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ICON: Dare to ride

ICON: Dare to ride

Blue skies, sunshine, and the opening of the UK’s first double launch coaster; Park World’s trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach was a smashing start to the summer season. ICON is the result of five years of planning and a £16.25m investment by the Thompson family, and Park World was lucky enough to catch up with […]

A 360° perspective at ACOLAP’s annual meeting

A 360° perspective at ACOLAP’s annual meeting

The tenth Meeting of the Colombian Association of Attractions and Amusement Parks (ACOLAP) saw ten industry experts demonstrate a full range of opportunities for the Latin American amusement park industry. Delegates from the United States, Mexico, Dubai and Colombia united under the slogan ‘360° Perspective, learning from successful models.  Park World correspondent Astrid González Nariño […]

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Cranking up the voltage: SeaWorld’s Electric Eel

Cranking up the voltage: SeaWorld’s Electric Eel

Shocking scenes at SeaWorld San Diego as Electric Eel raises the stakes in the coaster arms race…  It is a fact universally acknowledged: if you want to ramp up the attendance at your amusement park, add a major roller coaster. It has always worked; it always will. Over the last 35 years, wild animal and […]

Playtime with Peppa

Playtime with Peppa

In 2011, the UK’s Paulton’s Park became the world’s first theme park to have a Peppa Pig themed attraction. Since then, the porcine megastar of pre-school entertainment has continued on her quest for world domination, with an ever increasing audience reach and themed attractions set to open all over the world. Park World paid a […]

Lassoed in Texas

Lassoed in Texas

Six Flags Fiesta Texas unveiled its newest innovation in thrill ride technology last month… The single rail, Wonder Women themed roller coaster joins Batman: The Ride and Superman: Krypton Coaster to feed the seemingly inexhaustible public enthusiasm for superheroes. Paul Ruben has the story

ITEC Entertainment: designing the theme parks of the future

ITEC Entertainment: designing the theme parks of the future

Theme park planning is evolving, and design is increasingly a virtual process, encompassing a wide range of technologies and techniques.   Bill Coan, president and design principal at ITEC Entertainment, speaks to Park World editor Bryony Andrews – read here

Reflections on an American Dream

Reflections on an American Dream

American Dream Meadowlands will have more drawing power than Walt Disney World, according to Dr. Jack B. Samuels MBA, a.k.a. the Fun Doctor. The 2000 sq m retail and entertainment centre in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which opens next year at an estimated total project cost of close to $5 billion, is primed to become […]

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Light the way!

Light the way!

Sparky’s is a Saudi Arabian indoor play experience with a dare to be different. Since its creation, the chain has refuted the view that the days of the shopping mall FEC are numbered, prioritising a pioneering approach to traditional family days out and location based entertainment. Now, Sparky’s is the biggest name the region’s entertainment […]

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A farewell to flippers?

A farewell to flippers?

As of May 5, 2018, the local government in Mexico City has prohibited attractions with dolphins in water parks. For now the decision only affects parks in the capital, but could be extended to the rest of the country, which has the largest number of dolphinariums in Latin America. The conflict between dolphinarium owners and […]

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Something old, something new

Something old, something new

Most people familiar with the US wouldn’t think of a theme park nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains as part of the Old West. According to Kathy Archer, however, it’s the perfect way to describe Tweetsie Railroad, a magical piece of history tucked away in the mountains near Boone, North Carolina. Read the full Park […]