16 Jul 2018 USA: The Secret Chambers Opens Second Location in Fort Worth

Yesterday saw the opening of the second location of Fort Worth’s popular The Secret Chambers escape game center at Alta Mere Drive (Fort Worth). Covering an area of almost 880 square meters (9,464 square feet), teams of enigma fans can challenge themselves in six different escape rooms. In addition to classic brain teasers, real actors are also part of the game in order to ...

14 Jul 2018 Germany: Dr. Fabrizio Sepe & “Leo the Lion“ Celebrate Their Anniversary

25 years ago, after his studies of natural sciences and economics in Switzerland and Italy, Dr. Fabrizio Sepe joined the family business Serengeti-Park Hodenhagen, which was founded back in 1997 by his father Paolo Sepe in Germany’s Lüneburg Heath region. In 1997, Fabrizio Sepe took over the management of the animal and leisure park together with his sister Veronica and ...

13 Jul 2018 USA: “Harley Quinn Spinsanity“ at Six Flags Over Texas Opens Tomorrow

The new “Harley Quinn Spinsanity” thrill ride – a Tourbillon model from Swiss manufacturer abc rides – opens tomorrow at Six Flags Over Texas in the park’s “Gotham City” theme area. Just like the other existing thrill attractions in that theme area, including “The Joker”, “Catwoman Whip” and “The Riddler Revenge”, the Tourbillon is themed after a popular comic figure from DC ...

12 Jul 2018 Jon Hancock Named CEO of Electrosonic Group Ltd

AV system integrator Electrosonic has recently named Jon Hancock (pictured) new CEO of its group of companies. The Briton began his professional career in retail banking and then moved into consulting and IT-related services. He was Chief Operating Officer at a global IT services firm and more recently, he held the role of Divisional Head at a large IT services and outsourcing firm ...

11 Jul 2018 France: CineMovida Plans 5D Movie Experience for New Multiplex Cinema

CineMovida, a French operator of cinemas, plans to equip its new multiplex cinema in the French community of Maurepas (set to open in spring 2019) with an auditorium especially designed for 5D movie experiences. One of a total of eight featured cinema halls will be equipped with 117 “MX4D” motion seats from California-based MediaMation company. The pneumatically driven ...

10 Jul 2018 France: Nausicaá Aquarium Presents New Giant Fish Tank

Located in the coastal town of Boulogne-sur-Mer in the north of France, the Nausicaá aquarium has recently expanded its visitor offer with the installation of a new, 10,000 cubic meter large salt water tank, which is now home to a large number of sea animals such as Manta Rays and Hammerhead Sharks. With a length of 60 meters and a width of 35 meters the new basin is the ...

09 Jul 2018 Norway: New Climbing Park Completes Offer of Sports & Leisure Centre

The Raft Base rafting centre in the south Norwegian community of Evje, which is operated by TrollAktiv, has opened a new climbing park this past weekend (Evje Klatrepark) in order to enhance its existing activities offer. Guests to the rafting centre and in the lodges can choose between five different obstacle courses, installed between Nordic huts and theming elements ...

07 Jul 2018 Netherlands: Toverland Celebrates Opening of New “Avalon” Theme Area

Today, Dutch Toverland theme park officially opens its new “Avalon” theme area featuring the Celtic saga of Merlin and King Arthur for visitors, who are now able to enjoy the area’s two main attractions – the “Fēnix” wing coaster and the “Merlin’s Quest” boat ride. Also, the new “Port Laguna” entrance portal is now open for park guests ...

07 Jul 2018 Germany: Therme Erding Opens New „The Big Wave“ Hybrid Slide

The Galaxy Water Slide World at Bavaria’s Therme Erding has recently added VR technology to its existing “Space Glider” slide, bringing its offer for action-seeking guests to a new level. Today, the slides park will launch another novelty in its outdoor area, which is one of the world’s first stainless steel hybrid constructions – “The Big Wave” ...

06 Jul 2018 Germany: Ravensburger Spieleland Expands Holiday Village

Located near Lake Constance, the popular Ravensburger Spieleland family park, which opened its own holiday village in 2016 for overnight guests, expands its existing accommodation offer by adding ten new explorers’ tents this year. In this way, the capacity of the holiday village with a total of 26 tents, 50 holiday homes and 40 caravan spaces rises up to 396 beds ...

05 Jul 2018 Spain/Australia: Parques Reunidos Acquires Wet’n’Wild Sydney

Recently, Parques Reunidos has officially announced to take over Australia’s Wet’n’Wild Sydney water park from Village Roadshow Theme Parks. The acquisition amounts to a transaction value of some 25 million EUR (40 million AUD) and is expected to be completed in the next three months. By adding Wet’n’Wild Sydney to its portfolio of leisure operations ...

04 Jul 2018 Germany: Is Bali Therme Close to Be Sold?

As it became known on Monday, Theune Spa Management is currently in negotiations on a possible sales deal with Aspro Parks, in order to sell its related Bali Therme thermal bathing complex to the Spanish operating group. In early 2005, Stephan and Markus Theune had taken over Bali Therme as private investors. Five years ago, Cornelius Nolte assumed the position as ...

04 Jul 2018 Germany: Hugo Lahme Expands Sales Team

On March 1st this year, Roland Söll has joined Germany’s Hugo Lahme company –one of the leading specialists for underwater lighting and pool technology – to support the firm’s sales team. Holding a professional degree as master of bathing and spa operations, Söll previously worked at Balinea Thermen in Bad Bellingen/Germany. In his new role ...

03 Jul 2018 USA: Floor-to-Ceiling Glass Viewing Experience from “Space Needle” Observation Platform

Upgrading the guest experience, Seattle’s iconic Space Needle observation tower had already launched a virtual reality attraction earlier this year, adding a thrilling entertainment offer for visitors who come to enjoy a spectacular city view (cf. EAP news from January 5th, 2018). Now, guests can also marvel at the result of several months of construction work: The tower’s 158 meter ...

02 Jul 2018 Asian Attractions Expo 2018 – Trade Show Impressions

From 6 to 8 June 2018, industry professionals gathered at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre for Asian Attractions Expo (AAE). Click here to find some trade show impressions – a detailed report will be part of our current magazine issue 4/2018. And also browse through our photo gallery.

02 Jul 2018 USA: Legoland California Opens Deep Sea Adventure Today

Today will see the opening of Legoland California’s new “LEGO City: Deep Sea Adventure” submarine ride. The underwater theme ride, supplied by Mack Rides, represents the largest single investment of Merlin Entertainments into a Legoland park to date. More than 1.1 million liters (300,000 gallons) of water are used to fill the basin through which the submaines move and ...

30 Jun 2018 IAAPA: John Hallenbeck Named New Vice President of North American Operations

Recently, John Hallenbeck was named new Vice President of IAAPA’s North American Operations. He will lead the IAAPA North American office in Orlando and oversee membership engagement, growth, and service of this region. With more than 25 years of themed entertainment experience, Hallenbeck most recently served as ...

29 Jun 2018 Denmark’s Knuthenborg Safaripark to Expand Accommodation Offer

As announced today, Knuthenborg Safaripark in Lolland/Denmark will expand its accommodation offer and develop from a day experience to a resort by adding special tents, which will rest on poles two meters above ground and offer close-up experiences with wild animals. With this strategic step, the safari park, which recently welcomed more than 250,000 visitors, intends to extend the duration of stay of its guests in the future ...

29 Jun 2018 Hong Kong: HKDL Entertains Visitors with New “Moana – A Homecoming Celebration” Show

Hong Kong Disneyland (HKDL) has recently launched its new open-air show “Moana – A Homecoming Celebration”, which is staged in the park’s “Adventureland” theme area. The show, which was created on the basis of the equally named Disney computer animation movie released in 2016, is an approx. 20-minute production presenting Moana’s sailing adventures in the South Seas ...

29 Jun 2018 Disney Launches First-of-Its-Kind ῾Play Disney Parks᾿ Mobile App

῾Play Disney Parks᾿ is a new first-of-its-kind mobile app which will debut tomorrow (June 30) at Walt Disney Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California. With a variety of interactive activities, from games and music to Disney trivia and fun facts, the new, free app intends to turn wait time into play time and offer transformative digital entertainment to ...

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