03 Jul 2020 Netherlands: ETF Group Takes over SOIOS B.V.

The Nederweert-based ETF Group has taken over the assets and employees of SOIOS B.V., a Dutch company which develops, produces and assembles electronically or solar energy powered road trains for person and freight transport. The trains, which are also suitable for their use in amusement parks and zoos, offer a capacity of 50 or 72 passengers, the pulling trains can ...

03 Jul 2020 GB: Mall Owner Intu Properties Goes into Administration

Intu Properties, the real estate and investment company headquartered in London which operates a number of shopping malls in the UK and Spain, goes into administration in order to avert imminent insolvency. The KPMG accounting organization was lined up as Intu’s administrator. One of the reasons for the economic imbalance is the ongoing development ...

03 Jul 2020 Germany: Movie Park Germany Opens Revamped Candy Shop in American Diner Style

Sweet treats are not only available at Movie Park Germany in the new Dunkin’ Donuts Store (read our article “Food Brands in the Park”, EAP 4/2020), but also in the revamped “Candy & Sweets” candy shop, which with its new American Diner style fits now seamlessly into the park’s overall theming. The colorful candy world offers visitors everything a sweet tooth could desire ...

02 Jul 2020 Denmark: Multi-Pitch Climbing Wall to Install at CopenHill Power Plant

On one side of the building walls of CopenHill – a power plant in Denmark‘s capital Copenhagen, which is also used as an urban mountain sports facility – an 80-metres-high and 10-metres-wide multi-pitch climbing wall is currently under construction, supplied by Walltopia. The highest climbing wall in the world ...

01 Jul 2020 Germany: Pop-up Leisure Parks as Temporary Alternative to Traditional Funfairs

According to the current corona protection measures by the German government, public events will still be prohibited throughout the country through 31 October 2020. Therefore, numerous traditional folk festivals have been cancelled. Some German cities and municipalities have now decided to approve so-called ...

01 Jul 2020 USA: Disney Announces Re-Design of “Splash Mountain“

The Walt Disney Company just announced a complete make-over of its “Splash Mountain“ log flume rides at Disneyland Park California and Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. Where visitors have been immersed into the world of “Song of the South“, a Disney musical film from 1946, after the redesign of the attractions ...

30 Jun 2020 Germany: Hamburg‘s Smallest Funfair – Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg Opens New Miniature Funfair

Today, after around 24,500 working hours, Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg launches its new miniature funfair, which is located in the “Central Germany“ section. Just before the forced closure due to the corona pandemic, the main part of the 750,000 euros project had already been completed. “We are glad that we ...

29 Jun 2020 USA: Brevard Zoo Launches New AR Edutainment Experience

Visitors to Brevard Zoo, which is located in Melbourne, Florida, now have the opportunity to enjoy a new AR experience, dedicated to one of natures spectacular – the seasonal flooding of the South American rainforest and how the Pacu fish plays a pivotal role in maintaining the health of the ecosystem. Falcon’s ...

27 Jun 2020 USA: Soaky Mountain Waterpark – Tennessee’s All-New Leisure Destination

Today the all-new Soaky Mountain Waterpark in Sevierville, Tennessee welcomes its first bathing guests and is launching its array of adventure pools as well as fun and thrilling water slides. Dave Andrews, general manager of Soaky Mountain Waterpark, comments: “We are so excited to be open to the public! ...

26 Jun 2020 Ireland: Tayto Park Receives Approval on Two New Rollercoasters

Today, Ireland’s Tayto Park announced approval on two new steel intertwining rollercoasters, which are scheduled to open in 2023. Construction works on the two Vekoma coasters – a Family Boomerang and an Inverted Coaster, which will be intertwined in their layouts – will start next year. The park is investing some 15 million Euros into the coaster double ...

26 Jun 2020 USA: Six Flags Appoints Sandeep Reddy New Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

The Six Flags Entertainment Corporation just announced the appointment of Sandeep Reddy as the company’s new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective as of July 1st 2020. Reddy will lead the main aspects of the company’s finacial strategy and operations, including budgeting and planning ...

25 Jun 2020 Spain: Stéphane Mockels Appointed New General Manager of Grupo Santa-María

The experienced tourism professional Stéphane Mockels (photo) was appointed new General Manager of Grupo Santa-María, the Spanish operating group with headquarters in Benidorm, and its associated leisure attractions Terra Mítica, Aqualandia and Mundomar as well as several hotels located in the Valencian seaside resort. Mockels completed studies in the field of ...

25 Jun 2020 Finland: Valo Motion Launches New Climbing Game For Groups

“Hullaballon“ is the new climbing game solution for groups developed by Finland-based Valo Motion. The group game which can be played by one to four players is an addition to the existing gaming portfolio for the “ValoClimb®“ climbing walls – gaming content is projected onto the ValoClimb surface via AR- ...

24 Jun 2020 GB/Sweden: British Leisure Facilities Will Reopen Soon – Sweden Still Under Restrictions

According to the latest government announcement, British theme & adventure parks, amusement arcades, zoos, aquariums, safari parks and wildlife centres are allowed to reopen as of 4 July – a number of leisure facilities has already announced their phased reopening.As one of the largest British theme parks ...

23 Jun 2020 Australia/France: Zero Latency & Ubisoft Partner to Create New Immersive VR Experience

Zero Latency VR, the developer and operator of free-roam VR attractions headquartered in Australia, and France-based video game developer Ubisoft today announced their partnership to create a new free-roam VR gaming experience. Currently in development, this experience is slated for release in 2021, available exclusively at Zero Latency VR venues worldwide ...

23 Jun 2020 France: Disneyland Paris Begins Phased Reopening as of 15 July

Since 30 March, visitors have not been able to enjoy the magic at Disneyland Paris – yesterday the beloved theme park resort announced its phased reopening as of 15 July. The reopening is in line with guidance from French government and health authorities and has been discussed with union representatives from ...

23 Jun 2020 Germany: Starting Signal for New Coaster Double in Tripsdrill

After the first weeks in operation under corona conditions, today Southern Germany’s Erlebnispark Tripsdrill presented its new rollercoaster double “Volldampf” (Engl.: “Full Steam Ahead”) and “Hals-über-Kopf” (Eng.: “Head over Heels”; cf. cover story in EAP 2/2020), which will officially open for riders on Friday. “Volldampf” is a Family Boomerang ...

22 Jun 2020 Belgium: Painting with Light Launches Virtual Event Studio for Virtual Live Events

At its C-Mine headquarters in Genk, Belgium, show production design company Painting with Light has launched a new live Virtual Event Studio to offer slick streaming production and broadcast facilities, including full virtual audience interactivity. The project is a response to the increased demand for streamed, live and recorded events and content to ...

20 Jun 2020 Netherlands: “Max & Moritz“ Family Coaster Opens Today at Efteling

Today Dutch Efteling theme park will launch ist new “Max & Moritz“ family coaster, expanding its existing visitor offer by a new “Powered Coaster“ from Mack Rides. Dedicated to the two naughty schoolboys from the German rhyming story “Max & Moritz“ by Wilhelm Busch, the ride features two track layouts – “blue“ ...

19 Jun 2020 Germany: Jaderpark Opens “Farm“-Themed Area with New Attractions

Following a planning and construction phase of around one year, Northern Germany’s Jaderpark will open its new “On the Farm” theme area tomorrow.Highlight of the area, which includes new and pre-existing attractions, is a ten-meter high family drop tower from Zierer, designed as a maypole. Directly adjacent to the tower, especially the youngest ...

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