Archive for April, 2010

Theme Index – 2009 park attendance figures released
By 27/04/2010 Read More →

Theme Index – 2009 park attendance figures released

The park industry managed to weather the economic storm at a level equal or greater than many other industries in 2009, according to the latest amusement park attendance report from TEA and AECOM (formerly Economics Research Associates/ERA).

Tourism & Property summit returns to Shanghai
By 14/04/2010 Read More →

Tourism & Property summit returns to Shanghai

A third Asia Tourism Property & Attraction Summit (ATPAS) is planned for Shanghai on May 31 and June 1 – timed to coincide with Expo 2010.

Nickelodeon Universe
By 08/04/2010 Read More →

Nickelodeon Universe

Located undercover inside the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, Nickelodeon Universe is the first-ever stand-alone theme park dedicated to the kids TV network. Paul Ruben pays a visit.

Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester
By 08/04/2010 Read More →

Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester

The latest Legoland Discovery Centre opened last month in the English city of Manchester, marking Merlin Entertainments’ first new attraction in the UK for almost a decade. Owen Ralph reports.

Skull Rock 4D at Land’s End
By 08/04/2010 Read More →

Skull Rock 4D at Land’s End

The English county of Cornwall is well known for its pirating heritage but now, for the first time ever, visitors to Land’s End can enjoy swashbuckling adventures in 4D form thanks to a Simworx Effects Theatre.See an exclusive video about the Land’s End 4D experience here.

Sonic Spinball
By 08/04/2010 Read More →

Sonic Spinball

This season Alton Towers guests can also enjoy a new look coaster called Sonic Spinball. Previously known as Spinball Whizzer, the spinning coaster from Maurer Söhne has been rethemed in tribute to computer game hero Sonic the Hedgehog.

Whale Adventures – Splash Tours
By 08/04/2010 Read More →

Whale Adventures – Splash Tours

What could possibly be the world’s first whale watching-themed attraction opened last month at Europa-Park near Freiburg, kicking off the German park’s 35th anniversary celebration.

Five years for Etheredge
By 08/04/2010 Read More →

Five years for Etheredge

Wild West World founder Thomas Etheredge has been sentenced to five years in prison – 30 times longer than his park survived – for defrauding investors.

Freestyle Music Park ‘unlikely’ to open
By 08/04/2010 Read More →

Freestyle Music Park ‘unlikely’ to open

According to the Myrtle Beach SunNews, the owners of the $400-million Freestyle Music Park missed a court-ordered deadline to make a debt payment, meaning the venue is unlikely to open this season.

Cedar Fair terminates Apollo deal
By 08/04/2010 Read More →

Cedar Fair terminates Apollo deal

Cedar Fair and affiliates of Apollo Global Management have agreed to terminate their previously announced merger agreement.