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4 Park Hoppin’ Paul Ruben gets high in Colorado

5 Front Gate Setting the agenda for the month ahead

6-14 Park News Your monthly update

16-17 Meeting Della Giostra Italian ride manufacturers’ workshop

19-20 Cover Story WhiteWater in China

22-23 The Hidden House Q&A

22-28 Cowabunga Bay Las Vegas Q&A


28-31 MOIpark/Mall of Istanbul FEC profile

32 Istanbul Horror Hotel Attraction profile

35-38 Ticketing Special feayure

39-40 Play Hard Earn Hard Playgrounds

40-41 VIP Experiences Rise of the upsell

42 Ride Guide Book reviews

43 Show Guide Calendar

46 Web Guide Online directory

P28 P10 How do you fill a magazine

about seasonal attractions when those attractions are closed for the winter? Simple: you focus on those regions of the globe where the season never stops. The new Hello Kitty Park in Anji, China (see pic opposite) is the largest theme park yet dedicated to the kitsch cat, and it will operate for 12 months a year. Even the kid-sized Hello Kitty Secret Garden at Drusillas in Great Britain opens year-round, closing just for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day (26 December). The new land has been such a success that it helped the small animal park near the south coast of England enjoy its busiest year ever in 2014 (see page 14).

Open since May of last year, the new MOIpark at the Mall of Istanbul is a 12-month operation too. As Turkey’s largest indoor theme park, it is not affected by the weather either, whether that’s the cold winters, or very hot summers. See its space age theming on page 28.

In truth, the parks and attractions industry is such a vibrant community that business never stops, even when the park gates are closed. Trade shows such as IAAPA Attractions Expo, or last month’s black tie BALPPA (British Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions) Annual Dinner in London keep attractions professionals busy – and in touch – throughout the winter. And that’s why Park World is rarely short of stories or article ideas. I have, however, taken the opportunity to have a holiday while most parks remain closed in my part of the world. It’s a convenient time of year for me to get away, and maybe you too. I often wonder why people who don’t work in a seasonal industry chose to not to ‘vacation’ in winter – when one is really glad of a break. Maybe they have school kids ...or maybe they are just sheep.

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THIS MONTH’S COVER SHOT: Since designing and supplying the world’s busiest waterpark – Chimelong Water Park – in 2007, WhiteWater has experienced considerable growth in China. Pictured here is the company’s Giant RainFortress at Tianmu Lake Water World in Changzhou, one of around 30 new Chinese waterparks supplied or designed by WhiteWater in the last five years. Turn to page 19 for news of these and other exciting projects.

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