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Park News

Two Dutch entertainment giants unite

DJ Tiësto

Leading Dutch theme park Efteling has launched a new, electronic soundtrack to its Aquanura fountain show in partnership with the Breda-born superstar DJ Tiësto. The 12-minute spectacle features a dance mix of Tiësto and Efteling classics and was premiered during a private event just before Christmas. It will now be performed for business events and during special occasions such as New Year’s Eve, the spring holidays and the nine Saturdays of the Efteling Summer Festival. “The partnership with one of the world’s most popular DJs has been top of our wish list for quite some time,” reveals Efteling’s chairman and CEO, Fons Jurgens. “Tiësto was born and raised in Brabant [the same region as Efteling] and has been a fan of Aquanura right from the start. In view of that, forming a partnership with him soon became a done deal.”

Tiësto, real name Tijs Verwest, reacted enthusiastically upon seeing the show: “The combination of charming melodies and my fat beats makes for a sensational version of the Aquanura water show! I’m curious to see how both Efteling and Tiësto fans react.”


Games U Ride

A striker with a difference!

This looks fun, doesn't it? Skyline Attractions, a new ride supplier based in Orlando, has introduced its first two attractions as part of a product line it's calling GamesURide – allowing park and FEC patrons to become a part of their favourite midway games. Strike-U-Up, pictured below, allows players to test their skills by striking a target and launching their friends to the top of a high striker, bouncing up to 20ft (6m) up and down the tower. Both mobile and park models are available, and multiple units can be combined for group play. Meanwhile Spin-U-Win is a fast paced dizzy race featuring a display of lights that spiral up the column. Players win the game when they reach the top first. Sounds like a Bob's Space Racers-type game to us – but probably cheaper. Skyline Technologies is one of three founding sponsors of Orlando's “Amusement Incubator”, which aims to help sole proprietor companies or small start-ups to enter the amusement industry. The other two firms on board so far are Ashland Technologies and Honolulu Hot Dog.

Baby B&M

”It’'s fun for the entire family,” is how Walter Bolliger described this new suspended rollercoaster, which opened last summer at Happy Valley Shanghai. The 400-metre long, 20m high (65ft) ride is the Swiss designer's first ever family coaster, as well as the first new rollercoaster to open since the debut of the Shanghai park in 2009.



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