Recently, Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products shared some exciting updates during the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo (IAAPA). Today, we have highlights from Bob’s presentation that featured a first look at new technology coming to Disney parks, including more lifelike Audio-Animatronics figures and a new ride system for Epcot’s highly-anticipated “Guardians of the Galaxy”-themed attraction.
ichael Womer makes a living performing with alligators. But a recent performance probably scared the living daylights out of his audience.
Womer was swinging on a rope over a water pit full of hungry gators when the rope snapped.
“It was at this precise moment I knew what a turkey looks like right before Thanksgiving dinner,” he said on a video posted on Facebook.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
Excitement -- and a healthy dose of Jersey resentment -- have been building around the American Dream mega-mall for over a decade. But now that construction is well underway, and there are waterslides involved, we are really jazzed.
Photographers recently captured shots of slide pieces and construction taking place at the development, which is set to become one of the largest malls in North America when it finally opens in the Meadowlands next March. In addition to the 450 retail shops, dozens of restaurants, indoor ski park, Nickelodeon indoor theme park, aquarium, ice skating rink, and luxury movie theaters, the mega-mall will house a DreamWorks waterpark -- promoted as 8 acres of glass-domed, animation-themed water fun.
The project's developer, Triple Five, did not respond to requests for comment on the current waterpark construction, but have previously said it will open in the fall of 2019, a few months after the rest of the mall does. With a target date about a year away, here's what passersby are seeing of the future waterpark at the American Dream.
The United States Patent & Trademark Office published five patent applications from Universal today, led by a proposal for a flume ride where the ride vehicle can point to the side as well as straight ahead.
Direction-changing vehicles on thrill rides seems to be one of the big trends in attraction design right now. At the IAAPA Attractions Expo and Destination D event in Orlando earlier this month, Disney Parks chairman Bob Chapek made a big deal of how the roller coaster cars on Epcot's new Guardians of the Galaxy ride will be able to turn to face in multiple directions. Chapek called the ride a "story-telling coaster."
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Herschend Enterprises co-owner JoDee Herschend.
JoDee passed away on Sunday, November 25 surrounded by her loving family following a courageous 24-year battle against cancer. She was deeply loved by her family, friends and thousands of Herschend employees blessed to know her. We all feel a tremendous loss.
JoDee Remien grew up in Springfield, MO and took a job at Silver Dollar City in the summer of 1962 while a student at Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State). At SDC, JoDee worked in the General Store and also was a street performer playing the role of “Sarey Ellen” alongside a young Peter Herschend. Their street performances led to true love and eventually marriage. Over the next 50+ years they worked together to build Herschend Enterprises and raise five children.
Beyond her work with the family, JoDee founded The Caring People, an international ministry to single mothers. More than two decades after its founding, The Caring People has grown to serve single moms in more than 30 locations in four states and in Central America.
GREEN BAY, WI
Bay Beach Amusement Park is one step closer breaking ground on a new waterfront project.
This comes as the project receives the first of many grants toward the construction.
Back in 2009, the city created a Master Plan for construction at Bay Beach. Parks Director Dan Ditscheit says, "overwhelmingly," people were hoping for more access to the beach.
Chance Rides is extremely eager to announce its latest achievement. The company was nominated and won the first ever Innovation of the Year Publisher's Pick Award.
On Saturday September 8th, at the Golden Ticket Awards in Branson Missouri, Dick Chance proudly accepted the Innovation of the Year award. Chance Rides was nominated for its advanced green technologies applied to The Electric C.P. Huntington Train. This reinvented train is making a huge impact on the industry and pushing it in a clean, Eco friendly direction.
Since 1961 the C.P. Huntington has set the industry standard for quality and we continue to raise the bar with the latest evolution of the Electric C.P. Huntington train. After many years of manufacturing the C.P. Huntington train we knew it was time to take a step above the rest and started creating plans for the first ever all electric zero emissions train. The Electric C.P. Huntington was displayed at IAAPA last year in Orlando and caught the attention of many.
Florida’s attractions have once again upped the eye-popping spectacle of parades, fireworks and Christmas decorations. Being surrounded by thousands of lights and falling “snow” makes for a great family photo.
But here’s the real trick: Don’t go anywhere near these places the week of Christmas or the week after. It is by far the busiest time of the year. Disney has even closed the gates and declared itself “at capacity” many times during Christmas week, not letting anyone in until people start to leave.
That’s why Floridians have the perk of proximity to check out the holiday foods, concerts, parades and lights when crowds are more scarce in early December. Here’s our guide to what you will find.
Five years ago, as Carowinds executives sought $1 million in incentives from local government in return for a $50 million investment, the goal was to bring 2.5 million visitors to the amusement park each year. The execs also promised to add 15 full-time jobs and 270 seasonal workers.
That was in 2013. A general manager at Carowinds at the time talked about creating a regional destination for vacationers.
Cedar Point has only been closed for a couple of weeks — and guests are already missing that summer feeling of spending time riding roller coasters, enjoying the beach, and having fun with friends and family.
Details for the annual Winter Chill Out event have been announced with tickets going on sale this Wednesday at cedarpoint.com.
Tickets for the 2018 Winter Chill Out sold out within a matter of hours due to the overwhelming excitement of Steel Vengeance. So be ready to buy when tickets go on sale at noon this week.