Statement from Will and Jack Morey, 2nd generation partners of Morey’s Piers

By | June 24, 2020

Following the Governor’s announcement of earlier today, we are excited to welcome families back onto the piers again when we reopen on July 2nd.

Morey’s has been crafting summer fun for over 50 years and while events of this year have certainly reshaped the way we work, live and value family all the more, our long-standing commitment to safety, service, and fun has not waivered.  

We are working hard to redefine family fun this summer and are further expanding our commitment to safety and cleanliness starting with our Safe Play Promise. As modeled after Morey Resorts Safe Stay Promise, these strengthened procedures are designed to give our guests even greater confidence in visiting our facilities and to give our staff the protection they need during these times.

Upon reviewing operating guidance from the State of New Jersey, we will be releasing additional information pertaining to our Safe Play Promise, hours of operation, and operating procedures. This information will be available on our website. For a list of what is currently open and hours of operation please visit https://www.moreyspiers.com/info/park-hours.

As you expect, we will be operating under new “normal for now” guidelines and standards, therefore, a visit to the piers will be different this summer.  Even so, our team is working diligently to prepare our facilities with a strong line-up of rides and attractions for the remainder of the 2020 season. Please know, when we welcome guests back on the piers on July 2nd, we’ll look to make it full of the family fun and cherished memories that come with a visit to Morey’s Piers. 

Lastly, we acknowledge our dedicated staff and loyal guests who have helped us weather this storm and remain so committed to Morey’s Piers. We thank them all for their continued trust and look forward to opening “Safely Together” on July 2nd.

Chance Rides: Tramstar Seat Dividers

By | June 24, 2020

Your Tramstar can now be equipped with dividers between each row of seats to keep your guests separated while they practice social distancing. 

Limited delivery available so click the link below to get more information and price quote to order for your Tramstar.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay celebrates World Giraffe day with the arrival of a new giraffe calf

By | June 22, 2020

TAMPA BAY — After announcing her pregnancy last month, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is proud to share that Bea, a 14-year old reticulated giraffe, has delivered her third calf on June 19, 2020 with her care team in close proximity. 

The Busch Gardens zoological team has been monitoring Bea and her male calf as they continue to bond behind the scenes at the park. As important developmental milestones are reached over the next few months, Bea and her calf will soon join the herd on the park’s Serengeti Plain where they can be spotted by guests.

World Giraffe Day is held each year on June 21 to celebrate the popular savannah animal and highlight conservation efforts for their populations in the wild. Reticulated giraffes are an endangered species with only about 15,000 remaining in their naturally occurring environment. Populations have declined by more than 50 percent in the last thirty years due to habitat loss and hunting.

The new calf is the latest success story regarding Busch Gardens’ participation in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP). The mission of the SSP is to cooperatively manage specific species populations within AZA-accredited facilities. After a 15-month long pregnancy, the Busch Gardens Team is very excited to welcome the new calf following Bea’s two previously successful births: Binty in 2014, and Amani in 2015. The last giraffe born at the park was Patty, who arrived on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day in 2018.

ITPS announces enhanced auditing services to address COVID-19 compliance

By | June 22, 2020

In keeping with the rapidly-changing leisure and amusement industry due to the impacts from Covid-19, ITPS, an industry leader in performing on-site Safety and Operations Audits, has enhanced its services to include evaluation of how well an attraction facility and its staff are implementing required compliance standards.  In addition to standard auditing of safety practices, operating efficiencies, and quality of guest service offered, the enhanced service by ITPS, known as Audit+, will observe and audit: 

  • Implementation of policies
  • Compliance to health screenings
  • Use of contactless systems
  • Frequency and depth of sanitization
  • Compliance with distancing
  • Capacity limitations
  • Signage for protocols
  • Training and procedural manuals that address new norms
  • Guest reaction to and observance of required standards

 These enhanced Audits by ITPS will provide the facility management with a wealth of information on which to base future modifications.  As impacts from Covid-19 will be felt long after the 2020 season, now is the time for operators to re-establish their new normal so that they can ensure success in 2021 and beyond.  An ITPS audit will help establish proper operational execution of procedures in these new and challenging times.

Dolly Parton’s Stampede resumes operation July 3

By | June 22, 2020

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — The most popular and most visited dinner show in the Smokies will stampede back into action just in time for the busy Independence Day holiday weekend. Dolly Parton’s Stampede in Pigeon Forge will open for its first dinner shows since March on Friday, July 3.

Known as “the most fun place to eat in the Smokies,” Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction is a one-of-a-kind, high-spirited adventure fueled by magnificent horses, comedy and music, and a four-course feast. Guests enter the 35,000-square-foot main arena to witness expert riders guide 32 magnificent horses through barrel races, flame-engulfed hoops, trick riding and other adventures. A striking 12.5 million LED video wall backdrop immerses guests in an experience set on America’s Great Plains of yesteryear, where live buffalo and thundering longhorns roam.

With singing, dancing, special effects and impressive displays of equestrian skill, guests truly feel like they are in the West or nestled under the stars in the Great Smoky Mountains. Dinner, the other star of the show, includes a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked barbeque pork loin, Stampede’s original creamy vegetable soup, biscuits, corn on the cob, herb-basted potato, a specialty dessert and unlimited Coca-Cola®, tea or coffee.

“We are excited to have our longest-running dinner show open on July 3 as our area celebrates the biggest holiday weekend of the summer and as we get back to entertaining families with this unique show,” Jim Rule, CEO of World Choice Investments, LLC said.  “Like our other operations, we will be observing the guidelines provided by the Tennessee Pledge.”

Oreo and Gold Medal team up to create Oreo popcorn kits

By | June 22, 2020

Two of the world’s favorite snacks have come together to create an irresistible treat! Touted as America’s Favorite Cookie, OREO’s famous crème and chocolatey cookie crumbles have been combined with delicious popcorn to make a sweet-and-salty, cookies-and-cream popcorn sensation.

Produced by the concessions equipment and supply industry leader, Gold Medal Products Co., the OREO Popcorn Kits will simplify the process of making this unique and tasty treat. Each kit contains one pouch of OREO Base Cake, one pouch of OREO Crème, and one bag of OREO Cookie Pieces. Kits also have the option of including popping oil and OREO Popcorn serving bags. In addition, point-of-sale materials are included with the kits to aid in promotional efforts. Each case contains four OREO Popcorn Kits.

Gold Medal was privileged to work in conjunction with OREO’s parent company Mondelēz International Group to bring this product to market.

“OREO is a classic brand that’s so well-known and beloved by the public. Now with OREO Popcorn Kits, venues will be able to capture customers’ interest with a compelling and exciting product. This is a significant opportunity to provide a quality, delectable snack that also delivers attractive profit margins. We look forward to sharing OREO Popcorn through movie theaters, gourmet popcorn shops, and all types of concession stands across America,” stated Gold Medal president, Adam Browning.

Research shows that sales of ready-to-eat popcorn/caramel corn continue to rise. The category of indulgent flavors has experienced substantial growth and cookie-inspired profiles are specifically driving sales according to Snack and Bakery State of the Industry 2019. The OREO Popcorn Kits are the ideal way to respond to current snacking trends.

To order OREO Popcorn Kits, simply call 800-543-0862 or visit the Gold Medal website, gmpopcorn.com.

Wavegarden continues to deliver world-class surf parks around the world

By | June 22, 2020

From the very beginning, Wavegarden’s vision was founded on sharing the exhilarating feeling of surfing perfect waves with everyone, everywhere. With 4 commercial surfing facilities delivered, another 4 set to open in 2020/21 (Siheung, next to Seoul and Incheon International Airport, South Korea; Valais, Switzerland; Praia da Grama & Garopaba, Brazil), plus another 30+ projects financially contracted and in development across 5 continents, the company’s commitment to this aspiration is materializing. 

At Wavegarden’s private test center in northern Spain, the in-house development team continues to expand, now comprising 60 full time staff – all specialists in their respective fields of fluid dynamics, mechanical, civil and electrical engineering, software development, water treatment, architecture, business development and operations. In response to increasing market demand for the groundbreaking Wavegarden Cove technology, the founders continue working on ambitious expansion plans.

“In recent years, we have mastered all aspects of our technology, including an innovative water treatment system, and expanded our business development services to provide clients with a seamless experience from project concept through to opening and beyond,” explained Josema Odriozola, Wavegarden’s founder and CEO. “Today, we can even go one step further by providing expert assistance across all aspects of commercial operations”.

The recent opening of two Wavegarden Cove facilities – URBNSURF Melbourne, Australia and THE WAVE Bristol, England – demonstrates our ability to deliver world-class and financially viable surf parks. “We’ve had an exciting start to the business with strong session occupancy since opening in January,” said Damon Tudor, CEO of URBNSURF. “The quality of the wave and capacity in the lagoon has delivered an amazing experience for our members and guests, which is key for the viability of the park. It’s a special feeling to watch surfers come out of the water with smiles on their faces every time. We can’t wait to get onto our next project.”

There are a range of characteristics that make the patented Wavegarden Cove technology categorically superior to other wave generating systems popping up in the fast growing sector of man-made surf parks. First and foremost, the technology is proven to work. Years of meticulous testing and refinement at the demo center, which to date, has created almost 5 million waves, has ensured that commercial lagoons around the planet run seamlessly. 

Additionally, economic and environmental sustainability are leading factors. The mechanical system employed by the Wavegarden Cove consumes less than 1Khw per wave – very little energy is lost in the transmission of forces and even part of the energy is recovered and reused. Comparability studies reveal that Wavegarden’s technology uses 10 times less energy than other pneumatic wave generation systems in the market today. Based on average electricity prices, this can amount to savings in excess of 1 million euros per year. 

Since opening in January, URBNSURF Melbourne has received 65k visitors, collectively catching a total of 3.6 million rides. On any given day of the week, some of the world’s top pros, passionate amateurs and complete newcomers to the sport, have been seen riding waves just minutes away from Melbourne’s airport. A full scale facility, like URBNSURF, can host over 80 surfers simultaneously, with each surfer catching between 10-15 waves per session.

In February top Australian professional surfer Owen Wright surfed URBNSURF Melbourne for almost 5 hours straight, remarkably describing it as one of the best days of his life. “It’s the ultimate training facility,” said Owen. “My surfing started to improve after just 5 rides. I was able to perform 4-5 turns on each wave, which really helped me fine-tune my technique. It would take me months in the ocean to achieve what I picked up from surfing in one day in the Wavegarden Cove”. 

For experienced surfers like Owen, the Wavegarden Cove delivers a variety of long open-faced turn waves and fast peeling barrels. The waves can range from 50cm to nearly 2 meters high, and break right and left depending on which side of the central pier you are on – a facet that allows surfers to hone both their forehand and backhand skills. However, for intermediates, the machinery can be dialed down with the push of a button to produce softer waves with less power.  

“We can create an infinite variety of waves,” said Josema Odriozola. “The user-friendly software is highly flexible and allows the operators to customize the waves according to the level of surfers in the water. Surfing is one of the most exciting sports, however, the amount of fun depends upon providing the right waves for each surfer”, Josema added. “At Wavegarden, we know how to develop surfers from day one.”

Wavegarden’s noise free wave-generating technology can generate between 300-1000 waves per hour depending on the wave setting and operational requirements. The machinery is capable of running in non-stop mode or can produce sets of waves of almost any desired quantity. This high frequency of waves ensures there´s plenty of quality waves for everyone without the need to compete with fellow surfers.

Upon testing THE WAVE Bristol the UK’s number one surfer Reubyn Ash was impressed with the quantity of waves he was able to catch in his first session. “Every time someone takes off, you pop up in line for the next wave. It always feels like you´re on a fast rotation. And, by the time you paddle back out, the next set of waves is starting.”

“We have been very impressed with the quality and consistency of the waves created by the machinery,” said Craig Stoddart, CEO of The Wave Bristol. “Many surfers have commented that the noise is identical to surfing down at the beach listening to the sea, giving a real chance to reconnect with the natural power of waves.”  

The size of a standard Wavegarden Cove commercial facility measures 2 hectares, although the footprint is fully customizable for all types of projects including stand-alone projects, mixed use schemes, surf resorts, private residential developments, hotels and commercial centers. 

The machinery is modular and the length of waves depends on the number of modules installed. A standard size facility like URBNSURF Melbourne has 46 modules and offers rides around 16 seconds long, comparable to some of the best surf spots in the world. The new facility being constructed in Siheung, South Korea – and scheduled to open in September 2020 – will have 56 modules.

Large scale facilities are ideal if the space is available. However, it is also possible to create high quality waves with less modules. THE WAVE Bristol has 40 modules and delivers world class waves. The Wavegarden Cove demo center has 28 modules and has been widely acclaimed by elite professionals. Twenty two of the world’s top thirty five competitive surfers have used the Spanish demo center as a training center for the European leg of the World Surfing League event circuit, including current World Champion, Italo Ferreiro.

To keep the water crystal clear and hygienically safe, each Wavegarden Cove is supplied with its own state-of-the-art water treatment system. Developed in-house, the system is based on a series of sustainable treatments including fine filtration, ozone and UV disinfection, and low chemical chlorination. “The quality of the water is a beautiful clear blue,” confirmed Stoddart, of The Wave Bristol. “Surfers often comment that it’s a delight to surf in water so fresh.” 

Wavegarden´s business development team comprises the most experienced leaders in the surf park, tourism and leisure industry and deliver the most comprehensive and in-depth information – including guidance on site selection, financial viability and permitting – all necessary for establishing a viable project. 

As a new modern center for aquatic sports, the Wavegarden Cove delivers a wide array of positive health and social community benefits whilst also creating employment, attracting tourism and increasing the value of nearby real estate. 

And, now an Olympic sport, surfing is positioned to grow exponentially at an unparalleled rate across the world. National teams that have access to a Wavegarden Cove shall have a distinct advantage. “Any country that is serious about taking home a medal must have a training facility like URBNSURF”, concluded Owen Wright. “Finally, we have the ability to improve our performance, similar to other sports such as football or rugby”.

As businesses across the globe progressively start to reopen, URBNSURF Melbourne recently announced that surfers can return to the line-up from Friday, June 19. Meanwhile, in the UK, The Wave Bristol is aiming to relaunch their business this summer.

Amid a period when enterprises are subject to numerous new pressures, Wavegarden Founder and CEO Josema Odriozola shares a positive outlook. “In spite of everything, our team is working hard to continually improve the performance of our systems and we remain excited and confident about the future.”

Orlando Health and SeaWorld partner to reopen theme parks safely

By | June 22, 2020

ORLANDO — Orlando Health has partnered with SeaWorld’s Orlando parks (SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Discovery Cove) to prepare its theme parks for a safe reopening and to work together on an ongoing basis to monitor guest and employee safety, a top priority for SeaWorld.

Members of SeaWorld’s leadership team consulted with Orlando Health’s Business Ready team on the best way to welcome guests and employees back to the theme parks, including a review of reopening plans and a pandemic-safety assessment throughout SeaWorld’s three Central Florida theme parks.

The Orlando Health team provided guidance in areas including guest parking and screenings, proper face coverings, cleanliness, and physical distancing in ride queues. In addition, Orlando Health clinical team members will staff secondary evaluation areas set up within each of the three SeaWorld theme parks to further evaluate guests showing possible symptoms of COVID-19.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made it a priority to maintain an environment in our hospitals and facilities that is safe for our patients and team members so that we could serve the healthcare needs of the community,” says Thibaut van Marcke, president of Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, and executive champion of Orlando Health Business Ready. “We’ve listened and learned what works best in different settings and we are excited to share those best practices with a great community partner like SeaWorld so they can get back to serving their customers and guests while protecting their employees.”

“SeaWorld greatly values our long-standing partnership with Orlando Health. We are grateful to have had their expertise and assistance as we designed our enhanced health and safety protocols to reopen our parks and to having them work alongside us as we welcome our guests and ambassadors back to our parks,” says SeaWorld Orlando Park President Kyle Miller. “We are committed to the well-being of our guests and ambassadors and are confident that our enhanced protocols will provide a clean and safe environment.”

Business Ready is a program started by Orlando Health in response to Central Florida’s need for expert guidance in ensuring that businesses and organizations can safely reopen following the initial outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides tips and best practices on proper masking, self-screening, social distancing, hand washing, surface cleaning, and other advisory services. Information about the program can be found at www.orlandohealth.com/businessready.

Just in time for the summer holidays: Movie Park Germany brings back the walking characters of PAW Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star!

By | June 22, 2020

BOTTROP-KIRCHHELLEN, Germany — Colorful times are lying ahead in the streets of Movie Park Germany! Just in time for the summer holidays in NRW, Germany’s largest movie and amusement park is bringing back the popular Nickelodeon TV heroes. From 29 June, visitors will once again be able to meet the well-known figures of PAW Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star on the streets of Germany’s number one family park.

It is safe to expect a family-friendly adventure: To ensure that all visitors can continue to enjoy a carefree stay in the park and immerse themselves safely in the world of movies, the well-known characters also have to maintain the minimum distance of 1.5 meters during meet and greets with guests. For instance, visitors can meet the Nicktoons and the PAW Patrol on Hollywood Boulevard or in their home, the Nickland, several times during the day and at selected photo points.

“We are happy to welcome the well-known characters back in time for the summer holidays. Especially for many families with children, the popular series heroes are always a visiting highlight,” says Managing Director Thorsten Backhaus. “As before, the safety and health of all guests and employees are our top priority. We have therefore been in close contact with the authorities. In accordance with the appropriate hygiene and infection prevention measures and by maintaining the required minimum distance, we are happy to make meet and greets with our characters possible again”.

The PAW Patrol themed area “Adventure Bay”, in which parents can go on an extensive discovery tour with their children, brings new summer fun. Only a few weeks ago, the new attraction “Skye’s High Flyer” was opened and has taken parents and children on exciting flight missions ever since.

After the great success of the new PAW Patrol themed world last year, Movie Park Germany now offers a total of three family attractions revolving around the successful children’s TV series. This season, Movie Park Germany is again inviting all of its young guests to experience new adventures with the puppy rescue team. During the “PAW Patrol Adventure Tour”, families can take a seat directly in the six vehicles known from the series and go on an exciting mission. “Zuma’s Zoomers” takes guests along on a wild hovercraft ride on the beach of “Adventure Bay”. All PAW Patrol fans will easily recognize the detailed themed area by the 15-meter high command tower, familiar from the series, which is the landmark of the themed world created in spring 2019.

The officially approved hygiene and infection protection protocol has worked well in recent weeks. The feedback from guests has been consistently positive and the measures coexist pretty well with full enjoyment of a movie-like day in the park. As a result and in accordance with the authorities, the volume of visitors will slightly be increased from 29 June.

Sufficient space among the guests will still be ensured. Still, less than half of the normal total capacity of visitors is allowed to spend their day at the park. Enough distance is guaranteed: The open space is equivalent to more than 60 football pitches, so that guests can spread out widely and enjoy a safe stay.

The general safety precautions, such as minimum distance, floor markings and face masks, remain. The latter still applies only in the attractions, queue lines (indoor and outdoor) and in all roofed areas. In the open area of the movie and amusement park, guests can move around freely without face masks and breathe Hollywood air as usual. Due to the spaciousness of Movie Park Germany, it is literally a walk in the park to keep the mandatory minimum distance.

Plenty of time and opportunity for an action-packed summer day is always on hand because with the start of the summer holidays in NRW Germany’s biggest movie and amusement park is also extending its opening hours. From 29 June until 9 August, Movie Park Germany will open its doors continuously from 10 am to 7 pm. In addition, guests can look forward to a sweet innovation in the shop portfolio: The “Sweets & Candy” has received an elaborate redesign in American Diner style in recent months and will be open to all guests again at the beginning of the summer holidays.

The Complex – Sports & Entertainment Park ready to open in Buford, Ga.

By | June 18, 2020

The Complex – Sports & Entertainment” combines the best elements of entertainment and sports together to provide its guests with digitally and physically integrated entertainment activities that center around sports from around the world.  Within The Complex, guests can enjoy the extensive assortment of sports and other physically engaging activities accompanied by an outstanding food and drink selection inspired by cultures around the world and locally sourced offerings.  By providing a highly customizable experience in a dynamic and fun setting, The Complex appeals to a wide audience who desire entertainment and/or enjoy sports.  The first park at Mall of Georgia is ready to open to public on June 26, 2020, addressed at 3230 Woodward Crossing Blvd, Buford, GA 30519 with social distancing in place. Mandatory masks for staff & guests, temperature checks, contactless entry and contactless payment for activities and food are some of the key measures that are implemented.

The Complex incorporates the newest Digital technology and equipment with the traditional physical activities of sports to bring on an experience unlike any other. The Complex offers over 30+ different sports games and activities all under one roof. Basketball, Archery, Lifesize Pool, Baseball, AR Dodgeball, Bike Racing, Soccer, Cricket, Football, Skiing, Snowboarding, Boxing and more can be experienced at The Complex.

The games leverage leading-edge technology in motion and trajectory tracking. Superior digital activities are enabled using precision IR, 3D and laser cameras. With the incorporation of RFID technology and the Parafait Venue Management Solutions from Semnox, The Complex will have one comprehensive payment, access control and Gamification platform that will allow the guests to enjoy the experience that much more.

Semnox’s RFID tap-to-play debit card system, Wristband dispensing self-service kiosk, Food & Beverage solution, along with Parafait cloud-based management and reporting are implemented at The Complex. Also, a first in the industry is the use of the Parafait API framework for integration with the sports simulators and games to encourage repeat play.

According to Ryan Kim, The Complex’s  CEO “You will experience the same excitement of various sports under one roof with an unique atmosphere for the first time ever at The Complex – Sports & Entertainment.  We are committed to continuous development, updating, and evolving of various sports activities. ”

“Ryan and team have created a totally unique game changing Entertainment concept at The Complex and we are fortunate to be able to participate as a technology solutions partner.” said Bepin Jose, President of Semnox Americas.