30 May 2020 USA: More Florida Theme Parks Are Preparing to Reopen Soon

As well as the Universal Orlando Resort, which will gradually reopen its related park sites as of 5th June (cf. EAP news of 25 May 2020), other large Florida theme parks are preparing to welcome guests again soon. The Walt Disney World Resort just announced its plans for a ...

29 May 2020 More German Theme Parks Reopen this Weekend

Following this month’s decision of most German federal states to permit the reopening of theme parks (cf. EAP news of 13 May 2020), the two largest theme parks located in North Rhine-Westphalia – Movie Park Germany and Phantasialand – welcome visitors again as of today. For both attraction sites, it is mandatory for guests to purchase their tickets online ...

28 May 2020 Germany: Berlin’s Futurium Museum Receives “Gold“ Award in ADC Creative Contest

In this year‘s ADC creative competition, which is organised by the Art Directors Club Germany (ADC), Berlin-based Futurium museum was awarded with “Gold“ in the “Exhibition Experience“ category. The new interactive museum, which opened its doors to visitors last September for the first time and features three different ...

27 May 2020 Germany: Wild & Freizeitpark Allensbach Receives New Adventure Slide Tower

Since May 9th, the Wild & Freizeitpark Allensbach („animal & leisure park Allensbach) located at Lake Constance/Germany, has been reopen for visitors after its closure due to the current corona pandemic. The family-friendly leisure park, which is home to around 300 animals out of regional species on a groundspace ...

27 May 2020 USA: New “Adventure Cove“ Area at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Set to Launch This Summer

Despite the fact that Columbus Zoo and Aquarium located in Powell/Ohio has been closed to the public since March 14th, the facility did not stop construction works on the new “Adventure Cove“ area – the zoo is optimistic to be able to open the new area this summer. The development of the facility, where seals ...

26 May 2020 Germany: “Showmen Hand in Hand“ – Mobile Free-Fall Tower Makes Stop at Allgäu Skyline Park

A great gesture of the Allgäu Skyline Park, which may animate other facilities to do the same: Under the motto of “Showmen Hand in Hand”, Allgäu Skyline Park owner Joachim Löwenthal invited the befriended showman family Goetzke to build up their “Sky Fall” – an 85 meter high mobile free-fall tower from Funtime – in the park ...

25 May 2020 USA: Universal Orlando Resorts Begins A Phased Reopening In June

As the first large-scale theme park resort in Orlando/Florida the Universal Orlando Resort has announced its phased reopening as of June 5th. The reopening is bound to new and enhanced safety and hygiene procedures based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health officials ...

25 May 2020 USA: “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser“ – The New Immersive Overnight Experience Coming to Walt Disney World Resort

2021 will see the opening of the new immersive “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser“ overnight experience at Walt Disney World Resort‘s Disney’s Hollywood Studios park, located in Orlando/Florida. For the time of two days and two nights visitors will be immersed into their own “Star Wars“ story ...

25 May 2020 Austria/Germany: Weigl Control Is New RAVENNA Partner

Austria’s Weigl GmbH & Co KG, one of the leading suppliers of show control solutions and known under its brand name Weigl Control, is new partner for the “RAVENNA” audio technology platform from Munich-based ALC NetworX company. “I’m happy to be a RAVENNA partner. The ProCommander® X Series, ...

22 May 2020 Germany: Calypso Saarbrücken Files for Insolvency as First Leisure Pool in Germany Due to Covid-19

The Vivamar Betriebsgesellschaft Saarbrücken GmbH operating company filed for insolvency for the Calypso leisure pool and sauna in Saarbrücken on 21st May, being the first German water park to take this step due to the Covid-19 closure and the related huge financial losses. In February, the media were still able to headline ...

22 May 2020 Germany: Tropical Islands Resort Welcomes Guests Again as of June 15th

As of June 15th, 2020 Germany’s Tropical Islands resort will welcome back guests to its water world and the related hotel, ensuring the compliance with social distancing rules and hygiene measures. The daily operations will be modified according to the containment and quarantine ordinance, determined by the ...

20 May 2020 Austria: Swarovski Crystal Worlds Will Reopen on June 11th

As of Thursday 11th June 2020, Swarovski Crystal Worlds, located in Wattens (Tirol-region), will open its doors to visitors again. Due to current construction work on two new “Chambers of Wonder“, which will be launched at the end of June, the operators decided on a later reopening date (tourist attractions in Austria have ...

19 May 2020 USA: Walt Disney Company Announces Personnel Changes on Management Level

Today, the Walt Disney Company announced two major personnel changes on management level. Josh D’Amaro, who had been appointed new president of the Walt Disney World Resort in November 2019, has now been named chairman of “Disney Parks, Experiences and Products“. Furthermore, Rebecca Campbell, who ...

19 May 2020 Canada: WhiteWater Launches New “Endless Surf“ Surf Pool

Canada-based WhiteWater West water slide and attraction manufacturer presents its newly developed “Endless Surf“ artificial wave pool system for surf sport enthusiasts, in order to strengthen the company’s position on the continuously growing inland surf pool market. The facility is scalable in its size ...

18 May 2020 Switzerland: Zoo Zurich Reports Results of Fiscal Year 2019

Zoo Zurich, which celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2019under the slogan “Who knows animals will protect them“, reports 1.254 million visitors for last year, a decline of 4.6 percent compared to fiscal year 2018. Despite the decline in guest numbers, the zoological facility looks back on a successfull year in the sign of conservation ...

18 May 2020 Long-Time Sally Dark Rides Co-Worker Jan Sherman Passed Away †

The leisure industry mourns the loss of Jan Sherman, a long-time co-worker at Sally Dark Rides, who passed away a few days ago from complications with diabetes and cancer. Jan joined the Jacksonville-based company in 1982 to produce soundtracks and scripts for animated productions. When Sally shifted gears to dark ride production, she led ...

15 May 2020 USA: 150th Anniversary Celebration at Cedar Point Postponed

Like every other theme park in the USA, the self-proclaimed “Roller Coaster Capital of the World“ Cedar Point, located in Sandusky/Ohio, is still closed to the public. Therefore the park management now decided to postpone this year‘s 150th anniversary celebrations. “Our team determined that a celebration of this ...

15 May 2020 USA: Florida Aquarium Reopens as of Today

Today sees the reopening of Tampa Bay-based Florida Aquarium. After almost eight weeks of forced closure the aquarium, which celebrates ist 25th anniversary this year (cf. EAP 2/2020), now welcomes back visitors under restrictions. Measures that have been taken are for examplestrict attendance limits, online ...

14 May 2020 Germany: Center Parcs Facilities Ready to Reopen at the End of May

In response to the corona protection measures by the loosenings of the German government also for the tourism industry, vacation facilities of the France-based Pierre et Vacances Center Parcs group will reopen in the next weeks all over Germany. By the end of May, the Center Parcs parks Nordseeküste, Bispinger ...

13 May 2020 IAAPA Writes to US Congressional Leadership on Behalf of Attractions Industry

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), headquartered in Orlando (FL), sent an official letter to leading policy makers of the United States Congress, appealing to support companies within the US leisure and attractions sector with several financial aid packages. IAAPA’s U.S. members employ over ...

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