Archive for July, 2009

Mad About Monsters
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Mad About Monsters

by Paul Ruben This was to be a special day for me. Earlier in my park-going career, in March of 1981, I attended the media preview of a quirky new dark boat ride at Six Flags Over Georgia, Monster Plantation. It was Disneyesque in quality, the first dark ride of this calibre outside of a […]

What is a better strategy for profit, charging for car parking or encouraging more attendance by not charging?
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What is a better strategy for profit, charging for car parking or encouraging more attendance by not charging?

Will Koch (pictured), Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, USA: It depends on the park’s business model. Ours is based on delivering an exceptional visit to the guest. Hitting them with lots of add-ons during the day doesn’t make sense for us. We don’t charge for parking, in fact free parking is one item on a […]

Trollfallet at Hunderfossen
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Trollfallet at Hunderfossen

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Norway’s third largest amusement park has added a €2 million attraction called Trollfallet. Located at the top of the park’s spectacular castle building, the new addition continues the park’s tradition of fairytale and folklore and fuses a freefall tower with a walk-through preshow. Devised in partnership with the park’s management […]

Minitalia Leolandia
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Minitalia Leolandia

Zamperla’s product range is such that no single factory, showroom or trade show is large enough to show it all. That’s why the leading Italian ride manufacturer recently established a relationship with a park just 90 minutes from its Vincenza headquarters. Owen Ralph visits Minitalia Leolandia to discover the raft of changes that have been […]

Gillian’s Funland
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Gillian’s Funland

Gillian’s Funland in Sea Isle City is the only new amusement park to be unveiled in the United States this year. Paul Ruben travels to New Jersey to meet owner Jay A Gillian, who also operates Gillian’s Wonderland Pier just 10 miles down the shore in Ocean City.

Monster Mansion
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Monster Mansion

Conventional wisdom says you don’t pour new money into an old attraction. But when your old attraction is Monster Plantation, the beloved dark boat ride at Atlanta’s Six Flags Over Georgia, you think again…

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Kernels – August 2009

BRC Imagination Arts has been chosen to conceptualise, design and produce the show content for the USA Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010. Ground breaking took place on June 17.

Figures of Fun –  August 2009
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Figures of Fun – August 2009

Maya Tal
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Maya Tal

TAA (Theming and Animatronics) Industries recently completed a large installation at Heide Park in Soltau, Germany, where it rethemed the Maya Tal (Maya Valley) area. The area was previously known informally as “Huss Land” thanks to the large concentration of rides by the German manufacturer.

Fisherman’s revamp
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Fisherman’s revamp

Macau’s Fisherman’s Wharf development is to undergo a string of improvements as part of a revamp costing a reported three billion Hong Kong dollars ($387m/E272m).