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Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo record-breaking attendance of more than 2.6 million fans at the 2017 show

By | March 27, 2017

HOUSTON, Texas – The world’s largest celebration of agriculture, education, entertainment and Western heritage drew a record-breaking 2,611,176 visitors in total attendance to the 85th annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, March 7 – 26, 2017. “Powered by more than 33,000 volunteers, the 2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo successfully provided a record number of […]

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SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. Announces Long-Term Investment by Zhonghong Group

By | March 24, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. – SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) (“SeaWorld”), a leading theme park and entertainment company, today announced that a wholly owned subsidiary of Zhonghong Zhuoye Group Co., Ltd. (“Zhonghong Group”), a diversified holding company focused on strategic growth opportunities in the leisure, tourism, and culture industries, will acquire an approximately 21% equity interest in SeaWorld […]

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Apex announces new CEO

By | March 23, 2017

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – Apex Parks Group today announced the appointment of John Fitzgerald as Chief Executive Officer of the company.  Fitzgerald is an amusement park industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience.  He most recently served as park President, VP and General Manager at Six Flags’ parks in New Jersey, including Great […]

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Gold Medal Names James Adam Browning as President

By | March 23, 2017

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Gold Medal Products Co., the world’s leading manufacturer and distributor of concession food equipment and supplies, is pleased to announce James Adam Browning has been appointed to the office of President. Browning joined Gold Medal in 2010 and most recently served in the dual role of Executive Vice President and General Counsel. […]

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8th World Circus Day is April 15, 2017

By | March 23, 2017

MONACO – The Fédération Mondiale du Cirque under the Honorary Presidency of H.S.H.Princess Stéphanie of Monaco decided to nominate the third Saturday of April, every year, as the World Circus Day and in 2010 for the first time, called upon the circus communities around the Globe to celebrate together our common holiday. The circus arts […]

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Chuck Barris, who immortalized N.J. park in song, dies at 87

By | March 23, 2017

PALISADES, N.Y. — Television personality and author Chuck Barris, who penned the 1962 pop song “Palisades Park,” died at his home here March 21. He was 87. Although best known for creating and hosting the mostly-for-laughs, 1976-launched TV talent showcase The Gong Show and producing, among others, the popular reality-based game shows The Dating Game […]

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New Patriot floorless coaster opens April 1

By | March 21, 2017

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – California’s Great America opens its 2017 season on March 25 and will introduce an array of new attractions, entertainment and dining experiences. Patriot, the first floorless coaster in the park’s history, will make its official park debut on Saturday, April 1. Patriot will take riders to a nine-story height before plummeting […]

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Dollywood celebrates “Year of the Family”

By | March 18, 2017

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — Dollywood today celebrates the opening of its 32nd season with a special preview of the excitement in store for 2017. The year offers special new events, new rides and the family-friendly atmosphere that truly makes the award-winning park home for the “Year of the Family.” As Dollywood guests know, each season […]

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Family Entertainment Group goes “Hollywood” with the addition of Hollywood Park Family Entertainment Center in Crestwood, Illinois

By | March 14, 2017

ITASCA, Ill. – Family Entertainment Group (“FEG”), a market-leading designer, developer, and operator of world-class family oriented entertainment and amusement gaming facilities has recently acquired Hollywood Park Family Entertainment Center in Crestwood, Illinois. This transaction is one of many acquisitions by FEG and the third in the last twelve months. Hollywood Park joins other successful […]

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Polin Waterparks Achieves R&D Center Certification

By | March 14, 2017

TURKEY – Polin Waterparks, which was founded in 1976 and recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, was recently certified as a research and development (R&D) center by the Turkish Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology. This certification, in part, recognizes Polin Waterparks for its qualified innovation expertise. On 28 December 2016, Polin Waterparks filled an official […]

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