January 11, 2013
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  Amusement and Theme Parks 
  • Disney realigns theme park management team
    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts this week announced that George A. Kalogridis will become president of Disney World in Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 1. He currently is president of Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Kalogridis' new assignment is part of a broader realignment in the management team. He will replace Meg Crofton, who will focus on her responsibilities as president of all operations for Disney theme parks in the U.S. and Europe. "With all that we currently have in flight across our resort destinations in the U.S. and France, the time is right to move forward with this leadership transition. This group of Disney veterans has the knowledge and expertise needed to continue delivering on our legacy of creating unforgettable experiences that our guests have come to know and expect," Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs said. The changes announced this week affected more than six executives. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Founder of Maine water park passes away at age 80
    Kenneth Cormier, founder of Maine's water and amusement park Funtown/Splashtown USA, died at age 80. "He was an amazing man, a man with a vision. He's probably the biggest innovator in finding ways for communities in southern Maine to put themselves on the map," said Mark Johnston, mayor of Saco, Maine. Portland Press Herald (Maine) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Theme park CEO is optimistic about future
    Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. CEO Matt Ouimet said the economic downturn actually has spurred interest in theme parks, as people forgo vacations in favor of activities closer to home. "I think staycations are here to stay because people have rediscovered that it's more fun, less complicated and less expensive to get in your car and drive to Cedar Point or other parks," Ouimet said. He believes the trend will persist even as the economy recovers. Dayton Daily News (Ohio)/The Associated Press (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ferrari theme park draws record guests in Abu Dhabi
    The Ferrari-inspired theme park Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is attracting a record number of guests. The United Arab Emirates park features simulators, live shows and rides, including the Formula Rossa, the world's fastest roller coaster. Officials said the park attracts a significant number of tourists from India. Trade Arabia (Bahrain) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Water Parks 
  • Kalahari plans Pennsylvania water resort
    Indoor water park resort company Kalahari Resorts plans to build a $350 million resort in Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania. If approved by the local planning commission, the project would feature a two-acre outdoor water park, a 100,000-square-foot indoor water park, a 65,000-square-foot convention center and a 30,000-square-foot indoor theme park/arcade, among other things. Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Georgia amusement park breaks ground on water park
    Lake Winnepesaukah in Rossville, Georgia, held the groundbreaking ceremony for "SoakYa," a 5-acre water park it plans to open this summer. The complex will include an 800-foot lazy river, flume body slides, enclosed tube slides and more. "Lake Winnepesaukah is a hard-to-say and even harder-to-spell name, but through the years, that name has become synonymous with family fun in our region," said Talley Green, a member of the park's founding family. "That's why we chose SoakYa, a spirited play on our name, for the water park that is a perfect complement to our amusement complex." The addition will create 50 to 60 seasonal jobs. Nooga.com (Chattanooga, Tenn.) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums 
  • San Diego zoo begins displaying baby panda
    Baby panda Xiao Liwu went on public display Thursday at the San Diego Zoo in California. Xiao Liwu is six months old, weighs 18 pounds and is learning to walk. "He's at the stage right now where he's just very active. And he has to check on his environment. He's still a little clumsy," panda keeper Juli Thatcher said. CBS News (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Attendance at U.K.'s Weymouth Tower is weaker than expected
    Operator Merlin Entertainments said attendance at Weymouth Tower on the Dorset coast was lower than expected. "In terms of Weymouth as a resort, it's not been a brilliant year," General Manager Craig Dunkerley said. "The Olympics has affected us and the weather has been terrible." BBC (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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