16 Aug 2019 Austria: Swarovski Kristallwelten Welcomes 15 Millionth Visitors

This month, Austria’s Swarovski Kristallwelten (Engl.: Swarovski Crystal Worlds) welcomed its 15 millionth visitors. The “magical number” was cracked by a couple from Bangalore (India) who, when entering the experience world, was surprised by the acrobats, artists and illusionists of Kristallwelten’s ongoing “Summer in the Giant” event program. Besides Austria, Germany ...

15 Aug 2019 Spain: Barcelona’s Tibidabo Amusement Park Modernizes Funicular Railway

The historic amusement park Tibidabo located on the eponymous 512-meter high mountain in the city of Barcelona can be reached by visitors via a funicular railway (amongst other means of transport), which has been connecting the Plaça del Doctor Andreu in the city district of Serrià-Sant Gervasi with the Plaça Tibidabo since 1901, over an altitude of 252 meters. Over the years ...

15 Aug 2019 Dansk: Tivoli Copenhagen Invests Into Newly Designed Bumper Cars

Copenhagen´s Tivoli amusement park recently redesigned their bumper cars. In the course of this renovation, the cars got a new design inspired by the 1920s Charleston-style. Furthermore, the cars are now more spacious and can reach a higher speed. Moreover, the typical antennas are not to be found on the new vehicles anymore...

15 Aug 2019 UK: The London Resort Wins Radisson Hotel Group as Partner

As part of a new partnership with The London Resort, the large-scale leisure and entertainment complex planned to be constructed not far from the English capital, the Radisson Hotel Group plans to open a “Radisson Blu” hotel as part of the resort’s future accommodation offering. The hotel will feature 430 rooms, a restaurant, a bar, wellness and swimming facilities ...

14 Aug 2019 USA: Silver Dollar City Announces New Water Raft Ride feat. 15-Meter Drop

Giving itself a “birthday present” for its 60th anniversary next year, Branson/Missouri-based Silver Dollar City theme park just announced to build a new major attraction, set to provide splashing ride fun as of summer 2019. The novelty will be a new water raft ride named “Mystic River Falls”, which will be the anchor attraction of the emerging “Rivertown” theme area ...

14 Aug 2019 British Airways Holidays Stops Selling Tickets for Attractions Presenting Captive Wild Animals

The travel booking platform British Airways Holidays has stopped selling tickets for visitor attractions keeping and presenting “wild animals” as part of their guest entertainment offer. This decision was announced by the company last week, following the implementation of a new animal welfare policy created in cooperation with the Born Free Foundation, an international ...

14 Aug 2019 USA: NBA Experience Grand Opening at Walt Disney World Resort

In collaboration with the NBA (National Basketball Association), Walt Disney Imagineering developed “NBA Experience” – a new immersive, interactive visitor attraction that opened earlier this week in Disney Springs at the location of the former DisneyQuest® indoor gaming center (cp. EAP News f. 7th Feb 2017). The over 4,000 square meter large arena is packed with ...

13 Aug 2019 Hong Kong: Ocean Park CEO Matthias Li Announces His Retirement for 2020

Matthias Li (photo), CEO of Hong Kong’s Ocean Park, recently announced his plans to retire on 1st July 2020. After joining the park’s management team in 1994 as Finance Director and Corporate Secretary and being promoted to Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer in 2007, Li was named Chief Executive of Ocean Park in 2016. In his roles, he significantly contributed ...

13 Aug 2019 USA: Morey’s Piers Adds New Family Coaster to Surfside Pier Park

As the latest addition to the attractions line-up of Surfside Pier park, which is located on the boardwalk of the US coastal town Wildwood (New Jersey), a new Force 280 family coaster from German manufacturer Zierer was recently opened under the name of “Runaway Tram”, offering a family-friendly ride experience along a 281 meter (922 feet) long track. The attraction ...

12 Aug 2019 USA: Holiday World Announces Launch Water Coaster “Cheetah Chase“

The Holiday World theme park, located in the US state of Indiana, recently announced a launched water coaster for its related waterpark Splashin´ Safari for 2020. “Cheetah Chase”, a slide of the type “RocketBLAST” by Canadian supplier ProSlide, offers a total length of 520 meters (1,700 feet) on two tracks. With a maximum speed of 33 kilometers per hour (30 feet per second) ...

09 Aug 2019 USA: OWA Opens New eSports Center in Alabama

Operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, the leisure and entertainment complex OWA in Foley, Alabama will open its new eSports Center “Clash“ on 17 August this year. The modern gaming complex is a high-end video gaming facility located within Downtown OWA – an entertainment, dining, and shopping area. Inside the center, visitors will be able to find 26 computers, equipped with ...

09 Aug 2019 USA: SeaWorld Entertainment Records Growth in First Half-Year Term 2019

US operating group SeaWorld Entertainment recently released the results for the first six months of its 2019 fiscal year, recording growth in both terms revenues and attendance. Compared to the same time period of fiscal year 2018, visitor numbers at the SeaWorld-related parks increased by 1.7 percent to a total of 9.8 million visitors. Also, revenues rose by 2.9 percent to ...

08 Aug 2019 Ireland: Immersive Queue Line Experience For “The Viking Voyage“ Launched at Tayto Park

After Ireland’s Tayto Park opened the gates to its “The Viking Voyage“ water flume ride in 2017 (cf. EAP-News of 19 Jul 17), the rides wating area was redesigned with new and interactive elements. Taking up the viking theme of the ride, attractions design company Katapult created a walk-through experience based on the narrative by “Ireland’s Ancient East“...

07 Aug 2019 Germany: Simtec Develops New “FUNRIDE 30” Ride System

After the Braunschweig/Germany-based manufacturer Simtec Systems had increased its production capacity by building a new 5,500 square meter production and assembly hall (“Simtec Manufactury”, cf. EAP News f. 26 April 18), which was completed in spring this year, the first ride system has now been produced in the new premises, which at the same time is a new product ...

06 Aug 2019 Germany: Opening of “Area 51 – Top Secret” – Movie Park Relaunches Water Dark Ride

After several months of redesigning its “Bermuda Triangle” boat ride attraction – a water dark ride from Intamin opened in 1996 – Movie Park Germany celebrates the reopening of the popular visitor attraction today, which now operates under its new name “Area 51 – Top Secret”. The new storyline of the attraction immerses guests into the mystery of the “Area 51” military zone ...

05 Aug 2019 Germany: Dr. Johannes Kleinsorg Takes Over as Chairman of Berlin Bathing Operations

The Supervisory Board of Berliner Bäder-Betriebe (Engl.: “Berlin Bathing Operations”, BBB) recently appointed Dr. Johannes Kleinsorg as new Chairman of its Management Board effective from 1st September this year. The political economist and scientist, who succeeds in the position of former BBB Chairman Andreas Scholz-Fleischmann, previously worked as spokesman for ...

02 Aug 2019 Germany: Playmobil FunPark Announces “Mermaid´s Kingdom“ for 2020

Yesterday, Bavaria’s Playmobil FunPark in Zirndorf announced its plans to open a new theme area in 2020, named “Mermaid´s Kingdom“. With construction works scheduled to begin this September, the previous sand- and mud-playground right next to the park´s “Western city” is to be transformed into a new colorful theme area. In addition to a water course, a crystal grotto and a ...

02 Aug 2019 USA: Universal Orlando Announces New “Universal’s Epic Universe” Theme Park

An all-new Universal theme park will take shape in Orlando, on a site south of Sand Lake Road and east of Universal Boulevard. This news were confirmed by Brian L. Roberts, Chairman & CEO of Comcast Corporation and Tom Williams, Chairman & CEO of Universal Parks & Resorts during an event in Orlando yesterday. Rumors about a possible expansion of the existing ...

01 Aug 2019 Switzerland: Groundbreaking for New Ticiland Amusement Park

Two days ago, the groundbreaking for Ticiland – a new amusement park scheduled to open in September 2020 – took place in Stein am Rhein, a Swiss community located west of Lake Constance and thus near the German border. Behind the project are the two founders Markus Mack-Even, who played an integral part in the development & management team of Dubai’s IMG Worlds of Adventure indoor ...

01 Aug 2019 Germany: Zoo Berlin Celebrates 175th Anniversary

Today, 175 years ago, the gates of Zoo Berlin opened for the first time. The animal park was founded as a royal menagerie and over the years it has developed into one of the most popular and species-rich zoos in Germany. Traces of history can still be seen in the zoo today, such as historical buildings that are still used for animal husbandry. Around 20,000 animals from ...

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