Largest theme park expo hits Central Florida

By Julie Broughton - Anchor

ORLANDO, Fla. - The world's largest theme park expo is in town, bringing along with it big bucks for Central Florida.

The IAPPA Attractions Expo is expected to attract 26,000 guests and bring $48 million in the Orlando-area economy.

[PICS: Local 6 gets peek at expo]

The expo features 500-thousand square feet of exhibit space. That's about nine miles of anything and everything you could find a theme park, ranging from games, food and thrill rides.

Like many of the one thousand exhibitors, the Sally Corporation is debuting a new attraction, Zombie Apocalypse The Ride. Lauren Wood Weaver of the Sally Corporation tells Local 6 the company specializes in the dark ride concept...and is hoping zombies invade a theme park near you.

"I mean, who doesn't love flesh-eating zombies? They're big in media and TV and it's a concept that will never die."

Chilly Ribbons is new to the expo. This Central-Florida based company describes its produce as "shaved snow," which is low in both sugar and calories.

"We take a solid block, spin it at 200 RPMs, and shave off a thin ribbon,' said owner Scott Colwell.

Local 6 found one coaster set up right on the convention floor. The Spinning Coaster already sold, and will soon head to its new home at Daytona Lagoon.

The event runs through Friday. Tickets for non-IAAPA members run around $300. For more information, click here.

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