Author Archives: AT Staff

Amusement Today offices closed during Christmastime

By | December 21, 2018

The offices of Amusement Today will be closed Friday, December 21, 2018 starting at Noon, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, so the staff can enjoy the holidays with their families. From the entire staff of Amusement Today, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year!

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Theme park designer Ira West has died

By | May 24, 2017

MALIBU, Calif. — Ira West, formerly of R. Duell & Associates passed away on May 21, 2017. He was 78. A former set designer for MGM, West worked with Randall Duell designing theme parks built in the 1960s through the 1980s, eventually working his way up to president. Some of West’s projects include the design […]

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Ride Entertainment Group statement concerning incident in Paris

By | April 11, 2017

STEVENSVILLE, Md. — Ride Entertainment Group has issued a statement concerning a ride mishap on an attraction at the Throne Fair in Paris, France, that resembles one of the company’s products: Yesterday there was a shocking incident in Paris on the “Adrenaline” Extreme Ride, which is an unauthorized knock off device which attempted to copy […]

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Knott’s to retire Boomerang coaster

By | March 17, 2017

BUENA PARK, Calif. — Knott’s Berry Farm says goodbye to the park’s veteran roller coaster, Boomerang on April 23rd. Riders will have one last chance to ride the reverse shuttle roller coaster starting now and throughout the duration of Knott’s annual springtime Boysenberry Festival which kicks off April 1-23. The 27 year-old roller coaster has […]

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8th World’s Largest Swimming Lesson set for Thursday, June 22, 2017

By | February 17, 2017

OVERLAND PARK, Kan – The 2017 World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) will take place on Thursday, June 22nd. This will be the eighth year for the global event and Team WLSL will be setting its sights on a new goal – reaching more than one billion with the message Swimming Lessons Save Lives by 2019. Local […]

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NEAAPA Hall of Fame Inductee Justine Brewer

By | February 14, 2017

SACO, Maine – Justine Brewer and her family own and operate Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts. Her company has been a proud NEAAPA member and she is a former member of the Board of Directors. Justine will be inducted into the NEAAPA Hall of Fame on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 during the Annual Meeting Dinner, […]

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The Midway Sky Eye is Open for Business at the Florida State Fair

By | February 13, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. – The 2017 Florida State Fair is in full swing at the Fairgrounds in Tampa. And what was already the nation’s largest Midway now is enhanced with the addition of the Midway Sky Eye – the largest travelling Ferris Wheel in North America. Construction of the 155 foot tall giant Wheel, which was […]

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First rides on Mystic Timbers to benefit Andy & Jordan Dalton Foundation

By | February 10, 2017

MASON, Ohio – Kings Island’s new wooden roller coaster, Mystic Timbers, will make its highly anticipated debut to the general public April 15. But guests can experience a new kind of adventure with unexpected thrills before anyone else at the Mystic Timbers First Riders auction event Thursday, April 13. All proceeds will go directly to […]

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S&S to Provide First 4D Free Spin Coaster in Asia at Nagashima Spa Land

By | February 8, 2017

LOGAN, Utah – S&S-Sansei Technologies is pleased to announce that it has signed contracts to build and install the first 4D Free Spin Coaster in Asia at Nagashima Spa Land in Mie Prefecture, Japan. Nagashima Spa Land is a major amusement park in Mie Prefecture featuring a water park and amusement rides. Nagashima Spa Land, […]

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Nick Thompson becomes the first ever third generation chairman of BALPPA

By | February 2, 2017

SUNBORN, London – Nick Thompson, Deputy Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, has become the first ever third generation Chairman of the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA). Nick follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather who both previously held this prestigious post. Nick was announced as Chairman of BALPPA, […]

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