Archive for March, 2009

We came, we SAW…
By 21/03/2009 Read More →

We came, we SAW…

Thorpe Park’s eagerly awaited new rollercoaster has opened, bringing a slice horror movie action to this popular park on the outskirts of London. SAW – The Ride is based around the film franchise of the same name and features a 100ft-high, beyond vertical first drop into a unique “head chopper” section featuring serrated rotary blades. […]

Drayton’s 4D pirate invasion!
By 21/03/2009 Read More →

Drayton’s 4D pirate invasion!

Drayton Manor’s eagerly-awaited 4D effects theatre by Simworx was unveiled to the general public March 21. The popular UK park opened the attraction in time for the start of the 2009 season, allowing guests to enjoy the effect-laden film Curse of Skullrock by Red Star Studios.

Posted in: Editorial, Park News
Dreaming Of Theming
By 21/03/2009 Read More →

Dreaming Of Theming

by Paul Ruben When the original Disneyland opened in California back in 1955, it wrote the book on theming for amusement parks. America’s first regional theme park, Six Flags Over Texas, opened in 1961, and was themed to the six nations that have had sovereignty over some or all of Texas over the years. The […]

Philipp Van Stratum (P&P Productions)
By 21/03/2009 Read More →

Philipp Van Stratum (P&P Productions)

Based in the Netherlands, P&P Projects has over 20 years’ experience in the design and production of a wide range of leisure projects. Two years ago the company started a new offshoot, P&P Project Development, so that it could get involved in projects at a much earlier stage and help clients assemble the full team […]

Posted in: 2009, Back Issues, Editorial, Q&A
Santa’s Village
By 21/03/2009 Read More →

Santa’s Village

We all know what Santa Claus does in December, but did you ever wonder where he goes in the off-season? Paul Ruben finds Santa and his elves in Jefferson, New Hampshire.

El Toro
By 21/03/2009 Read More →

El Toro

Freizeitpark Plohn in Germany officially opened its first wooden coaster on April 10. Representing a €5 million investment, El Toro (The Bull) is a big deal for this little park in Lengenfeld, Saxony.

Entertainment Rights
By 21/03/2009 Read More →

Entertainment Rights

  The owner of brands including Basil Brush, Postman Pat and George of the Jungle, Entertainment Rights boasts a portfolio of licensed properties perfectly suited to amusement park audiences. Recently acquired by Boomerang Media in the United States, the company now plans develop a varied range of branded attractions using its characters.

Ghost Town In The Sky files for bankruptcy
By 14/03/2009 Read More →

Ghost Town In The Sky files for bankruptcy

Owners blame banking crisis Ghost Town in the Sky, Maggie Valley, North Carolina, has filed for bankruptcy protection and reorganisation under Chapter 11 of the US Federal Code. The park’s owners say finding the money run an attraction that was dormant for five years before they bought it in 2006 has proved tricky.

Michigan’s Adventure
By 04/03/2009 Read More →

Michigan’s Adventure

It all started with a log flume Gary Kyriazi knew as soon as he met the 15-year-old Camille Jourden that she shared her father Roger’s passion for the amusement industry. Twenty-seven-years later he returns to visit her as general manager of Michigan’s Adventure, a park now under the ownership of Cedar Fair. In many ways […]

Have you ever considered a different pricing structure at your park?
By 03/03/2009 Read More →

Have you ever considered a different pricing structure at your park?

Linda Hays, Cliff’s Amusement Park, USA (pictured): We did actually, but it only lasted one season. It was a huge mistake.