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Meet the new IAAPA chair

Meet the new IAAPA chair

Amanda Thompson OBE, who has been both producer and director of the Hot Ice Show for over 20 years, took over managing Blackpool Pleasure Beach 15 years ago. The fourth generation of her family to run it, Amanda’s great-grandfather bought the land on the seafront and opened the park in 1896. As well as juggling […]

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Embed completes installation at Fun City’s 50th store location in  Oasis Mall, Salalah, Oman

Embed completes installation at Fun City’s 50th store location in Oasis Mall, Salalah, Oman

Embed is proud to announce the completion of the Embed systems installations in the newly opened Fun City  in Oasis Mall. Owned by Landmark, this is Fun City’s 50th store, located in Salalah, the second largest city in Oman. Embed’s involvement includes 44 award-winning smartTOUCH readers, two point-of-sale sales modules and two prizes modules. Embed’s […]

TRIOTECH to create Dragon’s Spell interactive dark ride for Vinpearl Land Phú Quốc theme park, Vietnam

TRIOTECH to create Dragon’s Spell interactive dark ride for Vinpearl Land Phú Quốc theme park, Vietnam

Triotech has announced that Vinpearl JSC (Hanoi, Vietnam) has selected the company to design and build a media-based interactive dark ride for Vinpearl Land’s newest theme park on the tropical resort island of Phú Quốc, Vietnam. Titled Dragon’s Spell, this attraction is the first media-based Interactive Dark Ride (IDR) in Vietnam, and is entirely designed […]

First Theme Park on the West Coast powered by Solar is Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

First Theme Park on the West Coast powered by Solar is Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California, in partnership with sPower and Borrego Solar Systems, made the official switch to solar power at a special event to kick off the park’s 12th annual Holiday in the Park, the first to be powered by renewable energy. The event included remarks by Congressman Mike Thompson and Vallejo Mayor […]

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Vekoma sales strong

Vekoma sales strong

“We have new projects in Saudi Arabia, Eastern Europe, Russia, and the U.S,” said Peter van Bilsen of Vekoma at the recent IAAPA Expo. “We’re also very busy in China and have opened a new parts centre in China six months ago. We’ve signed seven contracts while at the show.” Vekoma is finishing a variety […]

Chance Rides busy

Chance Rides busy

“We brought our new battery-powered C.P. Huntington locomotive,” explained Dick Chance at the Chance Rides booth during the recent IAAPA Expo in Orlando. “This is the first production model and is going to the Montgomery Zoo in Alabama. The zoo market is a big market for our new trains as they replace their old gasoline […]

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Gravity Group, Cost·a·sur Partner

Gravity Group, Cost·a·sur Partner

The Gravity Group has partnered with Cost·a·sur to distribute roller coaster parts over an Internet website. The Gravity Group’s Korey Kiepert sat with Mike Norton of Cost·a·sur in the Gravity Group’s new coaster concept car with a boat front during the recent IAAPA Expo to announce the new partnership.

Garfield graces the Sally Dark Rides booth

Garfield graces the Sally Dark Rides booth

Garfield, the lazy, fat, and cynical orange American cat noted for his love of lasagna and sleeping, greeted visitors at the Sally Dark Rides booth at the recent IAAPA Expo. Garfield was in anamatronic form along with his friends, destined for Six Flags China to appear in Garfield’s Underwater Adventure. That’s an interactive, 4D, cartoon […]

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Orion Vehicle on display

Orion Vehicle on display

The first look at the lead car for the Orion rollercoaster, scheduled to debut at Kings Island, Mason, Ohio, in 2020, greeted attendees at the Bolliger & Mabillard booth during the recent IAAPA Expo. Joining the world-class line-up of coasters at the park is Orion, one of only seven mega coasters in the world, a […]

Introducing Tacumeon Rides by Mack

Introducing Tacumeon Rides by Mack

Mack Rides has introduced a new brand, Tacumeon Rides, a line of interactive, multimedia, immersive attractions. According to Mack’s Max Röser, these turn-key products combine multimedia and shooting systems, “We now have an animation studio only doing 4D films but now all the media for our rides and attractions can now synchronize ride and film […]