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Figures of Fun


number of beds at Legoland Deutschland Holiday Village after addition this season of 14 rustic camping barrels


number of hotel rooms at Hong Kong Disneyland after opening of third hotel in 2017


visitors in 2014 to Bø Sommarland in Norway, up from 96,000 in 2013 and 138,000 in 2012.


visitors to Drusillas animal park in England during 2014 – its highest attendance ever. The new Hello Kitty Secret Garden is credited with the 35% leap over 2013


guests in 2014 at Plopsaland De Panne – a new record – making it Belgium’s number one theme park. Attendance was boosted by the debut of Plopsaland Mayaland Indoor and a new Wickieland themed area.


China’s first Coaster Wheel – by Intamin – is one of the headline attractions at Hello Kitty Park, which opened in the city of Anji late last year. Park profile and more pics next issue


Hold on to your hats China, Martin & Vleminckx has got several more wooden coasters coming your way. In addition to the four “woodies” already built by M&V, four more are planned to open in 2015. According to the Canadian company's Alain Vleminckx and Chuck Bingham, they are all destined for Fantawild parks – in Jinan, Zhengzhou, Wuhu and Zhuzhou.

The Dutch amusement park Slagharen has a new managing director. Wouter Dekkers, a Netherlands native, replaces Angelique Klar. He arrives from Movie Park Germany, a sister property in the Parques Reunidos group. Dekkers’ replacement at Movie Park was not known at the time of writing.

"We now have a factory to manufacture coaster track and a department dedicated to designing coasters," Alberto Zamperla tells Park World. "It is a growing part of Zamperla. We have developed new lap restraints that sense when they touch the body and are in place." Following the introduction last summer of Thunderbolt at Coney Island in New York – the firm's largest coaster to date – the prolific ride supplier is clearly taking this part of the market seriously, and can now supply anything from a coin-operated punch ball machine to a medium/large coaster. One-stop shop, anyone?

Great Coasters International (GCI) has signed an agreement with Dream East Entertainment to build a wooden coaster for one of three new parks the Chinese company is building near Beijing. The type of coaster and exact park in question has yet to be decided.

Leading British park Alton Towers is to offer a practical educational course for those keen to enter the leisure and attractions industry. The Foundation Degree in Visitor Attraction and Resort Management has been developed in partnership with Staffordshire University’s Business School and will combine two years study with 18 weeks paid work experience at Alton Towers Resort. An initial 20 students will be recruited to the course, starting in September 2015, when they learn about key areas of the business including operations and commercial management, strategic management, health & safety, marketing and digital communication, financial, human resource management and customer service.

Bewdley Town Council in England approved an £80 million ($120m/€105m) expansion for West Midland Safari Park. The project will feature an indoor waterpark, 250-room hotel, conference centre and spa facility. The park near Kidderminster already features a collection of rides in addition to its drive-through animal exhibits.

Sea World, Gold Coast, Australia, has launched two new attractions including a dolphin show and a meet-and-greet with Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Dynamic Attractions president Peter Schnabel is leaving to pursue other endeavours, but will continue to support sales efforts and transitional matters on a consulting basis. “Peter has been instrumental in our efforts to build the Dynamic Attractions brand into one of the undisputed leaders in the media- based attractions globally,” notes Dynamic Attractions CEO Guy Nelson.

Electrosonic has promoted 15-year company veteran Bryan Hinckley to head its worldwide entertainment division, including museums, theme park, visitor centres and retail. The post was previously held by Chris Conte, who was recently named head of Electrosonic’s new US business development team.

Visitors to Andretti Indoor Karting and Games, Atlanta, Georgia, can now experience double the motorsport simulator fun thanks to the addition of a second Hexatech 3CTR attraction from Cruden. The simulators have been placed facing one another, allowing riders to literally challenge one another head-to-head.

WhiteWater has acquired the LatiTube line of wave-generating surf products including the Pocket Single, Pocket Double, Pocket Outbreak and Pocket PRO. The deal covers all worldwide territories with the exception of New Zealand and Australia, where LatiTube is already a hit at Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney.


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