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.
Today Ben of Universal Core stops by to share his thoughts on Wizarding World of Harry Potter East versus West. He talks about his trip to Universal Orlando resort and then chats about what it means to be a local covering Universal Hollywood. Disneyland, California Adventure and CityWalk are also discussed. During the Punch List Ken, Jim and Andy talk about the spying program SEAS announced it’s ending. News coming out of Merlin is also discussed. UCF Downtown is touched on and that massive crowd that came out of Fall Out Boy is talked about in detail.