Exhibit designers released a sneak peek of the new Oregon Zoo Railway this week, giving the industry its first look at a route optimised for spectacular views of animals and the annual winter ZooLights display starting in late 2014.
Holovis unveiled MotionDome, the next generation of immersive dark ride and gaming technology, to the US market for the first time at the IAAPA Attractions Expo this week.
This season, Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, debuted OmniTicket Network's exciting new Interactive Turnstile Transformer (ITT).
This innovative product transforms almost any turnstile, counter or desktop into a dynamic, interactive access control solution.
Vortex Aquatic Structures International has rolled out Water Journeys, a new linear ground play area created in imitation of nature's water systems.
Water Journeys includes boating, flow management, rivers and streams in a four-module game installation.
Waterplay Solutions Corporation has rolled out Grasslands, a collection of nature-inspired aquatic play features that ignite imaginations and bring waterpark visitors back to nature.
With tall blades of grass and wildflowers, insect characters, smooth surf stones and critter-shaped ground sprays, these products complement Waterplay's revolutionary Discovery Stream, released earlier this year.
IE Park/SOLI Bumper Cars of Italy has added to its extensive range of products with the introduction of the Maxxi Racer Circuit.
The company's latest attraction features an elevated, B-shaped, electrified track similar to a bumper car floor and using a floor pick-up power system to drive the vehicles.
UK-based dynamic simulation and 4D effects theatre specialist Simworx has introduced a new attraction that takes sensory and physical simulation to a whole new level.
The most recent addition to the company's product portfolio is the Immersive Tunnel, which brings to the mainstream parks market what the company describes as a "class-one" theme park ride akin to a Universal Studios style of attraction.
WhiteWater of Canada has delivered another original innovation by pairing two of the world's most thrilling waterslides at Nagashima Resort in Kuwana City, Japan.
This industry first is a fusion of the award-winning Family Boomerango and the all-new Manta into one titan of a waterpark ride.
Visualisation experts Barco and ProjectionDesign are working with turnkey solutions provider Holovis to deliver the next generation of MotionDome technology.
Set to be unveiled for the first time at the forthcoming European Attractions Expo, MotionDome is an immersive and interactive platform ideal for creating gaming or dark ride transformative experiences in 2D or 3D.
Eden FX, a leading creator of visual effects for the entertainment industry, has created 26 minutes of original content currently on display at the newly opened Space Shuttle Atlantis attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Gateway Ticketing Systems, the admission control and ticketing software supplier, has installed a new ticketing system at Sundown Adventureland in Nottinghamshire, UK.
Sundown Adventureland theme park's visitors are typically families with children younger than 10 years old. The park hosts a Christmas Spectacular event, which was the catalyst for bringing in Gateway's new ticketing system.
When Atlantis The Palm in Dubai sought to revolutionise the waterpark landscape with the expansion of Aquaventure Waterpark, officials turned to WhiteWater for its original innovations. WhiteWater responded with a heart pumping, six waterslide complex overflowing with features not seen anywhere else in the world.
Paradise Island Waterpark sits in the centre of Chengdu's all-new, enormous 1.7 million square metre New Century Global Centre.
Featuring a massive artificial beach and a giant LED screen reflecting spectacular, ever-changing ocean views, the waterpark in China offers an original array of innovative WhiteWater attractions designed for enjoyment by guests of all ages and abilities.
Following a massive $155m renovation, the cruise ship Carnival Sunshine set sail in May with a new waterpark designed and installed by Polin Waterparks and Pool Systems.
The ship's massive new WaterWorks waterpark sports a racing theme and covers 1,500sq.m.
Skara Sommarland waterpark in Sweden has cut the ribbon on Europe's first FreeFall ride with the latest SkyBox launch system.
Developed by ProSlide Technology, the 82m ride has a 21m drop and a unique design where riders travel underground.
Set to become one of the world's top waterparks upon opening in December, 2013, Village Roadshow's Wet 'n' Wild Sydney in Australia will boast two unique major waterslide complexes, both designed and built by WhiteWater of Canada.
For the first time ever, a wooden roller coaster is being sent upside-down through a corkscrew loop using a traditional wooden track.
A new ride, Hades 360, has opened at Mt Olympus Theme Park in Wisconsin, US.
Aqua Fantasy Waterpark, one of the most prominent waterparks in Turkey, has cut the ribbon on a new attraction, Sphere, developed by Polin Waterparks and Pool Systems.
Guests board the ride on a two-person tube from a soaring tower that launches them down an enclosed tube and into Polin's popular Space Boat ride. Gaining speed from their launch, riders gain velocity as they shoot into a large, open bowl.
The Shanghai Disney Resort Management Company has announced plans that will improve the overall energy efficiency of the planned China resort by three times.
The resort's heating, cooling and compressed air will be supplied by a Combined Cooling and Heating Plant (CCHP), a grid-tied, gas-fired power plant that co-generates cooling and heating via engine waste heat, and produces compressed air by self-generated electricity.
Urban Koncept's mobile challenge courses were presented to visitors for the first time at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) Street Fair on April 27.
As organiser of the 31-day event, the Kimmel Centre facility had Urban Koncept's Urban Jungle Gym as one of its highlights.
A new motion simulator-based dark ride that tells the story of Norse gods and mythical monsters with 3D scenes and special effects is set to debut at a Norwegian theme park this summer.
Alton Towers theme park is poised to cut the ribbon on its new roller coaster, The Smiler.
May 18 is hotly tipped as the date for the ride's debut.
April 8 marked 500 days to go before the start of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014, which will take place in Normandy, France, on August 24 to September 7, 2014.
XD Dark Ride from Triotech redefines the interactive experience like never before.
The XD Dark Ride is an innovative multi-sensory interactive attraction for the whole family.
Great America theme park in Santa Clara, California, US, is busy constructing the 150-million nail, 1.5-million bolt, 700,000-board feet Gold Striker roller coaster.
Pegged for a May 1 opening, Gold Striker will be the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Northern California.
UK-based adventure attractions specialist Innovative Leisure has completed the installation of its first Sky Tykes junior ropes course - directly adjacent to Europe's tallest Sky Trail High Ropes Course in Paragon Entertainment's Quest, at Westfield Merry Hill in Dudley, UK.
US-based Dry Corp has utilised its years of medical experience to produce a new innovative product which allows water lovers to use their phones up to a 100ft under water.
Garmendale Engineering has designed and manufactured four innovative new carriages for the historic Snowdon Mountain Railway (SMR) in the UK.
SMR has been taking visitors to the summit of Wales' highest mountain since 1896. This iconic visitor attraction will reopen for the 2013 season on March 16 with new carriages designed and built by Garmendale.
Waterplay Solutions Corporation has expanded its product line with two new aquatic play features for toddlers: the Twin Tot Slide and Bubble Trouble.
"Toddlers and young children experience such joy when exploring aquatic play features designed just for them," said Waterplay president Jill White.
German ride manufacturer Huss Park Attractions has announced the development of a brand new ride concept that will provide a unique experience for visitors to parks and other attraction destinations.
Village Roadshow Limited (VRL), the Australian media and entertainment conglomerate, has agreed to sell its wholly owned Wet 'n' Wild waterpark in Phoenix, Arizona, to real estate group CNL Lifestyle Properties. Additionally, the company will end its lease of the Wet 'n' Wild Hawaii property from CNL.
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and attractions industry professionals raised more than $115,000 for the association's 18-year charity partner, Give Kids The World (GKTW) Village, through private donations and four events held during the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando last week.
Sacoa PlayCard, the global revenue management solutions group for the amusement, leisure and entertainment industries, has partnered with Firestone Financial Services to offer 0% financing on purchases of its debit card payment systems.
Universal Studios Japan will raise its admission fees on January 27, 2014, according to its operator, USJ Company.
The price of a one-day ticket will be increased by JPY190 ($1.90) to JPY6,790 ($67) for those aged 12 or over and by JPY250 ($2.45) to JPY4,750 ($47) for children between the ages of four and 11.
Legoland Florida has announced that the park's much anticipated Legoland Hotel will open in 2015.
The announcement was made last week by Legoland Florida general manager Adrian Jones, amid a ceremonial groundbreaking event at the site where the hotel will be built, adjacent to the park's entrance.
The annual IAAPA Attractions Expo opened this week in Orlando, Florida, with the Orange County Convention Centre once again hosting the event as it continues its stay in the Sunshine State.
As the 2013 edition of the IAAPA Attractions Expo comes to a close, the global trade association has announced it will host an FEC conference - entitled 'FEC Las Vegas' - JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa on March 23-25.
Picsolve, the premier image capture partner for the leisure and entertainment industry, has announced a further investment from owners Moonray Investors, the proprietary investment arm of Fidelity Worldwide Investment.
UK company Simworx has appointed well-known industry figure Edward Pawley to the position of business development manager.
Pawley brings a wealth of experience to the role, having spent many years in senior operational positions at the UK's Drayton Manor Theme Park, including as general manager of park operations in which position he was responsible for the sourcing and installation of a wide range of rides and attractions.
Celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, Gröna Lund theme park in Sweden has managed to increase its visitor numbers by 50 per cent in only five years.
On September 29 Gröna Lund closed the doors to the best season in the amusement park's history, with the resort subsequently reporting more than 1.5 million visitors over the summer.