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Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan officially opened the country’s theme park on 26 May, joined by a host of VIPs and excited kids.
Hong Kong Disneyland has launched Mystic Manor. Based loosely on the Haunted Mansion, it is the most unique dark ride featured in any Disneyland park, anchoring the new Mystic Point area of the Hong Kong venue.
Leading Swedish amusement park Liseberg is marking its 90th anniversary season with the opening of a new look children’s area, Kalinlandet (Rabbit Land).
Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio has unveiled one of North America’s most anticipated new coasters. Supplied by Rocky Mountain Construction, the Iron Rattler combines a classic wooden support structure with modern steel track.
Scandalous! Orlando, Florida, the epicentre of the amusement park world, didn't have a wooden rollercoaster. Until now. Paul Ruben reports.
Etnaland’s transformation from waterpark to theme park is complete. Sicily’s leading family entertainment destination is now home to a package of thrilling thrill rides including a signature rollercoaster from Mack Rides.
Flagshship Cedar Fair property Cedar Point has launched its 144th season with the latest of 16 rollercoasters, a record-breaking Wing Coaster from Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M).
Rainbow Magicland near Rome is one of several parks debuting a Splash Battle ride this season from Preston & Barbieri.
Here’s the new River Splash ride from ABC Engineering at Freizeitpark Plohn, Germany.
Slagharen director Angelique Klar reveals how this new land is part of an ongoing effort to renew the Dutch park's theming.
Djurs Sommerland CEO Henrik N Nielsen discusses the Danish park's new launch coaster – currently the longest in Europe.
Spain’s national synchronised swimming team was called upon recently to inaugurate the new €10 million waterpark facilities at PortAventura.
The Goddard Group has transformed the arrival experience at Lotte World in South Korea.
More than 125 European members of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions met recently at Efteling for the IAAPA Europe Spring Forum – and the Dutch park was the perfect host.
Read our special feature on observation experiences, from Ferris Wheels to skyscrapers, towers and more.
The Ferris Wheel has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. What other amusement ride do you believe is ready for a comeback and how could it be improved for the 21st century?
John Wardley, ride consultant (pictured): Don’t be afraid of dark rides! Just because Disney and Universal spend tens of millions of dollars on elaborate hi-tech dark rides it doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for small, well-designed and imaginative rides.
There are many theme parks around that use the American Old West as their theme, or as one of their themes. You might think the best one would be located in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, or perhaps Kansas. But I think one of the best of the Old West themes is that found in Southern California.
Post-prohibition, American amusement parks were almost exclusively child and family-oriented facilities that didn’t serve alcohol. Times have changed and today many parks serve alcohol. However, in providing alcohol, parks must be conscious of several issues that otherwise wouldn’t exist.