20 Feb 2020 UK: London Eye Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Special Guest Experiences

On 9 March 2000, the 135-metre-high London Eye officially opened its pods for the first time to visitors. This year, the popular attraction, which is operated by Merlin Entertainments, is celebrating ist 20th anniversary and will therefore enable people to enjoy special visitor experiences on the weekened from ...

19 Feb 2020 UAE: New Nature Experience Park Opened on Abu Dhabi’s Jubail Island

Jubail Island in Abu Dhabi is located halfway between Yas Island and Saadiyat and is known for its mangrove forests. Recently, the Jubail Mangrove Park was opened here as a new nature experience park, allowing visitors to discover the flora and fauna of the mangroves by taking a walk along three wooden path circuits ...

18 Feb 2020 Netherlands: Efteling to Tranform “De Steenbok“ Restaurant into “Widow Bolte’s Kitchen“

The new “Max and Moritz“ family coaster at Netherland’s Efteling theme park, which is scheduled to open this spring, is highly anticipated by visitors (cf. EAP news 9 Oct 2018). But this will not be the only place where the two rascals from the Wilhelm Busch books will appear.The park just announced the transformation of its existing ...

18 Feb 2020 Germany: Karlsruher Bäder Achieve Further Visitor Attendance Growth

Yesterday, Oliver Sternagel (CEO of Karlsruher Bäder) and Mayor Martin Lenz presented the annual results of the ten related indoor and outdoor pools which belong to the portfolio of Karlsruher Bäder. In 2019, a total of around 1.64 million visitors were welcomed at the facilities, 1.14 million of which enjoyed water fun in the indoor pools. The outdoor pool facilities received ...

17 Feb 2020 Germany: Ravensburger Museum Registers Highest Attendance Since Opening

The Ravensburger Museum, which is located in Southern Germany and opened its doors to visitors for the first time in 2010, registered its highest attendance since opening in the past season. The family-friendly museum, which offers interactive stations about Ravensburger books, games and puzzles, recorded over 41,000 guests ...

14 Feb 2020 UK: Chessington World of Adventures to Open New Family-Friendly Theme Area in March 2020

Chessington World of Adventures Resort, located in Chessington/UK, provides family-fun with the combination of a zoo and leisure park experience. In March 2020 the Merlin Entertainments-operated park will open its new “Rainforest“ theme area. Dedicated to families with kids, the area will feature numerous themed attractions ...

13 Feb 2020 Germany: Rostock Zoo to Build New Seal Enclosure in 2021

Germany’s Rostock Zoo is home to 4,200 animals from 430 different species. With about 650,000 visitors in 2019, it is among the most popular leisure destinations at the German Baltic coast. In the future, the zoological garden will continue to modernize its animal enclosures in order to further improve the animal welfare ...

12 Feb 2020 Netherlands: Toverland With New Visitor Record in 2019

Netherland’s Toverland looks back on a successful park season 2019 with a new record of 862,000 visitors, which is a plus of 50,000 guests in comparison to the previous season. In 2018, the park saw a major expansion with the opening of the “Avalon“ themed area (cf. EAP 5/2018) and the “Port Laguna“ entrance portal. Thanks to ...

11 Feb 2020 Finland: Valo Motion Creates New Two-Player Trampoline Game

Finland’s Valo Motion company, provider of interactive sporting experience, creator of the “ValoClimb®“ climbing wall at “ValoJump“ trampoline set-up, aims at combining exercise and fitness with the gaming. After the launch of the first two-player game “SuperStomp“ (cf. EAP 3/2019), Valo Motion now released its second ...

10 Feb 2020 Canada/France: Triotech Announces Acquisition of CL Corporation

Following the cooperation agreement announced by the companies of Triotech (headquartered in Montréal, Canada) and France’s CL Corporation (based in Rennes) in fall last year, Triotech recently reported the acquisition of the French attraction provider. This step allows Triotech to take advantage of CL Corporation’s extensive know-how regarding simulators ...

07 Feb 2020 Netherlands: Madurodam Miniature World Reveals Plans for Multimillion Euro “The Flying Dutchman“ Attraction

Netherland’s KLM Airline celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. On this occasion, Den Haag-based Madurodam miniature world decided to create the new visitor attraction “The Flying Dutchman“, which is an original KLM aircraft of the type “Douglas DC-3“. The aircraft will be restored and equipped with a wide range of ...

06 Feb 2020 Spain: Terra Mítica Announces New Themed Bungalow Complex “Grand Luxor Villages”

Spain’s Terra Mítica theme park, owned by Grupo Santa-María and located on Costa Blanca, just announced the expansion of its existing accommodation capacities by the building of a new luxury bungalow complex. Construction works on the new “Grand Luxor Villages” resort already started and fitting with the name, the bungalows will receive an Egyptian theming ...

06 Feb 2020 Germany: VDFU Elects New Committee

The German Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (G.: Verband der Deutschen Freizeitparks & -unternehmen e.V.; VDFU) elected a new committee during its annual general meeting held on February 5th at Europa-Park in Rust. Klaus-Michael Machens, who has been serving as President of the industry association for over 18 years, stepped back from his role ...

05 Feb 2020 Germany: Miniatur Wunderland Announces What’s to Come in 2020

In August 2019, the Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany already gave an outlook to comprehensive expansion plans for the model building experience (cf. EAP 5/2019). The Braun-brothers Gerrit and Frederik, the founders oft he miniature world, signed a lease agreement for a building opposite to the current ...

04 Feb 2020 Germany: Thomas, Michael & Ann-Kathrin Mack Received “Hotelier of the Year“ Award

Since 1990, the Allgemeine Hotel- und Gastronomie-Zeitung (ahgz / Eng.: “General Paper for Hotels and Gastronomy“) has been honoring the “best hotelier of the year“ in Germany. This year, Thomas, Michael and Ann-Kathrin Mack, shareholders of the Europa-Park in Rust, Germany were honored with the award for their outstanding ...

03 Feb 2020 Netherlands: ETF and Jora Vision Created New Mini Dark Ride System

The two Netherland-based companies ETF Ride Systems (ETF) and Jora Vision just presented the concept of new “Pirate Mania“ mini dark ride system, which is especially made for Family Entertainment Centers. Both providers created a pirate-themed ride, which uses a ground space of 250 square metres. Visitors board ...

31 Jan 2020 Austria: Madame Tussauds Vienna Gives Queen Elisabeth a Makeover by

Since the opening of Madame Tussauds Vienna in April 2011, Queen Elisabeth II. is one of the main charackters presented in the wax figure exhibition. Yesterday, the Merlin Entertainments MIdway attraction opened the redesigned Queen-area. „Her Majesty“ received a new styling and the room, which was enlarged and ...

31 Jan 2020 Germany: Karls Erlebnis-Dorf Elstal Opens New “Marmalade Land“

Today, Karls Erlebnis-Dorf in Elstal near Berlin opens its new “Marmalade Land“ with an enlarged marmalade manufactory, the new “Dahlis Freak Bar” and two new rides. During a construction period of six months the entrance area of the park saw a complete makeover and was relocated to a barn building made of glass ...

30 Jan 2020 France/Netherlands: Puy du Fou and Efteling Start Six-Year Cooperation for Show Performances

The two theme parks Puy du Fou and Efteling have renewed their cooperation in the field of show production for the next six years. Together, the two companies will create the new edition of the “Raveleijn” show, which is based on a story written by children’s book author Paul van Loon. It was premiered at Efteling in 2011 and saw a complete makeover in 2013 ...

30 Jan 2020 Austria: EurothermenResort Bad Hall Appoints Andreas Schaffer New Site Manager

Andreas Schaffer, MSc has been appointed new site manager of EurothermenResort Bad Hall, succeeding the current manager Gabriela Hamedinger, who will retire this summer. Schaffer convinced the selection committee with his comprehensive professional experience in the field of healthcare management. His new ...

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