18 Apr 2019 Advertisement: IAAPA EMEA Spring Summit 2019 – Networking, Learning & Education

On May 14th & 15th, the professionals of Europe’s leisure and attractions industry will come together in Finland for the IAAPA EMEA Spring Summit 2019. Participants await interesting lectures by industry colleagues, a tour behind-the-scenes at Linnamäki theme park in Helsinki and Särkänniemi in Tampere as well as an optional post-tour to Saint Petersburg in Russia ...

18 Apr 2019 Italy: “Ducati World“ at Mirabilandia Now Open – “Desmo Race” Coaster to be Launched Soon

Today, Italy’s Mirabilandia amusement park opened its new “Ducati World” theme area dedicated to the Italian motorcycle brand. The 35,000 square meter large area features a range of exciting attractions: visitors can experience a virtual race on simulators supplied by Motion Sphere and E6lab, young guests can enjoy two children’s attractions from SBF-Visa, “Diavel Ring” and ...

18 Apr 2019 Germany: monte mare Hotel in Andernach Awarded with Four-Star Quality Certificate

Opened one year ago as the first hotel of Germany’s monte mare group (operator of recreational bathing complexes with sauna & spa facilities), the monte mare Hotel in Andernach located in the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate was recently awarded with the four-star quality certificate by the German Hotel and Restaurant Association DEHOGA. By definition ...

17 Apr 2019 Germany: New “Steampunk VR Scooter“ Experience at Schloss Thurn Draws Crowds

Visitors to Bavaria, Germany’s Erlebnispark Schloss Thurn are now able to try out the park’s new “Steampunk VR Scooter” experience, immersing themselves into a desert landscape of the Wild West (“Western Steampunk” design) where they can race against each other. For this new visitor offer, Schloss Thurn added VR technology to its existing bumper car attraction, working in ...

16 Apr 2019 Lappset Creative Develops “Moomin”-Themed Activity Parks & Playground Equipment

Lappset Creative (a business unit of Finish Lappset Group, specialized in the development and design of themed attractions) and Sweden’s Bulls Press international media company (licensing holder of the “Moomins” out of Tove Jansson’s book series) have recently entered into a cooperation agreement to develop Moomin-themed activity parks and a playground collection ...

15 Apr 2019 Denmark: Fårup Sommerland Announces New Coaster for 2020

Yesterday, Denmark’s Fårup Sommerland announced to add a new family coaster to its park portfolio in 2020, with its opening scheduled for the start of next year’s season. Construction works for “Saven” (Engl.: “The Saw”) – a Family Boomerang from Dutch manufacturer Vekoma – will begin in autumn. On the new coaster, up to 20 riders (sitting in one train with a total of ten coaches) will rush along ...

15 Apr 2019 Germany: Ravensburger Spieleland Family Park Launches New XXL Play Classic & Barrier-Free Playground

Since its start into the new season this past Saturday, Germany’s Ravensburger Spieleland – a family amusement park located close to Lake Constance – has been enthusing visitors with two new attractions. The newly created “Activity World” is based on the “Mole Company” Ravensburger family play classic: An area of over 1,500 square meters comprises activity stations such as a ...

13 Apr 2019 Germany: “50 Years of Africa“ – Safariland Stukenbrock Zoo & Theme Park Kicks Off Anniversary Season Today

With a new name, website design and branding, Germany’s Safariland Stukenbrock zoo & theme park (formerly known as Zoo Safaripark Stukenbrock) in North Rhine-Westphalia today kicks off its anniversary season, celebrating 50 years since the park was founded in 1969. As “birthday present”, the park will open its new “Adventure Resort” with mobile homes and tents as its first overnight ...

12 Apr 2019 Germany: Taunus Wunderland Announces New Theme Area with Two New Attractions for this Season

Germany’s Taunus Wunderland family theme park, which is located in the federal state of Hesse and starts into the new season tomorrow, will again add a new theme area to its existing visitor offer this year – only in 2018, the park had opened “Grandpa Alfred’s Dino Valley” with a number of new attractions and activities as big novelty. “Auntie Rosi’s Candy Cotton Land” is set to ...

12 Apr 2019 Germany: Highest Portable Ferris Wheel “Hi-Sky Munich“ Starts Operation this Coming Sunday

This Sunday (April 14th), the 78 meter high Hi-Sky Munich portable Ferris wheel installed in Munich’s Werksviertel-Mitte district will be officially inaugurated, inviting guests to a 30-minute panoramic ride over the city’s rooftops with a view over the Bavarian capital and to the nearby Alps. According to an official entry in the Guinness World Records, the “R80 XL” ...

12 Apr 2019 UAE: Trends from the DEAL Trade Show Floor 2019: Drones, Robots & New Technologies

According to the official statement, over 300 exhibitors from close to 40 countries and “thousands of visitors” from over a hundred countries were registered during this year’s Dubai Entertainment, Amusement and Leisure (DEAL) trade show event, which was held from March 25th-27th at the Dubai World Trade Center. New developments especially in the fields of drones, robots ...

11 Apr 2019 Sonnentherme Lutzmannsburg Opens Austria’s First VR Slide

As Austria’s first waterpark featuring a Virtual Reality (VR) water slide, the Sonnentherme Lutzmannsburg bathing complex today re-opened its “Twister” slide, which was closed down to be expanded by VR technology and can now – under its new name “Space Twister” – be experienced by bathers in virtual worlds. Representatives from politics, economy and press joined the ...

11 Apr 2019 France: New 4D Attraction “Attention Menhir!” Now Open at Parc Asterix

Last week, a new family attraction called “Attention Menhir!” was presented to the visitors of French Parc Asterix. The new 4D cinema attraction, supplied by CL Corporation, is one of several novelties that will be launched in the course of the park’s anniversary year (owned by Compagnie des Alpes group, the park celebrates its 30th birthday this year). Equipped with a ...

11 Apr 2019 Germany: Climbing Forest Hainich Opens New Climbing Course

Germany’s Hainich climbing forest (G.: Kletterwald Hainich), situated on the edge of the Thuringian Hainich National Park, has recently expanded its visitor offer by the opening of a new, eleventh climbing course, leading through the treetops at a height of up to eleven meters. The course, called “Goshawk” and built by the park operators themselves, is 420 meters long and consists of ...

11 Apr 2019 USA: ITEC Entertainment Opens New Los Angeles Office

Specialized in themed entertainment design and headquartered in Orlando/FL, ITEC Entertainment has recently opened a new office in Los Angeles/CA to improve services and support for US West Coast and Asia clients. The new office is led by Steve Alkhoja, Executive Vice President of Entertainment Technology for the company. “This office expands ITEC’s existing relationships and presence ...

10 Apr 2019 Netherlands: Toverland Adds New Dark Ride Scene to “Fēnix” Wing Coaster

After the opening of its new “Avalon“ theme area and the “Port Laguna” entrance portal last year (cf. EAP 5/18), Dutch Toverland theme park has recently added a new dark ride scene in the shape of a dragon animatronic (supplied by Dutch Van Krieken Design & Engineering company) to its new “Fēnix” wing coaster, which – together with the “Merlin’s Quest” boat ride – is one of ...

10 Apr 2019 USA: AIMS International Announces New Board Officers and Directors at its Helm

The Texas-based, internationally organized industry association AIMS International (AIMS: Amusement Industry Manufacturers & Suppliers) recently named new board officers and directors, who took over their respective positions on April 1st this year. Franceen Gonzales, WhiteWater West’s executive vice president business development for the North & South American ...

09 Apr 2019 Germany: Claudia Leicht is Committed to Hospice and Palliative Work in Schleswig-Holstein

Claudia Leicht, member of the management board of Germany’s Hansa-Park located at the Baltic Sea, is volunteering for hospice and palliative work as of this year. As ambassador, she supports the work of the Hospiz- und Palliativverband Schleswig-Holstein e.V. (a registered association) on state level as well as the different local institutions. With her name and commitment ...

09 Apr 2019 Germany: New Racing Car Simulators at Autostadt Wolfsburg

Germany’s Autostadt, which is located in the city of Wolfsburg around the Volkswagen car supply center, has added four new race car simulator units to its visitor offer for a virtual racing experience. The motion-based simulators come from Berlin-based SiFaT Road Safety company – each unit is equipped with three large screens on which parts of the car and the selected racing track ...

08 Apr 2019 Germany: Explorado Group Presents “BRICKLIVE“ LEGO Fan Exhibition at Odysseum Cologne & Explorado Kids Museum Duisburg

At its related kids’ exhibition centers Odysseum Abenteuermuseum in Cologne and Explorado Kindermuseum in Duisburg, Germany’s Explorado Group GmbH/AWC AG presents the interactive LEGO fan exhibition “Bricklive”, founded in 2014 by Clive Nørgaard Morton (today, Bricklive is part of the British Live Company Group). Since the beginning of March this year, visitors to the ...

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