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Vana Nava Water Jungle Thailand’s latest waterpark

Located in the evolving tourist destination of Hua Hin, the 7.1 acre Vana Nava Water Jungle is surrounded by a lush landscape, including a variety of exotic plants and tropical trees. This, Thailand’s latest waterpark, opened its gates on 1 December. Kitted out by WhiteWater, it incorporates elements including a 30m high waterfall, the first AquaCourse outside North America (pictured below), a lazy river through the jungle, and a surf bar featuring a double FlowRider. It’s also home to some of Thailand’s largest waterslides including the country’s first Abyss funnel slide (above right), a Master Blaster water coaster, AquaLoop and many more – 800 metres of slides in total. Vana Nava has further reaching objectives than purely soaking guests. The park will create many career opportunities and offer spaces for local artisans to showcase their work, contributing to the vitality of the community.

Accesso continues acqusition trail

The ticketing and virtual queuing specialist Accesso has acquired VisionOne Worldwide, operator of ShoWare, a cloud-based ticket sales and distribution product used by more than 475 theatres, arenas and other entertainment destinations throughout North and South America. “It’s a complimentary market to what we already do with parks and attractions.” Accesso’s TJ Christensen tells Park World. “We can now provide ticketing to all venues in the world.” The ShoWare system is already used by Herschend Family Entertainment’s Ride the Ducks.

Meet IAAPA’s new Asia Disney’s big freeze continues

Pacific representative June Ko has joined the IAAPA staff as vice-president of Asia Pacific operations, working out of the association’s Hong Kong office. She comes with more than 10 years’ experience promoting business interests in the Asia Pacific region, assisting European and North American companies navigating cultural and business differences. Working closely with the IAAPA Asia Pacific Advisory Committee, Ko will also play a major role in the organisation of Asian Attractions Expo, which takes place in Hong Kong this June. Reporting directly to IAAPA president and CEO Paul Noland, she replaces Andrew Lee, who has been poached by Six Flags to June K assist with its international expansion plans.o


Disney Consumer Products has sold more than three million Disney Frozen Elsa and Anna role-play dresses at Disney Stores and other retailers in North America in less than a year. Across The Walt Disney Company, the hit animated film continues to make an impact with the continuation of a Frozen Disney On Ice show, a new Frozen- themed attraction coming to EPCOT in early 2016 and a Frozen Broadway show in development. At Disney parks and resorts across the world, the characters Elsa and Anna are eager to meet guests. At the Magic Kingdom in Florida, Queen Elsa uses her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into an ice palace every night and characters from Frozen are part of the park’s Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. At Disneyland Resort in California, guests can be transformed into their favourite Frozen character at Anna and Elsa’s boutique in Downtown Disney. Meanwhile a new Frozen-themed event displaying Elsa’s magical powers will begin at Tokyo Disney Resort early next year.


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