15 Dec 2017 USA: Disney to Acquire Majority of 21st Century Fox‘ Businesses – Bob Iger to Remain Disney’s CEO and Chairman through the end of 2021

As The Walt Disney Company announced in an official statement yesterday, the global entertainment group and 21st Century Fox have entered into a definitive agreement for Disney to acquire the majority of Rupert Murdoch’s company’s businesses at a total transaction volume of approx. 56 billion Euro (66.1 billion US Dollar), split up into an equity stake of ...

15 Dec 2017 France: Dominique Hummel to Leave Futuroscope in 2018

After 15 years at the helm of France’s Futuroscope theme park, Chairman of the Board Dominique Hummel has reportedly announced to resign from his position in March 2018. According to the French journal Nouvelle République, Hummel had announced it yesterday during an event for companies from the Vienne department held at the park’s “Le Palais de Congrès“ convention center. The news ...

15 Dec 2017 Josef Wund Dies in Airplane Crash

As has just become known, German architect and entrepreneur Josef Wund was amongst the three victims of the crash of a Cessna business jet in Germany yesterday. The 79-year-old architect and entrepreneur designed and built Germany’s Therme Erding in the 1990s together with his son Jörg. Besides Therme Erding, which is considered as Europe’s largest thermal bathing complex ...

15 Dec 2017 Germany: "Day of the Nativity Play" at Europa-Park – Peace Light of Bethlehem Comes to Rust

The Peace Light of Bethlehem – since 1986 part of a charitable relief mission for handicapped children and people in need – will come to 16 stations throughout Germany, one of which is the Europa-Park in Rust. This upcoming third Sunday in Advent, Europa-Park will receive the light in due time for its “Day of the Nativity Play”, when pupils will stage their very own interpretation ...

14 Dec 2017 Italy: Gardaland Resort Announces New “Peppa Pig“ Theme Area for 2018

Italy’s Gardaland Resort, part of the Merlin group, announced this week to open a “Peppa Pig” theme area featuring three new attractions in 2018 to complement its existing offer for families and preschool kids. This project can be seen as a first result of the licensing agreement between operator Merlin and Entertainment One (eOne), Owner of the Peppa Pig IP, fixed this past ...

13 Dec 2017 China: Shanghai Disneyland Announces First Park Expansion since Opening

Shanghai Disneyland – part of the Shanghai Disney Resort, which was opened in summer of 2016 – recently announced plans for the first park expansion since its opening: Next year will see the launch of “Disney Toy Story Land”, a new theme area based on Disney·Pixar’s popular “Toy Story” motion picture series. As the park’s seventh theme area, Disney Toy Story Land will feature three ...

12 Dec 2017 Las Vegas: Excalibur Hotel & Casino Launches 4D Theater

In its related “Fun Dungeon” entertainment complex, the Las Vegas-based Excalibur Hotel & Casino opened the new “Ultimate 4-D Experience” 4-D cinema, in which guests can experience short movies in 3-D high definition with a running time of approx. 15 minutes each. The movies are supplemented by additional in-theater and in-seat effects for a completely immersive experience ...

11 Dec 2017 Germany: Construction Work at Spreewelten Bad is Progressing

The future Apartment-Hotel Spreewelten is taking shape: Following the groundbreaking ceremony this past July, builders, owners and invited guests recently celebrated the roofing ceremony for the new hotel. “After you have parked comfortably and were warmly welcomed at our reception, you will access your barrier-free rooms that feature a typical regional design. Your children will ...

08 Dec 2017 Austria: Four “Chambers of Wonder“ at Swarovski Kristallwelten Shine in New Design

Visitors to Austria’s Swarovski Kristallwelten can now discover four newly designed “Chambers of Wonder” (there are 16 chambers in total at the park), in which international artists showcase their personal interpretation of crystals and which are housed in the head of “The Giant” – the icon of Swarovski Kristallwelten. Indian star designer Manish Arora, who has also been ...

07 Dec 2017 UAE: Miral Paves the Way for Personalized Digital Visitor Experiences on Yas Island

Abu Dhabi-based development company Miral has recently embarked on a project to initiate the digital transformation of Yas Island – home to several theme parks and leisure attractions – to create a seamlessly connected visitor experience for guests. The first phase of the project will roll out during the first half of 2018 and will transform online and mobile visitor engagement ...

06 Dec 2017 Germany: Radio Regenbogen Award Ceremony 2018 to Take Place at Europa-Park

Next year, Germany’s Europa-Park will once again host the coveted Radio Regenbogen Awards (a German media award), which will be presented on March 23rd by comedian Atze Schröder. Radio chief Klaus Schunk and Radio Regenbogen event manager Andreas Ksionsek have just announced some of the award winners: In the "Comeback of the Year 2017" category, for example, Michael Patrick Kelly ...

06 Dec 2017 USA: Disney’s California Adventure Park to Open New Pixar Pier Area in Mid-2018

In summer of 2018, Disney’s California Adventure Park will see the opening of its new “Pixar Pier” area themed around the beloved IP brands of Disney·Pixar, a division of The Walt Disney Company. The area will replace “Paradise Pier” along the southern shore of “Paradise Bay”, featuring four whimsical neighborhoods offering guests a versatile mixture of entertainment, ...

05 Dec 2017 Iceland: Pursuit Announces “FlyOver Iceland“ Flying Theater Attraction to Open in Reykjavik in 2019

Iceland’s capital of Reykjavik is to be home of a new “FlyOver” simulator attraction, a flying theater which is scheduled to open in 2019. “FlyOver Iceland” will offer guests a spectacular flight experience over Iceland’s breathtaking landscape, based on the concept of Vancouver’s “FlyOver Canada” attraction featuring the “I-Ride” ride system from Vekoma and Brogent ...

04 Dec 2017 China/USA: Chimelong Paradise Launches Sky Rocket II Coaster

Following the opening of “Hype” – a “Sky Rocket II” rollercoaster from US manufacturer Premier Rides – at Finland’s Särkänniemi Theme Park in the middle of this year, the Chinese Chimelong Paradise amusement park in Guangzhou now also thrills visitors with a triple launch coaster of this type. The multi-million dollar coaster, which was launched this week, features ...

01 Dec 2017 New York City: NFL Experience Opens Today at Times Square

Today, the NFL Experience – a 30 million US Dollar (approx. 25 million Euro) project of the National Football League (NFL) and Canada’s Cirque du Soleil entertainment company – opens at Times Square in New York City, offering guests of all age groups an immersive sports experience with a mixture of classic and high-tech displays. “[…] We wanted to not just do an experience like ...

30 Nov 2017 USA/Denmark: Walt Disney World Resort Designs Float for Tivoli's 175th Anniversary Parade

Copenhagen's popular Tivoli amusement park, which will celebrate its 175th anniversary next year, plans a new anniversary parade entitled "The World Comes Together in Tivoli" to be premiered on May 1st, 2018. Thanks to a longstanding and close relationship between the park and Walt Disney and nowadays the Walt Disney World Resort, Disney will design its own float for Tivoli’s anniversary ...

29 Nov 2017 Italy: Parques Reunidos Announces "Ducati" Theme Area for Mirabilandia

As the Spanish operator group Parques Reunidos announced this week, the Italian Mirabilandia amusement park, part of the group's portfolio, is set to open a new theme area in 2019, dedicated to the Italian motorcycle brand Ducati. The 35,000 square meter large "Ducati World" theme area will open a versatile offer for motorcycle fans and amusement park visitors alike: In addition to ...

29 Nov 2017 Germany: TimeRide VR Cologne Welcomes 11,111th Visitor

At the end of September this year, a new attraction offering guests a special journey through the Rhine metropolis was opened in the city centre of Cologne: TimeRideVR Cöln immerses visitors into the imperial time at the beginning of the 20th century. Equipped with Oculus Rift headsets, visitors experience a virtual tour on an electric tram alongside the Rhine shore and ...

28 Nov 2017 Gary Goddard Takes Leave of Absence – Taylor Jeffs Assumes Representation

Today, company founder Gary Goddard announced that he has taken a leave of absence from the operative business of The Goddard Group to allow the company and its employees to continue their projects undistracted by recent allegations made against his person. Taylor Jeffs, Director of Design at Goddard Group since 2003, has been appointed President and Chief Creative Officer of the ...

28 Nov 2017 Canada/GB: First IMAX VR Center in Europe Now Open

Following the opening of the first IMAX VRTM Center in Los Angeles/CA in January of this year, the Odeon intu Trafford Centre in Manchester/England is now home to the first IMAX VR Center in Europe, where the experience opened last week. At several so-called (single and multi-player) “pods” located in the centre, from now on movie-goers can experience virtual worlds ...

Page