20 May 2022 Canada: FORREC Executive VP Anthony Van Dam Retires

After more than 34 years, Anthony Van Dam, Executive Vice President of FORREC, will retire effective October 1, 2022. Van Dam, who began his career as a Junior Designer with the Toronto-based themed entertainment specialist in 1988, was instrumental in opening up the Chinese market, which has now ...

20 May 2022 USA: Falcon‘s Beyond Announces “Falcon‘s Central

Orlando-based entertainment company Falcon‘s Beyond Global now announced the development of a new signature destination. “Falcon‘s Central“ will combine retail, dining and entertainment and, similar to “Disney Springs“ at the Walt Disney World Resort, will be integrated into Falcon‘s theme park locations ...

19 May 2022 Germany: New Outback Aviary Opens at Duisburg Zoo

Germany’s Duisburg Zoo recently opened its new themed enclosure dedicated to Australia‘s Outback habitat. In the 800-square-meter “Outback Aviary“ – 600 square meters of which are outdoors and 200 square meters indoors, including stables and feeding kitchen – and which is over eight meters high, visitors ...

19 May 2022 Netherlands: Watergames & more Presents “Double Racer“ Slide

With the “Double Racer“ slide, the Dutch company Watergames & more, a specialist for water attractions, is expanding its product portfolio. The two slide tubes, which have a diameter of one meter each, are running side by side and allow sliders in a racing competition to have a look at their opponents in ...

18 May 2022 USA: Dollywood‘s Splash Country Now Offers Barrier-free Water Fun

Dollywood‘s Splash Country water park, part of Dollywood Parks & Resorts, kicked off this year‘s season on May 14, which will run through September 5. There has been an improvement in the park‘s attraction offerings, especially for families with young children or children with disabilities. The “Little Creek Falls“ ...

18 May 2022 Germany: New Nature Experience Garden Expands Visitor Offerings at skywalk allgäu

The skywalk allgäu nature experience park located in Scheidegg (Bavaria) offers its visitors a new educational experience around the topic of “bees“ starting next Saturday (May 21). The “Nature Experience Garden – Bees and Blossoms in the Course of the Year“ is intended to bring guests closer to the world ...

17 May 2022 Netherlands: It Remains Spooky – Efteling Reveals Details on New Theme Area

In January of this year, Efteling announced a major park expansion that includes the development of a new 17,000-square-foot themed area designed to give visitors goosebumps. The “Spookslot“, which opened in 1978, will be demolished in favor of the redesign for a new scare experience that will be called ...

17 May 2022 France: Le PAL to Open an Interactive Smash & Reload Dark Ride in 2023

As has now been officially announced, the French animal and amusement park Le PAL (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region) will expand and diversify its visitor offering next year by the addition of a new Smash & Reload dark ride. Starting in 2023, park guests will be able to embark on an interactive themed ride ...

17 May 2022 Denmark: Center Parcs Enters Scandinavian Market – Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Holiday Park in Nordborg

On Denmark’s vacation island of Als in southern Jutland, the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony for the first Center Parcs Europe holiday park in Scandinavia is taking place today. The new holiday park complex with over 440 holiday homes is being built in Nordborg on the Danish Baltic coast and is scheduled to ...

17 May 2022 Germany: Creative Alliance for New Immersive Dark Ride System

Braunschweig, Germany-based Simtec Systems, a global developer of high-end motion simulators, and Scruffy Dog Creative, a leading experience design company, just announced to have formed an alliance to develop a new immersive, trackless dark ride system. The themed concept, created by Scruffy Dog ...

17 May 2022 Italy: Neveplast Launches New Product SKLIDE

Italian manufacturer Neveplast is best known for its TUBBY slides, which can be used all year round and on which young and old alike glide downhill sitting in tubes filled with air over slopes covered with a special plastic coating. Now the supplier is expanding its product range with a new attraction dubbed SKLIDE ...

16 May 2022 Netherlands: Keukenhof Closes Season with Positive Results

The Keukenhof, the flower park located in the west of the Netherlands, which presents a colorful variety of blossoms on its park grounds from March to May annually, closes its first season after a two-year forced closure due to the Corona pandemic with a positive result. From March 24 to May 15, more than ...

16 May 2022 France: Parc Astérix Celebrates Official Inauguration of Tonnerre 2 Zeus Wooden Coaster

This past weekend, Parc Astérix (part of the Compagnie des Alpes group) celebrated the official opening of the renewed and renamed wooden roller coaster “Tonnerre 2 Zeus” (formerly “Tonnerre de Zeus”). Together with actor and comedian Arnaud Ducret, who is the godfather of the new attraction, park director ...

13 May 2022 USA: Meow Wolf Expansion Continues – New Locations Announced in Texas

In September 2021, the third Meow Wolf permanent exhibition “Convergence Station“ opened in Denver, Colorado which did not mean that the art collective is taking a break. As Meow Wolf now announced it will open two more locations in the US state of Texas in the next two years. The first will be a ...

13 May 2022 USA: Darlene Reese-Sittig Appointed New Education & Operation Manager at Ellis & Associates

Florida-based Ellis & Associates (E&A), an international aquatic safety and risk management consulting firm dedicated to the prevention and elimination of drowning accidents, recently announced Darlene Reese-Sittig as its new Education & Operations Manager. Reese-Sittig joined the company on ...

12 May 2022 USA: Q1 2022 Financial Results for Universal Theme Parks Show Recovery – First Details on Attractions in Epic Universe

For the first quarter ended on 31 March of the current fiscal year 2022, Comcast Corporation reported significantly positive results for its Universal Parks & Resorts theme park division compared to the same period last year: Total revenues increased by USD 941 million (approx. EUR 901 million) to USD 1.6 billion ...

12 May 2022 GB: Jonathan Bonner New Executive Producer at Storyland Studios

Jonathan Bonner, who most recently was Project Producer at Katapult, has been appointed new Executive Producer at Storyland Studios. Bonner, who was involved in numerous projects for well-known companies such as Walt Disney Imagineering, The LEGO® Group, Europa-Park amongst others, will ...

12 May 2022 Coen Bertens & Bart Dohmen’s TDAC Wants to Establish Itself & Grow as European Consulting Firm

With their newly founded company TDAC BV (Tourist Development and Attraction Consultants), the two Dutch leisure professionals Coen Bertens (former COO of Efteling) and Bart Dohmen (former BRC Imagination Arts executive) want to position themselves as independent consultants for tourist and leisure ...

11 May 2022 Saudi Arabia: SEA Expo is Around the Corner

The Saudi Entertainment & Amusement Expo (SEA Expo) will take place at the Riyadh International Exhibition & Convention Center next week from May 16 to 18. For four years now, manufacturers from all over the world have been gathering in Saudi Arabia on a regular basis to present their latest products and services on this ...

11 May 2022 Philippines: Pradera Islands Continues Taking Shape

Pradera Islands, the new future theme park in Lubao, province of Pampanga, on the Philippines, aims at opening its doors to visitors for the first time in 2024 (as part of the Pradera Verde Resort). With this goal in mind, construction work on the site is continuously progressing so that the last attractions that have not yet been ...

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