Author Archives: AT Staff

Splash Kingdom has special offer for men in blue

By | December 2, 2015

CANTON, Texas — Splash Kingdom Waterparls is offering a complimentary season pass to all law enforcement officers during its “Splash the Blue” campaign during the month of December. Splash Kingdom want to show how thankful they are to the brave men and women in blue who work hard to keep the community and neighborhoods safe […]

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A quiet industry icon and leader has passed on

By | December 2, 2015

TILLAMOOK, Oregon — Fred Frantz, inventor and tinkering genius passed away on April 30, 2015, while searching the mountains in Nevada for rare and precious stones. He was 60 years old. Frantz was an important, yet quiet industry icon who made many inventions in the water park and theme park industry come to life that […]

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Morey’s Piers marketing director to make national TV debut

By | November 30, 2015

WILDWOOD, N.J. — Tim Samson, who works as the marketing director for Morey’s Piers, made the cut to appear on a short-run televised baking contest. The Great Holiday Baking Show is based on a series out of the UK. It pits some of the best amateur bakers in an attempt to be named the Holiday […]

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Innovative Attraction Management and StarFish Aquatics Institute announces “StarGuard Elite” Program

By | November 19, 2015

Windermere, Florida – Innovative Attraction Management (IAM) and the Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI) are pleased to announce that they are merging business operations for elite lifeguard training and comprehensive aquatic risk management programs to create IAM StarGuard Elite, LLC. Since 2013 the companies have been in a strategic alliance to expand the program offerings for […]

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PTCI introduces new ADA device, single-seat train

By | November 19, 2015

HATFIELD, Pa. — Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. has been a mainstay in the amusement industry for more than a century. The company’s products are now an integral part of the landscape and the public’s collective consciousness. This year, PTCI introduced two new products during IAAPA Expo 2015. PTCI’s first new offering addresses the need for […]

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Morgan’s Wonderland Theme Park to construct world’s first ultra-accessible splash park

By | November 10, 2015

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Morgan’s Wonderland officials today broke ground for a multi-million-dollar expansion, Morgan’s Inspiration Island, the world’s first ultra-accessible splash park where guests of all ages and abilities can get wet and have fun together. “In many ways, creating Morgan’s Inspiration Island feels a lot like it did when our team designed and […]

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John A. Hardman, puppeteer, dies at 80

By | November 6, 2015

DALLAS, Texas — John A. Hardman, the voice, heart and wit behind Dallas mall NorthPark Center’s annual Scrooge Puppet Theatre as well as World on a String at the State Fair of Texas and Six Flags Over Texas Argyle the Snake puppet show, died Wednesday of cancer in hospice at his home in Dallas, surrounded […]

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New Conneaut Lake Park finished up successful season

By | November 6, 2015

CONNEAUT LAKE, Pa. — November 1 marked the end of the 2015 edition of Ghost Lake at Conneaut Lake Park, and with it, the conclusion of the 2015 season at Conneaut Lake Park. According to the operators of the park it was a most successful season. More than $600,000 in total revenue was generated in […]

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Andreas Andersen named second vice chairman of IAAPA

By | November 4, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia – The board of directors of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has elected Andreas Veilstrup Andersen as second vice chairman. Andersen is CEO and president of Liseberg Group in Gothenburg, Sweden. He will be IAAPA’s second vice chairman in 2016, first vice chairman in 2017, and then lead the […]

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Dark attraction organization changes name, adds focus

By | October 27, 2015

VIENNA, Ohio — Members of the Darkride And Funhouse Enthusiasts, a.k.a. DAFE (pronounced “daffy”), received a Halloween trick on the cover of their fall magazine in the form of the announcement of the “death” of the organization. Now, the board offers the treat: a newly-branded organization, magazine, and host of member opportunities for its sixteenth […]

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