Theme Park, Amusement Park and Attractions Industry News


March 2009

Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California, is to start using compressed natural gas to fuel its guest trams and recycled cooking oil to power its Disneyland Railroad steam trains and Mark Twain riverboat. “These initiatives are just a few steps in our ongoing journey to reduce Disneyland Resort’s environmental footprint,” says Michael O ‘Grattan, senior vice-president of resort operations.

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Indiana, has two new directors. As director of maintenance, Tony Perkins will oversee a full-time staff of 22 technicians. Jason Martin, the new Director of food & beverage, will supervise the hiring and training of his 550-member seasonal staff, who operate the parks’ 17 food outlets.
Alabama Adventure, Bessemer, Alabama, is building a new $1 million waterpark attraction from Whitewater West. On UpSurge! riders will race down a 216ft of flume before plummeting down and back up a vertical half-pipe ending in a splash pool of 25,000 gallons of water.

Zebec, the Ohio-based producer of inflatable waterpark tubes, rafts and play features, has opened a new 12-acre manufacturing facility. “We simply ran out of space at the old place,” explains the company’s Scott Snyder. The new facility comes equipped with seven machines allowing Zebec to offer a wide range of product from stock. “A lot of parks rely on us for stock,” notes Synder, “and we have a huge warehouse.”

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