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Australia’s Village Roadshow Theme Parks has unveiled plans for three new clusters of attractions at its properties on the Gold Coast in Queensland. As well as being the first attraction of its kind in Australia, AquaLoop at Wet ‘n’ Wild will be the largest looping waterslide installation in the world, comprising four individual slides, each 17-metres high. Supplied by WhiteWater West, the attraction features a trapdoor as riders plummet feet first into a massive vertical free fall drop and then up through a looping slide. AquaLoop will open in September. Over at Sea World, Castaway Bay is a new area of the park featuring three attractions, also due to

AquaLoop X4

open next month. Battle Sails, an interactive boat ride form Mack, will be joined by the Sky fortress and Sky Climb treehouse and rope climb structures, offering active fun for guests of various ages and levels of skill.

Opening in time for the Christmas Holidays,

Penguin Encounter at Sea World will be a new exhibit home to the world’s second largest penguin species, the King penguin, as well as the agile Gentoo penguin, with its distinctive bright red bill and long tail. Battle Sails

Asian Attractions Expo

Cobra opens at last!

Swizterland’s first looping coaster has opened at Connyland in Lipperswil. After delays that lasted more than two seasons, the ride debuted to a fanfare of fireworks at the end of July. The boomerang-style coaster features 220-metres of track and was supplied by the Russian manufacturer Pax. Cobra features one 18-seater train and travels at speeds of up to 85km/h. Each ride lasts around 2 minutes. Hourly capacity is 540.

IAAPA’s recent trade show event in Kuala Lumpur smashed all previous attendance records for the association’s annual Asian get-together. Preliminary estimates indicate 4,750 people, 3,250 of them buyers, visited Asian Attractions Expo (AAE) from July 13 to 16. By comparison, last year’s AAE in Seoul attracted around 3,500 visitors in total. The four-day event, comprising a three-day exhibition and associated conference, attracted visitors from 40 countries. Held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, it also boasted a larger trade show floor than ever before, with 212 exhibitors. “A tremendous amount of serious business took place at Asian Attractions Expo 2010,” highlighted IAAPA president and CEO Charlie Bray. “The growth of the Expo is fuelled by the growth of the parks and attractions business in Asia.” Co-hosted with the Malaysia Association of Amusement Themepark & Family Attractions (MAATFA), AAE 2010 also provided a platform for members of the Australian Amusement Leisure and Recreation Association (AALARA), which did not stage its own trade show this year in Australia. As such a handful of dedicated meetings and events were held for AALARA members in “KL.”

There was record attendance at the AAE education sessions, with seminars and roundtable discussions on a variety of topics. Leadership Breakfast keynote presentations were delivered by IAAPA chairman past and present Chip Cleary of Palace Entertainment and Bob Masterson of Ripley Entertainment. On July 13, around 170 professionals from 12 countries participated in the IAAPA Safety Institute. Social events including Wednesday night’s opening reception at Aquaria and tours to Sunway Lagoon and Resorts World Genting sold out. On July 16, just as the show was coming to a close, the winners of the 2010 Asian Attraction Awards were presented (see below). For 2011, Asian Attractions Expo moves to Singapore, and will take place in June instead of July. The venue is the Hard Rock Hotel at the new Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), and the dates are June 21 to 24.

ASIAN ATTRACTION AWARD WINNERS: Grand Winner Taj Mahal, India; Best Large Attraction Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore; Best Medium Attraction Sunway Lagoon, Malaysia; Best Small Attraction Sentosa 4D Magix, Singapore; Best Waterpark Sunway Lagoon, Malaysia; Best Wildlife Park Singapore Night Safari, Singapore; Best Theme Park Universal Studios Japan.

8 AUGUST 2010

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