18 Nov 2021 UK: Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s ICON Launch Coaster to Feature Unique Spinning Element as of 2022

The “ICON” double launch coaster opened at England’s Blackpool Pleasure Beach (BPB) in 2018 (see EAP 3/2018) and still the only coaster of its kind in the UK, will be getting a spectacular new feature for the coming season: starting next spring, passengers ...

18 Nov 2021 USA: Gerstlauer & Ride Entertainment Introduce New Shuttle Coaster “Palindrome” for Cotaland

The German manufacturer Gerstlauer Amusement Rides and its US partner company Ride Entertainment announced yesterday together with their customer the construction of a new roller coaster called “Palindrome”, which will be implemented at the Texas amusement park Cotaland in Austin and will open there in late 2022 ...

18 Nov 2021 USA: Sally and Daniels Wood Land Team Up on New Dark Ride for Monterey Bay

“Treasure Hunt: The Ride” is the name of a new attraction that will in future invite visitors to a new dark ride experience on the famous waterfront street Cannery Row in Monterey Bay, California. It is a joint project of the two US firms of Sally Dark Rides and Daniels Wood Land, which are realizing a dark ride there ...

18 Nov 2021 Netherlands: RP Rides Expands Product & Service Portfolio

Established in 2014 by Romee Popelier as a design agency for ride manufacturers, the Netherlands-based company RP Rides, which today also offers an extensive product and services range for theme parks, showmen, design companies and leisure facilities ...

18 Nov 2021 USA: Mark Woodbury Named Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Universal Parks & Resorts – Tom Williams Retires

Mark Woodbury, Vice Chairman of Universal Parks & Resorts and President, Universal Creative, will become Chairman and Chief Executive Officer upon the retirement of current Chairman Tom Williams, effective March 16, 2022. Mark Woodbury will step into his new role effective January 1, 2022. Tom Williams ...

18 Nov 2021 Germany: Dining & Entertainment – Europa-Park Presents New Dinner Show As of Today

From today until 13 February 2022, Europa-Park presents “Dinner-Show Special“ in the Europa-Park Arena. During the four-hour event, which combines artistry, live music and comedy, visitors can enjoy a four-course menu created by “house chef“, two-star chef Peter Hagen-Wiest. The acts include roller skating acrobat ...

18 Nov 2021 USA: New Cirque du Soleil Show Drawn to Life Open at Disney Springs As Of Today

A collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, the new, family-friendly show production “Drawn to Life”, which was originally scheduled to premiere in spring last year (cp. EAP news of 12 Dec 2019), will be performed starting today at Disney Springs, ...

17 Nov 2021 USA/Canada: First Triotech Hyper Ride Dark Ride in North America to Be Realized at Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls

In EAP issue 6/2021, we presented the details of the new “Hyper Ride” dark ride product development from Canadian provider Triotech. Now, together with the future operator, the company announced the project under which the first implementation of this new attraction in North America will take place ...

17 Nov 2021 USA/Italien: Zamperla Presents New Family Launch Coaster & Zetta Swing

After several new products that the Italian manufacturing company Zamperla had promoted during its “Z-Funweeks“, the team today introduces two more rides into the market: the “Family Launch Coaster“ and the pendulum attraction “Zetta Swing“.The Family Launch Coaster is conceptualized to impress riders with ...

17 Nov 2021 USA: RWS Entertainment Group Acquires International Attraction Design Firm JRA

Headquartered in New York City and with a European office in London, RWS Entertainment Group, which specializes in the production of live entertainment, events and branded experiences for theme parks and cruise ships, among others, is acquiring Cincinnati, Ohio-based planning and design firm JRA ...

17 Nov 2021 TEA Announces Winners of 28th Thea Awards

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced the winners of the 28th annual Thea Awards, which have been presented since 1994. Officially, the awards will be presented during a celebratory awards gala on April 23, 2022, at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, following the TEA Summit ...

17 Nov 2021 USA: Fun Spot America & RMC Reveal New Details on “ArieForce One“ Coaster

As of the 2022 season, a new roller coaster at Fun Spot America Atlanta is supposed to provide visitors with a new thrill experience. “ArieForce One“ – a tribute to the passion of flying of the father of CEO John Arie Jr. – will be a roller coaster by Hayden, Idaho-based manufacturer Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC). ...

16 Nov 2021 USA: VOLKANU – Sally Dark Rides to Supply Immersive Dark Ride for New Lost Island Themepark in Iowa

Theme and amusement parks are often supplemented by a second gate in the form of a water park, i.e. a second park that is built next to the existing main facility. In the case of a current project in the US state of Iowa, it’s the other way around. There, in Waterloo, the Lost Island Waterpark, which opened in 2001, ...

16 Nov 2021 USA: IAAPA Expo 2021 Kick Off – The Industry Returns to Orlando

After a successful resumption of IAAPA Expo Europe in Barcelona in September, today IAAPA Expo in Orlando celebrates its opening day at Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). More than 850 exhibitors present their latest products and developments on the around 35,000-square-metre-large (375,000 square feet) ...

16 Nov 2021 † Obituary: Company Founder Claudio Sartori Passed Away

Claudio Sartori, founder of the Italian manufacturing company Sartori Amusement Rides, has passed away at an age of 88 years on 28 September 2021. The company, founded by him in 1957 and headquartered in Montagnana, has been one of the renowned manufacturers in the amusement and ...

15 Nov 2021 USA: Selim Bassoul New Six Flags CEO Effective Immediately

Selim Bassoul, who succeeded Richard Roedel as Non-Executive Chairman of Six Flags in January (see EAP news of 11 Jan 2021), was now appointed new CEO of the group, which operates 27 theme parks in the USA, Mexico and Canada, effective immediately. Bassoul succeeds Mike Spanos, who held the position for ...

15 Nov 2021 UK: On the Trail of the Anglo-Saxons – New Visitor Experience Planned for Winchester

In cooperation with the Hampshire Cultural Trust, whose umbrella covers 23 visitor attractions in the county of Hampshire, design company Sarner, computer game producer Ubisoft and creative company Sugar Creative are developing a new immersive visitor attraction for the city of Winchester in South-East England ...

15 Nov 2021 France: Retail, Leisure & Food Trade Show Triple MAPIC, LeisurUp & The Happetite 2021

From 30 November to 2 December, this year’s edition of the international retail real estate trade show MAPIC will bring together the top representatives of the industry in Cannes under the motto “People & Places: A New Chapter”. After last year’s trade fair was held exclusively digitally due to the pandemic, this time ...

12 Nov 2021 Canada: ProSlide and Show Canada Industries Announce Partnership

Ottawa, Canada-based water ride and attractions manufacturer ProSlide Technology and Montréal-based Show Canada Industries, which is a fully integrated company for turnkey entertainment, scenic and specialized architecture projects, today announced their continued collaboration in form of a new partnership to elevate interactive waterpark ...

12 Nov 2021 USA: Sesame Place San Diego on Its Way to Opening – Attractions Almost Completed

In March 2022 the second Sesame Place theme park is scheduled to open in San Diego and it already promises to become a joyful Sesame Street party. The operating group SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, who has been the exclusive theme park partner of the Sesame Street® brand’s nonprofit organisation ...

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