20th Annual Thea Awards

On Saturday, April 5th our industry celebrated what has come to be known as the “Oscars” of the Themed Entertainment Industry… the 20th Annual Thea Awards Gala. The objective of the Thea Awards is to find excellence and celebrate it. We would like to congratulate all Thea Awards recipients that help create compelling experiences that…

15 Top Theme Park Additions for 2017 (The Park at OWA is #10)

By Dave Parfitt | U.S. News and World Report Contributor April 4, 2017 OWA is a brand-new amusement park currently under construction on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, and the Rollin’ Thunder roller will be the headline attraction. Designed by Italian amusement ride company Zamperla, Rollin’ Thunder will be similar to Thunderbolt, which returned to Brooklyn, New York’s Coney…

New General Manager of NY Wheel

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Joel Ward, of ProFun Management Group, has been officially announced as the new General Manager of ​the 60-story observation wheel being built on the St George waterfront. Joel brings over 25 years of experience in the tourism and attraction industry, including his 18-year tenure at Universal Studios.

New York Wheel Moves Forward With City Council Approval

Although the New York Wheel, the massive ferris wheel coming to the Staten Island waterfront, is all but a given at this point, the project still needed City Council approval before moving forward with construction. And as of yesterday, those changes—which focused mainly on a parking garage near the attraction—were approved. The adjustments centered on…

Service Excellence Around the World

He is everywhere! Ho Chi Minh City, Moscow, Orlando, and Sydney… Shaun McKeogh is busier than ever! He has recently completed employee training for Wet’n’Wild in Sydney where he received rave reviews; hosted a highly attended Service Excellence webinar for EAAPA (Eurasian Amusement Parks and Attractions) in Moscow; as well as led IAAPA seminars at…