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Kennywood’s Phantom Fright Nights Returns September 28

By | September 25, 2018

WEST MIFFLIN, PA – From dark corners within Kennywood, the Phantom emerges, casting a foreboding pall over the park. Phantom Fright Nights return with a vengeance for its 17th season. The Halloween event named one of the amusement industry’s best by Amusement Today and USA Today stalks back into Kennywood on Friday, September 28, continuing on Fridays, Saturdays and select Sundays until October […]

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Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin Luminights Grows in 2018

By | September 25, 2018

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — The glow grows during the return of Great Pumpkin LumiNights at Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana. An overwhelming guest-favorite last season, Great Pumpkin LumiNights returns with several new immersive displays, exciting activities and an expanded footprint more than twice the size of 2017’s version. Additionally, the Harvest Festival itself grows […]

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Amusement Today’s annual Golden Ticket Awards presented at 2018 host park, Silver Dollar City

By | September 8, 2018

BRANSON, MO., Sept.8, 2018 – The spotlight was shining bright on the amusement industry this evening in an awards show hosted by Silver Dollar City, where the winners of Amusement Today’s 2018 Golden Ticket Awards were announced. The Golden Ticket Awards are presented annually to honor the “Best of the Best” in the amusement industry […]

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Bill Leuhrs, a founder of Luehrs’ Ideal Rides, Inc., passes at 78

By | August 31, 2018

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — William Francis (Bill) Luehrs, age 78, of Highlands Ranch, Colo. passed Saturday, August 18th. Luehrs was the oldest son of the late Hub and Winnie Luehrs, the founders of Luehrs’ Ideal Rides Inc., a company that began in 1957 in Milwaukee, Wisc.  Bill grew up on the show along with his […]

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Morris Vivona, Sr., founder of Amusements of America, passes at 97

By | August 29, 2018

TENNANT, N.J. — Morris Vivona, Sr. 97, was the eldest of the five Vivona brothers who built Amusements of America. He remained the oldest active showman in the country until his death on August 26. In 1939, Mr. Vivona founded Amusements of America with the purchase of the Ferris wheel from the New York World’s […]

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Reminder! Deadline looming to book hotel lodging for the 2018 Golden Ticket Awards

By | August 22, 2018

The time is now to secure your accommodations for the “Networking Event of the Year!”  The booking deadline for the host hotels for Amusement Today’s 2018 Golden Ticket Awards is looming with a reservation deadline of Monday, August 27. Event hotels are Hilton Branson Convention Center and the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing. The host […]

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Registration open for the 21st annual Golden Ticket Awards, hosted by Silver Dollar City

By | May 29, 2018

Amusement Today invites industry professionals to be a part of the Networking Event of the Year — the 2018 Golden Ticket Awards. The 21st annual awards honoring the Best of the Best will take place in Branson, Missouri, on September 7 and 8. Host extraordinaire Silver Dollar City is guaranteed to show attendees an incredible weekend. […]

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Amusement Today revises news sections, redirects staff duties

By | March 27, 2018

New safety section grows from requests by industry leaders   ARLINGTON, Texas — Amusement Today Publisher Gary Slade has announced several enhancements to the print publication that will begin with the April 2018 issue. Readers will notice that the six issue sections have been modified slightly. The Newstalk page has been rebranded Amusement Viewsto reflect the diversity of staff and […]

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Gibtown underway in Gibsonton, Fla.

By | February 7, 2018

GIBSONTON, Fla. — The 50th Anniversary Gibtown Showmensclub (IISA) Trade Show is underway in Gibsonton, FL, through Feb. 9. The annual event presents the largest array of amusement industry products and services from around the world. This year, there are over 300 different exhibits, including 27 new exhibitors and 20 major rides (check out the […]

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PTC launches new website

By | February 5, 2018

Hatfield, Pa. — In late January, Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters Inc. launched a new website that has been in the planning process the past half year. Tom Rebbie, President of PTC described the background leading up to the launch, “Jeanine [Rebbie-Matcherz] was diligently doing a lot of work for the kick off.” As with any new […]

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