Archive for July, 2013

Legoland Water Park – coming soon to Malaysia!
By 22/07/2013 Read More →

Legoland Water Park – coming soon to Malaysia!

As these pictures show, construction is well on track at Asia’s first Legoland Water Park.

Disney comes to Europa-Park
By 22/07/2013 Read More →

Disney comes to Europa-Park

The latest in a long line of industry colleagues to visit Europa-Park were received by the Mack family at the German facility on 11 July – and they were a particularly powerful bunch.

Monorail for Thomas Land
By 22/07/2013 Read More →

Monorail for Thomas Land

Drayton Manor Theme Park has opened a new ride from Zamperla to celebrate the fifth anniversary of its Thomas Land kids area.

In The Loop – a brief history of upside-down coasters
By 18/07/2013 Read More →

In The Loop – a brief history of upside-down coasters

Left: Topsy Turvy, London 1902 In the season when Alton Towers sets a new record for the number of rollercoaster inversions and wooden looping coasters re-emerge as a credible ride proposition, Paul Ruben takes a look at some of the notable coasters that have turned park guests upside-down over the years.

Sea Life Park Hawaii
By 18/07/2013 Read More →

Sea Life Park Hawaii

Gary Kyriazi visits Hawaii’s only marine life park to discover why, despite its stunning location, the attraction has to work hard to get its share of the tourist dollar.

The story of The Smiler
By 12/07/2013 Read More →

The story of The Smiler

Ben Dowson, creative lead of Resort Theme Parks for Merlin Entertainments, discusses the development of the world’s first 14 inversion rollercoaster – now open at Alton Towers, England.

Book Review – Creating My Own Nemesis by John Wardley
By 12/07/2013 Read More →

Book Review – Creating My Own Nemesis by John Wardley

Touring the country as a “famous Russian” variety hall act called Vadir and Dorinova, it was John Wardley’s great aunt and uncle that were responsible for sparking his interest in the entertainment industry.

What has been your most cost-effective new attraction that has boosted attendance?
By 12/07/2013 Read More →

What has been your most cost-effective new attraction that has boosted attendance?

Henrik B Nielsen, Djurs Sommerland, Denmark (pictured): I think we got the most impact in recent years with Skatteøen, our Mack water coaster which opened in 2001. We experienced about a 15% rise in the number of visitors that season, and I think of a lot of that was because it was appealing to a […]

Penguins R Us
By 12/07/2013 Read More →

Penguins R Us

by Paul Ruben This spring I visited SeaWorld Orlando for the opening of their cool new attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin.

Singapore success for Asian Attractions Expo
By 12/07/2013 Read More →

Singapore success for Asian Attractions Expo

A record-breaking 5,350 industry professionals participated in last month’s Asian Attractions Expo (AAE), the Asia Pacific region trade show and conference from IAAPA.