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Park News
Awards Night wins award!
The 4D theatre experience Awards Night was one of several attractions to pick
up a Thea Award from the TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) last month
in California, during its gala evening at the Disneyland Hotel.
Created and produced by Super 78 in Hollywood, the film is the showpiece
of the new Audubon Insectarium, an educational venue in New Orleans also
recognised for its own Thea Award.
Sesame Street gets on board,
The 8-minute show, featuring a 5-minute pre-show, simulates an Oscars-
F1 park delayed
inspired awards ceremony for insects – billed as the "Tiniest Show on Earth" –
and features a cast of voices including Joan Rivers, Jay Leno and Brad Garrett. Work has been suspended in Dubai on the F1-X Formula 1 theme park. The facility
"'Awards Night' is a very successful blend of education and entertainment," is expected to be one of the first parts of Dubailand when it opens in 2010.
believes Super 78 principal Dina Benadon. The company npw hopes to create Developer Union Properties blames the financial climate for the delay. Engineers,
a TV spin-off featuring the Awards Night insect characters. designers, and suppliers from around the world are believed to be working on the
AED2.5 billion ($680m/Euro.069520m) project.
“With construction more than 50%, the core of international expertise on the
ground and operational plans virtually complete, it is hard to believe that a financial
partner will not come forward to capitalise on the opportunity,” F1-X marketing
director Penny Fischer send in a statement issued late February.
Union Properties insists the park will still open next year and, despite continuing
setbacks in the UAE, new names are still coming forward to be part of Dubailand.
Universal Studios, for example, announced recently that it has signed an
agreement with Sesame Workshop to build three Sesame Street-themed
entertainment venues as part of Universal Studios Dubailand. The attractions will be
located within the park's Surf City area and are anchored by Sesame Street 4-D
Movie Magic.
The international adaptation of Sesame Street began in the early 1970s and
programming in the Middle East began in Kuwait in 1979, with Iftah Ya Simsim, the
first Sesame Street co-production in Arabic. Since then, local versions of Sesame
Street have been produced in Palestine, Jordan and Egypt, among two dozen other
“Our alliance with Sesame Workshop reinforces Tatweer’s dedication to
introducing internationally renowned brands to Dubai,” says Khalid Al Malik, CEO
of Tatweer Dubai, the developer of Dubailand.
Latest reports suggest Universal Studios Dubailand will open in December 2010.
Drayton tastes good for 2009!
As well as opening a new 4D effects theatre, by Simworx, Drayton Manor in
England is to add significantly to its catering outlets in 2009 to cope with
visitor demand. Having enjoyed a major increase in guest numbers last year,
one of its best seasons ever, the park’s owners are investing £500,000 in a
new Chicken Diner to replace the Miner’s Diner with the Chicken Diner and
an overhaul of the Buccaneer Burger Bar.
Located between Pirate Adventure and Excalibur ride, the latter now seats
up to 400 visitors inside and out, and becomes the largest of the park’s five
restaurants. Additionally, the Coffee Stop café in the Aerial Park area of the
park has had an Art Deco refurbishment.
Gillians expands into the sea
Jay Gillian, operator of Gillian’s Wonderland Pier in Ocean City, New Jersey, has
been granted a 10-year lease to run an amusement park on city land in Sea Isle
City, New Jersey. Gillian’s company offered the city 10% of the park’s annual
gross revenues as payment for the lease.
Gillian’s Funland of Sea Isle City, the first amusement park in Sea Isle City in
almost 10 years, will include 10 or 11 kiddie rides. Formerly Fun City, a 30-year-
old park had been closed and sold to developers.
Gillian had wanted to open an amusement park in Sea Isle City for years, but
the price of real estate precluded it. When the city offered the lease on the land,
he moved quickly. The park is expected to open by May 25 this year. Specific rides
have yet to be determined.
14 APRIL 2009
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