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The 35-year-old Carnival Ride at Dutch theme park Efteling re-opens after a three-month renovation that saw maintenance to its technology, theming and lighting.


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The number of acres that Dinsey’s upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land will span.


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147ft 500m


The predicted cost of the new family entertainment complex, called Langer’s, set to arrive in Sherwood, Oregon this autumn.


BigQuestion


What do you anticipate be for the industry this seaso


John Fitzgerald, Apex Parks Group: Delivering outstanding guest service with increasing wage pressures, that


is, state mandated minimum wage increases. We shouldn’t compromise on delivering excellent guest service, but the industry needs to find creative ways to manage labor costs.


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What do you anticipate being the biggest challenges for the industry this season and beyond?


Jack Herschend, Herschend Family Entertainment: “The biggest challenge for the our industry is creativity. This industry exists because of creative people, with their jobs getting more intense every year. Our guests are becoming more sophisticated in what


they want in entertainment. It’s much harder today to meet guest expectations than it was 50 years ago -- by a multiple of 10! We are fortunate to have so many truly awesome ideas presented annually by parks across the world, always raising the bar as people continually expect more.”


Kernels


Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk will be celebrating the Giant Dipper’s 95th birthday this year with an art contest.


Guests braving the new 15-story Pandemonium ride at Six Flags Over Georgia will be lifted 147ft above the ground at 70mph.


A report by the Themed Entertainment Association and AECOM showed that visitation at the top 10 major theme parks around the world rose by 5.4% between 2017 and 2018, bringing the total to more than 500 million last year.


The PortAventura Foundation has announced its most ambitious and representative project yet: PortAventura Dreams. The village, located within the resort, will offer a unique experience for children living with serious illnesses and their families. The project will consolidate the foundation’s commitment to use entertainment and fun as the axis of its social action in order to improve the lives of children at risk of exclusion due to a disability or health reason.


Picsolve, a leading photo and video capture partner for world-class visitor destinations has announced the launch of its new Epic Selfie technology – an evolution of the popular


panoramic Super Selfie technology it launched last year in partnership with Panora.me. Picsolve’s Epic Selfie, which is being debuted at this year’s IAAPA Expo Asia in Shanghai, virtually places visitors into fantastic new worlds or iconic destinations, resulting in a highly shareable bitesize video that begins with a selfie and dramatically zooms out to reveal a panoramic backdrop.


Six Flags New England, Agawam, Massachusetts, has opened its newest thrill ride, Cyborg Hyper Drive. A Chance Rides’ Free Style, this hi-tech attraction, inspired by the iconic DC Super Hero Cyborg, offers a dynamic ride experience, futuristic lighting, and sound effects.


Meanwhile, Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington, Texas, has unleashed a “devilish” attraction with the opening of the world’s


tallest looping thrill ride—El Diablo in the Spain section of the park. It’s a 30M Giant Loop from Larson International.


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