Though the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) won’t be meeting in person in Orlando, Florida next week as the association typically does annually, the global amusement and entertainment organization is holding a virtual education conference instead. Ahead of the conference, the IAAPA has named three Hall of Fame inductees, including Imagineer and Disney Legend Tony Baxter.
Here are details about all of the 2020 Hall of Fame Inductees:
Tony Baxter, Walt Disney Imagineering – The famous Imagineer was received the prestigious Disney Legend accolade in 2013 for his work on attractions such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Star Tours, Journey into Imagination, Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, and Splash Mountain. His contributions to Disney theme parks, including revolutionary ride vehicles, have aided Imagineering and theme parks across the globe. This year, IAAPA is award Baxter for his outstanding career and lasting legacy.
Greg Hale, Walt Disney World Vice President – In 2017, Walt Disney World’s Chief Officer served a one-year term as IAAPA’s Chairman and went to serve in multiple entertainment industry safety boards and holds numerous patents, including as one of the co-inventors of Disney Parks’ Fastpass system.
Mats Wedin, Liseberg, Sweden – Former chairman of the Liseberg amusement park in Sweden also served as an IAAPA Chairman.
The IAAPA shared this official statement regarding the Hall of Fame induction on their website:
The IAAPA Hall of Fame was established to honor legends and pioneers from the global attractions industry. IAAPA Hall of Fame inductees are individuals whose work and accomplishments have made significant and lasting contributions to the global attractions industry. This award is the highest and most prestigious honor in the industry.
Tony Baxter shares this award with Disney Legend Marty Sklar, as well as the Themed Entertainment Association’s THEA Lifetime Achievement Award. Both have a window dedicated to them on Main Street USA in Disneyland Park.
While it’s no surprise that Baxter would receive such a prestigious award for his outstanding and inspirational career, we here at Inside the Magic could not be more pleased for Disney Legend Tony Baxter’s achievements and induction into IAAPA’s Hall of Fame.
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