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What has been your best working vacation?
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Dan Aylward, PARC Management: We went to Atlantis resort in the
Bahamas while they were still doing construction on expansion. It was
interesting to see the progress they were making with work still
underway. It was an fascinating time to be there, and the resort is a
metres – height of the world’s tallest
wonderful facility.
Ferris Wheel, the Singapore Flyer
Bob Masterson, Ripley Entertainment/IAAPA: I’m always at a
loss when asked to name the “best” of anything. It really comes down to 500
people, places and things. Change one of those and the best can be
million – number of people who have
the worst! My best working vacation in recent memory was tied to the
visited Madame Tussauds in London
Asian Attractions Expo in Shanghai. My wife Phai and I spent four days
since it opened in 1835 (more than the
in Beijing before the show, and after Shanghai we travelled to Lhasa, population of North America and
Kathmandu, Mumbai and Dubai. With the exception of Tibet, I’d been Australia combined!)
to all those places before but Phai had not. I enjoyed doing all the touristy things with
her like eating Yak for dinner in Lhasa and Kulfi along Chowpatty Beach in Mumbai
...people, places and things!
year the oldest operating amusement
Anthony Catanoso, Steel Pier, USA: The best working vacation park opened, Bakken Klampenborg in
was definitely a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida where I was
given a behind-the-scene tour of all the facilities. This was a perfect
tie-in to our industry and very informative and enjoyable at the same
year Robert Ripley created his ‘Champs
and Chumps’ cartoon strip, which
provided the inspiration for the Ripley’s
Believe It or Not! attractions of today
litres – amount of water needed to
create a ‘flash flood’ during a
choreographed sound, light and water
show at Wild Wadi waterpark in Dubai
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Figures by Economics Research Associates
Ups &
Animal Alert - Zoos and aquaria across the United Orlando Cuts - According to local reports,
States face tough choices as their budgets are cut Universal Orlando laid off around 70
during the recession. "Everyone is being forced to do employees in January. Walt Disney has
some belt-tightening," says Steve Feldman of the offered buyouts to 619 executives across its
Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) US theme park division, including 313 in
Orlando. Layoffs will be made if too few
executives accept the offer
Doubt in Dubai - A raft of leisure
developments are believed to be under
threat, and several Dubailand projects
Mandarin Mouse? - Walt Disney has
delayed, as the global economic crisis
finally confirmed it has submitted plans to
Bed and Brick-fast - Merlin Entertainments
catches up with the Middle East. But
the Shanghai government. Nothing has
wants to build a Lego-themed hotel at Legoland
are we really that surprised?
been agreed, and central government
California, the latest move to transform the park
approval is still needed, but surely it is
into a fully-fledged resort. Hotel Legoland, which
only a matter of time before the Magic
opened last year at the original park in Denmark,
Kingdom comes to the mainland?
has already been a hit with young guests
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