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Castle Park to throw the Guinness Book of World Records “Largest Pajama Party” to benefit the Pajama Program.

By | March 21, 2014

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — While employees and guests alike will be wearing onesie pajamas, there will be no sleeping on the job at Castle Park on Saturday, March 29th. Castle Park hopes to set the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Gathering of People Wearing One Piece Pajamas” with Duke’s Pajama Party. Currently, the record to […]

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Cynthia Gardella of Del Grosso's Amusement Park has died

By | March 19, 2014

ALTOONA, Pa. — Cynthia L. (DelGrosso) Gardella passed away at UPMC Altoona on March 15, 2014. She was 65. Born in Altoona, she was the daughter of the late Ferdinand and Mafalda (Pulcino) DelGrosso. She married Peter J. Gardella Jr. on Oct. 24, 1971. She was a graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School and the […]

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Universal Orlando reveals more details about Hogwarts Express train experience

By | March 14, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. — Officials at Universal Orlando Resort recently revealed never-before-seen details of the Hogwarts Express train ride, one of the most memorable and exciting experiences from the Harry Potter series that will come to life in Florida this summer. Guests will be able to experience what the film’s characters did as they were transported […]

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Splash Adventure Waterpark purchased by The Koch Family

By | March 13, 2014

Landmark Alabama attraction to be owned and operated by renowned industry veterans Birmingham, Ala. — The Koch family has acquired Alabama’s Splash Adventure Waterpark and will re-open the park for the 2014 summer season. Dan Koch, who led the acquisition, is bringing his family’s seven decades of experience in the amusement and water park industry […]

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WhiteWater acquires FlowRider

By | March 7, 2014

RICHMOND, B.C., Canada — WhiteWater West Industries has announced the acquisition of WaveLoch’s innovative, award winning line of products including FlowRider, FlowBarrel, FlowCurl, FlowRider Wave-in-a Box, and WaveOz. Previously, WhiteWater had been the exclusive worldwide licensee of WaveLoch’s FlowRider business. This marks the third major acquisition in the past two years for WhiteWater. Wave Loch […]

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Painting of Bat roller coaster progressing

By | March 7, 2014

MASON, Ohio — In this photo, Mark Wagers from Baynum Painting Inc., paints a section of track orange on the Bat roller coaster Friday at Kings Island. The ride located in the park’s Action Zone area carries riders through hilly wooded terrain suspended below 2,352 feet of track. The Bat, formerly known to park visitors […]

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World's largest swimming lesson event set for Friday, June 20, 2014

By | March 5, 2014

Overland Park, Kan. — On Friday, June 20th, 2014, Team WLSL will usher in the first official day of summer as they attempt to set a fifth Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson ever conducted. The international team, made up primarily of kids, is coming together to prevent childhood drowning by participating […]

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PAPA Spring Meeting postponed

By | February 28, 2014

Hershey, Pa. — As a result of the upcoming storm predicted for the Mid-Atlantic region early next week, the 79th annual Pennsylvania Amusement Parks Association meeting set for March 3–4, has been postponed until March 10–11. It will be held at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, Pa. The PAPA organization is assuming that […]

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Core Cashless partners with BPR to provide solutions to new Georgia Waterpark

By | February 26, 2014

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Core Cashless continues it’s recent success by partnering up with North Carolina based BPR Properties to provide a variety of cashless solutions for the brand new Pooler Water Park, located in Savannah, Ga. Core reps met with BPR at the World Waterpark Association Trade Show and Symposium in 2013 to discuss the […]

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Bill Gelhaus of Jersey Shore Beach & Boardwalk to be featured on the History channel's popular show American Restoration

By | February 24, 2014

SEASIDE HTS., New Jersey — The New Jersey Amusement Association (NJAA) is pleased to announce that “Riders of the Storm,” an episode of the History Channel’s “American Restoration” program, featuring coverage of the hurricane-damaged Jersey Shore Beach & Boardwalk, will air Tuesday, February 25, at 10:31pm EST on the History Channel. Episode description: When a […]

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