Anyone who had a suspicion that, a few years into its 10-year residency in Orlando, IAAPA Attractions Expo might run out of steam was proved wrong in spectacular fashion this November after a barnstorming week in the “theme park capital of the world.” Paul Ruben and Owen Ralph report.
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One of the industry’s most unique new amusement rides is coming to Georgia, USA, courtesy of US Thrill Rides, with a second unit now confirmed for Florida.
“A gourmet restaurant in an amusement park – that certainly isn’t something I bargained with,” remarked critic Wolfram Siebeck on a recent visit to Europa-Park, Rust, Germany.
This is a story of perseverance. Of stick-to-itiveness. Dick Knoebel is a Marine, and Marines never give up. Paul Ruben celebrates the Pennsylvania park owner’s achievement in finally opening the Flying Turns.
After a prolonged series of setbacks, Europe’s fastest rollercoaster has finally opened to the general public at the Nürburgring in Germany.
Merlin Entertainments is worth more than three billon pounds, according to its long awaited stock market flotation.
Launched on Halloween to kick-start the park’s Fright Nights weekend, Abyss at Adventure World in Perth is Australia’s first Euro-Fighter coaster from Gerstlauer.
Park World has a quick catch-up with Vekoma Rides Manufacturing account manager Charlotte van Etten.
California’s Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has introduced Undertow, its new spinning coaster from Maurer Söhne.
It’s surely one of the longest winter seasons at any theme park worldwide, and it al starts on 18 November. Get ready for Winter Efteling.
How many times have you stood at the airport waiting for you bag on the luggage carousel and thought what a great ride system it would make? The German company One World Studio has gone one step further and developed the patent-pending Rolox kiddie conveyor.
The Blackpool Resort Pass – allowing combined admission to UK town’s Pleasure Beach, Tower, Sea Life aquarium and Madame Tussauds waxworks among other attractions – has notched up sales of almost £1 million in its first season.
Dennis Speigel argues that it's time security procedures at leisure facilities around the world were reviewed for the benefit of both employees and guests.
Thomas Earl Spackman, a former IAAPA president and the son of Indiana Beach founder Earl W Spackman, has passed away at the age of 100.
Those of us who deal with litigation in the amusement industry are familiar with releases executed when a claim is resolved to prevent the patron from later seeking more money from the park. However, there are also releases that can be signed before an accident even happens that will also preclude future claims or lawsuits, effectively insulating the park from personal injury litigation.
Nicolas de Villiers, Puy du Fou, France (pictured): Our season was a great success. Puy du Fou’s attendance increased 8% to 1.74 million guests – making us one of the top three parks in France (last year we were fourth). This is despite the bad economical context in the country.
Karin Koppelmans, Efteling, The Netherlands (pictured): We basically have two seasonal events: our Seven League Summer and Winter Efteling, both of which are big hits.