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After more than a quarter century at the helm, Ken Bell is retiring as president of Dollywood. Under his leadership, Dolly Parton’s Tennessee theme park has garnered the industry’s highest honour, the Applause Award. Bell was responsible for adding the Dollywood’s Splash Country waterpark and establishing a hospitality company that oversees the Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and Pirate’s Voyage dinner theatre chain. Craig Ross, previously the park vice-president and general manager, takes over as Dollywood Company president with immediate effect.

Lo-Q hopes to introduce its virtual queuing technology into the Asian market after starting a partnership with Sanderson. As part of a the deal, senior Lo-Q manager will work from Sanderson’s new headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

New York’s Darien Lake will make several improvements for 2013, including a new S&S tower ride called Blast Off and an upgrade to its popular Laser Blast show. Standing 185ft-tall, Blast Off will be located in the Waterfront Boardwalk area of the park, which will undergo significant renovation celebrate the nostalgia of New York’s popular lakeside resorts and communities of the 1950s.

Gateway Ticketing Systems UK, based in London, is a collaboration between Gateway’s US head office and software British software specialist Metafour UK. The new venture is headed by operations director Andy Povey, a well-known face within attractions industry ticketing.

The leisure-based photography company Magic Memories has acquired the USA’s Jackson Digital Imaging (JDI). Magic Memories has progressed a long way its beginning 17 years taking guest photos in the entrance New Zealand attractions. Today it boasts more than 70 partner attractions in eight countries. The acquisition of JDI gives it new expertise in capturing on-ride photos and video.

Twisted fun in Tenerife!

Aqualand Costa Adeje on the Canary Island of Tenerife is the proud owner of a new Twisted Racer from Polin Waterparks & Pool Systems. The slide opened mid-August and is the latest of many additions that Polin has provided to Aqualand waterparks in Europe over the last few years. To create Twisted Racer, the Turkish slide manufacturer combined its popular Twister slide with a head-first multi-lane mat racer. This high capacity, high speed configuration allows four riders at a time to experience the thrill. Installations can also be made with 2, 6, 8 or 10 lanes as well. Operated by the Spanish Aspro Group. Aqualand is the biggest waterpark chain in Europe with 20 waterparks in France, Portugal, Finland, Switzerland, Spain and the Canaryy Islands of course.

Equinox for Canobie Lake

Cash in with caramel corn and other gourmet flavors for 78% profits or more! Spice up your holiday season sales with sweet caramel corn, savory cheddars, and unique flavors like cinnamon or Alpine White Chocolate. Plus, eye-catching holiday colors will stop guests in their tracks. Try Black Cherry and Orange flavors for Halloween, or blue and white for Hanukkah and red & green for Christmas. Drive impulse buys and souvenir sales with gift tins or stay-fresh, take-home containers.

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Canobie Lake Park, New Hampshire, is about to introduce a new thrill ride called Equinox. The ride, a KMG Tango, has three arms eminating from the centre, each with a pair of four in-line “open” seats in a back-to-back configuration. A huge boom lifts 24 passengers into the sky as they revolve around the centre. And then the thrills increase as the boom holding the arms rotates and each arm in turn begins to flip independently. “The Equinox combines three different types of revolutions while soaring high through the air,” highlights Canobie Lake’s Chris Nicoli. “It is certainly intense and perfectly complements our other high energy attractions including our newest roller coaster, Untamed.” The attraction arrives in the USA after 10 years on the UK fairground circuit.


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