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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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Holiday World ride operators win award for Excellence in Safety

By | March 12, 2019

SANTA CLAUS, Ind. — For the second year in a row, Holiday World’s team of ride operators has received the industry’s top award in Ride Operations Excellence. The award, presented by International Ride Training (IRT) of Nashville, Tennessee, is the result of scores earned during an unannounced safety audit at Holiday World during the 2018 […]

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New multi-million dollar ride to open in 2019 at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island

By | March 12, 2019

GALVESTON, Texas — Schlitterbahn Galveston Island is adding a new multi-million dollar set of slides that are more than the first of its kind – they are out of this world. Infinity Racers, which will open in June of 2019, is a pair of space-themed, racing head-first mat slides. At a whopping eight stories tall […]

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Festival of Nations kicks off Dollywood’s biggest season ever!

By | March 12, 2019

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Dollywood’s thrilling 2019 season begins with one of the park’s greatest Festival of Nations lineups ever! The event, which runs March 16-April 14, features exhilarating new headline shows, the return of the Passport to Foods and special cooking demonstrations, including opportunities to see world-renowned Chef Pepin whip up his favorite dishes. […]

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Scruffy Dog welcomes new creative lead

By | March 1, 2019

LONDON — Scruffy Dog Global Creative Services has head hunted Gareth Smy as a creative lead based in the London studio. Prior to joining Scruffy Dog, Gareth, who specializes in Intellectual Property, worked at the LEGO Group in Billund, Denmark, focusing on the creative & IP management for LEGOLAND Resort & Theme parks worldwide. Gareth’s […]

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