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Amusement Park Expo Opens At Orange County Convention Center

IAAPA Expo trade show entrance ahead of opening Tuesday. Photo: Brendan Byrne
IAAPA Expo trade show entrance ahead of opening Tuesday. Photo: Brendan Byrne

More than 30,000 theme park industry leaders and 1,100 vendors from around the world are coming to the Orange County Convention Center.

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions opens its annual conference and trade show this week…bringing theme park owners, operators, investors and developers to central Florida.

The trade show hosts vendors from around the world that create just about everything for a theme park from the newest tech in roller coasters to cutting edge deep fryers and cotton candy machines.

The IAAPA Expo hosts panel discussions and talks from amusement industry professionals…including workshops with leaders from Disney, Universal and SeaWorld.

On Tuesday, officials said 34,5000 attendees are registered.
For updates from the trade show floor follow reporter Brendan Byrne on Twitter: @SpaceBrendan

Brendan Byrne is Central Florida Public Media's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing the organization's internship program. Byrne also hosts Central Florida Public Media's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration, and the weekly news roundup podcast "The Wrap."