02 Mar 2021 USA: Dollywood Announces New Track Structure for Lightning Rod & Extensive Event Program for 2021

After the 35th park season of Dollywood in 2020 turned out to be shorter and less spectacular than planned due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, the park located in Pigeon Forge/Tennessee is currently preparing for an exciting 2021 season, which is already scheduled to start on March 13. The novelties for the coming season include an ...

01 Mar 2021 Parques Reunidos Introduces Quinyx’s Workforce Management Technology to Leverage Digital Transformation

The Spanish operating group Parques Reunidos and its associated US subsidiary Palace Entertainment (based in Pittsburgh) have recently introduced the cloud- and AI-based workforce management solution developed by the Swedish provider of Quinyx in order to further optimize its staff planning and to leverage ...

01 Mar 2021 France: Cinémovida Equipped with New MX4D Technology

As the MediaMation company recently announced, the US manufacturer was able to continue its international expansion in Europe lately by adding a new MX4D Motion EFX theater to one of the Cinémovida cinemas located in Perpignan in the south of France. Accordingly, a 60-seat auditorium has been added to the cinema ...

26 Feb 2021 USA: Peppa Pig Theme Park to Be Opened at Legoland Florida

As announced by Merlin Entertainments (Merlin) today, the world’s first Peppa PigTM Theme Park will be opened at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort in 2022, a stand-alone park offering in Winter Haven. This means guests will need a separate admission ticket for the park. Multiple rides ...

26 Feb 2021 USA: These are the 2021 Six Flags Novelties!

Despite of the continued crisis, the US Six Flags Entertainment Corporation has planned numerous new attractions for its parks to open later this year. In the coming season, the operating group will celebrate its 60th anniversary. Bonnie Weber, Senior Vice President Park Operations, comments: “Our guests and team members ...

26 Feb 2021 GB: Chessington World of Adventures to Launch New Croc Drop Ride for 2021 Season

After the opening of the new family-friendly themed area ”Rainforest” last spring (cf. EAP news of 14 Feb 2020), Chessington World of Adventures & Zoo continues to grow its visitor experience portfolio. For the upcoming 2021 season, which is scheduled to start at the park located in southwest London on 12 April, the leisure ...

25 Feb 2021 USA: Herschend Entertainment Takes Over Operation of Kentucky Kingdom & Hurricane Bay

The Atlanta, Georgia-based operator group Herschend Family Entertainment, whose park portfolio includes Dollywood, Silver Dollar City and the Newport Aquarium, among other venues, recently announced that they became majority partner and new operator of Kentucky Kingdom and its associated water ...

25 Feb 2021 Germany: Potsdamer Platz Arkaden Will Open “Mission: Play!“ Mattel FEC in 2022

Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz Arkaden shopping complex will open a new family entertainment center in spring 2022: “Mission: Play!”TM will provide playing fun centered around some popular brands from U.S. toy manufacturer Mattel. The planned new entertainment offering is part of a comprehensive realignment of the arcades, which are owned and managed ...

24 Feb 2021 Cambodia: 75-Hectare-Large "ALOW” Theme Park Resort to be Built Near Angkor Wat

At the end of last year, Cambodian casino operator and investor NagaCorp. Ltd. announced plans to build a new leisure complex on a 75-hectare large site near the outermost restricted zone of the historic Angkor Wat temple in the province of Siem Reap. According to the announcement, NagaGroup Global Limited ...

24 Feb 2021 Netherlands: Lagotronics Develops Magical Illumination Route in Roermond

In cooperation with Citymanagement Roermond, Lagotronics – a specialist in creating immersive visitor experiences – developed the “Magic Route Roermond“ that now leads through the city center. With “magic wands“, kids are able to interactively activate 40 different light points for extra street lighting and 3D light objects with different effects ...

23 Feb 2021 Germany: Fitness Along the Way – Playparc Presents New Sports Bench

Playparc, the play equipment and street furniture manufacturer from East Westphalia, Germany, has developed a new fitness bench that combines a wayside recreation and break option with a sporting activity option. For the patented bench design, the movement behaviour of 20- to 50-year-old study participants was examined, and the results were used to develop the product ...

23 Feb 2021 State of New York Announces Regulations for Reopening of Leisure Facilities

As the New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced in a statement on February 17th, indoor FECs will be allowed to reopen to visitors in New York beginning March 26th, and outdoor leisure facilities such as theme parks will be allowed to reopen April 9th, 2021. FECs have to operate at a lower capacity of 25 percent and amusement parks at ...

22 Feb 2021 Austria: WAVE Water World in Wörgl at Disposition?

The WAVE Water World in Wörgl (Austrian Tyrol region) is subject to political discussions about a possible demolition – thousands of citizens are mobilizing themselves in order to secure their favorite bathing complex, which has a wide catchment area including Bavaria and the Achensee region. The water adventure world opened in 2003 and after less than ...

22 Feb 2021 LBE Specialists Form New Turnkey Entertainment Operator Spider Entertainment

Rob Hetherington, most recently Commercial Director at Lappset Creative, and Kevin Williams, speaker and publisher of The Stinger Report, have joined forces with other location-based entertainment (LBE) specialists to form Spider Entertainment, a new operating company for turnkey visitor experiences. Hetherington, now CEO of Spider Entertainment ...

19 Feb 2021 Saudi Arabia: CYAN Water Park – Rawae Co.’s Second Water Park Development Within 12 Months

In March 2020, Saudi Arabia-based water park operator Rawae Co. announced the development of Jeddah Waterpark, a new Mediterranean-themed leisure venue (cf EAP news of 19 Mar 2020). Now the announcement of another water park dubbed CYAN Water Park was released, which is also set to be constructed ...

18 Feb 2021 GB: Abandoned IKEA Building to Become New Art Collections Centre in Coventry

Since the Swedish furniture manufacturer IKEA had left its city centre location in Coventry in March last year, the Coventry City Council has been discussing a possible re-use of the vacant building. Councillors of the Coventry Council Cabinet and Full Council will vote on the development of the ”Collections Centre“ ...

18 Feb 2021 USA: Cedar Fair Expects Growth & Value Creation in Second Half of 2021 and Long-term

“We are optimistic that levels of attendance at our parks and resort properties will significantly improve in 2021, particularly as COVID-19 vaccines become broadly available over the next few months. In anticipation of improving demand, we are poised to resume normal operations ...

17 Feb 2021 GB: Domestic Surf Location Coming to Manchester – Planning Application for “Modern Surf“ to be Submitted

The over 200 hectare-large, city center-like mixed-use complex TraffordCity, which is located west of Manchester’s city center and is operated by Peel L&P, is constantly developing its visitor offerings. Such as is the Therme Group’s new and eleven hectare-large Therme Manchester, which was announced last ...

17 Feb 2021 USA: The Walt Disney Company’s Quarterly Results Show Losses & Growth

The Walt Disney Company recently presented the report for the first quarter of the 2021 fiscal year, which shows a total revenue of 16.249 billion US Dollars (approx. 13.405 billion Euros) – a decrease of 22 percent in comparison to the revenue of 20.877 billion US Dollars (17.222 billion Euros) generated in Q1 2020 ...

16 Feb 2021 Switzerland/Australia: Robu Group is New Owner of Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Founded by Ronald A. Bussink, Switzerland’s Robu Group recently bought the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, one of the touristic highlight attractions in the south Australian metropolis. With a new master plan Robu Group plans to bring exciting new visitor activities and experiences both in ...

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