Park News

Mardis Gras returning to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Bay starting with the park’s Mardi Gras event, now expanded to weekends and select dates from up until February 16. The Busch Gardens team has consulted with medical experts to offer modified events with required reservations and limited capacity for safe celebrations. All seasonal events feature open-air entertainment throughout the park’s more than 300 spacious acres as well as enhanced health and safety measures including increased cleaning and sanitation, temperature checks, face covering requirements and physical distancing. With more weekends to celebrate safely, Busch Gardens has been jazzed up with music, beads and more for open-air festivities with French-Quarter flair. Guests will have the opportunity to catch some beads from physically distant New Orleans street performers


elcoming 2021 with high spirits and high thrills, exciting events have safely returned to Busch Gardens Tampa

periodically strolling throughout the day. There will is plenty of room to dance through spacious walkways while enjoying festive tunes from live musicians while flavourful dishes and cocktails tempt the senses. Busch Gardens has brought the “Big Easy” to Tampa Bay with Mardi Gras-inspired food including a signature shrimp po’ boy, hearty

jambalaya, and hot and fresh beignets. Handcrafted cocktail classics like Hurricanes join new signature drinks for a perfect pairing with the park’s carefully crafted culinary offering.

Phoenix planned for Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park

Unable to open in 2020 and celebrate the 100th anniversary of its famed Wonder Wheel, Denoʼs Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, Coney Island, New York, is now making its largest investment ever with the planned introduction of Phoenix, a Vekoma Suspended Family Coaster. “With the year we have all had,” said park operator Dennis Vourderis, “we wanted to show some good news is on the way. “We are hoping this is the beginning of better times ahead.” When complete, Phoenix will be 68 feet (21 m) tall, 1,296 feet (395 m) long, and carry up to 20 guests in a ten-car train to a top speed of 34 mph (55 kph). It will rise along 12th Avenue adjacent to the Wonder Wheel. Coney Island has a rich history of roller

coasters and was critical in the rideʼs development. During its heyday there were approximately 30 coasters operating there. With the announcement of Phoenix, in 2021 there will be at least seven operating.


Osool Entertainment goes cashless with Semnox Solutions in Saudi Arabia

Semnox has added another feather to its cap with Osool Entertainment implementing the Semnox arcade cashless system at its first store in Riyadh. Osool Entertainment’s offer focuses on various indoor entertainment activities including Go-Karting in Doos, Softplay for Kids in Lambee and Arcade store in Fizz. Customers of all age groups can experience the joy of gaming at any of their locations. With the Semnox arcade debit card system, customers can enjoy going from one store to another, using their membership cards to play without any hassle. “We were looking for a card system that could handle our multiple entertainment facets and that would allow our customers to move seamlessly from one store to another. Semnox has delivered as per

their commitments and we are proud to launch their cashless system in our first store. We will move our other locations to cashless as well in upcoming weeks,” said Adbullah Noman, technical lead at Osool Entertainment.

“Osool Entertainment with their unique offerings in multiple stores stand out in the entertainment market in Saudi Arabia. Going cashless will immensely help their customers in utilising their wallet across stores. In the current situation, going cashless is the need of the hour and our system serves this purpose with its RFID technology solution helping businesses like Osool Entertainment operate smoothly,” said Meghashyam, client manager (MEA) Semnox.Solutions.


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