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IPM covers 2012 attraction openings

Brad Garrett at Cars Land opening

Cars Land at Disney California Adventure
Review by Mitch Rily with photos of the attraction
Red-carpet photos of celebrities at opening day
Videos: opening ceremony; attraction preview
Official press release 

Media Days at Disney California Adventure
June 2012 photos by IPM contributing editor Mitch Rily

Legoland’s new waterpark in Central Florida
Photos & commentary by IPM editor Martin Palicki.

The park is geared for a younger visitor, and as such has a smaller capacity than other water parks in the Orlando area. With just 1,300 people in attendance at opening day, the attractions were jammed and space was at a premium. Still, as a supplement to the already successful Legoland Florida park, it’s likely to be an additional draw for the park and new revenue stream…”

The “Big O” at Yeosu 2012

Yeosu Expo 2012: the world exposition
A selection of photos, articles, interviews and news items. 
“Having been COO of the USA Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010, Mark Germyn has on-the-ground experience both relevant and recent. His international background includes top management roles at Legoland California and Warner Bros parks in Germany and Australia, as well as operations roles with pavilions at AmeriFlora 92 and Vancouver Expo 86….” 

SeaWorld Parks
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Corporate Director, Creative Development, Brian Morrow, gave InPark editor and publisher Martin Palicki this exclusive interview about new attractions at SeaWorld and Busch theme parks. They talked about Aquatica, Verbolten, Turtle Trek, Freshwater Oasis and Manta.

KidZania Cuicuilco

KidZania Chief Experience Officer Mark Snell spoke to IPM co-editor Judith Rubin about KidZania’s first outdoor park, more than triple the size of the existing, eponymous indoor facilities, on a 150,000 square foot site in Cuicuilco, a southern suburb of Mexico City. “It is the next evolution of the KidZania experience,” says Snell. Laid out as a scaled-down city complete with a downtown, suburbs, landscaping and architectural landmarks, and looped by a roadway for driving education, its activities revolve around the themes of driving safety, community, health, civics and the environment. “We are taking our motto of ‘Get Ready for a Better World’ and putting it into practice through the medium of leisure entertainment,” says Snell.


Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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