19 Jun 2019 USA: Falcon’s Creative Group & Cloudco Entertainment Launch Collaboration to Create New Retailtainment Experiences

Creative design company Falcon’s Creative Group and Cloudco Entertainment (formerly: American Greetings Entertainment) have recently announced their collaboration to create retailtainment experiences based on the “Care Bears” IP. The colorful bears from the kids’ television series will come to life in multimedia attractions; in addition, a range of merchandise will ...

18 Jun 2019 USA: “Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure“ Draws Crowds to Universal Orlando

Since its opening on Thursday last week, the new coaster in the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” – “Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure” – has been drawing crowds to Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando. The “newcomer” to the magical world of wizards invites guests to an adventurous flight on Hagrid’s motorbike through the “Forbidden Forest” and enthuses with ...

17 Jun 2019 USA: MR-ProFun and Icon Global Partners Enter into Acquisition Agreement

Hong Kong-based consulting company Icon Global Partners, which is primarily active in the water park industry, and US-based consulting firm MR-ProFun, an independent provider of consulting and management services to the leisure industry, entered into an acquisition agreement earlier this month ...

14 Jun 2019 China: Preliminary Results of IAAPA Expo Asia 2019 in Numbers

The three-day IAAPA Expo Asia trade show event, which was hold in Shanghai/China this year, closed today with the following (preliminary) results, as announced by the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA): The trade show registered a total of 11,400 participants, including 8,100 “buyers“ ...

14 Jun 2019 Germany: Europabad Karlsruhe Receives Five-Star Distinction

For its excellent comfort and exclusive equipment, the Europabad in Karlsruhe/Germany will be awarded a five-star certification today after thorough testing based on the high quality standards of Wellness Star GmbH and TÜV Rheinland. Oliver Sternagel, Managing Director of Karlsruher Bädergesellschaft mbH, and Mayor Martin ...

14 Jun 2019 USA: Cedar Fair Announces to Acquire Two Schlitterbahn Waterpark Properties

The Cedar Fair Entertainment Company announced yesterday that the US operating group of regional amusement, theme and water parks has signed a definitive agreement to acquire two well-known waterparks and a resort in Texas for a cash purchase price of 261 million US dollars (around 231 million Euro) – the Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort New Braunfels and ...

13 Jun 2019 Germany: New “TimeRide VR“ Attraction in Munich to Open This Summer

This summer, TimeRide VR will open a new location for its virtual time travel experience in the city center of Munich, following the successful launch of its sites in Cologne and Dresden. Guests will be invited to a virtual journey through 5,000 years of Bavarian history to meet “Barbarossa” (Frederick I., Holy Roman Emperor), experience the first train journey in Germany and witness ...

12 Jun 2019 Germany: New Pirate World at PLAYMOBIL-FunPark Now Open

After a construction period of nine months, last week saw the opening of the re-designed pirate world area at Germany’s PLAYMOBIL-FunPark (we reported on this in our park report in EAP issue 2/2019). As of now, park guests can discover a giant pirate ship, a shipwreck and a mysterious pirate lagoon featuring diverse play and climbing elements on an area of ...

12 Jun 2019 Germany: Giant Seismosaurus Model Attracts Visitors to Dinosaur Park Teufelsschlucht

Germany’s Dinosaurierpark Teufelsschlucht, which is located near the border of Luxemburg, has continually developed into an attractive excursion destination since its opening in 2015. Last year, the park launched the “PaleoLab” station for scientific fossil preparation, which turned into a success among visitors. Now, a new giant dinosaur model rises above the park grounds ...

11 Jun 2019 China: IAAPA Expo Asia in Shanghai Kicks Off Tomorrow

Tomorrow, IAAPA Expo Asia (formerly Asian Attractions Expo), organized by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), will kick off at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The three-day international trade fair, which has established itself as an important marketplace for the Asian leisure and attractions industry, returns ...

10 Jun 2019 Germany: Giant Walkable Circular Wood Structure Draws Visitors to Bavaria’s Steinberger See

With a height of 40 meters and a diameter of 50 meters, the new walkable circular wood structure at Germany’s Steinberger See (a lake in Bavaria near Regensburg) is already an eye-catcher from afar. Up to 950 visitors can walk through the circular wood structure at the same time, exploring over 30 experience and activity stations on several levels. Two suspension bridges can ...

07 Jun 2019 USA: Fernando Eiroa Appointed New CEO of CircusTrix

Fernando Eiroa, who stepped down from his leading positions at Spain’s Parques Reunidos operating group last year, has recently been appointed new CEO of Provo/Utah-based CircusTrix company. CircusTrix was founded in 2011 and is specialized in the development and operation of indoor active recreation centers, in addition to being a franchisor. Eiroa takes over the position ...

06 Jun 2019 Australia: New Theme Area with Three New Major Rides Announced for Sea World Gold Coast

Australia’s Village Roadshow Theme Parks operating group has recently announced its plans to invest a sum of 50 million AUD (approx. 31 million EUR) into its related leisure and theme parks located on the Australian Gold Coast. A huge part of the amount will flow into a new theme area at Sea World, which will receive the name of “New Atlantis” and feature three main attractions ...

05 Jun 2019 China: VR, AR & Multimedia: Key Attractions for Lionsgate Entertainment World Announced

As part of the new Novotown tourism and entertainment hub that is currently under development on the Chinese island of Hengqin (Guangdong province), the film-based Lionsgate Entertainment World indoor park is scheduled to open this summer. Consultant and future operator of the leisure complex is Australia’s Village Roadshow Theme Parks (VRTP), which recently ...

04 Jun 2019 Germany: Tripsdrill’s New “Sawmill“ Adventure Playground Now Open

Today, Germany’s Erlebnispark Tripsdrill, located in the municipality of Cleebronn in the federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, has officially inaugurated its new “Sawmill” adventure playground, including nine different, partly covered play areas. From the “Woodworm” zone for toddlers and the “Loading Bay” water world to the just under 15 meters high “Crane” climbing tower ...

03 Jun 2019 Poland: New Tubby Slides Park Turns Polish Ski Area into Year-Round Destination

The Kurza Góra ski area in the north of Poland recently saw the opening of a new “Tubby” tubing park, offering guests year-round sliding fun. The installation from Italy’s Neveplast company features a total track length of 700 meters, making it the largest tubing park the provider has installed up until today. It is divided into several slopes: Three straight Tubby slopes of ...

31 May 2019 Spain: PortAventura to Open New “Colorado Creek“ Theme Hotel Tomorrow

Tomorrow will see the opening of the new “Colorado Creek” theme hotel at PortAventura World, the theme park resort close to the Spanish city of Tarragona, expanding the resort’s overnight capacity by 150 rooms to a total of over 2,200 rooms. Located in the “Far West” theme area of PortAventura Park, “Colorado Creek” features a gold rush theme. Parallelly to the opening of ...

31 May 2019 USA: New “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge“ Theme Area at Disneyland Park Anaheim Opens Today

Following a planning and construction period of several years, California’s Disneyland Park celebrates the opening of its new “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” theme area today, immersing guests on an area of 5.6 hectares into the far galaxies of the Star Wars saga. The attraction “Millennium Falcon” – the Star Wars space shuttle, turning guests into pilots themselves – can be ...

30 May 2019 USA: “SkyScreamer“ at Six Flags Darien Lake Now Open

Six Flags Darien Lake, the Six Flags Group’s high-thrill park located in the US state of New York, has recently launched its new “SkyScreamer” tower ride, a StarFlyerTM model from Austrian manufacturer Funtime (supplied by its North American distribution partner Ride Entertainment). Up to 32 passengers can experience the “flight” up to a maximum height of 73 meters (242 feet) at ...

29 May 2019 China: “Magic Glaze“ 5D Theater at Tonguan Kiln Cultural & Tourism Center Now Open

The Tonguan Kiln International Cultural and Tourism Center in the Chinese city of Changsha (Hunan province), which is part of the portfolio of Macrolink Group, has recently expanded its existing visitor offer by the opening of a new 5D theater, dubbed “Magic Glaze”. The attraction invites guests to a 15-minute immersive movie experience, telling the story of ...

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