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PW MAY19 05 Frontgate.qxp_PW_Nov14_p08_09 24/05/2019 15:28 Page 5


Park News www.parkworld-online.com


Figures of Fun 40


Thorpe Park (UK) celebrates its 40th year with the brand new GameFX powered by HYPD in the gaming arena plus from 25th May – 8th September.


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Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, New Jersey, has introduced the world’s tallest pendulum ride, Wonder Woman Lasso of Truth. A Zamperla Giant Discovery that towers 17 stories tall, its spinning disk reaches speeds up to 75 mph (121 kph) as it swings back and forth.


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Crealy Adventure Park & Resort in Devon (UK) which has invested significantly in new accommodation, has reached 100% occupancy over the whole Easter period and is now seeing a 50% increase in business to the theme park on last year.


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Chessington World of Adventures Resort (UK) has just launched ‘Room on the Broom – A Magical Journey’ for younger families, bringing to life author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler’s much-loved children’s stories, following in the footsteps of the Resort’s Gruffalo River Ride Adventure.


Longleat in Wiltshire (UK) has also officially opened its major new attraction ‘Koala Creek’ which is home to Europe’s only collection of southern koalas. The iconic marsupials share their naturally themed habitat with a pair of wombats and a group of mini-kangaroo-like animals known as potoroos.


Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, has unveiled 55 Disney Skyliner gondolas, including several with graphics based on Disney films, attractions, and characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Skyliner will have a hub at the Caribbean Beach Resort and whisk guests between Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and three other Disney resort hotels.


Efteling in the Netherlands – the fairytale theme park in the South of Holland – has announced that 4D theatre attraction PandaDroom will re-open with a new restaurant, a new 3D film and a new name; Fabula.


BigQuestion


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Have you ever created your own show, or do you always buy off-the-shelf?


Jennifer Paul, Hershey Entertainment I don't believe that we have ever bought a show "off the shelf." We collaborate with production companies in order to create our shows. For example, our Music Box Theatre show this summer will be circus themed. We pitched the theme to our production partner, and together we scripted, determined songs, and selected the crew (choreographer, lighting designer, costumedesigner, scenic designer). We work hand in hand until the show opened on May 25th to make certain that we are providing quality entertainment for our guests.


Molly Deese, Wild Adventures While we work with third-parties from time to time, Wild Adventures Theme Park takes great pride in presenting fun and unique shows created and performed by our talented Entertainment Department. Our team develops newshows every year that are designed to engage and put smiles on faces. This year, our Little Kids Big Top Circus puts kids from the audience in the spotlight as strongmen, lion tamers, ringleaders and more. Putting on shows that begin with our team and end up as memories for our guests is at the heart of who we are as a park and is part of what makes Wild Adventures such a special place.


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