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New coaster debuts at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

In Williamsburg, Virginia, Busch Gardens’ newest thrill ride is now open, courtesy of Premier Rides. Located in the Festa Italia area of the park, Tempesto offers three launch experiences that propel riders over 883ft (269m) of track forward and backward through the ride’s station house, speeding past waiting guests at more than 60mph (97kmh). Riders then climb 154ft (47m) in the air for the attraction’s signature loop-the-loop inversion. Including the reverse sections, the ride covers approximately 1,945 ft (593m) of track. “Tempesto packs a lot of punch in every second of the ride and I am thrilled to see our guests enjoying themselves as they experience our newest coaster,” notes park president Carl Lum.

Escape Siberia, enter the jungle!

This lofty photo shows some of the delights awaiting visitors inside the new Aquario Aquapark in Omsk, Russia – which enjoys the distinction of being the largest waterpark in the Urals. The 8,000+ square metre indoor facility, in an area bordered by Siberia, offers the unexpected joys of a jungle lush with palm trees and rose-covered trellises. Polin Waterparks and Pool Systems kitted out

the park with seven waterslides including a Looping Rocket, Space Hole, Multisurf, Freefall, Wave Slide, Body Slide and Compact Slide. Kids can enjoy a jungle-themed waterplay structure adorned with parrots and palm trees, rabbit slide, Mini Rainbow, Mushroom Fountain, Dolphin Fountain and Elephant Fountain – all by Polin. Also featured are a large family pool and zero-entry wave pool. For more Polin news, see page 28..

Severn Lamb revives London Mail Rail

Just like the seminal ‘80s hit by The Jam, Severn Lamb are going underground. The British transport engineering specialist has been brought on board to develop and construct an underground train ride at the upcoming Postal Museum in London. The Mail Rail ride will take visitors back in time to see what life was like on the Post Office Underground Railway, which for over 70 years transported postal items beneath the British capital. Through audiovisual displays and other storytelling techniques, visitors will be able to explore a part of hidden London at the museum, which is scheduled to open in 2016. Linking six sorting offices, two mainline train stations and other central London locations, the railway was mothballed in 2003. “The chance to design and build a train to allow visitors to experience these practically unknown

Davies lands new John Davies

role with Interlink The Anglo-French ride manufacturer Interlink has appointed a new commercial director in the shape of John Davies, a face not unfamiliar to these pages. The former OmniTicket manager has been a presence in the amusement park and visitor attractions industry for 26 years, is a past chairman of the ALES-UK manufacturers’ group, a trade representative

member of BALPPA and member of IAAPA’s European Manufacturers and Suppliers Committee. Interlink, which was founded more than 30 years ago, designs, manufactures and supplies a wide range of water rides, panoramic towers and transport systems, in addition to rollercoasters.. “I have known John since he first joined the

industry,” notes Interlink managing director John Hudd. “We are pleased to welcome him to our company and we further welcome the market knowledge and experience he is able to bring on board”.


tunnels under our capital is a unique opportunity,” says Severn Lamb managing director Patrick Lamb. “We look forward to being part of the creation of this new and exciting UK attraction.”

well of Dave Dave Cobb has been promoted to vice-president of creative development at the attraction design firm Thinkwell. “Dave is an incredible talent, is recognised throughout the industry as a thought leader, and continues to advocate for innovative guest experiences around the world,” observes the company’s chief creative officer, Craig Hanna. Dave Cobb joined the Los Angeles outfit in

Dave Cobb

2007 as its creative director, arriving from Paramount Pictures/Paramount Parks. His current project assignments with Thinkwell include various confidential projects for Warner Bros, the Monkey Kingdom theme park in China and the oversight and creative direction of other theme park, FEC and indoor ski/snow projects in the Middle East and China.

MAY 2015

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