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Happy New Year from InPark Magazine! Top 10+10 for 2011

Fireworks at Kings Dominion Eiffel Tower
Top 10 News Themes of 2011
Selected by Martin Palicki & Judith Rubin, IPM Editors
Extreme rides

Six Flags Over Texas opens new Texas Giant coaster for 50th anniversary

Six Flags Flips Out with Green Lantern at Magic Mountain

Development in Eastern Europe

Overhauled Moscow Planetarium reopens

Adventure World Warsaw to open in 2014

$2.5 B Magic World Russia project announced


China making moves

$1.53 B Monkey Kingdom theme park opens 2014 near Beijing       

$230 M Hello Kitty park opens in 2014 in Shanghai region


Development in Asia

Indonesia: Premier Rides’ Yamaha Racing Coaster opens at Trans Studio park

Saudi pavilion reopens as permanent attraction on site of Shanghai Expo 2010


Resorts World Sentosa & USS

Madagascar: A Crate Adventure opens at Universal Studios Singapore

“World’s Largest Animatronic” Crane Dance spectacular opens at RWS

RWS commences 2nd phase of development

First TRANSFORMERS ride opens at Universal Studios Singapore


Branded experiences

Dr Who experience opens in UK

Disney opens Star Tours revamp

Harry Potter behind-the-scenes movie experience development at Leavesden


Merlin Entertainments’ US expansion

SEA LIFE Aquarium & LEGOLAND Discovery Center to open in Kansas City in 2012

LEGOLAND Florida opens

Madame Tussauds opens in Washington DC


Animals & nature

Santa Barbara Zoo brings T-rex to life   

Audubon Zoo opens “Cool Zoo” splash feature for children

SeaWorld debuts new “One Ocean” killer whale show

Interactive “NatureQuest” exhibit opens at Fernbank Museum, Atlanta


Business of the business

Quassy Amusement Park benefits from classic long-term approach

Cedar Fair’s shareholder tussles

Attendance numbers: 2010 TEA/AECOM Theme Index

Universal Creative promotes Thierry Coup & Chip Largman

NBCUni becomes sole owner of Universal Studios Orlando



Multiple new attractions at Schlitterbahn New Braunfels water park

Titanic: The Exhibition comes to Denmark’s Tivoli

New SplashTacular waterslide attracts attention at Spring Valley water park

Six Flags Great America builds Hurricane Harbor water park addition 

Top 10 IPM feature stories of 2011

Selected by IPM editors Martin Palicki & Judith Rubin

“In a country where media is monitored and censored, bringing in a haunted attraction full of frightening ghosts and ghouls may meet some government resistance.”
“Zoos and aquariums should look at their pricing structures and strategies. Some may be leaving money on the table while others leave audiences at the gate.”
“Through a unique and effective blend of hospitality and placemaking [and a little help from FUNA] Royal Caribbean’s vast cruise ships deliver a fertile, state-of-the-art environment for storytelling.”
“Because of the knowledge I had from working with Bob Rogers and the BRC Imagination Arts team in Burbank, I knew what we could bring to the market overseas.”
“The 1964-65 New York World’s Fair was the site of James Ogul’s first involvement in world’s fairs – as one of the managers of an Atomic Energy Exhibit in the Hall of Science.”
“There was a point in time when businesses might have thought of these life-long ‘fans’ as irritants or groupies, but now it’s time to embrace and harness their passion.”
“Working with the right IP is like walking into a crowded room with a celebrity on your arm: You’re sure to get noticed.”
“‘King Kong 360 3D’ is an immersive, multimedia experience that features a gigantic 3D projection system, with two screens 187 feet wide by 40 feet high, within a football-field sized soundstage on the tram tour at Universal Studios Hollywood.” [Thanks to Sound & Communications magazine for letting IPM reprint the story.]
“The immersive quality of Halloween Horror Nights can’t be duplicated when you have a ride system to remind you that you’ve left the world of reality. Haunted houses allow you to step into the movies in a way the rides never do.”
“The darkened ‘Mummies of the World’ exhibit is punctuated by illuminated cases of real mummies, absent of glitter, glamour and often their wrapping bandages.”

Happy New Year!

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She reports on design and technical design, production and project management, industry trends and company culture. From 2005-2020 she ran communications and publications for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA and publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association, and has contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a BFA from Pratt Institute. She has lived in Detroit, New York, Oakland, and now Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts community.

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