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P8 OCTOBER 2018


4 Park Hoppin’ With Paul Ruben


6-20 Park News Your monthly round-up


22-23 News Highlight Six Flags


24-25 IAAPA Preview Industry Event


26 Empex Watertoys Cover Story


28-29 Laguna Waterpark Profile


30-32 Season Preview Waterpark Market


33 Camping le Farret Attraction Profile


34 LifeFloor Product Update


35-46 Park World Excellence Awards Supplement


47-49 Atlantis Sanya Waterpark Profile


51 Winston Waterworks Waterpark Profile


52-53 LetoLeto Waterpark Profile


55-56 Great Wolf Lodge Gurnee Waterpark Profile


57 SoundWaves Waterpark Preview


58-59 SlideWheel Asia-Pacific update


60-61 KidZania Latin American update


64 Coin-Op News Your monthly round-up


73 Show Guide Calendar


74 Web Guide Online Resources


P58 Editor: P28 P26


Park Word


in association with


This special issue of Park World takes a look at the summer’s most eagerly anticipated waterpark openings across the world – from the UAE’s Laguna Waterpark, nestled at the heart of Dubai's coolest beachfront destination La Mer (28), to the striking new addition to the Atlantis family, Atlantis Sanya, which opened on Hainan Island to great acclaim earlier this year (47). Key talking points at last month’s Euro Attractions


Show were the two major new European waterparks set to open in 2019. Swedish theme park Liseberg’s US$229m expansion includes an 18, 000 sq m indoor waterpark, with attractions provided by WhiteWater West. Meanwhile, Europa-Park’s upcoming Rulantica waterpark will be immersive and intricately themed, with ProSlide and Aquarena creating amazing slide experiences in a 32,600 sq m indoor area. Historically, the world’s top waterpark destination


has always been Florida – 2017’s Volcano Bay attracted 1.5m visitors in its first year alone – with Asia and UAE catching up a close second. Europe doesn’t really have the climate for it, but perhaps with the rise of the indoor waterpark its time has come… In other news, the Park World team spent a


wonderful few days in the Netherlands visiting Efteling and checking out the latest products, projects and tech at EAS - more on these in the next issue. The inaugural Park World Excellence Awards on the second night were a resounding success, if we do say so ourselves. A lot of behind-the-scenes hard work and anxiety paid off with a premium live event that recognised the industry’s top players of the last twelve months. We’re already planning the 2019 edition, so put 18th September in your diaries! Happy reading!


Bryony Andrews, editor


Bryony Andrews (+44 1622 699137) bandrews@datateam.co.uk


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


Assistant Editor: Hannah Hart (+44 1622 699135) hhart@datateam.co.uk


Contributors this issue: Astrid Gonzles Narino


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


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


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


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


Publication Secretary: OCTOBER 2018 • ISSN 1462-4796 THIS MONTH’S COVER SHOT:


Harnessing the ‘pester power’: why Empex Watertoys’ colourful new candy-themed Aquadolce range is the perfect way to entertain little swimmers


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