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What caught your eye at IAAPA Attractions Expo?

Dick Knoebel, Knoebel's Amusement Resort, USA: IAAPA is always a great time to share wisdom with colleagues, catch up with old friends and find out what’s up and coming in the industry. With several of the

Knoebel family members attending this year’s Expo, it’s now time for us to sit down and compare notes before we make any decisions on additions to the park.

Peter Osbeck, Gröna Lund, Sweden: The show is for me and us all from Parks and Resorts Scandinavia the best way to meet a lot of business people at the same event; many of them you only meet there. I have been

working in this business for almost 40 years so I know most of the people. Our new attraction for for 2017 – Ikaros (Intamin Sky Jump) – will be Europe's first freefall tower of its kind, and my 70th attraction project. We often discuss new ride projects at IAAPA and sometimes we also sign contracts there. This year we were also happy to have received three Brass Ring Awards!

Paul Borchardt, Wonderland, USA: There is always some type of new way to give a customer a ride, but the amount of LED lighting that is on new rides and electronic games is creating action by more, better

and brighter lighting. What impressed me the most was the colour and variety of plush that was on display. One could also not pass up the assortment of photo booths that were on display. I thought everyone was on the bandwagon with selfies. Maybe everyone wants hard copies now?

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million – attendance inn 2016 at Beto Carrero World, Brazil's number one theme park


million – predicted annual attendance at Legoland Japan, which opens in April in the city of Nagoya

We begin 2017 with perhaps the most pointless use of VR on a rollercoaster, and the prize goes to Skyplex, the upcoming leisure complex off International Drive in Orlando that will be home to the world's tallest rollercoaster, the Skyscraper. Developer Joshua Wallack of Mango's Tropical Café promises tthe Polercoaster by US Thrill Rides – opening mid-2019 andl standing 525 feet-tall (160m) – will include an optional VR headset. When a ride boasts such bragging rights, why spoil the view?

million euros (U$3.7m) – profit in last fiscal year at Parques Reunidos, down from €19.8m the previous year. The Spanish-based group, which operates parks and attractions in 14 countries, blames the dramatic fall on costs associated with its stock market listing in May


Hong Kong Dollars (US$56/€54) – new adult admission price at Ocean Park, as from January 1. The new price for children is HK$219. In the last fiscal year, the Hong Kong Government-owned attraction showed a HK$241 million (US$31m/€30m) deficit and 18.8% drop in attendance. The park now plans to boost business through sources such as fresh dining and entertainment venues.


Hong Kong Dollars (US$77/€72) – new adult admission price at Hong Kong Disneyland, up 48% since 2013, during which it has undergone over HK$10.9 billion (US$1.4bn/€1.3bn) of expansion. The new price for children is HK$419. The Hong Kong Government has a 53% stake in the park/resort

Triotech has announced it will design, manufacture, and commission the Ghostbusters 5D – Ultimate Ghost Hunt interactive dark ride coming this season to Heide Park in Gemany. The contract win folllows the Canadian firm's ongoing work with park owner Merlin Entertainments on a number of Ninjago dark rides for various Legoland parks.

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort was set to open its new Iron Man Experience on January 11. The simulator-based attraction, located in the Tomorrowland section of the park, features a 45- seater Iron Wing ride vehicle that takes guests on an aerial tour of Hong Kong.

The Thunder River Rapids ride that left four people dead after riding at Dreamworld on Australia's Gold Coast in Queensland is to be permanently dismantled, operator Ardent Leisure has confirmed. The park reopened following the accident on December 10.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi (FWAD) recently hosted its second series of 'Free-View' evenings. From November 10 to December 3, the motorsport theme park at Yas Island was free to enter between 6 and 11pm, with rides and attractions available on a pay-as-you-go basis via various wristband packages. “The Free-View option was extremely popular when we first launched it during Ramadan,” notes FWAD general manager Jesse Vargas. “We are delighted to bring it back as we celebrate the UAE’s 45th National Day as well as F1 season.”




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