Archive for October, 2009

Tivoli plans Petzi World
By 28/10/2009 Read More →

Tivoli plans Petzi World

After opening a teen-friendly interactive ride in 2009 (Insane), Tivoli is to extend an olive branch to families when it unveils a new children’s area in 2010. Petzi’s World will open next summer and be based around the Danish cartoon character of the same name.

Legoland Discovery Centre Texas
By 28/10/2009 Read More →

Legoland Discovery Centre Texas

Merlin Entertainments is to continue its aggressive growth plan with the opening in March 2011 of a Legoland Discovery Centre (LDC) at the Grapevine Mills shopping mall in Grapevine, Texas.

Castle of Chaos
By 27/10/2009 Read More →

Castle of Chaos

Haunted attractions are big business in the United States but this Halloween visitors to Branson, Missouri, were able to experience the next generation of haunted house. Park World peeks inside Castle of Chaos, the world’s first “5D” haunted attraction.

Swiss Ride for Swiss Pavilion
By 23/10/2009 Read More →

Swiss Ride for Swiss Pavilion

Swiss Rides has landed a prestigious contract to supply a chair ride for the Swiss Pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai. The ride will start inside the building, then travel outside across a grass-covered roof and back down via a spiral. Hourly capacity if predicted at 1,500 using pairs of six-seater ride vehicles.

Bitter victory for Paultons
By 23/10/2009 Read More →

Bitter victory for Paultons

Paultons Park in Hampshire, England, has been officially recognised as an amusement park after submitting planning application to change its status from a county park. However a separate, retrospective planning application for two rides has been turned down by the New Forest National Park Authority.

Knoebels Flying Turns – ready when it’s done
By 23/10/2009 Read More →

Knoebels Flying Turns – ready when it’s done

The million-dollar question at Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pennsylvania, is “When is the Flying Turns going to open?” The answer, according to Dick Knoebel, is “When it’s done.” Park World gets a progress report.

IALEI-IAAPA deal complete
By 09/10/2009 Read More →

IALEI-IAAPA deal complete

The International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industry (IALEI) is about to become history. Officials from the family entertainment centre (FEC) trade body have confirmed that all the required approvals are in place as they prepare to dissolve IALEI and merge its membership into IAAPA (the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions).

EAS Amsterdam
By 09/10/2009 Read More →

EAS Amsterdam

Attendance up at IAAPA European expo After the bizarre situation in 2008, when Euro Attractions Show took place twice, the event settled into its new fall (autumn) schedule as it appeared inside the Europa Hall of Amsterdam RAI exhibition centre from September 30 to October 2. Owen Ralph reports from IAAPA’s biggest and busiest yet […]

Blackstone buys Busch Entertainment
By 07/10/2009 Read More →

Blackstone buys Busch Entertainment

As strongly predicted, Belgium’s Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to sell Busch Entertainment to Blackstone Capital Partners.