Issue 3: May/June 2024

Topic Overview (Excerpt):

  • In conversation with Michael Mack, Patrick Marx & Lukas Metzger, Europa-Park
  • Catapult Falls at SeaWorld San Antonio
  • Strawberry fun & sausage highlight at Karls new Erlebnis-Dorf in Saxony
  • Fjord Explorer: Le PAL opens new water coaster
  • Tiki Tahiti Adventure – a "Flying Theater Dark Ride" in Thüle
  • Mundo Amazonia: Bellewaerde launches innovative water ride
  • Heide Park thrills with Demons Crypt
  • Loop5 – retailtainment near Darmstadt, Germany
  • World of Volvo: Modern Brand Experience opens its gates in Gothenburg
  • Cosmic Canyon: Relaunch of water slide line-up at AquaMagis
  • Nix & Hydra: Two newcomers at Therme București
  • Immersive Sky: Therme Euskirchen offers digital forest bathing
  • Sweets, treats, F&B trends & hightech for your park venue's gastronomy
  • Recap of first VDFU ConnEX event in Berlin
  • DEAL 2024: Impressions from the anniversary edition of the trade show
Special Feature
| Europa-Park presents world's first Stryker Coaster

Voltron: Welcome to the Electric Age

What has been catapulting Europa-Park’s brave visitors skywards since April 26 is not only one of the most anticipated roller coaster novelties of recent years, but also one of the best-staged launches for a new attraction... “Voltron Nevera” – the first new large roller coaster in the park since the Inverted Powered Coaster “Arthur” ten years ago – was also developed and built by the engineers at roller coaster manufacturer Mack Rides. This time, however, the creative minds at Germany’s largest theme park, which recorded more than six million visitors last year, have not only generated the special technology and engineering work as well as the creative storytelling entirely within the family business ...

Special Feature
| A positive forecast despite growing challenges

Waterpark Trend Report 2024

As in previous years, the European Waterpark Association (EWA) launched a member survey at the beginning of this year to analyze the current state of the European waterpark industry and to determine the general trend for the development of water parks in Europe. We are delighted to be able to present this valuable analysis – which focuses on water park operation-related issues such as labor shortages, energy price trends and the general development of the leisure market – for your daily work in this issue of the magazine.

Special Feature
| Building multinational teams & integrating foreign team members

Employee Recruitment Abroad

Europe’s theme and amusement parks have started the new season and are once again facing the challenge of finding a sufficient number of team members to ensure smooth operations and guest service, especially during the coming months. One way of countering staff shortages is to put out feelers to other countries and acquire international applicants for their own operations. Larger corporate and family-run theme parks, most of which also offer their own accommodation, are already successfully using this option to build up their seasonal workforce. Targeted employee acquisition abroad is of course accompanied by special challenges ...

Special Feature
| AI tools for creative design & solutions for higher pool safety

Artificial Intelligence: Smart Tools

Following our focus article on dynamic pricing in theme parks and attractions, which works in its current automated form using machine learning, and an introductory commentary on the current market development for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the economy in general, we now turn our attention to the many other possible uses of the technology in the leisure industry in particular. In this issue, we take a closer look at AI, particularly with regard to safety in swimming pools and the opportunities in creative design ...