Monday, April 30, 2012

NASA's Orion Spacecraft to Visit Virginia Air & Space Center

Orion at Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center last week. Courtesy NASA.
Hampton, VA, USA (April 30, 2012) /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In addition to giving visitors a glimpse into NASA's past, a new summer exhibit at the Virginia Air & Space Center (VASC) will focus on the future.

A full-scale test version of NASA's Orion spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at the museum by 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 1.

The 18,000-pound Orion test vehicle, built at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., was used in the successful test of Orion's launch abort system, Pad Abort 1 in May 2010. A pad abort would provide escape capability to protect the crews in the event of an emergency during launch or initial ascent.

Today, NASA is building the first space-bound Orion capsule, which will launch on Exploration Flight Test-1 or EFT-1, an uncrewed launch planned for 2014. This test will see Orion travel farther into space than any human spacecraft has gone in more than 40 years.

The VASC is the official visitor center for NASA Langley, offering more than 100 interactive exhibits that detail NASA's historic achievements, including the Apollo 12 Command Module and a moon rock retrieved during the Apollo 17 mission. The Orion capsule will be located in the Center's main gallery near the Apollo 12 Command Module and is the first piece of the VASC's planned exhibits to celebrate a summer of exploration.

"We are thrilled to be able to display the full-scale test version of NASA's Orion spacecraft this summer. As the visitor center for NASA Langley Research Center we are excited to share the NASA story with our members and visitors and showcase the latest in NASA technology," said Brian DeProfio, Interim Director of the Virginia Air & Space Center.

On May 26, VASC will open Destination Station, a hands-on exhibit that showcases and celebrates the achievements and innovative discoveries made aboard the International Space Station, an internationally-developed research facility located in Earth's lower orbit. On Aug. 20, a full-scale model of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) will be on display at VASC, offering visitors an up-close look at NASA's current Mars mission.

For more information about Orion, visit
http://www.nasa.gov


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For more information about the Virginia Air & Space Center, visit
www.vasc.org

Museum of the City of New York Finalist for $250,000 Preservation Grant

New York, NY, USA /PRWEB/ -- On Friday, April 27, 2012, the Museum of the City of New York announced its selection as a finalist in Partners in Preservation’s New York City 2012 program. The partnership between American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, http://www.partnersinpreservation.com, provides preservation grants for local historic places. New York City has been named as this year’s location and the seventh city to participate. The Museum would use the award to restore the façade of its landmark Georgian Revival building, which features an elegant wrought-iron entrance gate and two life-size bronze sculptures of Alexander Hamilton and DeWitt Clinton. These features have remained entirely untouched since they were first installed in 1932.

The Museum is one of 40 finalists competing for a $250,000 grant. The finalist will be chosen by popular vote. Individuals can vote for the Museum of the City of New York once a day by logging on to http://www.helpmcny.com/. Voting will be open from through May 21.

The Museum was chosen because of the distinct historic details of its landmark Fifth Avenue building, which stands at the top of Museum Mile. The restoration would further the preservation of one of the premier examples of the Colonial Revival style in New York City.

The two impressive bronze statues adorning the façade were commissioned and designed specifically for the Museum. The now-weathered masterpieces were created by sculptor Adolph A. Weinman (1870-1952), who was also responsible for the "Mercury" dime and "Walking Liberty" half dollar for the U. S. Mint, and friezes for the U. S. Supreme Court building. The life-size statues boast their subjects in carefully selected poses. Hamilton appears as he does in a statuette owned by direct descendant Mr. Pierpont M. Hamilton, and Clinton’s stately stance was designed by Weinman, who requested a live model dressed in period costume to pose while he sculpted. It is believed Weinman used this technique before when he employed silent movie actress and popular live model Audrey Munson as inspiration for the “Walking Liberty” half dollar in the early 1900s.

The Museum’s 19-foot painted, wrought iron gate, installed in 1932, is accented by hand-shaped decorative elements and supported by marble piers. Restoration of the gate requires cleaning, stripping of decades of coatings, and stabilization to ensure that it will endure for many more years. The gate is attributed to the renowned designer and manufacturer, E.F. Caldwell and Co., who also produced lighting and metal features for Radio City Music Hall, Penn Station, the Waldorf-Astoria, and Grand Central Terminal. In the company of these other great New York treasures, the Museum’s Caldwell gate is an impressive architectural element worthy of careful restoration.

“Commissioned specifically for the Museum by influential designers of the time, both the iron gate and bronze statues are important to our history, as well as New York City’s architectural landscape. These distinct features complement the building’s character, and Partners in Preservation offers the public a wonderful opportunity to support their restoration and longevity,” said Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York.

The Museum has welcomed visitors from the city, the region, and the world to its landmark building for over 80 years. In 2006, the Museum initiated a capital campaign for a Modernization and Expansion Project that centers on the renovation and expansion of its historic building, the construction of new climate-controlled collections storage, and the creation of new state-of-the-art exhibition space. The Museum engaged the award-winning firm of Ennead Architects to undertake this three-phase project. The $92 million project, of which more than $89 million has been raised, will enhance every aspect of the institution’s operations and help the Museum to achieve its goal of being a world-class museum for and about New York. Completion is anticipated in 2014. Restoration of the distinguished façade is part of this project.

Some of the accomplishments of the project to date are: the completion of a three-level addition to the rear of the 1932 building that houses a two-story climate-controlled, state-of-the-art curatorial center for Museum collections, topped by a soaring 3,000-square foot space for exhibitions now named the James G. Dinan and Elizabeth R. Miller Gallery; the restoration of historic elements in the landmark building; and the installation of sophisticated mechanical and electrical systems.

ABOUT OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND
In honor of Partners in Preservation and in appreciation of public support, the Museum will host an Open House Weekend on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 with exhibition tours, family programs, and free ice cream. On Saturday at 10am “Planning Urban Places and Spaces,” a family workshop, takes participants on an exploration of urban transportation. On Sunday at 10am and noon, participants may tour the blockbuster exhibition The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011 and learn how the city’s street grid has evolved over the past 200 years.

ABOUT PARTNERS IN PRESERVATION
Each year, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation review hundreds of project proposals before selecting the participating Partners in Preservation projects. New York City is the seventh metropolitan area to be selected to participate, which in the past has made grants for preservation projects in San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Greater Boston, Seattle-Puget Sound, and Saint Paul/Minneapolis. The prospective grantees, each of which is a nonprofit organization or a government agency, complete formal grant applications, and are then reviewed towards specific criteria that includes their historic significance and accessibility to the public, demonstration of community support and organizational excellence, and evidence of a coherent and sustainable preservation plan. Voters are allotted one vote per day, from April 26 through May 21, 2012, to help give away $3 million to preserve historic places in New York City.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. The Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City, and serves the people of the city as well as visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.

VIDEO: Seven Days of Museums Day #2

Courtesy Miami Art Museum
(April 30, 2012) -- Between April 29 and May 5, in honor of the AAM Annual Conference,  IPM News will be presenting three videos each day showcasing the recent work of American museums.

TODAY'S VIDEOS:



LIVING WITH WILDFIRE: SHARE YOUR STORIES
BRADBURY SCIENCE MUSEUM, LOS ALAMOS, NM:
Exhibit Installation in progress at the Bradbury Science Museum. Opening at the Museum in June, the exhibit will have a recording booth where you'll be able to tell your personal wildfire story, and a way to listen to stories told by others both at the Museum and on the Museum's website.



THE RECORD: CONTEMPORARY ART AND VINYL
MIAMI ART MUSEUM, MIAMI, FL:
Record covers have the capacity to trigger memories and convey emotion in the most personal way. They are significant not only as tangible connections to music, but for some, as a first encounter with visual art. For this special, interactive project accompanying "The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl," a number of prominent international artists were asked to choose records based on cover visuals. Visitors are invited to listen to these records and to forge their own associations with the selected material. DJ Le Spam discusses his "Cover to Cover" selections.



RESTORATION OF PT-305
THE NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM, NEW ORLEANS, LA:
See the PT-305 all-volunteer boat restoration at the Kushner Restoration Pavilion at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. One hundred ninety-nine Patrol Torpedo boats were built by the Higgins plant in New Orleans during World War II. Only five of those boats remain in the U.S. today and only one is operational.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

VIDEO: Seven Days of Museums Day #1

Courtesy Corning Museum of Glass
(April 29, 2012) -- Between April 29 and May 5, in honor of the AAM Annual Conference,  IPM News will be presenting three videos each day showcasing the recent work of American museums.

TODAY'S VIDEOS:



EARTHQUAKE: EVIDENCE OF A RESTLESS PLANET
CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, SAN FRANCISCO, CA:
Don't miss Earthquake, a major new exhibit and planetarium show, opening May 26, 2012. Take a kinetic journey toward understanding these super seismic phenomena and how they fit into the larger story of our ever-changing Earth. Our planetarium show, Evidence of a Restless Planet, will launch you on a breathtaking tour through space and time. Fly over the San Andreas fault before diving into the planet's interior, travel back in time to witness both the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the break-up of Pangaea 200 million years ago, and much more.



VERONIKA BECKH, ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
CORNING MUSEUM OF GLASS, CORNING, NY:
A Berlin-based artist, Beckh has exhibited extensively in the United States and Europe. Her work invites viewers to disconnect from the noise and chaos of everyday life and to find light, tranquility, and contemplation. Beckh used her residency at The Studio to expand her practice beyond smaller objects and ensembles toward room installations. She experimented with scale, combining blown pieces with float glass and mirror to integrate with and respond to space, light, reflections, and the viewer.



SURVIVING THERESIENSTADT:THE MICHAEL GRUENBAUM COLLECTION
UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM:
Judith Cohen, the Museum's photo archivist, explains in this episode of Curators' Corner how a scrapbook and "memory book" from the Michael Gruenbaum Collection provide a rare view into life in Theresienstadt, the Nazis' "model" camp-ghetto.

VIDEO: Theme Park Review Presents Leviathan and Arctic Explorer POV's

(April 29, 2012) Point of view video of Leviathan and Polar Explorer have been added to the playlist "Theme Park Review Presents 2012 Coaster POV's" on the IPM News YouTube Channel.

Leviathan, at Canada's Wonderland in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada, is a Bolliger and Mabillard hypercoaster reaching 306 ft high on its lift hill with a decent drop of 80 degrees where riders will reach a top speed of 92 mph.  The coaster traverses 5,486 feet in its 3 min, 28 second journey.  The coaster features three 32-passenger trains, each housing eight cars, with four seats set across each car.  The US$28 million coaster will open to the public in May.

Arctic Explorer is the thrill ride component of the new US$13 million Polar Land at Legoland Billund, in Billund Denmark, which also includes a live penguin display and a new restaurant.  The new family-friendly coaster from Zierer features a 70 ft lift hill and speeds up to 40 mph.  Sites along the track include a mountain, frozen waterfall, and arctic animals made of LEGO's.  Inside the mountain, riders will crash through a frozen lake in a 15 ft freedrop similar to the ones on Th1rt3en at Alton Towers and the upcoming Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.  The Arctic Explorer coaster and Polar Land are also scheduled to open in May.

All footage for Theme Park Review point of view videos is either supplied by the respective parks or filmed by Theme Park Review members with the park's permission.  www.themeparkreview.com

Pick Up 2012 Museums Issue of InPark Magazine and Meet the Editors at AAM

InPark Magazine Editors Martin Palicki and Judy Rubi
Minneapolis, MN, USA --  InPark Magazine will be present at the American Association of Museums (AAM) Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo this week in Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Editors Martin Palicki and Judy Rubin will be in attendance and look forward to meeting and chatting with InPark readers.  All suggestions and feedback are welcome.  InPark is the ideal way for museum operators to connect with industry leaders in themed exhibition design and immersive multimedia experiences.

The print edition of the latest InPark issue, covering the museums trade, will be available at the following booths during MuseumExpo: Cinnabar (1001), Electrosonic (1408), and  nWave Pictures (1610).  The  TEA Mixer Tuesday evening at Brit's Pub and Eating Establishment is the perfect place to both pick up the print edition and meet the InPark editors.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Discovery Begins New Mission at Udvar-Hazy

Chantilly, VA (April 27, 2012) -- Presented here are photos of the Transfer Ceremony of the space shuttle Discovery from NASA to the Smithsonian Institution on April 21, 2012, along with photos of Discovery parked in its new home, the space formerly occupied by space shuttle Enterprise, in the James S McDonnell Space Hanger at the National Air & Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center.  Discovery's new mission at the Smithsonian will be one of public education.  In the photos where both shuttles are present, Enterprise is colored a bright white, while Discovery's hull is darkened due to intense heat from atmospheric reentry.  Enterprise was flown atop a modified 747 to New York City this morning and will be moved by barge to the Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space Museum in Manhattan later this Summer.  All photos are by H M Williamson and are posted here with the approval of the photographer.

For more on the space shuttles' transition to museums, click here for the latest issue of InPark Magazine







New Concept Art for Epcot's Test Track Presented by Chevrolet


Orlando, FL, USA (April 27, 2012) -- This morning, Walt Disney Imagineering released new concept art and details on Test Track Presented by Chevrolet, the reimagined thrill ride attraction at Epcot.  In the post show, guests will be able to take concept vehicles they designed in the preshow Chevrolet Design Center through a number of activities, including making commercials and virtual racing.  Test Track Presented by Chevrolet is scheduled to open in Fall, 2012.  All artwork copyright Disney.  Video by Ricky Brigante at Inside the Magic.


Space Shuttle Enterprise Arrives in New York City

Enterprise near Washington DC awaiting green light to fly to NYC.  Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
New York City, NY, USA (April 27, 2012) -- After three weather delays, the space shuttle orbiter Enterprise finally made the flight today on a 747 transport from the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles International Airport near Washington DC to John F Kennedy Airport in New York City.  It is scheduled to be moved by barge to its new home at the Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space Museum in June.

From Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ. Courtesy LSC.
Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver with Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek) at JFK awaiting Enterprise's arrival.  Courtesy NASA.
On the tarmac in NYC.  Courtesy NASA.

VIDEO: World Series MVP David Freese Launches Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast at Six Flags St. Louis

St. Louis, MO, USA (April 27, 2012) /PRNewswire/ -- Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast was introduced at Six Flags St. Louis yesterday with St. Louis Cardinal and World Series MVP David Freese on-hand for the first official ride. Eighteen members of Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Louis joined Freese for the inaugural launch-ride on the park's newest twist to one of its most popular thrill rides. Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast sends riders backwards through a 190-foot tunnel, into a 180-degree inversion, then climbs more than 200-feet in the air where they will find themselves suspended, dangling in the air, before repeating the entire chilling experience.

"I have been coming to Six Flags since I was a kid and the roller coasters have always been my favorite," said Freese. "I was really excited to ride Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast. The backwards launch and experience of going up the tower facing straight down is a real rush."

Thrill seekers will notice additional ride enhancements including new logos on the cars, an updated entrance portal and new graphics on the tunnel. Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast opens to the public on Saturday, May 5.

Six Flags is delivering this new and innovative twist on this fan favorite in two of its parks. Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast also opens to the public at Six Flags Over Texas on May 12.

Both rides continue to feature the original Mr. Freeze theme, patterned after Batman's cold-hearted nemesis in the DC Comics Batman series. As guests take the chilling walk through "Snowy's Cones," an old abandoned ice cream warehouse that secretly doubles as the favorite hideout of this "Villain of Chillin," the anticipation builds for Mr. Freeze's iciest revenge. Riders strap into one of the 20-passenger cars and take off on the reverse ride-of-a-lifetime, covering nearly 1,500-feet of track at spine-chilling speeds of up to 70 mph—making it the fastest reverse roller coaster ride in both Missouri and Texas.

About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world's largest regional theme park company with $1.0 billion in revenue and 19 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For more than 50 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions including up-close animal encounters, Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park. For more information, visit sixflags.com .


About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world. In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

VIDEO: Turtle Trek Opens at SeaWorld Orlando

(April 27, 2012) Jack Hanna gives a tour of Turtle Trek, opening today at SeaWorld Orlando.  Courtesy WGCL-TV, CBS Atlanta.

SeaWorld Rebrands Orlando Operations as Destination Resort

Orlando, FL, USA -- SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando, including three theme parks and seven official hotel partners, is now a full vacation experience offering money-saving travel values, exclusive benefits, a convenient location and unique sea-themed adventures found only at SeaWorld and its parks.

SeaWorld’s other parks in Orlando include Discovery Cove, an all-inclusive swim-with-dolphins resort, and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s waterpark.


“SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando is the one destination in Orlando where families can conveniently connect with our parks, our animals and the rest of Orlando’s attractions, combining preferred hotel stays with significant savings and exclusive benefits,” said Terry Prather, president of SeaWorld, Aquatica and Discovery Cove.


All within walking distance of SeaWorld, the park’s official hotels include quality resorts by Doubletree by Hilton, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations, Renaissance, Residence Inn and Springhill Suites.

“This is a great opportunity for guests coming to Orlando and looking for value and a unique vacation experience,” said Bob Walsh, general manager, Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. “We’re providing adventure, savings, and amazing extras you can’t get anywhere else.”

SeaWorld’s parks and hotel resorts are conveniently located on the International Drive entertainment corridor mid-way between Central Florida’s other theme parks and are the closest of all resorts to the Orlando International Airport.

There are sought-after benefits to staying with any of SeaWorld’s hotel partners including discounts on shopping and dining, and early entry to the parks on select dates. And “getaway package” options offer values not available anywhere else. Package options include:


– Eat FREE All Day - featuring the park’s all-day dining deal FREE with each full-paid admission to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica


– FREE child’s admission with each paid adult admission at SeaWorld and Aquatica (limit 2 free kids)

And with any hotel package booked, guests who buy 4 nights will receive a 5th night FREE.


And as an added bonus, guests who stay in any of SeaWorld Orlando’s official hotels also have access to these exclusive benefits:


– FREE transportation to SeaWorld, Aquatica, Discovery Cove and Universal Orlando


– Access to the behind-the-scenes look at SeaWorld’s animal rescue team, “SeaWorld Rescue Tour,” free to guests of the SeaWorld Orlando’s official Hotels

To learn more or book a vacation or a getaway now, go to
www.SeaWorldGetaways.com.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, a portfolio company of The Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX), operates 10 parks across the U.S. including SeaWorld parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio; Busch Gardens parks in Tampa, Fla. and Williamsburg, Va.; Discovery Cove and Aquatica in Orlando; Sesame Place near Philadelphia, Pa.; and water parks Adventure Island in Tampa and Water Country USA in Williamsburg. The 10 parks play host to 23 million guests each year and employ 20,000 people nationwide.

Ritron Introduces Loudmouth Wireless PA System for Amusement Facilities

Carmel, Indiana – Loudmouth® Wireless PA system from Ritron, Inc., allows Family Entertainment Centers, Amusement Parks, Arcades, waterparks, and other Amusement venues to use an existing portable 2-way radio, base station or mobile radio to deliver “live” voice messages at a distance of up to 2 miles away. It is ideal for varied situations including general paging or announcements, weather emergencies, security announcements, and more. This proven technology is a viable cost-effective solution which requires no trenching and no extensive wiring. It is well suited for locations where a hard-wired PA system is impractical because of the cost and feasibility of routing wire to desired locations, or if the application is temporary. Loudmouth® is ideal for amusement facilities of all kinds, especially amusement parks, waterparks, family entertainment centers, arcades, and more.

A Loudmouth® Wireless PA system consists of a 1-channel radio receiver, flex antenna, a rechargeable emergency back-up battery, a 110VAC power supply, and a separate PA horn/speaker that attaches to the receiver. The receiver and PA are activated by the 2-way radio , which serves as a microphone that allows “live” voice messages to be delivered to the PA from long range (up to 2 miles).

The Loudmouth® system installs easily and virtually anywhere – with no trenching or extensive wiring required. A loud PA horn speaker – 95dB SPL@50 ft (ample even in noisy environments) – improves communication, safety/security and productivity. Power supply is included as are rechargeable, back-up batteries. One Loudmouth® receiver can support up to 2 separate Ritron PA horn speakers in parallel for additional PA coverage. System allows for multiple paging zones so that portable radio can access more than one PA speaker/zone.


About Ritron Inc
Founded in 1977, Ritron, Inc., is a privately held U.S. company specializing in the design and manufacture of RF wireless voice and data communication products. It offers wireless solutions for commercial, industrial, military, OEM and integrator markets. For more information call 800-872-1872 or visit our web site at www.ritron.com.

MediaMation Exclusive Reseller of RealD PRO CrystalEyes Active 3D Glasses

Las Vegas, NV, USA -- MediaMation, Inc, an interactive attraction technology company that specializes in 3D/4D/5D turnkey attraction theaters utilizing their X4D Motion EFX seating, has signed on as the exclusive reseller for RealD PRO CrystalEyes 4s 3D active eyewear in the United States, Canada, and Mexico; and as an authorized reseller for South America, Central America and Australia.

“MediaMation provides the service required by professional users. Their sales, installation and support expertise throughout a variety of industries allows MediaMation to be uniquely positioned and best represent RealD products for professional applications,” stated Kevin Faul, RealD’s Vice President of Business Development. “RealD is the highest quality digital 3D technology offered by MediaMation. Our deepening relationship allows us to better serve our customers with options for any digital 3D installation,” remarked Alison Jamele, MediaMation’s President.


RealD PRO CrystalEyes 4s 3D Active Eyewear is an accessory for 3D displays that enables users to view 3D content. The eyewear incorporates RealD’s industry leading, high contrast lenses into a stylish and comfortable, lightweight eyewear frame. The eyewear is designed to work with frame sequential 3D content displayed on 3D displays with an IR emitter.


RealD PRO designed its new CrystalEyes 4s to offer the best 3D graphics in active stereo technology. The all-new CE 4s eyewear is lighter, more comfortable, and performance-accelerated for the most demanding all-day use. Building on CE 3’s reliability, CE 4s will not cause eye-strain from flicker, and is not prone to synch signal interference from ambient light. Over-molded rubber arms are spring-loaded for optimal comfort and still fit over prescription glasses.


CrystalEyes 4s work with all RealD Pro StereoGraphics IR Emitters, also sold by MediaMation, to include: EXXR Emitter - long range infrared emitter, ELR2 Emitter - medium range infrared emitter, E2 Emitter - short range infrared emitter, and ZNT cable - VESA to BNC cable.


Active eyewear, or shutter eyewear is used to enable stereo 3D viewing when synchronized to a compatible display. Stereoscopic 3D recreates the way we naturally see by creating perceived-depth on a flat (2D) surface. Fast-response opacity in each lens and liquid crystal quality determines 3D image clarity. RealD Pro has developed the optimal features for the best Stereo3D™ image clarity. RealD Pro products have been used for over 30 years by professional users including NASA, Boeing, BMW, DreamWorks, Disney and many others that integrate cutting-edge technology, for product and content development, in Stereo3D™.


More information can be found at
http://www.reald.com/content/proProducts.aspx?pageID=190

About MediaMation  

MediaMation, Inc. is an interactive attraction technologies company and a worldwide, leading supplier and manufacturer of 3D/4D/5D motion EFX theaters and seats. For over twenty years the company has designed and implemented creative solutions for theme parks, museums, science centers, aquariums, FEC’s, and interactive rides, shows and exhibits based on their award-winning software and hardware products. MediaMation’s 20+ year of experience ranges from integration, audio/video, lighting, robotics, motion simulation and computer control to innovative engineering involving show action and control. www.mediamation.com www.x4dexperience.com

Sweden's Royal Armoury Museum Launches Smartphone App from aMuze! Interactive

Stockholm, Sweden -- The Royal Armoury, Livrustkammaren, Sweden's oldest museum - illustrating the history of Sweden's monarchs for nearly 400 years - has extended the depth and breadth of what their visitors can explore, with the launch of "LivRustApp," a customized App built on the aMuze! Interactive KnowledgeApp System.

Visitors can download the LivRustApp from either the Apple App Store or Google Play. As they move through the museum, they use the App's built-in QR-code reader to scan QR-coded labels and signage, and connect with deeper content and broader context about selected objects and themes in the collections and temporary exhibitions.

Upon scanning a code, visitors can dive into extended texts, listen to audio guides, watch a video, play an interactive game, or be challenged by provocative questions that connect objects from the past with issues of today.


Visitors can save their favorites to their personal collections, and share their favorites with their friends.

Museum staff can easily create and edit content on the App through the aMuze! Interactive web-based administration system, which also delivers comprehensive statistics on visitor interests and behavior.

The application had its premier in combination with the opening of a year-long exhibit about the Finnish/Swedish courtier and statesman, Gustav Mauritz Armfelt (1757-1814).

Armfelt was a remarkable figure in a remarkable time. On the move for much of his life, he was active in the courts of Stockholm, St Petersburg, and Naples. He was war-hero, royal favorite, fugitive, theater-director, traitor and patriot (depending upon your point of view), a man of many loves - both physical and cerebral, the father of a good many children, and one of the fathers of an independent Finland, through his interventions at the court of Tzar Alexander.

One of the goals of the Royal Armoury is to attract more male visitors in the age group 18-35 – a demographic group that is conspicuously absent from many museums. Using the chameleonic career of Armfelt as a base, aMuze has developed a short interactive game within the app, “The Armfelt Adventure”, which aims to attract and engage this game-loving target group in the quandaries and dilemmas that Armfelt faced. The game incorporates elements of the physical exhibit, as well as the smartphone.

For more information about the exhibit and the application, and to receive test copies of a selection of QR-codes, visit www.amuze-interactive.com

Paul Kent Rejoins Electrosonic as Senior Consultant for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa Markets

London, UK (April 26, 2012) -- Electrosonic has announced the appointment of Paul Kent as Senior Consultant to the Cultural Entertainment and Leisure (CEL) team for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Kent originally joined Electrosonic in 1996. During his 12 years of employment, he worked with major theme park clients and designers in Europe, USA and the Middle East as a Project Consultant.
 

Kent's re-appointment is an important step in Electrosonic's goal to expand its involvement in theme park and attraction projects throughout Europe. Prior to re-joining Electrosonic, Kent worked as a consultant for attraction design and operation companies, working on internationally renowned projects such as Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. Kent will use his past experiences to increase Electrosonic's already extensive expertise in master planning, entertainment technology, construction management and operations.

"Kent brings with him 25 years of production and technical experience working within the entertainment industry," commented Rob Smith, Sales Manager of the CEL team. "He is well known within the industry and possesses the skills and knowledge to drive Electrosonic's theme park and attractions business forward within continental Europe."

Electrosonic's Entertainment business provides a complete set of audio-visual services, including custom designed audio, video and control systems and on-site service solutions. Custom solutions are provided for museums, theme parks, hotels and visitor centers. Entertainment clients include designers, curators, producers, fit-out contractors and end-clients themselves.

Paul Kent commented. "I am delighted to return to Electrosonic. I am looking forward to working with new and existing clients and taking on projects from their early conceptual stage through to completion."

Kent originally joined Electrosonic in 1996 as a Project Engineer. He progressed quickly, taking on various roles including Regional Director for the Middle East business, Project Consultant and Senior Consultant for the US and UK operations, all of which have given him a strong technical background and extensive knowledge of state-of-the-art dark and flying rides.

About Electrosonic

Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, video conferencing and control rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support. www.electrosonic.com

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Turtle Trek Media Event

Thanks to SeaWorld superstars Brian Morrow and Susan Flower, InPark is at the opening of Turtle Trek... More to follow...

Former Army Chief of Staff George Casey Joins Army Historical Foundation's Board of Directors

Arlington, VA, USA (April 26, 2012) /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Former Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey, Jr. (USA-Ret.) has been named to The Army Historical Foundation’s Board of Directors. During his initial three-year appointment, Casey will help advance the campaign to construct the National Museum of the United States Army at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

“General Casey comes to us with keen vision, fresh perspective, and an abiding interest in our Soldiers and their roles in shaping Army history,” said General William W. Hartzog (USA-Ret.), Army Historical Foundation President, in announcing Casey’s appointment. “He’s eminently equipped to help preserve Army history and provide Soldiers, past and present, with the world class national museum they truly deserve.”

Casey, whose tenure as Chief of Staff (2007-2011) bridged one of the most difficult and demanding periods in recent Army history, led the service successfully in executing two wars while engaged in a profound phase of transformation to a more agile, responsive, and effective 21st Century force.

During his career, Casey held command positions from platoon to division level and beyond. Prior to his appointment as Army Chief of Staff, he served three years as the senior commander of coalition forces in Iraq.

“I am honored to be part of an organization focused on capturing and telling the story of this great Army,” said Casey.

Casey is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and earned his Master of Arts in international relations at the University of Denver.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Ride2Recovery, an organization that uses cycling as to assist the recovery of wounded servicemen and women; a member of the Board of Directors of ThanksUSA, an organization that provides scholarships to children and spouses of service members; and the Chairman of the Military Advisory Board of Viridis Learning, an educational software company working to increase employment opportunities for Veterans.

Casey is also a member of the Board of Governors of Colt Defense, a leading designer, developer, and manufacturer of small arms and weapons systems, and the Board of Directors of FedBid, an online reverse auction marketplace for federal procurement.

For more information visit www.armyhistory.org.

Entire Summer Will See World Record Riding Attempt on Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool, UK (April 26, 2012) /PRWEB UK/ -- Pleasure Beach, Blackpool will be the setting for an epic marathon attempt this summer as American roller coaster enthusiast Richard Rodriguez aims to beat a world record. The 54-year-old will be strapping himself into the Big One at Britain’s favourite tourist attraction from May 31 and riding over the summer months.

Richard wants to break the current Guinness World Record of 102 days roller coaster riding by riding the attraction’s tallest and fastest coaster daily. And now he intends to go even further, describing this as his final marathon at Pleasure Beach, by riding the Big One from the end of May throughout the summer months until mid-September.

This feat of endurance will test Richard’s limits with the Big One reaching a height of 235ft and reaching speeds of up to 85mph through twists and turns around the whole of Pleasure Beach’s 42 acres. Guests visiting Pleasure Beach from May 31 are invited to ride with Richard while he takes part in his record attempt.

Richard was at a special “training session” this week at Pleasure Beach preparing for the event launch next month.

He said: “This is a challenge of epic proportions and I cannot wait to get going on the Big One. I have a long association with Pleasure Beach and have always enjoyed taking part in various challenges over the years but this one really will test me to the limits of endurance. This week has been great training on the roller coaster and I am looking forward to the marathon starting properly on May 31.”

Deputy Managing Director of Pleasure Beach Nick Thompson said: “It’s always great to welcome Richard back to Pleasure Beach as his world record attempts have always attracted a lot of attention. This will no doubt be another epic event for Richard and I would like to wish him luck in his attempt to break the current world record.”


www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com

Update on Shuttle Enterprise Flight to NYC

(April 26, 2012) Due to weather conditions, the flight to and around New York City, transporting the space shuttle Enterprise from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC to the Intrepid Air, Sea, and Space Museum has now been rescheduled for Friday April 27.  IPM News will report flight times and path once they are made available.

Construction Started on Phase Two of Galaxy Macau

Hong Kong (April 26, 2012) /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited ("GEG" or "the Group"), one of the fastest growing entertainment companies in the world, today announced its plans for the second phase of its award winning integrated resort, Galaxy Macau™.

DEVELOPMENT HIGHLIGHTS
  • Phase 2 virtually doubles the size of Galaxy Macau™ to 1.0 million square meters of space including:
    • Introducing two new luxury hotels including The Ritz-Carlton's first ever all-suite hotel and the world's largest JW Marriott for a total of 1,300 rooms and suites for a grand total of over 3,600 rooms & suites across 5 luxury hotels
    • Expanding retail space to over 100,000 sqm and to over 200 luxury stores
    • Increasing meeting, event & banquet space to a capacity of over 3,000 guests
    • Enhancing the world's largest skytop wave pool with additional leisure amenities and lush tropical gardens
    • Expanding gaming capacity by up to 500 tables and over 1,000 slots
    • Adding over 45 new international Food & Beverage outlets for a grand total of over 100
  • Phase 2 of Galaxy Macau™ will be the next major development to open in Macau with a target completion date of mid 2015
  • Construction already launched
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • Phase 2 proposed investment of approximately HK$16 billion
  • Expected to be significantly accretive to GEG's earnings
  • Funded by GEG's existing cash, cash from operations and debt
  • No intention to issue equity
Dr. Che-woo Lui, Chairman of GEG said:
"Building on the enormous success of the internationally acclaimed Phase 1 of Galaxy Macau™, and the healthy long term prospects for Macau, we are delighted to announce our plans for Macau's next major development: Phase 2 of Galaxy Macau™.
 
"We have decided to accelerate the rollout of Phase 2 based on the success of Phase 1 and to align the opening of Phase 2 with the completion of major infrastructure developments in the greater Macau region in mid 2015. These developments will serve as a catalyst for future growth and diversification of Macau's tourism and leisure market.
 
"To complement Phase 1's exceptional hotel offering we are extremely pleased to be introducing Marriott International's globally recognized luxury hotel brands including the first ever all-suite The Ritz-Carlton and the world's largest JW Marriott. Marriott International's core values and The Ritz-Carlton hallmark Gold Standards underpinned by a strong understanding of Asian customers' tastes and preferences complements Galaxy's 'World Class, Asian Heart' service philosophy."
 
Construction of Phase 2 began in the first quarter of 2012, the relevant planning approvals are in place and the property is scheduled to open in mid 2015. The resounding success of Phase 1's 'World Class, Asian Heart' service philosophy will continue in Phase 2. In addition to enlarging the gaming space, our retail boulevard will be expanded to over 100,000 square meters to accommodate over 200 luxury stores. We also plan to expand our Food & Beverage outlets by over 45 to over 100 which enhances our already unrivalled selection of superior dining options in Macau.

Galaxy Macau™ will benefit from increased visitation to Macau as major new infrastructure developments in China improve its accessibility, including the expansion of the border gates in Macau and Zhuhai, a high speed railway network, completion of the ferry terminal in Taipa, a super highway between Guangzhou and Zhuhai and the construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, among others.

GEG will fund the proposed investment of approximately HK$16 billion through a combination of existing cash, cash generated from operations and debt and does not intend to issue equity.  Based on GEG's strong track record of building efficiently and delivering world leading ROIs (Return On Investment), Phase 2 of the integrated resort is expected to be accretive to the Group's earnings.

Mr. Simon Cooper, President of Marriott International, Inc. Asia Pacific, commented:
"We are very excited to be launching our brands in Macau.  Macau is a compelling and dynamic market and we have invested a great deal of time identifying the right partner and property for The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott.  GEG and the Lui family are bold innovators who understand the market and their customers intrinsically; for us they are the perfect partners. We fully subscribe to GEG's 'World Class, Asian Heart' philosophy which resonates with Marriott International's core values and The Ritz-Carlton hallmark Gold Standards. China is our main market outside North America and opening two of our premier brands on the same site in such a fast growing market is a major commitment, underscoring our confidence in Macau and Galaxy ."
 
Dr. Che-woo Lui, Chairman of GEG, further commented: 
"As we look into the future, no other operator in Macau is as well placed as GEG to take advantage of Macau's diversification and booming growth.  After the completion of Phase 2 of Galaxy Macau™, we will still have 1 million square meters of contiguous permitted building area for future development. This is an area as large as the combined Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Galaxy Macau™. Its development will see GEG diversify its long-term income stream by attracting an ever increasing number of new customers aspiring for a truly unique resort experience in Macau."

About Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited
 
Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited ("GEG"), through its subsidiary, Galaxy Casino, S.A., holds a Macau gaming concession. GEG is authorized to carry out casino games of chance in Macau, which is the only legal gaming location in China.

GEG recently opened its flagship integrated resort Galaxy Macau™ which is located in Cotai. GEG also owns and operates the luxury 5-Star property StarWorld Hotel and Casino which is located in the Macau peninsula. GEG is committed to expand and diversify its entertainment offerings and enrich Macau's tourism experience to become a global centre of tourism and recreation.


For more details, please visit
www.galaxyentertainment.com.

About Marriott International, Inc.

Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA with more than 3,700 properties in 73 countries and territories and reported revenues of over US$12 billion in fiscal year 2011. The company operates and franchises hotels under 15 brands, including Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Bulgari, EDITION, Renaissance, Autograph Collection, AC Hotels by Marriott, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, TownePlace Suites, ExecuStay, and Marriott Executive Apartments brand names. The company also licenses vacation ownership resorts under three additional brands: Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott, and The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club. There are approximately 300,000 employees at the company's headquarters and other offices, and at managed and franchised property locations. Marriott is consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business operations, which it conducts based on five core values: put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity, and serve our world. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Opening World's Longest Waterpark Ride

New Braunfels, TX, USA (April 26, 2012) /PRNewswire/ -- Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark, voted the World's Best Waterpark for 14 consecutive years, celebrates the official grand opening of the largest development in almost 15 years with the addition of a new park area called Tubenbach.

The new Tubenbach area features several new attractions and beaches allowing park guests to enjoy the new rides. Also, several of the Tubenbach attractions are interconnected through an innovative Transportainment™ river allowing tubers to stay in the water and float through the Schlitterbahn East area.

Attractions include:

The Falls - Get ready to challenge the world's longest waterpark ride filled with raging rapids, careening waterfalls and giant waves. Enter the world record-breaking 3,600-foot-long whitewater Transportainment river at a variety of locations including Blastenhoff, Surfenburg and new beach areas surrounding the River Bend heated pool situated at the far end of Schlitterbahn East. The Falls is a continuous rushing river that also features a ride up the park's first Aqua Veyer™ (conveyor belt lift hill) back to the beginning of the ride allowing for an endless float.

The Falls has already been recognized as the World's Best New Waterpark ride by the readers of Amusement Today (Golden Ticket Award), and the readers of About.com (Reader's Choice Award).

Deluge Whirlpool River –
Tubers twist through a swift moving canyon, wild with waves. This serpentine river also connects to The Falls offering a "choose your own adventure" never-ending water ride.

Boogie Bay Heated Pool – A secluded hot spring offers the perfect setting for a beverage of your choice while relaxing in a tropical setting.

Butterfly Bayou Kids' Area –
Little guests will love a new collection of pint-sized water slides including a butterfly slide and several body slides.

New guest amenities include the addition of multiple Treehaus luxury suites, Treehaus cabins, several beaches, new lounging locations, the Grand Lawn event area, and the Wasserstrasse riverwalk along the banks of the Comal River.

"We are excited that our new collection of attractions and resort accommodations are ready for their first full summer of operation," explained Darren Hill, Schlitterbahn New Braunfels' general manager. "Not only do we feel that this is the most thrilling new collection of attractions to open this year in Texas, but we are also honored to be recognized as the world's largest and best Waterpark for 14 years straight."

Please visit www.schlitterbahn.com for additional attraction information.

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark is open daily.

The 70-acre Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark is the world's largest Waterpark and features more than 100 slides and attractions along with 169 overnight accommodations. Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark has been voted the world's best Waterpark for 14 consecutive years by the readers of Amusement Today industry magazine, is ranked as the most popular summertime waterpark in the United States and has been rated the number one waterpark in the world by the Travel Channel.

Family-owned and operated, Schlitterbahn Waterparks has been a leader in family-friendly water-based entertainment since 1979. The company operates Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark, South Padre Island, TX, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, Galveston Island, TX, Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark, Kansas City, KS and Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark, New Braunfels, TX, all of which offer family amenities that include free parking and free inner tubes. Guests are also welcome to bring a family picnic basket, excluding alcohol and glass containers, into the parks.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

TEA Spiderman event at Universal Orlando

InPark attended the April 25 TEA Eastern Division behind the scenes event at Universal Orlando highlighting the upgrade to Spider-Man. In this picture, the creative team has just taken the stage to talk about their work.

Sea World Parks & Entertainment Continues Environmental Leadership by Discontinuing Plastic Bags at All Parks

Photo courtesy Surfrider Foundation
Orlando, FL, USA (April 25, 2012) /PRNewswire/ -- Paper or plastic? Soon there will be just one choice at the 10 theme parks of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment -- paper -- as the company eliminates plastic shopping bags within the next year. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment will be the largest theme park operator to make this commitment.

Park gift shops will offer paper bags made from 100 percent recycled paper or guests can choose to purchase reusable bags.

"This is a significant change for our company, one we hope will provide a model for our industry overall," said Jim Atchison, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. "Eliminating plastic bags is an important statement about our commitment to the environment, as well as the need to help protect marine animals from debris. It also allows our guests to play a direct part in making a difference on our planet."

This move will keep an estimated 4 million plastic bags from entering landfills and the environment each year. Approximately 1.4 billion tons of trash, including plastic bags, enters the ocean annually. Wildlife such as endangered sea turtles often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, one of their favorite foods.

The company began exploring the concept at SeaWorld San Diego in 2011, when the park discontinued the use of plastic gift bags to mark the opening of its new Turtle Reef attraction. SeaWorld Orlando is eliminating the bags this month in conjunction with the opening of its new attraction, TurtleTrek.

Opening April 27, TurtleTrek combines naturalistic habitats (sea turtles and manatees) with the world's first 3-D, 360-degree dome theater film. The film immerses guests in a sea turtle's extraordinary journey.

Also adding to the ways park guests can consume responsibly, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and The Coca-Cola Company introduced paper cups for guests made with 85 percent renewable resources as part of a new 10-year partnership. Guests use more than 13 million paper cups each year throughout the 10 parks.

About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment  

The 10 parks of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment inspire 23 million guests a year to celebrate and conserve the natural world. Through up-close animal encounters, educational attractions and innovative entertainment, each guest leaves with a heightened sensitivity to the world around them and an awareness of the plight of animals in the wild.

The company, headquartered in Orlando, Fla., owns and operates SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Antonio, SeaWorld San Diego, Busch Gardens Tampa, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Discovery Cove and Aquatica in Orlando, Adventure Island in Tampa, Water Country USA in Williamsburg and Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa. near Philadelphia.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment also is a global leader in animal care and conservation. The company has rescued more than 20,000 orphaned, injured or ill animals over the past four decades and contributed more than $50 million to conservation worldwide. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is a portfolio company of Blackstone.  www.seaworldparksandentertainment.com

Six Flags Q1 2012 Financials

Grand Prairie, TX, USA (April 25, 2012) /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX), the world's largest regional theme park company, announced today that first quarter 2012 revenue grew 8 percent or $5 million over prior year to $66.4 million, while Adjusted EBITDA(1) for the same three-month period improved by $3.5 million to a $45.6 million loss. For the last twelve months, Adjusted EBITDA reached $354 million while Modified EBITDA(2) margin improved to 37.6 percent -- a record high for the company."I am pleased to report our eighth consecutive quarter of EBITDA growth," said Jim Reid-Anderson, Chairman, President and CEO. "As we enter the heart of our operating season, we look forward to introducing even more world-class rides and attractions at each of our parks. We are well-positioned to deliver another excellent year for our guests, employees and shareholders."

On a constant currency(3) basis, revenue grew 10 percent with approximately 5 percent of the growth due to attendance and pricing improvements, and 5 percent due to the settlement of business interruption insurance proceeds related to Hurricane Irene, totaling $3.0 million.

Total guest spending per capita grew $3.14 or 8 percent with admissions revenue per capita increasing $2.10 or 10 percent to $22.72. In-park per capita revenue increased $1.04 or 6 percent in the quarter and attendance grew 1.5 percent. On a constant currency basis, and excluding the insurance proceeds benefit, total guest spending per capita increased 4 percent or $1.56 primarily driven by an increase in admissions revenue per capita. Deferred revenue as of March 31, 2012, which is made up primarily of season pass sales, increased $10 million or 18% versus last year.

Cash earnings per share(4) for the last twelve months was $3.34 -- an increase of .79 as compared to the prior 12-month time period. The company believes cash earnings per share is a meaningful metric given the current $1.1 billion accumulated tax loss carryforward and the net depreciation and amortization impacts relating to fresh-start accounting. The first quarter reported loss per share of $2.11 was an improvement of .56 per share as compared to the first quarter 2011.

Net Debt(5) as of March 31, 2012 was $887 million, compared to $726 million as of December 31, 2011. In the first quarter the company invested $36 million in new capital, net of property insurance recoveries, paid $33 million in dividends, or .60 per common share, and repurchased $44 million or 970 thousand shares of its stock.

About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world's largest regional theme park company with $1.0 billion in revenue and 19 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For more than 50 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions including up-close animal encounters, Fright Fest® and Holiday in the Park®. For more information, visit
www.sixflags.com.

Forward Looking Statements

The information contained in this release, other than historical information, consists of forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act. These statements may involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in such statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among others, (i) the adequacy of cash flows from operations, available cash and available amounts under our credit facilities to meet our future liquidity needs, (ii) our ability to improve operating results by implementing strategic cost reductions, and organizational and personnel changes without adversely affecting our business, (iii) our operations and results of operations, and (iv) the risk factors or uncertainties listed from time to time in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). In addition, important factors, including factors impacting attendance, local conditions, events, disturbances and terrorist activities, risk of accidents occurring at the company's parks, adverse weather conditions, general financial and credit market conditions, economic conditions (including consumer spending patterns), competition, pending, threatened or future legal proceedings and other factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the company's expectations. Although the company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will be realized and actual results could vary materially. Reference is made to a more complete discussion of forward-looking statements and applicable risks contained under the captions "Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors" in the company's Annual and Quarterly Reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, and its other filings and submissions with the SEC, each of which are available free of charge on the company's investor relations website at www.sixflags.com/investors and on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.

Footnotes
(1)
See the following financial statements and Note 3 to those financial statements for a discussion of Adjusted EBITDA and its reconciliation to net loss.
(2)
See Note 3 to the following financial statements for a discussion of Modified EBITDA and its reconciliation to net loss.
(3)
Constant Currency assumes last year's results were translated using this year's exchange rates.
(4)
"Cash earnings per share", which is defined as Free Cash Flow divided by the weighted average shares outstanding, is not a U.S. GAAP defined measure. The company believes this measure provides meaningful profitability metrics, given current accumulated tax loss carryforwards and the net depreciation/amortization impacts relating to the revaluation of assets in connection with the company's emergence from Chapter 11.
(5)
Net Debt represents total long-term debt, including current portion, less cash and cash equivalents.


Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)





Statements of Operations Data (1)

Three Months Ended


March 31,


2012

2011





Theme park admissions

$ 29,451

$ 26,336
Theme park food, merchandise and other

24,617

22,933
Sponsorship, licensing and other fees

7,708

7,912
Accommodations revenue

4,582

4,154
Total revenue

66,358

61,335





Operating expenses (excluding depreciation and




amortization shown separately below)

78,572

77,255
Selling, general and administrative expense (excluding




depreciation, amortization and stock-based




compensation shown separately below)

29,220

29,389
Costs of products sold

5,727

5,570
Depreciation

36,993

39,522
Amortization

4,502

4,513
Stock-based compensation

17,009

14,303
Loss on disposal of assets

1,643

1,977
Interest expense, net

11,363

16,520
Equity in loss of investee

320

1,156
Other income, net

(781)

(356)
Restructure costs

-

26,602





Loss from continuing operations before




reorganization items, income taxes and




discontinued operations

(118,210)

(155,116)





Reorganization items, net

554

500





Loss from continuing operations




before income taxes and discontinued operations

(118,764)

(155,616)
Income tax benefit

(3,756)

(7,085)





Loss from continuing operations before




discontinued operations

(115,008)

(148,531)





Loss from discontinued operations

(35)

(36)





Net loss

$(115,043)

$(148,567)





Less: Net (income) loss attributable to




noncontrolling interests

(66)

82





Net loss attributable to




Six Flags Entertainment Corporation

$(115,109)

$(148,485)





Net loss applicable to Six Flags Entertainment




Corporation common stockholders

$(115,109)

$(148,485)





Per share - basic and diluted:




Loss from continuing operations




applicable to Six Flags Entertainment




Corporation common stockholders

$ (2.11)

$ (2.67)
Loss from discontinued operations




applicable to Six Flags Entertainment




Corporation common stockholders

$ -

$ -





Net loss applicable to Six Flags Entertainment




Corporation common stockholders

$ (2.11)

$ (2.67)





Weighted average shares outstanding - basic and diluted

54,593

55,625


The following table sets forth a reconciliation of net loss to Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow for the periods shown (in thousands):



Three Months Ended


March 31,


2012

2011





Net loss

$(115,043)

$(148,567)
Loss from discontinued operations

35

36
Income tax benefit

(3,756)

(7,085)
Restructure costs

-

26,602
Reorganization items, net

554

500
Other income, net

(781)

(356)
Equity in loss of investee

320

1,156
Interest expense, net

11,363

16,520
Loss on disposal of assets

1,643

1,977
Amortization

4,502

4,513
Depreciation

36,993

39,522
Stock-based compensation

17,009

14,303
Impact of Fresh Start valuation adjustments (2)

242

374





Modified EBITDA (3)

(46,919)

(50,505)
Third party interest in EBITDA




of certain operations (4)

1,285

1,420





Adjusted EBITDA (3)

$ (45,634)

$ (49,085)
Cash paid for interest, net

(5,824)

(7,014)
Capital expenditures (net of property insurance recoveries)

(35,811)

(22,842)
Cash taxes

(4,633)

(2,962)





Free Cash Flow (5)

$ (91,902)

$ (81,903)


Balance Sheet Data
(In Thousands)





Balance Sheet Data

March 31, 2012

December 31, 2011





Cash and cash equivalents




(excluding restricted cash)

$ 69,384

$ 231,427
Total assets

2,524,493

2,648,178





Current portion of long-term debt

38,279

35,296
Long-term debt (excluding current




portion)

918,209

921,940





Redeemable noncontrolling interests

440,427

440,427





Total equity

636,692

767,148





Shares outstanding

54,121

54,642

(1)
Revenues and expenses of international operations are converted into U.S. dollars on an average basis as provided by GAAP.

(2)
Amounts recorded as valuation adjustments and included in reorganization items for the month of April 2010 that would have been included in Modified EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, had fresh start accounting not been applied. Balance consists primarily of discounted insurance reserves that will be accreted through the statement of operations each quarter through 2018.

(3)
"Adjusted EBITDA", a non-GAAP measure, is defined as the Company's consolidated income (loss) from continuing operations:
(i) excluding the cumulative effect of changes in accounting principles, fresh start accounting valuation adjustments, discontinued operations, income tax expense or benefit, reorganization items, restructure costs, other income or expense, gain or loss on early extinguishment of debt, equity in income or loss of investees, interest expense (net), amortization, depreciation, stock-based compensation, gain or loss on disposal of assets, interests of third parties in the Adjusted EBITDA of properties that are less than wholly owned by the Company (consisting of Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags White Water Atlanta and Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark (the "Lodge"), and (ii) plus the Company's share of the Adjusted EBITDA of dick clark productions, inc. The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors regarding the Company's operating performance and its capacity to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures. The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors, equity analysts and rating agencies as a measure of the Company's performance. The Company uses Adjusted EBITDA in its internal evaluation of operating effectiveness and decisions regarding the allocation of resources. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA is approximately equal to "Parent Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA" as defined in the Company's secured credit facilities, except that Parent Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA excludes Adjusted EBITDA from equity investees that is not distributed to the Company in cash on a net basis and has limitations on the amounts of certain expenses that are excluded from the calculation. Adjusted EBITDA is not defined by GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income (loss), income (loss) from continuing operations, net cash provided by (used in) operating, investing and financing activities or other financial data prepared in accordance with GAAP or as an indicator of the Company's operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA as defined herein may differ from similarly titled measures presented by other companies.


"Modified EBITDA", a non-GAAP measure, is defined as Adjusted EBITDA plus the interests of third parties in the Adjusted EBITDA of the properties that are less than wholly owned (consisting of Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags White Water Atlanta, Six Flags Over Texas, the Lodge plus the Company's interest in the Adjusted EBITDA of dick clark productions, inc.). The Company believes that Modified EBITDA is useful in the same manner as Adjusted EBITDA, with the distinction of representing a measure that can be more readily compared to other companies that do not have interests of third parties in any of their properties or equity investments. Modified EBITDA is not defined by GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income (loss), income (loss) from continuing operations, net cash provided by (used in) operating, investing and financing activities or other financial data prepared in accordance with GAAP or as an indicator of the Company's operating performance. Modified EBITDA as defined herein may differ from similarly titled measures presented by other companies.

(4)
Represents interests of third parties in the Adjusted EBITDA of Six Flags Over Georgia, Six Flags Over Texas, Six Flags White Water Atlanta and the Lodge, plus the Company's interest in the Adjusted EBITDA of dick clark productions, inc., which are less than wholly owned.

(5)
Free Cash Flow, a non-GAAP measure, is defined as Adjusted EBITDA less (i) cash paid for interest expense net of interest income receipts, (ii) capital expenditures net of property insurance recoveries, and (iii) cash taxes. The Company has excluded from the definition of Free Cash Flow the $16.0 million of deferred financing costs related to the Company's debt refinancing incurred in the fourth quarter of 2011 due to the unusual nature of this item. The Company believes that Free Cash Flow is useful to investors, equity analysts and rating agencies as a performance measure. The Company uses Free Cash Flow in its internal evaluation of operating effectiveness and decisions regarding the allocation of resources. Free Cash Flow is not defined by GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income (loss), income (loss) from continuing operations, net cash provided by (used in) operating, investing and financing activities or other financial data prepared in accordance with GAAP or as an indicator of the Company's operating performance. Free Cash Flow as defined herein may differ from similarly titled measures presented by other companies.