Archive for September, 2009

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit
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Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Originally scheduled to open in spring, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Universal Studios Orlando’s highly anticipated rollercoaster, finally opened in late August to the delight of park guests and operator alike. It was worth the wait, says Paul Ruben.

Professor Keaney’s Xploratorium
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Professor Keaney’s Xploratorium

Professor Keaney’s Xploratorium, an eclectic showcase of “augmented reality”, has opened at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. Park World explores the world’s first fun house using Total Immersion technology.

Camelot – the legend lives on
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Camelot – the legend lives on

A short but successful season has created a sense of renewed optimism at the English theme park Camelot. Owen Ralph visits the park that avoided execution.

Six Flags Over Georgia – and under water
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Six Flags Over Georgia – and under water

The flooding in the state of Georgia during late September has made for many remarkable photos. Digital Globe, a satellite imaging company, has released this photo of the flooding around the Six Flags Over Georgia amusement park in Atlanta.

Cypress Gardens closes (for the third time)
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Cypress Gardens closes (for the third time)

Cypress Gardens and Splash Island Water Park, Winter Haven, Florida, abruptly closed on September 23, leaving in doubt the future of an attraction that has lured visitors since 1936.

Ups & Downs – October 2009
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Ups & Downs – October 2009

Figures of Fun – October 2009
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Figures of Fun – October 2009

The Water Ride Arms Race
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The Water Ride Arms Race

by Paul Ruben The Shoot-the-Chutes first appeared in 1817 when the Jardin Ruggieri park in Paris introduced Saut du Niagara, or Niagara Jump. The ride featured a drop of more than 50ft. Paul Boynton popularised the ride he first called Shoot-the-Chutes at his Sea Lion Park at Coney Island in 1897.

Time for a Check-up
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Time for a Check-up

by Dr Jack Samuels At this time of continued financial pressure, it is time to think critically about managerial functions and attitudes throughout our industry. The parks and attractions industry is not devoid of the problems that are facing other businesses around the world, but we also have to ask ourselves a number of unique […]

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Sanatorium Zapolarie
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Sanatorium Zapolarie

The Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi will, in five years’ time, host the Winter Olympics. This summer, however, holidaymakers have been able to enjoy a much warmer way to have fun.