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SEPTEMBER 2018


4 Park Hoppin’ With Paul Ruben


6 Park Law Insight from the expert


6-25 Park News Your monthly round-up


26-27 Park World Excellence Awards Industry Event


28-29 Triotech: Assassin’s Creed Cover Story


31-32 Efteling Park Profile


35-37 Avalon at Toverland Park Update


39-42 Warner Bros. World Park Profile


45-47 Halloween Seasonal Events


49 Pioneer Ride Profile


50-51 Leisure Expert Group Park People


55-59 Special Feature Dark Rides


61 Ride Development Co. Company Profile


63-64 Nigel Knight, RMA Company Profile


67-69 Twisted Timbers Ride Profile


71-75 Thomas Town, Kennywood Park Update


77 Tantrum Ride Profile


79 Inflatables Play


81 Operator Guide Risk Management


82-83 Market Report Asia-Pacific update


84-87 National Coffee Park Latin American update


89 Coin-Op News Your monthly round-up


97 WWA Preview Industry Event


100 Show Guide Calendar


P82 P35 P28


I spent a Saturday afternoon earlier this month visiting Thorpe Lakes Aqua Park, an inflatable obstacle course in a lake about an hour outside London. Inflatables parks have seen a surge in popularity in the last year, with new ones popping up on a seemingly weekly basis across the UK alone. The inflatable outdoor leisure products market saw a CAGR of 8.9% from 2011 to 2016, and retail sales are expected to grow to USD$5.3 billion by 2021. Economic success aside, when we walked up to the


lake my heart sank – the inflatables were swarming with screaming kids. Not my favourite segment of the population. A curious thing happened once we jumped in and swam out to the course, however - I forgot all about my dignity and spent a breathless hour scrambling up inclines, hurling myself down slides, shoving my boyfriend off platforms and, memorably, kicking a stranger in the head trying to do the monkey bars. After an hour I was exhausted and beaming. Take a look at page 79 for more on the inflatables phenomenon. Elsewhere in the issue, we profile a number of parks,


both existing and newly opened. Warner Bros. World, the largest indoor theme park in the world to date, opened to guests last month – find out more about its IP-themed attractions on page 39. We also take a look at a number of newly opened


themed lands around the world – from Thomas Town at Kennywood, designed to delight younger guests (71), to Avalon at Toverland, which pairs a B&M thrill coaster with an intricately themed boat ride by Mack Rides (35). I look forward to catching up with both new and old


industry peers at EAS later this month – Park World is at booth I-928, so please do drop by for a chat. Happy reading!


Bryony Andrews, editor 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


Publication Manager: Jacqui Hunter (+44 1622 699106) jhunter@datateam.co.uk


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


Walkthrough like an Egyptian: Expert in out- of-home interactive attractions Triotech changes the face of location-based entertainment with new immersive, free-roam Assassin’s Creed game for its VR Maze


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