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Big plans for Steel Pier

A record-setting Star Flyer, America’s tallest giant wheel and a rollercoaster are destined for the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as part of a $100 million (€77m) investment plan.

In total, 11 rides, an arcade, nightclub, museum and ballroom will open over the next four years. The plan calls for two-thirds of the rides to be covered, allowing the pier to stay open 300 days per year. Renovations are currently underway to make room for eight new rides this season including Water Circus (Bertazzon Swing), Fuze (130ft/40m Fabbri Booster),

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Seamour (SBF Airborne Shot), plus an SBF Dance Party (mini-Frisbee style ride), SBF Air Trip (Miami) and midi tea cups and a custom-designed Zamperla Rockin’ Tug and beach buggies. A 385ft-tall (117m) Funtime Star Flyer will be erected in 2013, becoming the tallest swing tower in the world. The 384ft Star Flyer at the Prater in Vienna, Austria, holds the current world record. A new rollercoaster, possibly an Intamin ZacSpin, will be added in 2014, with a 250ft-tall (76m) giant wheel due in 2015. Featuring 42 enclosed gondolas

A new conference focusing on digital out- of-home interactive entertainment event is scheduled for the US.

The 18th DEAL (Dubai Entertainment And Leisure) trade show took place from April 17 to 19 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, with over 200 exhibitors representing 30 countries. “The entertainment and amusement industry is growing in the Middle East,” notes Mohammed Falaknaz, vice-president of International Expo Consults (IEC). “We are expecting approximately 18-20% growth this year, which is a remarkable rate. Our show was completely sold out several months prior to the event and that is a great indication that the industry was not impacted by the regional or the global situation.” According to IEC more than 6,000 people visited this year’s event and more than AED800 million ($217m/€168m) of business was signed. DEAL 2013 is scheduled for April 23 to 25.

Put back from its original May dates, the inaugural DNA US event will take place in Los Angeles on October 2 and 3 and examine the emergence of technology into a variety of social experiences and real life attractions, tackling such topics as: •Fusion of real and virtual experiences •The “next-neneration arcade”

•New models of interactivity in movie theatres •3D interactive experiences in public places •Augmented reality's next stage •Gesture-based experiences

•Maximising social media in leisure facilities Confirmed speakers include representatives of Walt Disney Imagineering, Kidzania, Thinkwell Design, Super 78 Studios, GestureTek, Total Immersion, Blue Wave Media and many more. As well as an “on the spot” session at a local entertainment venue, a VIP reception and DNA mixer are also planned.

The venue is USC Davidson Conference

Center, Los Angeles, California, and sponsors include United Kingdom Trade & Investment and the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). More information at

Here’s how the pier should look after the improvements

and an LED lighting package, the latter will become the tallest Ferris wheel in the US, taller than the 212ft Texas Star in Dallas, supplier yet to be decided.

Tokyo Disney makes quake comeback

Tokyo Disney Resort experienced favourable attendance in the last fiscal year, in spite of the Great East Japan Earthquake last March. The resort’s two parks – Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea – appeared to recover strongly from the tragedy, attracting a combined 25,347,000 guests from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012. That’s just 19,000 fewer persons than the previous fiscal year, or 99.9% of the last recorded attendance figure. It was observed that guests who could not visit due to park closures or who had refrained from visiting immediately after the parks reopened came later in the year. Instead. This lead to a record 14,608,000 guests during the second half of fiscal year. At Tokyo Disneyland, visitors were able to enjoy a new night-time spectacular called Fantasmic In the coming months guests at the same park can look forward to the debut of Toy Story Mania! and a brand new event featuring Mickey Mouse and Daffy Duck.


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