‘IAAPA Celebrates at Universal Orlando® Resort’ to Take Place Thursday, Nov.20, During IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014

For Immediate Release

Event to Feature Exclusive Access to the All-New 
The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM – Diagon AlleyTM

(Aug. 4, 2014) – Today, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) released details for “IAAPA Celebrates at Universal Orlando® Resort,” which will take place Thursday, Nov. 20, during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014. Expo participants will mix and mingle with new contacts, long-time business partners, and industry friends during this private, professional networking event. IAAPA Attractions Expo is expected to draw more than 27,000 attractions industry professionals and is the largest annual conference and trade show for the $24 billion global attractions industry. The Expo takes place Nov. 17-21 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

IAAPA Celebrates attendees will have unlimited access to the all-new The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM – Diagon AlleyTM at Universal Studios Florida® and The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM – HogsmeadeTM at Universal’s Islands of Adventure® after the theme parks close to the public. Attendees can enjoy Diagon AlleyTM including the multi-dimensional thrill ride “Harry Potter and the Escape from GringottsTM”, board the HogwartsTM Express to travel between Diagon AlleyTM and HogsmeadeTM, and experience the next generation of thrill rides “TRANSFORMERSTM: The Ride-3D”, which fuses high-definition 3-D film and flight simulation technology.

“We are thrilled to join with Universal Orlando® Resort to offer our Expo attendees this exclusive experience,” said IAAPA President and CEO Paul Noland. “IAAPA Celebrates builds on the energy of an Expo week full of can’t-miss networking events at world-class venues showcasing the industry’s newest rides and technology.”

The week will start off Monday, Nov. 17, with a fantasy-filled evening event, “IAAPA Connects at New Fantasyland at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park,” which offers attendees exclusive access to New Fantasyland.

Tickets for each event cost US$149; IAAPA members can purchase tickets for US$104. An IAAPA Connects and IAAPA Celebrates Combo Ticket is being offered exclusively to IAAPA members for US$175. Combo tickets are limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. All prices are in addition to IAAPA Attractions Expo registration. More information and event details are available at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo. Information regarding sponsorship opportunities is available by contacting Emily Popovich at epopovich@IAAPA.org.

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 is the premier conference and trade show for the $24 billion global amusement park and attractions industry. Trade Show News Network ranks IAAPA Attractions Expo as the 28th largest trade show in North America. With its theme “Big Starts Here,” the show will take place in Orlando, Florida, and draw more than 27,000 industry professionals from more than 90 countries to the Orange County Convention Center from Monday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 21. The 500,000-net-square-foot trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 18, through Friday, Nov. 21. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 is the gathering place for attraction industry leaders, decision makers, and visionaries to view the latest innovations, plan for the future, learn from each other, and network. Additional information can be found at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo.

About IAAPA
Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions, and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. The association’s global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States, and it maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, and Hong Kong. www.IAAPA.org

Contact Information
Press Office: +1 703/299-5127
Colleen Mangone: cmangone@IAAPA.org
David Mandt: dmandt@IAAPA.org

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