Casino Pier, Seaside Heights, New Jersey, has replaced its Sellner Tilt-A-Whirl with a newer model formerly operated at Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Florida. Casino Pier’s former Tilt needed to be refurbished, but the draconian New Jersey amusement ride regulations made replacement a more attractive option.
Italian kiddie ride manufacturer Automatic Toys Modena has taken over the GR Rondina range of trains and associated rides.
The Indian Association of Amusement Parks and Industries (IAAPI) has announced the dates for its 10th annual Amusement Expo – still the country’s only trade show for parks and attractions. The 10th anniversary event will take place from March 18 to 20, 2010 – a month later than usual – at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. www.iaapi.org
Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, Ocean City, New Jersey, has introduced a Demolition Derby from Zamperla for the 2009 season.
The owner of the Funtasia family entertainment centre in Bettystown near Dublin has recorded a 15% increase in revenue after opening an indoor waterpark in the town Drogheda. The two venues are operated by Irish showman Bernard McCormick’s Vinmoe Traders, which reported a €10.1 turnover in the year ending March 2008, up from about €8.8 million in the previous 12 months. Interest payments on borrowings for the Funtasia Waterpark meant profits for the period were effectively wiped out. Opened last June, the new venue was themed by Jora Vision from the Netherlands and also includes a bowling alley, skating rink, video games and restaurant.
SeaWorld San Diego, California, has introduced a new ride entry pass called Quick Queue. Holders of the pass are entitled to express one-time boarding on Shipwreck Rapids, Wild Arctic and Journey To Atlantis, plus a second ride one of the three.