Archive for January, 2011

Abu Dhabi government buys Ferrari World
By 28/01/2011 Read More →

Abu Dhabi government buys Ferrari World

Aldar Properties has agreed to sell a group of assets, including the Ferrari World theme park, to the Abu Dhabi government. Also included in the AED19.2 billion ($5.2bn/€3.8bn) deal are roads, bridges, homes and land at Yas Island, as well an AED2.8bn convertible bond.

CDA takes control at Futuroscope
By 28/01/2011 Read More →

CDA takes control at Futuroscope

The French ski resort and attractions operator Compagnie des Alpes (CDA) is to take a controlling stake in Futuroscope (pictured), while disposing of seven smaller amusement parks and attractions.

New chairman at Cedar Fair
By 25/01/2011 Read More →

New chairman at Cedar Fair

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company has appointed C Thomas (Tom) Harvie as non-executive chairman of the board of directors, effective immediately. Harvie succeeds Dick Kinzel as the American park chain’s chairman.

CNL announces new management for eight parks
By 25/01/2011 Read More →

CNL announces new management for eight parks

After an extensive search, CNL Lifestyle Properties has reached agreements regarding new management for eight of its amusement parks in the United States. Five operations partners have been selected, all starting on or before February 1.

Potter tour planned for UK studios
By 21/01/2011 Read More →

Potter tour planned for UK studios

The Thinkwell Group is to help Warner Bros create a behind-the-scenes Harry Potter tour at the UK studios used to film the blockbuster movie series.

Former Six Flags executives Breeze into Virginia
By 20/01/2011 Read More →

Former Six Flags executives Breeze into Virginia

Ocean Breeze Waterpark, Hampton Roads, Virginia, has been acquired by former Six Flags executives Kieran Burke and Gary Story.

Larson buys Sellner
By 19/01/2011 Read More →

Larson buys Sellner

Two American ride manufacturers have become one following the acquisition of Sellner Manufacturing by Larson International.

Magic Kingdom expansion begins
By 19/01/2011 Read More →

Magic Kingdom expansion begins

The world’s busiest theme park is about to get a little bigger. Work has begun on the largest expansion ever at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Florida. The project will nearly double the size of the park’s Fantasyland are and provide a new home for Ariel, the Little Mermaid.

S&S clarifies coaster project in China
By 10/01/2011 Read More →

S&S clarifies coaster project in China

S&S Worldwide has issued a statement in response to a local newspaper report from Dongguan, China, confirming that the American company is responsible for the delivery of the country’s first “4th Dimension” Coaster.

Legoland California reveals plans for 2011
By 10/01/2011 Read More →

Legoland California reveals plans for 2011

Legoland California Resort in Carlsbad will introduce three new attractions in 2011, including a Star Wars exhibit, new additions to Legoland Water Park and the Sea Life Aquarium, plus a fresh look for one of the theme park’s popular rides.