Archive For September, 2012

Dollywood Company ends its participation in Nashville waterpark

By | September 28, 2012

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Dolly Parton announced that due to the decision by Gaylord stockholders on September 25 to sell the daily operation of its Opryland Resort and Convention Center to a third party, the Dollywood Company has ended its participation in the previously announced Nashville waterpark. “Gaylord makes decisions that they feel are good […]

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SeaWorld’s Daniel J. Decker receives “Tall in Texas” award for contributions to Texas’ travel industry

By | September 28, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas — In honor of his outstanding contributions to the travel and tourism industry in Texas, Daniel J. Decker, Park President of SeaWorld San Antonio, was presented with the Tall in Texas Award by the Texas Travel Industry Association (TTIA). Decker received the award on September 24, 2012 during the association’s annual conference, the […]

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Redemption Plus acquires Aquabi Toy Company

By | September 27, 2012

LENEXA, Kan. — Redemption Plus, a leading provider of toys, tools and training for the amusement, educational, fundraising, and retail markets, has announced the acquisition of Aquabi Toy Company. Aquabi Toy was founded in January 2009, and specializes in the development of branded, open-market toys. Its target customer base includes small specialty retailers, as well as […]

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Shock Wave gets new paint

By | September 27, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas — In 1978, when Shock Wave debuted at Six Flags Over Texas it was the tallest steel coaster in the world, and the second coaster to feature back-to-back double loops. Situated at the edge of the park, the ride has become a familiar landmark to drivers passing by on Interstate 30. Soon it […]

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Endeavour over Disney

By | September 27, 2012

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IAAPA Board of Directors elects John McReynolds Third Vice Chairman

By | September 25, 2012

The board of directors of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has elected John McReynolds third vice chairman. McReynolds is senior vice president — external affairs for Universal Parks and Resorts. He will move through the positions of third, second, and first vice chairmen before leading the association as its chairman of […]

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Eastern States Exposition, Greg Chiecko garner awards at 25th annual Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism

By | September 24, 2012

Eastern States Exposition (ESE) and Greg Chiecko, ESE director of Sales, were presented with the Premier Tourism Attraction Award and the Larry D. Meehan Award, respectively, during the 25th Annual Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism held at The Big E Sept. 20, Massachusetts Day. The Larry D. Meehan Award, presented to Chiecko and 12 […]

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CORE Cashless to exhibit at WWA trade show

By | September 21, 2012

LENEXA, Kansas — CORE Cashless LLC has announced that the company will exhibit their award-winning revenue management solutions at the 32nd annual World Waterpark Association Symposium and Trade Show, October 2 – 5 at the Paris Hotel and Conference Center, Las Vegas. In addition to meeting both existing and prospective clients at Booth #639, CORE’s […]

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Canobie Lake Park announces new Equinox ride, autumn schedule

By | September 20, 2012

SALEM, N.H. — Canobie Lake Park is open each weekend during September and October. The Park’s newly-acquired Equinox ride is also targeted for an October opening to ramp up the thrills planned for this fall. Equinox, a KMG Tango, features a breathtaking flight of almost 75 feet into the air spinning in almost every direction […]

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Former Arlington councilman Gene Patrick dies at 72

By | September 17, 2012

ARLINGTON, Texas — Gene Patrick, a longtime Arlington City Council member and theme park creative director, died Sept. 8, 2012. He was 72. Patrick served as the at-large District 8 City Council representative from 2003 until November 2011 when he was forced to resign for health reasons. Patrick, who was born in Cleburne, moved with […]

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