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James Roy “Jimmy” Gillian has died

By | April 21, 2014

SOMERS POINT, N.J. — James Roy Gillian, “Jimmy”, 57, of Somers Point, NJ passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at his home. He was born August 28, 1956 in Somers Point to Jean (nee Young) and Roy Gillian. Jimmy was a graduate of Ocean City High School class of 1974. He was the former owner […]

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Kings Island unleashes Banshee, world’s longest inverted coaster

By | April 17, 2014

MASON, Ohio — Kings Island introduced Banshee, the world’s longest inverted coaster, during a media preview today. Banshee screams onto the scene as the park’s 15th roller coaster. With a price tag of $24 million, it is the largest investment in Kings Island’s history. “The ride has been designed with the thrill-seeker in mind. It’s […]

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Sweden’s Kolmården building Europe’s fastest wooden coaster

By | April 9, 2014

Norrköping, Sweden — This summer, work will begin on Wildfire, a contender for the world’s best wooden roller coaster. Thanks to new technology Wildfire is pushing the limits of what was previously possible. Once it is officially opened in the spring of 2016, it will be Scandinavia’s fastest and tallest roller coaster and the fastest […]

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Former Bluff Falls Waterpark under new ownership

By | April 4, 2014

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — United Parks announced today the purchase of former Bluff Falls Water Park. The water park will reopen in 2014 under new management and the name Hydro Adventures. Besides the name change, United Parks will be making many other improvements throughout the year, including the addition of a major new water slide […]

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IAAPA seeks director, safety and accessibility

By | April 2, 2014

ALEXANDIRA, Va. — The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) is seeking a Director, Safety and Accessibility. The Director, Safety and Accessibility reports to the Senior Vice President, Safety and Advocacy and oversees the association’s safety programs, represents the association before global standards-setting bodies, and serves as a member resource on safety, security, […]

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Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Parks to permanently close and remove Opa indoor roller coaster

By | April 2, 2014

Statement from the Laskaris family, Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Parks owners: WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — Our hearts and prayers go out to Mr. Theisen and his family during this difficult time. Mt. Olympus has cooperated fully with State Department of Safety and Professional Services investigators in an effort to determine the root cause of […]

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AIR selected as IAAPA’s new preferred FEC insurance provider

By | March 28, 2014

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attraction, (IAAPA), in conjunction with the IAAPA Family Entertainment Center (FEC) Committee, selected Amusement Insurance Resources (AIR), a division of the insurance brokerage firm Britton Gallagher, as its new preferred FEC insurance program provider. The IAAPA-endorsed insurance program, AIR Elite, is managed by AIR and exclusively available to […]

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Euro Attractions Show to take place in Berlin, Germany

By | February 16, 2012

Europe’s largest conference and trade show for the €8.6 billion leisure and attractions industry will take place on October 9-11, 2012 at the Messe Berlin exhibition center in Berlin, Germany. EAS organizers anticipate more than 7,000 attractions industry professionals from theme parks, waterparks, zoos, aquariums, museums, family entertainment centers, casinos, and resorts will participate in […]

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Mack Rides reorganizes board following the retirement of managing director

By | February 16, 2012

After 35 successful years at Mack Rides, Kurt Mack-Even has retired from being Managing Director and the head of the sales department. Since the 1970s Kurt Mack-Even was Mack Rides‘ primary contact for industry customers. Kurt will continue consulting for the sales department and will be still available for his clients. Thorsten Koebele, was announced […]

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Frontier City adding water activity play area

By | February 16, 2012

Frontier City has announced the largest water activity structure in Oklahoma. The all new Wild West Water Works interactive play structure will be the coolest place to hang out at Oklahoma’s only theme park. This exciting new water feature is five stories tall (52 feet), with 198 ways to get wet, eight colorful slides, a […]

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