Safety is the Amusement Park Industry's Number 1 Priority

Safety is a partnership between an amusement park and its patrons. Unfortunately, a majority of the injuries occur because the guest didn't follow posted ride safety guidelines or rode with a pre-existing medical condition.

IAAPA created a list of amusement ride safety tips for guest use:

1.         Obey listed age, height, weight, and health restrictions.

2.         Observe all posted ride safety rules.

3.         Keep hands, arms, legs and feet inside the ride at all times.

4.         Remain seated in the ride until it comes to a complete stop and you are instructed to exit.

5.         Follow all verbal instructions given by ride operators or provided by recorded announcements.

6.         Always use safety equipment provided and never attempt to wriggle free of or loosen restraints or other safety devices.

7.         Parents with young children should make sure that their children can understand safe and appropriate ride behavior.

8.         Never force anyone, especially children, to ride attractions they don’t want to ride.

9.         If you see any unsafe behavior or condition on a ride, report it to a supervisor or manager immediately.



Organization Structure[edit]

Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently located amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents nearly 5,000 facility, supplier, and individual members from 99 countries.

Member facilities include amusement and theme parks, water parks, attractions, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, and resorts.

IAAPA is a nonprofit organization. The association's global headquarters is in Alexandria, Virginia, United States. The association maintains regional offices in Brussels, Mexico City, Hong Kong, and Orlando.

Trade Events[edit]

The organization currently operates the premier trade show for the global attractions industry IAAPA Attractions Expo, along with Asian Attractions Expo (AAE) and Euro Attractions Show (EAS).

At each trade show, IAAPA offers many educational, informational, operational, safety, and leadership seminars /conferences, along with "behind-the-scenes" EDUtours of IAAPA-member amusement parks, theme parks, water parks, family entertainment centers, and more.

Trade Publications[edit]

IAAPA publishes a monthly trade magazine to its members, called FUNWORLD Magazine, and also helps its global membership base keep track of current and pending federal, state and locally based amusement-based laws and legislation, along with its "News Flash", a daily e-newsletter that provides industry news stories from around the world.

Trade Awards[edit]

IAAPA Hall of Fame - The IAAPA Hall Of Fame was established in 1990 to celebrate outstanding achievement and contributions to the growth and development of the amusement park and attractions industry for an industry that, like few others, depends on the imaginations, talents, and vision of its dream builders, such as PT Barnum and other industry luminaries -

IAAPA Service Awards - The IAAPA Service Awards honor members who excel in performing services for the association and the industry and are dedicated to its well-being and future growth

Member Services[edit]

IAAPA currently offers training for every aspect of the amusement park and attractions industry, and provides members with opportunities to educate their personnel through various workshops, on-site seminars, videotapes, manuals, webinars, and via services provided by institute programs, such as IAAPA Institute for Attractions Managers, the IAAPA Institute for Executive Education, and the IAAPA Safety Institute.

IAAPA promotes amusement park safety standards to its members and maintains a constant partnership with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) to both develop and update stringent amusement industry ride safety standards and ride maintenance requirements.

IAAPA’s advocacy department reaches out to government bodies in numerous countries to represent the industry on attraction and amusement park legislation and regulations.