Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Society Research themes across networks

22 November 2019

Orange County Convention Center, Orlando FL USA

It is a pleasure to invite you to the second annual scholarly symposium focused on themed experience and attractions.

The symposium is organized by the Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Society (TEAAS) and sponsored by the IAAPA Foundation, of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).

The symposium will take place in Orlando FL on 22 November 2019, 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.

The symposium will include a networking breakfast, oral presentation of selected research papers (conventional 15-minute academic presentations) and an extended lunchtime research poster session. Paper submissions will be peer-reviewed under the oversight of the TEAAS Organizing Committee. Acceptance is conditional on at least one author per paper attending to present orally or by poster. A limited number of oral presentation slots will be allocated to papers from academic faculty representing diversity of scholarship as well as quality. Accepted papers may be included in future issue(s) of the Journal of Themed Experience and Attractions Studies.

Graduate or undergraduate students with or without faculty co-authors may submit papers based on a thesis or major research project completed within the past 2 years for consideration for poster presentation and short-form (3 to 5 page) papers.

Contribution areas

All recent scholarly work relevant to the attractions industry is invited, including fixed-site theme parks and attractions and portable amusement rides and temporary attractions.

• Tourism, economic, and strategic planning research

• Themed entertainment design and transmedia applications

• Science and technology of themed experiences, rides, and attractions

• Methodology for evaluating guest experience

• Hospitality and operational research

Guide for authors

The deadline to substantially complete papers is 15 June 2019. The submission will be peer-reviewed and revisions requested by reviewers may be required as a condition of acceptance. Authors wishing to have an abstract review prior to submitting a full paper may send 500-word abstracts by 7 May 2019, setting out the background of the paper topic, the methodology or theoretical framework, and the novelty of the contribution.

The reviewers will offer preliminary guidance regarding a paper at the earliest opportunity and the substantially complete paper must be received by 15 June 2019. Authors will use a provided template, and APA style should be used for referencing and citations.

To submit your abstract or paper, please email


Important Dates

Optional review of 500-word abstract: 7 May 2019

Deadline for submission: 15 June 2019

Notification of acceptance: 15 July 2019

Deadline for submission of final camera-ready papers: 15 October 2019

Organizing committee:

Kathryn Woodcock, Professor, Ryerson University, Toronto

Ady Milman, Professor, University of Central Florida

Peter Weishar, Professor, University of Central Florida

Lori Sipe, Associate Professor, San Diego State University

For any enquiries regarding the program, please contact: Kathryn.Woodcock@ryerson.ca

For all general enquiries about the Themed Experience and Attractions

Academic Society, please contact: peter.weishar@ucf.edu

Paper and optional abstract submission TEAASymposium@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando at the Themed Entertainment and Attractions Academic Symposium.


Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Society Peter Weishar, Chair

Professor, University of Central Florida