Archive for November, 2013

Indiana Beach stalwart dies
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Indiana Beach stalwart dies

Thomas Earl Spackman, a former IAAPA president and the son of Indiana Beach founder Earl W Spackman, has passed away at the age of 100.

Successful season for Blackpool Resort Pass sales
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Successful season for Blackpool Resort Pass sales

The Blackpool Resort Pass – allowing combined admission to UK town’s Pleasure Beach, Tower, Sea Life aquarium and Madame Tussauds waxworks among other attractions – has notched up sales of almost £1 million in its first season.

First Polercoasters confirmed for Georgia and Florida
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First Polercoasters confirmed for Georgia and Florida

One of the industry’s most unique new amusement rides is coming to Georgia, USA, courtesy of US Thrill Rides, with a second unit now confirmed for Florida.

Winter Efteling
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Winter Efteling

It’s surely one of the longest winter seasons at any theme park worldwide, and it al starts on 18 November. Get ready for Winter Efteling.

Park dining goes gourmet!
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Park dining goes gourmet!

“A gourmet restaurant in an amusement park – that certainly isn’t something I bargained with,” remarked critic Wolfram Siebeck on a recent visit to Europa-Park, Rust, Germany.

Merlin shares soar on stock market debut
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Merlin shares soar on stock market debut

Merlin Entertainments is worth more than three billon pounds, according to its long awaited stock market flotation.

How was business this season?
By 07/11/2013 Read More →

How was business this season?

Nicolas de Villiers, Puy du Fou, France (pictured): Our season was a great success. Puy du Fou’s attendance increased 8% to 1.74 million guests – making us one of the top three parks in France (last year we were fourth). This is despite the bad economical context in the country.

Fun Spot grows up
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Fun Spot grows up

by Paul Ruben Can you think of an amusement park that began life as a family entertainment centre?

Mickey speaks! But does it spoil the magic?
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Mickey speaks! But does it spoil the magic?

He might talk in Disney’s theme park shows and parades, but when it comes to one-on-one meetings with guests, Mickey Mouse – like most park mascots – has been mute for years. Not any more!

Why a release will insulate  your park against litigation
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Why a release will insulate your park against litigation

by Heather M Eichenbaum Esq Those of us who deal with litigation in the amusement industry are familiar with releases executed when a claim is resolved to prevent the patron from later seeking more money from the park. However, there are also releases that can be signed before an accident even happens that will also […]