Services for Jeremy (Jerry) L. Pendleton

By | March 5, 2018

WEBSTER, N.H. — Graveside services for Jeremy L. Pendleton who passed away December 28, 2017, will be held at 12:00 p.m. on April 28, 2018, at the Corser Hill Cemetery, Allen Road, Webster, N.H. with a Celebration of Life immediately following at the Webster Town Hall, 945 Battle St, Webster, N.H. 03303.

In Jerry’s true fashion the family has an afternoon of food and fun planned. Jerry was a remarkable man, truly one of a kindness and guests are encouraged to share stories and remembrance.

The family has asked that those who are planning on attending Jerry’s Celebration of Life to RSVP to: sales@skytrans-mfg.com and PLEASE indicate the number of people in your group so proper planning may be done.

Sincerely the Pendleton family:
Jerry Jr., John, James, Daniel and Matthew

Area accommodations for friends & family traveling from afar:

  • Hampton Inn Concord / Bow: 515 South St, Bow N.H. 03304 / (603) 224-5322
  • Courtyard by Marriott Concord: 70 Constitution Ave, Concord, N.H. 03303 / (603) 225-0303
  • Best Western Concord Inn & Suites: 97 Hall St, Concord, N.H. 03303 / (603) 228-4300
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott Concord: 4 Gulf St, Concord, N.H. 03303 / (603) 224-4011

Euro Attractions Show 2018 Will Take Place at the RAI Exhibition Center Amsterdam, 25 – 27 September 2018

By | March 2, 2018

Amsterdam, Netherlands — The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has announced Euro Attractions Show (EAS) will return to Amsterdam 25-27 September 2018. EAS 2018 will host the largest show floor in the event’s history complete with more than 500 exhibitors in four exhibit halls. More than 12,000 leisure, tourism, and entertainment professionals from more than 100 countries are expected to attend.  

EAS is the premier trade show and conference in Europe for owners, operators and suppliers of all kinds of leisure, tourism and entertainment professionals. Attendees representing amusement parks, water parks, zoos and aquariums, museums and science centres, shopping centres, festivals and events, holiday parks and resorts, cultural attractions and more as they come together to learn what’s new in the global attractions industry. From playgrounds, to ticketing systems, food and beverage concepts, rollercoasters and other rides, EAS is the place for owners and operators to look to the future and begin to develop ideas for future attractions at their facilities.  

Opportunity to develop industry knowledge 
EAS 2018 also offers attendees an extensive and diverse education programme. The program includes over 80 hours of educational sessions and will feature presentations from many of Europe’s leading operators on topics such as industry trends, innovative technologies, marketing and communications, entertainment, government relations, safety and security, food and beverage, games and merchandise, facility operations, human resources, and more. Leisure facilities can learn how to further develop their facilities and stay ahead of any changes in the leisure industry landscape. Participants can also take part in several events and behind-the-scenes tours at regional Amsterdam tourism attractions, including Walibi Holland and more. 

The perfect occasion to expand professional networks 
Industry professionals will have several unique occasions to network and connect with colleagues from around  the region and world. Each event can help industry professionals to make new connections, share best practices and expand their network across the attractions industry. The EAS 2018 Opening Reception will take place at the Strand Zuid event location, conveniently located directly next to the trade show halls.
 

Tourism and leisure culture is alive in Amsterdam 
2018 is the third time EAS will take place at the RAI Exhibition Centre. Conveniently located between the airport and the Amsterdam city center with direct metro and tram connections, the RAI centre is the perfect location for EAS. 
 

The strong culture of holiday parks, leisure attractions and hospitality in the Netherlands makes Amsterdam the ideal destination for EAS. Many of Europe’s top leisure industry destinations are located in the Benelux region and Amsterdam is a unique destination complete with a diverse leisure, tourism, and entertainment industry.
 

Additional details about EAS 2018 are available at 
www.IAAPA.org/EAS

The Flyer – San Francisco, the world’s first and only 3D flying theater attraction, to take flight at Pier 39 this summer

By | March 1, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — W.A. Alter, Inc. of San Francisco and the award-winning global attraction developer Triotech announced today that The Flyer – San Francisco—the world’s first and only flying theater attraction in 3D—will take flight this summer at PIER 39 in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Featuring cinematic artistry and state-of-the-art HD film footage captured with the help of drones and helicopters, and blended with computer-generated imagery (CGI), The Flyer – San Francisco creates an immersive experience and takes guests of all ages on an unforgettable ride, soaring over the biggest attractions and iconic landmarks throughout the City and the surrounding Bay Area.

Says John Alter, of W.A. Alter, Inc., “Through our partnership with Triotech, we have spent nearly two years researching and developing multi-sensorial effects in tandem with 3D high definition cutting-edge technology. The overall movielike originality of The Flyer – San Francisco will create an unforgettable guest experience that will have audiences, quite literally, on the edge of their seats. We look forward to welcoming guests from around the globe!”

Adds Ernest Yale, President & CEO of Triotech, “The anticipation grows as we prepare to welcome guests to The Flyer – San Francisco. Along with W.A. Alter, Inc., we’ve been working with the best in the business to create a thrilling ride that is a love story to one of the most beautiful cities in the world.”

Following an engaging pre-show experience—which includes the opportunity to take a souvenir photo, superimposed over the impressive backdrops feature in The Flyer – San Francisco—guests will take their seats, where they will soon feel the seat-based motion and the filled field of sight will ensures each guest feels as though they have a front-row seat. The floors will slip away and the 28 guests will be suspended in front of the 1,100 square foot (50 foot by 22 foot) curved screen as they take a six-minute 3D flight through some of Bay Area’s iconic landmarks and neighborhoods, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Coit Tower, Marin Headlands, Chinatown, the Castro, and more! Additionally, riders will catch a glimpse of some of the Bay Area’s best performers and personalities from all over the 7×7 mile city, providing an insider’s guide to the City by the Bay.

Immediately following the experience, guests will have the opportunity to purchase their souvenir photos and exclusive merchandise in the gift shop.

For The Flyer – San Francisco, W.A. Alter, Inc. and Triotech collaborated with the award-winning mix media development house Fly Studio on the production of the film, which will be shown on a state-of-the-art screen manufactured by industry leader Spitz, complete with digital projections by Christie, provider of the world’s leading digital projection and display technologies.

PrimeTime Amusements: Setting The Record Straight

By | March 1, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando market is one of many fast-growing hubs of all things tourism and entertainment in the country. Anchored by the titans Universal and Disney, the city has long yielded numerous other attractions, venues, restaurants and ancillary businesses to service the ever-expanding tourist market. Today, PrimeTime Amusements in conjunction with Dezer Properties has taken one giant leap forward with the acquisition of the former Artegon Mall located on International Drive.

PrimeTime Amusements has been growing at a rapid clip. Though headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, the bulk of the company’s operations reside in Orlando. The number of arcade locations operating PrimeTime Amusements machines will continue to rise over the years (expected to be well into the 3000’s by years end), and as such, a new base of operations in Orlando, was necessary, and the former Artegon mall will not only provide ample storage space, but is also centrally located in terms of other venues being operated by PrimeTime Amusements. Beyond that, it was a unique economic opportunity given the purchase price that David Goldfarb could simply not pass up, especially given that the majority owner, Michael Dezer has built a billion-dollar empire on real estate his entire life. “When you’re offered a chance to buy into real estate, by Michael Dezer, you don’t say no. You don’t even think about it twice. You say yes and sign on the dotted line as his expertise in real estate knows no bounds. He is a winner, and whatever happens with the property, will end up being a win, and I’m more than happy to be on his winning team.” Dezer, the principal in this property, foresees a major mixed-use redevelopment plan that will be in-line with the increasing tourist market in Orlando.

Though partners at the very successful 230,000 square-foot Xtreme Action Park in Fort Lauderdale, for now, that is not the intended plan for the 104-acre property. A PrimeTime game-room has been discussed, but nothing more than preliminary brainstorming has occurred; this property was not acquired for the sole purposes of opening an Xtreme Action Park. Many have attempted to connect the dots between the partners, but as of right now, nothing is set in stone. “I think a lot of people assumed this was bought solely for the purpose of opening a second Xtreme Action Park in a different market. The fact of the matter is, the building is in excess of 800,000 square feet, and because of that it and its other elements, it holds a huge potential for something that is both bigger and will make an impact in the Orlando market. I could do an Xtreme, but competing against Disney and Universal is a tall order”, said Goldfarb.

The property has been in disarray for more than a decade, and now Dezer and Goldfarb with their respective backgrounds will implement their plans to make the 100+ acre property a must-visit in the Orlando area.

“The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” Returns to Universal Studios Hollywood For a Limited Engagement Weekends in March and Daily from March 24-31

By | February 28, 2018

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Universal Studios Hollywood springs into March with the return of the dazzling light projection spectacular, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle,” at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” for a limited engagement.

As night falls on Hogsmeade village, “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” shines brightly with an awe-inspiring spectacle that showcases the four houses of Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin and culminates with awesome beams of lights that fan into the night sky.

The colorful state-of-the-art light display and special effects projection is accompanied by a special musical arrangement created by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams based on his original scores composed for the film series. The musical arrangement that emanates in a surround sound environment was conducted by prolific arranger William Ross and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra in London.

Main Event Entertainment Makes Its Delaware Debut

By | February 28, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. — Wilmington is about to get a whole lot more FUN.

Main Event Entertainment – the nation’s fastest-growing bowling-anchored dining and entertainment destination – is set to make its Delaware debut at 2900 Fashion Center Blvd. in Wilmington next to Christiana Mall on Tuesday, March 6.

The new 50,000-square-foot center features 22 state-of-the-art bowling lanes with unique technology and luxury seating, laser tag, a gravity ropes course and zip line, billiards, shuffleboard and a games gallery featuring nearly 120 of the latest interactive and virtual video games. Main Event offers more ways to have fun than you can pack into one visit!

To kick off the grand opening festivities, Main Event will host an invitation-only VIP event that will include facility tours, food, drinks and games on Sunday, March 4, from 3-6 p.m. Also during the event, Main Event will present a $2,500 check to the Brennen School, Delaware Autism Program. When Wilmington’s new Main Event officially opens its doors to the public on March 6, the celebration will continue with a ceremonial “lane-christening” ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m.

“We are excited to expand into Delaware and to introduce our one-of-a-kind brand to everyone in the Wilmington area,” said Darin Harper, Interim CEO and CFO of Main Event Entertainment. “There’s nothing like Main Event in Delaware, and we have found the perfect location in Wilmington for its debut. We’re extremely proud to be joining this great community and we can’t wait to show off our unique combination of food and fun when we open the doors to our new center on March 6.”

In addition to offering more FUN activities than any other venue in Delaware, Main Event is consistently ranked the “best place for parties,” thanks to its distinctive “Eat. Bowl. Play.” experience. Main Event’s hassle-free birthday parties are easy for parents and epic for kids with multiple packages and activities offered for all ages, seven days a week.

And whether you’re looking for a chef-inspired casual dining experience – with delicious shareables like wings, loaded nachos or oven-baked artisan pizza in a full-service American-fare grill – or handcrafted cocktails in a high energy bar surrounded by big screen TVs, Main Event’s chefs and bartenders aim to please.

The center also offers fully equipped private meeting spaces with the latest audio-visual technology, full-service catering, free Wi-Fi and everything else essential to hosting corporate meetings, team-building exercises, holiday parties and other gatherings both large and small.

The Wilmington Main Event will be open Monday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. Announces Leadership Transition Plan

By | February 27, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. — SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company, today announced that it is initiating a leadership transition plan. With improving operating and financial performance trends along with substantial progress in enhancing the strategic positioning of the Company’s mission-driven brand, the Company’s Board of Directors and current President and Chief Executive Officer, Joel Manby, agreed that this is the right time to identify a new CEO as the Company enters its next phase of intensified focus on execution and growth.

Under the plan, current Chief Parks Operations Officer, John T. Reilly, has become interim CEO succeeding Mr. Manby, who has stepped down. Current Chairman of the Board Yoshikazu Maruyama – a 22-year veteran of the global theme park and entertainment industry – has become interim Executive Chairman until a permanent CEO is appointed by the Board, at which time Mr. Maruyama will resume his position as Chairman of the Board of Directors. These changes are effective immediately. Mr. Manby has agreed to assist the Company to ensure a smooth transition.

Donald C. Robinson, Lead Independent Director, said, “The Board agreed that this transition plan is the right approach to advance the Company’s progress and create value for all our important stakeholders. We know John will be an excellent leader in this new role and we thank Yoshi for taking on this additional interim responsibility to ensure a smooth transition. Finally, we want to express our deep appreciation to Joel for his leadership and contributions as CEO.”

“Over the past three years, Joel has worked tirelessly to strengthen SeaWorld’s position as a company that combines entertainment, education, and its important mission to protect marine life and the oceans. Our improving fourth quarter and positive year-to-date trends give us confidence that the steps we have taken position us well for 2018,” Mr. Maruyama said.

“John Reilly is a highly experienced operator with decades of theme park experience and a demonstrated ability to improve performance and drive growth through disciplined execution. In addition to serving as Chief Parks Operations Officer, John has served as Park President of SeaWorld San Diego and Busch Gardens Williamsburg, among other roles and has been with the Company for over 32 years. He knows SeaWorld well and understands our opportunities. With one of our most compelling lineups of new rides and attractions, new pricing plans, and comprehensive new sales, marketing and communications initiatives, we are confident we will maintain and accelerate our current momentum under John’s experienced direction. The Board and I believe my industry experience complements John’s, and so I will be available to him as a resource in this interim period,” Mr. Maruyama continued.

“I am so proud of this Company and all we have accomplished to position SeaWorld for continued success by providing fun and truly meaningful experiences that connect our guests to the natural world,” said Mr. Manby. “John is an ideal choice to lead the Company, and I feel confident that I leave SeaWorld in incredibly capable hands. I look forward to continuing to work with Yoshi, John, and the entire Board during the transition.”

The Board of Directors has engaged a leading executive search firm to assist in the search for Mr. Manby’s successor.

New Park Updates Announced at Annual Winter Chill Out Event; Cedar Point Fans Raise $40,000 for Nonprofit A Kid Again

By | February 26, 2018

SANDUSKY, Ohio — Although no rides were running, more than 800 Cedar Point fans braved the cold and wet weather to see the park in its winter sleep during Winter Chill Out, an exclusive off-season tour. All proceeds from the event go directly to A Kid Again, an organization that fosters hope, happiness and healing for families dealing with life-threatening illnesses.

Winter Chill Out allowed fans to get up close with Cedar Point’s new world-record-breaking Steel Vengeance roller coaster, the world’s first “hyper-hybrid.” They also learned about the park’s winter operating procedures, toured the park’s linen services facility and experienced what takes place during ride overhaul inspections in the maintenance shops.

At the event, a special presentation was given, highlighting these new changes coming to Cedar Point in 2018:

Point Plaza – The former Park Plaza gift shop, located at the park’s main entrance, is undergoing a complete renovation. With beach-themed décor, Point Plaza will feature a wide variety of Cedar Point souvenirs, t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, bathing suits, candies, snacks and more.

Frontier Foldovers – Located in the former BBQ Shack on the Frontier Trail, this new quick-service food stop will offer folded brisket, chicken and Italian meat sandwiches.

Sidewinder Sue’s – Located near the FrontierTown train station, guests will enjoy new “twisty” fries with meat toppings of pulled pork, brisket or chili.

Miss Keat’s Smoke Shack – New barbecue brisket, pork, wings, sausage and savory sides will be served at this restaurant adjacent to Last Chance Saloon in FrontierTown.

Roundup – The menu gets a shake-up at Roundup with bigger, bolder burgers to match Steel Vengeance’s big and bold thrills, located near Maverick’s entrance.

Chick-fil-A® – Chicken sandwiches, waffle potato fries and hand-spun milkshakes are back. Chick-fil-A returns to FrontierTown in the former Frontier Inn.

FrontierTown Shooting Gallery – The popular game of skill, complete with animated scenes and sounds, returns in the Jitney Arcade.

Western Shoot-out – The Western Shoot-out in FrontierTown becomes the popular basketball game of H-O-R-S-E as guests attempt to sink baskets from strategically-placed spots on the midway.

Gossip Gulch – The new Gossip Gulch stage, located adjacent to Roundup, will feature themed live entertainment, including the park’s Bluegrass Jamboree.

“Lusty Lil’s French Revue” – Lusty Lil’s FrontierTown friends are performing their idea of a French Revue, but misadventure and misunderstanding get in the way. It results in a family-friendly show filled with live music, comedy and cancan dancers. Lusty Lil’s French Revue will play in the Palace Theatre in FrontierTown.

“Vertical Impact” – Acrobats and dancers perform in this new fast-paced, high-energy show in Celebration Plaza.

“Snoopy’s Dog Days of Summer” – Snoopy and his PEANUTS® pals will gather on the Main Midway near Pagoda Gift Shop in this new family-friendly celebration of music, dancing and fun.

Midway Entertainers – Live music comes alive on the midways with The Traildust Trio, performing classic country in the Gazebo near Town Hall Museum; The Tomfooleries guitar duo will entertain with comedy and music in the Palace Theatre and on FrontierTown’s streets; The Swell Tones will serenade guests with their classic 50’s musical stylings on the Main Midway; the Roving Beach Crew will wander the midways, interacting with guests on their quest to find the Cedar Point Beach; and the Summerdaze Band takes the stage at Cedar Point Shores Waterpark.

Chris Morris Appointed CEO Of Main Event Entertainment

By | February 26, 2018

DALLAS, Texas – Ardent Leisure Group (Ardent) is pleased to announce that Mr. Chris Morris has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of Main Event Entertainment, effective March 26, 2018.

Morris brings more than 20 years of experience with multisite businesses, including over six years in the family entertainment business. His career includes extensive experience in brand revitalization strategies, operational execution and new unit development. He has successfully opened over 200 units with five different businesses.

Morris previously served as president of California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), a leading casual dining brand, operating 260 restaurants in 30 states and 12 countries worldwide. During his time at CPK, the company revitalized the 32-year-old business into a thriving and relevant brand returning it to positive comparable store sales.

Before CPK, Morris held senior executive roles for On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina and CEC Entertainment (owners of Chuck E. Cheese’s and Peter Piper Pizza). At On the Border, he served as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, and joined the company at the time it was acquired by a private equity firm. He led the company through a successful carve out, implemented brand revitalization strategies and successfully sold the company generating strong returns for all stakeholders.

Prior to On the Border, Morris served as Chief Financial Officer for CEC Entertainment while it was a publicly traded company (NYSE: CEC). During his time at CEC, the company successfully opened over 90 new entertainment centers and generated over $800 million in revenue. Earlier in his career, Morris also held positions of increasing responsibility at NPC International and Applebee’s International. He began his career at Deloitte & Touche.

Ardent Chairman Dr. Gary Weiss, said, “The Board is delighted with the appointment of Chris Morris, after an extensive search process. He brings to the business excellent executive leadership experience with a significant understanding of family restaurant and entertainment operations and we look forward to his commencement in March. On behalf of the Board, I would also like to thank Darin Harper for his contribution as Interim CEO during this period of change. Darin will return to his role as CFO at Main Event upon Chris’ commencement.”

Commenting on his appointment, Morris said, “I am thrilled to take up this opportunity at Main Event and I look forward to working with the Board and the entire team to continue the growth strategy of the business. Main Event is an extraordinary brand with an industry-leading business model, and I am excited about its long-term prospects in markets across the nation.”

Palace Entertainment promotes Eric Eimstad to general manager of Miami SeaQuarium

By | February 22, 2018

MIAMI, Fla. — Palace Entertainment, parent company of Miami Seaquarium, has promoted Eric Eimstad to general manager of the park. In this new role, Mr. Eimstad will oversee all aspects of the park’s management and operations, and develop new business opportunities for the visitor attraction. In addition, he will also concentrate and execute business initiatives centered on the park’s pillars of commitment – entertainment, education, wildlife conservation and community involvement. Mr. Eimstad previously served as the park’s assistant general manager and chief marketing officer.

Eimstad is no stranger to Miami Seaquarium. He first joined the park in 1976 as a show assistant, where among other things, he cleaned sea lion enclosures. During his tenure there, he worked his way up through the ranks to head trainer in 1976, then to director of marketing in 1989. He was lured away twice to work at Jungle Island (formerly Parrot Jungle and Gardens) but he returned to Miami Seaquarium in 2001 as vice president and chief marketing officer.

“As an established tourism veteran, Eric commands a great amount of knowledge, professionalism and experience. He has had a long history with the park and his passion for marine life is profound and immeasurable,” said Rolf Paegert, chief operating officer for Palace Entertainment. “Although another facility lured him away (twice) for a number of years, he’s returned back “home” to us. We are honored to have him in this new role.”

Eimstad holds a Masters of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Miami. He has served on the board of several business organizations including the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Greater Miami and The Beaches Hotel Association and the Visitor Industry Council. Eimstad is past chair of the Florida Attractions Association, the Academy of Travel and Tourism, and the Magnet Educational Choice Association. He also has served on committees for Visit Florida and Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.