Lagotronics Projects at IAE Orlando: delivering smiles

By | November 5, 2018

Lagotronics Projects’ team will be delivering smiles at the IAE Orlando, booth #5103, from 13th until 16th November!

GameChanging world news

Lagotronics Projects’ team is thrilled to announce that the world will be enriched with another GameChanger! And not just a ‘standard GameChanger’… It’s going to be built in a Family Entertainment Center with an amazing and well known IP, located in a major city in the US!

Stay tuned…

The Farm Fair story continues in Asia

Farm Fair turns out to be worldwide hit! This hilarious IP and game with a bunch of crazy farm animals is going to Asia next year! After the success of the Farm Fair GameChanger in Germany; Horse, Cat and Rooster are going to turn things upside down in a Farm Fair themed interactive Dark Ride in Japan!

Immersive interactive experiences
At booth #5103, Lagotronics Projects will be showing a wide range of interactive experiences. From interactive dark rides for theme- and amusement parks, to immersive interactive experiences for FECs, museums and experience centers. Their high-end technology only has one goal: delivering big smiles to customers and their visitors!

Just drop by at booth #5103; they’ll be happy to tell you everything about their work and solutions. Let them deliver a big smile on your face and -in the end- on the faces of your guests!

IAAPA Foundation hosts online silent auction

By | November 2, 2018

WHAT: The IAAPA Foundation invites you to bid on exciting items and exclusive, special experiences during the Silent Auction at the Opening Reception at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018. The IAAPA Foundation inspires life-changing careers in the global attractions industry.

All funds raised from this auction will go toward programs that support tomorrow’s leaders, including scholarships for students pursuing careers in the global attractions industry through the Al Weber Scholarship Fund.

The supporting partner of the Silent Auction is Dutch Wheels.

Auction items include:

  • Private VIP Tour Experience at Walt Disney World Resort
  • 3-night Europa-Park package
  • Liseberg package including airfare
  • 8-day stay with a private chef at an exclusive condo in Acapulco, Mexico
  • Guitar signed by Dolly Parton
  • New York City package with tickets to the Broadway smash hit “Hamilton”
  • Discovery Cove “Swim with Dolphins” package
  • 2-day VIP visit to Universal Orlando Resort
  • And more!

 

WHEN: Online bidding is now open. The Silent Auction will end on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7:15 p.m. during the Opening Reception at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018.

WHERE: Additional information about the Silent Auction and how to bid using your mobile phone is available at www.IAAPA.org/SilentAuction.

The Opening Reception will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the IAAPA Theater presented by Wanda Group, Room N320 (North Concourse at the Orange County Convention Center).

DETAILS: Winners do not need to be present at Expo or the Opening Reception to bid or win.

To attend the Opening Reception, please register for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 and purchase a ticket for the Opening Reception at www.IAAPA.org.

About IAAPA Foundation

Formed in 2010 and incorporated in the United States as a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, the IAAPA Foundation strives to inspire life-changing careers in the global attractions industry by cultivating tomorrow’s leaders. The Foundation accepts contributions from individuals, corporations, trusts, and grant-presenting organizations around the world. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, the Foundation is supported by members of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), the largest international trade association for permanently located attractions dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the global attractions industry.

As a non-profit organization, IAAPA represents more than 5,600 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than 100 countries. Members include professionals from amusement parks, theme parks, attractions, water parks, resorts, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, museums, and industry manufacturers and suppliers. Learn more about the IAAPA Foundation at www.IAAPAFoundation.org.

New Controller/CFO at Chance Rides

By | October 30, 2018

Wichita, KS — Chance Rides is proud to announce and welcome Mathew Mount as the Company’s Controller/Chief Financial Officer effective October 24th, 2018.

Mat will report to Company President & COO, Aaron Landrum, and will be responsible for overseeing the Finance & Accounting team.

Mr. Mount expressed, “I am thrilled to be a part of the Chance Rides team. The path that Chance is on is exciting and I look forward to helping in any way I can. This organization not only builds the rides but also builds fantastic experiences for families everywhere and I am humbled to be part of it.”

With more than 20 years in investments, finance and accounting, Mat was previously the Chief Financial Officer at Wescon Plastics where he led the spin off of Wescon Plastics from Wescon Products Company. Prior to Wescon Plastics, Mat occupied roles of Senior Accountant and Controller at Wescon Products Company. Mat holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from MidAmerica Nazarene University and an MBA from Southwestern College.

Chance Rides, Inc. is a world leading manufacturer of amusement rides and people movers including carousels, trains, trams, wheels, roller coasters, and countless other rides developed over its 56-year history. Chance Rides proudly manufactures its products in Wichita, Kansas, USA and sells to amusement parks, zoos, FECs, carnivals and other venues across the globe.

Quassy opens April 27 for 111th season

By | October 30, 2018

MIDDLEBURY, Conn.— Quassy Amusement & Waterpark Park will open for its 111th season on Saturday, April 27, park officials announced today.

The amusement ride area of the lakeside property will operate 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday until Memorial Day weekend, when Quassy Beach and Splash Away Bay waterpark also open for the season.

Hours vary until the park goes into its full summer schedule on June 19. The waterpark and beach close daily at 7 p.m., at the height of the season, except on selected days in late August and on Labor Day. During the summer schedule, the ride area of the park operates  until 8 p.m. with a 10 p.m. closing on Friday and Saturday.

The calendar and hours of operation are subject to change. The schedule is listed at www.quassy.com and on the park’s FACEBOOK fan page.

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark selected for a 2018 Leading Edge Award

By | October 25, 2018

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark has been selected for a 2018 Leading Edge Award from the World Waterpark Association, an international trade association for waterparks, aquatic venues and spray parks.

The award recognizes “…creativity in the development of new themes, facilities, programs, services or operational concepts in the water attractions industry.” Find out more. 

Epic Waters is an 80,000 square-foot year-round waterpark (the largest indoor waterpark in North America under a single retractable roof) that is owned by the City of Grand Prairie. Although the park has been open less than a year, it’s already attracted visitors from around the world as well as a string of “best of” accolades, including recognition from the Travel ChannelUSA Today, and the Dallas Observer.

Next month, Epic Waters will welcome a new next door neighbor – a sister development known as The Epic, a 120,000 square-foot recreation center.. More about The Epic. In 2019, the park will expand to open a heated outdoor wave pool.

North Carolina State Fair attendance results

By | October 23, 2018

The North Carolina State Fair here just missed the one million mark as the 977,256 passed through the gates, fair officials announced today.

The fair delayed opening on Thursday, Oct. 11, due to Hurricane Michael, which swept through the state as a tropical storm. Despite losing the day, two record days were recorded: Friday, Oct. 19, with 109,396 in attendance, and Sunday, Oct. 21 (closing day) with 130,319.

More than a million people have attended the fair in each of the past three years and the record attendance was set in 2010 when 1,091,887 took in the expo.

2018 State Fair of Texas Welcomes More Than 2 Million Fairgoers

By | October 23, 2018

DALLAS, Texas — Rounding out the 2018 State Fair of Texas, this year was one to remember. For the 132nd year, the annual event brought people from all walks of life together – from iconic State Fair traditions, to new innovative additions, fairgoers alike enjoyed their visit to the State Fair. As an annual celebration of all things Texan, the tradition continued with the Fair’s 2018 theme, “Celebrating Texas Innovation.” Despite the 11 rainy days experienced during the Fair’s 24-day run, the State Fair of Texas welcomed more than 2 million people through the gates (at the time of this release).

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Fair aims to support the community, both locally and statewide. The net proceeds from the Fair are used to preserve and improve Fair Park; underwrite museum, community, and scholarship programs for inner-city students and students pursuing agricultural careers; and help improve State Fair operations.  A successful 24-day run for the Fair means more support for Fair Park and the surrounding community.

“While we couldn’t control the weather, we were thrilled to see family and friends come out to experience the great State Fair of Texas and create lifelong memories – rain or shine,” said Mitchell Glieber, State Fair of Texas President. “As the 2018 exhibition comes to a close, we thank everyone who helped make this another successful event, enabling us to give back to Fair Park, the surrounding communities, and award college scholarships to students from throughout the Lone Star State.”

Djurs Sommerland sets new attendance record

By | October 23, 2018

After a record breaking “Magical Halloween” in October, Djurs Sommerland can now celebrate yet another attendance record. More than 817.000 guests have visited the Danish amusement park during 2018 – this exceeds the former attendance record from 2017 with more than 9.000 guests.

It has truly been a great season for Scandinavia’s biggest summerland. In total Djurs Sommerland has welcomed 817,952 guests in the park in 2018 and more than 96.000 guests experienced the park during “Magical Halloween” where over 25.000 pumpkins, witches, skeletons and to large Halloween Haunted Houses filled the park.

According to CEO, Henrik B. Nielsen, one of the reasons for yet another attendance record is the parks bold investment strategy.

“Since 2008 Djurs Sommerland has invested more than EUR 55 million in continuous product development and new themed rides and attractions. Latest DrageKongen – Europe’s fastest and longest Family Suspended Coaster in 2017 to EUR 12 million and Safaribussen and Jungle Rally in 2018 to EUR 2 million. Investments like these along with roller coasters like Piraten, Juvelen and Skatteøen, which stand out when it comes to their size, quality and unique features, has a positive influence on the desire to visit Djurs Sommerland and increased the visitor numbers with more than 50% over the last 10 years,” says Henrik B. Nielsen.

The amusement industry is also noticing the development in Djurs Sommerland. At the 2018 Park World Excellence Award, facilitated by Park World Magazine, Djurs Sommerland where amongst the final five of becoming Family park of the year, with under 1 million annual guests.

“We were very proud to receive international recognition, and hopefully we can claim the title in the near future,” says Henrik B. Nielsen.

“Continuous product development is vitally important in our field and that is also why we already have started the construction of next year’s big new ride, Tigeren – Denmark’s biggest Gyro Swing”. Tigeren is our 4th ride produced by Intamin AG, and we are looking forward to the cooperation once again. With a height of 45 metres and a top speed of 100 km/h Tigeren will become Djurs Sommerland’s tallest and fastest ride. We have already seen a significant interest for this new ride and we are looking forward to welcoming lots of guests in the coming season,” ends Henrik B. Nielsen.

New for 2019, Silver Dollar City Presents: The Year of Shows & Festivals, New Mega-Productions & Glowing Fall Nights

By | October 19, 2018

BRANSON, Mo. — A hallmark of Branson’s famed tourism industry is live entertainment and production shows, with Silver Dollar City having proven decades-long leadership in presenting great and unique talent. Today’s announcement of the 2019 lineup strongly builds on that tradition, with Silver Dollar City beginning a new era of even bolder entertainment with “The Year of Shows & Festivals.” The 1880s internationally-awarded theme park is planning millions of dollars in additions with new and original productions, larger-than-life shows and festival adventures.

Topline features include a new $1 million, original mega-production show for Summer, Reuben’s Swashbuckling Adventure; and new for Fall, a spectacular evening and nighttime experience, Pumpkin Nights with thousands of glowing pumpkins artfully brought to life throughout the streets of the City, creating the biggest Fall in the park’s nearly 6-decade history.

Other large-scale elements include a globally-acclaimed acrobatic French-Canadian lumberjack production show; a slate of evening concerts in the Echo Hollow Amphitheater including Bluegrass Nights in Spring and then, throughout the season, legendary rock, pop and country performers; the new Kid Magic summer show; plus The Festival of Wonder with visually-stunning, globally-inspired production shows.

Summer Mega-Productions
Imagination comes to life on stage in a huge production opening with Star-Spangled Summer — the all-new, original production, created exclusively for Silver Dollar City, Reuben’s Swashbuckling Adventure. The $1 million Broadway-style musical is a magical journey of discovery with a colorful cast, flying characters, state-of-the-art sets and special effects. Also new for summer is a show featuring the world’s youngest magician and illusionist, Kid Magic, starring Kadan Bart Rockett & Brooklyn, direct from America’s Got Talent.

Supercharging Fall
The City transforms into a glowing-orange wonderland in Fall 2019 as Silver Dollar City presents Pumpkin Nights. This evening lighting event with thousands of pumpkin creations and larger-than-life icons includes giant scarecrows, cats, owls and other characters shining in the dark. A new Pumpkin Pathway leads to Pumpkin Plaza with a dance party and fall activities. The park stays open until 9 pm, with rides running too, creating a new nighttime experience for families.

Fall daytime debuts a pulse-raising French-Canadian production show — an acrobatic musical about singing and dancing lumberjacks in a high-energy internationally-acclaimed stage show. Also by day, in a setting filled with colorful pumpkins, Silver Dollar City craftsmen welcome visiting artisans, with select new crafters each week.

Spring kicks off the year with The Festival of Wonder, billed as “A Most Amazing Entertainment Experience,” designed to spark curiosity by presenting several hot-ticket shows such as Phoenix Fire which is a black-light, laser and fire production, and new circus-inspired extraordinary acts for CirqUnique.

New for Bluegrass & BBQ is Bluegrass Nights, featuring nightly concerts with top bluegrass artists in Echo Hollow Amphitheatre. Following Southern Gospel’s 12 biggest days for Southern Gospel Picnic is a new event for September: Country Music Days presents 13 back-to-back days of iconic country music and Saturday Night Celebrity Concerts with classic country stars.

The grand finale to the year is Christmas. The City transforms into one of the world’s most recognized holiday celebrations, An Old Time Christmas, with over 6.5 million lights, the dazzling Christmas In Midtown, Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Christmas Light Parade, original musical productions A Dickens’ Christmas Carol and It’s A Wonderful Life, plus a towering Special Effects Christmas Tree – all for a Christmas season bigger and brighter than ever.

“We are, and always will be, respectful to our roots of presenting great crafts, unique music and family-friendly shows,” said Brad Thomas, President of Silver Dollar City Attractions. “This coming year, we will add many colorful layers, boldly building a new era of entertainment into our traditions. Guests are seeking new adventures and always looking for something they haven’t seen before. We promise we will deliver new experiences while embracing favorites as we support our mission statement of Creating Memories Worth Repeating,” Thomas said.

Connecticut Park Gears Up For 2019: New Family Ride, Other Improvements At Quassy

By | October 19, 2018

MIDDLEBURY, Conn. – For the 16th consecutive year, Quassy Amusement & Waterpark here will make marked improvements for its upcoming season.

“We’re pleased to announce the addition of another new family ride for 2019 as well as some other enhancements at the property,” Quassy President Eric Anderson said today.

Bouncing Buggies will be the new ride located in the heart of the lakefront property. Currently being built by Italian manufacturer Zamperla, the ride is from its popular Jump Around lineup.

“It has a unique and lively action like nothing we’ve offered before,” the park official noted. “The dune buggy themed vehicles will accommodate both youngsters and adults, making it an ideal fit for our demographic.”

Each of the six vehicles will seat up to four children or one adult and two children. As the ride spins into action, it will combine Zamperla’s patent pending interactive bouncing motion.

Other Rides From Supplier

In 2017 Quassy acquired a new Zamperla Samba Balloon ride the park calls Up, Up & Away, and in 2012 the property added the supplier’s Tea Cups, titled Crazy Cups by the park. Both are popular family attractions.

In addition, Quassy will refurbish its Ice Cream Parlor and add light emitting diode (LED) lighting to some more existing rides within the park. Last season the Yo-Yo Super Swing ride and Tilt-A-Whirl were enhanced by the new energy-saving light packages.

“We’re always looking at ways to make the guest experience more enjoyable at the park,” Anderson added. “Thanks to the continued support of our valued guests, we have been able to make vast improvements to both the land rides area as well as Splash Away Bay waterpark.”

Quassy will open for its 2019 season the last weekend of April.

About The Park

Quassy Amusement Park & Waterpark is in its 111th year and features more than two dozen rides and attractions.

Rides include the award-winning Wooden Warrior roller coaster, Reverse Time, Frantic, Music Fest, Yo-Yo super swings, Free Fall ‘N’ Drop Tower, Grand Carousel and more.

Splash Away Bay waterpark has dozens of ways to get drenched on warm summer days, including 15 slides, Saturation Station modular play area and a splash pad for toddlers.

Quassy also features a laser maze attraction in its huge arcade building.

The park also has a restaurant, redemption arcade, games, live entertainment and special events.

Season passes are on sale now at the park office and through the Quassy website at www.quassy.com. Company picnics, school fieldtrips and other catered events are also being scheduled through the park office at (203) 758-2913.

Quassy is located at 2132 Middlebury Road, Route 64, in Middlebury, Conn., on the shores of Lake Quassapaug.