07 Oct 2019 Germany: Dirk Kolkmann Appointed New Second Managing Director of KölnBäder GmbH

The general meeting of KölnBäder GmbH recently appointed Dirk Kolkmann (photo) second managing director of the company. Since 2005, Kolkmann has been managing the legal department of Stadtwerke Köln holding (municipal utilities Cologne) and he was temporaryly serving as its managing director earlier this year. He will support managing director Claudia Heckmann in her work ...

04 Oct 2019 USA: Blackstone to Acquire 65% Controlling Interest in Great Wolf Resorts

Blackstone Real Estate Partners IX, an affiliate of the New York City-based real estate investment group Blackstone, announced this week to acquire a majority ownership of 65 percent in Great Wolf Resorts, which belongs to Centerbridge Partners. Great Wolf Resorts, headquartered in Chicago/Illinois, is specialized in family-oriented entertainment resorts and currently ...

04 Oct 2019 Germany: Wild- & Freizeitpark Klotten Invests in New Dark Ride Attraction

Germany’s Wild- & Freizeitpark Klotten – a family leisure and animal park – will expand its existing visitor offer by the addition of an all-new interactive dark ride attraction, set to launch in April 2020 under the name of “Kunibert’s Adventures” (G.: “Kuniberts Abenteuer”). The ride, the storyline of which is about the brave night “Kunibert” and his ghost ancestors living in ...

04 Oct 2019 USA: Six Flags Submits Takeover Bid for Cedar Fair

According to the Reuters news agency, the Six Flags group has recently submitted a takeover bid to Cedar Fair, another regional operating group also based in the US. The information source is confidential, but Cedar Fair would be in the process of reviewing the offer. If the two companies were to merge, two of North America’s largest regional park operators would join ...

04 Oct 2019 Malaysia: ESCAPE Theme Park Builds Record-Breaking Waterslide

The ESCAPE theme park, which is located in Penang/Malaysia and operated by Sim Leisure Group Ltd., plans to open an over one kilometer (1,111 meter) long open tube slide, which has already been installed on the park grounds and is scheduled to start operation at the end of this month. The new attraction (dubbed “The Longest”), which was supplied by ...

03 Oct 2019 Austria: New 5D-Cinema Complements WIDIVERSUM Adventure Land in Hochoetz Skiing Area

The WIDIVERSUM adventure land, which is located over 2,000 metres above sea level in the skiing area Hochoetz, Austia recently opened a new 180-degree 5D cinema, in which visitors can experience the world of “Widi“, the Oetztal mascot (an adventurous mountain sheep). The simulator attraction was realised by the German advertising and internet agency aufwind Group in ...

02 Oct 2019 USA: LEGOLAND New York Announces Opening Date – Park to Welcome First Visitors on 4th July 2020

LEGOLAND New York, the new Lego theme park currently under construction in Goshen, has just announced its opening date: As of 4th July 2020 – The States’ Independence Day – the park will be open for visitors. On an area of over 60 hectares (150 acres), guests will be able to discover seven “theme lands” with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions ...

02 Oct 2019 USA: New “Disney Skyliner“ Gondola Transportation System at Walt Disney World Resort Now Open

This past Sunday saw the inauguration of the new “Disney Skyliner” gondola transportation system at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando/FL, connecting Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot with four Disney hotels. Guests at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Caribbean Beach Resort, Pop Century Resort and the future Riviera Resort (opening scheduled for 16th December this year) are now ...

02 Oct 2019 Germany: Zoo Frankfurt Reveals New Future Concept ZOOKUNFT2030+

The Zoo Frankfurt recently presented a new concept study called “ZOOKUNFT2030+“ to the city of Frankfurt am Main, which implies new design plans for the north-east and south-west areas of the zoo. In cooperation zoo employees from Zoo Frankfurt, the Frankfurt Zoological Society and designers of The Logical Zoo have worked out four different aspects which the study is based on ...

01 Oct 2019 Germany: TimeRide Appoints Dr. Fabian Hedderich New COO

Munich-based TimeRide company, which creates VR experiences thematically based on local history, has recently named Dr. Fabian Hedderich new COO and second managing director of the company. He will oversee the company‘s operation, sales and finance divisions. With a professional background as business consultant at actori GmbH for the sectors of sports, entertainment, education ...

30 Sep 2019 IAAPA Names New Board Members

The International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA) recently elected eleven new board members for 2020, including Jim Pattison, Jr. (President of Orlando/FL-based Ripleys Entertainment company), who will take over the position of Second Vice Chair of the association. He will serve as First Vice Chair in 2021 and IAAPA Chairman in 2022. Pattison has been ...

30 Sep 2019 France: Futuroscope Unveils Details of First Rollercoaster at the Park

A whopping 20 million Euro are being invested by French theme park Futuroscope in the construction of the park’s very first rollercoaster ride – the biggest investment of the park since its opening. Now first details about the rollercoaster experience, which will be realized in collaboration with Intamin, have been unveiled: The family-friendly coaster ...

27 Sep 2019 USA: Personnel Changes in Disney’s Management

According to latest media reports, Disney has implemented personnel changes in the board of several business divisions. After it became public that Catherine Powell – who was president of the “Disney Parks Western Region” division since March 2018 – had left the company and her position would be eliminated, Disney will see several personnel changes on management level. Rebecca Campbell ...

27 Sep 2019 China: Merlin Entertainments Announces New LEGOLAND Sichuan

Today, Merlin Entertainments announced to build and operate a new LEGOLAND Resort in Sichuan Province in Western China. Merlin partnered with the development company Global Zhongjun Cultural Tourism Development Co., Ltd, which will fund the construction as well as the needed infrastructure and the following commercial developments. On the basis of a management contract agreement ...

26 Sep 2019 Switzerland: Zoo Zurich Appoints Dr. Severin Dressen New Zoo Director

The administrative board of Zoo Zurich has recently named Dr. Severin Dressen new director of the zoo, effective on 1 July 2020. Dr. Dressen will succeed in the position of Dr. Alex Rübel, the current director of the zoo who will retire after almost 30 years. Dressen, who currently serves as deputy director and head curator of Zoo Wuppertal (Germany) brings many years of ...

25 Sep 2019 Sweden: Liseberg Receives Go-Ahead for Construction of Liseberg Grand Curiosa Hotel

After almost six years of planning, Sweden’s leisure park Liseberg has just received the green light for the construction start of the park-integrated Liseberg Grand Curiosa Hotel in Gothenburg. The new accommodation facility, which required an investment volume of more than 100 million EUR (1,179 million SEK), will offer 457 rooms. The new hotel is part of Liseberg‘s ...

24 Sep 2019 USA/DOM: Falcon’s Creative Group and Katmandu Group Joining Forces for New Branded Visitor Attractions

The Orlando-based Falcon’s Creative Group and Katmandu Group, which operates Parks in Mallorca and Tenerife and which is also headquartered in Orlando, are joining forces to create a new concept for branded visitor attractions, which will be first implemented in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. New attractions are supposed to be produced in cooperation with Falcon’s Licensing, a business division of Falcon’s Creative Group ...

24 Sep 2019 Russia: Another Thrill Ride Installed at Dream Island Moscow

After the first attractions had been constructed at Dream Island Moscow back in April this year, the new thrill ride “Baxter Stockman’s Hammer of Doom“ was recently installed in the indoor park‘s ”Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (TMNT) theme area. The new attraction, which guarantees an adrenalin infused experience, was manufactured by SBF Visa Group. Visitors will be seated on a large ...

23 Sep 2019 Italy: New FEC “Luna Farm“ in Bologna To Open within 2019

The new FEC in Bologna, which was announced in February this year and will be named “Luna Farm“, will open to visitors within 2019 as a part of FICO Eataly World. “Luna Farm“, which was initiated by Italian manufacturer Zamperla, will be the first farm-themed amusement park in Italy according to the park, and is specially designed for families. 15 themed attractions ...

20 Sep 2019 Liseberg Recruites Back Former CEO and President Andreas V. Andersen To Former Position

Sweden‘s Liseberg leisure park just announced the return of Andreas Veilstrup Andersen in his former position as CEO and President. After Andersen had left the park back in April to return to Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen (cf. EAP-News f. 29 April 2019), he now concluded Liseberg‘s search for a position replacement by his own. In his role he will continue ...

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