The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo (IAAPA) is the largest annual conference and trade show of the $24 billion global theme park and attractions industry. This past week, the Orange County Convention Center was converted into a dazzling marketplace of midway-style thrills that may arrive soon at favorite theme park and attractions worldwide.
Since the expo isn’t open to the public, we walked the long isles (showcased by 1,160 exhibitors from six continents, filling a half-million square feet) to bring you this report.
Projections are becoming more popular and are appearing on many different surfaces. This prototype from Theatrical Concepts highlights the balls on a pool table. They were also showing off projections on a miniature golf course.
Our full photo gallery is at the bottom, but here are a few videos we shot on the show floor:
The Expo started for us with the unveiling of SeaWorld’s new ride vehicle for the ride in their upcoming Antartica area:
Ropes courses offered about a dozen different Sky Trail challenges. Walk with us high above the convention show floor:
This cool Air Race ride was featured at the Zamperla booth:
These creatures caught many passers-by off guard at the Scare Factory both:
Ragtime is a manufacturer of self-playing, computer or MIDI controlled musical instruments. Check this one out:
Also don’t miss our video report from the IAAPA Attractions Expo on the Nov. 22, 2012 episode of The Show:
IAAPA Attractions Expo Full Photo Gallery:
Photos by Matt Roseboom, Videos by Banks Lee and Don Gworek.