Build-A-Bear Workshop opens new location at Cedar Point

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Today, Build-A-Bear is opening a new store at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio. This Build-A-Bear Workshop is the latest in a series of new locations focused on theme park and tourist destinations and will mark the fourth location within the Cedar Fair amusement park properties, with additional workshops located in…

Kennywood, Sandcastle, Idlewild converting to cashless payment process to provide a simpler and safer experience

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — Guests at Kennywood, Sandcastle Waterpark, and Idlewild & SoakZone will soon find a more efficient, convenient, and visitor-friendly process to pay for park tickets and treats. Beginning Tuesday, June 28 at Kennywood and Sandcastle and Wednesday, June 29 at Idlewild & SoakZone, the parks will accept credit, debit and prepaid cards…

World’s largest coaster enthusiast organization announces production of Anton Schwarzkopf documentary

SANDUSKY, Ohio — American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE), the world’s largest ride enthusiast organization, announced production has begun on a new, biographical documentary on Anton Schwarzkopf, one of the world’s most famous roller coaster engineers. The film is scheduled to be released in late 2024 as part of what would have been Schwarzkopf’s centennial birthday. “With so many…

Universal Orlando Resort to host exciting July 4th festivities in celebration of Independence Day – including live music, character meet-and-greets and pyrotechnics

Universal Orlando Resort will feature special entertainment at Universal Studios Florida on July 4 to celebrate Independence Day, including a high-energy band, live DJ, meet & greets with Universal’s most popular characters, and patriotic-themed performers and stilt walkers. The activities are included with admission to Universal Studios Florida – allowing guests to top off an…

Test drive Intercard’s Hybrid Impulse Reader at Bowl Expo 2022

ST. LOUIS — At International Bowl Expo don’t miss the next big trend. Bowling proprietors can test drive Intercard’s Impulse hybrid card reader, which takes credit cards as well as play cards. Operators and industry leaders are saying credit card use is up because it makes payment easier than ever before. “Our customers tell us…

ProSlide opens iconic water rides around the world

 ProSlide Technology Inc., the industry leader in water ride design, technology and manufacturing, is pleased to celebrate the beginning of water park season with a record number of high-performance water rides opening in 2022. Since March, ProSlide has commissioned over 65 rides across 5 countries and 14 water parks. Most recently, ProSlide commissioned the world’s…

IRT announces record growth in IROC Program, appoints a Director of Strategic Engagement

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — International Ride Training, the gold standard in operational safety services in the amusement industry, has added several new parks to its International Ride Operator Certification (iROC) Program. “Over the last few months, we have increased the number of iROC facilities by nearly 40%,” said Erik Beard, Owner/Managing Member and Legal Counsel of…

Movie Park Germany is bringing back the magic to Studio 7

BOTTROP-KIRCHHELLEN — Sherlock Holmes will soon be investigating at Movie Park Germany – for what is probably the most magical case of his career! Because none other than the renowned and award-winning master illusionist Christian Farla steps into the spotlight of Studio 7 for the role of the world-famous detective and challenges guests’ perception with…

Surf technology inspired by nature — FlowRider Launches FlowSurf

Continuing FlowRider’s history of engineering prowess and stationary wave expertise, the newest product in the lineup takes the stationary wave into the deep-water format. Inspired by river waves, FlowSurf has all the qualities you know and trust from FlowRider, but instead of riding this wave on a flowboard, guests use a surfboard. The FlowSurf ExperienceFlowSurf…

OABA relaunches Circle of Excellence Program

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. —  The Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA) announced today the relaunch of the popular Circle of Excellence (COE) program. The COE program has allowed members to stand out from the competition by offering the results of an onsite visit that confirms an operator’s adherence to a checklist of issues that are important to…