Casa Flamingo

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


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Table of Contents

George Millay – A master visionary who created two genres of theme parks – SeaWorld, the first modern marine park and Wet’n Wild, the world’s first waterpark. The World Waterpark Assn. has recognized him as the “Father of the Waterpark Industry.”

Carl Hughes – As the first president of the International Assn. of Amusement Parks & Attractions who was not a park owner, Hughes is acknowledged as the primary catalyst in modernizing the association.

Bo Kinntorph – First non-American president of the International Assn. of Amusement Parks & Attractions, CEO of Sweden’s Liseberg Park in Sweden , and the man cited as most responsible for making IAAPA a true international organization.

Marty Sklar – Creative guru for Walt Disney Parks for more than 50 years, many of which he served as the Principal Creative Executive of Walt Disney Imagineering. He’s the only Disney employee who has attended the opening of and contributed to the creation of all 11 Disney parks worldwide.

Harrison “Buzz” Price – Created and then introduced professional data analysis into the industry; chose the land for Walt Disney on which the original Disneyland was built and nearly 160 studios for Walt Disney later, he used the same economics model to select land for Walt Disney World in Florida.

Dr. Roberto Ortiz – Costa Rican physician who created that country’s first theme park as an on-going revenue generator for the country’s largest children’s hospital that he had built 17 years earlier.

John Graff – By transcending the barriers of language and culture to expand the influence of the International Assn. of Amusement Parks & Attractions, he helped change the global landscape of the industry.

Harold Chance – Founder of Chance Rides and one of the most prolific amusement ride manufacturers of all time. He revolutionized trailer mounting for portable rides and started what was to become the world’s largest and most influential safety and maintenance seminar.

Ron Toomer – Using his ingenuity and rocket science engineering skills, he revolutionized the design and the building of steel roller coasters. In his 33 years in the business, he is credited with the basic design of 80 steel coasters.

Jeff Henry – The controversial and fun-loving visionary who began building and designing waterparks and water rides during his early teen years. He is known for his work on the FlowRider and the Master Blaster and for his design work on the three Schlitterbahn waterparks.