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Successful TEA SATE Asia 2019


ome 115 people participated in TEA SATE Asia 2019, held 14-16 June at the Shendi Center in

Shanghai. Organisers said, "Be it physical, emotional, or technological, this year's theme of 'Moving People' covered a broad spectrum of how we take people in journeys within the themed entertainment industry." The conference was co-chaired by TEA Asia Pacific board leaders Thomas Megna and Owen Zhao, with TEA immediate past president David Willrich of DJ Willrich Ltd., TEA past president Christine Kerr of BaAM Productions, and Paul Kent of Electrosonic. The TEA has a longstanding,

supportive relationship and dialogue with Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), a valued TEA Global Partner. This relationship played a role in the location and the content of the conference. TEA SATE Asia 2019 - Shanghai took place

at the brand-new Shendi Center,

home of Shanghai Shendi Group, Chinese business partner to Disney on the Shanghai Disneyland Resort Project. Executives from both sides of that partnership were participants in the conference. The TEA SATE Asia keynote took the

form of a special "Walt Disney Imagineering Sharing Session. “Employing inspiration from TEA SATE Asia’s theme of 'Moving People,' six Walt Disney Imagineering leaders from around the world hosted a sharing session at the conference on June 15, 2019. “Garnering more than 130 collective years of Imagineering experience, the panelists provided a glimpse on how WDI combines talented creative minds with regional resources to consistently deliver new stories and experiences for guests of Disney parks and resorts around the world”, said a WDI spokesperson.

Mountain Monster is coming

Mountain Monster, the newest attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, will open soon. From Soaring Eagle, it will feature three rides from a 200-foot tower overlooking the Smoky Mountains. These include the Aerial Dive Ride, Daring Drop, Saddle Sling, all be designed, built, and operated by Stan Checketts, the renowned attractions inventor. “I’ve designed ride concepts all over the world, but I am particularly excited about

the Mountain Monster. This setting has a unique combination of incredible views and a vibrant market of family entertainment,” noted Checketts. “This fits perfectly with our goal to provide the most exciting and safe experience for thrill seekers.” The Mountain Monster is centered in The Tower Shops at Mountain Mile, a still

under construction 180,000 square foot multi-purpose retail and family entertainment development located in the heart of the Smoky Mountains in Pigeon Forge. It will serve as a beacon for the millions of visitors to the area. The property borders Cal Ripken Baseball and The Island, near Dollywood and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Playland’s Castaway Cove adds Four New Rides

Playland’s Castaway Cove, Ocean City, New Jersey, has added four new rides for the 2019 season. Included is a new Double Shot from S&S – Sansei, a three- lane dry slide by Battech Enterprises, Storm from Wisdom Rides, and Squadron 33, a Technical Park Aerobat. Squadron 33 is the first Aerobat to

appear in North America. According to Castaway Cove’s Scott Simpson, “It replaced Technical Park’s Heavy Rotation ride, which was a big thrill ride, very fast. I was looking for something better suited to our customer base. It’s an interactive ride. Guests control the planes themselves so they can just sit there, roll it back and forth,


or roll it over. People love the interactivity since they can control the amount of thrill.”

JULY 2019

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