21 Sep 2020 Sweden: Liseberg Postpones Applause Award Anniversary Event

This year, Sweden‘s Liseberg park would have celebrated the 40th anniversary of the “Applause Awards“, which are presented every two years during the IAAPA Expo in Orlando. Due to the postponement of the trade show by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions‘ (IAAPA) ...

21 Sep 2020 Georgia: Tethered Balloon from France Flies over Tbilisi

Under the name of “Air Balloon Tbilisi”, a captive balloon delivered by the French company Aerophile has been hovering over the Georgian capital Tbilisi as a new tourist attraction since the beginning of August. With this new installation, the provider was able to realize its first balloon in the Caucasus region. The balloon ...

18 Sep 2020 Germany: Phantasialand starts F.L.Y.

With a post on Twitter and Instagram, Phantasialand has been inviting its followers to explore the new "Rookburgh" theme area since yesterday. The world's first Flying Launch Coaster, which was developed and built by Vekoma – and which not only fans have been waiting for since three years – started now into ...

18 Sep 2020 Portugal: New QUAKE Lisbon Earthquake Experience Visitor Center under Development

In 2017, the Lisbon-based company Turcultur (Turismo e Cultura de Portugal, Lda.) commissioned the Dutch storytelling specialists of Jora Vision with the concept development and planning of a new visitor center dedicated to a natural catastrophe – the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. With an estimated magnitude ...

18 Sep 2020 Japan: First “The Beauty and the Beast“ Dark Ride to Open at Tokyo Disney Resort

As part of Tokyo Disney Resort‘s park expansion plans revealed in summer 2018, new attractions had been announced for the “Fantasyland“, “Toontown“ and “Tomorrowland“ theme areas (see EAP 3/2018 & EAP-News of 15 June 2018). Today saw the official announcement that some of these attractions will ...

17 Sep 2020 Germany: VDFU Draws Attention to Requirements for Theme and Amusement Parks in Times of the ongoing Corona Pandemic during a Tourism Committee of German Bundestag

During a “Breakfast Meeting for Tourism Politics“ at the German Bundestag, Jürgen Gevers (photo), MD of German Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (VDFU), and other association representatives pointed out the requirements of theme and amusement park operators in Germany, who are still ...

17 Sep 2020 USA: Glendale City Council Approved New Sport & Entertainment Mixed Use Project

In the city of Glendale, located in the South-Western state of Arizona, temperatures easily reach 40 degrees Celsius during summer time, but access to public water areas is not given to the residents – a trip to the beach takes a five hour car ride to San Diego (california). So City Council of Glendale recently approved ...

17 Sep 2020 Germany: New YULLBE VR Attraction at Europa-Park Opens Today

Today sees the opening of YULLBE, an all-new free roaming and full-body tracking VR attraction located between Rulantica, the new water world of Europa-Park (cf. EAP 1/2020) and the related “Krønasår” theme hotel. Developed by MackNeXT in cooperation with VR Coaster and Vicon, the new LBE facility offers a capacity for up to 32 guests ...

16 Sep 2020 Switzerland: Lindt Home of Chocolate – A Chocolaty Theme World Opened Its Gates

This past weekend, the new Lindt Home of Chocolate experience located in Kilchberg, Switzerland opened its gates to visitors for the first time. Constructed in the direct neighborhood of the Lindt & Sprüngli Schweiz AG headquarters, the new chocolaty museum aims at informing visitors about all interesting facts ...

16 Sep 2020 France: Physical Virtuality 2020 Trade Show Canceled – Event Goes Digital

The fourth edition of the Virtuality trade show for new technologies, which was originally planned to take place as a physical trade show event in Paris in November this year, had to be cancelled by the organizers (the Virtuality Paris specialist committee around founder Olivier Godest) due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis with ...

15 Sep 2020 Scotland: Diageo to Develop Multi-Million Whiskey Experience in Edinburgh

The British beverage producer Diageo, who also produces the well-known Johnnie Walker whiskey brand, is developing a new retail and entertainment experience for whiskey enthusiasts. After a construction pause of three months, due to the government‘s Covid-19 guidelines, construction works of the ...

15 Sep 2020 Germany: First-Ever IAAPA EMEA Trade Summit to Take Place at Europa-Park

Registration is now open for “IAAPA EMEA Trade Summit”, an event which is being held for the very first time and is scheduled to take place at Germany’s Europa-Park in Rust (Baden-Wuerttemberg) from February 2-4, 2021. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) invites industry ...

15 Sep 2020 Spain: PortAventura World & LaLiga Announce Large-Scale 3-Phase Project Including New Theme Park

Spain’s PortAventura World theme park resort and the Spanish national soccer league LaLiga have formed a joint venture in order to develop a large-scale three-phase project, including new attractions in PortAventura and the construction of a complete new theme park to become the fourth destination of the resort ...

14 Sep 2020 Austria: Sonnentherme Lutzmannsburg Enhances Outdoor Offerings

The Sonnentherme Lutzmannsburg, which is directly located on the Austrian-Hungarian border, recently enhanced its outdoor offerings by a new multilane stainless steel water slide by German manufacturer wiegand.waterrides. On a slide lenght of 25 metres, the “Rainbow“ offers a family-friendly slide ...

14 Sep 2020 VAE: CLYMB Abu Dhabi Boasting Two Record-Breaking Attractions

Opened in November 2019, the sports and leisure attraction CLYMBTM Abu Dhabi (cf. EAP news of 31 Oct 2019) offers guests the chance to experience two record-breaking attractions: the world’s largest indoor skydiving flight chamber as well as the worldwide tallest artificial indoor climbing wall. Only recently ...

11 Sep 2020 Turkey: First Fully Transparent Tube Slide Open at Candyland Waterpark

Already in November 2018, at IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Turkish waterslide manufacturer Polin Waterparks launched “Glassy“– a transparent fibreglas waterslide (cf. EAP 1/2019). This summer, the first fully transparent composites waterslide has been insalled in the Candyland Waterpark, which is operated as ...

10 Sep 2020 Vietnam: New City District of Ho Chi Minh City to Feature Endless Surf Attraction

In the East of Ho Chi Minh City, which is located in South Vietnam, a new city area will be developed as a new hub for the technical industry and innovation. The new twelve billion US dollar (around 10.1 billion euros) city development project also foresees the creation of versatile leisure offerings, including an “Endless ...

10 Sep 2020 Netherlands: Toverland Creates Additional Halloween Experiences

Between October 8th and November 9th, 2020, visitors to Netherland’s Toverland theme park will have to deal with fear again ... For the annual “Halloween Nights“ event the park developed some new creeps and horror experiences such as the new Haunted House “Maison de la Magie“. Here, guests will have to go ...

09 Sep 2020 Germany: Movie Park Germany Announces “Halloween Horror Festival” & Two New Attractions

Also in this year, Movie Park Germany invites visitors to its “Halloween Horror Festival” days, which will start on October 1st and at the same time mark the launch of two new attractions. One novelty set to open in due time for Halloween is the “The Curse of Chupacabra” horror house, dedicated to the Mexican “Día de los Muertos” and installed in the building ...

09 Sep 2020 GB: Planning Permission Granted for Game of Thrones® Studio Tour

The planned new visitor experience Game of Thrones®  Studio Tour, which will be dedicated to the successful TV series “Game of Thrones“ (GoT) produced by HBO, has received its planning permission by the city council of Banbridge, a small city  in Northern Ireland located between Dublin and Belfast. HBO ...

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