Get in the Game at IAAPA Events

Gather with friends and colleagues, develop new relationships and partnerships, and enjoy professional networking and special events like nothing you have seen before. From community and regional receptions and breakfasts to IAAPA signature events, you can't miss the unique social gatherings and opportunities at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012. Make sure you don't miss any of these great events...


8:15 a.m. - 10 a.m. EST
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012 Kickoff Event
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Hosted by IAAPA Chairman of the Board, Roland Mack and President and CEO, Chip Cleary, the Kickoff Event features an action-packed hour of news, entertainment, and multimedia reports from every corner of the globe, as well as a sneak preview of what is ahead for the industry and IAAPA in 2013. Highlights of the program include the induction of the 2012 Hall of Fame honorees, the 2012 Applause Award, the Changing of the Gavel ceremony to honor Roland Mack and welcome Will Morey of Moreys Pier as 2013 chairman of the board. The Kickoff Event is the only place you can see all the what's new and what's news in the global attractions industry.

NOTE: You will need your badge to get on the tradeshow floor to attend the Kickoff Event. Registration will be open on Sunday from 12 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Monday 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration will be open on Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.

New for 2012, the Kickoff Event will be hosted on the expo show floor in The Wanda Group Presents the IAAPA Theatre. Doors open at 8:15 a.m. The show starts at 8:45 a.m. and concludes at 10:00 a.m. Seats are limited. Get there early! 

Gold Sponsor: MACK Rides GmbH & Co KG
Silver Sponsors: Arihant Industrial Corporation Limited, Attraction & Entertainment Solutions, Inc., Falcon's Treehouse LLC, Gateway Ticketing Systems, Inc., National Ticket Co., Ropes Courses, Inc.

7:30 - 11 p.m.
IAAPA Celebrates at Universal Studios

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Join colleagues at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida for a terrific evening of food, networking, and fun. The evening begins with a "red carpet" welcome and floats from the "NEW" Super Star Parade lining the route. A buffet dinner will be served in the Mel's Diner / Hollywood area. Four of Universal Studio's renowned rides will be available for everyone to enjoy. Network, experience some of Universal Studio's thrilling attractions, and watch "NEW" Universal Cinematic Spectacular featuring memorable movie clips projected on high-tech water screens and enhanced by dancing colorful fountains and fireworks.

Ticket Price: IAAPA members US$99.99; nonmembers US$129.99. You must be 18 years or older to attend.


Platinum Sponsor: Thinkwell
Supporting Organization
: KODAK Event Imaging Solutions


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. Events will occur rain or shine. Venues, ride/attraction availability, times, and speakers are subject to change.