Miami’s newest megaship — MSC World America — will be the ultimate family vacation at sea with new Lego experiences and largest kids club

By | June 14, 2024

GENEVA, Switzerland — MSC World America, the latest World Class ship in the MSC Cruises fleet, will redefine family cruising with new activities and never-before-seen spaces, including new programs and facilities developed in partnership with the LEGO Group.

The ultramodern new flagship will feature seven distinct districts when it enters service in April 2025, each bringing together a range of tailored experiences, with Family Aventura becoming the go-to destination for kids and family fun around the clock.

As a family-owned company, MSC Cruises is known for its award-winning kid’s offerings, tailored to deliver unforgettable cruise experiences for children of all ages. MSC World Americawill take everything to a new level with the company’s largest and most technologically advanced kids area yet. Spanning more than 10,000 square feet across seven different rooms designed for guests in various age ranges from 0 to 17, families can expect a new range of concepts, taking vacations on board to new heights.

Steve Leatham, Head of Entertainment for MSC Cruises, said: “We set ourselves the goal to create the most exceptional kids and family offering at sea with MSC World America. Our aim is to give our younger guests the freedom to express their creativity, play, socialize and explore with amazing spaces and programs that have to be seen to be believed.”

Matteo Mancini, Senior Manager of Youth Entertainment for MSC Cruises, said: “We specifically listened to our young guests from North America to design our kids and family offering. We are bringing a variety of extraordinary facilities and new experiences never seen before!”

Activities waiting to be discovered include:

NEW LEGO® PARADE: For the first time in the cruise industry, MSC World America will host a LEGO® parade with LEGO® characters designed to entertain children of all ages. The parade will march through the ship from Family Aventura to the World Promenade once per cruise.

NEW: LEGO® FAMILY ZONE: Family Aventura will include a brand-new area for master builders and bricks enthusiasts called LEGO® Family Zone. Parents and children will be able to play together, and LEGO® fans of all ages can unleash their creativity from morning to evening.

NEW: LEGO® GAME SHOW: MSC World America will offer a LEGO® Family Game Show for the first time in the cruise industry. During each cruise, families will have the opportunity to come together for an exhilarating team challenge in which parents and children compete as true Master Builders on board. The competition will feature timed challenges, colorful bricks and unexpected twists, all culminating in determining the ultimate winner. LEGO® fans of all ages won’t want to miss this exciting activity.

NEW: BOXES FAMILY GAME SHOW: Families will get the chance to compete in “Boxes”, a new fun-filled family game show where each mystery box will contain a blind challenge to beat in order to win prizes.

NEW: DOREMIX FAMILY DISCO: For dance competition fans, a new version of the Doremix Family Disco will arrive for the first time with new technology and must-see visuals. Parents and children will dance together to hit music and original MSC Cruises songs for children, all vying for the title of best dancers of the night.

NEW: HIGH-TECH EXPERIENCES: Specifically created for teenagers, Star Shooters is an adventure course in the Sportplex with targets for participants to hit and rack up points for a win. Virtual Reality at Luna Park will give guests access to the latest VR technology experiences, transporting them to other worlds from MSC World America.

NEW: LARGEST EVER DOREMILAND: MSC World America will feature the largest, most action-packed Doremiland kids’ area in the MSC Cruises’ fleet, spanning more than 10,000 square feet. Home to seven rooms dedicated to different age groups from 0 to 17 years old, it will also be the most technologically advanced kids area of the fleet with the latest tech consoles on the market, and stunning light and sound effects. Baby services are offered in collaboration with Chicco® – the leading global baby brand and a long-term MSC Cruises partner. Exclusively on MSC World America, the popular Kids’ Clubs will be open all day, from 9am until midnight, for the duration of each voyage.

NEW: THE HABOUR: At the heart of the Family Aventura district lies The Harbour, a revolutionary new outdoor park where families can come together to engage in activities, indulge in delicious bites and soak up the sun. The Harbour offers an exhilarating high ropes course, a thrilling new state-of-the-art Cliffhanger attraction, a family dwelling area and a playground modelled after the iconic lighthouse at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in The Bahamas. More details of The Harbour will be revealed soon.

Popular MSC Cruises favorites returning to MSC World America include:

SPORTPLEX: In the Sportplex, guests will find a spacious and dynamic gaming space equipped with everything from basketball and tennis courts to interactive game shows, bumper cars and roller skating. A dedicated sports program includes Football, Basketball, Zorb ball sessions, Pickleball, and Hoverboards. Here, guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy The Drone Academy – a lively and high-tech drone relay race that will come to life at night through light effects and glowing drones.

Guinness World Record Family Quiz: Families can try to bet on the world’s most incredible records and try to top them, creating memories to last a lifetime.

MasterChef at Sea Juniors: A new generation of cooks will have the opportunity to compete in a kids’ cooking competition, where the most talented and creative will win.

The Friends Experience to debut Las Vegas Flagship at MGM Grand later this year

By | June 14, 2024

LAS VEGAS — Could we BE any more excited?! Later this year, The FRIENDS Experience will debut its West Coast flagship location in Las Vegas at MGM Grand. “The One in Vegas” transports guests into the world of FRIENDS allowing fans to explore the show’s iconic moments, behind-the-scenes content and photo opportunities within life-sized set recreations. Fans can become part of Ross and Rachel’s iconic Las Vegas wedding scene bursting out into the chapel’s lobby, kick back in Monica’s apartment, or even dance around the legendary fountain featured in the opening credits.

Following The FRIENDS Experience’s smash successes in more than 24 global cities and eight international countries including active locations in Boston and the first-ever flagship in New York City, along with the recently announced London flagship opening later this summer, “The One in Vegas” will launch as a part of the show’s 30th anniversary year-long celebration.

“The global success of The FRIENDS™ Experiencehas been nothing short of phenomenal,” said Peter van Roden, Senior Vice President, Warner Bros. Discovery Global Themed Entertainment.  “We’ve seen fans from all over the world embrace the chance to relive their favorite moments and connect with the show in a whole new way. With Las Vegas premiering as the West Coast flagship in our global lineup of destinations, there’s even more to look forward to as we continue celebrating the 30th anniversary of FRIENDS.”

“Las Vegas is the perfect destination to debut The FRIENDS Experience’s second U.S. flagship location,” said Stacy Moscatelli, CEO of Original X Productions. “Not only does the city attract millions of FRIENDS fans every year, but Las Vegas plays an integral role in the series featuring some of the show’s most iconic and hilarious moments. Bringing The FRIENDS™ Experience to the MGM Grand, two giants of the entertainment world, creates an enjoyable experience that we know fans will love.”

Created by Warner Bros. Discovery Global Themed Entertainment, Original X Productions (OGX), and Warner Bros. Television Group, The FRIENDS™ Experience: The One in Vegas will be a must-visit destination for fans of all ages. Voted as one of USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Best New Attractions and included in CNN’s 12 Best Immersive Experiences around the world, The FRIENDS™ Experience features several nostalgia-packed rooms and activations. Fans can also get a peek behind-the-scenes and learn about the show’s production, costume design and more. An onsite FRIENDS™ retail store featuring exclusive products will also  be open at MGM Grand to both ticketed and non-ticketed guests.

Michael Neubecker, MGM Grand’s President & COO, said, “Las Vegas is home to some of the most incredible entertainment and immersive experiences in the world, with MGM Grand at the epicenter of it all. Given FRIENDS’ wide appeal domestically and internationally, we are excited to be the long-term West Coast home to this experience that will resonate with so many of our visitors, transporting them to the iconic settings inspired by the show.”

To prepare for The FRIENDS™ Experience in Vegas, fans can own the complete series on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD. FRIENDS: The Complete Series will also release in 4K Ultra HD on September 24, 2024.  Pre-order your copy today.

As FRIENDS™ marks its 30th anniversary, the beloved TV series continues to hold an enduring place in popular culture and hearts worldwide. With its witty humor, relatable characters, and memorable catchphrases, FRIENDS™ transcends generations with its universal appeal, making it a classic that continues to bring joy and laughter to fans around the world. Whether you’re reliving classic moments with friends or introducing new fans to the magic of FRIENDS™, the new attraction promises something for everyone.

The FRIENDS™ Experience will be located within The District at MGM Grand adjacent to the Grand Garden Arena.Fans are invited to visit to sign up for the waitlist and receive exclusive access to opening and ticket on-sale dates, contests and more.

Franceen Gonzales appointed park president of Merlin Entertainments’ LEGOLAND Florida Resort

By | June 14, 2024

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Merlin Entertainments’ LEGOLAND Florida Resort is pleased to announce the appointment of Franceen Gonzales as its new Park President, effective June 10th. With more than 30 years of experience in amusement parks, water parks, hotels, and family entertainment, Gonzales brings a wealth of expertise to the role. She will oversee all park operations for LEGOLAND Florida Resort, LEGOLAND Water Park, Peppa Pig Theme Park, LEGOLAND Hotel, LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel and LEGOLAND Beach Retreat.

Gonzales has garnered extensive industry knowledge from leading U.S. companies in the theme park sector. Previously, she served as Park Director at Six Flags Great Adventure and as Vice President of Risk Management at Great Wolf Resorts. Most recently, she held the position of Chief Experience Officer at WhiteWater West, spearheading customer experience initiatives across five business units and five global offices. Among her notable projects are Royal Caribbean’s Perfect Day Island, featuring its inaugural cladded tower, AquaNick Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, with custom SpongeBob and PAW Patrol themes, two major expansions of the highest-attended water park in Brazil, and various other high-profile projects that have set industry benchmarks in innovation and guest experience.

“I’m excited to return to my roots in park operations and thrilled to continue the legacy of success at the world-class LEGOLAND Florida Resort, alongside a dedicated team committed to delivering exceptional guest experiences,” said Gonzales. “Stepping through the Park, I rediscovered the sense of wonderment that both children and adults experience here. It’s truly special, and I feel deeply honored to be joining this incredible team.”

With a hobby and passion for the amusement park industry and industry safety, Gonzales currently holds the distinction of being ASTM International’s first female chair for its 2024 committee, which writes the global technical safety standards for the industry. She has also served on the Board of Directors for IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) twice, as well as on the board for the WWA (World Waterpark Association). Additionally, she has held the position of Chairman of AIMS International (Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers).

Intamin — Hot Racer, Mahuka Walibi Rhône-Alpes, France

By | June 14, 2024

Mahuka, meaning “escape” in Hawaiian, invites visitors to explore the heart of an abandoned temple built in honor of the God of Fire on a secluded island in the South Pacific. But be careful not to provoke the God’s sacred fire, or risk becoming a prisoner of the temple! Escape the site, conquer your fears, and brace yourself for an unforgettable ride, full of sensations you won’t want to miss!

Intamin’s Hot Racer is an innovative single–rail roller coaster model designed to maximize thrills in a compact space. With its slender trains and track design, the Hot Racer offers unparalleled flexibility for layout creativity, allowing for the incorporation of thrilling elements within a limited footprint.

Prepare for an adrenaline-pumping ride as Mahuka boasts two launches and seatings positioned close to the track, delivering an immersive high-speed experience with thrilling elements throughout the layout. The “backboned” track design reduces the number of columns needed in comparison to other track designs, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the ride with the already iconic double top-hat.

Featuring stunningly custom-themed trains, Mahuka allows riders to experience high comfort and freedom using Intamin’s highly successful LSM seat design, widely considered one of the most comfortable coaster seats on the market. Additionally, the seats were enhanced with new padding to accommodate riders as small as 120 cm (4 ft).

The in-line seating configuration, coupled with the absence of over-the-shoulder restraints, ensures quick boarding and disembarking, while providing guests with a liberating sense of openness and maximum comfort.

Building upon its predecessor at Luna Park in Australia, the new Hot Racer has undergone significant enhancements. The chassis  was significantly refined to enhance ride comfort and ensure an even better fit to the track. Additionally, the brand-new carbon fiber lap bars contribute to a lighter train and lower center of gravity, enhancing the experience with an even smoother ride.

Embark the adventure with Mahuka at Walibi Rhône-Alpes. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or a casual visitor, Mahuka promises an experience that will leave you breathless and craving more. Visit Walibi Rhone-Alpes and see why Mahuka is the the next step in single-rail roller coaster design!

The Exciting collection of new experiences, including the all-new DreamWorks Land, are now open at Universal Orlando Resort

By | June 14, 2024

ORLANDO — Summer just got more exciting with today’s official debut of several all-new, must-see experiences at Universal Orlando Resort.  Guests of all ages can now enjoy DreamWorks Land – the expansive, vibrant themed environment inspired by beloved characters from DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek, Trolls and Kung Fu PandaCineSational: A Symphonic Spectacular – a riveting new nighttime lagoon show; and Hogwarts Always – an all-new castle projection show in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade.

Here are details about the exciting new experiences opening today at Universal Orlando Resort:

DREAMWORKS LAND (located in Universal Studios Florida)
Guests can now step into the vivid worlds of some of their favorite animated films in DreamWorks Land – a colorful new area featuring attractions, character meet and greets, interactive play areas and a live show inspired by DreamWorks Animation’s most beloved characters from Shrek, Trolls and Kung Fu Panda. Guests can explore Shrek’s Swamp, feast on themed items like Shrekzels (pretzels shaped like the famous ogre) and Poppy-licious Pink and BroZone Berry ice cream treats, scream with laughter on the Trolls Trollercoaster, learn kung fu moves with Po in the Panda Village, meet and take photos with characters like Shrek, Donkey, Poppy, Branch, Puss in Boots, Gabby from Gabby’s Dollhouse, and so much more.

DreamWorks Land also features extraordinary live entertainment with DreamWorks Imagination Celebration – a multisensory live show that combines hit pop songs, high-energy dancing and advanced technology to bring beloved DreamWorks stories to life like never before.

CINESATIONAL: A SYMPHONIC SPECTACULAR (located in Universal Studios Florida)
Guests can embark on a cinematic journey in the heart of the Universal Studios Florida lagoon with sentimental soundtracks from blockbuster films that have inspired Universal Orlando’s past, present and future attractions in CineSational: A Symphonic Spectacular. The awe-inspiring lagoon show features an impressive collection of technologies and special effects, including 228 fountains that reach heights up to 131 feet, incredible 4K projection mapping, an original composition featuring newly arranged scores meticulously crafted to each scene, and more than 600 drones – all coming together to envelop guests in a breathtaking display of unforgettable cinematic moments from films like Harry PotterJurassic WorldJaws, Minions and more.

Guests visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade on select nights can delight in the newest nighttime extravaganza, Hogwarts Always – an incredible new projection show that takes guests on a journey through iconic moments of a school year at Hogwarts. Set against the radiant backdrop of Hogwarts castle, this new show features a stunning display of visuals inspired by memorable moments from the Harry Potter films including the exhilarating ride aboard the Hogwarts Express, the Sorting Ceremony and many more that will captivate witches, wizards and Muggles of all ages.

The summer thrills don’t stop there – on July 3, Universal Orlando will debut Universal Mega Movie Parade at Universal Studios Florida – Universal’s largest daytime parade ever. Guests will watch as some of their favorite movie characters leap off the screen and land on the streets of Universal Studios Florida in a celebration of iconic movies E.T., Jaws, Ghostbusters, Jurassic World, Illumination’s Sing, Minions, and DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls.

Guests can also gear up for the amazing summer entertainment with specialty merchandise celebrating the new experiences, including the new original interactive bubble wands inspired by DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls, Illumination’s Minions and Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World, available this July. The bubble wands will activate fun features when interacting with other wands and will also interact with select Universal Mega Movie Parade floats. Plus, the selection also includes all-new items like clothing, drinkware, headbands themed to beloved DreamWorks characters, and more.

World’s Largest Coaster Ride to dispatch at amusement parks across North America

By | June 14, 2024

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Coaster enthusiasts across North America will take a ride at 2 p.m. EDT on June 16 on roller coasters at 22 amusement and theme parks to celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the first modern roller coaster. The ride celebrates the engineering, architecture, history and thrills of these marvels that were first introduced on June 16, 1884, with the opening of LaMarcus Thompson’s Switchback Railway at Coney Island. Members of American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE), the world’s largest club of amusement ride enthusiasts, will fill the trains along with park guests to further the importance of preserving and enjoying these treasures.

“Valleyfair is thrilled to offer Midwest ACEers the opportunity to participate in the World’s Largest Coaster Ride here in Minnesota on our fan-favorite wooden Renegade. They will join coaster enthusiasts around the U.S. in this fun event, syncing their heartbeats and screams together for the love of the thrill. We can’t wait to participate!” shares Melissa Ferlaak, Valleyfair public relations and communications manager.

LaMarcus Thompson’s Switchback Railway at Coney Island, a gravity-powered out-and-back ride that took its inspiration from a mining railway, is considered to be America’s first roller coaster. Thompson’s Switchback Railway stood where the present-day Cyclone still operates. 

“Carowinds is excited to participate in the third annual World’s Largest Ride with American Coaster Enthusiasts,” Manny Gonzalez, Carowinds’ vice president and general manager, said. “This simultaneous dispatch highlights our shared passion for roller coasters and allows us to showcase Fury 325. It’s an honor to be part of a global community that celebrates the thrill of amusement parks.”

A total of 305 seats will be filled by enthusiastic riders on 24 different coasters from various roller coaster manufacturers, including Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc.; The Gravity Group; Great Coasters International, Inc.; Rocky Mountain Construction; and Wisdom Rides, based in the United States, as well as Switzerland’s Bolliger & Mabillard, Germany’s Gerstlauer and Vekoma, based in The Netherlands.

Alex Payne, regional public relations manager at Palace Entertainment, stated, “Adventureland is so excited to be a part of the World’s Largest Coaster Ride again this year. With the return of the reimagined Underground, the World’s only indoor wooden roller coaster, we couldn’t think of a better coaster to have as a part of this event.” ACE members will be able to experience this reimagined attraction during the ACE Preservation Conference August 16-18, 2024, in Iowa and Missouri.

Enthusiasts can find opportunities to join the world’s largest ride at Adventureland, Belmont Park, California’s Great America, Carowinds, Castle Park, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, DelGrosso’s Park, Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, Grady’s Family Fun Park, Hersheypark, Kentucky Kingdom, Kings Island, Knoebels Amusement Resort, Lake Compounce, Nickelodeon Universe, Oaks Amusement Park, Sesame Place Philadelphia, Silver Dollar City, Six Flags Over Georgia, Story Land, The Rides at City Park, Valleyfair and Wild Adventures.

Universal Studios Hollywood invites guests to double their fun with the Buy A Day, Get A 2nd Day Free ticket option, available for purchase now through October 9, 2024

By | June 14, 2024

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Beginning today, Universal Studios Hollywood is offering guests a chance to experience the two of the best days in L.A. with the purchase of a Buy A Day, Get A 2nd Day Free General Admission ticket, available now through October 9, 2024.

With a bevy of original and dynamic immersive lands, thrill rides and attractions, visiting Universal Studios Hollywood is twice as nice when the second visit is free.

The process is turnkey so the fun can start as soon as possible. Guests can purchase the special Buy A Day, Get A 2nd Day Free ticket option online at Universal Studios Hollywood now through October 9, 202,4 and enjoy their second day free for their return on select dates, with all visits completed on or before December 18, 2024.

There are no blockout dates for the first visit as part of this special, limited time offer, which excludes Universal Express and Universal Express Unlimited. Blockout dates apply to the second visit, and restrictions apply.

Families, friends, kids and adults can all share in the adventure by exploring the theme park and its signature world famous Studio Tour, which offers an insightful peek at the inner workings of an authentic movie and television production backlot along with an array of special-effect attractions, such as the reimagined “Earthquake—The Big One,” “King Kong 360-3D,” “Fast & Furious—Supercharged,” as well the Jupiter’s Claim original film sets from the horror epic, Nope.

Now through August 11, 2024, guests will also have a chance to experience the Studio Tour’s 60th anniversary which features reissued Glamor Trams and an array of nostalgic enhancements, including an opportunity to step off the tram and onto a legendary movie set where an original, fully restored 1964 vintage Glamor Tram awaits. The area also provides opportunities for additional memorable photo opportunities and social media posts, including a giant King Kong backdrop and the theme park’s original hanging Jaws shark.

From the moment guests traverse the theme park’s red carpet entry and pass through its  signature arch, they are met with exhilaration and excitement that carries through to its immersive lands, dynamic thrill rides and attractions, including the interactive land SUPER NINTENDO WORLD™, featuring the critically-acclaimed “Mario Kart™: Bowser’s Challenge” ride; “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” highly immersive land features Hogsmeade™ village, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™ rides; “Jurassic World—The Ride”; Illumination’s award-winning “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash” and “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem”; Springfield, U.S.A. and “The Simpsons Ride™”; “TRANSFORMERS™: The Ride—3D” and “Revenge of the Mummy—The Ride.”

Entertainment summer at Movie Park Germany provides an action-packed program!

By | June 13, 2024

BOTTROP-KIRCHHELLEN — A summer full of action at Movie Park Germany is just about to start! Just in time for the high season, Germany’s largest movie and amusement park is further expanding its entertainment program. Illusionist Christian Farla returns in July with his team for the next season of the magic show series “Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Mystery: Chapter 3” and has some new illusions and a revised storyline about the most famous detective in TV and literary history in store.

Every day during the vacation period, guests can look forward to the big Movie Park Parade, street acts and shows performed by the entertainment crew. The Folco Stunt Team is also setting the scene for summer in Hollywood in Germany with a new jet ski show in the Santa Monica Pier themed area.

Continuation of the magic show “Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Mystery: Chapter 3”
It’s getting magical again at Studio 7 this summer and award-winning illusionist Christian Farla returns in his role as Sherlock Holmes. In the last season, his arch-enemy Professor Moriarty and Miss Irene Adler were sent to prison. But a new villain is already up to no good and wants to help them escape: master criminal Dr. Mortimer, who has just stolen the 16 exclusive silver coins from London’s City Bank. Moriarty instructs him to plan a death trap for Sherlock Holmes to get rid of him once and for all. In the process, Holmes is put to the test with magical puzzles, secrets and dangerous escapes. Once again, all hopes are pinned on Holmes to save London and put the next criminal safely behind bars.

The show for the whole family will be shown twice a day from July 1 to August 25, 2024, and will include a new storyline as well as some new illusions, such as the “Fire Basket” and the “Chainsaw Escape”.

Recently, Christian Farla was named “Grand Prix Dutch Champion of Magic 2023/2024”. At the shows in Movie Park Germany, he will once again be supported by the Show Girls of Magic. New to the show is actor and juggler David Severins as Dr. Mortimer.

Furthermore, Movie Park can already place another cliffhanger: The park is pleased to announce a long-term collaboration with Team Farla. The next surprise is already waiting for all guests in the fall.

Daily show program for the summer vacation period
Movie Park Germany is ramping up its entertainment program once again on all NRW vacation days! Germany’s number one family park presents its big parade “Movie Park Studios on Parade” on a daily basis with matching vehicles and floats in studio and movie design, accompanied by the entertainment crew’s dance performances and the characters from PAW Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants and clapperboard S.A.M..

The daily entertainment program is complemented by the street act in front of “The Toymaker” store as well as the New York Plaza show “Road to Hollywood”, the western show “Kiki’s Saloon in Silverspoon” and, under good weather conditions, the “Here We Go Again” show at the Santa Monica Pier – letting several shows take place every day and making the entertainment team and its artists even more present.

The meet & greets with well-known characters and the “Let’s Party with the nickelodeon Toons!” show also await guests in nickelodeon LAND.

Jet ski show at the Santa Monica Pier
The Folco Stunt Team’s jet ski show provides the perfect water spectacle in summer. At the heart of the storyline is a jet ski contest in which various riders compete against each other on the water and try to impress the judges with their best stunts while trying to achieve the highest score. The show in the Santa Monica Pier themed area is also planned for the high season and will surprise spectators in front of the pier with a few splishes and splashes as a cool summer refreshment.

Betson Imperial Parts & Service unveils “The JuiceBox” power distribution unit

By | June 13, 2024

CARLSTADT, N.J. — Betson Imperial Parts and Service, a leader in gaming and amusement parts and services, announces the launch of a groundbreaking product: The JuiceBoxTM. The JuiceBox power distribution unit is designed to revolutionize equipment power by centralizing multiple power needs into a single UL-certified solution.

“The JuiceBox is a result of our team’s relentless pursuit of excellence and a direct response to the needs we see in the field,” said Richard Zayas-Bazan – President of Betson Imperial Parts & Service. “We are proud to not only serve the industry but to actively redefine it by introducing innovative solutions like The JuiceBox.”

The JuiceBox eliminates the requirement for multiple power supplies within a single machine, thereby reducing material costs, simplifying operations, increasing reliability and uptime, and enhancing safety.

Why The JuiceBox?
The inception of the JuiceBox stems from Betson’s close relationship with partner manufacturers and working to address unmet needs within the industry. The JuiceBox fills a significant gap in efficient, cost-effective power distribution solutions. Unlike other products in the market, the JuiceBox is not sourced and rebranded, it is an inhouse, engineered and designed Betson solution.

Benefits of The JuiceBox

  • Cost-Effective: Reduces the need for multiple power supplies, cutting material costs.
  • Simplified Operations: Centralizes power management into a single unit, reducing operational complexity.
  • Increased Reliability: Enhances uptime with a robust and reliable power distribution architecture.
  • Improved Safety: UL-certification and a streamlined design enhance safety standards across gaming operations.

The JuiceBox is now available directly through Betson Imperial Parts and Service and will be showcased in upcoming trade shows and industry events.

Madame Tussauds Hollywood unveils new Rooftop Bar and Restaurant

By | June 13, 2024

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Merlin Entertainments’ Madame Tussauds Hollywood is set to open the latest addition to its famed attraction – The Hollywood Rooftop Bar and Restaurant. This new Hollywood hideout, opening August 2, is the first-of-its-kind “celebrity” dining experience, offering guests an unparalleled opportunity to dine amongst its famed waxed stars. Perched high above the world-renowned Walk of Fame in Hollywood, it stands out as one of the few rooftop dining destinations in Los Angeles where visitors can enjoy a timeless Hollywood VIP experience and live out their A-list fantasy. 

Guests will be whisked to the restaurant in a VIP elevator, where they will get a taste of Old Hollywood glamour with a modern vibe. The restaurant will offer a crowd-pleasing and sustainable menu created by Shirlie Belloso that caters to a wide range of tastes in keeping with the artistry and excitement synonymous with Madame Tussauds. From classic American favorites to international delights, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The beverage offerings will no doubt bring postable social moments with their fun movie references and go-beyond tasty cocktails to also non-alcoholic and kid beverages. Whether you’re looking for a casual lunch with “Leo,” a family dinner with “Zendaya,” or a fun night out with friends, The Hollywood Rooftop Bar and Restaurant is the place.

“When you look at the menu, you’ll notice many of the same popular, high quality ingredients used in different dishes,” said Chef Belloso. “This is because our kitchen operates with efficiency and sustainability in mind, aiming to reduce waste by keeping things simple, quick, and fresh while adding diverse flavors to our dishes.”

“The Madame Tussauds brand is expanding its offerings in a way that makes sense, extending the guest experience to include dining with their favorite celebrities,” said Marketing Manager Linsey Stiglic. “For those visiting TinselTown, The Hollywood Rooftop Bar and Restaurant will bridge the gap between the shimmery media-fueled vision of Hollywood and the bustling reality of Hollywood Boulevard.”