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Park News

Figures of Fun 7%

increase in visitors to Movie Park Germany in 2019 compared to 2018.

40th Sesame Place plans a season-long 40th Birthday

celebration including new Zamperla Crazy Bus, Big Bird’s Tour Bus, new food location, ABC Eats, and a new play area for kids, Slimey’s Square.


DWU850-GS and eight D13WU-HS Christie laser projectors were installed throughout the themed zones within the Gyeongnam Masan Robot Land, the world’s first theme park dedicated to intelligent robotics, complemented by various Christie Pandoras Box systems providing real-time video processing and show control.


of US theme park visitors get frustrated about lack of fast, easy access to food and drink, according to research by Omnico, global providers of multi-channel commerce solutions to leading brands in theme parks, resorts, hospitality, retail and casinos.


will see Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pennsylvania add a Tornado by Wisdom Rides. The eight car 32-passenger ride is expected to be ready for the park’s 94th opening day, this year on April 25.

Universal Studios Japan gets worldwide attentiont Universal Studios Japan has announced its new global No Limit brand campaign, as well as revealing new details about its upcoming SUPER NINTENDO WORLD area, opening in Universal Studios Japan this summer. SUPER NINTENDO WORLD will be an expansive, highly

themed and immersive land featuring Nintendo’s legendary worlds, characters and adventures. Universal Studios Japan will be the first Universal theme

park to feature SUPER NINTENDO WORLD, followed by Universal theme parks in Hollywood, Orlando and Singapore.


What caught your eye at the recent trade show?

Dick Knoebel, Knoebels Amusement Resort: What caught my eye was the new coaster technology. Rockey Mountain Construction has some, as does S&S with their new Axis Coaster.

Majestic has a new coaster car. I also liked the new Zamperla four-arm ride (NebulaZ), although it may be slow to load.

Carl Berni, Canobie Lake: I saw several unique coasters from Maurer, SBF/Visa, S&S, and Premier Rides. They continue to come up with new ways to spin you around while riding.

Neil Dwyer, Global Village, Dubai: We were thrilled to explore lots of new ideas launch at the IAAPA show; particularly new concepts in rides, attractions and games that we are

eagerly exploring ready for our 25th Season starting in October 2020 at Global Village in Dubai. Our Food & Beverage teams also came back with lots of new ideas for what they think will be the next big (instagrammable!) thing

in park food! As ever our team found the educational sessions and

networking events to be invaluable – the only downs ide was that we just didn’t have enough time to fit everything in! See you next year IAAPA.

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Changes at Alterface Benoit Cornet, founder of Alterface, is taking a strategic role as president to pursue new business and market opportunities. Benoit will also be representing the company as newly re-appointed TEA Board Member and develop relations across Europe and Asia. Stéphane Battaille will move from

COO to CEO, assuming the operational and daily management at the Waver headquarters. In this capacity he will be working closely together with technology partners and customers. One of Stephane’s key tasks will be to recast the

interactive technology to a next level with the recently appointed CIO Gillian Basso. Laurence Beckers continues as creative director, and Olivier Noel as CFO. New appointments include Etienne Sainton as Product Manager and François Danhaive as programme manager.



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