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Firemans Landing New area for Silver Dollar City


Following the success of the new Firechaser Express launched this season at Dollywood, Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE) is to celebrate the fire service at its showpiece Silver Dollar City park in Branson, Missouri. The $8 million Fireman’s Landing, opening in spring 2015, will feature six family rides and four interactive play zones.


The themed area will be constructed in a previously undeveloped region of the park and take as its inspiration an 1880s volunteer recruitment fair. Centred around the headquarters of Fire Station #3, rides will include an S&S tower ride called FireFall (as pictured left), a family tower by Zamperla plus several more attractions by the Italian manufacturer including Fire Spotter (Balloon Race), Fire Wagon Frenzy (Crazy Bus), Dalmations (Jump Around) and Fireman’s Flyers (swinging chairs). Several other attractions will feature water, as you might expect, including Firehouse Splash Yard, developed in-house with squirting water jets and pump hoses; Firefighter’s Fire Drill by WhiteWater featuring buckets, pumpers, foam ball cannons and targets; the Firefighter’s Fire Escape playground/obstacle course (also by WhiteWater);


Dog Beach sculpture unveiled


and Firefighter’s Junior Fire Escape soft play area. The development will brings the number of Silver Dollar City rides and attractions to over 40 and increase ride capacity to over 21,000 per hour. Also new for 2015 will be a summer show from the Harlem Globetrotters, the world famous basketball team acquired last year by HFE. With these new additions, park general manager Brad Thomas predicts. “2015 will be Silver Dollar City’s biggest family year ever."


Seoul-er Coaster!


in Wildwood This 25ft tall (7.5m) fire hydrant sculpture, previewed last issue in Park World, is an ode to man’s best friend. The art project was donated as a gift to the city of Wildwood from Morey’s Piers in celebration of the New Jersey resort's first-ever dog-friendly beach.


Constructed by artists from Morey’s ArtBox programme using from the tower from an old snake slide, the bright red structure is detailed with bones, dog paws and a squirrel on top. It also pays special recognition to the Wildwood Fire Department and volunteer units.


South Korea’s Seoul Children’s Grand Park has just opened one of the latest rollercoasters from Vekoma Rides Manufacturing. The new Suspended Children’s Coaster, pictured, features almost 400 metres of track and reaches top speeds of up to 55km/h. Equipped with one 10- seater train, it is already putting a lot of smiles on the faces of the park’s family guests – as our pictures prove.


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Jack and Will Morey on Dog Beach


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SEPTEMBER 2014


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