Theme Park, Amusement Park and Attractions Industry News

Kernels – October 2012

Lo-Q hopes to introduce its virtual queuing technology into the Asian market after starting a partnership with Sanderson. As part of a the deal, senior Lo-Q manager will work from Sanderson’s new headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

Gateway Ticketing Systems UK, based in London, is a collaboration between Gateway’s US head office and software British software specialist Metafour UK. The new venture is headed by operations director Andy Povey, a well-known face within attractions industry ticketing.

The leisure-based photography company Magic Memories has acquired the USA’s Jackson Digital Imaging (JDI). Magic Memories has progressed a long way its beginning 17 years taking guest photos in the entrance New Zealand attractions. Today it boasts more than 70 partner attractions in eight countries. The acquisition of JDI gives it new expertise in capturing on-ride photos and video.

New York’s Darien Lake will make several improvements for 2013, including a new S&S tower ride called Blast Off and an upgrade to its popular Laser Blast show. Standing 185ft-tall, Blast Off will be located in the Waterfront Boardwalk area of the park, which will undergo significant renovation celebrate the nostalgia of New York’s popular lakeside resorts and communities of the 1950s.

After more than a quarter century at the helm, Ken Bell is retiring as president of Dollywood. Under his leadership, Dolly Parton’s Tennessee theme park has garnered the industry’s highest honour, the Applause Award. Bell was responsible for adding the Dollywood’s Splash Country waterpark and establishing a hospitality company that oversees the Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and Pirate’s Voyage dinner theatre chain. Craig Ross, previously the park vice-president and general manager, takes over as Dollywood Company president with immediate effect.

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