Archive for June, 2011

Merlin enters Japan
By 23/06/2011 Read More →

Merlin enters Japan

A Madame Tussauds exhibition and a Legoland Discovery Centre in Tokyo will mark Merlin Entertainments’ entry into the Japanese market, starting this October.

Cedar Fair names next president
By 23/06/2011 Read More →

Cedar Fair names next president

Matthew A Ouimet has been named as the next president and CEO of Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. Ouimet, 53, will succeed 70-year-old Dick Kinzel as chief executive officer of the North American park chain when he retires on January 3, 2012.

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Pleasure Beach offers Nickelodeon wristband
By 17/06/2011 Read More →

Pleasure Beach offers Nickelodeon wristband

Following the launch of Nickelodeon Land in May, the Pleasure Beach in Blackpool, England, has introduce a wristband allowing dedicated access to this new children’s area of the park.

Theme Index 2010
By 17/06/2011 Read More →

Theme Index 2010

Total attendance at the world’s top 25 theme and amusement parks rose 1.9% in 2010 to 189.1 million. These and many more figures are revealed in the Theme Index 2010 – the definitive industry attendance report, just published by AECOM and the TEA.

Cheetah Hunt
By 13/06/2011 Read More →

Cheetah Hunt

If you were to conceive a new attraction that combines exotic animals with fast paced thrills, what would you do? If you’re Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, you build Cheetah Hunt. Paul Ruben reports.

Yield Management
By 13/06/2011 Read More →

Yield Management

by Dennis Speigel For the last decade, I have been perplexed by rising prices at theme parks. I have also been concerned about the enormous amount of discounting that parks and attractions find necessary to continue to “pump up” attendance.

Crealy adds animals
By 13/06/2011 Read More →

Crealy adds animals

Crealy Great Adventure Park in Devon, England, has been granted a zoo licence, allowing it to keep a variety of exotic animals on site.

Twist ‘n’ Mack
By 13/06/2011 Read More →

Twist ‘n’ Mack

In the shape of SpongeBob’s Splash Bash, the Pleasure Beach in Blackpool has a world first. The new ride at Nickelodeon Land is the first Twist & Splash from Mack Rides, adding a new spin to the classic tea cups ride: water.

By 07/06/2011 Read More →

How do you expect the high cost of fuel will impact your attendance this season?

Stephen Lorton, Paultons Park, UK (pictured): I don’t know, you can look at it two ways. In some ways rising fuel costs might not be great but then again with rising air fares maybe people won’t want to go away and they’ll stay in the UK.

By 07/06/2011 Read More →

SpongePaul SquarePants

by Paul Ruben Soon after the Mall of America opened in 1992, I visited to report on the enclosed indoor amusement park, Knott’s Camp Snoopy. It changed over the years and in March 2008 was re-themed as Nickelodeon Universe.