The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Trade Show kicked off at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Tuesday, November 13th. The 2018 show features well over 1,000 vendors and over 35,000 attendees are expected throughout the week. The show is said to have over 10 miles of walking race if one were to walk the entire floor in one day. The theme, “Fun Forward, Build the Future,” celebrates the organization’s 100-year anniversary.
The trade show itself grew even beyond the Convention Center walls this year. In addition to the outside carnival-type rides and attractions, two tents were erected, dubbed “Exploration Station,” filled with vendors that had outside locations last year and some new additions to the show.
One of the vendors in Exploration Station, is Rockustics, represented by James McManus. Rockustics builds sound systems for amusement parks where the speakers are masked as rocks and natural fixtures.
McManus explained that speakers actually contained rock material in the resin when building the devices. The company also has speakers that are disguised as planters which emit sound from underneath the fixture, letting the sound swell out and about. One of the great features of the planter itself is that it not only houses a speaker, but can actually also serve as a planter as well.
The subwoofers can be buried underneath the ground and have mushroom or rock coverings for the direct burial applications. Also available are above ground systems also buried with the rock housings.
The speakers themselves are usually hardwired using Cat-5 or speaker wire but wireless appli-cations are also available. The wireless signal can reach about 250’ and power multiple speak-ers at once.
The water-proof, fade-resistant speakers have become a fixture at amusement parks, according to McManus.
SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment was the object of much speculation prior to the show with rumors of a purchase, new rides or maybe a new direction all bandied about. At the convention today, they announced the addition of several new rides to their parks in 2019 and beyond.
IAAPA named David Rosenberg, vice president, Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Califor-nia, US, as the organization's chairman of the board for 2019. Rosenberg will be the first repre-sentative from the zoo and aquarium community to lead the association.
Previously, Rosenberg served in leadership positions at Hyatt Hotels Corporation. He began his career in the attractions industry at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Rosenberg has served on the IAAPA Board of Directors since 2014 and has chaired the Global Membership and Zoo and Aquarium Committees. In 2015, he received IAAPA's "Outstanding Service Award" for his contributions to the global attractions industry.
He has served on the Executive Committee for Monterey County Hospitality Association, an or-ganization representing attractions, golf courses, hotels, and resorts throughout Northern Califor-nia. In addition, Rosenberg sits on the Academic Advisory Committee for California State Uni-versity, Monterey Bay, is an active member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and re-cently finished his term on the Board of Directors for "Voices for Children," which advocates for foster youth.
The IAAPA officers for 2019 include:
2019 IAAPA Officers:
Chairman – David Rosenberg, vice president, Monterey Bay Aquarium, United States
First Vice Chairman – Amanda Thompson OBE, managing director, Blackpool Pleasure Beach Ltd., and president, Stageworks Worldwide Productions, United Kingdom
Second Vice Chairman – Ken Whiting, president, Whiting's Foods at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, United States
Treasurer – Charles "Hank" Salemi, president, Six Flags Great America, United States
Immediate Past Chairman – Andreas Andersen, CEO and president, Liseberg Group, Sweden
IAAPA President and CEO – Hal McEvoy, IAAPA
The following IAAPA members were also elected to serve the associa-tion on its board of directors in 2019:
New Facility and Life Directors:
Ted Molter, chief marketing officer, San Diego Zoo Global, United States
Anne Rashford, director of special exhibitions, Museum of Science and Industry, United States
Ash Smart, deputy managing and financial director, Harbour Park, United Kingdom
New Past Chairman Director:
Robert "Bob" Rippy, president, Jungle Rapids/Wrightsville Farms Man-agement Group, Inc., United States
New Manufacturer and Supplier Committee Chair / Director:
Franceen Gonzales, EVP of business development, WhiteWater West Industries, United States
New Latin America Regional Advisory Committee Chair / Director:
Luciana Periales, CEO, Neverland, Argentina
New Asia-Pacific Regional Advisory Committee Chair / Director:
Luke Riley, senior vice president of international development, Village Roadshow Theme Parks, Hong Kong, China
Italian ride manufacturer Zamperla,announced at the show that they do-nated a new Happy Swing ride to Give Kids The World Village (GKTW), the Central Florida nonprofit that provides cost-free wish trips to critically ill children and their families.
The modified Happy Swing ride is wheelchair accessible and will be available for both adults and children to ride.
“The entire Zamperla family has been a treasured partner of the Village for many years,” said Pamela Landwirth, president & CEO, Give Kids The World. “We are truly grateful for their generous donation and con-tinued commitment to helping us give families a once-in-a-lifetime expe-rience. Their understanding of the special needs of our families, and in-genuity to create something everyone can enjoy, means so much to all of us. This new swing will be a magical addition to the Village and a wonderful gift for the precious children we serve.”
This is Zamperla’s third ride donation to GKTW. The new swing, along with a train called JJ’s Express and a pedal-powered flyer called Lori’s Magical Flight, provide accessible and magical rides for children at the Village.
“Give Kids The World brings joy and happiness to children, and that is what we do at Zamperla, too,” said Alberto Zamperla, president & CEO, Zamperla. “We are honored to provide our rides to the families who stay at the Village and hopefully help create special memories for them.”
Coverage of the 2018 IAAPA Attractions Expo begins Tuesday! Check back for continued coverage!