Monday, December 06, 2004
Hey boys and girls, FMB spitting mad game as I share my IAAPA report with you. I had a great time this year as I big pimped at the Quality Inn, had some good eats at the Golden Corral and Western Sizzlin‚ buffets and got 50 rides on Hulk. Booyaa! Anyway, you industry types probably want to know what I found interesting on the show floor.
Premier Rides: Go-Karts and refurbishment, it was non-stop excitement here.
Intamin: Told to leave. Fuckers.
B&M: I made their trade show lackey my bitch and we talked about the B&M restraints for hours.
S&S: Stan handed out a lot of raw meat, but only if guests rode his new Screamin' Swing.
Pinfari: The size of their booth indicated that the mob is no longer financing their failures.
Vekoma: I hurt my head just walking by.
Zamperla: Disk'O - Guys, I rode this last year, bring me something new!
Gerstlauer: Learn how to speak our language, American.
Robocoaster: I am so glad they invest the time, money and effort to bring us concepts too impractical and expensive for anyone to buy.
ARM: Who knew a tower ride could be ghetto fab?
Sellner: I liked your new swing ride when Chance debuted it over 30 years ago.
Noble Romans, Dippin' Dots, Steak-Ums, Super Pretzel and Pepsi: The best booths on the floor!
Visionland amusement park recently announced its acquisition of a used Vekoma Boomerang coaster for the 2005 season. To date, most news reports have assumed that the installation would be a standard one, but ARN&R has received a few leaked details that will make the coaster something special:
- Most notably, the coaster will be installed in the front grassy area of the park, placed up on cinder blocks. "That will allow us to get right up under it to work on it, and really get it working, and it also allows us to move to a different trailer park, er, amusement park, if we need to," said the Visionland source.
- The park will purchase the optional porch build-out. "This makes it look different than all the rest and really adds the classy touch."
- The park will also purchase the optional extra half-bath. "So if we've got some neighbors over for NASCAR or just a few Schlitzes, they can drain the weasel right there without having to go down the hall."
At press time, the park had not decided whether to pay the extra $900 for mirrors on the ceiling.