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Park News
Southern parks perform strongest
The best performing park for 2008, however, was in the north, Canada's
Wonderland near Toronto. Meanwhile there was a 2% decrease decrease at the
Combined attendance at Cedar Fair’s 18 park properties in the United States was group’s eastern region parks. Preliminary results also suggest in-park per capita
up by 3% in 2008, it has been revealed. The company’s fourth quarter figures guest spending down by approximately 1%.
show that total attendance during the year was 22.7 million, up from of 22.1 "Record gasoline prices throughout most of our operating season, a troubled
million in 2007. housing market, rising unemployment rates and the ongoing credit crisis were all
"We experienced increases in attendance at many of our parks during the fourth challenges our parks had to overcome in 2008,” adds Kinzel. We believe we were
quarter as strong fall promotions and a favourable calendar increased attendance successful in positioning our parks as an affordable alternative to the week-long,
8% from the same quarter a year ago," reports Dick Kinzel, Cedar Fair chairman, out-of-town, family vacation. It is likely that many of the difficult market conditions
president and CEO. "For the full year, on a regional basis, our northern region and we faced in 2008 will be present throughout 2009, and we believe we are well
southern region parks experienced a 3% and 8% increase in attendance respectively.” positioned to meet these challenges."
Tivoli’s Flying Fury
Gröna Lund
This is what
As revealed exclusively last issue, Tivoli in Copenhagen is to install a Flying
expansion plans
Gröna Lund
wants to do
with its
Fury interactive plane ride from the Italian manufacturer Technical Park for the
2009 season.
Gröna Lund, the waterfront amusement park
The prototype debuted in summer 2007 at Europark near Linate Airport in
in the city of Stockholm, has applied for
Milan and features a pair of two-seater planes mounted to the end of two
planning permission to develop its
rotating arms. Passengers control the roll, yaw and speed of the planes using
“Skeppsholmsviken” parking area into a new
a plasma touch screen, or sit back and enjoy the experience on “auto pilot.”
area of the park housing additional rides.
Billed as “the wildest and fastest interactive ride in Northern Europe,”
The park’s owner, Parks & Resorts
Tivoli’s version of the ride will stand 30-metres tall when static, with the planes
Scandinavia, want to spend SEK500 million
lifting up to 40-metres in height. The main arms will rotate at up to 15rpm –
(Euro.03746m/$60m) the largest single investment
or 100km/h on auto pilot – while each plane can turn at up to 17rpm on the
in the Swedish tourist industry – by adding a
interactive setting.
major rollercoaster, a Star Flyer ride and new food and games outlets.
A competition will be held to find a name for the ride, which will be themed
“Never before has so much money been invested in the Swedish tourist
as below to fit in with its surroundings in the Orient section of the park. The
industry,” notes Ulf Larsson, president and CEO of Parks & Resorts
planes will be mounted on large wings decorated with gold leaf and onion-
Scandinavia. “We are extremely proud to be able to do this not only for
shaped domes covered in lights. The design of the planes calls to mind early
Gröna Lund, but for Stockholm as a tourist destination.”
aviation history.
The planning application submitted includes proposals for ways the park
”Tivoli will never be completed, said Georg Carstensen, the founder of
can increase access by water. If the new area is approved, it is hoped it can be
Tivoli, and this is still our belief today,” declares Tivoli managing director
completed within five years.
Lars Liebst. “Our new ride that will be a truly unique experience – and so
wild that it is only for
A sketch of the new ride
the most courageous of New kiddie
and its movements
That latter statement
coaster for
is probably just as well
as the new attraction
will have an hourly
capacity of just 125.
Liseberg in Gothenburg, Sweden, is to replace
Replacing the Blue
its popular Circus Express with a new family
Sapphire children’s
coaster called Rebalder. The 90-metre long
Ferris Wheel, it is
attraction, featuring 222-metres of track is
expected to be ready
being supplied by Zierer from Germany. Each
for take-off on May 1.
ride will last 90 seconds. Circus Express
operated from 1977 onwards.
IAAPA Connections
clearly not enough members of the association were willing to devote
either the time or the money to participate in such an event in these
IAAPA has pulled the plug on its planned educational event in the Bahamas, luxurious surroundings.
blaming the economy and its impact on members’ ability to participate in the IAAPA will now explore options for an alternative education and
three-day event. networking event. In the meantime, the association has three trade shows
The inaugural IAAPA Connections was due to take place at the upscale planned for the coming year: Asian Attractions Expo in Seoul (June 10 to
Atlantis resort at Paradise Island in the Bahamas from February 24 to 27. 12), Euro Attractions Show, Amsterdam (September 30 to October 2) and of
IAAPA was hoping to attract various attractions industry leaders to course IAAPA Attractions Expo, this time in Las Vegas (November 16 to 20).
participate in programme of education and networking opportunities. But All three will also include their own learning opportunities.
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