IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 Opens in Orlando, Florida

Annual Global Event Showcases What’s New in the Global Attractions Industry

IAAPA Orange County Convention CenterORLANDO, Fla., US (Nov. 12, 2018) Building the future of fun with new thrill rides and emerging technology is the buzz of IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 underway in Orlando through Friday, Nov. 16. This year’s Expo celebrates the centennial of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).

IAAPA Attractions Expo is the largest annual gathering for the global theme park and attractions business. The event brings every facet of the industry together to discover what is new and to make investment decisions for the years ahead.

A virtual midway filling more than 10 miles of aisles—including fully operational rides, fun foods, new arcade games, inflatables, and experts from the many fields it takes to operate a successful attraction—transforms the Orange County Convention Center into the epicenter for the business of fun.

The event is the place where news happens, as exciting announcements about new attractions and entertainment coming to amusement parks around the world in 2019 and beyond take place right on the trade show floor. Big news is anticipated from Feld Entertainment, Kennywood, Legoland Florida Resort, Madame Tussauds Orlando, and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

Ride manufacturers Intamin, Premier Rides, Sally Corporation, Skyline Attractions, S&S Worldwide, WhiteWater West, and Zamperla will take part in these announcements. The press conference list is available at www.IAAPA.org/ExpoPressEvents.

The future of roller coaster design, dark ride development, water slides, immersive experiences, food and beverage, theming and design, ticketing technology, and more is on display by more than 1,000 exhibiting companies. Additional detail about what’s new at IAAPA Attractions Expo is available at www.IAAPA.org/SneakPeek.

Representing more than 100 nations, 35,000 professionals from water and theme parks, family entertainment centers , aquariums, zoos, museums, science centers, resorts, and more attend to build relationships, test innovations, and learn best practices.

IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 keeps getting BIGGER each year:

IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018
Registration Update (as of 3 p.m. 11/12/18)



Total Number of Qualified Buyers           
  23,000     22,300     24,700     19,400  

Total Number Registered 
  36,700   34,500     38,100     29,300

Total Number of Exhibiting Companies      
  1,151   1,114   1,114   1,136


– All numbers are preliminary and are subject to change on final audit.
– All YTD (Year-To-Date) numbers (except exhibiting companies) rounded to the nearest hundred.
– YTD (Year-To-Date) numbers provide relative date comparisons for the figures shown.
– 2017 Final represents the final figures for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 in Orlando.

About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018
IAAPA Attractions Expo is the premier conference and trade show for the global attractions industry, including amusement and theme parks, where visitors spend $45.2 billion around the world. With its theme “Fun Forward. Build the Future,” this year’s show celebrates IAAPA’s 100th anniversary and provides forward-thinking attractions industry leaders, decision-makers, and visionaries with everything needed to build the future, whether through thousands of innovations, hundreds of expert-led educational opportunities, or engaging networking opportunities. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 will draw more than 35,000 industry professionals, including more than 22,000 decisions- makers and buyers from more than 100 countries to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Monday, Nov. 12, through Friday, Nov. 16. The 560,000-net-square-foot trade show floor will be open Tuesday, Nov. 13, through Friday, Nov. 16. Additional information is available at www.IAAPA.org/IAAPAAttractionsExpo. #IAE18

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