Theme Park, Amusement Park and Attractions Industry News

Kernels – June 2012

S&S Worldwide’s latest 4th Dimension coaster is now open in China. Named Dinocondia, the ride becomes a new signature attraction for China Dinosaur Land in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province. The US$20-million attraction features wing-shaped vehicles with seats that are rotated forward and backwards at various intervals during the ride. S&S is represented in China by Acor International. A full report will feature in a future edition of Park World.

Annie Zelm has joined Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio, as its new marketing representative. She previously served as reporter and editor at the Sandusky Register and has also held leadership positions at Kings Island in Cincinnati, another Cedar Fair-owned park.

Stationary Fantasies Water Park in Jeddah is the latest worldwide location to be installing a ProSlide Tornado, the first for the company in Saudi Arabia. Now with over 70 installations worldwide, the Tornado is the original extreme funnel ride that produces a weightlessness sensation.

Laserforce has opened its latest laser tag facility in Australia as part of the Strike Wintergarden bowling outlet in Brisbane. The 300 square metre installation, built by Creative Works Australia, is themed as an airport featuring a flight bridge, lounge, control tower, fire engine, and even a plane. Strike Bowling currently owns 12 “boutique bowling bars” throughout Australia.

Tracy Sarris has been promoted to the position of chief marketing officer for the Alpha-Omega Group of companies.

Pleasure Beach Blackpool is reported to be have saved more than £10,000 on its annual telecoms bill ($16,200/€12,300) following a cost reduction analysis by Businesswise Solutions. Together with its Big Blue Hotel and Arena, the British amusement park boasts 155 phone lines, plus additional ISDN connections.

Six Flags New England, Massachusetts, has added Goliath, a Vekoma suspended looping Boomerang coaster. The ride formerly operated at Six Flags Magic Mountain in California as Déjà vu.

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