The IAAPA Attractions Expo has wrapped up its 2017 run. Ed and Ken discuss what they were most impressed with over the last week. VR industry pioneer Thomas Wagner of VR Coasters discusses their new project with Legoland and what the future of VR attractions in theme parks are. Saham Ali of Falcon’s Creative Group discuss project mapping, how to keep high-tech attractions relevant with age, and how they deal with clients who might not have the biggest budgets. Then the episode wraps up with an interview with Gravity Group co-founder and lead engineer Chad Miller. Miller discusses Mine Blower at Fun Spot, Oscar’s Wild Taxi at Sesame Place, and the role of roller coasters at local parks and FECs.
Seth Kubersky joins Ed and Ken to review the VR on display at the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017. Seth and Ken review MediaMation’s new 180-degree motion theater. Seth shares his thoughts on what makes a great VR experience and talks about some of his highlights from this year’s expo.
Day 3 of the IAAPA Attractions Expo. With the expo now just halfway done Ken and Kevin and joined by Michael Muldoon to discuss this year’s big trends. The big trend is one that Ken says Skyline Attractions kicked off last year so we grab an interview with Skyline. Then we speak with a local company that’s worked on tons of high profile Central Florida projects including Pandora, Volcano Bay, and Mango’s Orlando. Finally, we discuss the water park trends at this year’s event before wrapping up the show with an interview at the Sub Sea Systems booth where we discuss their brand new underwater theme park ride.
With the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 Trade Show Floor opening this morning we have tons of news to talk about plus interviews with Guy Nelson of Dynamic Attractions, Brian Marrow of SeaWorld, and our first reactions to this year’s event.
For our final wrap-up episode of OTR at IAAPA we have Michael Muldoon of Coaster Nation stop back by to share his thoughts on this year’s show. Ed and Ken review the VR experiences on the floor this year and we talk about the highlights from the various exhibitors. Michael talks about his first time trying a Nathan’s hot dog and Ken talks about Russian cotton candy.
We have three interviews to round out the week with. First up is accesso, a Lake Mary-based digital queuing and ticketing company famous for its Qbot. accesso has a brand new smart wearable, known as Prism, that will likely be seen in theme parks across the country in the coming years.
Then we have the Founder and Co-CEO of The Producers Group talk about their new dinner theater concept and why it might be successful when others are struggling.
And our very last interview of #IAE16 is with the VP of Sales at laser tag company Delta Strike. We’ll see our first local Delta Strike laser tag arena open next year as part of the Andretti Orlando entertainment center.