Conference Program

Handouts are posted for presenters who have provided materials to post online.

  • Monday handouts available Here.
  • Tuesday handouts available Here.
  • Wednesday handouts available Here.
  • Thursday handouts available Here.
  • Friday Handouts available Here.

All Handouts will be moved to the Handouts Archive (IAAPA member login required) on the main IAAPA website after approximately 4 weeks.

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Education Program Overview

The IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012 Education Program will feature over 85 education seminars, luncheon events, and roundtable discussions. Tracks of themed content will be offered for the following constituencies:

Plus, two Friday Symposiums will be offered in 2012:

Pre-Register to guarantee your seat at these Friday Symposiums. There is no additional charge - they are FREE for IAAPA members with your Expo registration; and are open to nonmembers who purchase access to the Education Program.

Additional education seminars addressing a variety of operational areas are being developed by IAAPA's Program Planning committees. These committes have put together a slate of sessions to specifically address topics faced by our industry in the following areas:
Photo of a recent IAAPA Attractions Expo seminar

The majority of education seminars are 'General Interest Sessions.' IAAPA members who register and attend IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012 may attend General Interest Sessions and Friday Symposiums at no additional cost. Nonmembers may purchase the Education Program to gain access to those sessions. Seating is on a first come, first served basis with capacities in accordance with fire marshall codes.
Special programs such as luncheons, receptions, full-day and multi-day IAAPA Institutes, Zoo & Aquarium Day, and Museum & Science Center Day, and tours require a separate ticket. Advance registration is required for all ticketed events. Tickets may be purchased through the registration portion of this website.IAAPA 2012 Education program Silver Level Sponsor: FORREC company logo

Thank you to the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012 Education Program Sponsors!

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Incident Management Symposium
9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Learn ways to better prepare your company for the unexpected when you attend this interactive session on crisis incident management. Experience crisis decision making in a dynamic setting, and learn best practices on incident management, command structures, critical response teams, and maintaining essential business operations. The event will include a simulated crisis disaster scenario where attendees will participate, make decisions, and begin to adapt these best practices to your unique company needs.
This Symposium will lead participants through a variety of scenarios. Working in small discussion groups, participants will explore key elements and factors to consider in each scenario.

This Symposium is not open to the media.

Register - SOLD OUT* - If space is available, additional attendees will be allowed into the session so please visit Room S230FGH.

(There is no separate fee - this Symposium is part of the General Interest Education Program; however space is limited and advance registration is strongly recommended to reserve your seat. The General Interest Education Program is free for IAAPA members, or US$329 for nonmembers.)


Inflatables Programs

Inflatables Symposium: The inflatable operators’ symposium is a half-day education program focused on the needs of the operators of inflatable attractions. This session is developed for operators who rent inflatables to third parties and the public, operate this product (in special events, etc.), or operate an inflatable attraction within a larger facility – such a family entertainment center. 

SchedulePhoto of the inflatables section of a recent trade shoow

9:00 AM          Running an Inflatable Business: An Owners Perspective

9:55 AM          Risk Management and Insurance Issues       

10:55 AM        Indoor Inflatable Operations 

11:55 AM        Operations Management      

1:00 PM           Inflatable Operators Roundtable  


Pre-Register to guarantee your seat. There is no additional charge - they are FREE for IAAPA members with your Expo registration; and are open to nonmembers who purchase access to the Education Program.

Trade Show Floor Tour of Inflatable Product Suppliers: This popular tour, offered on Thursday, Nov. 15, offers participants an effiecient way to be guided through the massive show floor directly to inflatables suppliers who will provide brief overviews of their products and services. Attendee pre-registration is required.
Exhibitors can sign up to be included as a stop along the tour.

In addition, many of the General Interest programs in the Family Entertainment Center track will cover topics and issues that are relevant to inflatables suppliers and operators.



Education Program Fees

IAAPA Attractions Expo’s education program is a US$329 value, and IAAPA members get it free! Nonmembers may purchase entry to the education sessions for US$329 in addition to Expo registration. Separate registration or ticket required for Institute programs, tours, special events, and lunch events for both members and nonmembers. Register in advance, or onsite vsit IAAPA Registration in the North and South Concourses for details.


By attending an IAAPA-sponsored Expo or other event, I recognize and accept that some exhibits, amusement park rides, attractions or other installations of facilities (collectively, "attractions") may pose risk of discomfort or injury to myself or other attendees or damage to my clothing or property.  I recognize that for safety and comfort and in order to participate, I should be in good health and free from heart, back, or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by such attractions, and expectant mothers should not ride.  In consideration for participation in attractions at an IAAPA-sponsored event, I hereby assume such risks and knowingly and willingly waive any and all rights, claims, suits, damages, costs, or other compensation or adjustment from IAAPA or its officers or agents, in any form or for any reason.

*Information updated at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. For current ticket availability information, please visit the onsite registration area at the OCCC.