Archive for December, 2008

What impressed you at this winter’s trade shows?
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What impressed you at this winter’s trade shows?

Paul Borchardt, Wonderland Park, USA (pictured): We saw more plush lines with better design and better grade materials. Overall it’s of higher quality, a great improvement over the toys we’ve had the past 20 years.

Vanishing Act
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Vanishing Act

by Paul Ruben What is going on with American theme parks? They’re dropping like flies. Recently I visited Cypress Gardens Adventure Park, Winter Haven, Florida, the day before it was due to close and have all 38 rides removed. Unless I get a hankerin’ to stare at their banyon tree, guess I won’t return for […]

Be Original
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Be Original

by Bob Rogers We are commoditising our parks. We are using meetings like IAAPA, Euro Attractions Show and Asian Attractions Expo to copy rather than inspire each other. Identical solutions are appearing everywhere for everything. Our attractions are all starting to look alike.

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Kernels

January 2009 Mirko Schulze has replaced the retired Wolfgang Richter as CEO of Huss Park Attractions, based in Bremen, Germany. Want to know what he looks like? See our IAAPA party pics on page 28.

Introducing MIT
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Introducing MIT

Preston & Barbieri subsidiary launched at Orlando Preston & Barbieri revealed its new offshoot in public for the first time during IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando.

Mack offers Hidden Reality
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Mack offers Hidden Reality

Augmented reality dark rides available Mack Rides has partnered with Total Immersion to create Hidden Reality, a very flexible dark ride with animation based around the French firm’s augmented reality technology.

Total Immersion makes an impact
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Total Immersion makes an impact

Augmented reality turns spectators into performers Multimedia attractions are big news at the moment, and it would seem a safe bet to say that the “augmented reality” technology pioneered by the French company Total Immersion is poised to make a big impact and parks and attractions over the next few years.

Bob goes to Legoland!
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Bob goes to Legoland!

4D film produced for Merlin HIT Entertainment is working with SD Entertainment and Threshold Animation Studios to produce a Bob the Builder 4D movie for Merlin Entertainments.

5D International makes US sales
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5D International makes US sales

Double Flyboard installation announced Simulating a low altitude flight over the capital of Austria, Vienna Airlines has been a hit since it opened at the city’s famous Prater amusement park, and now the company that created it is poised to deliver more experiences using the same ride system.

Aérophile bound for Walt Disney World
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Aérophile bound for Walt Disney World

French firm announces US installations Downtown Disney in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, is one of the latest tourist spots to get a giant, tethered balloon from the French company Aérophile. The attraction will take guests 300ft into the air to view the vistas of Walt Disney World Resort starting spring 2009.