Tuesday, October 4, 2022

The TEAAS 2022 Symposium announces keynote speakers: Len Testa & Ellen Lupton

TEAAS 2022 will feature an industry networking breakfast, a networking lunch, two keynote speakers, and a full program of original academic research in themed experience and attractions. The Symposium will be held on the last day of the IAAPA Expo on Friday, November 18, 2022, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center (Room S310ABC) in Orlando, Florida.

The event is presented by the Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Society with generous partner level support from IAAPA, as well as support from the School of Business at Farmingdale State College (SUNY), ThemedAttraction.com, the UCF College of Arts and Humanities, and the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Len Testa is a computer scientist, queuing expert, co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, owner and operator of TouringPlans.com, and co-host of the Disney Dish Podcast.
  • Ellen Lupton is a design thought leader and the Betty Cooke and William O. Steinmetz Design Chair at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Director of MICA’s Center for Design Thinking, and Curator Emerita at Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
Academic Presentations

The theme of this year’s Symposium is “Interdisciplinarity in Themed Experience and Attractions: Reaching Across Boundaries, Fences and Frontiers” and will feature presentations and posters on the latest academic research on themed experience and attractions ranging over a wide array of topics, including attractions design and engineering, themed narrative and storytelling, management and operations, guest experience, and more.

Registration is open now. A limited number of tickets will be sold for $50. All tickets will include the full day of presentations, industry/academia networking breakfast, networking lunch, and symposium program. Tickets to the IAAPA Expo are not required to attend the TEAAS 2022.

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