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IAAPA Adds Major New Networking Event to 2014 Expo Line Up

For Immediate Release

 ‘IAAPA Connects at New Fantasyland at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park’ 
Set for Monday, Nov. 17

(June 3, 2014) – In keeping with IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014’s theme of “Big Starts Here,” IAAPA officials have expanded the list of networking opportunities with the addition of “IAAPA Connects at New Fantasyland at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park” on Monday, Nov. 17. IAAPA Connects will start the week off with a fantasy-filled evening at the Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort, with exclusive access to New Fantasyland. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 is owned and produced by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 17-21.

IAAPA Connects at New Fantasyland at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park – Monday, Nov. 17
This unique networking event is designed exclusively for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 participants to reconnect with industry friends and form new business relationships before they step on the trade show floor Tuesday morning. Attendees will enjoy a number of attractions at New Fantasyland including: the “Seven Dwarfs Mine Train” roller coaster, “Dumbo the Flying Elephant,” and more. The evening will also feature Disney’s nighttime spectacular “Celebrate the Magic.” IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 registration is required to purchase a ticket for this event, which will take place from 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17. Tickets are US$149; IAAPA members can purchase tickets for US$104.

“So much of the attractions industry is experiential and IAAPA Connects allows Expo participants to start the week by joining colleagues to experience Disney’s latest innovations firsthand,” said IAAPA President and CEO Paul Noland. “As everyone begins to register for IAAPA Attractions Expo, I encourage them to plan accordingly and arrive in time to participate in this can’t-miss event.”

IAAPA Celebrates at Universal Orlando Resort – Thursday, Nov. 20
The IAAPA Connects event is in addition to IAAPA Celebrates, which will take place Thursday, Nov. 20 from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Universal Orlando Resort. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 participants will enjoy exclusive access to select locations within Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure with unlimited access to some rides and attractions. Additional event details will be available this summer. Tickets are US$149; IAAPA members can purchase tickets for US$104.

Event Combo Ticket Available for IAAPA Members
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. Sponsorship opportunities are 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 global amusement park and attractions industry. 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 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.

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.

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