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Amusement Industry Moving Aggressively to Enhance Ride Inspections

By | October 18, 2017

WINTER PARK, Fla. — Government regulators and the amusement industry are moving quickly to improve inspections and testing of major amusement rides after a fatal accident at the Ohio State Fair. The accident identified a hidden problem that was not detected even though the operator and independent inspectors followed current inspection protocols. Investigators from the […]

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Amusement Today’s Gary Slade honored by World Waterpark Association

By | October 18, 2017

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — During the 37th Annual World Waterpark Association Symposium and Trade Show in West Palm Beach, FL, today, Amusement Today publisher and editor Gary Slade was presented with the WWA Commitment to Excellence Award. Also receiving the honor were Joann Cortéz, director of communication for Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District […]

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ADG wins WWA’s Leading Edge Award for Twin Tides dual entry wave pool water ride attraction

By | October 18, 2017

COHOES, N.Y. —  Aquatic Development Group (ADG) is proud to announce for the third year in a row, the receipt of the World Waterpark Association’s (WWA) Leading Edge Award. This year, ADG has received the award for their innovative take on the traditional wave pool, Twin Tides.  The award was presented today during the General […]

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Aquatic Development Group’s President and CEO, Ken Ellis, is inducted into the World Waterpark Hall Of Fame

By | October 18, 2017

COHOES, N.Y. — Aquatic Development Group (ADG) is proud to announce the WWA’s most recent inductee to the Hall of Fame, Ken Ellis. This prestigious honor is awarded to individuals who have had a substantial impact and contribution to our industry and Ken Ellis certainly fits that bill. Even as a young child Ken Ellis always knew […]

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Goddard Group to celebrate 15th anniversary at IAAPA 2017

By | October 12, 2017

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Goddard Group, world leaders in the design and creation of themed entertainment attractions and experiences, will celebrate its 15th Anniversary in conjunction with IAAPA 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Concurrently, Goddard Group has unveiled the latest details on the company’s roster, including six immersive projects currently under-construction around the globe. In addition, during […]

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Diggerland USA debuts mischievous Night of the Living Machines experience

By | October 4, 2017

WEST BERLIN, N.J. – Every autumn, Diggerland USA kicks off the changing of seasons with Diggerfest, a gleesome fall extravaganza for the family filled with pumpkins, corn mazes and of course, heavy machinery. When the sun goes down this month, the facility will transform into a mystifying Halloween adventure, just spooky enough for the little […]

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Cedar Fair Announces Planned Leadership Succession

By | October 4, 2017

SANDUSKY, Ohio — Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, today announced that Richard Zimmerman, its president and chief operating officer, will succeed Matt Ouimet as chief executive officer effective January 1, 2018.  On the same date, Ouimet will take the newly created role of executive chairman of the board […]

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Tom Mehrmann named President and General Manager for Universal Beijing Theme Park and Resort

By | October 4, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. — Universal Parks & Resorts has named Tom Mehrmann as president and general manager for Universal Beijing Theme Park and Resort, a world-class entertainment destination now under construction in Beijing. Mr. Mehrmann will play a lead role in the continued development of Universal Beijing. Once the destination is complete, he will oversee its […]

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Eastern States Exposition breaks attendance record; 1,525,553 attend the 2017 Big E

By | October 2, 2017

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A record number of visitors attended The Big E, in West Springfield, Mass., breaking the Fair’s all-time high attendance figure, with a final tally of 1,525,553. The previous record, of 1,498,605, was set in 2014. October 1 attendance was 137,208, also a new record for the final Sunday of the 17-day […]

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Great gates thus far at the Easter States Exposition

By | September 28, 2017

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Big E – Eastern States Exposition – has set two attendance records thus far during the fair’s 2017 run. On Saturday, Sept. 23, 171,897 passed through the gates, the highest all-time single day attendance. Thursday, Sept. 21,  saw 85,019 visitors, a record for that day. The 2017 edition of The […]

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