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Drone Shows and more coming to this year's IAAPA Expo 2023 in Orlando!

Updated: Sep 24, 2023

Central Florida visitors should keep their eyes on the sky this November as thrilling aerial displays and a cutting-edge light show will take to the skies high above the Orange County Convention Center.


Drone Shows and more coming to this year's IAAPA Expo 2023 in Orlando!

Get ready for the ride of a lifetime! IAAPA Expo 2023, the premier event for the global attractions industry is taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, November 13 - 17, 2023.


IAAPA Expo is the largest gathering of amusement park and attractions professionals in the world, bringing together industry leaders, innovators, and experts for four days of networking, education, and exploration. The event highlights the latest trends, innovations, and technologies shaping the future of the attractions industry.


Fo 2023, the expo will spotlight a host of exciting new features and attractions for attendees, making it an event like no other expo event, and in addition to the indoor exhibit space being sold out for the first time since 2019 – featuring more than a staggering 1,100 exhibitors – this year’s expo highlights an expanded exhibit space and sponsored programming that shines a light on major industry brands.


“The team has outdone themselves with the number and creativity of sponsorships and only-at-IAAPA Expo programming being offered this year,” said Jakob Wahl, president and chief executive officer for IAAPA. “IAAPA Expo 2023 is going to be great. We wanted to bring new offerings to the participants this year and the team has come up, together with our partners, of many fun ideas to present to the larger attractions industry.”


Drone Shows and more coming to this year's IAAPA Expo 2023 in Orlando!

Here's a look at some of the exciting new offerings available this year:


Hasbro CLUE Game in the IAAPA Expo Insider Booklet Upon registration, each attendee may pick up their exclusive IAAPA Expo Insider Booklet, sponsored by leading toy and game company Hasbro. This booklet is your key to an attractions industry twist on the classic mystery game, CLUE, which was recently reimagined by Hasbro earlier this year. Attendees are encouraged to channel their inner detective and solve the mystery for a chance to win a special prize and, of course, gain bragging rights among their industry peers. The prize can be claimed at IAAPA Member Central, adding an extra layer of trade show floor excitement to this year's event. The IAAPA Insider Booklet containing instructions and materials for the game will be readily available at entrances to the trade show floor, the exhibit hall entrance, and outside of the opening ceremony.


New Alcohol, Beverage, and Innovation Pavilion As IAAPA continues growing its membership base and welcomes more companies that align with the evolving needs of the industry, this year’s tradeshow floor will include a new Alcohol, Beverage, and Innovation Pavilion. This area, which will feature brands like 375 Park Avenue Spirits, Dogfish Head, Twisted Tea, Liquid I.V., BuzzBallz, Beverage Management, Craft Standard Draft Cocktails and Taub Family Wines, includes a fully operational bar and networking space. Please note that this is different from the Food & Beverage Pavilion, ensuring that there's something for everyone's taste.

Take Brightline to IAAPA Expo 2023 With IAAPA Expo taking place Nov. 13-17 at the Orange County Convention Center in the heart of Orlando, we’re offering a new way for attendees to get to this industry event through a new partnership with Brightline, the brand-new rail connection that links central and south Florida. Use promo code IAAPA15 at checkout to save 15% on select SMART fares starting September through November 17, 2023.


SkyElements Drone Shows Prepare to be mesmerized as IAAPA Expo presents four spectacular drone light shows on select nights Nov. 10-17. Soaring high above the convention center, Central Florida visitors should keep their eyes on the sky after sunset for thrilling aerial displays and a cutting-edge light show, generously sponsored by SkyElements.


ShimmerTech Photo Ops Attendees at IAAPA Expo 2023 can capture memories that shimmer and shine with two incredible selfie walls, including an 8'x8' wall on the South Concourse and a massive 9'x26' display on the North Concourse, sponsored by ShimmerTech.


Connect+ and CaptureLife photographers IAAPA Expo 2023 is fully replacing the trade show program with Connect+, IAAPA's official mobile app. Attendees can access the complete IAAPA Expo agenda, networking tools, and a full list of exhibitors on Connect+. Additionally, through a sponsorship with CaptureLife, photographers will scan IAAPA Expo badges to sync event photos to Connect+, creating a personal photo gallery for attendees to relive the experience.


Drone Shows and more coming to this year's IAAPA Expo 2023 in Orlando!

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