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IAAPA Rookies and Newcomers: FEC 101


Event Type: Education
Venue: In-Person
Region: IAAPA Global
Member Price: $600 | Nonmember Price: $800
Credit Hour(s): 14

Join experts in family entertainment center (FEC) management as they share insights and experiences to help individuals develop, plan, and operate an FEC. This 3-day program, which begins on Saturday, is a hands-on, “soup-to-nuts” program designed for anyone who wants to become an FEC operator, as well as those looking for advice to help expand their network, strengthen critical thinking skills, and develop problem-solving traits that will help grow their business. The multi-day program also addresses researching the local marketplace and walks attendees through day-to-day operations activities. Participants will earn credit hours toward IAAPA certification. 

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TRANSPORTATION: Transportation is not provided to the Welcome Reception, Andretti’s Indoor Karting & Games, or the FEC Reception. Transportation is provided for the EDUTour to Fun Spot America. Buses depart from Andretti’s Indoor Karting & Games at 5:30 p.m. Participants may drive separately; free on-site parking available. If driving separately, plan to arrive at 6 p.m. when doors open. Buses return to the OCCC South Concourse from Fun Spot America beginning at 9 p.m. The final bus departs at 10 p.m. 

FOOD AND BEVERAGE: Includes reception at Main Event, lunch at Andretti’s Indoor Karting & Games, dinner at Fun Spot America, Lunch and Learn at OCCC, and FEC reception at Hyatt International.

NOTES: Must be 18 years or older to attend, 21 or older to consume beer or wine. Course fee includes: tuition and support materials, welcome reception at Main Event, EDUTour to Fun Spot America on Sunday, reserved seating at Monday's Lunch and Learn event, EXPO registration, and a certificate of attendance. Tickets should be purchased in advance, as space is limited and may sell out. 

Program Faculty Information

Your Fee Includes

  • Main Event reception on Saturday

  • Education, materials, continental breakfast, lunch at Andretti’s Indoor Karting and Games, Sunday

  • Dinner and behind-the-scenes tour of Fun Spot America, Sunday

  • Education sessions on Monday morning at the Orange County Convention Center

  • Lunch and Learn on Monday

  • FEC Reception at the Hyatt on Monday evening

  • Badge and registration for the trade show /including education sessions*

* This applies to members only *non-members must purchase an additional education badge to attend sessions other than Rookies)


Supporting Organization

Flagship Carpets


Location: Main Event International Drive

Location: Andretti's Indoor Karting & Games
Location: Fun Spot America (transportation provided)

Behind the scenes Edu-tour, including dinner at Fun Spot America.

Location: Orange County Convention Center (OCCC)

Followed by optional education electives.

Location: Orange County Convention Center (OCCC)

Featuring George Walker from Universal Creative.

Location: Hyatt Regency Orlando