The TEAAS would like to thank our partners whose support has made this symposium possible: IAAPA, the Payne School of Hospitality at San Diego State University, Purdue University Fusion Studio, the College of Arts and Humanities and the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida.

The Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Symposium is held annually in November on the last Friday of the IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) Expo in Orlando Florida. Our fourth Symposium is scheduled for Friday, November 19th at the Orange County Convention Center. The Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Symposium is providing opportunities for paper presentations, academic panels, networking, academic poster discussions and keynote presentations. This year the TEAAS is partnering with the Symposium on Education in Entertainment and Engineering for our afternoon programming. The Symposium is made possible by the generous sponsorship and support of IAAPA and the dedicated volunteers at the academic society

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19 November 2021

Orange County Convention Center, Orlando FL USA

It is a pleasure to invite you to the fourth annual Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Society (TEAAS) scholarly symposium focused on themed experience and attractions.

The symposium is organized by the TEAAS with the support of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). This year we are proud to include academics from Fusion Studio for Entertainment and Engineering-Purdue University as part of our program.

The symposium will take place in Orlando, FL on 19 November 2021, on the last day of IAAPA Expo. Hosting this symposium during IAAPA Expo enables participating academics to enhance their research, knowledge transfer, and exchange through access to over 1,000 exhibitors of products and services representing the state of the art of the attractions industry and opportunities for networking with some of the 30,000 industry operators, manufacturers, and suppliers who attend IAAPA Expo. The schedule will also permit interested industry members to attend the TEAAS academic symposium program.


November 19, 2021 Orange County Convention Center S330 ABC
Lori Sipe TEAAS Symposium Chair
Peter Weishar Chair of TEAAS Steering Committee
Keynote Presentation
Dr. Carolina Cruz-Neira, UCF Agere Chair Professor
Presentation of Papers
Coasters, Dark Rides, and Shows: Investigating Preferences, Rivalry, and Competition among Theme Park Brands – Havard, Grieve, Wann, Ryan

A Mind-Boggling Missing Link: The New York Experience and The Evolution of Film-Based Show Attractions – Lewison

Where do you think you are? A comparative study of perceived immersion and Imagineer intentions in guest experiences at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom  – Burgess-Lefebvre

Does Color Impact Theme Park Visitors’ Perceived Creativity, Value, and Loyalty? -Tasci, Milman

A Journal of Our Own: Journal of Themed Experience and Attractions Studies – Woodcock
Symposium on Education in Entertainment and Engineering (SEEE)

Mary Pilotte, Richard Dionne, Directors of the Fusion Studio for Entertainment and Engineering
Presentation of Papers
Developing Soft Skills with Interdisciplinary Teams in the First Year: Lessons Learned – Rogers

Catenate: Creating an Interdisciplinary Art Project – Phillips, Eddings Mancuso, and Sherban

Studio D Institute – Making at a Distance and the Impact of Collaboration – Ransdell, Coleman