25 Sep 2020 Germany: TimeRide Expands Virtual Offering in Munich

In summer 2019, TimeRide, provider of virtual city experiences, opened its third location in its founding city of Munich, where visitors since then have been able to enjoy a voyage over the Bavarian capital and through its history from “Barbarossa” (Frederick I., Holy Roman Emperor) to the first ever “Oktoberfest“ ...

24 Sep 2020 World’s First Women’s Only Waterpark Opened in Saudi Arabia

Since its opening earlier this month, the world’s first water park for ladies only has been welcoming guests. Situated in Dana Bay on the shores of Half Moon Beach and developed by Jenan Real Estate, Loopagoon Waterpark offers a mix of waterslides and attractions as well as shopping and food options. On its ...

24 Sep 2020 Germany: Ruhr Area Transforms to Surf Hotspot

On the former grounds of the Zeche Werde I/II coal mine located in Werne (Germany, Ruhr Region), which was shut down in 1975, a new mega artificial surf spot called SURFWRLD will be developed. Plans for the new water attraction were presented recently by the Werne municipality and the project executing organisation ...

23 Sep 2020 UAE: MOTIONGATE Re-Opens Today as First Park of Dubai Parks and Resorts

Today sees the reopening of the MOTIONGATE™ Dubai theme park and the Lapita™ theme hotel at Dubai Parks and Resorts, which had to shut down their operations on March 31st this year due to the corona pandemic. The Hollywood-based park and the Polynesian-themed hotel reopen now with enhanced safety ...

23 Sep 2020 Netherlands: Convious Acquires former Tapperuse App & Expands eCommerce Platform for Leisure Operations

The Dutch SaaS company Convious, which with its “Convious Crowd Control” product offers an artificial intelligence-based platform for leisure attractions to manage the allotment of visitors (cf. our “Day X” special feature in EAP 4/2020), has now added the mobile ticketing app Tap (“Tick and Pay”, formerly “Tapperuse”) to its portfolio. Thanks to this newly integrated solution ...

22 Sep 2020 Germany: Thomas Mack Awarded “Most Successful Gastronomer of the Year“

For his conceptual work on the variety of gastronomic offerings at Europa-Park, the related waterworld Rulantica and the six park hotels, Thomas Mack recently received the award as “Most Successful Gastronomer of the Year“. The managing partner of Europa-Park received the award during the ceremony ...

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 ...

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