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Park Word


JANUARY 2015


6-7 Front Gate Setting the agenda for the month ahead


8 Park Hoppin’ Paul Ruben’s IAAPA refections


8-25 Park News Your monthly update


26 Cover Story Dynamic Motion Rides


28 Meeting Della Giostra Italian ride manufacturers’ workshop


30-32 IAAPA Attractions Expo Show review


34-35 WWA Show Review


36-39 Puy du Fou Park profile/Q&A


42-50 Animatronics Special feature


54 North Pole Park Park profile


53-54 Adlabs Aqua Magica Waterpark profile


54-55 Company Profile Picsolve


57 Show Guide Calendar


58 Web Guide Online resources


P53 P46 P40 In these days of corporate-run


parks built according to carefully calculated budgets it was refreshing to hear Miguel Quintana of Mexico’s Xcaret group talk as part of the “CEO Speak” session at IAAPA Attractions Expo back in November (see page 31). “We never know how much a park is going to cost until we finish it,” he said. “You have to focus on quality; we have to do what we have to do. It’s not a conventional way to run a business, but if you make something with love, by nature it will be a success.” Xcaret’s attractions in and around the Riveria Maya – including various ecological, nature, cultural and water-based activities – are indeed built with love, and successful too. But in creating his next hotel venture, Quintana faces a challenge. Most other resorts in the area welcome their guests on an “all- inclusive” basis, which essentially means providing them with unlimited food and drink. Xcaret’s response will be to offer its hotel guests “inclusive fun” – unlimited access to its most popular attractions. And that, to me, sounds like a much more wholesome alternative to binge eating/drinking your way through a vacation just because it’s all ”free”. I was pleased also to be invited by CNA Rovigo and the ride manufacturers of this northern Italian province to attend their 10th annual Rides Meeting just before Christmas (see page 28). Here too, family businesses are alive and well, building rides and attractions for customers across the globe. Many of these firms still focus on the middle end of the market, both in price and size of product. Yet, with the exception of very large rollercoasters – which even Zamperla has had a go at of late – no other country produces such a diverse range of amusement equipment within such a concentrated area. Long may it continue!


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THIS MONTH’S COVER SHOT: Dynamic Motion Rides is poised to deliver the first of a new generation of Flyboard flying theatres in 2015, opening soon in China. Many more multimedia projects are on the way, including five more in China, two in the USA and a couple of exciting new attraction concepts. Turn to page 26 to find out more. www.dymorides.com


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