22 Jan 2021 GB/Schottland: Midlothian Snowsports Centre Receives Million Pound Development

The Midlothian Snowsports Centre, which features artificial skiing slopes and is located only about a 20-minute drive from the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, will be transformed into a multifunctional leisure destination dubbed “Destination Hillend“. An investment of ...

21 Jan 2021 UAE: Bollywood Parks Dubai Re-Opens Today & Launches Nine New Attractions

Bollywood ParksTM in Dubai, part of the Dubai Parks & Resorts leisure complex, reopens its gates today with a line-up of nine new attractions, inviting visitors to even more family-friendly entertainment. Young guests and adults can look forward to seven new family rides supplied by Italian manufacturer Zamperla including ...

20 Jan 2021 Netherlands: Landal De Lommerbergen Holiday Park Adds New Slides to Leisure Pool

The holiday park Landal De Lommerbergen, which is located in Reuver, Netherlands and operated by Landal GreenParks, is adding new slides to its related indoor leisure pool. The existing slide tower, which already features a tube slide, will be expanded by a bowl slide attraction of the “HurriCone“ model from Dutch ...

20 Jan 2021 China/USA: Start of Design Process for New “Enlight Movie World“ Entertainment Complex in China

Spanning an area of over 263 hectares (651 acres), the “Enlight Movie World“ is a large-scale entertainment project currently in the planning phase, which will be realized in the East Chinese city of Yangzhou, Jiangsu province. The privately-owned television and film production company Beijing Enlight Media has ...

19 Jan 2021 Canada: Fresh Leadership at WhiteWater West

Vancouver-based WhiteWater West, the company that celebrated its 40th anniversary this past (cf. EAP News of 15 Dec 2020), kicks off the new year with further “big news”. Paul Chutter, who is the second generation of the family business founded by the company’s CEO Geoff Chutter and most recently served as Chief Business Development Officer, takes over ...

19 Jan 2021 USA: Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park to Reopen in March

The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando (FL) plans to reopen its related Blizzard Beach water park on 7th March this year. Since the outbreak of the global Corona pandemic around one year ago, both Disney water parks – Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon – remained closed. While the four Disney theme parks in Orlando ...

18 Jan 2021 Germany: Thermenwelt Bad Vilbel – Building Permission Submitted for New Thermal Bathing Complex

In the city of Bad Vilbel located in Germany’s Hessian federal state, the Thermengruppe Josef Wund plans to develop the “Thermenwelt Bad Vilbel“, a new indoor thermal bathing complex which will become Germany’s first pool complex with a “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum“ ...

18 Jan 2021 IAAPA Expo Asia 2021 to Take Place in August in Shanghai, China

As announced by the international association, both the date and the venue of IAAPA’s Asian trade show event have been changed due to the pandemic-related circumstances. Accordingly, the IAAPA Expo Asia 2021 is now scheduled to take place in Shanghai, China, from August 10-13, 2021, and not in Macao in June as ...

18 Jan 2021 England: Holovis Upgrades VSimulator Motion Platform for University of Exeter

Virtual Reality (VR) and motion technology are also in demand outside the entertainment industry. New functionality has recently been added to the VSimulator installed by British Holovis company at the University of Exeter, which allows researchers and commercial clients to use VR technology in conjunction with a motion ...

15 Jan 2021 Belgium: “The Ride to Happiness by Tomorrowland“ – Plopsaland de Panne Reveals Further Details on Coaster Novelty

It has just been announced that the roller coaster novelty at Plopsaland de Panne will be realized in cooperation with the annual “Tomorrowland“ festival held in Belgium – which with approx. 400,000 visitors is one of the world’s largest festivals for electronic music. The name of the Extreme Spinning ...

15 Jan 2021 Germany: Erlebnispark Steinau and Carousel Manufacturer John Heinz Announce Strategic Partnership

Germany‘s family-run Erlebnispark Steinau and the Hessian-based company PEH Karussellbau John Heinz have recently announced their exclusive cooperation. In the future, new attractions from the carousel construction company will first be supplied to the theme park to be tested by ...

15 Jan 2021 Italy: Antonio Zamperla Jr. Takes over Management of Zamperla S.p.A. – Industry Veterans Join Top Management Team

Antonio Zamperla Jr., who previously served as Chief Innovation Officer for the family-owned manufacturing company Antonio Zamperla S.p.A., has officially taken over the management of the business. After some 20 years of experience in all business areas of the Zamperla Group, which today counts over ...

14 Jan 2021 Germany: Spreepark Berlin Becomes Recreational Park – Re-Construction Measures Started

20 years after the official closure of Spreepark Berlin (1991-2001), re-construction measures are now underway on the grounds of the former theme park. The new concept is clear: giving new life to the historic leisure ground, which was home to the Kulturpark Berlin from 1969 to 1991, in order to create a new local recreation ...

14 Jan 2021 The Netherlands: New Show Equipment and Technical Dark Ride Upgrade for the Railway Museum in Utrecht

The 15-year-old “Stalen Monsters” dark ride attraction in the Railway Museum (NL: Spoorwegmuseum) in Utrecht recently received a complete overhaul. In cooperation with the dark ride specialists from Dutch company Lagotronics Projects the technical equipment of the ride was replaced by state-of-the-art show control, audio and lighting technology ...

13 Jan 2021 China: A Chocolately New Theme World – Chocolate Kingdom Theme Park Now Open in Yingde

In the city of Yingde in southern China, which has over one million inhabitants, a new, chocolately theme park was opened recently. The Chocolate Kingdom Theme Park, which was developed by China Aoyuan Group Limited, a property development group, and China Cultural Tourism, is part of a bigger mixed-use ...

13 Jan 2021 Saudi Arabia/Liechtenstein: Start of Design Process for Six Flags’ “Falcon’s Flight” Superlative Coaster

The design process for the Six Flags Qiddiya high-thrill theme park’s anchor attraction “Falcon’s Flight” was kicked off. The ride, which will be supplied by Liechtenstein-based manufacturer Intamin, is set to become “the world’s longest, fastest and tallest coaster”, spanning a track length of approx. four kilometers and featuring a vertical cliff dive into a 160-meter-deep valley ...

12 Jan 2021 Belgium: WinterGlow illuminates the city of Bruges

After its premier last winter, the city of Bruges is illuminated during the “WinterGlow“ light festival again this year. The Belgium-based company Painting with Light created ten different light installations in cooperation with local artists, schools, youth and cultural organisations, which now form a walking ...

11 Jan 2021 USA: Selim Bassoul Appointed Chairman Successor by Six Flags Board

US theme and water park operator Six Flags announced that 63-year-old Selim Bassoul has been elected by the board of directors to succeed Richard Roedel as non-executive chairman. It has previously been announced that Roedel would not stand for re-election to the board at the company’s annual shareholder meeting in May 2021 ...

08 Jan 2021 New Zealand: The All Black Experience Offers Rugby-Dedicated Visitor Experience

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In New Zealand, rugby is the national sport number one. Since the end of 2020, the The All Black Experience in Auckland has been offering a new interactive visitor experience completely dedicated to this sports, which is played with an egg-shaped leather ball almost like it is being used for American Football. The “All Black“ ...

07 Jan 2021 IAAPA EMEA Trade Summit Cancelled

IAAPA's European office announced today that the industry meeting planned for February has been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic-related shutdown in European countries. The IAAPA EMEA Summit was originally scheduled to take place at Europa-Park in Rust, Germany, from 2 to 4 February, providing ...

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