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Park Word


MARCH 2017


4 Park Hoppin' Paul Ruben talks VR


5 Big Question New attractions for 2017


5 Figures of Fun Industry facts & figures


6-24 Park News Your monthly round-up


24 Kernels Bite-sized news


26 Stardancer Multimedia show profile


28-29 Harmony of the Seas Cruise ship waterparks


30 Star Trek: Operation Enterprise Ride preview


33 AA Driver's Town Attraction profile


36-37 Park Comment Gary Goddard on branded attractions


40-42 Dubai Parks and Resorts Update


44-47 Coffee Parks Latin America update


54 Ride Guide New products


56 Show Guide Industry events


58 Web Guide Online resources


THIS MONTH’S COVER SHOT:


Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas – the world's largest cruise ship – is home to a first- class array of entertainment including some awesome slides and attractions from Polin Waterparks. Read about this and some of the


company's other cruise ship projects on page 28-29 or visit booth C306 at this month's DEAL trade show in Dubai.


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This is my last issue as editor of Park World after 15 years at the helm. Whereas most rollercoaster rides are lots of fun but too short, this has been a non-stop thrill ride with significantly more highs than lows. Along the way I’ve been lucky enough to visit some fantastic theme parks, attractions and events around the world and meet some fascinating people; the majority of whom are involved in this business because they love it. I am very grateful to all those who have taken time to show me round their facilities, share knowledge (either on or off the record) or simply extend their hospitality. And thanks to all the parks, manufacturers and


others I have pestered for material over the years, whether it’s words, photos or other information. Technology makes it easier to reach people these days, but I’ve never taken it for granted. In return, I hope that this magazine continues to be an engaging read, reflecting both the professional and fun nature of the parks and attractions industry. I’m proud that after a history spanning four decades, Park World – the original theme and amusement park trade publication – recently published its largest ever issue (November 2016). This was made possible thanks to the support of our loyal readers and advertisers, and a great team including Mark Burgess, Jacqui Hunter and our North American editor Paul Ruben (that’s us, sans Mark, enjoying Disney’s Tower of Terror below). Please do support them over the coming months and years as Park World goes from strength to strength. Fortunately,


I am staying in the industry, so I hope still to see some of you around. Here’s to one last ride!


Owen Ralph – editor


Editor: Owen Ralph (+44 161 438 2934) parkworld@btopenworld.com


North American Editor: Paul Ruben (+1 585 381 1012) parkw@rochester.rr.com


Contributors this issue: Gary Goddard, Astrid Gonzalez


Sales Manager: Mark Burgess (+44 1622 699124) mburgess@datateam.co.uk


Publication Manager: Jacqui Hunter (+44 1622 699106) jhunter@datateam.co.uk


Publishing Director: Paul Ryder pryder@datateam.co.uk


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Managing Director: Parvez Kayani p.kayani@datateam.co.uk


Publication Secretary: MARCH 2017 • ISSN 1462-4796


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