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donations. Zamperla even donated a ride to the GKTW village!


The event completed a year of back-to-back growth for IAAPA’s trio of international trade shows. Not allowing for overlap between the three, more than 50,250 people combined participated in the Orlando Expo, Asian Attractions Expo in Beijing and Euro Attractions Show in Amsterdam. “The continued growth of all three expos is representative of the strength of the attractions business worldwide,” said IAAPA President and CEO Paul Noland. “The record number of press announcements this week is an example of the industry’s commitment to innovation.” "We feel we have fewer people here than the year before," mused Albert Zamperla. "Bad weather and the growing European and Asian shows have discouraged people from coming to Orlando."


Bigger booths?


The expansive trade show floor, measuring 551,975 net square feet (51,280 sq m), was sold out as far back as September and the outdoor space was the largest in the event’s history. With slightly less exhibitors (1,098) than a few years ago, we can only assume they are now taking bigger booths as confidence returns to the industry. Park operators seemed delighted with what they found: "This has been a fantastic show," beamed Rick Knoebel, Knoebel's Amusement Resort, Pennsylvania. "My dad [Dick] was inducted into the IAAPA Hall of Fame. We were able to introduce many new people to vendors and suppliers they had only heard about. I really liked the Strike-U-Up and Spin-U-Win from Skyline Attractions." "I came here looking for plush, souvenirs, rides, parts and games," explained Chris Maier of New Jersey’s Land of Make Believe, "If it wasn't for IAAPA I couldn't be in business today. It's a good show. It's like going to a super mall where all your amusement park and waterpark needs are under one roof." “For me," said Matt Ouimet, the Cedar Fair supremo, "the Expo confirmed the vitality of the industry and the quality of individuals who have


chosen to commit their careers to this space. Specific to Cedar Fair, we had discussions with several companies that will undoubtedly make our guest experiences better, as well as our business results.” Exhibitors were pleased with the gathering, too.


"We've been extremely busy," admitted Marko Schulze, Huss Park Attractions. "We have more projects in China, and Europe is coming back. The first day started slowly, but we've been busy for the past two days." “The show has been very good,” agreed Mondial Rides’ Froukje Knijpstra. “It could well be because of the economy. We’ve had some very good conversations with customers from throughout the world, including the US. Europe is still a little slow, but we’ve got new rides coming for 2015 and 2016, including our biggest ever observation wheel, which will go to France later next year.” "It has been a great show for us," acknowledged Rich Allen, S&S Sansei Technologies. "We've been extremely busy. What's driven a lot of it is the 4D FreeFly for Six Flags Fiesta Texas." “The show’s been fantastic for us because of the


The outdoor exhibit area, featuring the products of ARM/Larson, Bob’s Space Racers, Kristallturm and S&S


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