November 16th, 2023 – The Orange County Convention Center on International Drive is literally the place where theme park dreams are made. Thousands of buyers from amusement parks across the globe descend on the 550,000+ square-foot (51,097 m2) sized show floor to check out over 1,000 different industry-related companies. From air-gate hinges to incredible thrill rides, the IAAPA Expo offers it all. CoasterForce were lucky enough to walk the show floor and see everything on offer. We covered all the big reveals and the interesting things we could find on our socials, but here’s a recap of the best thrill ride stuff…
First S&S Axis Coaster
Falcon’s Flight lead car
It will be the tallest (600+ feet, 183+ m), longest (2.5 miles, 4 km), and fastest (155+ mph, 250+ km/h) roller coaster in the world. And despite being in the Saudi Arabian desert at Six Flags Qiddiya, riders on this Intamin coaster won’t have to wear goggles due to the clever train design.
The Bobcat bites!
Fire in the Hole is hot!
It’s all Good Gravy at Holiday World
Slick B&M two-seats-a-row seater trains
Triotech innovates once again!
Hot Wheels, hot cred!
Sally’s super surprises
Dark ride animatronic supremos Sally Rides announced that two of their SpongeBob Crazy Carnival Rides will be opening at Land of the Legends in Turkey, and the Adventuredome in the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, USA, in 2024.
Nothing to see here at GCI‘s booth!
No fanfare, no fuss. They were causally sat right there on the show floor for all to see. Colossus coming to Six Flags Qiddiya.
Shooting for the stars
Top Thrill Reinvented
Thanks again to IAAPA for the opportunity to experience this incredible event, but the biggest cheers must go to the innovative and awesome manufacturers that keep on delivering the thrills and fun for all!