15 Apr 2020 Germany: FORT FUN Abenteuerland Organizes Drive-in Cinema

Since this past Sunday, FORT FUN Abenteuerland located in Germany’s Sauerland region has once again been hosting its drive-in cinema – an offer which, despite the current closure of the amusement park, will continue to exist in the coming weeks in order to offer people more variety of leisure activities. “[…] We rely on the statements ...

14 Apr 2020 Industry Associations Develop Strategies for the Reopening of Leisure Facilities

What could operational procedures in leisure facilities look like after the current shutdown when it comes to reopening? What measures are necessary in theme parks, zoos and adventure pools to keep the risk of virus infection among visitors and employees at a low level? And what preparations can be made right now to welcome guests again as soon as possible? ...

14 Apr 2020 GB: New Entertainment Complex Including Ski Slope Coming to Middlesbrough

The British city of Middlesbrough recently gave its “green light“ for the development of a new leisure and entertainment complex. The Subzero Centre, which will be located at the city’s historic docks, is set to attract visitors with a variety of leisure offerings including an indoor ski slope, which will offer a ...

14 Apr 2020 Great Response for Gateway Ticketing‘s Online Seminar on “The New Guest Experience” after COVID-19

In dealing with the challenges of the global pandemic, leisure facilities around the world are receiving support and assistance from industry associations, manufacturers and operator colleagues. A well-working format for mutual exchange is the online seminar, in which interested parties can participate via (open or closed) online platforms ...

11 Apr 2020 EAP Wishes Happy Easter!

Dear Readers & Industry Colleagues:Easter is just around the corner! Let us gather new strength in these challenging times, so that together we can get started again soon full of energy and passion and delight people with unique experiences! We wish you & your families a blessed and happy Easter! ...

09 Apr 2020 NL: Lagotronics Gets US Patent for “GameChanger“ Dark Ride System

For its "GameChanger" interactive dark ride system, Dutch Lagotronics company has now received the patent in the USA. “After having been awarded with several patents for our unique interactive technology and devices, the GameChanger is the first complete attraction Lagotronics Projects has received a patent for. Our company ...

09 Apr 2020 Clip ‘n Climp Launches New Climbing Product “Prima“

Clip ‘n Climb, a company founded in New Zealand in 2005, recently launched “Prima“, the new climbing structure. Thanks to a mix and match system, costumers are able to create new attractions by choosing from nine combinations and five unique, geometric designs. Also, the new “Prima“ components can be easily integrated ...

08 Apr 2020 Canada: Cirque du Soleil Launches “CirqueConnect” Digital Content Hub for Online Entertainment

The Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group cancelled all of its upcoming shows in accordance with the official directives in defense against the worldwide pandemic. In order to offer people at home a distraction during social isolation, the company recently launched its new “CirqueConnect” ...

07 Apr 2020 Germany: VR Coaster Changes Production & Donates 500 Protective Visors

In order to provide support in the defense against the corona virus, Germany-based VR Coaster is now using its production capacities for the manufacture of protective visors, designed in accordance with DIN standards in order to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 between people. Usually, the company produces head harnesses and components for VR goggles ...

07 Apr 2020 USA: Again Changes in Management at SeaWorld Entertainment

SeaWorld Entertainment again announces personnel changes in its management team: After the appointment of Sergio D. Rivera (photo) as CEO in November last year (cf. EAP News of 11 Nov 2019), he just left the company. Marc Swanson, who has been with SeaWorld for almost 20 ...

06 Apr 2020 Vietnam: Quantum Creative Delivers New Water Show Concept for Vinpearl Land

The US-American creative agency Quantum Creative, which has four locations in the US and an office in Hong Kong, has developed and produced a new multimedia evening show for the Vinpearl Land amusement park located on the Vietnamese island of Phú Quốc. In cooperation with other specialists ...

06 Apr 2020 Italy/Canada: Red Raion and D-Box Announce Partnership

Italian CGI-specialist (computer generated imagery) Red Raion and Canada-based D-Box Technologies company, one of the leading providers of motion-based attractions, recently announced their partnership in order to jointly develop new immersive visitor experiences. “We are really excited to sign this first agreement with Red Raion ...

03 Apr 2020 France: Compagnie des Alpes Gives First Financial Results Estimate after Early End of Ski Sports Season

The two main business areas of France’s Compagnie des Alpes (CdA) company are the operation of leisure facilities and ski resorts in France and other European countries. Due to the measures adopted by the respective governments to combat the Corona virus, the group had to close all of its related ski resort on 14 March 2020 ...

03 Apr 2020 German Showman Business Faces Economic Crisis

Usually at this time of the year, the fun fair and carnival season starts again throughout Germany. This century-old tradition now faces an economic crisis caused by the persistent restrictions of public living. German showmen are now in fear for their economic and private existence ...

02 Apr 2020 USA: Disney Purchases Additional Land West of Magic Kingdom Park

The indications of comprehensive expansion plans for the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando (FL) are intensifying: At the end of March, The Walt Disney Company acquired a property of over ten hectares (26.3 acres) on Lake Reedy. The plot of land is located to the west in the immediate vicinity of Magic Kingdom Park ...

02 Apr 2020 TEA Launches Digital Program for Member Networking & Information Sharing

The Themed Entertainment Association recently launched “TEA Digital“, a series of online platforms enabling its members to connect with each other and share information during the current global crisis situation. The digital program includes a weekly chat forum on the association’s LinkedIn channel; each Wednesday, ...

02 Apr 2020 Germany: Spreewelten Bad Uses Shutdown for Revision Works

During the current shut down situation, which is sharply affecting public pools amongst other leisure facilities and businesses, Germany’s Spreewelten Bad (located in Lübbenau/Brandenburg region) also had to close its doors for visitors. The indoor pool complex just started with smaller revision works, which were originally planned for ...

01 Apr 2020 UAE: New “Family Zone“ Lets Kids Enjoy Iconic Ferrari World Rides

With its new “Family Zone” area, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is particularly appealing to young park visitors who are eager to enjoy adrenaline-filled riding fun on the “miniature versions” of the park’s most iconic attractions. Four new experiences have recently been installed by the Italian manufacturer Zamperla ...

01 Apr 2020 Germany: German Association of Zoological Gardens Calls for Financial Aid Programme

The Berlin-based Association of Zoological Gardens (G.: “Verband der Zoologischen Gärten e.V.“, VdZ) is urgently requesting a financial aid programme of 100 million Euros from the German government. In a letter sent yesterday to Chancellor Angela Merkel and other high-level German politicians, the President of the zoo association ...

31 Mar 2020 Canada: CAVU Designwerks Welcomes Nathan Jones as New COO

Yesterday, Canada-based ride system manufacturer CAVU Designwerks announced the appointment of Nathan Jones (photo) as new Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company. With more than 22 years of experience in several management positions at renowned supplier companies in the leisure industry – most recently as President of “Park Attractions” at ...