17 Oct 2017 Zoos Extend Visitors‘ Stay with Light Figures

Just like the Dutch Royal Burgers’ Zoo, which since 2015 is enthusing its visitors with artful light installations in the dark season, more and more European zoos and animal parks lure visitors with the atmospheric ambience created by luminous animal figures. Recently, Germany’s Serengeti-Park Hodenhagen has introduced the first edition of its new “Light Safari” (G.: “Lichter-Safari”) with ...

16 Oct 2017 Europe: Parks Draw Visitors with Halloween Spectacles

The Valencian amusement park Terra Mítica, which is located close to Alicante, is getting its guests in the mood for the upcoming Halloween night on October 31st with a versatile and gruesome entertainment program. Under the motto “You will go insane” (Sp.: “perderás la cabeza”), the park offers shows for guests of all ages. Kids can enjoy the “Cryptic Tales” fun performance ...

14 Oct 2017 Hong Kong: HKDL Kicks Off Construction of Multi-Year Expansion

In late 2016, Hong Kong Disneyland (HKDL) had officially presented its multi-year expansion plans including new theme areas, attractions and entertainment offerings, which are all scheduled to be developed starting in 2018 through 2023. Following the funding approval by Hong Kong’s Legislative Council earlier this year, HKDL celebrated the start of ...

13 Oct 2017 Austria/USA: Sunkid Announces New Cooperation with Leisure Labs

Austria-based Sunkid GmbH has recently announced a new partnership with the US company Leisure Labs, which takes over the sales of the Sunkid amusement park rides and conveyor systems in the USA, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean with immediate effect. “Our cooperation with Leisure Labs now has us represented in the North American market in the area of amusement parks through a competent ...

13 Oct 2017 USA: Aquatica Orlando Announces New Hybrid Slide for 2018

SeaWorld’s Orlando-based Aquatica water park announced yesterday that it will open a new hybrid slide named “Ray Rush” in spring 2018. The planned new water adventure will combine three slide elements: In four-person rafts, bathing guests will be launched by water jets at 36 km/h (33 fps) from a height of more than 18 meters (60 feet) into the first of several enclosed tube sections ...

12 Oct 2017 USA/Europe: Amanda Thompson OBE Elected Second Vice Chair of IAAPA Board of Directors

As officially announced by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) this week, Amanda Thompson OBE, Managing Director of British Blackpool Pleasure Beach amusement park, has been elected Second Vice Chairman of the IAAPA Board of Directors, effective 2018. She will become First Vice Chair in 2019 and then lead the global attractions ...

12 Oct 2017 Spain/USA: Is SeaWorld Close to Be Sold?

Following the rumors according to which Merlin Entertainments would be interested in purchasing the U.S. SeaWorld parks (operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment) located in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio (what according to current media reports has already been denied by the British operating group), recent news (e.g. Bloomberg & El Economista) say that Madrid-based ...

11 Oct 2017 Germany: Therme Erding Executives Tested New Slide Wheel Attraction

Jörg Wund, Owner of Germany’s Therme Erding (Wund group of companies) and Marcus Maier, Manager of the Galaxy Erding slide park, have tested the so-called “Slide Wheel” – a new water slide model, which turns on its own axis similar to a Ferris Wheel. Up to four persons can slide on a raft uphill and down again – the experience lasts approx. 1.5 minutes, including fast and ...

10 Oct 2017 Switzerland: Green Light for New “Lewa Savanna” Project at Zoo Zurich

Switzerland’s Zoo Zurich has recently been given the starting signal for the construction of its new “Lewa Savanna” project, which is scheduled to be accomplished by 2020 to accommodate popular African animal species such as giraffes, antelopes and the endangered white rhinoceros, amongst others. The new area will be the zoo’s largest project in terms of size and footprint until ...

09 Oct 2017 Germany: 22nd “Creating Visitor Experiences“ Conference at Kulturinsel Einsiedel

On 2-3 November 2017, Germany’s Kulturinsel Einsiedel leisure park will host the 22nd edition of its annual “Creating Visitor Experiences” conference for “out-of-the-box thinkers” and experts of the leisure industry. The conference program will highlight the topic of staging experiences through comprehensible legends for a professional exchange among colleagues and ...

09 Oct 2017 Canada: Michael Turner Joins CAVU Designwerks as New Executive Vice President of Global Business Development

Industry veteran Michael Turner has recently joined Victoria-based CAVU Designwerks, a supplier of media-based attractions for the international amusement industry, as the company’s new Executive Vice President of Global Business Development. Turner, who looks back on more than 34 years of experience in the international entertainment and attractions industry, has experience working ...

06 Oct 2017 USA: Cedar Fair Announces Leadership Changes

Sandusky/Ohio-based Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, which is specialized in the operation of regional amusement parks, waterparks and entertainment centers, has recently announced changes in its leadership team. Richard Zimmerman (57), President and Chief Operating Officer of the group, will become new Chief Executive Officer of the company effective January 1st, 2018. He ...

05 Oct 2017 USA/EMEA: Rebecca Campbell Appointed New President of The Walt Disney Company EMEA

Walt Disney International has recently announced that Rebecca Campbell, President of Disney’s ABC Owned Television Station Group and ABC Daytime, will take over the position as President of The Walt Disney Company EMEA, effective from January 1st, 2018. Diego Lerner, who was appointed President in 2009, will return to his home city Buenos Aires/Argentina, where he will take on ...

04 Oct 2017 USA: New Sports and Entertainment Restaurant Now Open at The Park at Owa

Alabama’s new amusement park The Park at Owa, which was opened on July 21st this year and is being operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, has launched a new restaurant this past weekend. “Groovy Goat” is a sports and entertainment restaurant, offering a variety of delicious food, sports and games. Guests can follow exciting sports competitions and matches ...

03 Oct 2017 UK/USA: Picsolve Acquires Freeze Frame

British Picsolve, one of the leading photo and video technology providers for the leisure and entertainment industry, has recently acquired New York City-based Freeze Frame to further push the company’s growth in the North-American market. According to Picsolve, the acquisition increases the company’s footprint in the US by 50 percent – including the transition of 23 key visitor ...

02 Oct 2017 Netherlands: “Avalon” is the Name of Toverland’s New Theme Area

After construction works for the largest expansion of Dutch Toverland amusement park until to date had started in early September, the park has recently revealed the name of the planned new theme area: “Avalon” will immerse guests into a fantastic world around wizard Merlin and King Arthur, featuring a Wing Coaster from Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) and a boat tour from German ...

02 Oct 2017 Germany: Phantasialand Presents 14th Edition of “Fantissima“ Dinner Show

Germany’s Phantasialand theme park has premiered the 14th edition of its “Fantissima” dinner show this past Thursday, enthusing visitors with five newly conceptualized show blocs. Each of the blocs features its own self-contained plot: A busy studio scenery offering an amusing backstage glimpse as well as a lively journey through music and fashion are two of the five bloc themes ...

30 Sep 2017 Germany: 12,400 Participants at EAS 2017 in Berlin

The Euro Attractions Show (EAS) in Berlin ended successfully on Thursday afternoon with a total of 12,400 visitors from 100 countries. Once again, the largest conference and trade show for the leisure and attractions industry in Europe, organized by IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions), achieved strong results (2016: 12,600 participants) ...

29 Sep 2017 UK: Coral Reef Waterworld Reopens Today

After 18 months of comprehensive modernization works, England’s Coral Reef Waterworld, which is located in Bracknell (county of Berkshire), celebrates its reopening today. Highlights include five exciting new waterslides from Van Egdom – some of the slides also feature interactive elements such as 3D projections, Aqua Smash touch points etc. Also, bathing guests can ...

28 Sep 2017 USA: Plans for LEGOLAND® New York Continue in the Approval Process

Some months ago, Merlin Entertainments announced its plans for the opening of LEGOLAND® New York by 2019, the world’s seventh Legoland park, on an approx. 211 hectare large site in the town of Goshen, located in the US state of New York. In the ongoing approval process the giant project has recently made a big step forward after the Goshen Town Board granted approval of the amendments ...

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