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Towering Over Texas RCS unveils new wheel in Houston


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aunched earlier this month at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Texas, the new La Grande XL from midway provider Ray Cammack Shows (RCS) is thought to be the largest travelling observation wheel in the Western


The 50m/164ft-tall R50XL ride, built to a design by


Ronald Bussink Professional Rides, was transported to the USA on 22 trailers/containers and erected on site in Houston by a crew of 10 with the aid of an 80-ton crane. Each of the wheel's climate-controlled cabins can hold six to eight people. After dark, the ride dazzles with over half a million LED lights including a 10ft (3m) screen in the centre axle of the wheel. Running from March 7 to 26, this year's Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo


actually featured three giant wheels – all presented by RCS – the most ever at a single event in the USA. Joining LA Grande XL were two rides of 33m/108ft each. In total RCS now boasts a collection of four wheels, including another 50m construction.


*In the last issue of Park World we reported on a ride billed as “the tallest travelling giant wheel in North America” courtesy of Dutch manufacturer Reuzenrad Lamberink. At 46m/150ft in height, the Sky Eye presented at the Florida State Fair in partnership with Wade Shows is actually slightly shorter than RCS’ La Grande XL. We are happy to put the record straight.


The view from the top of the new wheel in Houston. RCS’ two other wheels can be seen on the horizon


Woodbury confirmed for new


executive role at Universal Universal Parks & Resorts has named 28-year company veteran Mark Woodbury (pictured) to the newly created role of vice-chairman. Reporting to Universal Parks & Resorts


chairman and CEO Tom Williams, he will continue to serve as president of Universal Creative. During his long career with the company, Woodbury has worked with some of the world’s best film, television and entertainment talent to help shape and develop the Universal theme park experience across the world. The Universal Creative team's accomplishments


include the highly acclaimed Wizarding World of Harry Potter themed attractions and environments in Orlando, Hollywood and Osaka together with entire theme parks such as Universal’s Islands of Adventure (Orlando), Universal Studios Japan (Osaka) and the upcoming Universal Studios Beijing and Volcano Bay in Orlando. “Mark has been a driving force for creativity, innovation, growth and


development across the entire Parks group,” notes Tom Williams. “As we continue our incredible journey, I am happy that Mark will be by my side, playing a vital role in shaping our future and leading the greatest creative team in the world.”


8 MARCH 2017


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