04 November 2015 // Thoughts

Demystifying Your Dream: The Top Ten Questions We Will Ask You at IAAPA

It’s officially November. The leaves are turning, store shelves are overflowing with shopping temptations, and we’re about ready to escape the Cincinnati chill and enjoy one of our favorite weeks of the year – the annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo in Orlando, Florida!

From November 16-20, over 28,000 industry professionals will descend on the Orange County Convention Center, where they’ll enjoy over 100 educational opportunities, dozens of networking mixers, behind-the-scenes tours of the area’s latest and greatest attractions, and 30 hours of exhibit time on the Expo show floor.

As usual, the smiling faces of the JRA team will be ready to greet you! We’re eager to learn about your latest ventures, whether they be long-term ambitions or short term plans. To help us understand you and your projects’ needs and desires, here are the top ten questions we’re likely to ask when you visit us at IAAPA:

  1. Who is the client?  If you are not the client, please tell us about the client you represent – where they are from, what type of business they are in, and what they are hoping to achieve from their themed entertainment project.
  2. What kind of project is it? Is it a theme park? Museum? Branded visitors center? Sports attraction?
  3. Where is the project located?
  4. What is the budget of your project? How is it (or will it be) funded?
  5. When would you like the project to open? Are there certain milestone dates that you can share with us?
  6. How will the project be awarded? Formal RFP process? Creative competition?
  7. How much zoning work has been done? Has the project received the necessary government approvals?
  8. Has any feasibility work been completed? What is the anticipated scale of the project (optimal size and number of visitors)?
  9. Do you have any design consultants, architects or engineers currently involved in the project?  Will there be a local team working with you?
  10. Have you seen existing attractions that you think might compare or inspire the type of project that you are hoping to create?

These ten questions will help us a) assess where you are in your project development process, b) discover where we can best assist you, and c) set up your project’s next steps. The more detail you can provide, the more we can help you hone your vision for the future. Is your project is still just a faint glimmer in your eye? That’s okay! We can work with you to help answer the questions above and/or point you in the right direction.

If you have a project that you’d like to discuss with us, please email Chloe James Hausfeld at cjames@jackrouse.com to set up an appointment during the Expo, or drop by Booth 1353. Safe travels to Orlando, and we look forward to meeting you!

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