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Andersen to replace Wedin at Liseberg

Andreas Andersen is to replace Mats Wedin as president and CEO of the Liseberg Group in Sweden, starting February 1. Wedin is due to retire.

Andreas Andersen in his days at Tivoli

A veteran of the amusement industry in Scandinavia, Andersen worked in a variety of leadership positions at Tivoli in Copenhagen from 2001 to 2008, and since 2008 has served as executive director of IAAPA Europe. Based in the city of Gothenburg, Liseberg is a classic city centre amusement park that attracts over 3 million guests a year with a mix of rides, attraction, concerts and events. In common with other Scandinavian parks, it also operates a successful winter season.

“Liseberg has a special status in the attractions industry and plays an important role in the city of Gothenburg,” highlights Andersen. “My ambition is to maintain the traditions of Liseberg, but at the same time also make sure that the park constantly renews and re-invents itself to serve the guests of the future.” “Andersen has extensive operational experience, combined with an international outlook and a passion for the industry,” notes Liseberg chair Göran Johansson. “The Liseberg board of directors is very pleased with this selection.”

RideHouse debuts at Whale’s Tales

ProSlide’s first RideHouse interactive play structure has opened at Whale's Tale Waterpark in Lincoln, New Hampshire, USA. Called Shipwreck Island, the multi-level

"ride 'n’ play" attraction features water cannons, active water sprays and a high volume water dump that covers everyone in its path, Shipwreck Island also has seven exciting slides, a Tunnel Twister and mini river. ProSlide developed the RideHouse after discovering slides were the most popular feature on interactive play structures offered by rival waterpark suppliers. Another recent installation included a custom-themed version for the Watercube Waterpark in Beijing (see page 30).

WhiteWater unveils funnel slide

WhiteWater has built its first Tornado-style waterslide. The Abyss opened last month at Hanwha Resort in South Korea. The multi-person funnel slide is as visually inspiring as it is entertaining. Standing nearly 30- metres tall and using high capacity four-to-six-person rafts, the Abyss features “bigger drops, higher walls and more near- vertical oscillations than other ride in its class.”

Both the funnel and the flume that feeds it are available in a variety of configurations and colours. Decorative themes and advanced interactive sound and lighting can also be added to create an even more original and entertaining guest experience.

The Hanwha installation, a small space on the roof of a partially underground building, posed a daunting challenge to WhiteWater’s engineers. To minimise weight and conform to the limited footprint, they developed a lightweight structure that reduces the amount of visible steel. Angled concrete footings and pilings bear most of the weight.

In tune with Legoland Water Park

Among the various attractions at the new Legoland Water Park in California is a Lego- themed AquaTune product from WhiteWater West.

This playful musical instrument allows kids cover the arching water jets with their fingers to create a gentle organ sound. This spray feature is entertainment for the budding musician and waterpark audience alike. WhiteWater wets also supplied several most of Legoland Water Park’s key slides and attractions.

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