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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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Provider of life-size animatronic dinosaurs Billings Productions has provided a Megalosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops for the atrium of Columbus Metropolitan Main Library, Columbus, US as part of a special autumn programme of activities.
Simworx unveils new cops and robbers ride concept
Attractions developer Simworx has teamed up with themed entertainment designers Katapult to design a cops and robbers themed ride concept for Simworx’s Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) Dark Ride.
Vennersys upgrades Clevedon Pier’s ticketing system
Integrated ticketing and visitor management firm Vennersys was asked by the Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust board to update their ticketing management system.
Eden project uses drones to spell out climate change warning
Almost 300 drones were used to signal an environmental message above the Eden Project’s biomes, during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).
Jaffe Holden helps bring Academy Museum of Motion Pictures alive
Acoustical consulting firm Jaffe Holden provided architectural acoustics and audio/video design services for the recently opened Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in LA, US.
Aardman collaborates with gaming venues to launch immersive Shaun the Sheep experience
Animation studio Aardman has announced a partnership with immersive group gaming experience providers Electric Gamebox to launch a game featuring Shaun the Sheep.
Giving the Gift of an experience has limitless benefits
As we emerge from the clutches of Covid and our freedom of movement is fully restored, giving the gift of an experience is more appealing than ever before.
Family business celebrates 40 years as leading ticketing solutions provider
A leading ticketing company that can boast Wembley Stadium as its first-ever client, is celebrating its 40th birthday this year.
Willen Lake, Milton Keynes’ most popular park is looking for two new voluntary, non-executive directors
Willen Lake is Milton Keynes’ most popular park and is home to a host of watersports and activities for the whole family. It has more than a million visitors a year, drawing people from all over the UK.
Future-proofing ticketing solutions with TOR Systems
TOR Systems, the UK’s leading ticketing, booking and CRM solutions provider, is urging tourism and heritage companies to future proof their ticketing solutions when procuring in the wake of the pandemic.
Vantage digitises Atlantis Dubai’s aquatic theme park guest journey
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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
AromaPrime releases most popular scents
Themed scent company AromaPrime has released its top 10 ‘weird and wacky’ smells over the past few years.
Billings Productions supplies dinosaurs to Columbus Zoo and Library
Provider of life-size animatronic dinosaurs Billings Productions has provided a Megalosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops for the atrium of Columbus Metropolitan Main Library, Columbus, US as part of a special autumn programme of activities.
Simworx unveils new cops and robbers ride concept
Attractions developer Simworx has teamed up with themed entertainment designers Katapult to design a cops and robbers themed ride concept for Simworx’s Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) Dark Ride.
Vennersys upgrades Clevedon Pier’s ticketing system
Integrated ticketing and visitor management firm Vennersys was asked by the Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust board to update their ticketing management system.
Eden project uses drones to spell out climate change warning
Almost 300 drones were used to signal an environmental message above the Eden Project’s biomes, during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).
Jaffe Holden helps bring Academy Museum of Motion Pictures alive
Acoustical consulting firm Jaffe Holden provided architectural acoustics and audio/video design services for the recently opened Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in LA, US.
Aardman collaborates with gaming venues to launch immersive Shaun the Sheep experience
Animation studio Aardman has announced a partnership with immersive group gaming experience providers Electric Gamebox to launch a game featuring Shaun the Sheep.
Family business celebrates 40 years as leading ticketing solutions provider
A leading ticketing company that can boast Wembley Stadium as its first-ever client, is celebrating its 40th birthday this year.
Willen Lake, Milton Keynes’ most popular park is looking for two new voluntary, non-executive directors
Willen Lake is Milton Keynes’ most popular park and is home to a host of watersports and activities for the whole family. It has more than a million visitors a year, drawing people from all over the UK.
Future-proofing ticketing solutions with TOR Systems
TOR Systems, the UK’s leading ticketing, booking and CRM solutions provider, is urging tourism and heritage companies to future proof their ticketing solutions when procuring in the wake of the pandemic.
Vantage digitises Atlantis Dubai’s aquatic theme park guest journey
Entertainment destination Atlantis Dubai has chosen Vantage’s smart software platform to help it deliver a personalised and frictionless experience for guests at its aquatic theme park Aquaventure.
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IDEATTACK

IDEATTACK is a full-service planning and design company with headquarters in Los Angeles. [more...]
Simworx Ltd

The company was initially established in 1997. Terry Monkton and Andrew Roberts are the key stakeh [more...]
Holovis

Holovis is a privately owned company established in 2004 by CEO Stuart Hetherington. [more...]
DJW

David & Lynn Willrich started the Company over thirty years ago, from the Audio Visual Department [more...]
+ More profiles  
FEATURED SUPPLIER

Attractions industry to reunite this September at IAAPA Expo Europe in London
For the first time in more than a decade, industry leaders from across the global attractions industry will once again gather in London as part of the annual IAAPA Expo Europe, the sector’s premier international event. [more...]
VIDEO GALLERY

Proslide Tech Inc - ProSlide's all-in-one waterplay entertainment center
RideHOUSE is an iconic waterplay complex purposefully designed for young kids and families to enjoy. Find out more...
More videos:
Red Raion Showreel 2021 – Red Raion
Keynote | Moby Dick - Friends to the rescue! – Red Raion
Red Raion TV - Opening Event: FICO Eataly World – Red Raion
+ More videos  

CATALOGUE GALLERY
+ More catalogues  
DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

01-07 Dec 2022

World Leisure Congress 2022

tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
05-07 Dec 2022

East Cape Futures

Hotel Palmas de Cortez, Los Barriles, Mexico
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