IAAPA Leadership Summit 2020 Heads to Sunny Los Angeles
The City of Angels is famous for being one of the entertainment capitals of the world as a hub for the arts, moviemaking, television, music, and attractions. From March 11 to 13, IAAPA Leadership Summit 2020 will tap into the creativity, culture, and charm found around the surrounding areas of Los Angeles, California, by taking attractions industry professionals on a journey to explore theme parks, attractions, and entertainment facilities as participants gain new perspectives and insights that spark ideas and inspire innovation.
Attendees will have exclusive access to several of Los Angeles’ most celebrated attractions as they go behind the scenes, discover best practices, take part in one-of-a-kind experiences, and hear from industry leaders, while networking with new and familiar connections in California’s most populous city.
Following IAAPA Leadership Summit 2020, attendees have the opportunity to continue the summit experience by participating in a Post Tour to Las Vegas, Nevada, from March 14 to 16.
What to Expect
IAAPA Leadership Summit is returning to the United States after two years of being held outside of the country and will highlight the theme of fostering innovation through creativity. Throughout the event, attendees will hear from keynote speakers and panelists at the SLS Hotel.
The summit’s first day will begin with a welcome from IAAPA President and CEO Hal McEvoy, ICAE, and 2020 IAAPA Chairman of the Board Amanda Thompson OBE, ICAE. The opening keynote speaker will be Jill Estorino, executive vice president of global marketing and sales for Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products. Estorino and her team are responsible for marketing and selling Disney destinations, products, experiences, and signature vacations around the world. Estorino’s career with The Walt Disney Company began with travel trade sales in domestic and international markets for Walt Disney World Resort, and she has since held a variety of site-based and global leadership roles.
Following a networking lunch, attendees will board buses to visit Disneyland Resort and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land, which opened at Disneyland Park in May 2019. There, they will hear from a panel of industry veterans and enjoy free time in the park, ending with a reception.
The summit’s second day will kick off with a breakfast featuring a “Women in Power Panel” set to motivate and empower. Attendees will then spend the day touring two different locations. First, the tour will start at Six Flags Magic Mountain, where attendees will enjoy lunch and discover the park’s rides, live entertainment, shops, and food and beverage offerings. Second, attendees will visit DreamWorks Animation to listen to a presentation and participate in an interactive experience, followed by a reception.
IAAPA Leadership Summit 2020 will conclude with a closing keynote on the final day by Jake Wood, co-founder and CEO of Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains, and deploys military veterans to disaster zones around the world and within the United States. As a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, Wood deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a scout sniper and earned the Navy-Marine Commendation Medal. He is a veterans’ advocate and the author of “Take Command” on leadership and molding military service for good. Lastly, attendees will embark on one more tour to an area attraction.
IAAPA Leadership Summit 2020 will tour several facilities around the Los Angeles area. Here’s a look at a few of them:
Disneyland Resort – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Disneyland Resort opened Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on May 31, 2019. Spanning more than 14 acres at Disneyland Park, it is the largest and most technologically advanced single-themed land expansion ever in a Disney park, along with its sister Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida. The new land invites guests to become immersed in their own Star Wars adventures as they explore a remote planet named Batuu, which is full of unique sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and experiences. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge features two attractions: “Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run” and “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.” Black Spire Outpost is a marketplace where guests can shop, try galactic food and drink, and encounter Star Wars characters. A variety of themed dining and merchandise locations are spread out around Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Six Flags Magic Mountain is a 260-acre theme park that features world-class roller coasters and more than 100 rides, games, and attractions. Among the park’s thrill rides are “West Coast Racers,” a new racing launch coaster; “CraZanity,” a pendulum ride that reaches a record-breaking 170 feet in the air, reaching speeds up to 75 mph; hybrid coaster “Twisted Colossus”; looping and backward coaster “Full Throttle”; “Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom” drop tower; and more. Within Six Flags Magic Mountain is Bugs Bunny World, a 6-acre, interactive land with numerous rides and attractions for kids and families that is home to iconic “Looney Tunes” characters, including Daffy Duck, Sylvester, and Bugs Bunny.
DreamWorks Animation is behind well-known animated movies and franchises including “Shrek,” “Trolls,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Madagascar,” and “The Boss Baby,” as well as TV series like “Trollhunters,” “Spirit Riding Free,” and “All Hail King Julien.” The animation studio brings to life stories for audiences of all ages with lovable, unconventional heroes, inspiring journeys, entertaining characters, genuine emotion, and original worlds. DreamWorks Animation’s 9-acre campus in Glendale, California, sees through every aspect of a production and houses more than 1,200 employees in the feature film division—800 of whom are artists and 3D animators, and 200 of whom are technologists and engineers. DreamWorks’ cast of artists, storytellers, engineers, and innovators have created 36 animated feature films in the last 25 years, generating more than $15 billion at the global box office.
SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE*
Wednesday, March 11
7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
9 – 9:15 a.m.
Hal McEvoy, ICAE, IAAPA President and CEO, and Amanda Thompson OBE, ICAE, 2020 IAAPA Chairman of the Board
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Opening Keynote Speaker
Jill Estorino, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing and Sales for Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
2:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Visit to Disneyland Resort – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Depart for Hotel
Arrival to Hotel
Thursday, March 12
8:30 – 10 a.m.
Breakfast: Women in Power Panel
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tour of Six Flags Magic Mountain
3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Visit to DreamWorks Animation
Depart for Hotel
Arrival to Hotel
Friday, March 13
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Closing Keynote Speaker
Jake Wood, Co-Founder and CEO of Team Rubicon
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 14 – Monday, March 16
Post Tour in Las Vegas, Nevada
*Schedule, offerings, and speakers as of Nov. 26, 2019, subject to change.