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10 years of Belantis

East Germany’s largest theme park has turned again to Gerstlauer for a new ride to celebrate its 10th anniversary season in 2012.

Named after the

Belantis mascot, Buddel- Tanz (Bottle-Dance, pictured) is a Crinoline ride that seats up to 100 passengers, making it the

highest capacity attraction in the park. Existing Gerstlauer attractions at the venue include the rollercoasters Huracan (EuroFighter) and Drachenritt (Dragon family coaster) and Götterflug (Sky Roller). Entertaining around half a million guests a year, Belantis is located in the

city of Leipzig. The season continues until November 4.

Buddel performs the Buddel-Dance


Legoland Malaysia will open on September 15, it has been revealed. This, the first Legoland park in Asia, will feature seven themed areas including The Beginning, Imagination, Land of Adventure, Lego Kingdom, Lego Technic, Lego City and Miniland. The location is Nusajaya in Johor, close to the border with Singapore.

Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, Ocean City, New Jersey, is introducing five new attractions for the 2012 season. These include a new Wacky Worm family coaster from Fajume, a Zamperla

Disk 'O’, Wisdom Gravitron, a black-light Mini Golf

Course and an attraction to be confirmed. Gillian's Funland at nearby Sea Isle City is adding three new attractions. An Eli Bridge Scrambler, and Zamperla Demolition Derby and Mini Telecombat by Barbieri.

Wilderness Territory, America’s largest waterpark resort located in Wisconsin Dells, will open two Lunar Loop extreme waterslides by WhiteWater later this month. In January, the resort unveiled the indoor Northern Lights Sky Ropes Course from Ropes Courses Inc.

New York’s Darien Lake is adding more than $5 million of new attractions and upgrades this season. The “Rowdy’s Ridge” family area will feature three rides including Moose on the Loose, a pony ride from Metallbau Emmeln, Heave Ho!, a Heege Tower, and the Hornet’s Nest, a Flying Scooters from Larson International. Seven new live shows will also make their New York State debut and guests can take advantage of numerous improvements to the park’s on-site lodging options.

Mt Olympus waterpark in Wisconsin Dells, USA, is adding an AquaPlay Giant RainFortress by WhiteWater. Themed as The Lost City of Atlantis, it will feature an erupting volcano feature with water surging 100ft (30m) into the air.

A Crazy Cups tea cup ride by Zamperla has been installed at Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury, Connecticut.

The Hettema Group has been selected to spearhead the creative design and production of the USA Pavilion at this summer's World Expo in South Korea. Central to the installation will be a 70ft-wide screen with music and film conveying the diverse beauty of the American coastline and the connections that Americans enjoy with it.

Introducing Europe’s tallest rollercoaster

Silver Star at Europa-Park in Germany has lost its crown: work is complete on the newest tallest rollercoaster in Europe. Shambhala at Port Aventura in Spain stands 76-metres high and is set to open on May 13 following a nine-month construction period by Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M). At €25 million, the new coaster is the most expensive ride in the park’s history, snatching signature attraction status from the existing B&M coaster Dragon Khan. Reaching speeds of up to 134km an hour, it features 1,650 metres of track. The ride features an 86° first drop, a tunnel section and five camelbacks, the shortest of which is the height of a 7-storey building. Plenty of airtime in ensured! Located near Salou on the Costa Dorada, Port Aventura is Spain’s busiest theme park, welcoming 3.7 million guests in 2011. A full report on Shambhala will follow in the June issue of Park World.

Shambhala’s final piece of track is lowered into place

MAY 2012

Fourteen youngsters aged between 12 and 16 were inducted onto the Junior Board of Pleasure Beach Blackpool recently. Issued with their own uniforms and ID badges, they were given chance to check out some of the rides in Nickelodeon Land and taste some of the British park’s new food offerings. “I hope they all enjoyed their first board meeting and saw what Pleasure Beach has to offer because one day they could be making the decisions at an executive level should they choose a career in the industry,” notes the park’s managing director, Amanda Thompson.

Garner Holt Productions has become a diamond sponsor of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) as it celebrates its 20th anniversary year. “As a young entrepreneur 35 years ago creating a company in the themed entertainment business, I appreciate the need for an association to offer support and encouragement to emerging professionals in this field,” says Garnet Holt himself.

Magic Memories, the tourism photography company, has launched its first operation in China providing holiday memories and storytelling photo books for guests who visit the country’s largest aquarium, Shanghai Chang Feng Ocean World.

Blood dripping from walls, deathly screams, actors bound in chains and frothing at the mouth …what a great time Park World had recently at the local S&M club. We jest of course; it was in fact the scene at Hawkshaw Farm Park in England as AtmosFEAR! Entertainment filmed a trailer for Scare Kingdom Scream Park. The “Doomsday” edition of the Halloween attraction will run for 15 selected nights from October 13 to November 3 and promises “gore like never before.” See the trailer at

The Producers Group has added five regional directors, giving the company representation in Europe and major Asian markets for themed entertainment and destination attractions. The regional directors are Fumiyasu Yamakawa (Japan), Peter Kim (Korea), Charlie Xu (China), Bear Zhang (China) and Jean-Michel Louis (Europe).


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