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Disney’s Bob Chapek to deliver keynote during GM and Owners’ Breakfast at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018


The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has announced Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products will deliver the keynote address during the GM and Owners’ Breakfast at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018. The largest international conference and trade show for the global attractions industry will take place Nov. 12-16, 2018, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The GM and Owners’ Breakfast, the premier networking event for senior-level attractions industry executives during the Expo, takes place Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Bob Chapek

“We are honored to have industry leader Bob Chapek deliver the keynote address for this year’s GM and Owners’ Breakfast,” said Hal McEvoy, interim president and CEO, IAAPA. “We look forward to hearing his insight and perspective on the continued growth and transformation of Disney parks, resorts, and experiences worldwide.”

As chairman of Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products, Chapek oversees the global hub where Disney’s stories, characters, and franchises come to life. He assumed leadership of the new segment with its creation in March 2018. The Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products segment includes Disney’s iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, a top-rated cruise line, a popular vacation ownership program, and an award-winning guided family adventure business.

Throughout his more than 25 years of leadership at Disney, Chapek has led both Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and Consumer Products, and his tenure at the company has been marked by growth and transformation. Chapek was named chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in 2015. Since that time, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has seen the largest investment and expansion in its 60-year history.

In addition to Chapek’s keynote address, the IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award and IAAPA Service Awards are presented during the GM and Owners’ Breakfast.

Please note: Admission to the GM and Owners’ Breakfast requires a separate ticket in addition to IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 registration. To purchase tickets to this event, and to register for Expo, visit

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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