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SUMMER 2020


4 Park Hoppin’ The latest from Paul Ruben


5 Front Gate


6-20 Park News Your monthly round-up


22 News Highlight Park World Excellence Awards


24-25 Cover Story KCC Entertainment Design


26-28 Park Profile Gulliver’s Valley Theme Park


29-30 Ride Profile Candymonium, Hersheypark


33-34 Ticketing & Capacity Steve Brown, accesso CEO


36-37 Park Update Lionsgate Entertainment World


38 Park Profile Fairytale Farm


42-43 Waterpark Profile Soaky Mountain


47-49 Guest Article Aquatic Development Group


50-51 Industry Update TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index


52 New Products Your monthly round-up


58 Web Guide Online Resources


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Park Word


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As Park World went to press, The World Waterpark Association annouced plans to move to a virtual experience, “based on current public health advisories and travel restrictions around the world, including the State of Nevada which currently bans gatherings of more than 50 people, it is not possible for us to move ahead with this year’s WWA Show in Las Vegas….” it said. IAAPA too has provided an update on the


 whether it would go ahead as planned would be made by 4 September. 


industry and we are by no means out of the woods yet, but certainly with the recent success of IAAPA Expo Asia on a digital platform we are united in  changing the way we do business. With this in mind, don’t forget to register for


IAAPA Virtual Conference: The Americas, set to take place from 2-3 September, and IAAPA Virtual Conference: EMEA and APAC, scheduled for 22-24 September. Park World too has made the decision not to hold a physical event for this year’s Excellence  Awards ceremony will be hosted on the dedicated awards website on Tuesday 8 December 2020. With many parks having faced delayed openings due to the pandemic, the eligibility period for operators, manufacturers, suppliers has been extended to 31 August while the deadline for entries is now 30 September. This represents a great opportunity to make sure all of your achievements don’t go unnoticed and gives us all something to celebrate at the end of the year. There are lots of really positive things happening in the industry thanks to our collective innovation and dedication – I hope you enjoy reading about them in our Summer issue!


Editor: Contibutors: Becci Knowles


Bryony Andrews, Julie St.Louis, Steve Brown


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


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


SUMMER 2020


Sales & Events Manager: Julian Davies (+44 1622 699106) jdavies@datateam.co.uk


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


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


20 years of innovation


Behind the scenes with KCC Entertainment Design


Publication Secretary: Tracey Ballard (+44 1622 699109) parkworld@datateam.co.uk


Gulliver’s Valley Candymonium and Chocolatetown


Ticketing & Capacity Management: Part Two!


THIS MONTH’S COVER SHOT:


Smurfs Theme Park China. KCC is celebrating its 20th birthday this month and on pages 24 and 25, we talk to CEO Yannick Maes about how it all began and take a look at some of the company’s signature projects.


SUMMER 2020 • ISSN 1462-4796


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