Extended Range of Shaft Collars are Available from JW Winco

By | November 21, 2018

NEW BERLIN, Wisc. — JW Winco, Inc., A Ganter Company, a leading supplier of standard industrial machine components, now offers an extended range of Shaft Collars that include a variety of different configurations. The products include Semi-Split Shaft Collars GN 7062.1 with Extension Tapped Holes, GN 7062.2 with Flange Holes, and GN 7062.3 with Damping Washer, along with Two-Piece Shaft Collars GN 7072.1 with Extension Tapped Holes, GN 7072.2 with Flange Holes, and GN 7072.3 with Damping Washer.

Available in full, slotted, and split versions, JW Winco’s range of Shaft Collars can be used in multiple ways in machine and fixture fabrication. They secure shafts and axles, acting as a positive stop or as an attachment option for additional functional elements.

The affixed damping washer of both versions absorbs mild shocks and has a sound-dampening effect when the shaft collars come into contact with other components.

“The shaft collars can be assembled safely and easily with a high clamping force by reducing the slot width, without damaging the surface of shafts and axles,” said John M. Winkler, CEO, Office of the President at JW Winco.

The shaft collars are made of sintered steel, while the socket cap screw is stainless steel and the damping washer on both GN 7062.3 and 7072.3 is elastomer, transparent and temperature resistant up to 176 °F (80 °C).

There are also standard part accessories, such as GN 7062.30 Elastomer Damping Washers, for Semi-Split Shaft Collars and GN 7062.10 Stainless Steel Sensor Brackets for Shaft Collars.

JW Winco is a manufacturer/distributor of inch and metric standard parts. JW Winco offers an extensive selection of plastic, steel and stainless steel adjustable levers, cabinet U-handles, hinges and locking mechanisms, revolving and retractable handles, hand wheels, hand cranks, tube connection and conveyor components, construction tubing, shock absorption mounts, leveling mounts, hand knobs, spring, ball and indexing plungers, jig, fixture and fastening components, retaining magnet assemblies, toggle clamps, 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 www.jwwinco.com.

Dinner Honors ‘Mr. NEAAPA’

By | November 21, 2018

The New England Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (NEAAPA) held its annual Tom Morrow Dinner & IAAPA Social during the recent International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo in Orlando, Fla. The evening gala was held at Maggiano’s Little Italy and sponsored by a number of NEAAPA members. The sponsors in attendance were (from the left): Michael Marra-Powers, Premier Rides; Chris Bourgeios, Rhode Island Novelty; Christian Gainer, Santa’s Village; Michael Mancini, Neptune-Benson / Evoqua;  Joanna Guy, Premier Rides; Michael Amaro, IALDA; Tim Timco, S&S Worldwide;  Sara Seay, Premier Rides; Tom Tessitore, National Ticket; Dorothy Lewis, XpressPosts.com;  Anthony Berni III, Canobie Lake Park; Kaz Ulaky,  Canobie Lake Park; Ed Reeder, Uncommon USA; and Gary Slade, Amusement Today. The dinner honors the late Tom Morrow, a past president of NEAAPA and operations manager at Canobie Lake Park, Salem, N.H., who became affectionately known as “Mr. NEAAPA” for his years of dedication to the association. A record turnout of 140 attended the event.  (NEAAPA photo)

Past NEAAPA Presidents

By | November 21, 2018


The New England Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (NEAAPA) held its annual luncheon and business meeting during the recent International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo in Orlando, Fla. A number of NEAAPA past presidents attending included (from the left):  Jason Freeman, Six Flags; Kevin Naughton, Naughton Insurance Inc., Providence, R.I.; George Frantzis II, Quassy Amusement & Waterpark, Middlebury, Conn.; Carl Berni, Canobie Lake Park, Salem, N.H.; Dave Sugrue, Ocean Beach Park, New London, Conn.; David Daly, Daly Cavanaugh, LLP, Wellesley, Mass.; and Greg Chiecko, Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, Mass.  (NEAAPA photo)

Christmas Crackers at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

By | November 21, 2018

Blackpool Pleasure Beach is starting the countdown to Christmas with twelve days of Christmas Crackers.  Each day a new cracker will open on Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s social media pages and reveal a fantastic offer which would make the perfect Christmas gift for amusement park fans.

Starting on Saturday 24th November and running through to Wednesday 5th December, a new deal will go live at 9am but you’ll have to be quick as each one will only be valid for 24 hours.

The offers could be anything from discounted merchandise and show tickets to special deals on park entry.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach opens for the new season in February 2019 and during WOW Weekends there are so many things to do.  ICON is the UK’s first ever double-launch rollercoaster, propelling riders at speeds of up to 85 kmph during an intense, jaw-dropping two and a half minutes of thrills and spills.  The two powerful thrusts of acceleration can only be likened to that felt by Formula 1 drivers!

There are so many other things to enjoy while visiting Blackpool Pleasure Beach.  Test your nerves on Red Arrows Skyforce, which will have you spinning, swirling and exciting your senses while your fellow pilots take control of their own flights.  Experience the breathtaking views and adrenaline thrills on the UK’s tallest roller coaster, The Big One then turn your world upside down on Pleasure Beach’s classic looping coaster, Revolution.

For action packed family fun, Nickelodeon Land is the place to be.  Nickelodeon Land is a 6-acre area of Pleasure Beach, home to 12 rides and attractions and guests can rub shoulders with famous Nick characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants, PAW Patrol and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Amanda Thompson OBE, Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, comments,  “2018 has been a fantastic season with the launch of ICON – the UK’s first double launch rollercoaster and an investment for Blackpool Pleasure Beach of £16.25M.  We want to make next season even better for our guests so we are launching this series of offers in time for them to make amazing Christmas gifts that can be enjoyed in 2019.

ICON Attractions Awarded St. Louis Wheel Project in Historic Union Station

By | November 16, 2018

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — ICON Attractions has been selected by Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM) to operate The St Louis Wheel, a 200-foot tall observation wheel under construction at Union Station. The firm will also operate a carousel and other family-friendly attractions, all part of a $150-million entertainment complex in historic downtown St. Louis.

Union Station in St. Louis is a National Historic Landmark, once the busiest and largest train station in the world. Converted in the early 1980s, Union Station now features the stunning, four diamond St. Louis Union Station Hotel and The Grand Hall at Union Station. The Train Park at Union Station currently includes beautiful festival space – home to the Polar Express, food outlets, an outdoor plaza and fire and light show. The destination continues to flourish with the construction of the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station, St. Louis Wheel, Carousel, Mini Golf, Ropes Course and Mirror Maze, all set to open in 2019.

“St. Louis is the heart of America,” said LHM President and COO Stephen M. O’Loughlin. “Reimaging the future of Union Station, opening a world-class aquarium, and delivering a year-round family entertainment destination, all while preserving an important part of history, is something we are incredibly excited about.”

“LHM is a highly-respected and innovative hospitality firm,” said ICON Attractions CEO Eli Stovall. “We are thrilled to be working with LHM on the development of new family experiences at Union Station St. Louis, and honored to be part of this award-winning team.”

The redevelopment of Union Station in St. Louis is not the first mixed-use project for ICON Attractions. In 2019 The Capital Wheel and Harbor Carousel at National Harbor, under the management of ICON Attractions, will celebrate a 5-year anniversary at the riverfront development.

“The Capital Wheel has been an iconic addition to National Harbor and the Washington, DC region,” said ICON Attractions COO Curtis Parks. “Since opening in 2014, our team has grown and thrived in the hospitality arena. Our longtime experience in water parks, amusement parks and family entertainment centers has proven invaluable as we expand into retail entertainment experiences.”

Icon Attractions is actively seeking opportunities to develop, acquire, and mange observation wheels, water parks, and retail entertainment projects.

The St. Louis Wheel is currently under construction and scheduled to open in 2019. More information about the project is available at stlouisunionstation.com.

Triotech and Ubisoft partner to develop next generation interactive attraction – Rabbids Team Battle

By | November 15, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. — Ernest Yale, Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of TRIOTECH announced a new breakthrough in high-capacity interactive attractions with Team Battle™. This innovative experience features interactivity, both team and individual play, and ride elements with full 4D effects. 
Triotech partnered with Ubisoft, leading creator and publisher of interactive entertainment, to develop the first software to be played with the ride: an epic robot showdown orchestrated by Ubisoft’s fun, irreverent yet irresistible Rabbids. The two industry leaders collaborated closely on developing this interactive experience with Ubisoft leveraging its long-standing expertise in game design and 3D animation. 
“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring an all-new experience for the entire family. Up to now, interactive motion simulators have been limited in the number of players due to screen clutter,” said Ernest Yale, Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of TRIOTECH. “We feel that with Team Battle™, Triotech has broken that barrier and we can offer much higher THRC than previously possible while still delivering an amazing guest experience for park visitors.” 
“Triotech’s ambition to come up with a breakthrough attraction is what drew us to the project,” said Jean de Rivières, Vice President of Location Based Entertainment, Ubisoft. “As an entertainment company coming from the video game industry, Ubisoft has a unique approach to Location-Based Entertainment. We want to create innovative ways for audiences to experience our worlds and have fun. If we can accomplish these
goals, we believe we will appeal to both fans and newcomers.” 
Triotech’s Team Battle is a first-of-its-kind high-capacity dueling interactive attraction. Two teams will battle it out in an oversized multi-sensorial arena. Team Battle™ is based on Triotech’s award-winning XD Dark Ride Interactive theater technology. Each guest is seated in a motion seat equipped with a new model of light blaster, providing individual feedback. Using new technology and game-play design, the experience boasts both individual and team scoring elements driving interactivity and providing high replay value. A larger-than-life enveloping 270 degrees of screen combined with wind, light, and haptics effects enhance the immersion. The ride elements are enhanced through motion seats featuring D-BOX technology. 
Ubisoft’s Rabbids, which originally appeared in video games are now a major brand in the entertainment industry, with 16 million games sold worldwide, a theme park ride, multiple VR experiences and 4 seasons of an animated TV show that garnered 2.4 billion views on free digital platforms as of September 2018. 
A working demo of Rabbids Team Battle™ is showcased at Triotech’s booth (#1578) at the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions annual trade show in Orlando from November 13th to the 16th.

accesso and Village Roadshow Theme Parks Announce Partnership to Elevate the Guest Experience

By | November 15, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. — accesso Technology Group plc (AIM: ACSO) and Village Roadshow Theme Parks, Australia’s largest theme park operator, today announced a partnership that marks the first holistic integration of the accesso queuing, ticketing, and guest experience management solutions tailored to the attractions industry.

Through this partnership, unveiled at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, accesso will bring its technology to Village Roadshow Theme Parks’ primary Gold Coast properties – Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast and Sea World (Australia) – building on its history of delivering award-winning solutions that redefine the guest experience and drive revenue growth for more than 1,000 clients around the globe.

By integrating accesso Passport, accesso LoQueue and The Experience Engine (TE2), technologies across three properties, Village Roadshow Theme Parks will set a new operational standard for the attractions industry, engaging with guests at every potential touchpoint and gathering critical data each step of the way – from the moment they decide to purchase a ticket, through their time onsite and once they’ve returned home.

This announcement marks the latest development in accesso and Village Roadshow Theme Parks’ relationship, following the installation of the accesso Passport product suite earlier this year at several of the operator’s Australian attractions.

“As Australia’s leading theme park operator, we are committed to seeking out new and innovative ways to drive revenue while delivering unforgettable experiences for our guests,” said Bikash Randhawa, Chief Operating Officer for Village Roadshow Theme Parks. “We are thrilled to expand even further on our partnership with Accesso and look forward to benefiting from the implementation of its powerful, comprehensive range of solutions.”

This unprecedented integration will allow Village Roadshow Theme Parks to drive revenue through the delivery of seamless mobile ticketing and eCommerce experiences; purchasing capability for retail and meals; real-time, personalized communication at every step along the guest journey and much more.

Village Roadshow Theme Parks’ guests will benefit from the integration, as well, with access to hassle-free booking capabilities across all three properties and deeply personalized, immersive in-park experiences.

“We are incredibly proud to expand our relationship with Village Roadshow Theme Parks and showcase the capabilities of our award-winning technology,” said Paul Noland, accesso CEO. “In today’s technology-driven landscape, a new bar has been set for the guest experience and, through this integration, we are re-envisioning how operators can make lasting connections with guests.”

Management Resources and ProFun Management Group Finalize Merger to Create MR-ProFun

By | November 15, 2018

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Today marks the formal introduction of MR-ProFun following the successful merger of Management Resources and ProFun Management Group, two highly respected operations consulting and management firms with long-standing reputations in the themed-entertainment and cultural attractions industry. Both entities provided an assortment of planning, advisory and management services, though Management Resources focused mainly on operational consulting while ProFun Management Group focused on operational management. The introduction follows a carefully orchestrated integration process that enabled the two companies to fully realize and optimize their combined resources within the new corporate entity.

Leadership of the new organization includes Brad Merriman as president; Jim Higashi as managing partner, planning & advisory services; and Mike Oswald as managing partner, management services. The company will continue to operate from the corporate headquarters located in Orange County, California and the regional office in Shanghai, China.

“We are thrilled to formally introduce MR-ProFun,” said Brad Merriman, president of MR-ProFun. “The merger of our two world-class organizations enables us to offer a broader, more comprehensive array of high-quality services backed by our 38 years of experience in this industry.”

MR-ProFun’s multi-functional team of consultants and operations experts will continue to focus on assisting owners and developers with virtually every aspect of strategic planning, execution and management of new and existing attraction developments. The corporate mission remains focused on ensuring clients have the tools and insights necessary to successfully produce compelling experiences that yield high guest satisfaction and superior financial results.

“We are confident that our newly combined talent and resources leave us well positioned as the premier attractions industry consulting and management firm,” said Jim Higashi, managing partner of planning & advisory services. “Our blended team will deliver consultation and management expertise for theme parks, museums, aquariums, destination resorts, brand centers and world expositions.”

MP-ProFun has realigned its core service offerings into five areas, including:

Planning: Ensure projects have realistic and achievable goals to acquire and maintain long-term success. This includes formulated analysis and development of revenue opportunities, capacity and sizing requirements, organizational structure and operating budgets.

Advisory: Deliver expert advice and consultation to achieve operational efficiencies that maximize attendance and revenues and minimize costs. This includes development of a detailed roadmap on how to reach, measure and sustain success metrics.

Training: Offer customized employee induction programs; service excellence systems; safety, service and leadership training; on-location guest service and training audits; and the development of standard operating procedures.

Implementation: Success is determined when a strategy is executed and favorably measured. Proper implementation of a plan ensures clients achieve stated goals and mitigate encountered challenges. Our Implementation Process includes full venue opening, training, and management to achieve an efficient, profitable long-term operation.

Management: Deploy on-site teams to address all critical operations, including general management, guest services, admissions and ticketing, ride and show systems, food and beverage, retail, maintenance, safety, finance, marketing and human resources.

“Our roster of over 350 clients spanning 45 countries is evidence of our exceptional track record,” said Mike Oswald, managing partner of management services. “We are excited about our newly expanded suite of capabilities and growing client base. Our latest project launch is this month in Bangkok, Thailand with King Power Mahanakhon Skywalk.”

MR-ProFun was originally founded in 1980 as two separate entities, Management Resources and ProFun Management Group. Today the company operates as a management consulting and operational management specialist based in Orange County, California with a regional office in Shanghai, China. The firm specializes in identifying efficiencies that maximize or further optimize new and existing operations at visitor attractions, including theme parks, museums, water parks, aquariums, destination resorts, brand centers, world expositions and Olympiads.

Dynamic Attractions and Chance Rides Team-Up

By | November 14, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. — Today the attractions industry’s two leading ride manufacturers, Dynamic Attractions and Chance Rides, have announced a strategic alliance.

The two companies’ strategic alliance allows them to combine their respective strengths in engineering and manufacturing.

“By working with the legendary Chance Rides, we’re able to offer theme parks faster build times while maintaining our high standards in build quality,” states Guy Nelson, CEO, Dynamic Attractions. “The artistry and precision of Chance’s fabricators is impressive; we’re delighted to be working with them on a number of our projects.”

Chance Rides has manufactured more products than any other ride manufacturer in the world. Their line of Coasters, Rides, and People Movers includes the C.P. Huntington Train, the carousel and giant wheels.

“Dynamic Attractions continues to raise the bar for innovation,” states Dick Chance, CEO, Chance Rides. His company is looking forward to having access to Dynamic Attractions’ 100+ in-house engineers. “The company constantly wins innovation awards for a good reason; they can see the invisible and do the impossible.”

This will extend the market reach for both companies, give park designers new tools to work with, keep park owners within budget, and provide guests and ride enthusiasts with exciting new experiences.

Hasbro, Inc., and Kilburn Live team up to form new, multi-iconic brand location-based family entertainment centers

By | November 14, 2018

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Los Angeles-based Kilburn Live has entered into a licensing agreement with Hasbro, a global play and entertainment company, to create, build and operate Hasbro-themed family entertainment centers across the US and Canada.

The indoor family entertainment facilities will take iconic Hasbro brands and create interactive, immersive and innovative entertainment experiences in a high-energy, gamified environment with multiple activity zones.

Kilburn Live, in partnership with Fort Worth-based private investment company Goff Capital, a substantial shareholder of Kilburn Live, hired Charlie Keegan, former CEO of Main Event Entertainment, to head the new division that will lead the development of the multiple location rollout across North America.

“Hasbro is a leader in branded play and entertainment, and its iconic brands appeal to a multigenerational fan base.” said Charlie Keegan. John Goff, of Goff Capital, added, “As with everything we do at Goff Capital, we aim to partner with the best and bring in the most qualified people to run our businesses. Hasbro is the world’s largest toy company and hiring Charlie, an experienced industry leader in the location based entertainment space, was a coup.”

“This new concept and collaboration marks our initial step into a wider partnership with Hasbro, a world leading branded play and entertainment company, with one of the best lineup of brands we have come across” said Kilburn Media CEO Mark Manuel. “This exciting new move is an extension of our creative skillsets built over the years and expands on our business of creating and building unique experiences.”

Current licensed brands include well-known franchises including MY LITTLE PONY, MONOPOLY, MR. POTATO HEAD, GI JOE, CLUE, BATTLESHIP, HUNGRY HUNGRY HIPPO, TRIVIAL PURSUIT, CHUTES AND LADDERS and others.

As Hasbro consumers are looking for more ways to engage with its brands that are loved by adults and kids alike, Hasbro believes that this new endeavor will exceed their expectations.

“Hasbro is committed to ‘creating the world’s best play experiences.’ In our 95-year history, Hasbro has transcended the toy aisle to become a lifestyle brand that both kids and adults enjoy,” said Casey Collins, SVP & GM Hasbro Consumer Products. “Our partnership with Kilburn will allow us – for the first time ever – to offer a wholly immersive and true play experience that unlocks a totally new and exciting way for fans to experience the Hasbro family of brands.”