IAAPA Attractions Expo shows off new rides

Posted Friday, November 16, 2012 10:10 AM | Contributed by Jeff

From rides to zip lines the Orange County Convention Center has been transformed into an amusement park. Almost nine miles of aisles, with every single kind of amusement park ride one can think of, are jammed inside the convention center for five days during the IAPPA Attractions Expo.

Read more and see video from WESH/Orlando.

Friday, November 16, 2012 10:11 AM

The ride they show at the end reminds me a little of the two-person, self-controlled Top Spin-style ride they showed a few years ago. I assume it's the same company (and I don't remember who it was). Did those mini-Top-Spins ever end up appearing somewhere?

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Friday, November 16, 2012 10:30 AM

There were a couple of those mini rides at the FEC where Dania Beach Hurricane is.

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Friday, November 16, 2012 10:33 AM

Yes, there's one at Belmont Park in San Diego

http://www.belmontpark.com/rides-control-freak

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Friday, November 16, 2012 1:37 PM

Moser Rides makes those as well as a few other smaller versions of classic or well known rides. These have always struck me as the kind of low capacity rides that are better suited for FEC rather than full fledged amusement parks. One year I tried out one of their mini frisbee style rides and I was fooled by its size. It really had power and was fast- I hung on tight while it spun and jack-hammered back and forth for what seemed like ten minutes and was quite dizzy afterward.
I'm interested in the portable version of the Air Race that Zamperla is showing. It's rightly smaller than the park version, and has only two seats per plane, but it still looks like a blast. I've been hoping more parks would pick that ride up, it's so novel, and now I have hope that a traveling show near me will try one out.
This is the first year in a while that I haven't made it to IAAPA. I thought that I'd be better off saving the time and money such a trip normally runs, and truthfully, the show has kind of grown the same from year to year. But seeing all the coverage this week has made me sad...

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Friday, November 16, 2012 2:04 PM

Air Race is the most exciting new flat ride to me since I discovered flying skooters...it is *THAT* good...

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Friday, November 16, 2012 2:37 PM

I had an absolute BLAST on Luna's Air Race this summer.

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Friday, November 16, 2012 2:57 PM

They're obviously targeted toward FEC's, but they're priced way too high.

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Friday, November 16, 2012 3:39 PM

Luna and Lagoon each have an Air Race here in North America, and I think it's Tivoli that announced a highly themed version for next season. I can SO picture one at Kings Island, right there in that long neglected spot formerly occupied by Flight Commander- get rid of that Dino Birthday Tent first...
But if I owned a park, I'd wait to see how Golden Horse's version turns out before I totally commit. :)

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Friday, November 16, 2012 4:54 PM

Jeff said:

The ride they show at the end reminds me a little of the two-person, self-controlled Top Spin-style ride they showed a few years ago. Did those mini-Top-Spins ever end up appearing somewhere?

This?

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Friday, November 16, 2012 9:27 PM

Why on earth would the Federal Elections Commission need flat rides? Guffaw.

But seriously what does FEC stand for.

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Friday, November 16, 2012 10:44 PM

Family entertainment center.

I dunno, Gonch. The one I did at IAAPA a few years ago had a joystick in the middle.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 6:34 AM

TWSS?

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 7:26 AM

bj, FEC means Family Entertainment Center.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 8:56 PM

No Jason Hammond. Both you and Jeff are wrong. FEC stands for Family Entertainment Center.

;)

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Saturday, November 17, 2012 11:12 PM

*rolls eyes*

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Monday, November 19, 2012 8:49 AM

I really wanna put one of those freestyle swings in my backyard.

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