Editor's Note - July 2018


Thank You

The magazine you’re holding in your hands is the 150th issue of Funworld I’ve helped publish, spanning the past 13-plus years. It’s also my last. 

By the time you read this, I will have left IAAPA to join the Walt Disney World public relations team. I’ve been a fan of the attractions industry since before I was tall enough to ride a roller coaster, so in the back of my mind I’ve always wondered what it would be like to work inside the business. And now I will get that chance. 

While I am thrilled for this amazing opportunity, it is very difficult to leave Funworld and IAAPA. This job literally showed me the world, and I am grateful for all the incredible experiences it’s given me and the wonderful people I’ve met and written about along the way. Thank you for inviting me into your attractions, your offices, and, in some cases, even your homes. Learning about the artistry, science, and passion poured into each new project has been revelatory for me.

I am also grateful for the privilege of working with so many great people from all over the globe, whose unparalleled talents coalesce around producing this magazine each month. Some I’ve known more than a decade, while others just joined us within the past year. But everyone who writes articles, takes photographs, edits copy, designs pages, or sells advertising for Funworld brings their absolute best to every issue. I will miss working with you tremendously. 

I also thank my current and former colleagues across IAAPA who have supported the magazine and me over the years, whether through story ideas, helping us make connections with members, or just being a sounding board. There are so many extraordinary people I’ve come to know through this job—people who have watched out for me and helped me learn and grow as a professional and as a person. I would not be where I am today without your influence. 

I guess it’s also fitting I am leaving during IAAPA’s centennial celebration. This period of my life is closing, just as the association is closing the books on an era and speeding toward a bright horizon. There are big plans for IAAPA’s future, and I’m glad I played a tiny part in helping the association arrive at this momentous point in its history. 

I’m excited to see where it all goes from here … because, after all, I’m an IAAPA member now!

Jeremy Schoolfield spent 13 years working on Funworld, the last five as editor-in-chief.