Milestone: New rollercoaster Toverland reaches highest point

By | April 23, 2018

Theme park Toverland opens on 7 July 2018 a new entrance called Port Laguna and a new theme area called Avalon. The construction of this enormous expansion is currently in full swing. The highest point of brand new wing coaster Fēnix was reached this week. To celebrate this milestone, a flag was displayed on the top, which sits at the enormous height of forty metres.

Watched by more than 200 construction workers of twelve different nationalities, Jean Gelissen jr., of Toverland’s building management responsible for the expansion, raised the flag. “Everyone who works on this expansion is responsible for Toverland’s future. We are delivering a mega performance”, says a proud Gelissen. “Reaching the highest point of Fēnix is the ultimate cherry on the cake.”

Unique flying experience

Fēnix is the very first wing coaster of the Benelux. It’s a type of rollercoaster where the seats are hanging on either side of the track which creates a unique flying experience for the passengers. The supplier is the leading Swiss builder of rollercoasters Bolliger & Mabillard. Fēnix has a towering height of forty metres, a length of 813 metres and can reach a top speed of 95 km/h. Passengers will loop three times during a ride. This roller coaster is not only the highest attraction of Toverland, but also the first that contains inversions. A grown-up rollercoaster for a grown-up theme park.

Merlin’s world

Fēnix is part of Avalon, the world of Merlin the mighty wizard. Fēnix is a firebird, arising from his own ashes every 777 years. Visitors are allowed to take a seat under his wings and accompany him on his first flight since his resurrection. Avalon also contains a boat ride called Merlin’s Quest. This journey, suitable for the whole family, takes passengers on a search for Tir na nÓg, the source of eternal life. The construction of Port Laguna and Avalon can be watched from now on in a special making-of series on Toverland’s YouTube channel.

Gold Medal Hires Joe Macaluso as Vice President of U.S. & Canadian Sales

By | April 20, 2018

Concession industry leader, Gold Medal Products Co. is pleased to announce the hire of Joe Macaluso as Vice President of Sales for the U.S. & Canada.

In this role, Macaluso will be responsible for new business development, key relationship management, and sales leadership. He comes to Gold Medal with over 30 years of professional sales experience. The majority of his tenure was spent with Weaver Popcorn Company, most recently as Senior Vice President of Sales – Concession Division (U.S. and Canada). He has a solid history of consistently increasing revenue and strengthening strategic partnerships. His proven skills and accomplishments clearly demonstrate the value he brings to Gold Medal.

“We feel privileged to have Joe Macaluso join the Gold Medal team. With sales knowledge that’s second-to-none and a well-respected reputation in the industry, he has all the characteristics necessary to drive success,” stated Gold Medal President, Adam Browning.

Macaluso enters the role with innovation on his mind, “I chose Gold Medal because of their investment into physical and human resources and their unquestionable commitment to growth. As a company, they reach for higher expectations. I plan to work diligently to find ways to grow existing customer business and develop new opportunities that expand the size and scope of Gold Medal’s business.”

Efteling opens Virtual experience of the dark ride Droomvlucht

By | April 17, 2018

HOLLAND — Efteling – the fairytale theme park in the south of Holland – has launched a new virtual experience on one of the park’s main attractions, the dark ride Droomvlucht, making the ride accessible to disabled visitors. For safety reasons, Droomvlucht was the only large attraction at Efteling that could not be experienced by guests with a physical disability, however this has changed with the launch of Virtual Droomvlucht, which incorporates virtual reality and other techniques.

Unique in the sector
Virtual Droomvlucht will replicate the original ride, offering guests the same experience by connecting disabled visitors with their friends on the ride through headphones and microphones so that they may see, and feel the same sensations.

The combination of VR, the audio equipment, as well as other techniques, which makes it possible to experience Droomvlucht virtually and as a group, is completely unique in the leisure sector.

Fons Jurgens, President and CEO of Efteling comments: “Until now, VR has often been used for individual experiences. With the use of other techniques such as audio equipment, we have created a group experience that completely stands in line with Efteling and the theme park’s values”.

The guests’ first reaction
Annemarie Verbunt is a regular Efteling guest. Her disability made it impossible for her to experience the dark ride Droomvlucht. Last week Annemarie had a trial run and her response was enthusiastic: “I am so happy to be able to experience this. I’ve been looking forward to the day that I could experience Droomvlucht for 25 years. Virtual Droomvlucht really is a complete sensory experience, thanks to the smell and wind effects but also the contact with my friends who are on the gondola. What a beautiful attraction!”

Stainless steel serrated locking plates available from JW Winco

By | April 17, 2018

NEW BERLIN, Wisc. — JW Winco, Inc., A Ganter Company, a leading supplier of standard industrial machine components, now offers GN 187.4 Stainless Steel Serrated Locking Plates.

By using these RoHS compliant serrated locking plates, standard components can be interlocked and firmly set at a defined angle. The range of options makes the plates adaptable for almost any application.

The locking plates are sintered stainless steel, European Standard No. 1.4404 (American Standard Series 316L), while the guide housing is stainless steel, European Standard No. 1.4305 (AISI 303) and the conical thrust springs are stainless steel, European standard 1.4310 (AISI 301).

JW Winco offers an extensive selection of inch and metric size adjustable levers, cabinet U-handles, plastic and steel hinges and locking mechanisms, revolving and retractable handles, hand wheels, hand cranks, tube connection and conveyor components, inch and metric construction tubing, shock absorption mounts, leveling mounts, hand knobs, spring, ball and indexing plungers, jig, fixture and fastening components, retaining magnet assemblies, toggle clamps, metric casters and wheels, universal joints, oil sight glasses, and metric tools for the industrial and commercial equipment industries. JW Winco’s new website, with improved 3D CAD and online buying, is viewable at

Madame Tussands Orlando announces new Justice League experience

By | April 13, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. — Justice will be served this summer at Madame Tussauds Orlando. The world-famous attraction revealed plans to unite an all-star cast of DC Super Heroes in an epic new experience. For the first time ever, fans of DC’s Justice League will come face-to-face with their favorite heroes in an action-packed adventure unlike any other. 
From fear comes courage! Guests will get a chance to star alongside Justice League’s Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman, as they fight to save the world from Lex Luthor’s evil corporation, LexCorp. 
Developed in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC Entertainment, this first-of-its-kind attraction experience combines an all-star cast with blockbuster thrills, authentic replica props and costumes that bring each character to life like only Madame Tussauds can do.
“Fans have never come this close to the action,” said James Paulding, General Manager. “Madame Tussauds Orlando, together with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, have created a Justice League experience you have to see to believe – from the unbeatable roster of DC Super Heroes to the sensational, hi-tech experiences.”
Justice League: A Call for Heroes will also debut later this summer at Madame Tussauds Sydney, part of a greater transformation across Madame Tussauds attractions around the globe to deliver live fame experiences that make guests the star of their favorite stories.
Justice League: A Call for Heroes
HEROES UNITE! The battle begins when the Justice League lands at Madame Tussauds Orlando on May 25, 2018. Guests who answer the call will be transported to the streets of Gotham City and Metropolis, uniting with the Justice League Super Heroes in a series of thrilling missions to destroy LexCorp’s hold on the world.
Wonder Woman guests will help to destroy LexCorp’s formidable technology that has disabled the city. By harnessing their inner super power, guests will be able to emit a powerful blast from Wonder Woman’s gauntlets to weaken LexCorp’s control over the city.
Elsewhere in the city, Lex’s experiment wreaks havoc, sending a helicopter and its occupants hurtling toward the ground. Guests will have to summon all their strength and join Superman to help lift a REAL helicopter back into the sky as onlookers cheer from the streets below.   
As the battle continues, one Super Hero will remain elusive. Guests must summon Batman with the Bat-Signal. Billowing smoke and wind reveal Batman as he’s called into battle on the rooftop, ready to save the world. 
The Adventure Starts Now
Madame Tussauds Orlando is issuing a challenge to the bravest of Justice League fans – starting now! Mother Boxes, unique artifacts with immense powers, have surfaced in five cities across the globe. The Mother Boxes must be found and brought to Madame Tussauds Orlando in order to help destroy the energy-extracting forces that threaten Earth.
Brave challengers who find the Mother Boxes will be rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime VIP experience including a five-day, four-night trip for the winner and one guest to Orlando, plus two tickets to be among the first to help save the planet in Justice League: A Call for Heroes. Winners will also receive two tickets to MegaCon Orlando and SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium. To find the Mother Boxes, follow @tussaudsorlando and #FindTheMotherBoxes on Instagram.

Last Chance to Ride: Jimmy Neutron’s Atomic Collider will launch into retirement at Nickelodeon Universe in Mall of America

By | April 11, 2018

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Blast off one last time with Jimmy Neutron’s Atomic Collider attraction before it heads into retirement on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15 in Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America.

This last of its kind attraction is an original ride from when the park opened in 1992. Thrill seekers of all kinds have enjoyed countless of rides with its spins and turns.

Guests will be able to meet Jimmy Neutron along with a photo op with fun and wacky props in front of Jimmy’s Shed. Those who ride the Atomic Collider that weekend will receive a limited edition commemorative button.

StarGuard Elite IP purchase

By | April 11, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. — For the past four years, we have worked with Starfish Aquatics Institute to evolve the StarGuard brand and grow into new markets. As of April 1st, the StarGuard program is now officially a part of the StarGuard ELITE organization with the completion of the purchase of the StarGuard brand. This is an especially exciting time for our clients and the SGE team.

The Starfish Aquatics team will continue to focus on development of training curriculum, AquaTech, and Starfish Swimming going forward. Jill White and the rest of the SAI team will work with SGE for the next two years to provide a smooth transition for all clients. Jill will be a consultant to SGE for the next six years as she continues to pioneer exemplary aquatic training techniques. SAI and SGE will continue to work together as we strive to continuously improve and provide premier products to our clients.

We are pleased to announce that Wess Long has assumed the role of President for StarGuard ELITE. Wess will provide leadership and strategic direction for the business unit in handling the day to day responsibilities and duties. Mike Friscia and James Harhi will continue to provide corporate direction and vision.

Six Flags Great America Launches New Holiday in the Park

By | April 11, 2018

GURNEE, Ill. — For the first time in the park’s 42-year history, Six Flags Great America, the Thrill Capital of the Midwest, is extending its operating season and inviting guests of all ages to be a part of the festivities at the new Six Flags Holiday in the Park®. This spectacular event — making its Six Flags Great America debut — features more than one million LED lights, beautifully adorned Christmas trees, thrilling rides, enchanting shows, delicious seasonal food and dazzling park décor. Holiday in the Park will premiere on Friday, November 23 and run weekends through Sunday, December 23 and daily December 26 – December 31.

“Six Flags is creating a new season of thrills as the park is transformed into a winter wonderland with a million dazzling lights and all the magical sights, sounds and tastes of the holidays,” said Park President, Hank Salemi. “We are excited to extend our operating calendar and make Gurnee the premier place to spend the holiday season.”

Additional highlights of Holiday in the Park include:

  • State-of-the-art light shows;
  • Spectacular nightly tree-lighting ceremony;
  • Outstanding coasters and attractions;
  • Magical holiday shows;
  • Fire pits for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores;
  • Millions of dazzling lights; and
  • Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Holiday In The Park will be the largest holiday celebration in the region and promises to become a time-honored tradition that can only be experienced at Six Flags Great America.

Holiday in the Park is included with a 2018 Six Flags Great America Season Pass and Membership. Members can now enjoy priority park entry and tremendous discounts of up to 50% on nearly all food and merchandise purchases all season long. Members also receive skip-the-line passes, sneak previews, and extended ride times on some of their favorite rides and attractions.

Paving the way: Kraftwerk Living Technologies announces new management structure

By | April 11, 2018

AUSTRIA — Austrian AV system integrator Kraftwerk LT introduces Kevin Murphy and Alex Sanfilippo to its Executive Management, strengthening the company’s Sales and Engineering Divisions. Managing Partners Manfred Meier and Christian Hofer will focus on strategic matters by handing the day-to-day management of two key company divisions to trustworthy and skilled hands.

Wels, April 10th, 2018. Kraftwerk Living Technologies, Austrian audio-visual system integrator, has seen unprecedented growth over the past months. Following a doubling of performance and growth of the teams, new roles have been established. This important step has been taken to strengthen delivery of global projects, address the need for healthy growth, further push diversity in the teams and to lay the foundation for a future-oriented business approach.

These changes include the addition of two new members to the executive management of the company as well as Managing Partners Manfred Meier and Christian Hofer stepping away from executive tasks, allowing them to focus on the strategic vision, global activities, business development as well as steering and supporting the Management team.

A closer look

As of March 2018, entertainment industry veteran and UK native Kevin Murphy, who joined Kraftwerk LT in the summer of 2016 as VP of Strategic Planning, has been appointed to the Executive Management of the company, taking over as Director of Sales & Marketing. In this role, he will be taking on the majority of CEO Manfred Meier’s sales and marketing portfolio, leading the respective teams. With many years of experience in the industry and a major involvement in these areas since joining Kraftwerk LT, Kevin is well-suited to push things forward with his skill and experience.

South African native Alex Sanfilippo, who joined the Kraftwerk LT team in Austria 2.5 years ago as Head of Implementation and Service has now been appointed to Executive Management at KLT and will be functioning as Director of Engineering. He will be fulfilling this new role, which will focus at strengthening the larger design and technical teams, with objectives on managing and developing processes, team members, support structures, resource planning and communications within this group. With a strong implementation know-how, this will also benefit the entire process chain, from sales through to implementation.

The Executive Management of the company is structured as follows and is in effect as of March 2018:

  • Manfred Meier, Managing Partner / CEO
  • Christian Hofer, Managing Partner / CTO
  • Siegfried Steiger, Director of Finance and Administration
  • Kevin Murphy, Director of Sales and Marketing
  • Alex Sanfilippo, Director of Engineering
  • Werner Spiegel, Director of Project Implementation and Service

Further new roles and departments have been established and formed to focus on key markets and client needs including Special Projects, Key Account Automotive and Industrial and Electro-Mechanical Product Development – paving the way for a successful future.

In 2017, Kraftwerk LT has completed projects in the United States, Europe and Asia, amongst them renowned installations such as the National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey at Times Square in New York City (US), Voletarium, the largest flying theater attraction in Europe, located at Europa-Park in Rust (DE) as well as projects in Russia and the Middle East, including the flying theater and media hall attractions at Zaryadye Park in Moscow. Additionally to the work in the entertainment industry, Kraftwerk LT has realized several cutting-edge solutions in the German automotive market using the latest projection, LED and VR technologies and is continuing its efforts in the exhibitions and museum space, with an exciting installation opening in Austria this summer.

Silverwood Takes Safety Precautions By Canceling Firework Show

By | April 10, 2018

ATHOL, Idaho — Silverwood Theme Park has cancelled their annual firework show due to safety and environmental concerns.

“We understand that our community looks forward to this event every year, but after some deliberation, we have decided that, due to safety and environmental concerns, it is in our best interest to cancel the show indefinitely. The fire season has had a huge effect on the surrounding areas the last few years, and if something were to happen during our show it would be devastating to our community.”

We will continue to decorate the park for the holiday and will be in full operation. If anyone has already made their RV Park reservations for this date, and would like to move it to a different date, please call our Guest Relations Department at 208-216-4420 for assistance.

“We look forward to a great 2018 season and hope that our guests can still come and incorporate Silverwood into their holiday tradition this year and for many years to come.”