Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Boo Blasters on Boo Hill new in 2010

Kings Island’s new dark ride an interactive family experience

KINGS ISLAND, Ohio – Visitors to Kings Island will have an opportunity to experience an all-new interactive family ride in 2010, Boo Blasters on Boo Hill.

The animated adventure begins when guests enter the attraction through the front gates of a haunted castle. Be careful! Those who dare enter must battle Boocifer, the meanest Ghost of all. But don’t be scared. You have a secret weapon called a Boo Blaster to zap Boocifer and all the Ghosts away as you travel through ghastly graveyards, creepy corridors, and down into dingy dungeons. If you collect enough points, you’ll rid this castle of Boocifer and his Ghosts.

Guests can choose to enhance their ride experience on Boo Blasters on Boo Hill with 3-D glasses.

“Boo Blasters on Boo Hill features special effects and a variety of ghostly gags which makes each ride a different experience,” said Greg Scheid, vice president and general manager of Kings Island. “This is a ride kids, parents, and grandparents can do together and will enjoy riding over and over again.”

As previously announced, also new this year is Planet Snoopy, as the park’s nine-time, award-winning “Best Kids’ Area in the World” receives a fresh new look with a timeless classic, and four new live stage shows: Way Too Much TV, Signed, Sealed, Delivered!, Charlie Brown’s Hoedown and Snoopy Rocks on Ice!

Kings Island opens for weekends beginning Saturday, April 17 for the 2010 season (the park is closed Sunday, April 18, but re-opens Friday, April 23). Daily operation begins Friday, May 21.

For more information about Kings Island, guests can call (513) 754-5700 or visit the park’s official website at

Monday, March 15, 2010

Calypso Waterpark is ready to turn on the taps!

Canada’s newest and largest Waterpark is set to open on June 7, 2010

Sitting on 100 acres, Calypso Waterpark – Canada’s largest theme waterpark – is set to open on June 7, 2010. Offering something for everyone, the park is located twenty minutes from Ottawa, Ontario and is jam packed with signature attractions from WhiteWater West, some of which are the first of their kind to be installed in Canada!

Canada’s first Family Boomerango and winner of the 2008 IAAPA award for Best New Product will wow guests, taking them vertical as they shoot up a wall, then pause before falling back for a sense of weightlessness as they pass over a transition hump and into a splashdown pool below. This raft ride is ideal for groups and families to share the excitement similarly to the traditional Family Raft Ride, another feature ride in the park.

Those who want to increase the adrenaline rush will experience high thrills sliding down the free fall speed slides, or trying out the eight-lane mat racer for a head-to-head battle of through a series of thrilling bumps, accelerating towards the finish line. Forces will keep riders heart rates up as they swirl around the walls of the SpaceBowl and SuperBowl, other exciting firsts for Canada.

There’s lots of fun for the tots as well. They will be delighted with a group of slides all their own that includes two mini slides, an enclosed body slide and a ramp slide.

All of these attractions surround WhiteWater’s RainFortress - a fully themed, multi-level and interactive play structure and the largest of its kind in Canada. It will delight park goers with its swashbuckling pirate theme and its giant tipping bucket that intermittently fills and spills on those adventurous enough to stand below. The structure boasts almost 200 features including numerous slides, bridges, climb nets, arch jets, water guns and pull ropes will provide hours of entertainment for hundreds of guests of all ages.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Environs Donates $650,000 Scenic Ship to Children with Life-Threatening Illnesses

Jacksonville, FL – Environs of Jacksonville Florida is renowned for creating themed and immersive environments for amusement parks, family entertainment centers, museums, zoo’s, hotels, resorts and more. One of Environs’ talents is large scenic ships found in amusement parks, resorts, FECs and other venues across the USA and the Caribbean.

The company’s newest creation is a giant 90’ miracle ship which has been custom designed and fabricated for Give Kids The World Village in Orlando, FL. The ship – named Serendipity – has taken 6 months to build and was revealed for the first time on March 7th 2010 when the Village celebrated Founder’s Day and the grand opening of the new ‘Park of Dreams’ area.

Not only is the Serendipity the largest scenic ship to be developed by Environs to date but this particular ship has a special place in the company’s heart. Serendipity is a donation to Give Kids The World Village whose mission is to provide magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Wish families are granted a week-long cost-free fantasy vacation at the non-profit Give Kids The World Village, complete with accommodation, meals, transportation and donated attraction tickets for the major Orlando based amusement park. Since its opening in 1989, Give Kids The World has welcomed over 100,000 Wish families.

“Knowing our ship will help to provide joy and a sense of wonder for the families at Give Kids The World is truly special” says CEO Derek Mercer who made the decision to donate the $650,000 ship in the summer of 2009. “There’s so many things about the human brain that we don’t know and if this ship can help to bring a positive attitude and a renewed sense of energy to these children, who knows what that can do in their battle against their illnesses.”

The Serendipity is one of the new attractions in the newly enhanced and expanded ‘Park of Dreams’ which is the Village’s water based attraction area complete with a zero depth pool as well as an interactive water garden. Due to an ever increasing number of visiting families, the activities in the area needed further expansion and the Village also wanted to offer guests greater entertainment options. The results are going to be ‘Dive-in’ movies which will be projected onto the ship’s massive sail suspended from the 60’ tall masts. The ship deck will also provide a stage for live entertainment shows as well as form the perfect back drop for the Village’s weekly Pirates & Princesses parties.

SeaWorld Rescues manatee

Orlando, Fla. -- SeaWorld Orlando’s Animal Rescue Team rescues a young female manatee Tuesday from a canal near Satellite Beach, Fla. This was the park’s 11th cold-stress manatee rescue this year – an unusually high number due to Florida’s unseasonably cold and extended winter. The approximately five-foot-long sea cow remains in guarded condition at SeaWorld’s Manatee Rehabilitation Center, where she is be treated by park veterinarians and animal care specialists in hopes of releasing her back to nature.

SeaWorld is the global leader in the rescue and rehabilitation of manatees. The park’s Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation Team is on call 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. SeaWorld has released seven manatees this year.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tivoli Gardens’ new Klump Island, designed by Jumana Brodersen, on fast track for Spring 2010 opening

- New branded attraction is based on classic Danish story character Rasmus Klump (Petzi)
- Integrated creative management techniques help fast-track project for Spring 2010 opening

Copenhagen, Denmark, 09 March 2010 – For Jumana Brodersen and the creative team currently engaged in building and fabricating Klump Island at Tivoli Gardens, “don’t sweat the small stuff” is key to delivering a new 1,530 sq. meter children’s attraction consistent with the unique quality of Tivoli and ready to welcome guests for the 2010 spring season.

“The way Klump Island is taking shape – rapidly, beautifully and fully on target with design goals - demonstrates the effectiveness of the ‘integrated creative management’ or ‘design/build’ approach,” says Brodersen, who was engaged to master-plan the project in June 2009. “With Tivoli’s top level team of artisan builders and craftspeople - versatile and fully committed to the project - you can allow for individual creativity and problem-solving in the field. This shortens the time between concept and fabrication and gives maximum value for the budget. It’s the 21st century way of doing things.”

The Klump Island project now being realized in Denmark is a themed entertainment collaboration across continents. Brodersen, president of The J Co LLC (St. Louis, USA) and former corporate director of creative development with Busch Entertainment Corp., was brought on in June 2009, after meeting in Copenhagen with Tivoli's director of design Mikkel Sonne, vice president Finn Sture Madsen and CEO Lars Liebst, as well as creative developer Per Sanderhage of Egmont, which owns the Rasmus Klump character. Returning to the US, Brodersen kicked off creative development with a design team chosen for their expertise in themed play attractions (Elaine Swanger, Sophie Binder and Scott Neale).

Klump Island offers a new immersive play experience for children and their families, themed around the world of Rasmus Klump and his friends. Brodersen's design ushers in a dramatic sense of arrival. Featuring three adventure zones for three age groups, Brodersen’s design provides a whole new look within Tivoli Gardens, blending Rasmus sculptural styles, textures and colors into the fabric of Tivoli. Complementing the play areas are a Rasmus-themed ride, and a restaurant specializing in pancakes, Rasmus's comfort food of choice.

“Integrating the Rasmus Klump attraction into Tivoli Gardens amusement park was a similar challenge to what we did in designing the Sesame play areas for theme parks SeaWorld San Diego and Busch Gardens Williamsburg,” says Brodersen. “What’s needed is a concept that embodies the brand and the story, is responsive to the needs of the park, the interests of the guests and will give long term value to the property. If you have these elements, if you understand what you are designing for and are grounded in the master plan, then you can allow flexibility for addressing some things in the course of building the project. In the case of Tivoli, the team members have a strong sense of regional pride – they see it as ‘our Tivoli,’ they have a personal stake. Integrated creative management is all about having a good team and giving people room to surprise you in how they take the project to the next level, within the framework of the concept.”

Tivoli CEO Lars Liebst says, “In 2009 we opened the year’s wildest ride - Vertigo - for the daredevils. In 2010 the focus will be on children with a play world, the size and quality of which have never been seen before in Denmark, with free entry for our visitors. We believe that Petzi [Rasmus Klump] and Tivoli fit together well: both brands are internationally recognized, and both have entertained Danish children for many generations.”

Michael Benzon, Egmont international licensing manager, says, “Petzi and his world will now be brought to life on a scale never before experienced by a Danish cartoon character. For this to happen in Tivoli is ideal, for Petzi represents joy, friendship and a lust for adventure. Tivoli is the ideal forum for Petzi to welcome the children of all countries into his world.”

“We were impressed by how quickly Jumana entered the Rasmus universe and understood the character’s nature – not an easy task, but she made it look easy,” says Tivoli director of design Mikkel Sonne. “Incorporating a branded character was something we’d never done before at Tivoli. It needed a delicate balance to have the playground make an impact yet fit in naturally, and we turned to Jumana’s particular expertise. Klump Island is the right thing for the coming season at Tivoli, and everyone is very excited about it. Jumana managed to get the balance just right.”