Full photo and video report from the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2010


The International Association of Amusement Parks Expo, the largest annual gathering of the amusement park and attractions industry, returned to Orlando this week to begin a 10-year run. Although we don’t claim to have visited all 1,136 exhibitors which filled 1 million square feet of space at the Orange County Convention Center, we did our best to cover the most interesting.

We’ll start with a video report from Orlando Attractions Magazine host Jessica Steele Allen:

Tour the 2010 IAAPA amusement park expo show floor with OAM host Jessica

As in past years, there were many inflatible play houses at the expo. But it seems since 2008, when the expo was last in Orlando, the inflatables have gotten a lot bigger.

All the major roller coaster manufacturers were at the expo. Obviously this one built Manta at SeaWorld. I asked if they usually kept one of the vehicles from each coaster. They said SeaWorld was nice enough to let them borrow this one for the expo.

This booth was selling their idea for a drink stir that can hold a piece of dry ice for a smokin’ drink.

I’m not sure what this does for domestic violence, but this bar game shows a girl (or guy) stripping when you punch it. The harder you punch it, the more they take off.

There were a lot of lifelike statures and animatronics on display. This audio-animatronic was purchased by the government for training soldiers headed overseas.

Many of the statues and animatronics were so lifelike, it was sometimes hard to tell if they were real.

Then there were a few not-so-lifelike animatronics.

This wax statue of “Lizardman” was on display at the Ripley Entertainment booth. It will be moved to the Orlando Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum soon.

Another item at the Ripley booth was this wooden Ferrari. It will also be showing up eventually at the Orlando Ripley’s. But it’s not actually a car, it’s really a wooden boat.

I’m 6-foot-one, but that’s nothing compared to this life-size animatronic. Ripley was promoting a new concept for their Guinness World Records attractions. The new Guinness will focus on interactive exhibits. Although nothing is set in stone yet, they’re hoping to open one in Orlando once they sign papers with a franchisee.

After I posted a photo of this robot costume on our Twitter and Facebook accounts, many readers asked how much they cost. This one is for sale for about $3,000.

You always see long lines at the vendors offering free food samples. Coca-Cola was showing off this Coca-Cola Freestyle machine. This one machine offers more than 100 flavor combinations, many unavailable elsewhere – such as raspberry Coke and peach Fanta. You’ll soon be able to try it out yourself when the Downtown Disney AMC movie theater opens their remodeled concession stand.

You may have seen this on the television show Shark Tank, in which people bring their ideas to investors in hopes of launching their business. Well, the sharks turned this idea down, but someone watching liked the idea enough to buy it. Hoping to get them into malls or arcades, guests will pay for a set amount of time inside this virtual game. The game player wears a virtual reality helmet then enters the ball. Once inside they can walk around the virtual environment they see in their headset as the ball rolls with each step. Visit 360virtualventures.com to buy one for yourself. It costs about $50,000.

I’m not sure if this would be fun or too dizzying. Click Here to see it in action.

Four player ping pong.

Pronounced “fruit snow”, this was a big hit at the expo. They were giving samples of the 100 percent fruit coconut flavor. Topped with chocolate or caramel, it was delicious. It tastes like eating flavored snow. I hope it shows up in Orlando’s theme parks soon.

This was just one of many moving simulators. The key words at this year’s expo seemed to be 3D, interactive and virtual.

As a pinball fan, I was glad to see the last remaining pinball company, Stern, at the expo. Here’s a look at their new Avatar pinball game.

A lot of the arcade games on display seemed to have some sort of interactive element to them. You control this game by jumping up and down.

This manching allows you to hook up your smartphone or other device to it and print out a keychain-size photo album of photos from your device.

In this age of everyone having a camera on their cell phones, I was surprised to see so many photo booths on sale.

A new Pac-Man game! Pac-Man Battle Royale allows four players at once. You not only try to eat the blue ghosts, but also the other Pac-Men. Click Here for a quick video of the game.

I guess 3D isn’t enough. There were many displays like this one calling themselves 4D, 5D and even 7D. Essentially they offer a 3D movie with seat movement and sometimes, wind, smells and games.

I think this is the world’s first water slide loop. They couldn’t set up the whole loop, so they were offering short drops down the first part of the slide. As seen in our hosted video above, the floor drops out beneath you after a short countdown.

You may have already tried these Chipstix, spiral potatoes on a stick, at SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Universal. They said they’re also in talks to bring them to Disney parks. Tip: Let them cool down if you want them crispy. Eat them hot if you want more of a potato constancy.

Thanks to contributor Don Gworek for this video showing more from the expo:

Cool things seen on the IAAPA Expo 2010 floor in Orlando Florida

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