02 Sep 2019 Netherlands: Efteling Closes Bobsleigh Coaster – Start of Construction Works on “Max & Moritz”

After 34 years and a total of 6.5 million kilometers travelled, the bobsleigh coaster at Efteling theme park was closed down yesterday. The attraction was opened on 4 April 1985 as the park’s fourth ride with “a guarantee for thrill”. It will now be replaced by the new “Max & Moritz” family coaster (a Powered Coaster from German manufacturer Mack Rides”) ...

30 Aug 2019 Iceland: FlyOver Iceland Opens Today

Today sees the opening of the new FlyOver Iceland flying theatre attraction in Reykjavík, which is operated by Pursuit/Esja Attractions ehf. Based on a 6-DOF i-Ride system from Brogent, FlyOver Iceland provides guests with a virtual flying experience over Iceland’s spectacular nature with its active volcanoes, bubbling geysers, huge glacier fields and ...

30 Aug 2019 Netherlands: Slagharen Themepark & Resort Appoints Dave Storm New General Manager

Slagharen Themepark & Resort, operated by Parques Reunidos, has recently appointed Dave Storm new General Manager of the company, effective 2nd September. The 39-year old takes over the position from Wouter Pops, who succeeded former park manager Wouter Dekkers earlier this year, when Dekkers was appointed General Manager of Germany’s Tropical Islands waterpark, which now ...

29 Aug 2019 USA: “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge“ Debuts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Today, the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando/Florida celebrates the official opening of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge“ at its related Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The all-new theme area, which opened at Disneyland Park in Anaheim/California in May this year, is the largest and most technologically advanced single-themed land expansion in a Disney park until to date ...

29 Aug 2019 USA: Six Flags Announces New Attractions for 2020

Today, Six Flags Entertainment has announced new rides and attractions for its related theme & water parks, slated to debut in the 2020 season. Plans include the opening of new rollercoasters, family rides, slides and high-thrill attractions. “This is our biggest and most diverse lineup in the company’s history, featuring world-class thrills for the entire family including ...

28 Aug 2019 France: Futuroscope Celebrates Successful Summer Season

With 560,000 visitors in the months of July and August, of which 340,000 came in August alone, France’s Futuroscope theme park is pleased with a highly successful summer season. The month of August brought an increase of visitors of more than ten percent compared to the previous-year period, in addition to this, the park set up a new visitor record for a single day of ...

27 Aug 2019 Saudi Arabia: New Details on Planned Six Flags Qiddiya Theme Park Unveiled

Yesterday, the Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) unveiled the park design concept for Six Flags Qiddiya, a high thrill theme park planned to be part of the future leisure and entertainment destination Qiddiya, which is under development at short distance to the country’s capital city of Riyadh (cf. EAP News of 11 Apr 2018). According to the plans, the park, the opening of which is ...

26 Aug 2019 GB: Merlin Entertainments Announces Senior Marketing Appointments

Merlin Entertainments recently announced two new senior marketing appointments to lead the development of its global brands. Ash Tailor photo, l.), who brings professional work experience in retail and marketing from his former positions at companies such as Coca-Cola, Unilever, Vodafone and Britvic, joins Merlin Entertainments as Global Brand Director ...

26 Aug 2019 Disney Invests: New “Avengers“ Theme Areas, Cruise Fleet Growth & Epcot Novelties

During the annual Disney in-house exhibition “D23 Expo”, held in Anaheim/CA this past weekend, Bob Chapek (Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences & Products) announced details of the planned investments in guest experiences for the coming years. An all-new Marvel theme area will expand the visitor offer of Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Paris, the name ...

23 Aug 2019 Spain: New “Aquaman“ Show with Flyboard® Action Entertains Visitors at Parque Warner Madrid

This year, Parque Warner Madrid, founded in 2002, surprised its visitors with a new evening show, which has been entertaining park guests for several weeks now and will continue to be featured on the show program until the end of September. Under the show title of “Aquaman” the production is dedicated to the eponymous DC Comics character. It takes place in the evening hours directly ...

23 Aug 2019 Australia: “Sky Voyager“ at Dreamworld Now Open – Park Announces New Coaster for 2020

Today saw the opening of the new “Sky Voyager” flying theater attraction at Australia’s Dreamworld park, in which visitors can experience a nearly six-minute, virtual flight above twelve different regions of the “red continent”. The i-ride from Brogent offers a capacity of 60 passengers per flight and is “the first flying theater in the southern hemisphere” ...

22 Aug 2019 Poland: Wooden Coaster “Zadra“ Opens at Energylandia Today

The polish amusement park Energylandia has expanded its coaster portfolio by one more highlight. “Zadra“ – the world‘s tallest wooden coaster – according to the park, will open today. The new coaster, which is constructed and designed by Rocky Mountains Constructions (RMC), impresses with a height of 61 meters and maxiumum speed of 121 km/h ...

21 Aug 2019 Germany: Tierpark Hagenbeck Finishes New “Sumatra Stream Course“

During a redesign period of about six months the aquascape team (Aquascaping: technique of designing aquarium landscapes) of Hamburg’s Tierpark Hagenbeck has recently finished works on the new “Sumatra Stream Course“ in the old basin of “Amazonas River“. With it’s lenght of ten metres, a height of two meters, a depth of two to four metres and a ...

21 Aug 2019 China: New “Dream Bund“ Movie & Theme Park in Hengdian Now Open

Dream Bund is an all-new movie & theme park, which opened this past Saturday in the Chinese city of Hengdian (in Zhejiang province, about 300 kilometers south of Shanghai), offering both rides and attractions as well as movie sets for professional film productions. For these, Shanghai’s iconic waterfront district “Bund” was replicated as it looked like in the first ...

20 Aug 2019 USA: “The LEGO Movie World“ to Open at Legoland Billund & Legoland California Resort in 2020

After the launch of the new “The LEGO Movie World” theme area with three major attractions at Legoland Florida Resort in March this year, Legoland Billund and Legoland California Resort have recently announced the expansion of their respective visitor offer by the addition of an equally named theme area in 2020, featuring similar attractions ...

20 Aug 2019 Belgium: Alterface Appoints Gillian Basso as Chief Information Officer

Alterface recently announced the appointment of Gillian Basso as new Chief Information Officer. In his new role, Basso will be responsible for driving innovation across interactive attractions in the themed entertainment market. He obtained a Ph. D. in Computer Science at Université de technologie de Belfort Montbéliard (UTBM) in France, a Master degree in Interactivity ...

20 Aug 2019 UK: Multi-Million-Euro-Makeover at „Lowry’s“ Outlet Mall

A great entertainment project by media group ITV and Lifestyle Outlets, who is part of real estate company Peel L&P, is ready to go. Lowry’s outlet mall in Manchester will receive a multi-million-makeover. A unique mix of retail, leisure and entertainment will be created in one and the same place. The masterplan will incorporate a transformation of the southern waterfront ...

19 Aug 2019 USA: Kings Island Announces New Giga Coaster for 2020

Located close to the city of Cincinnati (Ohio), Cedar Fair’s Kings Island amusement park has recently announced to build a new giga coaster, set to open in spring 2020 under the name of “Orion®”. The attraction will take riders on a thrilling space adventure in the new “Area 72” theme area currently under construction. With a first drop of over 91 meters ...

16 Aug 2019 Austria: Swarovski Kristallwelten Welcomes 15 Millionth Visitors

This month, Austria’s Swarovski Kristallwelten (Engl.: Swarovski Crystal Worlds) welcomed its 15 millionth visitors. The “magical number” was cracked by a couple from Bangalore (India) who, when entering the experience world, was surprised by the acrobats, artists and illusionists of Kristallwelten’s ongoing “Summer in the Giant” event program. Besides Austria, Germany ...

15 Aug 2019 Spain: Barcelona’s Tibidabo Amusement Park Modernizes Funicular Railway

The historic amusement park Tibidabo located on the eponymous 512-meter high mountain in the city of Barcelona can be reached by visitors via a funicular railway (amongst other means of transport), which has been connecting the Plaça del Doctor Andreu in the city district of Serrià-Sant Gervasi with the Plaça Tibidabo since 1901, over an altitude of 252 meters. Over the years ...

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