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PROMOTION
Behind the Scenes of IAAPA Expo 2022 with Michael Shelton
01 Nov 2022
IAAPA Expo will take place on 14-18 November 2022 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. / IAAPA
There is no place like IAAPA Expo, it’s the place to take in the most exciting sights, smells, tastes, and sensations that will take your career and attraction to new heights! The excitement, energy and opportunity are palpable. Whether on the show floor, in a session, or at a networking event, these invaluable experiences will inspire innovation now and in the future. We sat down with Michael Shelton to give you a behind-the-scenes look of IAAPA Expo, November 14–18, 2022 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Every year IAAPA Expo outperforms the last! What is new and exciting in 2022?

Each year we strive to enhance the visitor experience as IAAPA Expo is your destination for best practices, new perspectives, eye-opening ideas, and innovative products and services.

Here you can discover new ways to grow attendance, strengthen safety practices, guarantee guest happiness, and increase visitor spending. This year you can see innovation first-hand with over 1,000 exhibitors showcasing their products and make connections with more than 25,000 attendees all looking for new ways to enhance their guests’ experiences.

And that’s just a taste of what’s in store for you at IAAPA Expo!

The educational sessions this year are impressive. What sessions are you most looking forward to attending?

It’s so hard to choose, as the program is packed full of innovation, opportunity, and excitement about the future of attractions. If I had to choose, and in no particular order, I’m exited to hear from Owner and Creator of Gideon's Bakehouse, Steven Lewis, the Sublime Prince of the Esoteric Order of Cookie, to learn how he went from a 286 square foot bakery to its first flagship location in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

I’m eager to hear from Tom Mehrmann, President & COO, Universal Parks and Resorts, Pacific Rim as he will share his personal journey and the positioning of Universal Studios today with an outlook on the dynamic prospects ahead at the Leadership Breakfast*.

I’m also thrilled to have Andrew Wexler, CEO, Herschend Family Entertainment, as the keynote
presentation at this year’s Lunch and Learn as he will share insights into the company’s love strategy that has helped grow a 1950’s cave tour into one of North America’s largest family-owned attractions businesses.

What are you personally looking forward to at this year's Expo?

Our industry is always on the cutting edge of technology and creating great guest experiences. Every year I look forward to seeing the latest products that our industry has developed and how it will shape the future of themed entertainment. The show floor is a sight to be seen and there is no shortage of new ideas. Most of all, I look forward to seeing industry colleagues and meeting new attendees who are experiencing this incredible show for the first time.

How is registration going — are attendees ready to be back on site?

Absolutely! At six weeks out, we have nearly 45 percent more registered attendees compared to this time last year. We even just announced we contracted with our 1,000th exhibitor supporting the importance of IAAPA Expo and why it’s the premier event for the global attractions industry.

Even some of the special ticketed events like the Museum and Science Center Reception, Zoo and Aquarium Experience, and the EDUTour: Jurassic World Velocicoaster are nearing capacity.

We're very excited to gather the industry together in a big way at IAAPA Expo this fall.
I would be remiss if I didn't include a shameless plug for registering. Knowing that our attendees need as much flexibility as possible, we've extended our early pricing through Nov. 11, so you can save up to 30 per cent when you register.

*Formerly GM’s and Owners
IAAPA / International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
Address: 1448 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314, USA
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Gantner rebrands to Vintia, joins Salto Wecosystem
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Zero Latency launches free roam VR zombie experience
VR technology company Zero Latency has launched its immersive free-roam VR zombie game Outbreak.
Maurer Rides introduces Spike Waterfight
Rollercoaster and ride designer and manufacturer Maurer Rides has announced its latest concept, the Spike Waterfight, which allows spectators and rollercoaster riders to soak one another with water cannons.
Triotech launches new dark ride Primordial
Media based attractions creator Triotech has announced the opening of its latest attraction, a next generation interactive dark coaster installed at Lagoon Park in Salt Lake City, Utah, US.
Maurer Rides presents new Speed Chaser concept
Rollercoaster designer and manufacturer Maurer Rides presented its new Speed Chaser coaster concept at IAAPA Expo Europe.
Merlin Entertainments and Immersive Gamebox announce global partnership
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Small Footprint, Big Significance: Studio City Water Park
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How surf simulators are transforming the experience economy
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PROMOTION
Behind the Scenes of IAAPA Expo 2022 with Michael Shelton
01 Nov 2022
IAAPA Expo will take place on 14-18 November 2022 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. / IAAPA
There is no place like IAAPA Expo, it’s the place to take in the most exciting sights, smells, tastes, and sensations that will take your career and attraction to new heights! The excitement, energy and opportunity are palpable. Whether on the show floor, in a session, or at a networking event, these invaluable experiences will inspire innovation now and in the future. We sat down with Michael Shelton to give you a behind-the-scenes look of IAAPA Expo, November 14–18, 2022 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Every year IAAPA Expo outperforms the last! What is new and exciting in 2022?

Each year we strive to enhance the visitor experience as IAAPA Expo is your destination for best practices, new perspectives, eye-opening ideas, and innovative products and services.

Here you can discover new ways to grow attendance, strengthen safety practices, guarantee guest happiness, and increase visitor spending. This year you can see innovation first-hand with over 1,000 exhibitors showcasing their products and make connections with more than 25,000 attendees all looking for new ways to enhance their guests’ experiences.

And that’s just a taste of what’s in store for you at IAAPA Expo!

The educational sessions this year are impressive. What sessions are you most looking forward to attending?

It’s so hard to choose, as the program is packed full of innovation, opportunity, and excitement about the future of attractions. If I had to choose, and in no particular order, I’m exited to hear from Owner and Creator of Gideon's Bakehouse, Steven Lewis, the Sublime Prince of the Esoteric Order of Cookie, to learn how he went from a 286 square foot bakery to its first flagship location in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort.

I’m eager to hear from Tom Mehrmann, President & COO, Universal Parks and Resorts, Pacific Rim as he will share his personal journey and the positioning of Universal Studios today with an outlook on the dynamic prospects ahead at the Leadership Breakfast*.

I’m also thrilled to have Andrew Wexler, CEO, Herschend Family Entertainment, as the keynote
presentation at this year’s Lunch and Learn as he will share insights into the company’s love strategy that has helped grow a 1950’s cave tour into one of North America’s largest family-owned attractions businesses.

What are you personally looking forward to at this year's Expo?

Our industry is always on the cutting edge of technology and creating great guest experiences. Every year I look forward to seeing the latest products that our industry has developed and how it will shape the future of themed entertainment. The show floor is a sight to be seen and there is no shortage of new ideas. Most of all, I look forward to seeing industry colleagues and meeting new attendees who are experiencing this incredible show for the first time.

How is registration going — are attendees ready to be back on site?

Absolutely! At six weeks out, we have nearly 45 percent more registered attendees compared to this time last year. We even just announced we contracted with our 1,000th exhibitor supporting the importance of IAAPA Expo and why it’s the premier event for the global attractions industry.

Even some of the special ticketed events like the Museum and Science Center Reception, Zoo and Aquarium Experience, and the EDUTour: Jurassic World Velocicoaster are nearing capacity.

We're very excited to gather the industry together in a big way at IAAPA Expo this fall.
I would be remiss if I didn't include a shameless plug for registering. Knowing that our attendees need as much flexibility as possible, we've extended our early pricing through Nov. 11, so you can save up to 30 per cent when you register.

*Formerly GM’s and Owners
IAAPA / International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
Address: 1448 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314, USA
PRODUCT NEWS
Vietnam Van Gogh exhibition uses VIOSO-powered immersive installations
Twenty-five cameras, nine servers, 70 projectors and a range of AV technologies are being used to bring the art of Van Gogh to life in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
SpongeBob’s Crazy Carnival Ride opens at Circus Circus in Las Vegas
Sally Dark Rides has celebrated the opening of its newest interactive adventure SpongeBob’s Crazy Carnival Ride.
Triotech’s new Superblaster ride launches
Triotech has announced that its latest innovation, SuperBlaster, is ready to ship worldwide.
Gantner rebrands to Vintia, joins Salto Wecosystem
Formerly known as Gantner Ticketing, Vintia is a state-of-the-art ticketing and booking solution for the leisure industry and the newest addition to the Salto Wecosystem.
HYPERVSN holographic display launched at MSG Sphere
Technology company HPERVSN has created its largest ever holographic display for music and entertainment venue MSG Sphere Las Vegas.
Zero Latency launches free roam VR zombie experience
VR technology company Zero Latency has launched its immersive free-roam VR zombie game Outbreak.
Maurer Rides introduces Spike Waterfight
Rollercoaster and ride designer and manufacturer Maurer Rides has announced its latest concept, the Spike Waterfight, which allows spectators and rollercoaster riders to soak one another with water cannons.
Triotech launches new dark ride Primordial
Media based attractions creator Triotech has announced the opening of its latest attraction, a next generation interactive dark coaster installed at Lagoon Park in Salt Lake City, Utah, US.
Maurer Rides presents new Speed Chaser concept
Rollercoaster designer and manufacturer Maurer Rides presented its new Speed Chaser coaster concept at IAAPA Expo Europe.
Merlin Entertainments and Immersive Gamebox announce global partnership
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COMPANY PROFILES
Sally Corporation

Our services include: Dark ride design & build; Redevelopment of existing attractions; High-quality [more...]
Taylor Made Designs

Taylor Made Designs (TMD) has been supplying the Attractions, Holiday Park, Zoos and Theme Park mark [more...]
Red Raion

Founded in 2014, Red Raion is the CGI studio for media-based attractions. [more...]
Polin Waterparks

Polin was founded in Istanbul in 1976. Polin has since grown into a leading company in the waterpa [more...]
+ More profiles  
FEATURED SUPPLIER

Red Raion expands global presence with new Riyadh office
Red Raion, the CGI studio for media-based attractions, has announced the opening of its new office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. [more...]
CATALOGUE GALLERY
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DIRECTORY
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06-06 Jun 2024

National Attractions Marketing Conference

Drayton Manor Theme Park & Resort, Tamworth, United Kingdom
06-07 Jun 2024

World Sauna Forum 2024

Sataman Viilu , Jyväskylä, Finland
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