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Park News
Amusement Kernels
Expo Europe
Italian theme park Gardaland is to make a number of modest investments for
2009 including new Vekoma trains on its Corkscrew coaster and a total
New name for euro trade show
refurbishment and conversion of its King’s Valley dark ride.
A new indoor attraction is set to open in time for Easter at Crealy Great
The organisers of Interschau-Technofolies have announced a new name for the
Adventure Park in Devon, England. Construction is already underway on GoWild
exhibition, which takes place again this coming October in Genoa, Italy. A joint
– a canopy adventure of aerial walkways, tunnels, bridges and climbing walls –
venture between German and Italian organisers, it will now be known as
within the park’s Dina’s Lost World play area. The new high level play zone has
Amusement Expo Europe.
been designed and constructed by Western Log Group, one of the UK’s leading
The latest event took place back in October at the new Messe Stuttgart
manufacturers of timber-based themed play areas. In 2009 this, the original
exhibition centre, right next to the
Crealy park, celebrates 20 years of family fun.
city’s airport, and attracted an
encouraging turnout (3,500), around The English park Lightwater Valley is to offer guests a new water ride for the
80% of whom were from Germany. 2009 season: Wild River Rapids. The ride is a travelling model built by Reverchon
This suggests that Interschau – one of and on loan from James Mellors Amusements, operators of the Funderworld
the original European trade shows – “mobile theme park.” It replaces a Pinfari coaster removed over the winter.
has held on to local support in spite
of Euro Attractions Show (EAS) taking
The EnterTRAINment Junction FEC in West Chester, Ohio, will welcome
place last autumn just one month
Thomas & Friends for a month-long event throughout February.
before it.
Perfectly in line with the park’s premium offering, Discovery Cove in Orlando
It will now be for the Italian leg of
is offering a range of Valentine’s promotions for February. Guests will be able
the event (it returns to Stuttgart in
add-on chocolate, roses, champagne and private cabanas, while enjoying the
2010) to prove itself when it takes
usual pursuits of swimming with dolphins, snorkelling with rays and tropical fish,
Organisers unveil the new name back at place from October 28 to 30 at the
and relaxing by fake beaches and tropical rivers.
Interschau in October Fiera di Genova exhibition centre.
The Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme (ADIPS) has announced the
resignation of its part time chief executive, Geoff Robson. “Geoff’s commitment to
the scheme has been beyond anything that could have been expected of him and
for this we give him our thanks,” says ADIPS chairman Adrian Mahon. On the day
Robson resigned, the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) announced that the
reported incident rates relating to the industry had decreased this year to an all time
low and had showed a consistent decline since ADIPS was formed. The organisation
does not envisage a direct replacement, although a new full time office manager is
expecetd to take over some of Robson’s duties.
Taylor Made Designs has been named as the preferred supplier for uniforms
for Merlin Entertainments. Based in Devon, England, Taylor has been providing
uniforms to a number of Merlin attractions for many years, but the new deal
means it will now be providing them for all the group’s UK attractions, including
Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Legoland Windsdor, Chessington World of
Adventures, various Sea World and Dungeons attractions, plus the London Eye.
Taylor also supplies uniforms to a number of Merlin’s overseas attractions too.
Mazes – recession proof
The stock market may be down, but business is up for Amaze’n Mazes of
Colorado. The company recently opened two new mazes in the United States,
plus a third in Kingston, Jamaica.
“Our mazes do well during economic downturns because families are
looking for inexpensive entertainment,” says Amaze’n Mazes’ Greg Gallavan.
“With the tight economy, people forgo big expensive trips and vacation near
home at small family entertainment centres.”
As part of Space Center Houston’s Daredevil Island attraction, Amaze’n
Mazes installed a mystical maze last summer, while at Glenwood Caverns
Adventure Park in Colorado, the new Fort “Where-Am-I” maze features
observation decks offering spectacular mountainside views. Amaze’n Mazes’
newest maze, based on a popular folk tale about a spider, will open soon at
the Sun Coast Adventure Park in Kingston.
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