On the final Friday of the IAPPA Expo, the Themed Experience & Attractions Academic Society (TEAAS) gathers to “enhance communication between themed experience and attractions researchers and educators”. Despite challenges associated with the Coronavirus, on November 20th, 2020, the TEAAS conducted a modified virtual symposium via Zoom. Unlike previous gatherings (which feature a series of presentations on themed attraction research, innovation, and pedagogy), this year’s format included a business meeting and breakout sessions for ideation and networking. Throughout the year the TEAAS conducts a myriad of research and initiatives to be revealed at the symposium. This year was no different.
TEAAS Partnership with Themedattraction.com Student Showcase – Top submissions to present at the TEAAS following the IAAPA Expo
Themedattraction.com founder Nate Naversen and Dr. Jesse Kamm, PMP have been working with TEAAS leadership and affiliated university programs to provide students direct access to top researchers in themed entertainment, opportunities to attend the IAPPA expo, and engage with industry professionals. TEAAS extends invitations to selected outstanding submissions of the Themedattraction.com Student Showcase to present their work to the TEAAS annual 2021 TEAAS symposium. This exciting announcement gives students and university faculty a chance to showcase their talents in person, network with active industry professionals and researchers, and visit the cadre of central Florida attractions.
The Themedattraction.com Student Showcase is a celebration of the creative, interdisciplinary nature of immersive and themed experiences in the built environment, the faculty that shape future makers, and the emerging talent of students in the themed attractions and environments industries. If you are interested in serving as an industry judge or registering a showcase submission you can find more information at https://www.themedattraction.com/themed-experience-student-showcase-academic-year-2020-21/
TEAAS Website Goes Live
In addition to the student showcase partnership announcement, the TEAAS website was unveiled. The site includes an exhaustive list of affiliated academic programs in its “program directory” section, a member directory, an events calendar and more. You can visit http://teaacademicsociety.org/ for more information on it’s peer reviewed research journal, find information on themed entertainment and attraction programs, and keep up with current society events including upcoming research presentations sessions.
Upcoming TEAAS Virtual Presentation Sessions schedule:
The TEAAS is known for its research presentations and scholarly publications on the themed entertainment and attractions industry. This tradition continues in a series of online presentations throughout 2021. Researchers are encouraged to submit high quality publications to the TEAAS journal and join the discussions at the annual gathering. Four presentations are currently scheduled for the first quarter of 2021.
January 29 2pm EST
Old Tucson Studios: Curating Film, Tourism, and Heritage presented by Sarah Beals
When the magic closes: examining how fans of Disney cope amid Covid-19 presented by Havard, Baker, Wann & Grieve
March 12 2pm EST
Embodied narrative through theme park stunt show performance presented by Carissa Baker & Ray Eddy,
Allaying motion sickness in virtual reality-motion based attractions presented by Triplett, Kang, Lai, Lytle & Wang