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04 Oct 2017
Bob Rogers reveals lineup for 2017 IAAPA Legends Panel

Some of the attractions industry’s brightest minds will come together next month for an open panel discussion about the creative process and challenges involved with turning the world’s most popular IPs into real-life places.

Taking place on 15 November at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida, the Legends Panel will examine how the worlds of Avatar, Harry Potter, Star Wars and Spiderman became a reality. During the session, the panel will share personal insights with an audience comprising the next generation of creators, operators and leaders within the sector.

Hosted by Bob Rogers, founder and chair of experience design firm BRC Imagination Arts, previous IAAPA Legends panels in recent years have featured the likes of legendary Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar, Disneyland’s first president Jack Lindquist and current Cedar Fair CEO Matt Ouimet.

Joe Rohde, executive designer and vice president of creative at Walt Disney Imagineering is the first panel member for this year’s lineup. Joining the Imagineering team in 1980, Rohde’s most recently-completed work was as lead designer for the newly-opened Pandora, The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Leading creative development for Universal Parks and Resorts globally, Thierry Coup, senior vice president at Universal Creative is the panel’s second member. Working at Universal for more than two decades, Coup has worked on projects including Universal’s Spiderman, Transformers and King Kong rides, as well as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attractions.

The panel’s third and final member is also a Disney Imagineer, with his main responsibility being acting as creative lead for Disney’s Star Wars projects. Scott Trowbridge, who is portfolio creative executive for Disney Imagineering, is currently working on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – the two new themed lands coming soon to Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Prior to joining Disney, he also worked as vice president for the creative division of Universal’s Theme Park and Resorts division.

The annual IAAPA Attractions Expo takes place this year in Orlando between 13-17 November. The event is the largest annual gathering of attractions professionals in the world, with more than 32,000 people expected to attend. For a full lineup of more than 80 educational seminar programmes taking place through the week, click here.


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19 Sep 2018
Edgbaston to increase capacity for Ashes test and World Cup
Edgbaston Stadium is increasing its capacity ahead of a bumper year of international cricket in 2019, when the venue will host an Ashes test as well as matches during the ICC Cricket World Cup.
18 Sep 2018
Tokyo preparing for 'transformative' Olympic Games
The organising committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has pledged to use the 'power of sport to change the world', when it hosts the event in two years' time.
13 Sep 2018
Global Wellness Institute to release in-depth analysis on global wellness economy
The Global Wellness Institute will release an in-depth update of its Global Wellness Economy Monitor at this year’s Global Wellness Summit, taking place at Technogym Village, Cesena, Italy, 6-8 October.
13 Sep 2018
Freedom of movement to lead agenda at ETOA European Tourism Summit
This year's European Tourism Summit, which is being held in Lucerne next month, will focus on the threats on freedom of movement and other key issues facing the European tourism sector.
11 Sep 2018
Rem Koolhaas to deliver keynote at World Architecture Festival
Dutch architect and founder of Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) Rem Koolhaas will deliver the closing keynote speech at the 2018 World Architecture Festival (WAF).
06 Sep 2018
Irene and Rocco Forte to discuss intergenerational collaboration at GWS
International hotelier Sir Rocco Forte and his daughter, Irene Forte, will share insights into how intergenerational collaboration has helped the award-winning hospitality company embrace generations of guests, including the coveted millennials, during the Global Wellness Summit next month in Italy.
03 Sep 2018
Indonesia throws its hat in 2032 Olympic bid ring
Indonesian president Joko Widodo has revealed the country's intentions to bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
04 Sep 2018
Former NBA Europe chief Ben Morel named CEO of Six Nations Rugby
The Six Nations Council has appointed Benjamin Morel as the new chief executive of Six Nations Rugby – the organisation responsible for the international rugby championship.
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MAPIC Russia
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Moscow
Russia
22-23 Sep 2018
World Wellness Weekend
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23-24 Sep 2018
The International Congress of Esthetics and Spa - Long Beach
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Long Beach
United States
23-27 Sep 2018
EAS (Euro Attractions Show) 2018
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Germany
24-26 Sep 2018
ISPA Conference and Expo 2018
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Phoenix
United States
24-27 Sep 2018
SIBEC North America
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Carlsbad
United States
25-26 Sep 2018
International Wellness Conclave (IWC2018)
Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport
Delhi
India
26-27 Sep 2018
Hotel Investment Conference (Hot.E)
Hilton London Bankside
London
United Kingdom
29-30 Sep 2018
SFN Expo
SEC Glasgow
Glasgow
United Kingdom
29 Sep - 02 Oct 2018
ASTC 2018 Annual Conference
Connecticut Science Center
Hartford
United States
30 Sep - 01 Oct 2018
Olympia Beauty
Olympia Exhibition Centre
London
United Kingdom
01-02 Oct 2018
Energy Management Summit
Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted
Stansted
United Kingdom
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Professional Beauty Mumbai
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VAC 2018 (The Annual National Conference of Visitor Attractions)
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
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