07 Dec 2022 US: Triotech Supplies Interactive Experiences for New Elev8Fun FEC

In March 2023, Elev8Fun, a new FEC from PrimeTime Amusements – a UScompany specializing in arcade games and the operation of arcades and FECs – is scheduled to open at Citrus Park Mall in Tampa, Florida. The 125,000-square-foot facility will include ...

07 Dec 2022 Australia: New Wooden Coaster “Leviathan” at Sea World Gold Coast Now Open

The Australian Sea World Marine Park Gold Coast – operated by Village Roadshow Theme Parks – recently opened its long-awaited new family thrill ride “Leviathan”. This is located in The New Atlantis themed area, which also includes ...

06 Dec 2022 Germany: New Dark Ride Attraction "Drachen Magic" Opens at Magic Park Verden

Just in time for the start of the winter season, a new attraction was opened to visitors at Magic Park Verden in Lower Saxony, Germany, last weekend. The park will again be open on selected days this winter. The new themed dark ride, which guests can now experience, is a dark ride system from Dutch company ETF Ride Systems ...

05 Dec 2022 France: Babyland-Amiland Changes Its Name to Winnoland

After the family theme park Babyland-Amiland, located near Paris in Saint-Pierre-du-Perray (Île-de-France region), was able to open a new attraction this year with “Le Ptéranodon” and set a new visitor record with 230,000 guests, the company will operate under the name Winnoland as of now ...

02 Dec 2022 Germany: 5th AUREA Ceremony Held at Europa-Park

This year, for the first time, the “AUREA Awards“ were presented in form of a cooperation between MACK NeXT and the Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft (BVDW). As part of the industry conference NTR - The Metaverse Summit, the prizes were awarded yesterday in five categories for the best developements...

02 Dec 2022 UK: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London Announces Four Special Features for 2023

Since 2012, visitors have been able to explore the magical world of Harry Potter in the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter. Next year, fans oft he popular Wizard can look forward to four features in the Studio Tour. The year kicks off with the “Magical Mischief“ feature in spring. Like last year, visitors can discover the tricks of the blockbuster films through ...

01 Dec 2022 Germany: WATERCLIMBING Receives Patent for Encapsulated Service System

The patent for their “Encapsulated Service System“ applied for in 2009 by the Nuremberg-based company WATERCLIMBING was granted. WATERCLIMBING manufactures climbing walls up to seven meters high, which allow climbing fun above the water ...

30 Nov 2022 Spain: PortAventura Reveals Secret about New 2023 Attraction

Visitors to the family theme park resort PortAventura World located not far from the Catalan city of Tarragona can look forward to a special roller coaster novelty, on which the park announced concrete details today: In the summer of 2023, the world’s first dark ride roller coaster based on the action movie production “Uncharted” ...

30 Nov 2022 Canada/Turkey: Ka‘ana Wave Co. and Polin Waterparks Sign Exclusive Distribution Agreement

At IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Canada’s surfboard manufacturer Ka‘ana Wave Co. and Turkish company Polin Waterparks signed an exclusive distribution agreement. Through the partnership, the Canadian company aims at increasing its sales in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, where Polin already has a high presence and an experienced sales team ...

30 Nov 2022 USA: In memory of Larry B. Cochran (*1940 – † 2022)

Larry B. Cochran passed away on 26 November at the age of 82. Born in 1940 and raised in Newton, Mississippi, Larry signed on in the early 1960s for a short-term drafting job at the new start-up-company called Six Flags Over Texas. This was the beginning of his then 42-year career at Six Flags. His literally cinematic career saw him rise from ride operator to CEO ...

29 Nov 2022 Iceland: Exhilaration over the Canyon with “Mega Zipline Iceland”

A flying experience over Svartaglijúfur Canyon will soon be available for brave adventurers with Mega Zipline Iceland. The Icelandic group Kambagil ehf, formed by companies and individuals passionate about creating attractions in Iceland, partnered with Canadian zipline manufacturer ...

28 Nov 2022 UK: Merlin Entertainments Promotes Fiona Eastwood to Chief Operating Officer for Midway & Resort Theme Parks

With immediate effect, Fiona Eastwood (photo) assumes the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for UK-based operator group Merlin Entertainments’ Resort Theme Parks-division. Since 2019, Eastwood has already served as COO for Merlin’s global midway attractions including SEA LIFE aquariums, Madame Tussauds-branded waxworks cabinets and ...

28 Nov 2022 Germany: facts and fiction Creative Agency Expands Management Board

The interdisciplinary creative agency facts and fiction, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is strengthening its management team. In addition to the founder of the agency, Jörg Krauthäuser, and managing partner Dietmar Jähn, Marco Hückel and Sven Wolgram will also become managing partners of the agency, effective on January 1st, 2023. Both have been serving the company for many years ...

25 Nov 2022 Australia: Dreamworld Announces Multi-Million-Dollar Investment into New Attractions

Following the investment by the Dreamworld theme park in Australia, which belongs to the Ardent Leisure Group, in the new “Steel Taipan“ roller coaster from Mack Rides last year, the park‘s CEO Greg Yong has now announced new investments of over AUD 50 million in, among other things, new attractions and themed areas for the next two years ...

25 Nov 2022 Belgium: BoldMove Nation Introduces New “Raptor Expedition” Walkthrough Concept

BoldMove Nation, the Belgium-based specialist in media-based themed rides and attractions, has added a new walkthrough concept to its portfolio based on the “AR Portal” that the team unveiled at IAAPA Expo Europe in London this year (read also our report “Spotlight London” here in the EAP eReader) ...

25 Nov 2022 Germany: VDFU welcomes members of the Bundestag to first Parliamentary Round Table of the leisure industry

The Association of German Amusement Parks and Attractions (VDFU) invited politicians to a dialogue with the industry this week. Several members of the Bundestag gladly took the opportunity of this first “Parliamentary Round Table of the Leisure Industry” in the rooms of the German Parliamentary Society in Berlin to discuss current and future challenges ...

24 Nov 2022 Netherlands: Personnel Changes at Efteling Theme Park

The Dutch theme park Efteling has announced personnel changes. Maritza Gerber is leaving her position as country manager of the park, which she has held since 2008. With a 400 percent increase in visitor numbers from Germany, she has helped the park to notable successes, but now it is time for new projects, as she herself announced ...

24 Nov 2022 Spain: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Projection-Mapping Show

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, which opened in 1997, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and presents on this occasion an immersive projection-mapping show called “Immersions“ ...

23 Nov 2022 NL/Vietnam: Jora Vision Develops River Adventure Dark Ride for VinWonders Nha Thrang

Dutch company Jora Vision has announced that it is developing a dark ride for the VinWonders Nha Thrang Amusement Park in Vietnam. The boat dark ride, named “Tata World River Adventure Dark Ride“, will be the first of its kind in the entire park. The attraction is a 315-meter-long boat ride that includes ...

23 Nov 2022 Italy: Gardaland Resort announces a new Jumanji attraction for 2023

After the very successful launch of "Jumanji®-The Adventure" at Gardaland in April this year, which attracted more than one million guests during its launch season, a new Jumanji attraction is already being developed there for 2023. Only a few weeks ago, the park management of Chessington World of Adventures, which also is part of the Merlin Entertainments Group ...

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