Archive for September, 2008

Hard Rock park bankrupt
By 25/09/2008 Read More →

Hard Rock park bankrupt

Season cut short The owner of Hard Rock Park, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and the 55-acre park has closed for the rest of the season. The attraction will reopen in 2009, however.

Prater goes Turbo!
By 23/09/2008 Read More →

Prater goes Turbo!

Screamin’ Swing opens in Vienna Here’s a shot of Turbo, new this season at the Prater in Vienna, Austria. Operated by the Dostal family, this S&S Screamin’ Swing ride replaces The Bell by Funtime, which has since been moved to Hansa Park in northern Germany.

Diggerland expands
By 23/09/2008 Read More →

Diggerland expands

New entrance for Castleford attraction A new visitors’ centre has opened at Diggerland in Castleford, the largest of four digger and dumper truck theme parks in the UK. The building was constructed structural and civil engineering consultancy Paul Waite Associates.

Safari park triples cheetah population!
By 23/09/2008 Read More →

Safari park triples cheetah population!

Largest group in UK West Midland Safari Park in England has introduced a further six Cheetah to its Cheetah Plains exhibit, in turning creating the largest group of cheetah in the UK.

A tree named Danny
By 23/09/2008 Read More →

A tree named Danny

New mascot for Drouwenerzand Costume character specialist Rainbow Productions was asked by the Dutch park Drouwenerzand to transform its tree icon into a mascot, and here’s the result: a character called Danny.

Boat Trip
By 23/09/2008 Read More →

Boat Trip

by A Million Dreams Boat Trip is a 3D/4D action movie with a difference – it features live action rather than computer generated imagery (CGI).

Space Needle gets new CEO
By 23/09/2008 Read More →

Space Needle gets new CEO

Sevart brings extensive experience Ron Sevart has been chosen as the new CEO of the Space Needle in Seattle, the city’s famous tower attraction. He brings extensive experience in the attractions industry, including major attraction development, entertainment venues, restaurants and water resorts.

How have rising fuel prices affected your park this season?
By 23/09/2008 Read More →

How have rising fuel prices affected your park this season?

Rio Iman Sendjojo (pictured), Jawa Timur Park, Indonesia: It’s not just petrol prices; it’s the cost of electric and many other things that have risen, so we have had to put our prices up as well. However, we have had some success by encouraging local people to come here rather than drive to Jakarta, where […]

Disney makes Asian appointments
By 23/09/2008 Read More →

Disney makes Asian appointments

Executives focus on growth of Hong Kong resort Bill Ernest has been named president and managing director, Asia, for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. In his new role, Ernst will oversee the company’s properties throughout Asia, including Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL), where previously served as executive vice-president and managing director.

Golden Horse plans park chain
By 23/09/2008 Read More →

Golden Horse plans park chain

Family-focused attractions mooted Leading Chinese ride manufacturer Golden Horse Amusement has revealed that financing is in place develop a nationwide chain of parks.