01 December 2011

Turtles and Cruise Ships are the new black: More notes from IAAPA

Turtles and Cruise Ships are the new black: More notes from IAAPA
At left: Patsy Tillisch, principal of EDG. She is holding the press release announcing the 18th Annual Thea Awards recipients, who were announced during IAAPA by the Themed Entertainment Association. Patsy, a former Disney Imagineer, is a longtime colleague of Joe Rohde, who was named for the Buzz Price Thea Award, a lifetime achievement nod. She worked closely with him in the creation of Disney's Animal Kingdom. Since Joe wasn't around to be photographed in conjunction with the announcement, I asked Patsy to pose in his honor.

Click the link to find out more about the Thea Awards and the full list of recipients, to see more pictures and to read numerous news items and commentary about sessions, people, companies and ideas encountered at IAAPA 2011 in Orlando - and why turtles and cruise ships are the new black. Photo by Judith Rubin; all rights reserved.

IAAPA snaps from Wednesday Nov 16


IAAPA snaps from Wednesday Nov 16
Top: Jonathan Casson and Tisa Poe in a mustachioed moment at the BRC booth. Below, Robert Ward cruises the floor. Click the link to see more pictures from the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2011 in Orlando. Photos by Judith Rubin, all rights reserved.

Some IAAPA snaps

Some IAAPA snapshots
Photos from the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida. Our industry's biggest trade show of the year. At left, I am sitting with Jim Benedick of Management Resources. We are in the ice room at the Ice Bar, at a party generously hosted by BRC Imagination Arts. Click the link to see more pictures. Photo by Martin Palicki; all rights reserved.

News stories from IAAPA - Museum, zoo & specialty cinema projects

News stories from IAAPA - Museum, zoo & specialty cinema projects
Captured on the IAAPA floor near the Technifex and TEA booths, from left: Brian Yessian, Dave Goodman (Goodman Experiences), Chris Barbee (Bandit Lites), Doug Yellin (Matilda Entertainment), Rob Wyatt, Vijay Sehgal (FSY Architects). Photo: Judith Rubin; all rights reserved.

Why are these guys all posing together looking so comfortable with one another? Because they recently all worked together on the Capitol Theater in Edmonton, Alberta. The historic theater was completely restored in all its original and authentic glory on the outside, and inside was fully updated to include a modern auditorium for live theater productions as well as cinema - and in addition, it runs a 4D show during the day about the history of the region. 

Click the link to read more about this unique project and several other projects we learned of while shmoozing on the floor at the 2011 IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando.