January 9, 2013
Attractions Industry News Exclusively for IAAPA members
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  Amusement and Theme Parks 
  • Construction of Cedar Point's GateKeeper remains on track
    Construction of the GateKeeper scream machine at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, is on schedule and 40% complete, an official said. "The crews have been working 10-hour days, six days a week, through the snow and cold Lake Erie winds," spokeswoman Annie Zelm said. The roller coaster will become Cedar Point's 16th roller coaster as well as the world's longest winged roller coaster. Zelm said the park expects construction to be completed in April. WFMY-TV (Greensboro, N.C.) (1/8)
  • Disneyland aims to prevent abuse of multiday passes
    Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California, on Tuesday launched an effort aimed at preventing the abuse of multiday passes. Disney wants to prevent businesses from purchasing multiday park passes and then "leasing" them to guests for individual days for a profit. Workers photographed guests using multiday passes as they entered the park. If a pass is used again by a person other than the guest in the photo, the individual will not be allowed to enter the park, spokeswoman Suzi Brown said. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (1/8)
  • Wisconsin's Mt. Olympus reconfigures coaster
    Mt. Olympus amusement park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, is adding a 360-degree inversion to its largest roller coaster. The ride also will get a new train, which will allow the cars to rotate and pivot properly. Meanwhile, owner Nick Laskaris said the park's advance bookings have increased over last year. "The reasons we're doing well is because of our amenity, and because we're doing a better job marketing, of telling our potential consumer what we have. Internet is our number one tool for marketing. TV is still good, but internet is the best. It's inexpensive, easy to offer specials, and it's live," he said. Wisconsin Dells Events (Wis.) (1/8)
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  Water Parks 
  • Matt Eckert named CEO of Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
    Holiday World & Splashin' Safari has named Matt Eckert president and CEO. Eckert, a staff member since 2000, previously was general manager. He grew up near the park, which is in Santa Claus, Indiana, and visited each summer as a guest. "The park has been on a tremendous ride the past few years in terms of expansion and guest visitation. That is definitely something I want to see continue," he said. Eckert also is a former member of the human resources committee of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, and his advice on best practices often is sought by others in the industry. Evansville Courier & Press (Ind.) (free registration) (1/8)
  Family Entertainment Centers 
  • Illinois arcade replaces shooter games
    An Algonquin, Illinois, arcade removed 12 shooter games following the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. "For adults, it's one thing, but we have 8- and 9-year-old kids coming in ... blasting away. I said, 'We don't need these games.' I can replace them with something else," said Kevin Slota, co-owner of No Limit Arcade. Meanwhile, others in the industry say it is up to parents to determine what is right for their children. "It's a tragic situation," said Clint Paraday, general manager of Odyssey Fun World in Naperville, Illinois. "But to put the blame on video games and entertainment, where do you draw the line and who draws that line?" Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) (1/7)
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  Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums 
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