21 Jan 2022 UAE: Dubai Parks & Resorts – New MOTIONGATE Coasters & LEGOLAND Hotel Open Today

Today, the Dubai Parks & Resorts theme park and entertainment complex celebrates the opening of several new attractions: Visitors to MOTIONGATETM can now experience the two new coasters “John Wick: Open Contract“ (an installation of the “4D Free Spin“ model by S&S) and ...

21 Jan 2022 Sweden: Kolmården CEO Christine Karmfalk to Also Take Over Management of Skara Sommarland

After more than five years, Janne Nilsson (l.) will step down as CEO at Skara Sommarland (part of Parks and Resorts Scandinavia) effective next summer. The management of the park will in future be taken over by Christine Karmfalk (r.), the current CEO of the animal and amusement park Kolmården, which belongs to the ...

20 Jan 2022 Germany: Rostock Zoo Occupies Top Position in European Zoo Ranking

For the third time in a row, Rostock Zoo has been named Europe’s most successful zoo in the category of over 500,000 to one million visitors annually by British zoo expert Anthony D. Sheridan with a “Best European Zoo Award”. Rostock Zoo also ranked first in its group in 2015 and 2018. In second place in the current ranking is ...

20 Jan 2022 USA: New Vest Restraint System Enables Guests to Fly Like Superman at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

At the Six Flags Fiesta Texas high-thrill amusement park (located in San Antonio, Texas), visitors can now experience the venue’s “SkyScreamer“ StarFlyer attraction (from Funtime) in the prone position in addition to the classic seating position to fly through the air like Superman around the ...

19 Jan 2022 USA: NCL Sets New Standards for Entertainment on the High Seas with “Norwegian Prima“

The “Norwegian Prima“ ocean liner currently under construction at the Italian Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera – the first of six ships in this new series (class?) of the American cruise line company Norwegian Cruise Line/NCL – which is scheduled to set sail on its maiden voyage this summer ...

18 Jan 2022 Philippines/Europe: Details on Main Attractions for Emerging Pradera Islands Theme Park Revealed

The future visitor offering of Pradera Islands, a new theme park under development on the Philippines (in the Pradera Verde tourism area) whose groundbreaking ceremony took place in late 2019, will include versatile immersive and family-friendly attractions realised ...

18 Jan 2022 Netherlands/UK: Convious Welcomes New UK and Ireland MD Andy Povey to the Team

Dutch software developer Convious recently added a new Managing Director for UK and Ireland to its team – with immediate effect Andy Povey (pictured) supports the London-based team around Business Director Adam Thompson (cf. EAP news of 8 Nov 2021) to further drive the company's growth and to market ...

17 Jan 2022 Netherlands: New Atelier des Lumières Location to Open in Amsterdam

With Fabrique des Lumières, the French company Culturespaces Digital® is realizing a new location of its fascinating “Atelier des Lumières“ digital art museum concept (cf. EAP 3/2020), this time in Amsterdam. In Amsterdam‘s culture park of Westergas, which combines theatre, art ...

17 Jan 2022 Canda/UK: Moment Factory and disguise Team Up

The Montreal, Canada-based multimedia production firm Moment Factory and the technology platform disguise (headquartered in London with offices in the US, Dubai and Asia) have recently announced their collaboration to use their combined expertise in “extended reality” (xR) to create new storytelling opportunities ...

15 Jan 2022 USA: Scott Strobl Named New Executive Vice President & General Manager of Universal Studios Hollywood

After Universal recently announced several changes at the top management level for its international park locations (cf. EAP News of 2 Dec 2021), there is now another change at Universal Studios Hollywood: Scott Strobl (photo), who served as Senior Vice President of Operations at Universal Studios Hollywood ...

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14 Jan 2022 USA: Meow Wolf Welcomes Jose Tolosa as New CEO

Jose Tolosa has been named new Chief Executive Officer of the art collective Meow Wolf. This news was recently announced by the company, which currently operates three permanent exhibitions in Santa Fe, Las Vegas (see EAP 3/21) and Denver (see EAP news of 6 Aug 2021). Tolosa, who joins from a former ...

14 Jan 2022 Germany: New Virtual Snorkeling Experience at Center Parcs Allgäu

In the Aqua Mundo water park at Center Parcs Allgäu in Germany, which opened in 2018 (cf. EAP 6/2019), guests can now try out a virtual snorkeling experience in addition to the existing “real“ snorkeling offer in the snorkeling pool with tropical fish that can be observed behind glass windows in their aquariums ...

13 Jan 2022 UAE: Mall of the Emirates Hosts New “Harry Potter – Celebrate Hogwarts“ Experience to Boost Sales

During this year’s “Dubai Shopping Festival“, the Mall of the Emirates draws additional visitors and customers with a temporary Harry Potter experience: Since this week and still until February 10th, the shopping center is hosting “Harry Potter – Celebrate Hogwarts“, an artistic large-scale interpretation ...

13 Jan 2022 Switzerland: Zurich Zoo – New “Ornis“ Species Conservation Center Completed

One of the most important topics which Zurich Zoo is dedicated to is species conservation. To further expand this area and create the infrastructure for conservation breeding of endangered species, the new “Ornis” Species Conservation Center has now been completed...

13 Jan 2022 Germany: Unique Youseum Concept Coming to Westfield Centro

Following the successful implementation of the Youseum concept at the Westfield Mall of the Netherlands in Leidschendam, the Netherlands (another Youseum attraction is located in the city center of Amsterdam), the Westfield Centro in Oberhausen, Germany (cf. EAP news of 9 July 2021) will soon also ...

12 Jan 2022 USA: Jason McManus Named New Principle at Thinkwell Group

After around 20 years of professional experience in the themed entertainment industry, including five years at Los Angeles-based Thinkwell Group in positions such as Senior Art Director, Jason McManus has now been promoted to Principle at Thinkwell. As one of the Principals at the group, McManus will ...

12 Jan 2022 Germany: Presentation of This Year’s AUREA Award Conference on January 21 & 22

Both live on-site at Europa-Park’s confertainment facilities and in the frame of an accompanying online program, this year’s “AUREA Award Conference” will take place next week on January 21 and 22. Initiated by Michael Mack and MackNeXT, the prestigious awards are conferred to innovators and developers for outstanding ...

11 Jan 2022 † Obituary: Charles (Hank) Salemi Died

The sudden death of Charles “Hank” Salemi moves the theme park industry. On January 9, 2022, the park president of Six Flags Great America passed away. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, and his daughter Claire. “An excellent leader in our industry who brought passion and care to his team at Six Flags Great America and their guests,” IAAPA President & CEO Hal McEvoy said ...

11 Jan 2022 China: “Light of Revenge“ Triple Launch Coaster at Happy Valley Nanjing Takes Riders on a Space Odyssey

The Happy Valley amusement park in Nanjing (Jiangsu Province), China, which is part of the OCT Group park portfolio, recently opened its latest rollercoaster attraction “Light of Revenge”: The LSM Triple Launch Coaster (supplied by Intamin) offers visitors a fast-paced, action-packed ride themed around an “odyssey through space” ...

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