the front of the train like the trashcan lid, very fitting license plate and even a broken headlight:

Time Machine joins Silver Dollar City and the good folks at MACK Rides unveiled the car for that coaster:

BeaverTails have become of staple treat at IAAPA and with franchise opportunities galore, it seems every year they are growing! There may be big news brewing for them this year as well. Stay tuned to our social accounts for more very soon!

ProSlide Technologies Inc. was on hand showing off several models. Our favorite was the Whitecap Racer model coming to Hersheypark next year!

S&S was showing of the new cars for an old favorite, the Steeplechase. If horses aren’t your thing, they also have a dinosaur model:

Dynamic Attractions debuted 2 new concepts and took home the brass ring once again. We’ll have more to come on the new ideas and a fun story about the challenges they face in construction and beyond very soon!

This was an arcade we didn’t see last year. The games can be a great indication of when a fad has hit mainstream entertainment:

We’ve talked a lot about RMC the past several months given the Vengeance coming to Sandusky next year. But at the trade-show Six Flags over Georgia and RMC were proud to show off the lead car on one of the trains for Twisted Cyclone:

With a look at all the 2018 projects for RMC, it will be a great year for coaster riding! Steel Vengeance, Twisted Timbers, RailBlazer, and Wonder Woman round out the new RMC offerings:

Dippin’ Dots celebrates 30 years of being “The Ice Cream of The Future” with a fun new flavor:

Next year Skyline Attractions is bringing us Harley Quinn Crazy Coaster to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. This is the first of its SkyWarp designs to be built. Speaking of firsts,  the first car made its debut at the show:

Skyline Attractions also debuted 2 new models. The Eclipse is a design taller than the SkyWarp and the Horizon is the shorter model at just 30 feet tall. The smaller Horizon model makes it an ideal for Family Entertainment Centers. This would allow them to offer an indoor coaster in their FEC year round no matter location!

Over at the B&M booth we found a familiar train car. It’s Mako, swimming its way up the street from SeaWorld:

LEGOLAND Florida gave us a full look at the VR animation coming to Project X coaster at the park. The VR treatment is being provided by the multimedia division MACK Rides. We’ll have a full post to look at more on the new attraction soon!

We had a blast as always previewing and seeing all the great offerings and this is only a small look at an enormous show! Be sure to follow our social accounts for more details on some of the projects discussed above:

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4 Responses

  1. jack says:

    Nice to see your recap of 2017 IAAPA EXPO! We’ve also attend IAAPA this November in Orlando to meet friends in amusement park rides industry. Hope to see you on 2018 year EXPO again!

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