Issue 2: March/April 2024

Topic Overview (Excerpt):

  • Chimelong Spaceship: China’s new large indoor theme park
  • Adventure District Bispingen: A new hub for versatile leisure fun
  • Casa Batlló: A popular Barcelona sight reinvents itself
  • “Jungle Twist” at Aquaparc Le Bouveret
  • Aqualibi’s Surf Bay
  • First IllusionSlide installed at PiKo Rodange
  • Wilderness at the Smokies: Expansion for slide enthusiasts
  • Aqua Reni: The new leisure & sports pool in Rheine
  • “The Island” opens new tube slide
  • Artificial Intelligence: A new field of opportunities


Special Feature
| How Sally & ETF brought the iconic IP alive

SpongeBob’s Crazy Carnival Ride

The world’s first SpongeBob-themed dark ride celebrates its opening at the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Under license from Paramount/Nickelodeon, an interactive themed ride has been created that takes park visitors on a vibrant funfair in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom. Passengers can try their luck at numerous “game booths” using interactive shooters. At the same time, however, the secret ingredients for the popular “Krabby Patty” must be kept secret from the villain Plankton. A next-level dark ride for an exciting SpongeBob adventure ...

Special Feature
| Europe’s Theme Parks Kick off New Season Full Steam Ahead!

Trend Barometer: Park Report 2023/24

After three extremely stressful years characterized by harsh restrictions, 2023 was expected to finally be a normal year again – also for the leisure and tourism sector. It should! But what did it actually look like? In our Park Report 2023/24, we analyze the past season and venture a forecast for the current year. Not only German, but also international tourism has recovered and theme and amusement parks in particular are proving to be popular destinations ...

Special Feature
| A special new escape room in Bad Steben, Germany

Dream Labs Adventures: Immersive Gameplay

“Davy Jones? Dead. Jack Sparrow? Out of the window. Barbossa? Wiped out. Even the toughest pirates just sit at home and howl quietly: Because the cruel ghost of the heartless pirate is up to his murderous mischief! The Caribbean is no longer the free pirate playground it once was.” – With these words, the website of the new Dream Labs Adventure in Bad Steben, Franconia (Germany), encourages people to visit an all-new escape game experience: “The Legend of the Heartless Pirate”. The new leisure offer was developed in collaboration with The Room Labs, which has been creating immersive experiences in the form of escape rooms since 2014 and attaches great importance to actually doing justice to the term of “immersive” ...

Special Feature
| Qatar’s New Waterpark with Superlative Attractions

Meryal Water Park on Qetaifan Islands

The artificial peninsula group Qetaifan Islands is located off Lusail, around half an hour’s drive from the Qatari capital Doha. The northern island is the most recently developed and is primarily intended to serve as an entertainment and tourism destination. One of the island’s best-known hotspots is the new Meryal Water Park, one of the most extraordinary water parks in the world and part of the “Qetaifan Island North” construction project, which was planned by the Qetaifan ProjectsCompany – a subsidiary of Katara Hospitality. In addition to the water park, the project also includes several hotels, a beach club, retail facilities such as a souq and other attractions ...

Topic outlook for issue 3/2024

  • Pure Ride Fun! These are the newly opened signature rides at European theme parks for the season’s kick-off.

  • Catapult Falls: The world’s first Launched Flume Coaster celebrates its debut at SeaWorld San Antonio.

  • AI for Kitchens: Exciting fields of application for AI in theme park & attraction restaurants & more F&B trends.

  • Trend Report Leisure Pools: Business report, topics and trends for swimming pools with a high experience factor.