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Rougarou Cedar Point’s new coaster is floorless!


The new look coaster will feature a thrilling 1.2km- long layout


Former Flags exec founds


new park group There’s a new park group in the USA. Led by former Six Flags and Palace Entertainment executive Al Weber, Apex Parks has been established to acquire 14 family entertainment centres (FECS) and Florida’s Big Kahuna waterpark from Festival Fun Parks/Palace Entertainment – and more acquisitions are likely in the future.


SpeedZone Dallas


The FEC properties, including mini golf courses, go-kart tracks and arcade facilities, include locations operated under the Boomers!, Malibu Grand Prix, Mountasia, and SpeedZone brands. Backing for the deal comes from Broad Sky Partners and The Edgewater Funds. Weber will serve as CEO of Apex Parks Group in addition to his role as a Broad Sky operating partner. Joining Weber on the executive team are chief financial officer Doug Honey and senior vice-president of parks Gregg Borman, both industry veterans.


“I am thrilled to be associated with this collection of parks and the dedicated employee base,” says Weber. “I am excited about the opportunity to invest in the locations and provide a family-friendly experience. We look forward to aggressively growing Apex, both organically and through acquisitions.” “We believe our collective experience in the leisure/entertainment category will allow us to successfully take Apex to the next level,” adds Broad Sky Partners CEO and founding partner Tyler Zachem. The FEC locations are Boomers! Boca Raton (Florida), El Cajon,


Fountain Valley, Fresno, Irvine, Livermore, Modesto, San Diego, Santa Maria and Upland (California); Malibu Grand Prix San Antonio (Texas); Mountasia Houston (Texas) and SpeedZone Dallas and Los Angeles. Big Kahuna’s Water Park in located in Destin, Florida.


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to return as a re-imagined coaster with floorless B&M trains. Re-opening this coming spring as Rougarou, the attraction will take riders on a journey at speeds reaching 60mph (96km/h) as their feet dangle just inches above the track and the murky waters of the park’s swampy lagoon, which it shares with other coasters like Iron Dragon and Top Thrill Dragster. Using the same structure and track Mantis, Rougarou will feature the world’s only inclined loop on a floorless coaster, angled at 45º. See the drawing above for some of the other treats that lie in store. The new-look attraction, featuring repainted track and supports, takes its name from a terrifying werewolf-like creature in French folklore. Other B&M attractions at the park include the Raptor inverted coaster and GateKeeper wing coaster. Also for 2015, Cedar Point will debut a newly-renovated Hotel Breakers. Along with a new exterior, the modernised hotel will have a new entrance portal, classic interior finishes, newly-furnished and remodelled rooms with LCD TVs, new furniture, bedding and décor, and many other amenities and offerings including a Starbucks and Surf Lounge bar.


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An indoor Adventure! England’s Adventure Island is to add a new indoor section. The park in


Southend-on-Sea, which already opens winter weekends and for a 4-week Christmas season, is committing up to £5m ($9m/€6.3m) to the project, which will be launched in time for the February half-term school holidays. “We want to provide an all-year-round offering,” confirms the park’s managing director Marc Miller, who has contracted Duncan Philips of DP Associates (DPA) to provide design and operational advice. “We’ve known Duncan for many years and have been very impressed with his input at the Gulliver’s parks and in his insight into the attractions business generally, along with his urban design expertise,” adds Miller. “We obviously had our own ideas on what we wanted to do but after initial discussions with DPA these changed. They brought a different dimension to the thinking behind the project, with ideas on people flow, design, the best place to position rides and attractions, how to link entry with our annual pass, membership opportunities and more.”


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ast issue we brought you news of Cedar Point’s plans to retire Mantis, its stand-up rollercoaster from Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M). Well, sit yourself down and prepare for the good news: the ride is set


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