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Joe Garlington is one of the headline speakers at this week's SATE (Storytelling, Architecture, Technology and Experience) conference from the TEA in Sarasota, Florida. In an exclusive interview for Park World, the ex-Disney Imagineer tells us more about his career creating attractions, the rise of interactivity and personalisation, and why he’s “jealous as heck” of the next generation.
If you’re in the business of creating themed attractions, then consider setting a few days aside next month to learn, debate and network with your industry colleagues at the latest SATE conference from the TEA (Themed Entertainment Association). Here’s a taste of what to expect.
Orlando, Florida, is unarguably the amusement park Mecca of the world. So, who would dare open a modest, traditional amusement park here? John Arie Snr dared, and now his two Fun Spot parks are performing remarkably well in the company of some very large neighbours. Gary Kyriazi meets him.
There’s a new park group in the USA. Led by former Six Flags and Palace Entertainment executive Al Weber, Apex Parks has been established to acquire 14 family entertainment centres (FECS) and Florida’s Big Kahuna waterpark from Festival Fun Parks/Palace Entertainment – and more acquisitions are likely in future.
Six months after opening its showcase RMB 20 billion ($3.2bn/€2.3bn) Ocean Kingdom resort in Zhuhai, a senior manager at China's Chimelong group has told Park World that the company is exploring options for a third resort in the country.
Who says a haunted attraction is just for Halloween? AtmosFear! Scare Entertainment's Jason Karl tells us why he wants to keep his guests screaming throughout the year.
During this week’s Asian Attractions Expo in Beijing, Antonio Zamperla SpA issued lawsuits against two Chinese ride manufacturers – the Italian company’s latest attempt to get tough on intellectual property (IP) infringement.
What’s the largest marine life park in Europe? Marineland in Antibes, France – and it’s set to get even larger thanks to a planned €30 million investment from owner Parques Reunidos.
US Thrillrides has confirmed that it is to build the world’s tallest rollercoaster in Orlando – one of two new observation experiences coming soon to the International Drive district.
The Indonesian amusement park Ancol launched a new Ice Age themed attraction last month, featuring an immersive flume ride.
For one day only – Sunday 4 May – visitors to Bristol, England, were able to enjoy a “pop up” slide set up down one of the city’s hilly streets.
Kolmården looks likely to win international recognition thanks to the addition of a mammoth new wooden coaster. Get ready for Wildfire.
Are these the friendliest spooks you’ve ever seen? Ghost – The Haunted House is a new attraction providing thrills and not-so-scary chills in 2014 at Legoland Billund, Denmark.
Tivoli started its 172nd season in Copenhagen on 10 April with the relaunch of its classic wooden rollercoaster.
Austria’s Familypark Neusiedlersee kicked off its 2014 season on 5 April with a new ride and another on the way.
First came an outlet mall, then rides, restaurants and now an all singing, all dancing waterpark. Welcome to Santorini Water Fantasy, one of the latest of a shower of new waterparks to arrive in Thailand.
The president and CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE) talks to Park World about the group's parks and attractions and its recent surprise (even to some in the company) move into the sports industry.