Monday, 01 Sep, 2014

Product News

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
Innovative Leisure, the adventure attractions specialist, has installed high ropes attractions at two brand new UK locations: the National Water Sports Centre (NWSC) in Nottingham and North Bay Railway in Scarborough.
June 12 2014
Aqualand Maspalomas waterpark in Las Palmas, a beach-resort city on the southernmost tip of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, kicked off its second season in a colossal way with the installation of one of the biggest waterslides in Europe - and the first of its kind in Spain.
June 5 2014
US-based Premier Rides has been selected by Bosque Mágico Coca Cola to design and build Mexico's first magnetic launch roller coaster as part of the park's 20th anniversary celebration in 2015.
May 30 2014
Ihu's Breakaway Falls, Orlando's tallest, steepest multi-drop tower slide of its kind, is now open at Aquatica Orlando.

Riders climb 126 steps to the top of the eight-storey - nearly 80ft - tower, stepping into one of three colourful breakaway boxes.
May 23 2014
Leading Spanish theme park PortAventura has opened what is purportedly the world's longest interactive boat ride.

Developed by Germany's Mack Rides, Angkor: Adventure in the Lost Kingdom offers visitors the chance to shoot targets with individual water guns, while getting splashed.
May 9 2014
Premier Rides, a global supplier of cutting-edge theme park attractions, has announced the successful opening of its newest attraction, Sky Scream, at Holiday Park in Germany.

The visually stunning and thrilling attraction, designed and manufactured by the Baltimore, US-based company, is Europe's first roller coaster to feature three magnetic launches.
April 25 2014
With engineers, technicians, construction workers, managers and the park general manager standing by watching, the longest inverted roller coaster in the world, Banshee, screamed its way through its first test run at Kings Island theme park near Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 15.
April 17 2014
After several months of development, P&P Projects and Walibi Holland have rolled out Xpress: Platform 13 - a looping rollercoaster that launches visitors to a breathtaking 90km/h within just three seconds.
April 10 2014
Famed for its adrenaline-packed Skycoaster zipline, Maryland-based Ride Entertainment is no stranger to innovative, high-thrill attractions. New from the company in 2014 is AirSurfer - the first powered zipline that has the ability to navigate turns and go up and down inclines.
April 4 2014
Flogos, the innovative marketing company that is involved in the production of 'flying foam' motifs across world markets, is quickly growing its foothold in the Middle East.

Developed in the US in 2008, the Flogos solution has been expanding around the world. The innovative solution utilises helium foam to create floating messages and logos, ideal for corporate events, sport sponsorship, trade fairs, store openings and roadshows.
March 28 2014
Divertical, the world's tallest and fastest water coaster, is located at Mirabilandia in north-eastern Italy.

Developed by Intamin, Divertical stands an imposing 60m tall at the apex of its elevator lift system. Riders hit a top speed of 110km/h, and traverses several hundred feet of roller coaster-style track.
March 20 2014
Adlabs Imagica Waterpark in Khopoli, India, has chosen state-of-the-art water quality by using the Neptune-Benson Defender aquatic filtration system.

Adlabs Imagica Waterpark is spread across 300 acres and has over 21 rides and attractions - many of which require thousands of gallons of water to operate.
March 14 2014
Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas has announced that one of ProSlide Technology's award-winning Tornado extreme water slides will be opening at the waterpark on Memorial Day weekend.

ProSlide's Tornado has received numerous awards, including the Industry Impact Award from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).
March 7 2014
As museums and tourism facilities around the world continue to look for new ways to share information with their customers, one newly formed Dutch company has rolled out the latest generation of interactive tours.
February 27 2014
Sacoa PlayCard, a leader in cashless payment systems, has partnered with Megma Print-O-Pack to represent the company's debit card system in India.

The two companies exhibited together for the first time under the Megma-Sacoa banner at the recent IAAPI trade show. Attendees were able to see the PlayCard line-up for FECs, amusement parks, arcades and waterparks.
February 20 2014
The Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin recently contracted Electrosonic for a complete audio and video systems upgrade and reprogramming of its 190-seat 4D Texas Spirit Theater.

February 13 2014
ProSlide of Canada has won IAAPA's 2013 award for best new water ride.

The company's HydroMagnetic Tornado revolutionises two IAAPA Impact Award-winning technologies by combining them into a single ride path.
January 24 2014
Adventure attractions specialist Innovative Leisure has completed the installation of the first Sky Trail High Ropes Course and Sky Tykes Junior Ropes Course, as well as well as an ice-themed Climbing Tower, at Northern Ireland family entertainment centre, We Are Vertigo.
January 17 2014
French film and technology park Futuroscope opened a new dark ride - La Machine à Voyager dans le Temps - on December 21, with Jora Entertainment providing key design aspects.
January 9 2014

Latest News

Worlds of Fun will provide another splash to its Oceans of Fun waterpark in Kansas City, Missouri, with the addition of Splash Island.

The 4200-sq.ft interactive water attraction will open in spring 2015.
August 29 2014
Plans for a 20,500sq.m theme park in Mumbai have been approved by the Indian government.

Majhe Jag - which translates as 'My World' - will be built in the Bhandupeshwar Kund district of the Indian metropolis, with the first phase costing $500,000 and a total development price of $1.5m
August 29 2014
The Wookey Hole caves in Somerset, UK, has launched a two-in-one attraction, The Witches Laboratory and The Lost World 4D Experience, and already thousands of visitors have given it a big thumbs-up.
August 29 2014
Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire, UK, has taken the ice bucket challenge to soaring new heights - a 53m height to be exact, as staff members experienced the icy chills from the top of its Apocalypse ride, making it the highest suspended attempt at the freezing feat in the UK.
August 29 2014
The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) is planning to invest $19.5bn in developing five aerospace theme parks across the country.

The parks will be developed under the 'Big World of Aerospace' brand name, with the first such venue expected to open in Yanliang, Shaanxi Province, in 2017.
August 29 2014
As Japan moves closer to signing new legislation that permits the development of casino resorts in the country, Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is seeking partnerships with foreign casino operators.

August 22 2014
Merlin Entertainments and the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan have unveiled plans to open a Legoland Discovery Centre (LDC) in Tempozan Market Place Mall in Osaka, Japan.

Legoland Discovery Centre Osaka will be Merlin's third attraction to open in Japan, and reflects the success of the company's existing LDC attraction in Tokyo, where Merlin also has a Madame Tussauds global celebrity wax attraction.
August 22 2014
Italian rides manufacturer Zamperla will hold its second maintenance, education and training course in Vicenze, near the company's European factory, on October 13-18.

"Without doubt, maintenance is an unavoidable cost but it is a very necessary one if your plant or machinery is to perform safely and efficiently," said marketing manager, Marco Mazzucchi.
August 22 2014
A new A$90m ($84m) waterpark with surf facilities is being developed on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.

The as-yet-unnamed waterpark will include a wave pool, waterslides, canoeing experience, 120-room hotel and restaurants.
August 22 2014