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November 17, 2018

Dynamic Attractions unveils the world's first motion base coaster


The Dual Power Coaster suspension creates spin-outs and airtime

PORT COQUITLAM, BC (November 15, 2018) --- A roller coaster capable of doing spin-outs and other racing moves, invented by a ride innovation company based in Port Coquitlam was unveiled this week in Orlando at the global exposition for theme park operators put on by the International Attractions and Amusement Parks Association (IAAPA).

“The Dual Power Coaster the world’s most advanced roller coaster vehicle,” states Hao Wang, President, Dynamic Attractions. “Most coasters are all about the track. That is only half of the excitement in this ride, where the cart itself is powered and moves, creating racing sensations never possible before on a roller coaster.”

November 16, 2018

TRIOTECH AND UBISOFT PARTNER TO DEVELOP NEXT GENERATION INTERACTIVE ATTRACTION – RABBIDS TEAM BATTLE™

 

Rabbids Team Battle™ features Triotech’s Ground-Breaking High-Capacity Interactive Ride and Ubisoft’s World-Renowned Rabbids Brand

Ernest Yale, Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of TRIOTECH announced a new breakthrough in high-capacity interactive attractions with Team Battle™. This innovative experience features interactivity, both team and individual play, and ride elements with full 4D effects.

Triotech partnered with Ubisoft, leading creator and publisher of interactive entertainment, to develop the first software to be played with the ride: an epic robot showdown orchestrated by Ubisoft’s fun, irreverent yet irresistible Rabbids. The two industry leaders collaborated closely on developing this interactive experience with Ubisoft leveraging its long-standing expertise in game design and 3D animation. 

November 15, 2018

Sally Corporation, PortAventura World and Sesame Workshop announce new dark ride at International Attractions Expo

PortAventura World reveals a new mission with Sesame Street in 2019

Orlando, FL - November 13th, 2018 - Sally Corporation, the dark ride specialists of Jacksonville, FL, PortAventura World, one of the largest European family destination resorts, and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, announced a new dark ride for 2019. The new attraction will be the first Sesame Street dark ride in Europe. The announcement was made at the International Attractions Expo with a life-sized animatronic Big Bird on display, telling guests about the new adventure he and his friends are about to embark on.

Continuing PortAventura’s policy of constant investment and the goal of offering new and exciting experiences to visitors every year, 2019 will feature a new attraction suitable for all family members - a Sesame Street-themed dark ride to be located in SesamoAventura, a dedicated Sesame Street area featuring the iconic characters and where children are center stage.

“This partnership with the internationally recognized global leader in children’s education and entertainment Sesame Workshop, along with the collaboration with Sally Corporation, as a dark ride specialist will contribute to create an attraction that will be unique experience within the range of the family entertainment offer.” - Fernando Aldecoa, General Director of PortAventura World.

March 9, 2018

MISSOURI - Time Traveler Set for March 14 Opening

World’s Fastest, Steepest & Tallest Spinning Coaster Debuts in Branson, Missouri

               (Branson, MO  3/8/2018) - Never before in the history of Silver Dollar City has there been such excitement, such enthusiasm over the opening of a new attraction.  With its 2018 debut, Time Traveler, the World’s Fastest, Steepest and Tallest Complete-Circuit Spinning Roller Coaster, marks a new era in coasters, delivering ride experiences unlike any before, with no two rides alike. A major difference is the spin, which is not a teacup-ride fast spin but a 360-degree controlled spin that delivers high dimension, sensations and perspectives that differ with every car, every ride, every time.

The draw for coaster lovers seeking the newest, best, most exciting ride elements is global -- the experience will be available nowhere else on the planet except Branson, Missouri, the entertainment town that is home to Silver Dollar City, the 1880s style, internationally-awarded theme park, established by Herschend Family Entertainment, 1960.  
This custom-designed, custom-engineered ride that introduces a new generation of thrill coasters for families was more than two years in planning and construction, and is Silver Dollar City’s biggest attraction ever with an investment of $26 million. For concept, design and development, Silver Dollar City chose renowned coaster manufacturer Mack Rides of Waldkirch, Germany, founded in 1780 and family-owned for eight generations.

December 22, 2017

SEAWORLD’S PRAISE WAVE BRINGS POPULAR CHRISTIAN MUSICAL ACTS TO ORLANDO


ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2017) – Christian music fans can kick off their year in high gear with a day of fellowship and fun at SeaWorld Orlando’s Praise Wave. The live concert event series takes place every Saturday, Jan. 20 – Feb. 10.

Guests can enjoy live musical performances by some of the hottest names in Christian music and celebrate in an atmosphere filled with Christian friendship, thrilling rides and inspiring animal attractions.

2018 musical performances include:

·         Saturday, January 20 – Steven Curtis Chapman: In a career that has spanned 30 years, Steven Curtis Chapman is the most awarded artist in Christian music history with 58 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five Grammys, an American Music Award, 48 No. 1 singles, selling over 11 million albums, with ten RIAA-certified gold and platinum albums to his credit.

·         Saturday, January 27 - Lecrae: Lecrae is a two-time Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist whose 2014 album, “Anomaly,” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, Rap, Digital, Christian, Gospel, and Independent charts. His seven studio albums and mixtapes have sold more than 1.9 million copies and he has co-headlined some of the best-selling tours in the U.S.

December 15, 2017

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT AND WARNER BROS.ANNOUNCE NATALIA TENA AS FINAL HARRY POTTER FILM STAR TO JOIN “A CELEBRATION OF HARRY POTTER” IN 2018


Today, Universal Orlando Resort and Warner Bros. revealed Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks) as the final Harry Potter film star to join this year’s “A Celebration of Harry Potter” from January 26-28, 2018. She will attend the special event alongside previously announced film talent Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley).

November 15, 2017

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Offers First Look at Virtual Reality Roller Coaster Experience Opening in Spring 2018


Mobile App Lets Fans Preview ‘The Great LEGO® Race’ With or Without VR Headset

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (Nov. 15, 2017) — A sneak preview of LEGOLAND® Florida Resort’s upcoming virtual reality (VR) roller coaster adventure is now available through an innovative mobile app that lets fans experience the 360-degree theme park action with or without a VR headset. The Great LEGO® Race opens Nov. 22 at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort, followed in Spring 2018 at LEGOLAND Florida Resort and Germany’s LEGOLAND Deutschland Resort.

Developed under the supervision of Merlin Magic Making, the global creative and delivery division of parent company Merlin Entertainments Group, The Great LEGO Race will transform the three theme parks’ existing Project X roller coasters into a high-octane experience that puts guests in the driver’s seat for a rollicking race against a colorful lineup of LEGO minifigure characters.

ICONIC CHARACTERS FROM ILLUMINATION’S DESPICABLE ME AND MINIONS AND FROM DREAMWORKS ANIMATION’S SHREK AND MADAGASCAR FRANCHISES JOIN CLASSIC HOLIDAY FAVORITES TO SPREAD CHEER IN THE ALL-NEW UNIVERSAL’S HOLIDAY PARADE FEATURING MACY’S


Universal Orlando’s New Holiday Parade Will Feature More Than 100 Performers and More than 30 Larger-than-Life, Specially-Designed Floats and Balloons to Delight Audiences of All Ages 

Beginning Saturday, Nov. 18, Universal Orlando guests will experience an awe-inspiring and highly entertaining parade like no other during Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. The all-new parade will feature some of guests’ favorite characters from some of the world’s most iconic franchises, extraordinarily-detailed floats and high-flying balloons parading through the streets of Universal Studios Florida for the first time ever.
Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s will raise the bar for holiday entertainment at Universal Orlando.  Universal’s award-winning Entertainment team has worked to create a massive parade that will highlight traditional holiday favorites and some of today’s most popular characters. Guests will marvel at:

ADG's Adventure Lagoon Water Ride Wins Best New Product at IAAPA!


(Orlando, FL)  Aquatic Development Group, Inc (ADG) is proud to announce the receipt of the IAAPA's Brass Ring Award for their new water ride, Adventure Lagoon™, a unique and innovative three-in-one skill based ride that opened this year at H2OBX Waterpark in NC. The award was presented during this year's IAAPA Expo in Orlando.

ADG’s Adventure Lagoon™combines river crossings, climbing walls and inflatable obstacle courses that create a unique combination of ride features that appeal to every age group and skill level.  Multiple access points for easy ride entry throughout the attraction means less time waiting and more time enjoying.

SEAWORLD ORLANDO UNVEILS CUSTOM-DESIGNED RAFT FOR INFINITY FALLS

All-New Family Attraction Opening Summer 2018


ORLANDO, Fla. (November 14, 2017) – Today, SeaWorld Orlando revealed the first of 15 custom rafts for its new Infinity Falls river rapids attraction opening summer 2018. The 8-passenger raft features custom theming and décor resembling supplies found on real white-water rafting expeditions. The circular raft design puts riders face-to-face and allows friends and family to enjoy this exhilarating attraction together.

Aboard the raft, riders will embark 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.

Attractions Industry Legends Inducted into IAAPA Hall of Fame


2017 Inductees Include Philippe de Villiers, Henri and Pamela Landwirth, and Richard M. Sherman 
ORLANDO, Fla., US (Nov. 14, 2017) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) today announced the induction of several attractions industry legends — Philippe de Villiers, Henri and Pamela Landwirth, and Richard M. Sherman — into the IAAPA Hall of Fame.  The inductions were announced during the Kickoff Event for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The IAAPA Hall of Fame honors individuals whose work and accomplishments have made significant and lasting contributions to the worldwide attractions industry. 

"We are honored to welcome this esteemed group of industry leaders into the IAAPA Hall of Fame," said Jack Morey, 2017 chairman of the IAAPA Hall of Fame and Archives Committee and executive vice president of Morey's Piers. "These individuals truly embody everything our industry stands for, bringing innovation, creativity, and philanthropy to the world. Throughout their notable careers, Philippe de Villiers, Henri and Pamela Landwirth, and Richard M. Sherman have positively shaped the global attractions industry; leading by example and inspiring generations to continually strive for excellence." 

Talon Simulations - New Features for the Atomic A3 Full Motion Simulator

November 14, 2017 – Talon Simulations announced highly sought-after additions to the Atomic A3 virtual reality motion simulator to more than 28,000 attractions industry professionals from around the world in Orlando, Florida, during the IAAPA Attractions Expo, the attractions industry’s premier trade show and conference.

The Atomic A3 Full Motion Simulator is a compact and cost effective virtual reality attraction designed to maximize revenue per square foot by providing a social and re-playable experience for guests of all ages. 

MediaMation, Inc. (MMI) to Debut New Experiences at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Trade Show

MMI is breaking boundaries with Flying Theaters, interactive motion based virtual reality and ESports for Attractions

TORRANCE, California, November 14, 2017 - MMI is on the forefront of technology at this year’s conference with three cutting edge products: A Flying Theatre, two new REACTIVr games, and a turnkey ESports theatre for parks, casinos and FECs.

MMI’s MX4D® Flying EFX Theatre is a new take on an industry favorite. The company’s four-seat bench glides forward to allow rider’s feet to perilously dangle over the edge. MX4D Motion EFX technology combined with the state-of-the-art projection and sound immerse fliers in an experience unparalleled in the industry. The Full Dome Pro screen will surround riders with the edge-of-your-seat excitement of Alpha Flight, the latest film from Super 78.

November 13, 2017

IAAPA Releases Preview of New Rides and Attractions Expected to Open Worldwide in 2018


Thrilling Additions and Expansions Scheduled to Debut   at more than 65 Theme Parks and Attractions 
ORLANDO, Fla., USA (Nov. 13, 2017) – As global amusement industry professionals gather at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017, the premier conference and trade show for the $39.5 billion worldwide industry, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) releases its annual preview of major new rides and attractions opening in 2018 at amusement parks, water parks, family entertainment centers, science centers, museums, zoos, and aquariums around the world.

The 2018 list includes more than 65 new experiences at the world's amusement parks and attractions including roller coasters, water slides, games, virtual reality rides, and more.

Below are some of the exciting thrills guests will enjoy during 2018, organized by continent then by nation, state, and/or province. Updates will be posted regularly at www.IAAPA.org/news. 

November 2, 2017

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT RELEASES NEW DETAILS AND A FIRST BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT UPCOMING FAST & FURIOUS – SUPERCHARGED ATTRACTION

New Attraction Will Open in Spring 2018 and Bring the Energy, Excitement and High-Octane Adventures of the 
Blockbuster “Fast & Furious” Films to Life 


Orlando, Fla. (Nov. 2, 2017) – Soon, Universal Orlando’s newest attraction, Fast & Furious – Supercharged, will race into Universal Studios Florida and bring one of the world’s hottest film franchises to life in a whole new way.

Fast & Furious is a global phenomenon and one of the highest-grossing film franchises of all time. Millions of people from all over the world have been captivated by the action-packed storylines, unique characters and high-speed cars. In Spring 2018, the next chapter of this blockbuster franchise will come to life with Universal Orlando’s new attraction: Fast & Furious – Supercharged. Guests will have the opportunity to actually live the excitement they’ve seen on the big screen in a high-octane ride experience where they will become part of the Fast family.

October 18, 2017

Christmas Bricktacular, Kids’ New Year’s Party Offer 15 Dates of Florida Yuletide Fun Included with Admission


WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (Oct. 18, 2017) — The holiday season shines bigger and brighter than ever this year as LEGOLAND® Florida Resort’s popular Christmas and New Year’s events return for their seventh year of yuletide fun. On 15 separate dates – the most ever – guests will enjoy awesome entertainment, Christmas character meet-and-greets and hands-on building activities that combine the fun of LEGO® toys with the spirit of the season.

It’s all included with admission – no extra ticket required!

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Honors U.S. Veterans with Free Admission and Guest Ticket Discount Nov. 1-19


WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (Oct. 18, 2017) — From Nov. 1-19, 2017, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort will once again honor U.S. veterans with free theme park admission plus 50 percent off tickets for up to six guests. It’s our way of saying thank you to the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

To receive free admission, U.S. veterans must present valid military ID or proof of veteran status at the theme park ticket windows on the day of their visit. This offer is not available online or by phone.

October 11, 2017

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Announces 12 Months of Awesome Events for 2018, Starting with LEGO® NINJAGO® Days in January

New NINJAGO ‘4D’ Film, Great LEGO Race VR Coaster, LEGO® Star Wars™, KIDZ BOP, Seasonal Parties and Return of Brick Dash 5K Highlight Year Full of Fun


WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (Oct. 11, 2017) — In 2018, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort will deliver 12 months of awesomeness with a blockbuster lineup of special events and grand openings throughout the year. It all kicks off in January with LEGO® NINJAGO® Days, three consecutive weekends of exclusive activities and entertainment devoted to the popular LEGO franchise, and the NINJAGO action continues with the opening of an exciting new theatrical attraction starring the cast of TV’s “LEGO NINJAGO: Masters of Spinjitzu.”

Mark your calendars for another brick-tastic year of fun at the place #BuiltForKids:

September 19, 2017

Three LEGOLAND® Parks to Transform Roller Coasters into Supercharged Virtual Reality Adventure

The Great LEGO® Race to Immerse Families in Exhilarating New Experience at Malaysia, Florida and Deutschland Resorts in 2017-2018


POOLE, ENGLAND (Sept. 19, 2017) – Prepare to take a ride on the wildest LEGO® race ever imagined when cutting-edge virtual reality technology combines with roller coaster thrills in an exhilarating new attraction opening in late 2017 at LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort, followed in 2018 at LEGOLAND Florida Resort and Germany’s LEGOLAND Deutschland Resort, UK parent company Merlin Entertainments Group announced today.

Developed under the supervision of Merlin Magic Making, the company’s global creative and delivery division, The Great LEGO Race will transform three existing “Project X” roller coasters into an exciting, high-octane experience that puts kids in the driver’s seat and asks, “Are you brave enough to face, race and beat the best of the best in all of LEGO world?”

August 16, 2017

NORTH CAROLINA - NEWLY EXPANDED KIDS’ AREA, PRE-K PASS TO DEBUT AT CAROWINDS IN 2018

Expansion will bring six new attractions, including an 8,000 square foot play area New FREE Pre-K Pass introduced


Charlotte, N.C., Aug. 16, 2017 – Carowinds will debut a newly expanded kids’ area, Camp Snoopyopening for the spring 2018 season. Formerly known as Planet Snoopy, Camp Snoopy will feature new rides, a climb and play area and a more natural looking midway that celebrates the beauty of the Carolina wilderness. Also new for 2018 is the Pre-K Pass, a season pass offering free admission to children ages three to five.