International Ride Training LLC is proud to announce the 2017 iROC
Audit Excellence Awards
Nashville, November 1, 2017: International Ride Training announces the 2017 iROC Audit Excellence
Awards for Ride Operations.
This year’s recipients are:
The award winners achieved the highest rankings in IRT's International Ride Operator Certification
audit program. The iROC Audit program assesses ride operator safety, efficiency, and professionalism
through a proprietary methodology focused on IRT'S Ten Critical Components of ride operation. In
unannounced audits each summer, IRT parks are evaluated on over thirty specific performance
criteria designed to improve and maintain excellence in amusement ride safety, professionalism, and
efficiency. This year's iROC Audit Excellence Award winners rated highly in all areas consistently.
While discussing the award, Patty Beazley of IRT, LLC commented, “IRT audited nearly 500 rides in
2017, and Cedar Point, Holiday World, and California's Great America consistently demonstrated
overall excellence in ride operations. It is impressive to watch a team of operators so focused on
guest safety, while consistently engaging with each rider. Their passion is evident and
overwhelming.” Cindee Huddy of IRT, LLC added, “Safe and efficient ride operation is a learned skill
that requires multi-tasking and attention to detail each and every cycle. These award winning teams
made it look easy, and have set an example the industry should strive to emulate."
International Ride Training LLC provides the gold standard in safety services to the amusement
industry and is a global leader in ride operations auditing and training. IRT has, for over 17 years,
provided direct operations training, auditing, advisory services, interactive safety education and
coaching, training and leadership development, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
development, and general ride safety consulting to over 75 theme parks worldwide.
may be found at www.ridetraining.com.
Ring in the New Year at Knott’s with a Special New Year’s Eve Celebration
that will Light up the sky as the Park Welcomes 2018
Featuring a Spectacular Midnight Countdown, Live Entertainment & Much More!
BUENA PARK, CA (December 2017) – The countdown to the New Year is on at Knott’s Merry Farm with midnight fireworks, live entertainment, and special extended hours for the one-night event. Guests can say goodbye to 2017 as the park celebrates with memorable festivities including Knott’s Merry Farm seasonal performances throughout the day on December 31st. The Knott’s New Year’s Eve celebration gives guests front row seats to the final Seasons of Fun event, of year as the park rings in 2018 with a park wide party unlike any other.
The New Year’s celebration features entertaining activities for the whole family including a family-friendly comedian Chipper Lowell, live bands throughout the park, salsa lessons and more. Guests are invited to count down the final moments of 2017 with festive music, party hats and noisemakers making this last night of the year extra special. The spectacular firework celebration sets the sky above Knott’s ablaze at the stroke of midnight as colorful fireworks light the start of the New Year. The nighttime extravaganza offers a stress-free night perfect for family and friends to come together and create new memories by starting a new tradition at Knott’s
This year’s line-up of cannot miss entertainment:
The seasonal fun continues with Knott's Merry Farm’s festive lineup of entertainment, delectable foods and holiday shopping:
Knott’s New Year’s Eve Celebration is included with regular daytime admission. Park hours on New Year’s Eve are 10am to 1am. A 2018 Knott’s Season Pass is a great way to visit on New Year’s Eve. A 2018 Season Pass includes one free visit to enjoy in 2017 unlimited visits in 2018 with no blackout dates, discounts on select food and merchandise, and access to exciting year-round seasonal events. A Regular Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2018 to Knott’s Berry Farm and a Gold Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2018 to both Knott’s Berry Farm and the newly expanded Knott’s Soak City Waterpark with no blackout dates. Now at the Lowest Price of the Year, Regular Season Passes start at just $92.00 or six easy payments of $15.33 and Gold Season Passes are $110 or six payments of just $18.33. These offers end January 7, 2018. Applicable taxes and fees apply online. Payment plans are only available at knotts.com.
To purchase Season Passes or tickets, or for more information about Knott’s Berry Farm, visit www.knotts.com or download the Knott’s mobile app for your smartphone today. And join the conversation using #KnottsNYE.
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About Knott’s Berry Farm and Cedar Fair Entertainment Company:
What began as a roadside berry stand and chicken dinner restaurant in the 1920’s has evolved into Knott’s Berry Farm, one of Southern California’s most popular theme park destinations combining world-class thrill rides with traditional family favorite attractions and entertainment. Knott’s is also home to Knott’s Soak City Waterpark, Knott’s Marketplace, and the full-service Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel. Knott’s Berry Farm is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded partnership and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels. For more information, see www.cedarfair.com.
Six Flags Great Adventure’s Holiday in the Park®
to Operate Daily between Christmas and New Year’s Day
New drone footage lets you fly through the night like Rudolph
Six Flags Great Adventure’s Holiday in the Park event will operate daily Dec. 26, 2017 through Jan. 1, 2018.
Dec. 26, 2017 through Jan. 1, 2018
1 to 9 p.m.
Six Flags Great Adventure, Rt. 537, Jackson, NJ 08527
Six Flags Great Adventure magically transforms into a winter wonderland. More than a million glittering lights, dazzling holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, Santa’s village and many popular rides provide a way for guests to create holiday memories at Six Flags Great Adventure this winter. This year’s event features two new shows, a newly-themed section, plus more shopping, dining and rides than ever before. Holiday in the Park is included with all Season Passes and active Memberships. More information about Holiday in the Park is available at www.sixflags.com/greatadventure
The park opens for the 2018 season March 24. Six Flags Great Adventure will debut CYBORG Cyber Spin, the first thrill ride of its kind in North America, in late spring.
LEGOLAND® CASTLE HOTEL AT LEGOLAND® CALIFORNIA RESORT IS TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR THE SPRING AND REVEALS FIRST LEGO® MODEL BUILT FOR THE NEW HOTEL!
Time Lapse Video Builds Anticipation for Nation’s First LEGOLAND Castle Hotel
CARLSBAD, Calif. (Dec. 20, 2017) – Want to give a child a gift they’ll never forget? Invite them to be one of the first to stay at LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel when it opens in spring 2018! While construction teams work to build the nation’s first LEGOLAND Castle Hotel, Master Model Builders are working just as rapidly building the more than 2,100 LEGO® models for the Hotel including the iconic model of the royal statue that will greet guests as they arrive.
A team of Master Model Builders spent 1,243 hours creating this statue that represents all of the key figures of the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel in one monument: A Wizard, Princess, Jester, Knight, King and Queen are all represented in front of the 250-room, entirely castle-themed hotel. The LEGO model is created from 251,565 LEGO pieces, weighs 1,563 pounds and took 750 hours to develop and build! In fact, because of the size of the model, it took 133 hours to carefully disassemble it and pack it up to ship to Carlsbad, California from overseas.
To book a visit to stay in the Knight and Dragon, Royal Princess or Magic Wizard rooms, visit www.LEGOLANDvacations.com.
Universal Studios Hollywood Makes Top 10 List of Google’s 2017 Year in Search as Trending Global Theme Park within Travel Destination Activities
Universal City, California – December 20, 2017 – According to Google’s 2017 Year in Searchcampaign, Universal Studios Hollywood topped the list of Travel Destination Activities based on their aggregation of trillions of search queries.
Trending searches are defined as having the highest spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2017 vs prior year.
According to Google, Year in Search reflects the spirit of the times as they strive to capture the year's new and exciting search terms. Trending terms generally better identify what people were curious about in 2017 relative to 2016. More information is available at google.com/2017.
As the #1 tourist destination in Los Angeles and one of the most progressive theme parks anywhere, Universal Studios Hollywood inspires guests from across the globe to step into the world of movie-making magic and experience immersive, groundbreaking attractions based on today’s most compelling movies and television shows.
With its recent unprecedented multi-million dollar investment to reimagine the decades old theme park, Universal Studios Hollywood has undergone a top to bottom makeover resulting in 75 percent of the destination completely transformed. The dramatic changes that have taken place in recent years have substantially altered the look, feel and experience of the theme park to redefine Universal Studios Hollywood as an entirely new destination.
Since its inception over 50 years ago, Universal Studios has lifted the veil on Hollywood’s most illustrious industry, placing guests at the heart of favorite movies and television shows. It continues to be at the top of its game, taking innovation, imagination and inspiration to meteoric levels working in collaboration with some of the most influential filmmakers in the business and the greatest minds in entertainment—Steven Spielberg, Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Peter Jackson, Michael Bay, Chris Meledandri, Greg Nicotero and JK Rowling—to create intriguing rides and attractions.
Spellbinding attractions situated within immersive lands include “The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM, “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” and “Springfield,” located adjacent to the “The Simpsons Ride.” Popular rides include “Transformers: The Ride—3D,” “Jurassic Park Ride,” “Revenge of the Mummy” indoor rollercoaster and “AMC’s The Walking Dead” attraction.
The world-famous, behind-the-scenes Studio Tour remains Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, staying true to its roots of immersing guests in the awe-inspiring world of movie-making magic.
Helmed with an expert guide, the Studio Tour provides remarkable access to movie sets on a real working studio lot bringing millions of guests onto areas of an authentic movie and television studio typically restricted to authorized movie production personnel and into that elusive world motivated by three compelling words: lights, camera, action.
From soundstages and productions sets to such thrilling attractions “King Kong 360 3D” inspired by director Peter Jackson’s blockbuster movie and “Fast & Furious-Supercharged,” based on the global blockbuster film franchise, the Studio Tour places guests at the front line of Hollywood movie-making.
As Universal Studios Hollywood looks towards the future, 2018 will offer guests another exciting year of entertainment including the introduction of the all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring Kung Fu Panda.
More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.
Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter ™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™,” Universal Studios Hollywood’s first outdoor rollercoaster. Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction. The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television studio where they can also experience such authentic and immersive thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesignedUniversal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.
HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s17)