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Everyday scenes through the operator’s eye


John T Reilly is the new president of SeaWorld San Diego, California. Formerly with Busch Gardens and Water Country USA in Williamsburg, Virginia, he replaces Andrew P Fichthorn, who has announced his retirement. Reilly, 41, started his career at the Williamsburg park in 1985 as a food cart attendant while still at high school.

Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey, have bought a 24-seat Fireball (Afterburner) from the Dutch manufacturer KMG. The park model of the suspended pendulum ride, which swings up to 24-metres (79ft) high, will feature a new lap bar with no overhead restraints, developed together with Morey’s engineers. The same system will also be used on KMG’s new Mission Space ride.

Jora Vision is to supply a blacklight minigolf attraction as part of the Go Planet Parc development in Enschede, the Netherlands. Located next to a Wok restaurant, the attraction forms part of a new leisure complex opposite the city’s football stadium. Close to Hamburg in Germany, Jora Vision will supply a minigolf attraction as part on a sports-themed FEC outside Hamburg operated by Thomas Hildebrandt. The golf course will have a jungle theme.

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1) Bumper Cars – This attraction used to be located on Surfside Pier but was moved intact across the Wildwood beach to Mariner’s Landing after a fire in the the summer of 2008. The removal of this attraction from Surfside Pier allowed us develop Joe’s Fish Co Restaurant.

2) Ghost Ship – Morey’s Piers newest attraction! This haunted walk through covers four levels and nearly 14,000 square feet. It was constructed on what used to be a miniature golf course. The area around the Ghost Ship has five attractions, one stacked on top of the next. The facility also serves as the maintenance shop for Raging Waters, one of our two waterparks in Wildwood.

3) Sunny’s Lookout Lighthouse – This kids’ ttraction by Heege was discovered thanks to the infamous Paul Ruben. He sent me on a trip to Legoland in California to view a driving school attraction, which ultimately did not make an appearance on the boardwalk. The tower, however, fits in perfectly as we needed a tall and skinny attraction to replace the former parachute ride.

4) Sea Serpent Coaster – This Vekoma ride was installed in 1984. Its incredibly compact footprint and affordable price, due to the exchange rate at the time between the American dollar and the Dutch guilder (before the euro) allowed it to be constructed on the pier, unlike many other looping coasters of its day. It was the second of two Vekoma roller coasters of this type to be delivered to the Wildwoods.

5) The Parents Pavilion – This site was dedicated to the founder of Morey’s Piers, Will Morey Snr as part of a plan to provide more open space and seating on the pier for adults. This pavilion was hotly debated at the time, because of its large size, but since its creation it has been a great location for many of the pier’s special events.

Jack Morey, Morey's Piers, New Jersey 5

Following the introduction of a new dynamic pricing policy, Slagharen has been chosen as “best value for money” amusement park in the Netherlands by visitors to website “We are on top of the world this year,” says Slagharen managing director Angélique Klar. “We’ve won two awards from the public, an award from a leading Dutch jury of professionals and a nomination from IAAPA.” As part of the park’s new airline-style booking system, guests can enjoy tickets as cheap as €13.50, rising to €24.50 at peak times.

American Wave Machines (AWM) and Turkey’s Polin Waterparks and Pool Systems have formed a strategic alliance, making Polin a global distributor for AWM outside the US, as well as a manufacturer for the fibreglass parts of the product.

DJ Willrich (DJW) has been named “Systems Company of the Year” and UK “AV Company of the Year” at the Professional AV Awards in London, which took place on October 8. The Hampshire-based company also won a prize in the education category and the “Grand Prix” award for the whole ceremony. Aspecialist in the field of audiovisual and multimedia system integration for the museums and attractions industry, DJW was founded by David Willrich 25 years ago.



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