02 Jan 2020 China: New Sky Tower Landmark Attraction at Changsha OCT Window of the World Now Open

OCT Group’s Window of the World theme park in Changsha, which was opened in 1997, recently expanded its line-up of experiences and attractions by the addition of a Sky Tower from German manufacturer Huss Park Attractions. Up to 70 persons can board the tower’s cabin, which is completely closed and equipped ...

31 Dec 2019 Germany: Changes on Management Level at GOP Varieté Theater Essen

Recently Nadine Stöckmann was appointed new managing director of GOP Varieté Theater in Essen/Germany, succeeding former director Mike Bomheuer resigned after two and a half years for family reasons. Previously Stöckmann held several positions on senior managment level in both the hotel industry and in sports clubs ...

30 Dec 2019 USA/Canada: RCI Adventure Products Takes Over Dry Play Attraction Products from WhiteWater West

Allegan/Michigan-based high-ropes course manufacturer RCI Adventure Products (previously: Ropes Courses Inc.) recently took over the dry play attraction product series from Canada’s WhiteWater West, including the Adventure Trail and “No Boundaries” product series. This was announced by the two companies during ...

27 Dec 2019 France: “Frozen“ & “Star Wars“ Come Alive at Disneyland Paris in January 2020

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As of  January 11th, 2020, visitors to Disneyland Paris will be able to enjoy a line-up of new shows, parades and events dedicated to the characters out of “Frozen” and “Star WarsTM”. Until  May 3rd, 2020, Disneyland Paris will present “Frozen Celebration”, including a new musical show, a festive parade and other surprises for guests ...

24 Dec 2019 EAP Team wishes Merry Christmas!

Dear readers & colleagues, After an eventful year with many exciting projects in the leisure industry, we now take time to celebrate Christmas. In this spirit we wish you, your families, colleagues and employees a happy and blessed holiday season and a good start to a successful, healthy and peaceful year 2020! See you soon! Your EAP Team

23 Dec 2019 Denmark: Tivoli CEO Lars Liebst & Advisory Board Initiate Succession Plan for the Post as Chief Executive Officer

The Tivoli park in Copenhagen is to see a change in its management team: Lars Liebst (photo), who has been serving as Tivoli CEO since 1996, plans to pass over the “baton” to the next generation. Together with the Tivoli Advisory Board, a succession plan has recently been initiated in order to find the right candidate to succeed Liebst ...

20 Dec 2019 USA: Construction of New “Tron“ Coaster in Disney Magic Kingdom Proceeds at Full Capacity

In the Disney Magic Kingdom park in Orlando/FL, construction works are underway at full capacity for the new “TRON Lightcycle / Run” ride attraction, which will be a similar installation as guests can experience at Disney Resort Shanghai. There, the “TRON Lightcycle Power Run” family coaster (supplied by Dutch ...

19 Dec 2019 Germany: “The Smurf Experience“ Comes to Oberhausen

From 21 March 2020, the new EXPOHALLE in Oberhausen/Germany, which is part of the Centro shopping mall complex, will host the “The Smurf Experience“ immersive exhibition dedicated to the life and the adventures of the small blue comic figures. Belgian event and communication company Cecoforma created ...

18 Dec 2019 Italy: LEGOLAND Water Park Gardaland to Feature LEGO Miniland

The new LEGOLAND Water Park Gardaland, which was announced earlier this year as an expansion of the Merlin-operated Gardaland Resort in Italy with a scheduled opening in 2020 (cf. EAP News of 9th July 2019), will feature a “Miniland” area as it is known from other LEGOLAND parks around the world. The Miniland at LEGOLAND Water Park Gardaland will be ...

18 Dec 2019 UK/Canada: Cineworld Group and Cineplex Inc. Sign Definitive Acquisition Agreement

Big cinema deal: British Cineworld Group, operator of currently 786 movie theaters in Great Britain, the US, Eastern Europe and Israel, will take over Canada’s Cineplex Inc. movie and entertainment company, with a network of 165 cinemas across Canada. Also, Cineplex operates its own FEC chain Playdium as well as the entertainment restaurants of the The Rec Room brand ...

17 Dec 2019 USA: NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke to Retire in August 2020

Steve Burke (photo), CEO of Comcast Corporation’s related media company NBCUniversal, will retire on August 14th, 2020, following the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Effective January 1st, 2020, Jeff Shell, who currently oversees the company’s film and network television businesses, will become CEO of NBCUniversal, reporting to Burke, who will move to the role of Chairman ...

16 Dec 2019 USA: “Riptide Race“ Duelling Racer Water Slide to Debut at Aquatica Orlando in 2020

Sea World’s Aquatica waterpark in Orlando will provide guests with an all-new water slide experience in 2020. The “Riptide Race“ will be a duelling race water slide (from ProSlide), which will provide guests with the opportunity to race each other. Slide enthusiasts will start their competition in two person rafts on a height of around 20 metres (68 feet) ...

13 Dec 2019 Russia: New Theme Park Celebrating Pushkin’s Fairy Tales Planned for St. Petersburg

Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (*1799 in Moscow; †1837 in St. Petersburg) is one of Russia’s greatest poets and is considered the founder of modern Russian literature. An all-new theme park is now being planned to celebrate his literary legacy, scheduled to open in 2023 under the name of “Lukomorye” in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. This large-scale project was initiated by ...

13 Dec 2019 Merlin Entertainments & eOne to Bring “PJ Masks“ IP to Sea Life Aquariums

The Canadian movie and television production company Entertainment One (eOne) and British Merlin Entertainments (Merlin) operating group, renewed their cooperation to bring eOne‘s “PJ Masks“ IP to twelve Sea Life venues, operated by Merlin, around the world. The visitor aquariums will host a new PJ Masks-branded nautical-themed trail ...

12 Dec 2019 USA: New Cirque du Soleil Show to Premiere in Disney Springs in April 2020

The new “Drawn to Life” show production, created by Canada’s Cirque du Soleil in partnership with Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering, will premiere on April 17th, 2020 at the Cirque du Soleil theater in Disney Springs (Lake Buena Vista, FL). Previews will start on March 20th.The storyline of the new production, which succeeds Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouba” show ...

12 Dec 2019 Abu Dhabi: First Warner Bros. Hotel to Open on Yas Island in 2021

Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island leisure and entertainment destination is steadily further developed and expanded by the addition of new offerings. Recently, Miral Asset Management, which manages all developments on the island, provided an update on the world‘s first Warner Bros.-themed hotel currently under construction on the island. The WB Abu Dhabi hotel, has already been completed to 40 percent. On eight levels it will feature over ...

11 Dec 2019 USA: SeaWorld San Diego Reveals Details on “Emperor“ Dive Coaster

Just in time for the turn of the year, SeaWorld San Diego, which is operated by SeaWorld Entertainment, is revealing more details on its new coaster highlight for the 2020 season. “Emperor“ will be the name of the new floorless dive coaster, manufactured by B&M. Its design will relate to Emperor penguins, living in the Antarctic. According to the park, the new ...

11 Dec 2019 Netherlands: Efteling Adds New Scene Elements to “Symbolica” Dark Ride

In due time for the start of Dutch Christmas holidays, Efteling is prepared to surprise its visitors with some smaller innovations in its “Symbolica” dark ride, which since its opening in the summer of 2017 has been enthusing guests as one of the park’s most popular family attractions. Up until now, visitors met with valet O.J. Punctuel only in the entrance area ...

10 Dec 2019 Belgium: New Slide Tower in LAGO Kortrijk Weide Enthuses Bathing Guests

A disastrous fire burned up the slide tower (consisting of five slides from Switzerland‘s Klarer Freizeitanlagen) at the new LAGO Kortrijk Weide indoor waterpark in February 2019, just a few days before the scheduled opening of the new waterworld (cf. EAP 3/2019). After only eight months of reconstruction, the slide tower is now open to guests after its inauguration at the ...

09 Dec 2019 UK: Further Details about The London Resort’s Theme Areas Revealed

The planned billion pound leisure and entertainment complex The London Resort (cf. EAP news of 2 July 2019) will feature two theme parks, about one of which further details were released recently. Six theme areas will be part of the park’s future visitor offer: “The Studios“ will be an action-filled zone with explosions and car chases, while the kids area “The Woods“ will ...

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