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Topic and guests for Legends Panel 2022 revealed

The 2022 edition of the Legends panel at IAAPA Expo will feature a number of the minds behind the creation and modern-day operations of Walt Disney World’s Epcot, as the park prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Hosted by Bob Rogers, founder and chairman of BRC Imagination Arts and moderator and curator of The Legends Panel, the 2022 session will highlight a pivotal cornerstone of the industry.

Photos courtesy of BRC Imagination Arts.

“Legends 2022: Epcot, 40 Years in a State of Becoming” will include: Bob Weis, global ambassador, Walt Disney Imagineering; Jodi McLaughlin, executive portfolio producer, Walt Disney Imagineering; Kartika Rodriguez, vice president, Epcot; and Rick Rothschild, founder and chief creative officer of FAR Out! Creative Direction.

“We could not be happier with the speaker lineup we have for this year’s Legends panel,” said Michael Shelton, vice president and executive director, IAAPA North America. “This popular session lets IAAPA shine a spotlight on just some of the outstanding industry leaders who have truly carved the path to where we are today. Getting to focus on Epcot as it turns 40 should offer greater insight into the future of the park and provide inspiration to everyone in attendance.”

This year’s panel explores the tools and lessons arising from the creation and continuing evolution of Epcot. Speakers strive to answer how Epcot’s core identity evolved and refreshed itself — even going from EPCOT to Epcot. The five Legends will share insights, strategies and lessons of a lifetime that attendees can apply to their own careers.

InPark Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman examines the evolution of Epcot, along with the park’s upcoming offerings and vision.

This year’s theme is particularly fitting for Rogers, who has curated this panel for nearly 20 years, as his work history links him personally to Epcot and the greater Disney brand. Rogers wrote and produced the original Impressions du France, which is still playing at Epcot’s France Pavilion. Rogers has been inducted into the IAAPA Hall of Fame and has two Oscar nominations.

The Legends panel will take place November 16 from 4:00p.m.-5:30 p.m. during IAAPA Expo, held at the Orange County Convention Center. IAAPA Expo welcomes industry professionals and emerging leaders to explore the sights, smells, tastes, sensations and thrills of the amusement industry of today and the future. The conference runs November 14-17 with the trade show open November 15-18.

Professionals from the world’s most respected theme parks, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, and attractions come to see innovation at work, connect with leaders and source new products during the expo event.

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