The 2015 IAAPA Attractions Expo came to a close on Friday, attracting over 21,200 qualified buyers to the trade show floor. Of the 21,200 buyers in attendance, 13,400 people participated in 114 education programs which included multiple-day institutes and symposia, behind-the-scenes EDUTours at area attractions, panel and roundtable discussions, and constituency lunches. Overall, the trade show pumped an estimated $51.3 million into the Orlando economy.
Bobs Space Racers
Bob Cassata's Bob's Space Racers had an impressive display taking up several large booth spaces within the convention center. When asked about the trade show, Cassata reported "the trade show has been great".
BSR produces games for the carnival and park industry as well as coin operated games for the family entertainment center industry. New on display for the carnival and park sector were two new versions of the company's popular water race games. Both were updated with new components, led lighting, new graphics, and increased the height of the games to make them more appealing.
This year, BSR introduced a home version of four of the company's midway games called Master of the Midway. The idea is to educated consumers about carnival games and how they work to try and overcome the stereotype that carnival games are not winnable and don't give out prizes. The take home kit has four games in it - Cover the Spot, Bottle Up, Goblet Toss, and a Ring Toss. With the kit, you are able to learn about the games and practice before going to the fair or amusement park.
Master of the Midway also has a social media component. On the Master of the Midway Facebook/Instagram page, players are encouraged to go to the carnival or amusement park, play a game, and post a photo of them with their prize to Facebook/Instagram. To encourage patricipation, BSR will choose a photo at random and award that individual with an additional prize.
Master of the Midway is available online at www.masterofthemidway.com. BSR hopes to have them in stores soon.
BSR also has a mobile division that plays several fairs with North American Midway Entertainment and the Minnesota State Fair on the independent midway. Cassata said "At our Canadian spots, the Canadian dollar being down hurt a little, but the season was very good for us. I have no complaints on the season."
Chad Griffith's CMD Enterprises was busy showing off some of its latest and greatest LED products. CMD has had a lot of success selling pre-programmed LED modules (and turbo units) in a 1-16 style version. The company also offers solid color units and replacement 110v LED bulbs.
New for 2015/2016 is a prism shaped LED bulb that's designed to achieve the same amount of light as a premium LED, but offered at a better price. As the surface mounted diodes hit the prism, the light is magnified. The light output is equivalent to the old premium LEDs, but more affordable.
CMD offers a 2-year warranty on all its products.
Chad hinted at a completely new product that would be released soon, but would not yet comment on any details.
Dennis Travoli announced a new partnership between he and Gibsonton (FL) based Mulligan Engineering. The company which had not produced amusement rides in the last 10 years is back in business and already has two major rides in production. The company is currently building a brand new Sea Ray for Stevie Ianni, who travels with Strates Shows. They are also working on a new 1.5 trailer Giant Wheel for Matt McDonagh's Big Rock Amusements.
Mulligan Engineering's staple rides include the 80ft tall Giant Wheel, which is transported on one main load and a 28ft pup trailer for the tubs. The company also introduced a single trailer Giant Wheel which Travoli described as "Affordable" with pricing in the $650,000 range. Over the years, the company also produced a handful of Sea Rays and several swing rides.
Travoli hinted that the company may have a booth at this February's IISF Trade Show in Gibsonton.
As part of a multi-year agreement, the 2016 IAAPA Attractions Expo will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The expo is scheduled for November 14-16, 2016 and has reported that over 200 exhibitors have already signed up to participate, which is slated to be the largest show to date.
For the amusement industry, the next social gathering takes place during the IAFE/SLA Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, November 26 - December 2, 2015 followed by the IISF Trade Show & Extravaganza in Gibtown February 9-13, 2016.
2015 IAAPA Expo Media Coverage