Andamiro stages biggest ever IAAPA exhibit; Jurassic World and Ticket Man draw crowds of showgoers
ORLANDO, FL, Nov. 22, 2019—The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions concluded its four-day product exhibit on Nov. 22 here, reaching new highs for visitors and exhibitors. Andamiro, exhibiting at the colossal show for its 19th consecutive year, recorded some of its own mileposts, too.
According to the association, a record 42,600 people attended this year’s IAAPA Expo, including 27,800 qualified buyers from amusement parks, water parks, family entertainment centers (FECs), zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, resorts, and attractions from around the world. This year’s show floor occupied some 585,000 square feet at the Orange County Convention Center.
For its part, Andamiro booked its largest IAAPA booth ever, featuring 27 games in 1,800 square feet, compared with 21 games in 1,200 square feet at the 2018 expo. IAAPA’s annual convention and trade show, which dates back almost 100 years, has been the arcade amusement sector’s main exhibition for the past 10 years, and Andamiro’s level of participation continues to increase.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It’s the first redemption attraction inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster “Jurassic Park” film franchise. The 100% skill game is simple and addictively fun gameplay: press start button, wait for model toy truck to roll back to start position and push truck up the track, trying to align with the BIGWIN! marker to win the bonus. Tickets are won with every play, based on where the truck stops, and meticulous graphics and sounds abound. With two player stations, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom measures 55” wide by 118” deep – about the size of two skee-ball lanes. JWFK is shipping now.
Ticket Man, a magnetic crane picks up metal coins with ticket values, also made an IAAPA Expo debut. It’s available in either a basic or enhanced version; the latter is outfitted with an onboard self-redeeming system. Ticket Man, part of Andamiro’s Coin Catcher series, employs a revolving drum that holds souvenir coins that can be picked up by a magnet. The Ticket Man character and game motif were created by Andamiro exclusively for ticket redemption operations. Ships with 2,000 “Krypto” ticket coins, and it measures 31” wide x 41” deep by 84” high. Ticket Man begins shipping in late-December.
Well suited for street locations and FECs, Soccer Safari drew lots of interest from all types of operators visiting Andamiro’s IAAPA booth. Andamiro’s new compact power-shooting game dispenses 2” balls or round capsules. It is available in standard Soccer Safari or licensed SpongeBob graphics, which adds only $200 to the price. It’s bill acceptor ready and includes dual coin comparitors. Soccer Safari will be available in early January.
Introduced earlier this year, Andamiro’s Basketball Pro lineup made its first appearance at an IAAPA show. The exciting “pound and shoot” game is in two dedicated models: the original ticket redemption game and the DBA-ready, non-ticket Basketball Pro Fun Version. Its novel player interface is the size of a real basketball, and its air-powered shooting system allows the player to control all the shots. Basketball Pro’s compact footprint – 32” wide 38 deep x 98” high – is a perfect fit for bars and other street locations – but has more than enough appeal to stand out on the largest of game room floors. Both versions are available.
In addition to unveiling its newest games at the record-breaking IAAPA Expo, Andamiro highlighted its licensed portfolio. Andamiro has one of the largest collections of branded games. Current licenses include SpongeBob SquarePants and Paw Patrol from Nickelodeon and Viacom, and Despicable Me and Jurassic World from Universal, along with sports brands from World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., NFL Players Association and MLB Players Association. Andamiro offers almost a dozen games tied to these licenses. Under the spotlight at in IAAPA booth was SpongeBob Pineapple Arcade, a card-dispensing pusher game; Soccer Safari in a SpongeBob cabinet; Paw Patrol, a kids’ spinner; WWE Superstar Rumble, a fast-action steel ball shooter with cards; Despicable Me Jelly Lab, a coin shooter; and the aforementioned Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Rounding out the 2019 IAAPA exhibit were such Andamiro staples as Pump It Up, the world-renown rhythm and dance game; Monster Catcher and Tight Rope, two popular video redemption games; Safe Cracker, a merchandiser; Prize Aquarium, a 4” capsule game; and The Redeem Machine, a card kiosk.
“Every year at IAAPA Expo, amusement operators search for compelling games with the greatest earnings potential,” observed Andamiro USA president Drew Maniscalco. “This year, Andamiro offered an incredible lineup of innovative amusement products. While we expected heavy play, it was still amazing to witness people line up to play Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom…all day long, every day of the show.”
Founded in 1918, IAAPA represents more than 6,000 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than 100 countries. In 2020, IAAPA Expo returns to the Orange County Convention Center from Nov. 17 to 20.
Founded in 1992 and based near Seoul, South Korea, Andamiro is a leading designer and manufacturer of highly engineered electro-mechanical amusement devices and videogames. Andamiro maintains regional divisions in the U.S., China and Japan. The company’s customer base spans the globe and its mantra is “for ultimate happiness of all.”
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