Thursday marked the busiest day of the 2015 IAAPA Expo in Orlando. The trade show floor was well represented by members of all facets of the amusement industry - with a wide variety of show owners, managers, and concessionaires in attendance. Historically, Thursday is one of the busiest days followed by a slow final day on Friday.
Galaxy Amusement Sales
One of the most impressive booths showcasing LED lighting belonged to Galaxy Amusement Sales, who represents the Chameleon line of LED lighting. Nestled into the far back corner of the trade show was one of the brightest booths on the trade show floor that could be seen from rows away. Company co-owner Scott Kunz was on hand showing off some of the company's latest and greatest LED components. "Chameleon is an innovative company that's always coming up with new products every year. They usually set the standard in the industry and most of their competitors follow suit and copy them," said Kunz.
A new product available from Galaxy is Chameleon's Easy LED Fixture, which is a 48 diode, 360 degree surface mounted module. The Easy LED Fixture comes in a variety of options and can be custom programmed or available in a pre-programmed module. The module is approximately 2 inches wide by 12 inches long and can be seen from all angles through the faceted lens, creating an effect similar to a turbo cap.
One of Galaxy's mainstay LEDs is the single color module which is available in multiple colors and voltages. "What separates our single color modules from the rest is that ours have colored diodes behind the lens so the colors are more profound, as compared to having a white led behind a red lens. Our modules have red leds behind a red lens, green leds behind a green lens, and so on," said Kunz. Currently, Galaxy carries six different sizes of single color modules and plans to make a big push in 2016 with some different programmable modules.
Another eye catcher at the Galaxy display was large circular LED lit sign for the fast food giant, Burger King. "Burger King has a contract overseas with Chameleon and we decided to show the signs at the show. So far, they have been very popular and we are building four signs for customers for the Gibtown trade show," Kunz said. The round signs have a digitally printed logo on the surface, with small pixel shaped LEDS drilled through the sign. The signs would be perfect for a show or park that wanted to revitalize their Giant Wheel center hub decoration.
A non-lighting product that has been well received this year is Galaxy's truss system. The truss system was used by several concessionaires on the west coast as well as Beau Pugh at the New Mexico State Fair. With the truss system, concessionaires can turn an ordinary concession stand into a large stand with large custom banners and lighting. "The custom truss system was very well received on the west coast. Concessionaires need to come up with something different and interesting and the truss system will give them the type of impact you want to make," said Kunz. The concessionaires who used the new trusses, reported that they were able to recuperate their investment at just one event.
Kunz said his company plans to have a full booth at the IISF Trade Show in Gibsonton this February. "We will have more products on display then at IAAPA," Kunz said of Gibtown. Galaxy plans to have a full truss system on display, its full line of LED product, and various amusement supplies. Galaxy will showcase a wide selection of 8' waterproof LED tube lights in a variety of colors.
Fun House builder Owen Trailers had an informational booth set up on the trade show floor. Company owner Ross Owen reported several sales were in the works for new fun houses based on the Wacky Shack design, but was not ready to make any official announcements as of Thursday morning. The company has been busy at its Riverside, California shop refurbishing a line of bunkhouses for Ray Cammack Shows and converting a trailer to an employee office. They are also working on a fun house with a custom theme for Chicago based Fantasy Amusements. Owen said his company will be exhibiting in Gibtown this February and hopes to have a fun house on display at the show, depending on logistics.
In a previous interview with Wade Shows President Frank Zaitshik, it was reported that the company would be investing up to $3 million in new equipment purchases for the 2016 season. Zaitshik was on the trade show floor doing just that. At the close of the show on Thursday, Zaitshik was proud to announce several new purchases.
Chance Rides will be completing its first Zipper overhaul to Wade Shows Zipper. Chance will gut the entire ride, repaint, repair and replace components, integrate a new LED lighting package, and install new open face tubs for a new ride experience. "I have all the confidence in the world that this Zipper will be as close as you can get to a new Zipper without it being brand new. In Tulsa this year, the Zipper was the top requested ride out of all the rides that we owned," said Zaitshik. Initial plans are for the refurbished Zipper to debut at the Florida State Fair in Tampa this February.
A new piece for the show will be a brand new Zero Gravity from Battech which will premiere at the Florida State Fair. The company also bought a new set of spider tubs with a metal flake finish and plans to completely retheme the ride.
Zaitshik said he was still in negotiations with other manufacturers on additional purchases. When asked if a rumor about purchasing the largest portable wheel in North America was true, Zaitshik smiled and said "we will keep you posted".
Friday at 4pm marks the conclusion of the 2015 IAAPA Expo. Keep posted to CarnivalWarehouse.com for continued coverage of the show.
2015 IAAPA Expo Media Coverage