DelGrosso’s Park To Host 21st Annual Native American Pow Wow & Dance Competition

By | July 19, 2018

TIPTON, Pa. — DelGrosso’s Park will host the 21st Annual Native American Pow Wow on Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22, 2018.

The Weekend Festival will be filled with Native American Dancing in Full Regalia, Drumming, and Singing. Native American Arts and Craft Vendors will also have various booths throughout the Pow Wow Grounds (inside the Tipton Creek Railroad tracks). Vendors are by invitation only.

Keith Colston, Tuscarora & Lumbee, will serve again as the Master of Ceremonies for this great event. All Native American Dancers are welcome to compete.

Pow Wow Grounds and Vendor Shopping open at 10am both days. Grand Entry into the Dance Arena will take place on Saturday at Noon and 6pm. Grand Entry on Sunday will take place at Noon. The Pow Wow will be held from 10am-7pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday (crowd and weather depending – schedule subject to change).

“Year after year, our park guests comment about the bright, beautiful regalia and tribal traditions that they enjoy watching. This traditional Native American gathering is full of color and culture. We are so excited to be celebrating our 21st amazing year of bringing living history to the Park,” says Carl Crider Jr., General Manager and President of DelGrosso’s Park and Laguna Splash.

World’s tallest river rapids attraction reaches new heights

By | July 19, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. — Construction is coming to a close at SeaWorld Orlando as Infinity Falls – the highly anticipated new attraction opening at SeaWorld Orlando this summer – takes its place in the Orlando skyline. The record-breaking new attraction was “topped off” over the weekend as cranes lifted the final piece of the rides iconic blue and gray tower into place. The whimsical tower structure, blending modern architecture with ancient ruins, reaches a height of 67 feet and surrounds the attractions unique vertical lift. The 41-ton steel tower, made up of 10 pre-fabricated segments, took crews five nights to install. When it opens, Infinity Falls will feature the world’s tallest drop on a river raft ride.

The new attraction brings the thrill of white-water rafting into a new experience the family can enjoy together. Aboard the rides 8-passenger circular rafts, riders will embark on an adventure through a lush rainforest environment inspired by some of the world’s most incredible freshwater ecosystems. The new attraction will feature dynamic drops and turns, interactive water elements, and allow visitors to experience the feel of exhilarating rapids. The ride will also feature an innovative vertical lift designed to transport the rafts to the top of the ride’s 40-foot drop in just over five seconds.

The new attraction will be the centerpiece of a newly themed area designed to resemble the basecamp of explorers and scientists. After riding Infinity Falls, the entire family can explore the basecamp and take part in interactive experiences that combine play with education to create a positive impact on freshwater ecosystems, reinforcing “Park to Planet” in real time, a mission to help guests understand some of the challenges facing the planet and inspiring them to help.

From 15th to 30th September Gardaland Oktoberfest will be back with its mix of traditional gastronomy and fun

By | July 19, 2018

Gardaland Oktoberfest, the extravaganza dedicated to Bavarian food and winery is becoming a tradition, as it will be on offer for the Guests of the Park for the fourth consecutive year. From 15th to 30th September, thanks to rich theming and a food offer appropriate for the event  all the joy of one of the most popular festivities in Europe will meet all the adrenaline of the Park’s rides.

The bravest Guests, who will be showing up at the Park, on the opening day, wearing a typical Bavarian outfit will be able to enter the premises at the special price of 15 euro.

For sixteen days the Park will transform itself thanks to fantastic decorations and spectacular and scenic theming, featuring 2,200 beer barrels and gigantic steins, over 5 metres in height, which will be decorating the streets of the Park along with colourful flags and fluttering drapes.

Centro of this great celebration will be Valley of Kings square, set up to faithfully resemble the rich pavilions of the popular Bavarian fest; over 1,000 seats will allow the Guests to savour incredibly tasty typical dishes: Bavarian pretzels, speck with grana cheese and gherkins, delicious pork shin, chicken drumsticks, Nuremberg sausages, krauts and French fries. There will of course be plenty of beer to be savoured in one of the many points inside the Park where it will be drafted.

Like in past editions, there will be stacks of unmissable themed entertainment gigs inside the Park, right from the opening of the entry gates, with the themed Welcome Show at 09.55 AM: 8 ballet dancers in magnificent red and brown Bavarian costumes will be welcoming the Guests, making them part of the fun atmosphere right from the start. The Kapuziner Bier Band will brighten up the Camelot area during the morning and they will be performing onstage in Valley of Kings square during the lunch break. The Guests will be joined by the friendly Prezzemolo, ready to be admired and photographed, sporting a traditional Bavarian outfit.

Gardaland Oktoberfest is an original event, an experience to enjoy the Park in a completely different way while immersing oneself in the folklore and in the magic of the most classic Bavarian tradition. Fun will be guaranteed by rhythmed music, involving dances and delicious typical dishes.

Universal Orland’s Cinematic Celebration is now officially open at Universal Orlando Resort

By | July 17, 2018

Universal Orlando Resort’s all-new nighttime lagoon show – Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration – officially opens tonight at Universal Studios Florida. Guests now have a brand-new way to cap off their day in Universal Studios as they enjoy an “epic cinema under the stars” in the heart of the theme park.

The show seamlessly blends panoramic water screens accented by multi-layer water screens, pyrotechnics, lasers, projection mapping and more than 120 dancing fountains to transform the lagoon and surrounding buildings into a vivid celebration of beloved characters from Universal attractions and some of the world’s biggest films. And guests will watch it all come to life in an all-new dedicated viewing area designed specifically for the show.

Guests will witness moments from the Harry Potter film series conjured by way of spells, terrifying roars from Jurassic World dinosaurs, high-octane action from the Fast & Furious films, mischief by the Minions from Illumination’s Despicable Me and more come to life each night in the heart of the Universal Studios lagoon.

Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration runs select nights this summer. Guests can now enjoy two  spectacular nighttime shows during their visit to Universal Orlando Resort this summer – Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration in Universal Studios Florida and The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle in Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

California Attractions and Parks Association Names Erin Guerrero as Executive Director

By | July 12, 2018

The California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA) is pleased to announce that Erin Guerrero has been named as the Association’s Executive Director.

With nearly 20 years of experience in and around the State Capitol, Erin will be responsible for advocating on behalf of the organization and its members with the Legislature, the Governor, and regulatory agencies. In her most recent role as Vice President for Legislative Affairs for the California Building Industry Association, Erin was the lead advocate for the home building industry, playing a critical role in both promoting helpful legislation – including the housing bill package in 2017 – as well as defeating bills harmful to the industry. Prior to that, Erin filled a wide range of positions within the Legislature including Chief of Staff and Director of Member Services.

“I am thrilled to be taking on this role with the California Attractions and Parks Association,” commented Erin. “From large to small, California’s parks and attractions collectively represent one of her brightest crown jewels. Never has there been a better time for families and anyone in need of a ‘pick me up’ to visit one of California’s theme parks and attractions. The joy these parks bring to individuals, not to mention the revenue they bring locally and statewide, needs to be highlighted and celebrated. I look forward to being a tireless advocate for theme park safety and the vitality of the industry.”

Erin lives in Sacramento with her husband Willie and their three children. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and a Master of Arts in International Affairs from California State University, Sacramento. In their spare time, the family loves to vacation at a number of California’s amusement parks.

“On behalf of the California Attractions and Parks Association, I am pleased to welcome Erin to our organization,” said Kris Reyes, CAPA’s Chair and Director of Strategic Development and External Affairs at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. “All of CAPA’s members are proud of their respective companies and the unparalleled experience each offers. We are excited to have Erin represent our industry. With her experience and deep commitment to the success of California’s parks and attractions, she will be a tremendous asset to CAPA.”

CAPA is the leading voice for theme, amusement, and water parks throughout the state. The association proudly represents a wide variety of parks, from small, family-owned local parks to California’s most famous destination resorts. CAPA’s members directly employ more than 135,000 Californians and produce more than $14 billion in annual state commerce. CAPA’s member-companies are a part of the rich history of California and have helped form its culture, bringing people together in a spirit of fun and adventure.

The Largest Indoor Water Park in Russia opened in Tyumen: LetoLeto Water Park

By | July 10, 2018

TURKEY — The burgeoning waterpark industry in Russia led Polin Waterparks (Turkey) to open an office in the country several years ago specifically to manage the development of these facilities and serve the waterpark industry int he region the best way possible. Now a leader in bringing waterpark attractions to the country, Polin’s previous installations include the Gorki Indoor Waterpark just outside Ryazan, H20 Waterpark and many more in different cities of the country. ( Please see our google maps application for all our references in Russia.) Polin Waterparks’ latest Project, LetoLeto Water Park which is the largest water park of Russia in Tyumen city completed as a result of 3 years of great work. Polin has worked with local investment group Sibentel Holding on the facility.
On June 7, in the regional center, the Leto Leto aqua park hosted several hundred people within the framework of the technical opening. Officially, the work of the entertainment complex started on June 8. The launch of the complex was attended personally by the provincial governor of the region.
Before pressing the start button of the water park, Alexander Moore inspected the entertainment complex built by the holding company Sibintel. Together with Moore, the largest in Russia, as the builders say, the speaker of the regional Duma Sergey Korepanov, Senator Stepan Kirichuk, ex-Governor of Yamal Yuriy Neelov, other deputies and officials, including the four deputy governors of the Tyumen region, took a walk in the water park.
In the water park, where there are several dozens of water attractions and the air temperature is about 28-29 degrees. Amazing speed slides, sudden curves and the total length of all water slides over 1 km, the height of the most extreme of them reaches 21 meters. There is also an enormous wave pool of 750 m2 with four programmable modes, 570 m3 Lazy River with 3 km per hour flow speed and one of the biggest kids zone in Russia of total area 1300 m2. large children’s area and a bistro. The waterpark can daily host 2500 guests. Nearby is a four-star hotel with a gourmet restaurant. The hotel and the water park are fully adapted for people with disabilities.
Among the 10+ waterslides completed for the more than 10,000-square-meter (107,000-square-feet) facility, Polin Waterparks installed three of its most popular: Turbolance, Windigo and Magic Hole. A separate children’s area is available for the youngest guests, and several large pools offer more relaxed recreation, including a wave pool.
During the opening ceremony of the first stage of the water park, the acting governor of the Tyumen region Alexander Moore noted that the water park “Leto Leto” is a very beautiful and necessary facility for Tyumen and the region.
“I am sure that it will become one of the most favorite places for family recreation for Tyumen citizens and guests of the regional capital, will turn into a point of attraction for tourists from other regions of the country. The government of the Tyumen region creates comfortable conditions for investors in all areas of our economy. The creation of an aqua park is yet another confirmation of the correctness of such a strategy, “Moore concluded, thanking the company” Sibintel-holding “for the successful implementation of a large-scale investment project.
Selim Doguoglu, General Manager of the Russian office of Polin Waterparks, says Polin focuses on creating rides that deliver thrilling adrenaline rushes that keep guests coming back. “It’s a real honor to know that our attractions are helping our partners like LetoLeto Aquapark not just satisfy their patrons but gain their enduring affection,” he says. “It’s truly satisfying to see the comments guests make after experiencing our designs. We know we’ve succeeded when guests rate our partners’ parks with their highest reviews.”

French Cinema Chain CineMovida To Add First MX4D Motion EFX Theatre in France

By | July 10, 2018

TORRANCE, Calif. — CineMovida announces plans to open a Motion EFX Theatre beginning Spring of 2019. The theatre will be one of eight screens at a new multiplex in Maurepas, part of the new town of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. The location will utilize MMI’s dynamic MX4D Motion EFX seats and will be a featured part of the location.
The highly anticipated theatre will feature 117 MX4D seats. “We are excited to move into a new market and introduce the excitement of MX4D to the region,” said Dan Jamele, Chief Innovation Technology Officer.
The silent, air-driven, pneumatic system offers a thrilling experience that moves beyond the standard theatre with the company’s full range of motion and effects including air blasts, water, scent, and fog. Utilizing its more than 25 years of cutting-edge technology, MMI has been entertaining guests in over 30,000 seats worldwide.
CineMovida selected MX4D as their preferred 4D technology after lengthy research. “4D seats are something quite new in France and we are very proud to work with MX4D,” states Stephan Miché, Secrétaire Général Groupe. “We want to show customers that cinema is evolving and that we will always stay on the cutting edge of entertainment.”

Patriotic Pirate

By | July 9, 2018

The Galleon Pirate Ship at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark was aglow in red, white and blue this July 4th week thanks to new LED (light emitting diode) lights on the thrill ride. This time exposure caught the pendulum attraction at the Middlebury, Conn., property Saturday evening as the computerized sequence struck a patriotic note for the national holiday. (Quassy photo)

Theme park Toverland opens largest expansion in its history

By | July 6, 2018

On Thursday 5 July 2018, Toverland presented a new entrance called Port Laguna and a new theme area called Avalon to its special guests. They fully enjoyed the new attractions: spectacular rollercoaster Fēnix, water attraction Merlin’s Quest and an interactive magic show performed in a magical warehouse called Magiezijn. Thanks to this expansion of 7 hectares, Toverland has become one-and-a-half times bigger. The project involved an investment of 35 million euros. From Saturday 7 July 2018 are Port Laguna and Avalon open to all visitors.

 The owner of Toverland Jean Gelissen, and his sister, general director Caroline Kortooms, are very proud of this end result. After a flight on wing coaster Fēnix, Caroline said: “We were looking across the area from a height of 40 metres and saw our guests relaxing and enjoying Port Laguna and Avalon.. This is exactly the reason why we did all of this. This is our magic world!”

 Three inversions

Fēnix is part of Avalon, the world of Merlin the almighty wizard. Fēnix is the very first wing coaster of the Benelux. This type of rollercoaster has its seats hanging on either side of the track, which creates a unique flying experience for the passengers. Fēnix is an impressive 40 metres tall, 813 metres long and reaches a top speed of 95 km/h. Passengers will invert three times during each ride. Avalon also contains water attraction Merlin’s Quest. During this 12-minute boatride that’s suitable for the whole family, are passengers searching for Tir na nÓg, the source of eternal life. The boatride contains four indoor scenes in which eighteen moving characters can be admired.

Discover your own magic

Port Laguna is designed as an idyllic port with azure water, a beach and a boulevard full of activity. The central focus of this Mediterranean entrance is magic: visitors with a magic wand are able to perform real magic. Along the boulevard are shops, catering outlets, games, an interactive Magiezijn-show and the iconic lighthouse Solaris. This is the starting point from where visitors can discover Toverland’s other themed worlds.

A magical future

Toverland’s ambition for the next few years is to break that magical barrier of 1 million visitors. To achieve this, the theme park intends to increase the length of stay by building new expansions and opening a four-star hotel resort. The future is going to be magical.

SeaWorld Orlando, Georgia Aquarium and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission return rehabilitated dolphin attacked by shark

By | July 2, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. – Yesterday, members of the SeaWorld Orlando Rescue Team and the Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station, along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) returned “Sharkie” to the ocean near St. Augustine, Fla. after an intense four month rehabilitation at SeaWorld Orlando.   The 265 lb. sub-adult Atlantic bottlenose dolphin was rescued in February on Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. after FWC reached out for assistance due to the animal’s life-threatening injuries. Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station veterinarian, Dr. Rose Borkowski was on scene alongside FWC and conferred with NOAA Fisheries after assessing the animal and the decision was made to transport the animal to SeaWorld Orlando’s Cetacean Rehabilitation Facility.

The dolphin, which had sustained multiple shark bite wounds to her body and right pectoral flipper and was suffering from pneumonia, was successfully transported to SeaWorld Orlando where she has been receiving rehabilitation care for the past four months.

“Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station is proud to be a part of the initial rescue and release of this dolphin following its lengthy rehabilitation. Now, seeing it healthy enough to be released shows the dedication and hard work by all those involved,” said George Biedenbach, director of the Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Station. “Our goal is to always assist animals in need as best we can, no matter the circumstances and we’re glad to see another animal thriving. Every animal counts and it’s through collaborative work like this that we can ensure the health and safety of so many ocean animals.”

“This is a very exciting day for us.  To see this animal  in the state she was in, bitten by sharks, emaciated, in trouble and with life threatening injuries, to as healthy as she is now to swim back out in the ocean,  it’s just a wonderful day and that’s why we do this,” said Jon Peterson, Manager of SeaWorld Rescue Operations.

During her stay, SeaWorld veterinarians and the Animal Rescue Team provided 24-hour care to the dolphin, treating her with antibiotics, dewormers, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy and wound care.  Prior to her release, the dolphin was fitted with a satellite tag which will enable stranding network partner organizations to continue to monitor her.

The dolphin passed a major milestone in her journey to return when she passed a hearing test in April administered by NOAA Fisheries with the help of SeaWorld. The testing showed the dolphin has full hearing through the entire frequency range necessary for echolocation.  It is important for dolphins undergoing rehabilitation to pass a hearing test to ensure hearing loss was not a factor in their stranding. Hearing loss is detrimental to wild dolphins, as they rely on echolocation to hunt, navigate and avoid predators.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team is on call 24/7 to save and care for injured, orphaned or ill animals. In collaboration with NOAA Fisheries and other members of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment operates one of the world’s most respected programs authorized to rescue ill and injured marine animals, with the goal to rehabilitate and return them to the ocean. SeaWorld animal experts have helped more than 31,000 animals in need – ill, injured, orphaned and abandoned – for more than five decades.