Merlin Entertainments announces sale of Australian ski resorts

Merlin Entertainments announces sale of Australian ski resorts

Merlin Entertainments, a global leader in location based entertainment, announces the sale of its Australian ski resorts, Hotham and Falls Creek, to Vail Resorts, Inc. The purchase price is A$174 million (£95 million1), subject to certain adjustments related to the timing of closing, which represents a multiple of 8.8x 2018 EBITDA. The deal is subject […]

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Scruffy Dog’s creative division takes up residence in the Middle East

Scruffy Dog’s creative division takes up residence in the Middle East

Although Scruffy Dog has had a presence in Dubai for over a year, this new office and its full-time local team will allow the company to establish a closer relationship and seamless service with their Middle Eastern clients. “This was the natural step to take to ensure our valued clients receive the attention their projects […]

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Merlin expands in China

Merlin expands in China

Merlin Entertainments recently unveiled its first Dungeon and Little BIG City attractions in China, located in Beijing and Shanghai respectively. It also chose Shanghai for its first ever Peppa Pig World of Play, taking the total number of attractions it has in the country to eleven. In an exclusive chat with Park World, corporate affairs […]

World’s first racing launch coaster debuting at Six Flags Magic Mountain

World’s first racing launch coaster debuting at Six Flags Magic Mountain

West Coast Racers, believed to be the world’s first racing launch coaster, will be opening this year at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, California. This one-of-a-kind racing coaster from Premier Rides will feature two side-by-side tracks with four individual high-speed launches. The race covers two complete laps, multiple airtime hills, extreme high-banked turns and exhilarating […]

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Park at OWA adding Dark Ride

Park at OWA adding Dark Ride

The Park at OWA, Foley, Alabama, has reopened for 2019 and will add a new ride in the summer. The Park’s newest addition will be a Sally Ghost Blasters II dark. The air-conditioned three-minute interactive ride will transport guests over a 393 foot (120 m) path in one of nine four-passenger vehicles through nine scenes […]

Pursuit announces FlyOver Iceland opening date

Pursuit announces FlyOver Iceland opening date

Pursuit has announced a July 1, 2019 opening date for its highly anticipated FlyOver Iceland flight ride experience. Modeled after Pursuit’s successful FlyOver Canada attraction, FlyOver Iceland will provide guests with an exhilarating flight simulation over some of the island’s most iconic natural wonders, hard-to-reach locations and picturesque scenery. The attraction uses the I-ride Panoramic […]

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Kentucky Flyer Rising

Kentucky Flyer Rising

Construction continues by The Gravity Group on the Kentucky Flyer, the new roller coaster announced by Kentucky Kingdom to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Being built at a project cost of $5 million, it will be ready to ride on the park’s opening day in 2019. “What better way to celebrate Kentucky Kingdom’s 30th anniversary than […]

Dark Slope Introduces Scarygirl Mission Maybee

Dark Slope Introduces Scarygirl Mission Maybee

Dark Slope, a Toronto-based virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) developer, is creating free-roam multi-user experiences for the rapidly expanding location-based entertainment (LBE) market and for enterprise customers. The one-year old company is announcing it has closed a seed funding round raising more than $1.5 million, and the launch of its first product, the […]

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IAAPA Names Josh Powers as EVP and CFO

IAAPA Names Josh Powers as EVP and CFO

IAAPA has named Josh Powers as executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO). Powers will serve as IAAPA’s strategic advisor on all financial issues impacting IAAPA’s global mission and service offerings, including financial analysis, investments, asset and cash management, and financial functions that support the overall growth and sustainability of the association. In addition, […]

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Road Rage Stunt Show Dark Ride Coming to Trans Studio Bali

Road Rage Stunt Show Dark Ride Coming to Trans Studio Bali

Following the November 2018 announcement of two all-new theme parks coming to Indonesia later this year, Trans Studio has revealed details on the first of several signature attractions in the works. Road Rage, the signature dark ride that will serve as an anchor attraction at Trans Studio Bali, is being billed as the world’s first […]

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