Electric Ocean at SeaWorld Orlando returns Memorial Day Weekend

By | May 11, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. — As the sun goes down, the park comes alive with the glow of Electric Ocean at SeaWorld, returning May 25 for another summer of fun. Joining SeaWorld Orlando’s already impressive event lineup, Electric Ocean brings longer park hours and allows guests to voyage into an exotic underwater world filled with dazzling lights, electrifying dance music and a brilliant evening energy that sparks as the sun sets.
 
Throughout the night, guests can experience exciting nighttime shows, returning summer classics and a plethora of new food and drink options throughout the park. The energy of the night culminates with a family-friendly dance party before “Ignite” lights up the sky in a spectacular fireworks finale, marking the perfect ending to an amazing visit to SeaWorld.
 
New for 2018, the park will be introducing “Touch the Sky” a high-energy celebration of the sea and sky featuring majestic bottlenose dolphins, beautiful macaws and an original musical score. Electric Ocean is included with park admission and takes place select nights May 25 – September 2.
 
Electrifying Entertainment:
·Ignite – The evening comes to an amazing end when “Ignite” erupts across the park’s lake. This spectacular firework display includes synchronized water effects that shoot up to 100 feet in the air choreographed to a powerful musical score. The night sky illuminates with brilliant pyrotechnic effects, towering flames, and intricate laser projections that dance above the audience. The breath-taking finale orchestrates all show elements in a stunning climax.
 
·New for 2018: Touch the Sky – Guests can kick off their evening at SeaWorld with a celebration of our planet – from the sea to the sky. The all-new show, which features beautiful macaws flying overhead and playful bottlenose dolphins, will inspire guests to join in on SeaWorld’s mission to protect the world we all share. With original, energetic music and an incredible cast of animal ambassadors, “Touch the Sky” is an amazing start to an unforgettable night at SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean.
· Club Sea Glow – As the sun goes down, the party amps up at Club Sea Glow, where world-class DJs transform the night into an all-ages dance party beneath the waves. Featuring 35 electrifying performers and larger-than-life neon sea creatures, Club Sea Glow mesmerizes guests with rhythmic music, dancing lights and fascinating laser displays.
 
·SeaWorld and Bubble Legendary Present Pop SeaWorld and Bubble Legendary present “Pop,” a live performance that takes inspiration from bubbles found in the sea and brings them to life in an amazing artistic display that is distinctly SeaWorld. This show blends music, lights, lasers and bubbles to create a one-of-a-kind experience that is both mysterious and inspiring.
·Sea Lions Tonite – Guests can laugh along to a hilarious, off-the-wall parody of a trip to SeaWorld through the eyes of sea lion superstars, Clyde and Seamore. The famous SeaWorld Mime returns for the summer in this classic antic filled show.
·Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night – This returning fan-favorite features original music, amazing production elements and a high-energy presentation of SeaWorld’s majestic killer whales. Guests will watch in awe as Shamu Stadium transforms with stylistic lighting and colorful backdrops to create a celebratory atmosphere as vibrant as the sea itself.
 
Other Summer Fun:
·New for 2018: Elmo Rocks Sesame Street friends Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, Zoe, Bert and Ernie at SeaPort Theater as they form their own rock n’ roll band and give a concert. Great music, dancing and lots of audience participation are what you’ll find in this song-filled stage show that invites guests to play and sing along.
·Breakfast with Elmo and Friends Breakfast with Elmo and Friends features a delicious and nutritious breakfast buffet and morning greetings from the furriest characters in town. This breakfast is a fun-filled experience sure to delight kids and parents alike, plus it includes reserved seats to the first “Elmo Rocks” show of the day. Starting at $14.99 for kids and $29.99 for adults, reservations can be made online, at the Information Counter or by calling (407) 545-5550. Select days through August 12.
·Evening Coaster Thrills – With extended park hours, thrill seekers are invited to take on SeaWorld’s three iconic coasters as the sun sets. Riders can soar into the night sky on Mako, Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest coaster, Manta, a facedown, headfirst flying coaster, and Kraken Unleashed, a 150 foot tall, 65 mph fan-favorite.
·Specialty Food From sweet to savory, guests can try new treats from the new menu created exclusively for Electric Ocean, including craft beers, specialty beverages, tasty “Totchos” and decadent Bao Bun Sandwiches.
·Coming Soon: Infinity Falls Opening summer at SeaWorld Orlando, Infinity Falls will take guests on an adventure through a lush rainforest environment inspired by some of the world’s most incredible freshwater ecosystems. The new attraction will feature the world’s tallest drop on a river raft ride and allow visitors to experience the feel of exhilarating rapids. The ride will also feature an innovative elevator lift designed to transport the rafts to the top of the ride’s 40-foot drop before plunging into churning whitewater.

Industry insiders meet at Europa-Park, TEA conference on future trends in theme parks

By | May 11, 2018

Emotion beats technology, even in the future! This was the conclusion of high-ranking international representatives of the theme park industry at the TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) conference at the beginning of May in Europa-Park. Theme parks will therefore see an increased use of VR and projection technology as well as digitisation in the future. However, the feelings associated with each visit remain the most significant factor. ‘People love contact with each other,’ was a keynote from the experts. ‘Technology is simply a tool.’ In contrast, the environments of a theme park and how they successfully embed visitors within stories will continue to be what guarantees success in the future. Among the 120 international participants of the TEA conference were managing directors of leisure and water parks, designers, architects, and engineers from 17 countries. Which rides will visitors experience in the future? How does a modern theme park manage these challenges? And what trends are driving the leisure industry? These questions alongside others were tackled at Germany’s largest theme park. On two particular days, the discussion focussed on SATE: storytelling, architecture, technology and experiences. Host and Europa-Park owner Roland Mack highlighted this with reference to their own family history and the past, as well as future, tasks as a leisure company.

Throughout the year, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) organises a specialist conference in China, Europe and America. This year’s European meeting took place on 2nd and 3rd of May at Europa-Park. David Willrich, President of TEA, said: “The association is known for high standards. That’s why our conference always takes place at a top destination. This includes Europa-Park as one of the best theme parks in the world.” More than 120 participants from 17 countries around the world accepted the invitation to Germany’s largest theme park. On the agenda were the four topics of storytelling, architecture, technology and experiences. “When all four points come together, fabulous themed worlds can emerge,” says David Willrich.

The conference also discussed trends and developments ‒ especially the expansion in the Asian leisure market, digital future technologies such as rooms interacting with guests and the further development of urban shopping centres into entertainment districts. The experts were particularly interested in a novel sound system from America, which could in the future combine different language versions of a movie within a theatre. David Willrich: “Our secret for great ideas? We are a group of people who will never grow up.”

Challenges of a leisure destination

At the start of the conference, Roland Mack, owner of Europa-Park, gave an overview of the success of the family business and its challenges in both past and future. He particularly addressed the difficulty of bringing existing recreational facilities into harmony with nature and local residents. Roland Mack: “The risk of founding the park was high. We had no experience and had to use all our equity to get everything going. It was certainly a mix of courage, enthusiasm, passion, joy, and optimism that drove us. At that time, we did not expect such a sensational development. Looking into the future, I think being close to visitors is extremely important. We need to take in moods, preferences, and wishes in order to always have a new sense of what we still have to work on. With this contact, we can continue to embrace new trends at an early stage and implement them.”

“When you enter Europa-Park, you immediately realise that the Mack family has brought to life a vision with heart and soul,” said David Willrich.

Emotionalisation through storytelling

An essential task for the theme park industry in the future will be the realisation of integrated story worlds. In addition to an innovative ride, this will include sophisticated theming that brings stories to life for visitors. Together with friends and family, guests can explore, interact with, and experience adventures that evoke lasting emotions and memories. The experts see digital technologies less as an ‘attraction’, but rather as a tool to convey stories in an impressive way.

JW Winco offers Heavy Duty Ball Transfer Units without Flange

By | May 10, 2018

NEW BERLIN, Wisc. — JW Winco, Inc., A Ganter Company, a leading supplier of standard industrial machine components, has available GN 509.4 Heavy Duty Ball Transfer Units without Flange.

Typically used on conveyor tracks, the RoHS compliant Heavy Duty Ball Transfer Units without Flange enable a linear or rotary movement of heavy loads on those tracks. As they have no support collar, they take the load at the housing.

The housing is steel, turned and zinc plated with a blue passivated finish, while the steel ball has a plain finish.

JW Winco offers an extensive selection of inch and metric size adjustable levers, cabinet U-handles, plastic and steel hinges and locking mechanisms, revolving and retractable handles, hand wheels, hand cranks, tube connection and conveyor components, inch and metric construction tubing, shock absorption mounts, leveling mounts, hand knobs, spring, ball and indexing plungers, jig, fixture and fastening components, retaining magnet assemblies, toggle clamps, metric casters and wheels, universal joints, oil sight glasses, and metric tools for the industrial and commercial equipment industries. JW Winco’s new website, with improved 3D CAD and online buying, is viewable at www.jwwinco.com.

Ralph S. Alberts Co., Inc – Leadership Team Expansion

By | May 10, 2018

The Ralph Alberts Company, one of America’s most resourceful, multifaceted custom molders recognized within the Amusement industry for their ride padding products, is pleased to announce strategic additions to its leadership team.

Donita R. Rudy, M.B.A., joined RSA in January 2018 as Chief Operating Officer with executive oversight for all company operations following a yearlong period serving in the capacity of a financial and operations consultant.

Ms. Rudy has the demonstrated success of leading businesses to desired strategic results utilizing her expertise in financial management linked to Lean manufacturing activities and employee engagement. She maintains key positions within State agencies and manufacturing associations to engage other business leaders in strategic actions.  Her prior experience in public and private companies as a CEO includes business merger & acquisitions with integration of standardized systems and processes to achieve operational efficiencies.  Her passion is centered on the development of employee talent for which she has been recognized as an Athena Award recipient.

Andy Vogelsong has been promoted to the position of Customer Sales & Service Representative on April 24, 2018 with primary responsibility of upholding the level of service customers have come to expect from Ralph Alberts with their 55 years of tenure within the amusement industry.

Andy joined the RSA team in August of 2011.  Since that time, he has served in a variety of both production and administrative roles, specifically within the foam department which directly serves the Amusement industry.  His vast knowledge of ride manufacturer’s, amusement parks, and ride components, combined with his excellent communication skills and professionalism, creates a scenario for increased success both internally, and for our customers.

The Alberts team is pleased to include Donita and Andy in their new roles within the company as we all focus on positive engagement with our internal and external stakeholders to provide superior quality products to the amusement industry.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort Announces Its Biggest Theme Park Investment Yet: THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD!

By | May 10, 2018

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — LEGOLAND Florida Resort has unveiled its biggest news since the theme park first opened in 2011: THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD will premiere spring 2019 at the theme park built for kids.  The announcement represents LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s largest investment yet.

The announcement follows the success of the blockbuster film, THE LEGO MOVIE, the upcoming sequel and the popularity of the film’s characters within the children’s theme park. Working closely with Warner Bros. Entertainment and LEGO System A/S, THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD will place guests right in the middle of Bricksburg, the city where Emmet lives in THE LEGO MOVIE.

THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD represents the theme park’s continuing commitment to providing state-of-the-art experiences specifically designed to create awesome memories for kids ages 2-12. “The sights and sounds will be fully immersive bringing THE LEGO MOVIE franchise to life in a way that only a LEGOLAND Park could,” said Rex Jackson, general manager of LEGOLAND Florida Resort.  “We know kids come from all over the world to meet the stars of THE LEGO MOVIE and we can’t wait to see their faces light up as they interact within the imaginative world of Bricksburg.”

THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD created in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will feature three new rides, character meet and greets and a giant themed playscape. The interactive boat ride, The Quest for Chi, will be completely transformed and will offer guests an exciting new experience when it reopens as a key attraction in THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD in spring 2019. Guests are invited to experience the current attraction a final time before it closes on May 29. 

Amusement Industry Service Provider Baynum Painting Inc. Announces New Director

By | May 8, 2018

NEWPORT, Ky. — Baynum Painting Inc. is thrilled to welcome Melissa Timco as Director of the company’s Amusement Park Industry Division.  Effective May 28th, 2018 Melissa will be responsible for the oversight of all services provided to parks and other Amusement industry clients for Baynum.

Melissa is a well known member of the Amusement Park world, with over 10 years of professional experience gained at respected industry providers Premier Rides Inc., and Ralph S Alberts Company.  Having active involvement with several trade associations (IAPPA, NAARSO, AIMS, NJAA, NEAAPA, and PAPA) and a proven record of maintaining strong relationships makes Melissa a perfect fit for Baynum’s expanding global operation.  Her winning personality and excellent project management abilities will be an asset to the team and it’s clients everywhere for many years to come.

For over 30 years Baynum Painting has been a top provider of Amusement and Water Park renovation and refurbishment services, including total ride rebranding, maintenance painting and protective coatings, corrosion remediation, and complete fiberglass slide restoration.  Making sure ride coatings everywhere around the globe look and perform their best is the Baynum Painting objective.

Valerio Ferrari departs from Zamperla Group

By | May 7, 2018

Zamperla Group, the industry leader in the design and manufacture of amusement rides worldwide, announces the departure of Valerio Ferrari after 27 years of employment. “We appreciate Valerio’s years of service and wish him well as he pursues other interests.” said Alberto Zamperla, CEO & President of Zamperla. It will be responsibility of Antonio Zamperla, already in charge as Chief Innovation Officer of the Group, to oversee the development of the American branch.

Gardaland and ProgettoYeah! – The Easy Rider service has arrived: “exclusive” escorting in the Park offered to people with disabilities

By | May 7, 2018

Gardaland, with its 43 years of experience as a point of reference for the amusement of children and adults alike, is introducing a truly unique and exclusive initiative aimed at people with mobility, sensorial and cognitive impairments, to lead them to the discovery of the Park with a personalised itinerary.

In conjunction with ProgettoYeah! Gardaland has created Easy Rider, a service designed specifically to make sure that even people with disabilities can have a fun time. We are speaking, for example, about people with visual limitations, reduced mobility, autism, down syndrome. Easy Rider serves as useful support to the group: accompanying its members inside the Park and helping them to best organise the day.

We are speaking about an absolute novelty for Amusement and Themed Parks; Gardaland is the first Park to offer a personalised, tailor made service to Guests with special needs. Many are the advantages: from a chance to relax and enjoy the day without any worries to the possibility of moving about the Park, effortlessly, choosing the quickest path to reach the most suitable rides. The assigned staff will put together a customised itinerary based on the needs of the group, will guide Guests inside the Park and will accompany them to the entrance of each ride, describing its characteristics before climbing aboard. Outlining how the ride works, explaining how to get on board, how to exit and what the track consists of. The Easy Rider staff can also carry out bookings on behalf of Guests inside the Park’s restaurants: a short break to recharge the batteries and then sprint back to the numerous rides of the Park!

Accessibility is a complex theme that presents new aspects and new needs every day, generated by a simple and justified request by the Guests to enjoy themselves and married with our desire to involve everybody in the fantastic experience of the Park! – this is what Danilo Santi, General Manager Theme Parks Gardaland declared. And after meeting various associations and after listening to their requests he has come up with this wonderful initiative in collaboration with Progetto Yeah!. “We saw to it that access at Gardaland would be as inclusive as possible for all people with disabilities – continued Danilo Santi.

The Easy Rider service is available on the opening days of the Park from April to July and in the month of September; the hours are from 10.30 AM to 1.30 PM and from 2 to 5 PM. Easy Rider is dedicated to groups of at least 4 people up to a maximum of 12 and it must consist of a balanced number of Guests with disabilities and accompaniers. The Easy Rider staff will not replace the accompaniers of people with disabilities, it is to be considered as an added value for groups that must necessarily feature an adequate  number of accompaniers (one for each Guest with disabilities). Accompaniers must also support the Guests in travelling inside the Park whenever needed.

Booking is necessary to take advantage of this service, at least 3 days before the chosen date, by dialling the number 045 6449777. The Easy Rider staff will welcome the group at the Welcome Desk located inside the medieval castle by the entrance: and after the obligatory presentations… it will be time to jump into the fantastic world of fun made in Gardaland!

A contribution of 5.00 € for each member of the group is needed for Easy Rider. Access to Gardaland is free of charge for non-self-sufficient people with disabilities while self-sufficient people with disabilities and accompaniers are entitled to the reduced rate. Payment may be made directly on arrival at the Welcome Desk. Any change and/or cancellation of the booking will need to be made at least 3 days before the date of the visit.

The adventurous search for the missing sword, Excalibur Movie Park Germany reopens water attraction with new theme

By | May 7, 2018

Bottrop-Kirchhellen — While General Manager Thorsten Backhaus proudly announces the opening of the new attraction “Excalibur – Secrets of the Dark Forest” at its entrance, the last employees sneak out of the ride at the other end with vacuum cleaner and paintbrush. “We have really put the pedal to the metal to present Excalibur to our guests before the May holidays”, he says with a satisfied smile. “All those frosty days really didn’t make it easy for us, but now the time has finally come.” Starting today, the new adventure featuring Merlin, King Arthur and Excalibur will be awaiting visitors at Movie Park Germany.

Some guests may still remember the water attraction as “Mystery River” or “The Neverending Story”. “It is one of the oldest and most popular rides at our park”, says the General Manager. More than 900 litres of paint, 2500 metres of cable, 200 new lights and more than 150 new loudspeakers have been used to create the exciting story in a construction phase lasting several months, following a planning period of about one year. “Almost 100 people from Movie Park and other partner companies were involved in the project.” Enchanted forests, dark caves and dangerous sea monsters line the path on the adventurous search for the missing sword, Excalibur. “There are twelve new scenes with a total of almost 400 new props awaiting our visitors”, Thorsten Backhaus summarises. Not an easy undertaking, as the attraction is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. “The ride’s characteristics have stayed the same, but we have rewritten the story surrounding the ride. I’m sure we’ll be able to inspire all the generations with this exciting world of knights and magical beings.” Nearly 13,000 hours of work have been invested in the project, not least in order to add 15 new special effects and projections and to programme 25 new music files. “I can’t count how many drops of sweat have flowed in the last days of the final phase”, he says with a wink.

The new theme is part of the extensive quality offensive of Germany’s largest film and amusement park. “Our main focus is naturally on the construction of new rides, but bit by bit we are also devoting attention to older attractions”, Thorsten Backhaus concludes. “And everything we do focuses on film and television. Last year we built a Star Trek roller coaster, before that a permanent horror attraction based on The Walking Dead. The story of Merlin and King Arthur has been filmed so often, I’m sure many guests already know the characters.”

One of the most exciting moments during the construction phase for the General Manager of Movie Park Germany was letting in the water once all the new elements were in place. “We really wanted to know what it was like not just to walk through but to ride through again. It took days to reach the attraction’s full water level.” No wonder – after all, the ride needs more than four million litres of water. But it has been worth the wait. “The first impression was priceless.”

Superstars Vin Diesel, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Tyrese Gibson And Jordana Brewster Celebrate Opening of Fast & Furious – Supercharged at Universal Orlando Resort

By | May 4, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. — Last night, superstars from the Fast & Furious franchise – star and producer Vin Diesel (Dom), and stars Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (Tej), Tyrese Gibson (Roman) and Jordana Brewster (Mia) – celebrated the opening of Universal Orlando Resort’s new attraction, Fast & Furious – Supercharged.

Diesel joined some of his Fast & Furious series co-stars for a celebratory moment reminiscent of the Fast & Furious films – featuring high-speed car action and an amazing stunt in front of the attraction. The moment culminated with a countdown led by the franchise’s superstars and an explosive pyrotechnics display.

With a worldwide box-office of more than $5 billion, the Fast & Furious film franchise is one of the highest-grossing of all time and has become a global phenomenon that has captivated audiences from around the world with action-packed storylines, unique characters and high-speed cars. Now, in the immersive family attraction – Universal Orlando guests can step into the blockbuster franchise and straight into the heart of the Fast & Furious series right alongside some of their favorite members of the Fast & Furious crew – Dom, Letty, Hobbs, Tej, Roman and Mia – all played by the films’ stars.

During the experience, guests will:

  • join up with the Fast & Furious crew as they feel what it’s like to step into their favorite Fast & Furious film;
  • immerse themselves in an authentic re-creation of the Fast & Furious crew’s warehouse headquarters – filled with actual props, iconic scenes, authentic details and supercharged vehicles from the films;
  • ride with the family and crew as the film’s soundtracks pumps, vehicles flip, rockets fire – and the action builds; and –
  • check out more than a dozen of the supercharged cars from the films – including some driven by their favorite characters, like Dom’s classic muscle car, Roman’s super lux coupe and more.

Fast & Furious – Supercharged is now open at Universal Orlando. Guests can save up to $100 on a Universal Orlando Vacation Package and Florida Residents can take advantage of the limited-time Buy a Day, Get a 2nd Day Free offer to experience everything at Universal Orlando Resort, including Fast & Furious – Supercharged. To purchase these special ticket offers and for more information on Fast & Furious – Supercharged, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/Fast.