Archive for January, 2009

Ups & Downs
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Ups & Downs

February 2009

Figures of Fun
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Figures of Fun

February 2009

Orlando parks downsize staff
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Orlando parks downsize staff

Economy catches up with Central Florida attractions According to the Orlando Sentinel, Universal Orlando laid off about 70 employees in January and senior staff at Walt Disney World have been offered buyouts to leave, as these and other resorts confront an increasingly dire economic outlook.

ScareCON 2009
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ScareCON 2009

Europe’s only haunted attractions show returns Following an inaugural one-day event last year, Scare Attractions UK has revealed that ScareCON will take place for the second time this May in Birmingham, England.

Stengel receives German honour
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Stengel receives German honour

Coaster pioneer given Cross of Merit Werner Stengel has been awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Cross of Merit) by the Federal Republic of Germany for his outstanding contribution to rollercoaster design and development.

What’s been your best working vacation?
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What’s been your best working vacation?

Bob Masterson, Ripley Entertainment/IAAPA (pictured): I’m always at a loss when asked to name the “best” of anything. It really comes down to people, places and things. Change one of those and the best can be the worst!

Santa Claus is coming to town …in 3D!
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Santa Claus is coming to town …in 3D!

Seasonal attraction opens in New York Blacklight Attractions recently created a seasonal 3D attraction for the Bayville Adventure Park FEC in New York. Santa’s Magical Toy Factory in 3D took visitors through a magical world inside Santa’s works, where they experienced Mrs Claus’ kitchen, a winter wonderland, the elves’ toy factory and a face to […]

Bombay Express
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Bombay Express

BARPL complete new land train Bombay Amusement Rides (BARPL) recently completed a new 33-seater land train for India’s Lavasa tourism resort project between Pune and Mumbai.

The friendly Yeti!
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The friendly Yeti!

Garner Holt completes giant animatronic Garner Holt Productions has developed a new animatronic Yeti character, due to be installed at a themed attraction in early 2009. Weighing in at 1,700 pounds and standing 9ft tall, the Yeti is also one of the largest single animated figures ever built, yet incredibly friendly.

Monorail makeover
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Monorail makeover

Fresh look for Alton Towers attraction Alton Towers in England has revamped its 1987 monorail with the help of the London-based design firm Sarner. The people-moving system is used to transport guests on a loop between the park’s car park, main entrance and two hotels and at the height of the season can transport 4,800 […]