Park of the Week: Islands of Adventure

Welcome to IAAPA week in Orlando

November 11, 2018, 11:56 PM · It's time for the annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Attractions Expo, running this week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

The IAAPA Attractions Expo is the biggest annual convention in the theme park business, where manufacturers and vendors come together with parks and designers to sell and buy the rides, shows, games, prizes, snacks, decorations, and support systems that you will see in the parks next year and beyond. Tens of thousands of people will crowd the IAE18 show floor, starting Tuesday morning, as the business of the theme park industry gets done.

I am in Orlando all week, walking the show floor and attending several education sessions at the IAE, which I will report here on Theme Park Insider. Tuesday also will be filled with press conferences from parks and manufacturers, giving us our first look at some attractions at will be coming to parks near you next year. We are looking forward to reveals from SeaWorld/Busch Gardens, Sally Corporation, and S&S, which is revealing the new Steel Curtain coaster trains for Kennywood. Falcon's Creative Group will be showing off its new AR tech, which we teased on our recent podcast. And Dynamic Attractions always has something fun to show.

Follow me here on the website, as well as on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for all the news from the show, as well as other news from Orlando this week. We will be hearing twice from Disney Parks chairman Bob Chapek this week, once at IAAPA and then later in the weekend at Destination D. And Universal Orlando is kicking off its holiday celebrations this week, so we will be at the resort to report on those.

Welcome to IAAPA week! I can't wait to bring it all to you, here on Theme Park Insider.

Replies (4)

November 12, 2018 at 5:49 AM

Welcome back!

November 12, 2018 at 12:05 PM

cant wait to see pics!!!!

November 12, 2018 at 12:09 PM

I hope you have a great time! This is a fun and exciting event!

November 12, 2018 at 12:34 PM

I'm here in Orlando. Wish the public could come walk the floor!

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