16 Oct 2020 Germany: First Saxony Location Planned for Karls Erlebnis-Dorf – City Council Approves Sale of Required Land

The city council of the Saxon town of Döbeln has cleared the way for plans to build a Karls Erlebnis-Dorf in the region. During a meeting that took place yesterday, the sale of the required land was approved. This means that the large-scale project, which envisages the construction of a “Karls-typical”, family-oriented shopping and adventure world, has now made a decisive step ...

16 Oct 2020 Canada/China: Triotech to Develop New Walkthrough Attraction for OCT Fabland Xiangyang

For the OCT Fabland Xiangyang theme park, which belongs to China’s OCT Group and is located in the province of Hubei, the Canadian supplier of media-based attractions Triotech was commissioned with the design and implementation of a new walkthrough attraction. The “Space Pirates”-themed experience will feature two different ...

16 Oct 2020 Germany: Nordic Relaxation – Rulantica Launches New Spa Offering Today

As of today, guests to Rulantica – Europa-Park's indoor water world, which celebrated its opening almost one year ago (cf. EAP news of 28 Nov 2019 & EAP 1/2020) – can enjoy “Hyggedal“, the new Nordic-themed spa and relaxation area, which covers a ground space of about 1,000 square ...

16 Oct 2020 Keynotes, Sessions, Virtual EDUTours – These Were the Highlights of IAAPA Virtual Conference: EMEA & APAC

In September, the international leisure industry was supposed to meet in London for this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe. However, the ongoing pandemic crisis forced the IAAPA EMEA to cancel its three-day trade show event. As an alternative education and networking resource for members, the team had organized a virtual conference for the EMEA and APAC regions ...

15 Oct 2020 Second Arcadrone to be Installed in the French Part of Switzerland

After the Grenoble/France-based startup company Drone Interactive had introduced its “Arcadrone” product to the leisure market for the first time in 2018 (cf. EAP 6/18), a first installation of it could be implemented in the French indoor activity park Exalto near Lyon in 2019. Soon the drone attraction will also be available to guests ...

15 Oct 2020 Germany: Koelnmesse Presents the “B-SAFE4businessVillage“ Project to Safely Host Trade Shows during the Pandemic

With regards to the Corona-compatible conduction of trade fairs, the Koelnmesse trade show event organization in Cologne, Germany has launched the “B-SAFE4businessVillage” project in order to give the exhibitors of upcoming trade fairs an idea over the next few weeks of how such events can be made possible also in the times of Corona under observance ...

15 Oct 2020 Germany: Jena Sets Path for New Chapter of Swim Sport within the City

Past week, the Jena Association of Pools and Leisure (G.: Jenaer Bäder- und Freizeitgesellschaft) celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Schwimmhalle Jena-Lobeda indoor swimming facility. On a ground space of 3,360 ...

14 Oct 2020 Italy: Zamperla Equips Immersive Room for Children Therapy Centre

In a children therapy centre for mental illnesses located in Vicenza (Northern Italy), the Z+ technology division of manufacturer Zamperla has equipped an immersive experience room for children with (mental) disabilities, in which they can learn and relax by interacting with multimedia contents. The room, which is 16 square meters large, offers space for up to ...

14 Oct 2020 Canada/Netherlands: LaserMaxx Takes over Operations of a Lasertag Location in Ottawa

The Dutch company LaserMaxx Lasergames, headquartered in De Bilt, announced to take over an existing laser tag location in Canada’s metropolis of Ottawa, which will be called LaserMaxx Ottawa in the future. The Dutch manufacturer ...

14 Oct 2020 Netherlands: Efteling to Build New Inclusive Play Area for Children

As of summer 2021, the youngest visitors to the family-friendly Efteling theme park in the Netherlands will be able to explore a new, inclusive play area. In the so-called “Nest!“, children will be offered a “quiet” alternative to exciting adrenaline attractions ...

13 Oct 2020 USA: The Walt Disney Company Announces Strategic Reorganization of its Media and Entertainment Businesses

In an announcement made yesterday by The Walt Disney Company, the conglomerate communicated the strategic reorganization of its related media and entertainment businesses. In order to further accelerate the company’s Direct-to-Consumer strategy and in light of the rapid success of Disney+, all distribution and commercialization activities (including ad sales) will now be ...

13 Oct 2020 France: Futuroscope Reveals 300-Million-Euro Development Plan

Over the next ten years, a total of 300 million euros is to be invested in the development of the French theme park Futuroscope located in Poitiers. This is the aim of the extensive investment plan that was officially signed yesterday, October 12, by those responsible for the park and representatives from the worlds of politics ...

12 Oct 2020 D-BOX and FIA Announce Their Exclusive Endorsement Partnership

Longueuil, Canada-based D-BOX Technologies Inc. and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the governing body of motor sports and mobility, have announced the exclusive endorsement of D-BOX products by the FIA. According to this, professional drivers in training, high-profile gamers as well as any other racing-game users ...

12 Oct 2020 USA: “The FRIENDS Experience“ Makes Temporary Stop in Chicago

After New York City and Boston, the fan experience world dedicated to the popular US sitcom of  ”FRIENDS” (first broadcast in 1994) now makes a temporary stop in Chicago, in the The Shops at North Bridge retail complex. Through January 3rd, 2021, visitors to the themed interactive exhibition will be able to explore twelve nostalgia-packed rooms and ...

12 Oct 2020 UAE: Construction of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi on Yas Island 40 Percent Completed

On Yas Island, Abu Dhabi‘s leisure and entertainment hub, the new SeaWorld Abu Dhabi maritime theme park is currently under construction (cf. EAP news of 13 Dec 2016). Miral Asset Management now announced that construction works reached over 40 ...

10 Oct 2020 Switzerland: New Ticiland Theme Park Celebrates Opening

The first phase of the Ticiland theme park project, initiated by Markus Mack-Even and showman Peter Hablützel, has been completed – today at 2 p.m., the indoor park will welcome its first guests, who will be able to enjoy a range of exciting rides and attractions. The visitor offer of the new leisure destination, which is located in Stein am Rhein in Switzerland ...

09 Oct 2020 WAZA Offers Comprehensive Program during WAZA Virtual Annual Conference

The 75th edition of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums‘ (WAZA) “Annual Conference“ will be organized as a virtual conference this year, due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. From October 12th to 15th, WAZA will present a comprehensive conference program which will be thematically dedi- ...

08 Oct 2020 Japan: USJ Confirms Super Nintendo World to Open in Spring 2021

Actually, the new, exclusive “Super Nintendo World” at Universal Studios Japan was supposed to open in due time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo (cp. EAP news of 25 Nov 2019). Now the theme park resort announced yesterday that the opening is scheduled for spring 2021. An opening date will be ...

08 Oct 2020 USA: Jim Dunn Named New Member of “WWA Hall of Fame“ – ADG Receives Award for US Waterpark Project

During the virtual edition of this year’s  “WWA Show“ (from 6th to 8th Oct 2020), the World Waterpark Association’s annual trade show, which due to the corona pandemic had to be organized as an online event this time (cf. EAP news of 25 Aug 2020), Jim Dunn, president of New York-based Aquatic Development Group ...

07 Oct 2020 Germany: Project Group Holds First Meeting on VDFU Future Study at Adventure Zoo Hannover

This past Monday (Oct 5th), the members of the project group working on the preparation of the future study by the German Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (VDFU) came together at Adventure Zoo Hannover for their first meeting. The study was recently commissioned by the German leisure association in order to provide analyses and strategic ...

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