Theme Park, Amusement Park and Attractions Industry News

Kernels – January 2010

Tourists in Copenhagen looking for the Little Mermaid this spring or summer should head not to the harbourside at Langelinie but instead to Tivoli Gardens. From April 16 onwards visitors will be able to see a replica of the world famous statue as the real one sits in Shanghai as part of 2010 World Expo. Tivoli’s version has been loaned by descendents of Edvard Eriksen, who sculpted the original almost a century ago. The Mermaid will return from her Chinese holiday in December 2010, but even she is a copy as the original is kept by Eriksen’s family.

Mack Rides will deliver a spinning coaster next season to Le Pal, Moulin, France. It will measure 64ft tall and contain 1,503ft of track.

International Rides Management has sold two Vekoma Giant Boomerangs that formerly operated in Six Flags parks. One went to Silverwood, Athol, Idaho. The second has found a home in Mirabilandia, Recife, Brazil.

Philip Belec is the new president of La Ronde, a Six Flags property in Montréal, Canada. Belec succeeds Marc Tremblay, and was previously the park’s director of marketing and entertainment.

Demon Drop will not join Knott’s Berry Farm after all. Since Knott’s already has a drop ride, the Supreme Scream, plans have changed. The ride will instead head for another property in the Cedar Fair chain, Dorney Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania.

HIT Entertainment, one of the world’s leading independent children’s entertainment producers and rights owners, has promoted Teri Ruffley to the role of vice-president for live events and attractions. “Attractions are a significant part of HIT’s business plan,” confirms Ruffley.

Brian Roberts, the CEO of Comcast, has indicated that his company will hold onto its stake in Universal Parks and Resorts, describing them as, “a relatively small part of the business that can be poised for some nice growth.” Comcast took control of parent company NBC Universal in early December.

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