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Makeover for Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

Hollyer Projects from the UK has been retained to refurbish Madame Tussauds Las Vegas. The 13-year- old attraction at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino will be brought up to date in two phases. The first phase will include a refurbishment of the box office/entrance, complete with red carpet to give guests the impression of entering a star studded celebrity event. The Speed room will become the

Blackpool Tower overhaul continues

Having overhauled the inside of Blackpool Tower, Merlin Entertainments and Blackpool Council are to pay attention to the outside with a dazzling new frontage planned for the landmark British tourist attraction. Revealing the original building which has been hidden for years, stained glass and terracotta tiling will be restored and a glass-fronted canopy put in place at the promenade entrance. The work is expected to be completed over the next year, along with the painting of the tower’s legs. “It will make the front of the tower look fantastic and will complement the work done by the council in creating the Comedy Carpet and the new headland,” says Iain Hawkins, head of Merlin’s Blackpool cluster.

Film room, showcasing movies either based on or filmed in Las Vegas, and the Sports room is also set for an expansion.

The second phase will include an update of the Music room and the introduction of a Historical room, combined with a Behind The Scenes area that will detail the creation process of the waxworks.

ScareCON 2012

Europe’s only conference and trade show for the scare attractions

industry returns on May 10, this time in

Blackpool. Now in its fifth year, Scarecon at

the Norbreck Castle Hotel promises an extensive seminar/workshop programme, trade stands, a costumed ScareBall and frights in the night for guests staying in a “ScareRoom”!

Delegates are promised knowledge and insight from some of the biggest scare providers in the UK and beyond, in addition to practical tips to take away and apply at their own attractions. At the end of the daytime programme, Scarecon morphs into a ghoulish party as delegates let their hair down over dinner and a drink at the ScareBall, where they can practice their best monster dance.

The disccounted day rate starts at just £50 inclusive of seminars, workshops, exhibits, food, drink, wifi and health club access. Discounts will also be provided to local attractions, the Blackpool Tower Dungeon, Carnesky’s Ghost Train and Pasaje del Terror at the Pleasure Beach likely to be of particular interest to Scarecon delegates.

A taste of the new look exterior Premier Rides takes on projects in China and India

Premier Rides has been selected to design and manufacture a launch coaster as a signature attraction of the largest mixed-use development in the world, the Great Mall of China. Furthermore the ride, commissioned by the Berjaya Great Mall of China Co, will be the tallest indoor rollercoaster in the world.

The attraction will be designed and built in the United States and exported to China, where it will


integrate many exciting and unique elements. Currently, the tallest indoor coaster is the 136ft-tall (41m) Mindbender at the West Edmonton Mall in Canada. Located only 25km from Beijing International Airport

in Yanjiao City, Heibei Province, the 76-acre Mall of China will feature shops, entertainment venues, a theme park and waterpark, making the a landmark in the region. The project is slated to open in 2013.

Meanwhile Premier Rides will become part of the team creating a major new theme park in India following an agreement with local partner Adlabs Entertainment. The as yet unnamed park will debut at a location to be announced in the near future. Adlabs founder Manmohan Shetty says he intends to bring to India a world class theme park unlike anything seen in the country before. Sounds promising!

@ParkWorldMag FEBRUARY 2012

A taste of the new look interior

Government fattens up Barcelona park for

privatisation According to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, the Barcelona government has approved plans to pump €15.5 million ($20.8m) into Tibidabo ahead of a proposed privatisation. As part of the new investment a Ferris Wheel will open at the hilltop amusement park, offering spectacular views out over the Catalan capital. Money will also be used to help reduce debt and increase promotion.

The park was acquired by the Barcelona authorities in 2002 and had been experiencing a steady climb in numbers until 2010 when a fatal ride accident affected year-on-year attendance by around 50%.

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