John Holer, 1935-2018

John Holer, 1935-2018

John Holer, founder and owner of Marineland of Canada, passed away peacefully at home on June 23, 2018 in his 83rd year. Marie, his wife of 46 years, survives him. He was the father of Peter and the late Johnny. and grandfather of Lailah and Lidiah. He is also survived by his brother of Bronko […]

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First stage of Walibi Belgium revamp completed with Jora Vision

First stage of Walibi Belgium revamp completed with Jora Vision

As part of a multi-year master plan and a €100m investment, Compagnie des Alpes is re-imagining its Belgian Walibi theme park as a collection of “worlds”, each with an immersive theme for its landscaping, attractions, restaurants, and shops. The first of these zones, which will reinforce existing themes and introduce new ones, is Exotic World, […]

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Gary Foley returns to Ocean City as COO for Gillian’s Wonderland Pier

Gary Foley returns to Ocean City as COO for Gillian’s Wonderland Pier

Gillian’s Wonderland Pier has named Gary Foley its new Chief Operating Officer. Foley’s career spans nearly four decades in the New Jersey Family Entertainment Center and Waterpark industries. He comes to Wonderland with a wealth of experience in park operations and management.

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$3m marine kingdom for little ones coming to Calypso Theme Waterpark

$3m marine kingdom for little ones coming to Calypso Theme Waterpark

Calypso Theme Waterpark, Canada’s largest theme waterpark, has unveiled Funtana – a new attraction curated completely for young families and children aged 3 and under. Funtana represents a $3 million investment by Group Calypso Valcartier.

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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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Work begins to revive Heide Park’s Colossos coaster

Work begins to revive Heide Park’s Colossos coaster

Dismantling of the rails has begun on the Colossos, Europe’s highest and fastest wooden rollercoaster. Managing director of Heide Park Resort, Sabrina de Carvalho, announced in January this year that the fan favourite Intamin coaster will return for the 2019 season with a €12m investment from parent company Merlin Entertainments.

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Alterface introduces new Nomad mobile action device

Alterface introduces new Nomad mobile action device

Alterface revealed Nomad to the market at this year’s AAE in Hong Kong – a totally wireless interactive pointing and shooting device, boosting interactivity and immersive experiences. It allows customization from the very smallest up to the largest interactive device.

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New water slides for Quassy Amusement & Waterpark

New water slides for Quassy Amusement & Waterpark

Quassy Amusement & Waterpark, Middlebury, Connecticut, has opened its new Category 5 Rapids – Extreme Waterslides. From ProSlide Technologies, the new three-slide complex represents the largest single investment in the park’s history. With a combined length of more than 1,000 feet, the water raft rides bring to 15 the number of water slides in Quassy’s […]

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Switch International & Bandai announce FEC partnership

Switch International & Bandai announce FEC partnership

Switch International and  Bandai Namco Amusement Europe (BNAE) have announced a strategic alliance for the design and development of worldwide themed family entertainment centres. The collaborative projects will include everything from bowling and children’s bowling (including the Switch Mini Series) to simulators, virtual reality, food & beverage areas and VIP lounges. Arcade games and entertainment products […]

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Tatralandia Aquapark unveils Europe’s first Family Turbolance

Tatralandia Aquapark unveils Europe’s first Family Turbolance

Polin Waterparks announces new additions to the Tatralandia Aquapark in Slovakia. Tatralandia Holiday Resort is the largest year-round water fun complex with accommodation in Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland. Aquapark Tatralandia, which is a part of it, with year-round seaside paradise Tropical Paradise and accommodation complex Holiday Village Tatralandia, decided to expand and install new rides. They chose Polin Waterparks as their water […]

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