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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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Court orders that WhiteWater owns half-pipe, quarter-pipe, and nozzle surf machine patents—not Pacific Surf Designs

By | March 29, 2019

On March 26, 2019, the United Stated District Court for the Southern District of California ordered that three patents assigned to Pacific Surf Designs, Inc. are the property of WhiteWater West Industries, Ltd. The ruling is the culmination of two-years of litigation against Pacific Surf Designs and its co-founders, Richard Alleshouse and Yong Yeh, and […]

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Mall of America and Nickelodeon Universe officially recognized as a Certified Autism Center

By | March 27, 2019

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Mall of America (MOA) and Nickelodeon Universe, the seven-acre theme park inside MOA, will now officially be recognized as Certified Autism Centers (CAC), granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). As the first destination in Minnesota to become a Certified Autism Center, the certification means that visitors […]

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Submissions for Amusement Today’s 2019 industry preview

By | March 25, 2019

Amusement Today will be publishing its annual amusement industry preview in the May 2019 issue. To make certain your new-for-2019 installs are included, send a list of your 2019 projects to jseifert@amusementtoday.com. The deadline for inclusion is April 10, 2019. AT is looking for any new ride or attraction at parks, water parks, family entertainment centers, traveling […]

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Pirates Voyage taking shape in Pigeon Forge as construction progresses

By | March 22, 2019

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Dolly Parton is making good on staking her claim in Pigeon Forge with the construction of the Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, her newest attraction in the Smokies, and the treasure – buried and otherwise – already has begun to arrive and take shape at the venue. Construction on the Pirates […]

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Quassy: new ride arrives

By | March 22, 2019

Components of the new Bouncing Buggies family ride are being unloaded from the tractor-trailer this morning at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark. The attraction will be set up adjacent to Ice Cream Parlor and ready for Quassy’s 111th season, which starts April 27.

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Carowinds introduces Copperhead Strike, the Carolinas’ first double launch coaster

By | March 22, 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carowinds marks a turning point in its evolution as a destination amusement park this year, introducing Copperhead Strike, the Carolinas’ first double launch coaster, for the 2019 season. Copperhead Strike is the central element of Blue Ridge Junction, a new immersive, richly themed area inspired by the majestic beauty and easy-going culture of […]

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