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WWA40 Virtual Show a success F

or the first time ever, the World Waterpark Association delivered its annual show experience virtually, which allowed the Association and its sponsors, speakers and key volunteers to safely provide the best education and networking opportunities available to waterpark and aquatics professionals working around the globe. “We were certainly disappointed that we couldn’t bring our industry together for our in-person Symposium & Trade Show—something we’ve done for 40 years,” said Rick Root, WWA president. “However, from what we’ve seen so far, pivoting to a virtual show programme was just what our industry needed. Attendees from 17 countries have already spent thousands of hours watching all of the outstanding educational sessions offered by our industry thought leaders, and we anticipate the interaction with our show program to continue throughout the next few months.” Taking place over three days, the WWA40 Virtual Show programme featured a well-curated mix of pre-recorded educational sessions and live, interactive sessions featuring dozens of relevant topics that matter to owners, operators, designers and developers working in parks of all shapes and sizes.

“In a year like no other, the WWA pulled out all the stops and gave us a show like no other. Each presentation was thoughtfully put together and gave unique insights into what to expect for the coming seasons,” said Emily Polinsky, executive assistant & digital media manager, Wet ‘N Wild Water World. “I left the show with more than a dozen new ideas to bring to our park next year.”

“None of us have experienced a year quite like 2020 and we need to work closely together if we’re going push through these uncharted waters,” said Aleatha Ezra, director of park member development, World Waterpark Association. “2021 will hold many unknowns for all of us, but we don’t have to go into it alone. Our live sessions this year offered attendees the chance to bounce ideas off each other and gather new ways to operate more safely so that our guests feel good about coming back out to visit our parks.”

The WWA inducted two individuals into the WWA Hall of Fame, which honours the water leisure industry’s most important and visionary pioneers and innovators. This year’s honourees were Jim Basala, Deep River Waterpark and Jim Dunn, Aquatic Development Group

Skyviews Miami Wheel opens

Soaring nearly 200 feet (61 m) above Miami’s Biscayne Bay, The Skyviews Miami Observation Wheel is the newest addition to Bayside Marketplace and a one-of-a- kind South Florida attraction.

Skyviews Miami is a modern observation wheel, designed by Ronald Bussink and supplied by Chance Rides. Built at a reported cost of $18 million, the 176- foot (54 m) diameter wheel has 42 climate-controlled gondolas that include music and video. Guests can enjoy the Miami Skyline, Bayside Park, and spectacular Bay views. With seating up to eight persons per gondola, an entire family, including infants and grandparents, can enjoy the ride. A date for two in a VIP glass floor Gondola is also an option.

Skyviews has partnered with Landshark Bar & Grill, so guests can enjoy cocktails, and soft drinks during their ride. Before or after your ride, they can enjoy a snack or drink at the adjacent Bistro with outside seating overlooking the Bay. For special occasions a First-Class VIP gondola offers VIP access to the luxury

While both inductees were celebrated during the daily General Session on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, they also will be honored in person during the 2021 WWA Show in San Antonio, Texas. The Board of Directors’ Awards recognised the exceptional accomplishments of 35 recipients, while winners of the WWA’s popular Wave Review marketing competition were named during the General Session on October 8. Visit The World Waterpark Association’s 41st Annual Symposium & Trade Show, set for October 19-22, 2021, will return to San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A. to deliver the best education, trade show shopping and networking available to waterpark professionals anywhere.

gondola with seating for four in leather Ferrari style bucket seats, a glass bottom floor, longer ride time, 10% off all retail items, interactive Alexa, and access to VIP food and beverage catering by Landshark for special events such as romantic proposals, anniversaries and birthdays.

Skyviews Miami, LLC is owned by Guy and Charlene Leavitt. The sister company of Skyviews Miami is Ray Cammack Shows, Inc. RCS is a third-generation family owned, and operated company founded in 1961. They specialize in family amusement entertainment and are recognized as an industry leader in safety, efficiency, customer service, and innovation. The Skyviews Miami Developer is Jim Riggs of Platinum Advisors. The idea for the project originated with Anthony Catanoso from the Steel Pier in Atlantic City. Catanoso was in the midst of building his own observation wheel on the Steel Pier, and presented the project to Developer Jim Riggs.

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