Sunday 5 November 2023

November 5th - Theme Park News In a Nutshell

 This Week's Theme Park News:

• Two of America's biggest amusement park companies are coming together, Cedar Fair and Six Flags announced this week. The combined company, worth more than $3.5 billion, will boast 27 amusement parks, 15 water parks and nine resort properties in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Cedar Fair CEO Richard Zimmerman will be president and CEO of the combined company with Selim Bassoul, the current president and CEO of Six Flags, will become executive chairman. A merger of equals, they have self dubbed this.

• Six Flags Magic Mountain announced the official ground breaking for its new solar carport. When complete, the 12.37-megawatt solar array and energy storage system will offset 100% of the park's energy usage

• Six Flags Fiesta Texas and Six Flags Over Georgia each are opening Kid Flash Cosmic Coaster - the first installations of the "P'Sghetti Bowl" single-rail racing coaster from Skyline Attractions.

• SeaWorld San Diego will be breaking ground for its new 2024 attraction, Jewels of the Sea: A Jellyfish Experience

• WDW shared a promo video this week of Epcot’s upcoming nighttime show luminous the symphony of us which feature a new original song called Heartbeat Symphony.

• According to a Disney Executive in charge of Disney’s live entertainment, parades and nighttime spectaculars, “Drones are the next thing” we should expect to see coming to the Disney park’s after dark shows. During a panel discussion about the new season of “Behind the Attractions” coming to Disney+ next week, Steven Davidson mentioned Drones, saying “They’re kind of a new thing. We’re doing a lot of work in that. So all I’m going to say is, ‘There’s more to come.’”

• The Tokyo Disney Resort has reported increased attendance at their properties thus far for the first six months of the Oriental Land Company’s fiscal year. This represents a nearly 40% increase over the same term from the previous year for a total of 12.5 million visitors, with 1.63 million of them being international guests visiting from countries outside of Japan

• New pictures taken on site at the future Six Flags Qiddiya construction site can be found over at ThemeparX this week. This includes current shots of the massive Falcon’s Flight roller coaster. And we might be about to see roller coaster trains for this coaster at the upcoming Iaapa expo, if rumours are to be revealed 

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