08 Mar 2010 Merlin Purchases Cypress Gardens: Legoland Florida is Coming!

Long-lasting rumors about Merlin Entertainments Group’s research for an appropriate location for a Legoland in the US state of Florida now come to an end ...

04 Mar 2010 Universal Studios Theme Park in South Korea

Universal Parks and Resorts, actually operating four theme parks in Osaka, Japan, Los Angeles and Orlando in the USA and in 2010 also in Singapore (we reported in EAP issue 6/2009), signed, according to www.koreatimes.co.kr, an agreement with 14 other local partners for the construction of a Universal Studios theme park in South Korea ...

03 Mar 2010 Gauls in Austria!

In the skiing region Galsterberg in Austria, the children adventure land “Galstiland” in which visitors can discover Gauls and Romans has been opened this winter ...

01 Mar 2010 Waterworld Bergische Sonne Files for Bankruptcy

The management of the facility that has been operating under the name of Waterworld Bergische Sonne since 2005 and that was built as Freizeit- und Erlebnisbad Bergische Sonne in 1992 filed for bankruptcy on December 23, 2009 with the local district court of Wuppertal ...

26 Feb 2010 Death of SeaWorld Trainer, Florida

As reported yesterday, a veteran SeaWorld trainer was attacked and killed by a whale shortly before the beginning of the popular orca show in Orlando, FL. The show arena was immediately evacuated and all further shows cancelled ...

15 Feb 2010 Entrepreneur Wants to Build Biblical Theme Park in China

The Chinese businessman Leung Moon Lam from Hong Kong intends – provided that he gets approval from Chinese authorities – to build a theme park with the topics religion and the Bible ...

05 Feb 2010 China: OCT’s Expansion Plans

The Shenzhen OCT Holding is held as China’s principal amusement park builder and operator. According to Liu Pingchun, Chairman of OCT’s supervisory board, the company “wants to have an amusement park in most of China’s provinces” ...

03 Feb 2010 New Ride for SeaWorld’s Aquatica

SeaWorld’s Aquatica which opened its doors in January 2008 in Orlando (we reported in EAP 5/2007) comes up with a new ride: Two years after its opening, the water park adds its first attraction – the “Omaka Rocka” ...

30 Jan 2010 The Tenth Madame Tussauds Attraction Worldwide

In September 2010 Merlin Entertainments will open its tenth Madame Tussauds worldwide in Bangkok ...

21 Jan 2010 Cedar Fair Purchase

According to the media, the American company Cedar Fair and its eleven amusement parks were to be acquired by Apollo Global Management at approximately 2.4 billion dollars (1.7 billion euros) ...

19 Jan 2010 TEA for the Heineken Experience

At the 2009 IAAPA Show in Las Vegas in November, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced the Heineken Experience as recipient of the “Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Brand Experience” ...

16 Jan 2010 KeyLime Cove Filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

At the end of December 2009 the ownership group of KeyLime Grove that operates the KeyLime resort in Gurnee / Illinois, USA with a hotel and indoor water park filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy ...

11 Jan 2010 Roy Disney Dies at 79

Roy Edward Disney, the nephew of Disney founder Walt Disney, died in December at the age of 79 ...

08 Jan 2010 New Headquaters for Alterface

Since mid-November the Belgian company Alterface has been welcoming its visitors in its new offices just about one kilometer away from the former location, now within the Axis Parc in Mont-Saint-Guibert / Belgium ...

27 Dec 2009 Heilbronn: Science Center “Experimenta” Opened

In mid-November the biggest science center of South Germany, the “Experimenta”, was opened in Heilbronn. 150 exhibits invite guests to wonder and to have a try themselves on an area of 7,500 square metres ...

22 Dec 2009 Disneyland Paris: Minus in Spite of Record Attendance

Despite a new record attendance of 15.4 million guests, Euro Disney’s sales volume decreased in the business year of 2008/2009, contrary to the European trend, with considerable seven per cent down to 1.23 billion euros ...

21 Dec 2009 Philand Ranch: An Ambitious Vietnamese Real Estate Enterprise Discovers the Leisure Industry

The Philand Ranch Ltd. has begun with the realization of a multi-billion dollar development program in the province of Quang Nam / Central Vietnam ...

19 Dec 2009 Berlin: “Blub Badeparadies” Will Become Holiday Resort for Families

The 35,000 square metre-large Blub (“Berliner Luft- und Badeparadies”) in Berlin-Britz reappears: The wip Willmeroth Projektentwicklungsgesellschaft mbH purchased the property as well as the recreational bath Blub from the Property Fund Berlin and plans as new owner an inner-city holiday resort including middle-class hotel ...

15 Dec 2009 Success for Meersburg-Therme & Operators Changing at Asia Spa Leoben / Austria

The Meersburg-Therme at Lake Constance operated by GMF (Gesellschaft für Entwicklung und Management von Freizeitsystemen) records an operative profit of about 400,000 euros for the business year 2009 – a little bit more than in the previous year ...

14 Dec 2009 Tropical Islands / Krausnick: GO for the Construction of the Vacation Resort

At the end of November Tropical Islands in Brandenburg announced “the race is on” and finally started the construction of the first holiday houses ...