IAAPA Expo Asia 2024 was a Whirlwind of Events!

For the second year in a row, the team and I had the privilege of attending IAAPA Expo Asia. This one-of-a-kind event never fails to deliver a whirlwind of thrills, spectacles, and fun in the attractions industry.

A Whirlwind Start to IAAPA Expo Asia 2024 (Day One)

Watch my recap of day one at IAAPA in Bangkok!

The event kicked off at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center with a fantastical opening ceremony that featured traditional Thai dancing from several regions of the country and speeches from IAAPA leaders outlining how Thailand is a critical player in the attractions industry in the APAC region.

IAAPA Expo Asia 2024 Begins

After the ceremony, we attended our first education session about how Disney and Universal Studios Parks in Asia make guest experiences memorable. It was great to hear their insights on how they go the extra mile to make guests like us feel special.

Education Session about IP at IAAPA Expo Asia 2024

We then headed to the show floor, which was buzzing with excitement as we toured the over 350 exhibitors on display. We caught up with our friends from Sansei Technologies, which designs ride vehicles and systems for many popular rides.

Sansei Technologies Team at IAAPA Expo Asia 2024

We also checked out the IMVER+ projection room exhibit by PHALANITY Digital Technology, where you can buy packages to transform spaces with projections. We saw DOF Robotics, which makes VR-integrated attractions that’ll turn your world upside-down, and TechnoAlpin, a leader in snowmaking worldwide. Do you want to build a snowman? 

Snowsky, that makes snow! As a Canadian, I approve.

After a quick lunch, we headed to our second education session. We heard from industry experts on integrating the IPs we know and love into experiences like theme parks and museums. I learned a lot about how both sides approach these collaborations and how to make them successful.

Beat ACTIVE in Bangkok, Thailand

That night, we headed to the opening reception at Beat ACTIVE, a massive facility that mixes sports and various activities for people of all ages. We got to try many different Thai foods, including a make-your-own Pad Thai bar, which was delicious. We even saw a live Muay Thai kickboxing match for the first time, which was very cool!

Thai Boxing at Beat ACTIVE in Bangkok, Thailand!

Learning About Halloween in Ocean Park (Day Two)

Watch my second day in Bangkok, Thailand!

On our second day, we returned to the show floor to look through the booths and interact with some displays.

We were blown away by the display at Vekoma, known for its innovative attraction designs. They showed us a model of their tilt coaster, which puts riders into a fully vertical 90-degree drop. Just watching the model made our hearts race a bit!

Vekoma at IAAPA Expo Asia 2024

We also got to see a model of the Icon Tower from the Meryal Waterpark, built by WhiteWater West Industries. This tower is the world’s most giant water slide tower and has the tallest waterslide. It certainly was a sight to see!

Education Session about how Ocean Park creates its Halloween event each year!

After grabbing a quick bite to eat, we headed to our third education session of the expo. This time, we learned how Ocean Park in Hong Kong puts together its annual Halloween Fest event and how they have worked over the years to keep the event fresh and exciting for new and returning guests. It was excellent to see how they work with local and foreign talent to bring together a spectacular event every year.

As the day drew to a close, we took the opportunity to network with some of the new friends we had made at the expo.

Visiting Siam Amazing Park in Bangkok

Siam Amazing Park in Bangkok, Thailand

Our last day at IAAPA Expo Asia 2024 and in Thailand was spent doing an education tour of Siam Amazing Park. Opening in 1980, it’s one of Southeast Asia’s premier amusement and water park complexes, with about 2 million guests visiting annually.

The tour started with a roundtable talk from experts on Thailand tourism who gave insights into the region and how Thailand was working towards becoming a destination for business and leisure tourism in the next few years. With a large amount of funding available for projects and further easing of visa restrictions, Thailand is set to surpass pre-pandemic benchmarks.

Several traditional Thai dance performances followed the roundtable, and we enjoyed more Thai specialties, including Pad Thai, Tom Yum Gai, and Papaya Salad.

After the lunch feast, we could tour the park and try out some of the rides, including the Vortex, one of the largest suspended looping coasters in the world, and the Log Flume, a large log ride with a final drop of 27 metres! And yes, you do get quite wet.

Siam Amazing Park

Following the exciting rides, we toured the new Bangkok World area, which recreates many famous regions from all over Bangkok. It also features several shops and carts with food and handmade gifts from Thailand.

IAAPA Expo Asia 2024 in Bangkok Final Thoughts!

Chris Explorer at IAAPA Expo Asia 2024 in Bangkok, Thailand

With a mix of thrills on the show floor and very informative education sessions from industry leaders, the team and I had a great time at IAAPA Expo Asia 2024. It was also great to meet and see some people responsible for creating all the magic at the theme parks I’ve seen and loved for many years. Being a part of this expo and bringing it to you, Explorers has been a real treat.

We are immensely grateful to IAAPA for extending their invitation and welcoming us during our stay in Thailand. Their support and recognition mean a lot to us.

The dates and location for next year’s expo have already been announced; it will take place from July 1 to 3, 2025, in Shanghai, China. I hope that we’ll be able to join in on the fun next year as well. If you haven’t already, check out my social media channels for the rest of this year’s IAAPA Expo Asia 2024 coverage.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored blog post from IAAPA Expo Asia 2024.


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