2014 was a BIG year for Sally at IAAPA!
By the second hour of the nearly week-long trade show, the halls were buzzing with excitement!
Weeks before the trade show, invitations to a SallyCorp + Six Flags event were delivered to a "lucky" few. Wrapped in green and purple-torn wrapping paper and laced with a heaping amount of confetti - this personalized invitation was from The Joker! Natually, the invite made a lot of "chatter" on social media, which made for a HUGE crowd on the IAAPA show floor.
All eyes were on Sally Corp CEO, John Wood as he revealed the "most anticipated announcement at the show".
He had something big to reveal....
Sally showcased new components of the Justice League : Battle For Metropolis interactive dark rides headed for Six Flags St. Louis and Six Flags Over Texas in 2015. After a brief summary of the storyline which features members of the Justice League in a fight to save Metropolis, Sally revealed for the first time, one of the ride’s star animatronic figures, the evil villain – The Joker.
After a short walk down the exhibit hall, the Sally press conference continued as a two-part announcement, an IAAPA first.
Sally, in conjunction with Oceaneering Entertainment Systems, unveiled the new, custom ride vehicle that will be used in the Six Flags Justice League: Battle For Metropolis attractions. “By incorporating the dynamic ride system created by Oceaneering, along with massive 3D screens, highly detailed scenery, and interactive game play, we can achieve the next generation of interactive thrills,” said John Wood, CEO of Sally Corporation.
The six-passenger, multi DOF motion-based ride vehicle (two rows of three) was custom designed by Sally and will feature 6 interactive blasters per vehicle and is capable of continuous 360 rotation.
The press conference was a success and everyone was excited to get to work!
From right to left : John Wood of Sally Corporation, Tom Iven of Six Flags, and Dave Mauck of Oceaneering.
Back at the Sally booth, there were other sites to behold...
Introducing, Zombie Apocalypse, the ride! Including this scary animatronic zombie!
Sally displayed another animatronic figure, one of Dr. Morphio - an American scientist who specialized in the nature of human subconscious and the nature of dreams.
Specially designed for Gröna Lund, this one-of-a-kind walk through attraction will feature animatronic characters and props, CGI video effects, live wire illumination, video projection, Pepper’s Ghost illusions, ultraviolet illumination, and live performers.
Another new concept Sally brought to the show was that of the Forbidden Island.
This amazing interactive adventure sends visitors on an unparalleled journey to a mysterious, uncharted volcanic island: the domain of Volcanikus, the legendary and feared Lord of Fire.
On the opposite side of the booth, a detailed model of Justice League: Alien Invasion 3D.
And of course, Cyborg was there to keep on eye on his nemesis, The Joker.
Who was of course, up to no good...
It may have been the prankster that brought us luck but, we were still very honored to receive IAAPA's prestigious Brass Ring Award.
And look who came to congratulate us, the IAAPA Board of Directors!
From left to right : Paul Noland, John Wood, Gerardo Arteaga Cerda, Mario Mamon, and John McReynolds.
From left to right : Rich Hill, John Wood, John Tedder, Lauren Wood Weaver, Greg Eccles, Donna Gentry, Drew Hunter, and Fitz Otis, of Sally Corporation.
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