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PW MAY19 03 Contents.qxp_PW_Nov14_p03 24/05/2019 15:26 Page 3


MAY 2019


4 Park Hoppin’ The latest from Paul Ruben 6-20 Park News Your monthly round-up 20 Attraction Profile Lego Movie World, Legoland Florida 22 Industry Event Park World Excellence Awards 24-25 Cover Story Polin Waterparks 26-28 Park Profile HANSA–PARK, Germany 30 Attraction Profile Sesame Street, SeaWorld Orlando 31 Industry Influencer Paul Kelly, chief executive, Balppa 34 Guest article Waterpark Planning: redefining the fundamentals – Travis A.L Kline, ADG 37 Guest article The proliferation of smartphones: an opportunity for the attractions market – Chris Warhurst, CEO, Magic Memories 38 Ride Profile Tigris, Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay 40-41 Asia - Pacific IAAPA Expo Asia 58 Latin American Update Columbia 46 Coin-Op News Your monthly round-up 55 Web Guide Online resources


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Park Word


in association with


The Park World Excellence Awards closes for entries and nominations on 21 June. Launched in 2018 by Park World publisher, Datateam Business Media, the Park World Excellence Awards is open to operators, suppliers, manufacturers and entertainment specialists across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) with exciting stories to tell. Entries and nominations are made via the


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dedicated Park World website using the same simple, online form and, subject to meeting the necessary entry criteria, will be put before an expert panel of judges to select five finalists – and ultimately a winner – in each category. A celebration of excellence, four of last year’s


experts are returning to judge the 2019 awards, along with three new ones to be announced in our June issue. Also a huge networking opportunity, the Awards


ceremony will take place on September 18, in Paris, with the backing of several high profile sponsors, including Alterface, Bertazzon, Digital Centre, Hologate, Polin Waterparks, Sally Corporation Semnox, Simworx and wiegand.maelzer. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be recognised


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for the fantastic experiences you provide. Find out more on pages 22 and 23 of this issue, then head over to www.parkworldexcellenceawards.com to take part. In other news, we recently introduced a weekly


newsletter sent direct to inboxes every Thursday. If you haven’t seen it yet, go to www.parkworld-online.com to sign-up. It’s another packed issue this month! We bring you


all the latest Park News (pp 6-20); talk to Balppa chief executive and ‘Industry Influencer’ Paul Kelly about his life and times in the industry (pp31-33) and look ahead to IAAPA Expo Asia (pp40-41) while covering countless rides and attractions. Well worth a read….


Enjoy! Becci Knowles, editor


Editor: Becci Knowles (+44 1622 699140) bknowless@datateam.co.uk


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North American Editor: Paul Ruben (+1 585 381 1012) parkw@rochester.rr.com


Contributors this issue: Astrid Gonzles Narino, Dr. Jack B. Samuels, Heather M. Eichenbaum, Esq., Gary Kyriazi, Marcus Gaines


Sales Manager: Mark Burgess (+44 1622 699124) mburgess@datateam.co.uk


MAY 2019


Sales & Events Manager: Ed Baker (+44 1622 699106) ebaker@datateam.co.uk


Publishing Director: Paul Ryder pryder@datateam.co.uk


The sky is the limit


Polin, an innovator in waterpark technology, has created the world’s first fully transparent composite “Glassy” waterslide. …Take a look!


Managing Director: Parvez Kayani pkayani@datateam.co.uk


IAPPA Expo Asia Paul Kelly, Balppa HANSA-PARK + More


THIS MONTH’S COVER SHOT:


The brainchild of Polin Waterparks, a company committed to creating memorable guest experiences in the amusements industry, The Glassy Waterslide is the world’s first ever, fully transparent composites waterslide.


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