Archive for August, 2007

By 31/08/2007 Read More →

Palace Entertainment sold to Parques Reunidos

Deal paves pay for European operator to enter US   MidOcean Partners, a private equity firm with offices in New York and London, has announced that it has signed to sell Palace Entertainment to European operator Parques Reunidos, itself owned by private equity outfit Candover.

Coastal Crisis?
By 22/08/2007 Read More →

Coastal Crisis?

by Paul Ruben Back in the early ’70s I began photographing and writing about amusement parks because I was concerned they would all soon disappear. Traditional amusement parks were being bulldozed, and shopping malls and condominiums were rising in their place. They’re no fun.

Copyrights and Culture
By 22/08/2007 Read More →

Copyrights and Culture

by Jack Samuels My spring trips to China gave me a chance to ponder the current issues regarding copyrights and the attractions industry.

Documenting employee training
By 22/08/2007 Read More →

Documenting employee training

by Heather M Eichenbaum Esq Are you prepared to defend the actions of your ride operators and maintenance staff when an accident occurs? Having the proper documentation of all employees’ training is one of the most important aspects of defending your park.

Mirabilandia
By 22/08/2007 Read More →

Mirabilandia

Summer 2007 Enjoying its first full season under the ownership of the Spanish-based, private equity-backed Parques Reunidos group, Mirabilandia remains one of Italy’s most popular amusement parks and has just opened Raratonga, a Polynesian-themed water ride (pictured) perfect for the summer. Park World called ahead of the big Assumption Day holiday in August.

Vliegende Hollander
By 22/08/2007 Read More →

Vliegende Hollander

5 Flying Dutchman highlights The Flying Dutchman (Vliegende Hollander) is the Efteling’s largest, most expensive and complex attraction ever. A never before tried combination of dark ride, walk-through, water ride and coaster, the project took the park so long to perfect that it was delayed by a full season. But just as Captain Willem van […]

Maverick
By 22/08/2007 Read More →

Maverick

Wild thrills in Ohio Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio, has introduced Maverick, its 17th rollercoaster and the most at any single park in the world. Paul Ruben profiles one of the latest linear synchronous motor (LSM) launch coaster from Intamin.

Troy
By 22/08/2007 Read More →

Troy

The 1km wooden wonder Troy at Toverland near Venlo in Holland is a landmark ride for both operator and manufacturer. Transforming the profile of a park that began life as an indoor attraction, the 1km-plus long wooden coaster is also one of the largest constructions ever for Great Coasters International (GCI), and only its second […]

By 21/08/2007 Read More →

Does your region’s ride regulatory agency provide the right amount of inspection?

Steve Cook, Gold Reef City, South Africa: The Occupational Health and Safety legislation in South Africa does apply to amusement parks and attractions, but is of general application. There is, however, no dedicated or specific legislation governing amusement rides and devices.

Ups & Downs
By 21/08/2007 Read More →

Ups & Downs

September 2007