Sunday, 01 Feb, 2015

Product News

WhiteWater West Industries, the Canada-based waterpark and attractions supplier, is celebrating its 100th AquaLaunch build.

The innovative launch capsule dials up the thrill factor in numerous WhiteWater waterslides, sending riders into jaw-dropping waterslides such as the AquaDrop, the Flatline Loop and the ever-popular AquaLoop with installations in over 70 countries worldwide.
January 30 2015
The first Triotech Interactive Dark Ride attraction in Turkey has been installed at FunLab in Istanbul.

The new attraction - named 'Zombi' - features an animation and gaming system that allows guests to experience a 3D adventure enhanced with 4D effects and interactivity.
January 22 2015
Formula K launched a new version of its most popular mini-car, the Quad, at the recent EAG exhibition at Excel in London.

"The original Quad has been, and is still the most versatile of all the children's coin-op cars that they produce, and will remain in the line up of 2015 production models in its recognised form," the UK-based company told InterPark.
January 19 2015
Visitors to Andretti Indoor Karting and Games are now able to experience the thrill generated by a Cruden motorsport simulator twice over, with the Atlanta-based complex purchasing a second Hexatech 3CTR.
January 8 2015
The Second World War Memorial Aquatic Centre in Rockhampton, Australia, has launched a range of upgraded attractions.

The Queensland facility now includes an expanded wet play area, tipping buckets, water wheels and sprays.
December 18 2014
Funovation, the Colorado-based attraction group, has launched a new laser game, Beam Buster.

Making its debut at this year's IAAPA Attractions Expo, Beam Buster sees players try to break as many laser beams as possible in 30 seconds.
December 11 2014
Bobbejaanland theme park in Lichtaart, Belgium, will open its first immersive tunnel attraction in May 2015.

Entitled The Forbidden Caves, the ride will take visitors on a thrilling journey into mysterious caves, where danger - and supernatural creatures - lurk in every corner.
December 4 2014
ETF Ride Systems has installed a new ride, Swiss Chocolate Adventure, at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Luzern, Switzerland.

Developed in conjunction with the Lindt Chocolate Competence Foundation, the Swiss Chocolate Adventure allows visitors to learn interesting facts about the discovery, origin, production and transport of chocolate.
November 27 2014
Known for blending the best of the past with the innovations of the future, Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania, has announced the addition of Laff Trakk, the first indoor, spinning, glow-coaster in the US, for the 2015 summer season.
November 24 2014
The Ride Entertainment Group has introduced AirSurfer, the world's first standing zipline that can navigate turns and climb hills.

US-based Ride Entertainment, which also owns the Skycoaster fly-by-wire thrill ride, will manufacture the attraction using experienced amusement industry engineers and fabricators.  
November 13 2014
Gulliver's Theme Parks is set to launch the world's first ever HiLo Challenge Dome at its Milton Keynes park in the UK, after collaborating with Paragon Entertainment's licensing division to design, build and install the innovative attraction.
November 6 2014
The tallest ride at Adventure Island waterpark in Tampa, Florida, is set to open early next year.

The four-passenger Colossal Curl slide, the first new attraction at the park since 2006, will rise 70ft and span 560ft.
October 29 2014
UK-based Amusement Technical, which specialises in the manufacture, maintenance, refurbishment and repair of all types of amusement rides, is continuing to enjoy success on a worldwide basis with its offer of retrofit control systems for older rides.
October 24 2014
Dutch theme park, Efteling, has released details of a new dive coaster it plans to open in summer 2015.

Baron 1898 is a richly-themed thrill ride that takes visitors back to the 19th Century Dutch mining industry.
October 17 2014
This year will see the 10th anniversary of the Green Dragon, the unique roller coaster at GreenWood Forest Park in North Wales, UK.

Built in early 2004, the Green Dragon is the only roller coaster of its kind in the world. The ride combines traditional roller coasters with funicular technology that was developed and used 200 years ago in the slate quarries of North Wales.
October 10 2014
Italian manufacturer IE Park/SOLI Bumper Cars has added another bumper car model to its wide range of vehicles, with the latest addition featuring a range of innovative design features and green, eco-friendly credentials.
October 7 2014
Wet 'n' Wild waterpark in Las Vegas, US, has announced it will install a new Slideboarding attraction in time for the 2015 season.

Developed by WhiteWater, Slideboarding is a waterslide that integrates gaming, skill and competitive sports. The waterslide that uses a state-of-the art ride vehicle with an embedded game controller.
September 25 2014
The world's most ambitious mirror maze adventure has opened at the Hollywood Wax Museum in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Hannah's Maze of Mirrors contains a wide range of thematic chambers, special effects and surprises.
September 18 2014
In conjunction with its upcoming second anniversary, Legoland Malaysia Resort has announced the opening of Lego Star Wars Miniland Model Display at the Johor resort.

The first attraction of its kind in Asia, the attraction features seven scenes from the six Star Wars films and The Clone Wars animated series in great detail. In total, the attraction features more than 2,000 Lego models built to a 1:20 scale using 1.5 million Lego bricks.
September 4 2014
The Quassy Express Train at Quassy Amusement and Waterpark in Middlebury, Connecticut, will have a new home for the 2015 season, park officials announced this week.

A train station reminiscent of Quassy's 'trolley park' heritage will be constructed at the current loading platform for the popular ride, which has been a staple at the family-owned property since 1948.
August 29 2014
A new thrill ride, Frantic, will open at Quassy Amusement and Waterpark in Middlebury, Connecticut, in 2015.

The attraction, which is being developed by Visa International of Montagnana, Italy, takes riders on a 360-degree journey on a revolving seating platform.
August 22 2014
Vekoma Rides has designed a unique duelling single car racing launch coaster (S-LIM) launch coaster that allows park visitors to race against their friends and family.

This new innovation shows the battle between two F1 cars, racing each other on the track.
August 15 2014
Philadelphia's Franklin Institute recently opened a high profile, permanent exhibition, 'Your Brain', which represents the most significant expansion in the museum's history.

Your Brain is the largest exhibition in the country dedicated to the most complex and misunderstood vital organ in our bodies.
August 9 2014
Holovis will launch The Lost Cove, its latest 3D immersive, themed multiplayer title in the DomeRider series, at EAS 2014.

Incorporating the next generation of interactive dark ride technologies, it features fully immersive content with real time media and gaming integration, all synchronised with an array of motion and interactivity options.
July 31 2014
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, US, has celebrated the grand opening of the new interactive exhibit, Great Balls of Fire, which provides guests with an in-depth and hands-on experience as they learn about asteroids, comets and meteorites.
July 20 2014
Cadbury World in the UK has opened a new attraction in the shape of the 4D Chocolate Adventure.

A replacement for the previous Cadbury Land attraction, the latest addition to the venue provides a brand new 4D experience which sees guests joining Cadbury character Freddo and a host of other characters on an adventurous journey.
July 17 2014
Construction work on a new roller coaster at Gardaland theme park in Italy has started, with the ride set for a 2015 opening.

The as-yet-unnamed ride will be build by Switzerland-based Bollinger & Mabillard (B&M), which installed Raptor at Gardaland in 2011.
July 10 2014
When the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park re-opens this summer, the Colorado attraction will be using Gateway Ticketing Systems' flagship Galaxy product suite for ticketing, food and beverage, retail, and access control.
July 4 2014
Aussie World on Australia's Sunshine Coast has cut the ribbon on its latest ride, Ballroom Blitz.

At first glance, the theme park's latest ride appears calm. However, when operational it takes riders 15m in the air.
June 27 2014
Cruden, the Netherlands-based motion simulation company, has supplied China's first ever simulator centre using professional simulators.

The 5,000sq.m Huan Teng Technology centre in Guangzhou opened in June, and features eight Cruden Hexatech Formula Style racing car simulators linked together.
June 19 2014

Latest News

To mark its 20th Anniversary, PortAventura has moved into the luxury market by launching Mansión de Lucy - the Spanish resort's first five-star hotel.

The defining trait of this boutique hotel is its interior design, which transports guests to an opulent, 19th century-style American mansion.
January 30 2015
There are less than two months until the 2015 edition of China Attractions Expo (CAE), which takes place in Beijing on March 18-20.

More than 270 of the world's leading suppliers and manufacturers of amusement and leisure products have already confirmed they will exhibit at CAE this year, with more than 30 companies coming from outside of China, including Zamperla, B&M, Dream Park, Haystack, Huss, Intamin, KCC, Vekoma, M&V, Maurer, Moser, OKE, PDC, Proslide, Polin, Whitewater West, S&S, Sanderson, Seven Lamb, SEP, Simtec, ThemeTech, Triotech, World Fun Attractions, WTI, Xtrem Aventures and Zierer.
January 30 2015
Serco Leisure, operator of more than 60 leisure facilities in the UK, is utilising CrowdControlHQ's social media risk management and compliance platform as a customer engagement and brand management tool.
January 30 2015
Visitors to Foxton Locks in Leicestershire, UK, will once again be able to see the boats using the old Inclined Plane, albeit virtually, through the development of an Augmented Reality (AR) app.
January 30 2015
Drayton Manor theme park in Staffordshire, UK, has launched a new season pass that provides unlimited admission for the entire 2015 season.

"Priced at just £60 ($90) each, or £30 ($45) for children aged two to three, not only does the pass provide unlimited fun for the whole family, but great value for money being the most competitively priced season pass of the top UK family theme park attractions for the 2015 season," the park said.
January 30 2015
Hong Kong Disneyland has broken ground on its third hotel, marking another milestone in the continued development of the resort as a world-class travel and entertainment destination.

Slated to open in early 2017, Disney Explorers Lodge will feature 750 rooms and four distinct gardens based on cultures from around the globe, along with new themed restaurants, a shop and a large outdoor swimming pool.
January 22 2015
The Goddard Group has announced it will design Haichang Group's Polar Ocean World in Shanghai, China.

In addition to conceptualising and master planning the project, California-based Goddard Group is currently working with Haichang on the park's subsequent design phases.
January 22 2015
The Paramount London theme park development has taken a major step forward, after developer London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH) signed a purchase agreement for a 1,570sq.m parcel of land in north Kent, UK.

January 22 2015
Niceberg Studios Distribution, the Belgium-based developer of media content for rides and attractions, has released two new 4D ride movies: Fairy Balloon Ride and Journey to the West.

January 22 2015
Legoland Florida is set for further expansion this year, after operator Merlin Entertainments has announced plans to open a new area at the US resort.

Set to open its doors this summer, Heartlake City will be a colourful and vibrant new land offering adventures for all ages, according to Adrian Jones, general manager at the Florida facility.
January 22 2015
After months of speculation, Melco Crown Entertainment has unveiled details of Studio City, its new cinematically-themed gaming, entertainment and leisure destination resort in Macau.

The $3.2bn, Hollywood-inspired, gaming and entertainment complex will, according to Melco, transport the visitor into a "stunning cinematic world with awe-inspiring entertainment offerings, delivered by the world's leading entertainment partners, positioning this new destination resort as Asia's entertainment capital".
January 19 2015
PGAV Destinations, the US-based planning and design group, was involved in numerous high-profile leisure projects in 2014, with high-growth Asian markets leading the way.

"It been a fantastic year," Mike Konzen, principal and chair of PGAV, said in December. "We've experienced unprecedented growth in all of our markets, including zoos, museums, theme parks and more.
January 19 2015
Eleetus of Michigan has announced the release of the Eleetus Simulator, which brings new levels of experience to the gaming and virtual amusement rides sectors.

The simulator includes a seat with forty degrees of pitch and roll, surround sound and a three-monitor display.
January 19 2015
Travel agents in the UK have been asked to submit name suggestions for a new waterpark in Mallorca, Spain.

The waterpark forms part of the new BH Mallorca hotel concept in Magaluf, which is due to open this year, and will be open exclusively for over 18s. It will feature eight slides including a rollercoaster and a four-lane race slide.
January 19 2015
The Walt Disney Company is reportedly eliminating redemption games and crane machines in its resort-based family entertainment centres in Florida.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the entertainment giant's policy change will also see the closure of around half a dozen of its FECs.
January 19 2015