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New ‘Star Wars’-themed land taps The Force at Disneyland

By | May 30, 2019

Opening May 31, Galaxy’s Edge aims to impress fans and redefine ‘immersive’ AT: Dean Lamanna ANAHEIM — After five years of planning and near-hyperdrive-speed construction, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens to general public at Disneyland on Friday, May 31. The themed land’s debut follows a splashy world premiere attended by Amusement Today and hundreds of […]

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‘I Like Scary Movies’ a bracing mix of interactive art, wit

By | May 30, 2019

AT: Dean Lamanna LOS ANGELES — Horror film mavens, especially those in Southern California, think they’ve seen it all when it comes to live fright-genre presentations such as Knott’s Scary Farm and Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. And that’s something of which “I Like Scary Movies,” a new interactive art installation, seems keenly aware. The […]

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Discovery Cove announces birth of spotted eagle ray pups

By | May 9, 2019

ORLANDO, Fla. — As families around the world prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day, Discovery Cove is thrilled to announce the birth of two spotted eagle rays, a threatened marine species which is a part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Born April 2nd, the pups are receiving […]

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IAAPA announces David Mandt as Chief Engagement Officer and Executive Vice President

By | May 9, 2019

ORLANDO, Fla. — IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, announced the promotion of David Mandt to executive vice president (EVP) and chief engagement officer (CENO). The newly created position is responsible for association member engagement, and global marketing, communications, and education. Most recently, Mandt has served the association as senior vice president, marketing […]

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Ready. Set. Swing. Finnegan’s Flyer sends riders over the edge at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

By | May 9, 2019

WILLIAMSBURG, Va — A high-flying thrill ride debuted at Busch Gardens Williamsburg with the grand opening of Finnegan’s Flyer, an exhilarating Screamin’ Swing attraction located in the park’s Ireland village adjacent the park’s Loch Ness Monster roller coaster. Dignitaries including Virginia Senator Tommy Norment; Vicki Cimino, Executive Director and CEO of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber […]

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Mary Jane Brewer named Executive Director of AIMS International

By | May 9, 2019

Nashville, Tenn. — The board of Directors of AIMS International is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Jane (MJ) Brewer as the next Executive Director. She will succeed Karen Oertley who announced her retirement last November. Brewer brings more than 20 years of industry experience to AIMS International and will assume overall responsibility for […]

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Universal Orlando Resort releases first-ever look at magical creatures that await in Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

By | April 15, 2019

ORLANDO, Fla. — Starting today through April 19, Universal Orlando Resort is giving guests a first-ever look at the magical creatures they’ll encounter inside the most highly themed, immersive coaster experience yet – Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. The epic new addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be an immersive experience unlike […]

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Ralph S. Alberts Company adds Thomas Schmidt

By | April 9, 2019

The Ralph Alberts Company is pleased to announce the strategic addition of Thomas Schmidt to its leadership team. As of Monday, April 8th , Schmidt will assume a senior role as Director of Sales & Marketing for Ralph S. Alberts (RSA).  His primary responsibility will be to expand the company’s long-standing industry relationships as RSA […]

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International tastes for every palate at the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

By | April 9, 2019

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Busch Gardens Williamsburg offers a delectable culinary tour around the world with its seventh annual Food & Wine Festival.  Guests can enjoy authentic international tastes at 19 themed food and beverage kiosks featuring specialty entrées and desserts and more than 100 craft beers, wines, specialty cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages.The Food & Wine […]

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AIMS International announces new Board Officers and Directors for 2019

By | April 9, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The AIMS International Board of Directors is pleased to announce that effective April 1st, Franceen Gonzales, EVP business development–the Americas, for WhiteWater, has become president of the AIMS board of directors. She replaces Tim Viox who served as board president for the past two years. The board has also appointed Tony Claassen, rides maintenance compliance officer at Herschend Family Entertainment, […]

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