Welcome to our second full day of IAAPA 2017 coverage. Today we are spending more time on the show floor looking at some new ride vehicles, visiting with some of our favorite ride manufacturers and even showing some of the never before seen things that may be coming to a park near you soon.
Be sure to check out our Day One Coverage .
Coverage by Renée Girard
We’re back for day 2 of IAAPA! Getting a bit of a late start today. I’m getting too old to be staying out past midnight!
If heights are your thing, you can take a climb on the ropes course.
VR is still a popular thing at a lot of attractions. Brogent Technologies offer a cool looking experience.
Checking out the Gerstlauer booth.
Soaring Eagle makes some unique and awesome experiences like Terror Dactyl and Dare to Drop.
Battle Company has all of your laser tag needs.
Crazy 8’s is a fun little spinning coaster.
Love the trackless ride system!
I love a good B&M coaster, including Mako from SeaWorld Orlando, on display here.
Really looking forward to the S&S Steeplechase Evolution!
More VR for those who like that sort of thing.
ABC rides Switzerland will be showing up at the Six Flags Parks next year with their top spin.
Some of the trains made by the folks at Zamperla.
Going to check out what’s new from Triotech. Love these guys!
Triotech introduces a new branding and logo for this year.
Ghostbusters opened last year in Heide Park.
Triotech has partnered with Ubisoft for a new attraction that is a VR maze.
The partnership between Triotech and Ubisoft is sure to lead to great things in the future!
Fidget spinner video game anyone?
The Aquaticar by Cloward looks pretty neat!
A virtual reality water slide, because why not.
This guy will welcome you into Journey to the Five Realms.
SimEx iWerks offers a lot of great 4D experiences, with Superman Man of Steel coming soon.
The WhiteWater company always has amazing slides and other activities for a fun water park experience.
ADG Mountainsides makes some pretty sweet mountain coasters.
Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters booth
This looks like a fun interactive driving experience at the Fotosmile booth
A look at a ride vehicle at the Maurer booth.
Finger Coaster VR experience from Smaaash.
Thanks for joining our trip around the show floor on day 2 of IAAPA. We’ll be back one last time tomorrow!
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Coverage by Renée Girard and Chris Con
We are here! IAAPA day 1.
We are at the SeaWorld press event for the new attractions reveal.
SeaWorld Orlando’s Infinity Falls features a 40 foot drop and close encounters with animals native to the rainforest.
Ride vehicle reveal for Oscar’s Wacky Taxi at Sesame Place by The Gravity Group opening spring 2018.
Oscar’s Wacky Taxi, coming soon to Sesame Place!
Time Traveler coaster by Mack opening in Silver Doller City in spring 2018.
Closer look at Time Traveler by Mack, coming soon to Silver Dollar City.
Checking out what’s new at Busch Gardens Williamsburg next year, the action VR ride Battle for Eire.
Battle for Eire features a motion based theater simulator with 360 VR headset. Opening spring 2018 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
Set in the Ireland area of Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Battle for Eire introduces several new characters.
Addie is one of the main characters to be featured in Battle for Eire.
We’re ready to see what’s new from the folks at Dynamic Attractions.
Dynamic Attractions new dark ride system is the all-terrain dark ride.
Dynamic Attractions’ Dragon Rider system allows guests to feel as though you’re flying through the air on a Dragon.
Awesome work from Dynamic Attractions. Check out the models for the all-terrain dark ride and dragon rider.
Waiting for the big reveal at Skyline Attractions for their ride at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Harley Quinn’s Crazy Coaster by Skyline is the first and only coaster of its kind in the world.
Harley Quinn Crazy Coaster looks great! Coming to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom next year.
Love Beaver Tails! Please bring them to more theme parks in the US.
RMC design for Twisted Cyclone, opening next year at Six Flags Over Georgia.
That’s all for day one of IAAPA. Stay tuned for more tomorrow!
LEGOLAND® CALIFORNIA RESORT INTRODUCES A NEW RIDE IN 2018 AND IT’S THE SINGLE LARGEST INVESTMENT FOR A LEGOLAND PARK YET!
PLUS… LEGOLAND® CASTLE HOTEL BEGINS HIRING AND ROOM BOOKINGS BEGIN SOON!
CARLSBAD, Calif. (August 24, 2017) – LEGOLAND® California Resort’s General Manager Peter Ronchetti announced at today’s press conference that 2018 will be a year of enormous growth! In January, a new 4-D movie launches, followed by the opening of LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel in the spring and, just announced, LEGO® City Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride is opening in the summer! LEGO® City Deep Sea Adventure is Merlin Entertainment’s single largest investment in any LEGOLAND® Park and will take passengers aboard a real submarine where they will be submerged underwater and immersed in an ocean habitat.
“I’m extremely excited for our guests to experience LEGO City Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride,” said Ronchetti. “For the first time in the United States, we are bringing our guests onboard a real submarine where they’ll go underwater to discover a truly amazing world filled with more than 2,000 different real sea animals, including several species of stingrays and a variety of exotic sharks."
The ride will open in summer of 2018 and takes guests on a submarine ride looking for lost treasure on a sunken LEGO shipwreck. Among the real sea animals are bright LEGO octopi, marine tropical fish and LEGO scuba divers. Touchscreens at each porthole inside the sub are used by guests to help the LEGO minifigure dive team identify gems, pearls, LEGO gold coins and more throughout the journey. Up to 12 guests will board one of eight submarines that are designed after the LEGO City Deep Sea Adventure line of toys.
The summer exploration ride is opening shortly after LEGOLAND Castle Hotel opens in the spring of 2018. “We are excited to expand our LEGOLAND kingdom with LEGOLAND Castle Hotel, not only for the new adventures it will bring to our guests, but also the new jobs it will create for the community,” said Ronchetti. Ronchetti announced the hiring will start today for 200 new Model Citizens (employees) to work at new premium themed 250-room hotel. Thirty leadership roles are needed including Head Chef, Front Office Manager and Food and Beverage Manager. “We’ll be starting to recruit the other positions as early as December as we’d like to have everyone royally trained and ready to go by the Hotel’s opening in spring!” Some of the positions needed include cooks, valet, housekeepers, entertainers and more. Interested individuals can visit http://jobs.LEGOLAND.com/.
LEGOLAND Castle Hotel will feature three room themes: Knights and Dragons, Magic Wizard and Royal Princess. Bookings for LEGOLAND Castle Hotel begin in September. For more information, visit: www.LEGOLANDVacations.com.
Also opening in 2018: “LEGO® NINJAGO® – Master of the 4th Dimension” starting Jan. 12 in the LEGO® Showplace Theater. The short film combines dazzling 3D computer animation with 4D real-world effects offering guests the chance to go on an amazing new adventure with their favorite ninjas: Kai, Jay, Cole, Zane, Lloyd, Nya and Master Wu.
LEGO City Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride and LEGO NINJAGO – Master of the 4th Dimension are both included in the cost of admission to LEGOLAND California Resort. For the most up-to-date information on LEGO City Deep Sea Adventure, visit www.LEGOLAND.com/deepsea2018. For LEGOLAND California Resort ticket prices, operating schedule and additional information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com or call 760-918-LEGO (5346).