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About the Contest

Are you interested in an industry that offers unlimited opportunities for professional growth across a wide variety of careers? Look no further than the attractions industry, made up of amusement parks, museums and science centers, water parks and resorts, zoos and aquariums, family entertainment centers, and manufacturers and suppliers.

Attractions require continuous invention, as visitors return year after year, looking for both familiar and enticingly new experiences at the same time. If you’re at the forefront of innovation, ready to test the limits of your creativity, and driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, enter The Business of Fun Contest. You’ll test your skills today, while preparing for the jobs of the future.

 

Who's Eligible?

Calling all 14- to 19-year-old students with innovative business ideas that are designed to increase the appeal of amusement parks and attractions for both new and returning guests. In addition to new ideas for rides, attractions, entertainment, and shows, also consider guest wait times, park facilities, lighting, safety, and food and beverage options.

Your submission may be an original work of art, a video, an infographic, photos, graphics, documents, or any other format that demonstrates your business innovation. Only individual entries submitted online will be accepted. 

Enter Today!

The top innovator will win a 4-day/3-night trip to the IAAPA International Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida, USA, during the week of November 13, 2017. The trip includes transportation, lodging, and meals for you, a family member, and your JA sponsor (if applicable), as well as a private meeting with three key industry executives and VIP visits to Orlando attractions.

Submit your entry between June 1 and
September 21, 2017.

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Contest Resources

Looking for additional instructions, industry resources, and inspiration? You've come to the right place!

Start by downloading The Business of Fun Contest At a Glance and The Business of Fun Contest Student Resources, below. Then get inspired by innovative team members at attractions around the world—from hospitality and security specialists to Disney imagineers. Finally, peruse articles that'll help you brainstorm and develop your innovation.

 

IAAPA members around the world share why they have the best job in the world!

Take a tour through the Sally Corporation robot factory, which produces lifelike human and animal animatronics.

Spend time with Disney Imagineers, as they discuss the new Be Our Guest Restaurant at Walt Disney World Resort.

 Read an interview with Greg Hale from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, who talks about technology, safety, and standards.

Read an interview with Greg Hale from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, who talks about technology, safety, and standards.

Regional theme parks also have broad appeal. In this video, you have the front seat on Dollywood's Lightning Rod ride.

See how the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) assures the safety of once-in-a-lifetime ride experiences.

Get more info on the Your Classroom in Motion STEAM App Series that transforms attractions into creative learning environments.

Find ten easy steps to help you plan, prepare, and manage your business innovation.

At another regional theme park, Liseberg in Gothenburg, Sweden, take a ride on the swinging Loke!

 See how Disneyland, Knott’s, and other amusement parks offer add-on experiences for visitors.

See how Disneyland, Knott’s, and other amusement parks offer add-on experiences for visitors.

 Read ten top business ideas and opportunities for 2017.

Read ten top business ideas and opportunities for 2017.

 Find out how theme-park rides will be controlled by your emotions.

Find out how theme-park rides will be controlled by your emotions.