IAAPA's 2017 Legends panel to feature creators behind top IP projects

September 20, 2017, 8:17 PM · Bob Rogers has announced the participants in his annual "Legends" panel at the IAAPA Attractions Expo, and this year's line-up includes the creators behind some of the most talked-about IP-driven attractions in the industry.

Participants include Joe Rohde the Executive Designer and Vice President, Creative, Walt Disney Imagineering who oversaw the recent Pandora: The World of Avatar land at Disney's Animal Kingdom and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! ride at Disney California Adventure.

Also joining the panel will be Scott Trowbridge, Walt Disney Imagineering's Portfolio Creative Executive overseeing the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge lands at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.

And for the first time this year, the former "Disney Legends" panel will include a leader from Universal — Thierry Coup, the Senior Vice President - Creative Studio, Universal Creative, who oversaw the development of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, in addition to Transformers: The Ride and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.

IAAPA Hall of Fame Inductee Bob Rogers once again will moderate the panel, which will include a tribute to long-time participant Marty Sklar, the Disney Legend and former Imagineering chief who passed away earlier this year.

The Legends panel will start at 3:30pm on Wednesday, November 15 at the IAAPA Attractions Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

"The objective of this panel is to share hard won wisdom plus practical, applicable insights with the next generation of attraction creators, operators and leaders, sharing ideas that can be put to work by others tomorrow, a month from now and a decade from now," Rogers said.

Advance Registration for the 2017 IAAPA Attractions Expo is now available on the IAAPA website.

Coverage of last year's panel:

Replies (5)

September 21, 2017 at 1:35 AM · Where would our theme parks be without Rohde, Trowbridge and Coup? Three modern-day titans of the Industry.
September 21, 2017 at 7:25 AM · Joe Rhode is only recently an IP Imagineer. His early successes were all original properties (The Adeventurer's Club, Animal Kingdom etc.).
September 21, 2017 at 9:23 AM · I'm surprised Rhode and Coup hadn't been inducted earlier. Might be a little soon for Trowbridge to throw his name in (2019 would've been perfect) but I'm not opposed to his addition.
September 21, 2017 at 10:38 AM · Adventurer's Club (and the Society of Explorers and Adventurers) needs to become a multi-media IP! (I know, I've been pushing that for years. But I continue to insist that I am not wrong on this one.)
September 21, 2017 at 12:43 PM · >>the former "Disney Legends" panel<<

Confused. This is the "Legends" panel, correct?

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