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Marty Keithley, vice-president and general manager of Knott’s Berry Farm near Los Angeles, has retired after 35 years at the park, replaced by Raffi Kaprelyan, whose old role at Canada’s Wonderland near Toronto has been filled Norman Pirtovshek.


The Doctor Who Experience, created by Sarner, has been given a three-month extended run at Olympia in London, where it will stay until early 2012. Over 155,000 visitors have passed through the doors since February.


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This picture brings together a lot of what makes Kennywood the great park that it is with the mix of the old and the new. The picture is taken atop our Noah’s Ark, the last remaining walk-through attraction at Kennywood and now the only remaining Noah’s Ark in operation anywhere in the world.


1) The famous Thunderbolt wooden coaster is a classic hybrid of the old Pippin double-dip coaster and new Thunderbolt. In 1974, the New York Times called it, “the Ultimate Roller Coaster.”


2) In front of the Thunderbolt is a classic art deco structure called the “Lucky” refreshment stand. It’s a building that has been around for over 50 years selling the best in funnel cakes and corndogs. In between this building and the Thunderbolt are the world famous Potato Patch French Fries!


3) The gothic looking mansion-style building in the upper right is Ghostwood Estate. It’s one of our newer interactive dark rides, built in 2008.


Jerome Gibas, Kennywood, Pennsylvania


Dark ride and animatronics producer Sally Corp has selected David Ciciora as its new director of ride systems. His career in the park industry includes stints at Legoland California, Morey’s Piers, Hard Rock Park and Universal Studios Hollywood.


According to local newspaper reports, plans are back in place for the development of a Wild Wadi waterpark in Jordan. The National in Abu Dhabi reports that an unnamed company is injecting DHS881 million (US$240m/€171m) to restart a tourism project in the Red Sea city of Aqaba. The Saraya project, which was stalled almost three years ago, would also include hotels managed by the Jumeirah Group and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, as well apartments, villas and a convention centre. Jumeirah already runs Dubai’s Wild Wadi waterpark in the shadow of the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel.


NOVEMBER 2011


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