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Britton Gallagher adds staff to its entertainment insurance division

By | February 24, 2014

Cleveland, Ohio—Britton Gallagher announced the expansion of its staff with the recent hiring of industry veterans Rick D’Aprile, Gene Berger, Rodney Gerbers, David Gallace, Randy Ebens, Tammy Catterton, April Merino and Jennifer Wolfe. The group brings decades of experience in the entertainment and specialty insurance industry and are experts in creating unique risk management solutions. […]

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El Loco adds ‘motion’ at The Adventuredome

By | February 19, 2014

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — After several weeks extensive testing and media teasing, El Loco — the acrobatic, S&S Worldwide-designed roller coaster that is only the second of its type in the U.S. — finally cut loose inside The Adventuredome at Circus Circus Las Vegas on Feb. 18. Filling the space formerly occupied by the indoor […]

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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor adding Wahoo Racer for 2014

By | February 12, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, the largest water park in North Texas, is going to the races with the introduction of the all-new Wahoo Racer! The thrilling multi-lane water slide complex is the largest of its kind in the world and will complement the park’s already impressive line-up of more than 40 rides […]

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Hersheypark announces family is focus for 2014

By | February 10, 2014

HERSHEY, Pa. — The roller coaster count at Hersheypark will increase in 2014 when the Park introduces a new coaster designed for families to ride together. Cocoa Cruiser, a new coaster from Zamperla of Italy, will give more opportunities to for adults to ride with their children. Located in the park’s Music Box Way area, […]

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Long time Advertising Manager Bill Rea dies at 90

By | February 7, 2014

HEWITT, Texas — It is with heavy hearts that we announce the loss of a member of the Amusement Today family. Bill Rea was on hand at the very beginning as the Advertising Manager when Amusement Today was launched in 1997. He passed away Friday, February 7 at a hospice in Hewitt. He was 90. […]

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Banshee trains arrive at Kings Island

By | February 5, 2014

MASON, Ohio – The vehicles for the first of three trains for the new Banshee roller coaster at Kings Island were delivered to the 364-acre amusement and waterpark on Wednesday. Currently under construction, Banshee will be the world’s longest inverted roller coaster when the $24 million ride makes its highly-anticipated debut April 18. Riders will […]

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Workmen install lift chain on Banshee inverted roller coaser

By | February 1, 2014

MASON, Ohio – In this photo, a workman prepares for the installation of the chain for the lift hill of the new Banshee roller coaster at Kings Island. The $24 million ride will be the longest inverted roller coaster in the world when the ride debuts April 18. Riders will scream their way through 4,124 […]

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Up-close tour of vehicle assembly building at Kennedy Space Center

By | January 31, 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Visitors interested in receiving unprecedented access to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at Kennedy Space Center now have until only Feb. 11 to enjoy the KSC Up-Close Tour of the VAB. After a little more than two years, the tour is being halted to allow for modifications needed while Kennedy Space […]

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Long-time entertainment industry veteran Ray Pilszak dies

By | January 29, 2014

CHICAGO, Ill. — Ray Pilszak, 82, a long-time employee of Amusement Business, died January 18, 2014, in the city of his birth, Chicago. He would have turned 83 years old on March 5, 2014. Known in the industry as a tenacious ad salesman, Pilszak had only one job his entire adult life and that was […]

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Universal Orlando Resort reveals details for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley

By | January 24, 2014

2014’s Most Anticipated New Theme Park Experience Opens This Summer and Brings More of Harry Potter’s Adventures to Life ORLANDO, Fla. — Never before has a theme park created a guest experience like this: you climb aboard the Hogwarts Express in Hogsmeade and moments later arrive at King’s Cross Station — where the wonders of […]

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