Madame Tussands Orlando announces new Justice League experience

By | April 13, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. — Justice will be served this summer at Madame Tussauds Orlando. The world-famous attraction revealed plans to unite an all-star cast of DC Super Heroes in an epic new experience. For the first time ever, fans of DC’s Justice League will come face-to-face with their favorite heroes in an action-packed adventure unlike any other. 
From fear comes courage! Guests will get a chance to star alongside Justice League’s Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman, as they fight to save the world from Lex Luthor’s evil corporation, LexCorp. 
Developed in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC Entertainment, this first-of-its-kind attraction experience combines an all-star cast with blockbuster thrills, authentic replica props and costumes that bring each character to life like only Madame Tussauds can do.
“Fans have never come this close to the action,” said James Paulding, General Manager. “Madame Tussauds Orlando, together with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, have created a Justice League experience you have to see to believe – from the unbeatable roster of DC Super Heroes to the sensational, hi-tech experiences.”
Justice League: A Call for Heroes will also debut later this summer at Madame Tussauds Sydney, part of a greater transformation across Madame Tussauds attractions around the globe to deliver live fame experiences that make guests the star of their favorite stories.
Justice League: A Call for Heroes
HEROES UNITE! The battle begins when the Justice League lands at Madame Tussauds Orlando on May 25, 2018. Guests who answer the call will be transported to the streets of Gotham City and Metropolis, uniting with the Justice League Super Heroes in a series of thrilling missions to destroy LexCorp’s hold on the world.
Wonder Woman guests will help to destroy LexCorp’s formidable technology that has disabled the city. By harnessing their inner super power, guests will be able to emit a powerful blast from Wonder Woman’s gauntlets to weaken LexCorp’s control over the city.
Elsewhere in the city, Lex’s experiment wreaks havoc, sending a helicopter and its occupants hurtling toward the ground. Guests will have to summon all their strength and join Superman to help lift a REAL helicopter back into the sky as onlookers cheer from the streets below.   
As the battle continues, one Super Hero will remain elusive. Guests must summon Batman with the Bat-Signal. Billowing smoke and wind reveal Batman as he’s called into battle on the rooftop, ready to save the world. 
The Adventure Starts Now
Madame Tussauds Orlando is issuing a challenge to the bravest of Justice League fans – starting now! Mother Boxes, unique artifacts with immense powers, have surfaced in five cities across the globe. The Mother Boxes must be found and brought to Madame Tussauds Orlando in order to help destroy the energy-extracting forces that threaten Earth.
Brave challengers who find the Mother Boxes will be rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime VIP experience including a five-day, four-night trip for the winner and one guest to Orlando, plus two tickets to be among the first to help save the planet in Justice League: A Call for Heroes. Winners will also receive two tickets to MegaCon Orlando and SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium. To find the Mother Boxes, follow @tussaudsorlando and #FindTheMotherBoxes on Instagram.

Last Chance to Ride: Jimmy Neutron’s Atomic Collider will launch into retirement at Nickelodeon Universe in Mall of America

By | April 11, 2018

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Blast off one last time with Jimmy Neutron’s Atomic Collider attraction before it heads into retirement on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15 in Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America.

This last of its kind attraction is an original ride from when the park opened in 1992. Thrill seekers of all kinds have enjoyed countless of rides with its spins and turns.

Guests will be able to meet Jimmy Neutron along with a photo op with fun and wacky props in front of Jimmy’s Shed. Those who ride the Atomic Collider that weekend will receive a limited edition commemorative button.

StarGuard Elite IP purchase

By | April 11, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. — For the past four years, we have worked with Starfish Aquatics Institute to evolve the StarGuard brand and grow into new markets. As of April 1st, the StarGuard program is now officially a part of the StarGuard ELITE organization with the completion of the purchase of the StarGuard brand. This is an especially exciting time for our clients and the SGE team.

The Starfish Aquatics team will continue to focus on development of training curriculum, AquaTech, and Starfish Swimming going forward. Jill White and the rest of the SAI team will work with SGE for the next two years to provide a smooth transition for all clients. Jill will be a consultant to SGE for the next six years as she continues to pioneer exemplary aquatic training techniques. SAI and SGE will continue to work together as we strive to continuously improve and provide premier products to our clients.

We are pleased to announce that Wess Long has assumed the role of President for StarGuard ELITE. Wess will provide leadership and strategic direction for the business unit in handling the day to day responsibilities and duties. Mike Friscia and James Harhi will continue to provide corporate direction and vision.

Six Flags Great America Launches New Holiday in the Park

By | April 11, 2018

GURNEE, Ill. — For the first time in the park’s 42-year history, Six Flags Great America, the Thrill Capital of the Midwest, is extending its operating season and inviting guests of all ages to be a part of the festivities at the new Six Flags Holiday in the Park®. This spectacular event — making its Six Flags Great America debut — features more than one million LED lights, beautifully adorned Christmas trees, thrilling rides, enchanting shows, delicious seasonal food and dazzling park décor. Holiday in the Park will premiere on Friday, November 23 and run weekends through Sunday, December 23 and daily December 26 – December 31.

“Six Flags is creating a new season of thrills as the park is transformed into a winter wonderland with a million dazzling lights and all the magical sights, sounds and tastes of the holidays,” said Park President, Hank Salemi. “We are excited to extend our operating calendar and make Gurnee the premier place to spend the holiday season.”

Additional highlights of Holiday in the Park include:

  • State-of-the-art light shows;
  • Spectacular nightly tree-lighting ceremony;
  • Outstanding coasters and attractions;
  • Magical holiday shows;
  • Fire pits for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores;
  • Millions of dazzling lights; and
  • Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Holiday In The Park will be the largest holiday celebration in the region and promises to become a time-honored tradition that can only be experienced at Six Flags Great America.

Holiday in the Park is included with a 2018 Six Flags Great America Season Pass and Membership. Members can now enjoy priority park entry and tremendous discounts of up to 50% on nearly all food and merchandise purchases all season long. Members also receive skip-the-line passes, sneak previews, and extended ride times on some of their favorite rides and attractions.

Paving the way: Kraftwerk Living Technologies announces new management structure

By | April 11, 2018

AUSTRIA — Austrian AV system integrator Kraftwerk LT introduces Kevin Murphy and Alex Sanfilippo to its Executive Management, strengthening the company’s Sales and Engineering Divisions. Managing Partners Manfred Meier and Christian Hofer will focus on strategic matters by handing the day-to-day management of two key company divisions to trustworthy and skilled hands.

Wels, April 10th, 2018. Kraftwerk Living Technologies, Austrian audio-visual system integrator, has seen unprecedented growth over the past months. Following a doubling of performance and growth of the teams, new roles have been established. This important step has been taken to strengthen delivery of global projects, address the need for healthy growth, further push diversity in the teams and to lay the foundation for a future-oriented business approach.

These changes include the addition of two new members to the executive management of the company as well as Managing Partners Manfred Meier and Christian Hofer stepping away from executive tasks, allowing them to focus on the strategic vision, global activities, business development as well as steering and supporting the Management team.

A closer look

As of March 2018, entertainment industry veteran and UK native Kevin Murphy, who joined Kraftwerk LT in the summer of 2016 as VP of Strategic Planning, has been appointed to the Executive Management of the company, taking over as Director of Sales & Marketing. In this role, he will be taking on the majority of CEO Manfred Meier’s sales and marketing portfolio, leading the respective teams. With many years of experience in the industry and a major involvement in these areas since joining Kraftwerk LT, Kevin is well-suited to push things forward with his skill and experience.

South African native Alex Sanfilippo, who joined the Kraftwerk LT team in Austria 2.5 years ago as Head of Implementation and Service has now been appointed to Executive Management at KLT and will be functioning as Director of Engineering. He will be fulfilling this new role, which will focus at strengthening the larger design and technical teams, with objectives on managing and developing processes, team members, support structures, resource planning and communications within this group. With a strong implementation know-how, this will also benefit the entire process chain, from sales through to implementation.

The Executive Management of the company is structured as follows and is in effect as of March 2018:

  • Manfred Meier, Managing Partner / CEO
  • Christian Hofer, Managing Partner / CTO
  • Siegfried Steiger, Director of Finance and Administration
  • Kevin Murphy, Director of Sales and Marketing
  • Alex Sanfilippo, Director of Engineering
  • Werner Spiegel, Director of Project Implementation and Service

Further new roles and departments have been established and formed to focus on key markets and client needs including Special Projects, Key Account Automotive and Industrial and Electro-Mechanical Product Development – paving the way for a successful future.

In 2017, Kraftwerk LT has completed projects in the United States, Europe and Asia, amongst them renowned installations such as the National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey at Times Square in New York City (US), Voletarium, the largest flying theater attraction in Europe, located at Europa-Park in Rust (DE) as well as projects in Russia and the Middle East, including the flying theater and media hall attractions at Zaryadye Park in Moscow. Additionally to the work in the entertainment industry, Kraftwerk LT has realized several cutting-edge solutions in the German automotive market using the latest projection, LED and VR technologies and is continuing its efforts in the exhibitions and museum space, with an exciting installation opening in Austria this summer.

Silverwood Takes Safety Precautions By Canceling Firework Show

By | April 10, 2018

ATHOL, Idaho — Silverwood Theme Park has cancelled their annual firework show due to safety and environmental concerns.

“We understand that our community looks forward to this event every year, but after some deliberation, we have decided that, due to safety and environmental concerns, it is in our best interest to cancel the show indefinitely. The fire season has had a huge effect on the surrounding areas the last few years, and if something were to happen during our show it would be devastating to our community.”

We will continue to decorate the park for the holiday and will be in full operation. If anyone has already made their RV Park reservations for this date, and would like to move it to a different date, please call our Guest Relations Department at 208-216-4420 for assistance.

“We look forward to a great 2018 season and hope that our guests can still come and incorporate Silverwood into their holiday tradition this year and for many years to come.”

Dollywood’s Spring Mix music series hosts stellar lineup of award-winning artists

By | April 10, 2018

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — One of the most anticipated events of Dollywood’s Season of Showstoppers—the Spring Mix music series—has guests buzzing with excitement as more than 30 award-winning artists prepare to take to the park’s stages throughout the month. The series begins Wednesday.

Dollywood’s Spring Mix (April 11- 29) features three weeks of stellar performances across multiple genres. The impressive roster of Spring Mix artists have combined to earn 42 gold albums, 18 platinum albums, 25 Grammys, 12 Country Music Association Awards, 10 American Country Music Awards, four American Music Association Awards and 56 Dove Awards.

If there ever has been a year to take advantage of the value of a Dollywood season pass, this is it. All concerts are included with park admission, so guests planning to see artists appearing on different days should consider a season pass.

The first week includes classic country artists like Pam Tillis, Shenandoah, T.G. Sheppard, Suzy Bogguss and Connie Smith. The second week plays host to inspirational artists including Amy Grant, The Blind Boys of Alabama and comedienne Chonda Pierce – also known as “The Queen of Clean.” Classic artists like The Marshall Tucker Band, The Drifters, Atlanta Rhythm Section and Debby Boone entertain park guests during the final week of the event.

A limited number of reserved seating options are available for guests to guarantee their seats in the show of their choice. These packages—some of which include dinner at Front Porch Café, t-shirt and more—are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Packages are available at or by calling 1-800-DOLLYWOOD. VIP seating packages must be purchased no later than three days prior to the concert of the guests’ choice.

Even with all of the opportunities these iconic performers have had during their careers, the chance to play at Dolly Parton’s theme park is something they all hold in high regard. Atlanta Rhythm Section makes their Dollywood debut on Friday, April 27.

“We have been around for nearly 50 years, but there are always goals that you want to achieve,” said Rodney Justo, lead singer and founder of the group. “Finally, The Atlanta Rhythm Section gets to perform at Dollywood. We’re looking forward to seeing Dolly’s fans, as well as ours. One more off the bucket list!”

Superstar Grant anticipates her chance to grace the stage of Dollywood’s Celebrity Theater. She kicks off the inspirational week of performances on Wednesday, April 18.

“I’m so excited to perform at Dollywood this spring,” said the six-time Grammy winner and 22-time Dove Award winner. “I’m a longtime admirer of Dolly’s, so what a great opportunity this is going to be for me and for so many of my friends to gather for a day of music and adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains! There couldn’t be a more beautiful backdrop. I hope to see everyone there!”

Bogguss, a Dollywood entertainment alumnus, looks forward to her return as she and Gayle open the series on Wednesday, April 11.

“It’s always a homecoming of sorts when I play Dollywood,” Bogguss said. “Not only did I hone my show while I was there the first season in 1986, but I also got my record deal and became engaged! Lots of warm fuzzy memories as you’d guess, and I can’t wait to be back.”

Efteling dark ride Symbolica: Palace of Fantasy wins international Thea Award

By | April 9, 2018

On 8 April, Efteling Imagineering Officer Olaf Vugts was awarded a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement for the theme park’s newest attraction, Symbolica, at the Thea Awards Gala in Anaheim in California, United States.

Efteling, the fairytale theme park in the south of Holland, opened Symbolica last summer in honour of its 65th anniversary. The prestigious Thea Award is presented annually by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), an organisation that develops and designs theme parks and theme locations worldwide. The jury from TEA commented: ‘The Symbolica dark ride is a world-class attraction, in which a story comes to life in an innovative way. This is combined with astonishing creativity, imaginative power, craftsmanship, detailed themes, lifelike animatronics and a trackless transport system on which the vehicles can move in all directions’.

Olaf Vugts says: “Since the opening, we have received a lot of positive feedback from our visitors about Symbolica. This award and the reaction of the judging panel from the theme park industry, about our new ride, really is the cherry on top of the cake.”

Symbolica: Palace of Fantasy

Symbolica is an indoor ‘dark’ ride and the latest family attraction to open in Efteling. It is an enchanting palace where nothing is what it seems. Visitors are invited to an audience with the king, and Magic Jester Pardoes ensures that every visit is exceptional. Guests are led through secret corridors and royal apartments for the duration of the ride.

Thea Awards

This is Efteling’s fourth Thea Award. Twenty years ago in 1997, the attraction Villa Volta madhouse was the only Efteling-attraction rewarded at the Thea Awards, and the water show Aquanura was awarded in 2012, both for Outstanding Achievement. In 2004, Efteling won the Thea Classic Award for its overarching success for fifty years.

San Andreas – 4D Experience, a new 4D experience for those who love strong emotions

By | April 9, 2018

A 15-minute long 4-D version of the blockbuster “San Andreas” made by Warner Bros is on offer at Gardaland for cinema aficionados and true thrill seekers. The real surprise begins once the lights go out and Time Voyagers – Gardaland’s 4D cinema – will catapult its spectators literally in the centre of action, surrounded by extraordinary special effects. A breath-taking adventure among American skyscrapers, to be experienced in the spirit of an adrenaline-filled attraction.

The story: in California a terrible earthquake of magnitude 9, unleashed by the sudden reawakening of the San Andreas fault, is taking down everything in its path. A pilot, along with his ex-wife, goes on a long, difficult helicopter journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco, desperately attempting to save the life of their only daughter. Will they arrive on time? Will they manage to survive the ground opening up before their very eyes, bridges and the buildings crumbling and even a tsunami?

After wearing the 3-D goggles and taking a seat in the cinema spectators will feel the armchair come alive: it will begin to hop and move in various directions, increasing the realistic effect of the movie, projected on a 13-metre wide and 6-metre high screen. The firm movements of the armchair will throw spectators in the heat of the scene and of a multisensorial experience made totally realistic by a special vision of the images projected on the screen. They will suddenly feel like out and out co-protagonists of the adventure!

Thanks to the special effects, spectators will be flying in helicopter among the skyscrapers of the city brushing against their roofs, experiencing the violence of the quakes, perceiving the crumbling of the buildings collapsing under the force of water and of the earthquake, being swept up by the waves of a tsunami, narrowly missed by the debris of the motorways bending in two and the bridges spinning around themselves.

On a helicopter or on a motorboat, in the most incredible of situations, the spectator will feel completely immersed in this dimension, involved in first person in an extraordinary, highly charged experience! And it’s indeed the special effects that Gardaland offers at Time Voyagers that make the experience formidable and spectacular, operating, through emotions, on the most instinctive part of our brain. Movements, rotations, vibrations, inclinations and tremors. The movement system of the armchairs is pneumatic and it works with actuators similar to those used for the suspensions of heavy vehicles; little ducts fixed under the seats, at calf level give the impression of being grazed by wind and by obstacles. The water gets also nebulised and directed towards the face of the Guests, making them feel like they are getting wet.

Powerful ventilators are positioned on the ceiling of the cinema, creating air currents, wind blasts but also whirling sounds of storm. The lightning flashes, the explosions and the sudden changes of light inside the cinema are produced by stroboscopic lights fixed on the ceiling of the theatre.

Theme park Toverland presents making-of series

By | April 6, 2018

SEVENUM, Netherlands — Toverland is on the eve of the largest expansion in its history. A new entrance called Port Laguna and a new theme area called Avalon will make this theme park a massive one-and-a-half times bigger. Friday 13 April is the start of a new making-of series, presented by Toverland, which closely follows the construction of Port Laguna and Avalon.

The making-of series of Port Laguna and Avalon consist of eight episodes and can be watched via Toverland’s YouTube channel. Every fortnight, on a Friday, a new episode will be presented until the opening on Saturday 7 July. These themed episodes will give the viewer a unique look behind the scenes and show how this enormous expansion develops. All aspects of the construction – from idea to completion – will be mentioned. A final episode can be watched after 7 July, in which we look back on the opening.

More grown-up than ever
Today, Toverland presents a preview of its making-of series by means of a teaser. This teaser takes the viewer on a brief tour across the building site. Also Toverland’s general director Caroline Kortooms talks about the grandeur of this expansion: “An investment of 35 million euros, the addition of two theme areas. We are becoming more grown-up than ever and the whole world shall know it!”
You can watch this first episode about the beginning of Port Laguna and Avalon online via Toverland’s YouTube channel on Friday 13 April.