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IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 Offers Special Events and Networking Opportunities at World-Class Attractions

For Immediate Release

(July 31, 2013) – IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013, which takes place Nov. 18 – 22 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, Fla., features a wide variety of networking opportunities and special events designed to connect peers, inspire minds, and spur innovation. Participants will get behind-the-scenes looks at area attractions and time to interact with more than 26,000 attractions industry professionals from 100 countries.  IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 is owned and produced by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and it is the premier international business event for the global attractions industry.

Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Tours of Area Attractions
Guided behind-the-scenes tours offered at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 are specifically designed to allow registrants to experience area attractions as few others can. Facility tours include:

  • “Disney at Dawn” at Epcot, featuring a pre-opening facility tour and remarks from Epcot’s Vice President, Erin Youngs
  • Fun Spot America, granting attendees a look at the recently rebranded FEC in the middle of a two-part, $20 million expansion
  • Legoland Florida, exploring the new “World of Chima” and portions of the park’s 11 themed areas
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach, developed to give water park operators insights into the operations and design of the park
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios, including an exclusive back-of-house experience of “The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights,” hosted by members of the creative and production staff
  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, with a special visit to the new $100 million Space Shuttle Atlantis facility and shuttle launch experience 

Interact Informally with a Wide Variety of Industry Professionals
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 networking events will give attractions industry professionals an opportunity to hear fresh perspectives, absorb new ideas, and build their professional networks at breakfasts, lunches, and receptions held throughout the week. Some events are designed for participants from a specific region of the world, such as the Canadian and Asia-Pacific breakfasts, the Latin American Conference and Lunch, and the European Reception. Other events are specific to constituencies, including FECs, parks and attractions, water parks, carnivals and showmen, museums and science centers, young professionals, and more. A full schedule of events and ticket information is available at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo.

In addition, there are several opportunities to network with a broad-range of attractions industry professionals, such as IAAPA’s Lunch and Learn featuring George Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World; the Opening Reception; the GM and Owners’ Breakfast featuring Matt Ouimet, president and CEO of Cedar Fair Entertainment; and IAAPA Celebrates at SeaWorld Orlando, which will feature SeaWorld Orlando’s newest attraction, “Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.” The Lunch and Learn, Opening Reception, GM and Owners’ Breakfast, and IAAPA Celebrates are ticketed events. Ticket prices and additional event information are available at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo.  

“IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 features first-hand learning and networking opportunities that are unmatched in our industry,” said IAAPA President and CEO Paul Noland. “The information gained and relationships established at the Expo can be game changing for a company, and they have the potential to shape the future of the attractions business.”

IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 Kickoff Event
This high-energy event will jumpstart Expo week with industry-related news, performances, and a look at some of the new rides and attractions that debuted in 2013. IAAPA will also recognize the 2013 IAAPA Hall of Fame honorees and welcome Mario Mamon, chairman and CEO of Enchanted Kingdom in the Philippines as 2014 IAAPA chairman of the board. The event will take place at 8:15 a.m. in the OCCC.

Note: Expo registration is required for all events. Some events and tours require a separate ticket in addition to Expo registration. Tickets are limited and some events sell out quickly. Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. More information about the events and registration is available at www.IAAPA.org/expos/iaapa-attractions-expo-2013/events.

Sponsors: A list of current IAAPA Attractions Expo sponsors is available here. Additional information about sponsorship opportunities is available by contacting Emily Popovich at epopovich@IAAPA.org.  

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 is the largest conference and trade show in the world for the attractions industry. With its theme “Imagine the Possibilities,” the show will take place in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., from Monday, Nov. 18, through Friday, Nov. 22. The trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 19, through Friday, Nov. 22. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2013 offers a full week of business opportunities, networking events, and educational experiences, and features new ideas and products. www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo.

Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities and attractions and the industry’s suppliers, 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

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