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Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Life in Stages is a brand-new conversation series from the National Theatre profiling some of the biggest names in British theatre


Does the classic phrase ‘oldest ride, longest line’ hold up? Or are Disney’s newest attractions the way forward for the operator?


Godzilla the Ride: Great Kaiju Decisive Dominance Battle will be the signature attraction for Seibu-en’s new 1960s-themed Showa land


Charlie Brooker’s popular Netflix series Black Mirror is set to make its theme park debut next month, with the launch of a new VR maze experience at Thorpe Park


The song, titled ‘Light is in You’, forms the soundtrack to the new nighttime spectacular


The head of the island’s tourism commission takes the helm from May


A new touring experience will bring Thomas Dambo's folklore-inspired troll sculptures made out of reclaimed materials to outdoor venues worldwide


Adventure Cove is a nautical-themed land aimed at families


IAAPA to bring back its three major shows in person for the first time since the start of the global pandemic


Take a tour of Queen Elizabeth II’s back garden, with visitors allowed to explore the exteriors of Buckingham Palace unguided for the first time ever


The Royal Albert Hall has released a short film, narrated by Mick Jagger, to celebrate the anniversary


Egypt has celebrated the long-awaited opening of its National Museum of Egyptian Civilization with a procession of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies through Cairo


The ride will take guests on a madcap adventure with characters from the Flåklypa Universe


In recent years, museums across the US, Europe, Australia and beyond have had to face up to the issue of decolonisation. Cultural institutions possess artefacts historically taken from colonised countries and are now having to face up to that reality. But that’s not all...


The eagle-eyed fan who might have spotted Wakanda is Disneyland’s expansion plan, vital funding for the Game of Thrones Studio Tour, a long-awaited ban on cruise ships in central Venice and the technology powering Legoland New York’s most anticipated attraction. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Cruise ships are no longer welcome in Venice following a ruling by the Italian government


The London venue says the move will widen access to its performances while also enticing an audience fresh out of a national lockdown


The IAAPA Virtual Conference wants to help the industry ‘rebound, rebuild, and return to the fun’


The historic Chichén Itzá Maya has been closed to the public while Mexican authorities battle an influx of non mask-wearing tourists


The state-of-the-art visitor attraction will open later this year after securing a sizeable loan to part-finance the project


Twitter user HelmsmanFreddy appears to have discovered the secretive fictional nation of Wakanda in Disneyland’s new expansion plans


Unesco has revealed the extent of the effects of Covid 19, with only half of the world’s heritage sites fully open to the public


It’s been a landmark few weeks for Amazon, which recently launched its first till-less ‘just walk out’ stores in the UK. The shops remove tills and make retail a completely frictionless experience - something the visitor attractions sector should certainly be looking at


Peter Cliff explains how Lego is utilising Holovis technology to create a state-of-the-art interactive dark ride


The fourth shrine of Tutankhamun is heading to the Grand Egyotian Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe reopens for business, Paul Chutter on his new role at WhiteWater and Boris Johnson sparking controversy over the Elgin Marbles. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


The bid was backed by actors Sir Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman


Legoland Belgium could become a reality after Merlin and public investment fund Sogepa confirmed feasibility studies were currently underway for such a project


‘All Together For Animals’ is happening in aid of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ members


Comments from Boris Johnson aimed at drawing a line under the Elgin Marbles dispute are bound to ignite further controversy with the Greek people


The historic theatre in London will reopen with a series of Shakespeare classics starting in May


Visit Orlando has collaborated with a number of major theme parks for a consumer-facing virtual travel show


The partnership will see the launch of an initiative that aims to facilitate greater representation in the arts.


The long-awaited museum was reported to be ‘96.5%’ complete in August 2020


The Flying Kiss has firmly planted itself as one of China’s strangest attractions since its official launch in 2020


After being named president for one of the world’s leading waterpark manufacturers, we had a chat with Paul Chutter about his new role, working with his father and what it means for WhiteWater going forward


The sweet shop of space is most certainly open for business and some of the world’s richest people have their face pressed up against the window, but is there room for the visitor attractions industry?


With Warner Bros ending its live owl performances, Benedict Cumberbatch sending out a message of hope for the struggling culture sector, the first apes to be vaccinated against Covid and the luchadores taking a stand against non mask wearers, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Jean Nouvel have won a competition to design the new opera house in Shenzhen, while SANAA submitted the winning entry for the city's maritime museum


A new ‘at the door’ Covid test will give a result back in seconds, which could be huge in working towards bringing the visitor attractions sector back to full capacity attendance


It’s time to tackle an army of mutated mushrooms in a new collaboration from BoldMove and Triotech


The former operator of Drayton Manor theme park has been fined £1m after a girl died on a ride in 2017, but the penalty will never be paid as the company is in administration


No owls will be used in any licensed live productions, including at all Wonderful Wizarding World locations


Gold, jewels and ribbons, oh my! The first phase of Disney’s Cinderella Castle’s magical makeover begins


The Disney Cruise Line’s Lighthouse Project second port in the Bahamas has taken another step to becoming a reality after passing its environmental impact assessment


The great apes are the first to be vaccinated against COVID-19 following a breakout among the gorilla population earlier this year


Mexico’s famous luchadores are taking a stand against COVID-19, touring Latin America’s largest wholesale food market to promote mask wearing


The actor shared his story to raise awareness for the fund, which supports theatre workers in financial crisis


Zoo Guardians is available now on Android and iOS


With a Eurovision Museum making its way to Iceland, Michael Mack on ‘the toughest year in the history of our business’, Beetlejuice returning to Horror Nights and a man who owns an army of robot dinosaurs, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


As the attractions industry struggled in 2020, Europa-Park was no exception. Company CEO Michael Mack explains how the Mack family business navigated these troubled waters, as well as detailing a number of exciting plans for when the world finally starts to turn once again


The gallery was originally founded with the hope of bringing art to the working classes


The National Football Museum is telling the story of football and COVID-19 in England through the acquisition of 11 recently-acquired artefacts soon to be added to its collection


In part two of our exclusive interview with the man who advised on Jurassic Park and has his own army of robotic dinosaurs, ‘Dino’ Don Lessem returns to talk everything from the business of dinosaurs to the world-famous Trump Toilet


Following a dire 2020, Comcast’s Mike Cavanagh is predicting a much better year for Universal’s theme park division


They might well be playing Jaja Ding Dong at the new Eurovision Museum, coming to Húsavík, Iceland, later this year


Horror Nights celebrates its 30th anniversary with the man who started it all - Beetlejuice


Fauci was asked to donate a personal item to The Smithsonian’s upcoming ‘In Sickness and Health’ exhibit


Visitors will be able to learn about how Stonehenge was constructed and how it has changed over time


Disney has created a giant sand sculpture to celebrate the recent release of Raya and the Last Dragon


Super Nintendo World will finally open later this month, while Disneyland and California’s other major theme parks are set to reopen in April following a year of closure


Universal is rethinking elements of its Dr Seuss attractions after the book’s publisher removed number of titles from circulation


Europa Park and Mack Rides are two true titans of the theme park industry. On what would have been his 100th birthday, we take a look back at the man that started it all - the legendary Franz Mack


Could the Diamond Balloon soon be coming to a city near you?


Isle of Wight festival organisers say that they hope to bring back as many artists as they can for the later dates


Epcot’s Harmonious will be the largest nighttime illumination that Disney has ever produced


Don Lessem has gone from advising on Jurassic Park to building enough robotic dinosaurs that he could fill an entire zoo. In part one of our interview, we get a peek into the life of ‘Dino Don’, who talks about everything from Steven Spielberg to the real-life dinosaur that’s been named after him


David Walliams’ children’s book is being brought to life at Alton Towers, which has offered a first look at the ride opening April 12


Work has restarted on Universal’s fourth gate in Orlando, with Epic Universe now scheduled to open in early 2025


Coming to Canada in 2025, the multi-purpose venue will incorporate state-of-the-art features necessary to facilitate large-scale eSports events


dearMoon will see Elon Musk’s SpaceX make its inaugural tourist flight around the Moon, with Yusaku Maezawa footing the bill for eight lucky applicants


DriveINSIDE Theatre will allow visitors to get a dose of culture right from their cars


‘Songs of England’ explores traditional folk music associated with different heritage sites throughout England


Museum spaces should be a source of joy, debate, learning and fun


Coming to New York City in 2023, the Universal Hip Hop Museum (UHHM) is funding for its new home in the Bronx


Coral bleaching caused by climate change is turning the famous wonder white


Following an ITV documentary last year on Merlin’s world-first beluga sanctuary, John and Melanie Bishop are getting ‘hands on’ with the Sea Life Trust as its new patrons


With a legion of hardcore fans, visitor attractions could do with learning a thing or two from a place they probably hadn’t considered - the world of professional wrestling


With a Disney legend joining Virgin Galactic, Edvard Munch making like Banksy, Boris Johnson setting a roadmap and Peppa Pig making her way to Florida, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes is designed for diehard and casual fans alike


Rejoice preschoolers and parents - a Peppa Pig theme park is making its way to Florida


Experts previously speculated that the graffiti was a vandalism attempt


The CultArm3D has been developed to help museums digitise their collections


Six Flags lost 26 million visitors in 2020, with theme park attendances worldwide slashed as a result of the global pandemic


The rail-suspended dark ride opened at Disneyland, California, in 1955 and is believed to have been one of Walt Disney’s favourite attractions


The Isles of Scilly Museum is creating a series of pop-up ‘mini-museums’ to showcase its collection of more than 8,500 artefacts


Joe Rohde has swapped the most magical place on earth for the most magical place off of it, with the Disney legend joining Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic


As Disney celebrates Black History Month, Carmen Smith explains how the company is making efforts to ensure its attractions and experiences are relevant to guests


Build your own soap bottle droid with Imagine from Home


There’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel for attractions in Britain, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson laying out a roadmap to end restrictions in place at varying degrees for most of the last year


The success of an immersive attraction can be determined by the flow of people entering and exiting the space. Michelle Hicks explains how effective operations can help to optimise these experiences


Featuring the WWE, Hula Hoop supermo Elena Lev, Liseberg’s Andreas Andersen and a manatee called Lesley, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


The resort will include a 260,000 sq ft water park and luxury themed suites


Adam Reeves has created a range of immersive experiences at home and has now turned his attention to a new rollercoaster-themed game show


Omega Mart is officially open and with it comes Meow Wolf's 'man made high' Projected Desert


What does it take to make it to the elite level of circus performer? Cirque du Soleil veteran Elena Lev reveals all...


We still have a long way to go but theme parks all over the world are eyeing reopening dates, hinting that the global sector might be showing the first signs of recovery


Lesley the manatee has finally returned home


Cedar Fair recorded a US$572m operating loss in 2020 with the operator only able to open its doors for 22% of the year


Students on the SEAS programme were tasked with developing two interactive museum exhibits with an emphasis on accessibility


Raya and the Last Dragon is coming to Animal Kingdom, with new experiences including a 40-tonne sand sculpture and a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming movie


Why has the UK theme park market changed from one targeting high action thrillseekers to one now seeking to welcome a family audience?


While COVID-19 has been a huge disruptor globally, businesses are using this time to reshape their operations for the better


Part of Universal’s new immersive world might not actually be a part of the Nintendo universe


The 100-year-old key was posted to English Heritage customer services with a note apologising for the 48-year delay


Featuring Sonic, Nicholas Cage, Gandhi and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


Scream if you wanna go faster! Welcome to the theme park experience built inside content creator Parkspill’s house


Combined Q1 results saw losses of US$1.06bn for Disney’s theme parks domestically and globally


UK lockdown restrictions have left six in 10 museums, galleries and historic houses concerned for their survival post-pandemic


Dippy22 has already built Toad’s Cafe and Peach’s Castle and, once completed, will release the park as a playable map


Former Sega CEO Tom Kalinske will be the first of the Strong Museum’s guests in its new ‘Cocktails with the Creators’ Zoom series


One of India’s highest security prisons has opened to the public, with educational tours taking visitors inside the place where Mahatma Gandhi was held prisoner for several years


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won the Super Bowl, with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski punching their ticket to the happiest place on earth


Louis Ailot - mayor of the French city of Perpignan and deputy leader of far right National Rally political party - has reopened the city’s museums, claiming that the French need “access to culture”.


Scotland’s animal attractions have been offered some much-needed funding to support animal care and conservation work during the pandemic


Get a new perspective on Island of Adventure’s popular story coaster with this 360 degree look at the ride experience


Geoff Ellis says the vaccine rollouts are ‘encouraging’ for the festival sector, which has been hard hit by the Coronavirus pandemic


Disney has created a special event allowing California Adventure to reopen under current state guidelines


The castle will be located in the Witch Valley area of the park and is expected to open in March 2024


You can now explore the pandemic’s digital history thanks to Twitter and the Museum of London


Featuring a dog, a doge, Soul’s Epcot debut and Taylor Swift’s legal issues, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


The Art of Engineering has developed a program capable of designing optimised track layouts


Members of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions are creating virtual experiences to aid homeschooling as Britain’s lockdown continues


Coachella and Stagecoach will not be able to go ahead due to the ‘dire COVID-19 situation’ in California


Legislators in the state want large theme parks including Disneyland to reopen earlier than current COVID guidelines currently allow


Sniffer dogs are being given new training in the fight against Covid-19


The Utah theme park says the star’s latest album infringes on its trademark


Inspired by Disney Pixar’s latest release, The Soul of Jazz will explore the history of the musical art form in America


After six straight correct predictions, is Nicholas the dolphin the greatest sport pundit in history?


As the world fights back against Covid, so does the visitor attractions community, which is offering its sites up as mass vaccination centres


New research could change the way plastic is recycled, offering attractions a greener alternative in the future


The zoo says it only has enough reserve finances to last another month


Thomas Becket: Murder and the Making of a Saint has been dubbed a real-life ‘Game of Thrones’


Amsterdam could be a very different place in 2021, with plans to ban tourists from cannabis cafés and to move the Red Light District away from the city centre


Cruise Saudi will develop ports and terminals in several cities and tourist destinations, as well as itineraries that explore Saudi heritage and culture


Are plastic bubbles the future of live music?


All Aboard! This Nintendo-adorned train will ferry consumers to Universal’s Super Nintendo World when the new land opens in 2021


Featuring Men in Black, Willie Nelson, Chernobyl and of course Yoda, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


As more and more people are vaccinated against Covid-19, Comcast executives have predicted a huge upswing in business for Universal’s theme parks division


The platform will help to recoup revenue lost as a result of the ongoing pandemic


In the pandemic world, museums engaging with their audience through digital has become an essential process. Klaus Sommer Paulsen explores this evolution to and asks how it will define the museum of the future


COVID-19 has had a major effect on Universal’s bottom line, with the operator recording huge losses in 2020


There are parts of Chernobyl so dangerous you could die in minutes just standing there but that’s not stopping tourists who are visiting the exclusion zone in record numbers


The 160ft text work was created to shed light on racial inequality and police brutality in America.


Dolphins will not longer feature in the Poseidon Theatre at Parc Asterix with a new attraction to take its place


More than 20 years since it first opened the Men in Black dark ride is still one of the most popular attractions at Universal Studios Orlando


The boat ride, first opened in 1955, is getting an overhaul ‘to reflect and value diversity’


Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition has been touring since 2012


A converted steel factory and Butchart-inspired gardens are at heart of Shanghai’s newest and largest parkland and culture zone


Almost cold as ice, Bart Dohmen, CEO of Unlimited Snow, explains how new technology is transforming the snow play experience for visitors and improving the bottom line


Nickelodeon, China Leisure and JRA have collaborated on Shenzhen's brand new Nickelodeon-themed Family Entertainment Centre at the OCT Happy Harbor retail and entertainment complex


New video from Meow Wolf shows the country music legend in a way you’ve almost certainly never seen before


Set to open in spring 2021, the new museum will make Milton Keynes a hub for sci-fi enthusiasts across the country


The World Tourism and Travel Council predicts a best-case scenario, which will see 111 million jobs return to the travel and tourism sector this year


Kept indoors by the global pandemic and missing Disney’s parks, this fan recreated the iconic fireworks show at home using a projector and a 3D printer


A COVID-safe version of the popular show is expected to open in the summer


Go behind the scenes with two of the men responsible for the creation of Disney’s jaw-dropping Star Wars attractions


Taking a look at all the top stories from the last seven days, The Week will be available right here on planetattractions.com


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


Shanghai Disneyland is gearing up for the Chinese New Year


Base camp gallery hopes to raise awareness of Everest trash problem


Saga will now resume operations in May in order to allow its customers enough time to get vaccinated


WhiteWater showcases Jungala Aqua Experience - a luxury waterpark designed to blend in with its surroundings


She usually serves clients such as Russell Brand, Demi Lovato and 50 Cent but now Maeve Reilly is turning her attentions to Mickey and Minnie for a new line of Disney merchandise


The world-famous Glastonbury music festival will not go ahead in 2021 ‘with great regret’


The proposed attraction will “connect the night sky to life on earth through STEM education and leading-edge experiences”


Spider-Man himself reveals all about his new dark ride attraction coming to Disneyland later this year


Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park ordered to surrender tiger and lion cubs, along with their mothers to the federal government.


Despite an extremely challenging year, Disney has continued to give back to charities across the world


Did you know that Efteling and Legoland had their own videogames? Which was your favourite? This is a brief history of theme park management games.


The giant orange effigy of US President Donald Trump is set to be added to the Museum of London’s permanent collection


The renovation is the most significant in the gallery’s 89-year history


IAAPA has moved its annual Asian Expo to Shanghai


Imagineering veteran and founder of the Designer's Creative Studio, Theron Skees, reveals how to take a brand concept and transform it into a physical environment


Oceania Cruises will set sail for a new cruise in their “Around The World In 180 Days” sailings.


The spinning coaster by Mack Rides represents a €17.5m investment and is the first ride to be themed after a music festival


Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty reveals all about the making of Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios


Work has begun to redevelop Berlin’s former Spreepark into a cultural attraction


Disneyland is on course to remain shut for an entire year, with COVID-19 surging in the state of California


A surge in Coronavirus cases has put Nintendo’s theme park debut on hold for the time-being


Viewist delves into the history of Six Flags’ Monster Mansion


Comedian Ricky Gervais wants to be fed to the lions when he dies but London Zoo doesn’t seem too keen on the idea...


The park has been closed for nearly 10 months and will now offer its services as a vaccine distribution centre


Step into Claudia Bueno’s aquarium-style installation at Meow Wolf Las Vegas and experience the slow, oscillating movements of natural life


Friends of the Animals is seeking an injunction against the the Mystic Aquarium, which is trying to import five beluga whales from Canada’s Marineland


Curators are focusing their acquisition efforts on the National Mall but hope to work with the Capitol Building


Visitor numbers at the world-famous museum have plummeted 72% over the last year


‘Sparking visitors with hope, light and connectivity’, Bruge’s WinterGlow returned in December for a series of installations across the historic city


The experience will feature memorabilia and memories curated by Def Leppard


Delayed by more than two years, the NOK6.05bn project will become the largest art museum in any Nordic country when it opens


Traditional audiences need to broaden their audiences and generate some much-need income by partnering with big-name IPs


Here are the top stories from Planet Attractions since the start of the year


Businessman Mario Celso Lopes is planning to transform the economic landscape of his hometown by building one of the largest waterparks in Latin America


The second round of NLHF’s Culture Recovery Fund makes £36m available for sites across Britain


The long-awaited museum is now expected to open in spring 2021 after experiencing a number of delays tied to the Coronavirus pandemic


The ‘cinematic’ performance follows the tragic story of poet André Chénier who was executed during the French Revolution


How do you operate a zoo when your customers aren’t allowed to visit? Chester Zoo MD Jamie Christon tells Planet Attractions how the attraction made it through 2020 and what management’s outlook is for 2021


Industry leaders have urged the British government to set out reasonable return timetable for mass gatherings and to introduce insurance policies to provide stability for the country’s music festivals


The UK’s only giant pandas might not be able to stay in Scotland, with Edinburgh Zoo facing a £2m deficit


The Gold Coast theme park and animal attraction is bringing back its popular Carnivale festival later this month


If Skynet does enslave us, we sincerely hope it’s through the art of dance...


Grupo Xcaret says its new landmark attractions will now open at the end of the year - 12 months later than originally planned


The new museum will include unreleased music and other memorabilia from the late EDM artist


Expedition Theme Park has delved into the rocky past of the iconic EuroStar


Take a look at the Australian Museum’s A$57.5m redevelopment


Recognising the world’s most astonishing attractions, Planet Attractions names 2021’s Wonder Award winners


The government has finally greenlit long standing plans from the Smithsonian for an American Latino Museum and a Women’s History Museum


Disney report outlines company’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and plastic waste by 2030


Bolt will become the world’s first rollercoaster to operate at sea when Carnival’s Mardis Gras sets sail in April


Wish fulfilled! Disney has offered a first look at the newest ship in its fleet - ‘Disney Wish’


The British institution highlights the challenges COVID-19 has presented to maintain and present the thousands of priceless works in its collection


A happy holidays and a quick thank you from us


Seasons greetings! Walt Disney Imagineering shares a message of peace and hope for the coming year.


See the Dickens Museum take its performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ online with actor Dominic Gerrard


TheJackSilkstone, Screwy Loops and ArchNemesis are among this year’s winners


ELLO, ELLO, ELLO! The former police station will welcome visitors as soon as COVID restrictions allow


Architects PAU will handle the rockin’ expansion for Cleveland-based music Hall of Fame


What went right? What went wrong? What happened to that giant Ferris wheel - here’s what happened to the flagship Times Square store for Toys R Us


Heigh Ho! Disney gives viewers a sneak peek at new Snow White dark ride


Several previous attempts to redevelop the park have all fallen through


The renowned naturalist and documentarian has backed zoos and aquariums for their work in conservation and education


From street art to street food, the 2021 Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts has it all


A year of programming will build to the UN conference on Climate Change in 2021


Read the top stories from Planet Attractions this week


New training courses for themed entertainment professional will be available in January


Holovis CEO Stuart Hetherington talks to Planet Attractions about the past 12 months, major projects and the future of technology in the world of attractions


Be among the first to see new features inside Universal Studios’ Super Nintendo World


Rounding up all the biggest news from across the industry’s publications and associations


Combining cutting-edge technology with traditional stagecraft, a new virtual reality experience from the Royal Opera House will make its grand debut in 2021


Get a sneak peek of the arts festival ahead of its 19 December launch in Melbourne


With attractions forced to close and the public ordered to stay at home, it might not be a surprise that ‘virtual museum tours’ experienced a huge surge in Google searches for 2020.


Get a first person look at The Shredder courtesy of ThemePark HD


It’s been a tough year for Drayton Manor, which has had to endure flooding, COVID-19, administration and now fire.


The popular Belgian IP will be the main focus of a brand-new media-led family attraction


Europa Nostra has announced which of Europe's heritage sites are most at risk


Tier three is a major blow for London’s theatre venues, which had only just been given permission to reopen a few weeks ago


The US$55m Branson aquarium is home to more than 7,500 sea creatures and a 55ft light up octopus called Aquarius


And they lived happily ever after! Inside Jordan Fisher and Ellie Woods’ Disney World wedding


Gundam Factory Yokohama makes its official debut later this month


With voting currently underway for this year’s Clamshell Awards, we’ve taken a look at each of the nominees.



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Survey reveals Disney World’s most popular attractions




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From The Industry: Disney’s new dress code, COVID-safe cruise excursions and the art of noodles
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Olivia Colman, Adrian Lester and Jessie Buckley among performers set to appear in new National Theatre interview series
Life in Stages is a brand-new conversation series from the National Theatre profiling some of the biggest names in British theatre


Survey reveals Disney World’s most popular attractions
Does the classic phrase ‘oldest ride, longest line’ hold up? Or are Disney’s newest attractions the way forward for the operator?


Godzilla dark ride attraction set to debut in Japan
Godzilla the Ride: Great Kaiju Decisive Dominance Battle will be the signature attraction for Seibu-en’s new 1960s-themed Showa land


World-first Black Mirror Labyrinth coming to Thorpe Park in May
Charlie Brooker’s popular Netflix series Black Mirror is set to make its theme park debut next month, with the launch of a new VR maze experience at Thorpe Park


McFly’s Tom Fletcher writes song for Illuminate! A Nighttime Celebration at Shanghai Disney Resort
The song, titled ‘Light is in You’, forms the soundtrack to the new nighttime spectacular


Embattled, beloved: Hong Kong’s Ocean Park gets interim CEO in wake of latest bailout
The head of the island’s tourism commission takes the helm from May


Thomas Dambo and Imagine Exhibitions team up for travelling troll exhibition
A new touring experience will bring Thomas Dambo's folklore-inspired troll sculptures made out of reclaimed materials to outdoor venues worldwide


Drayton Manor reopens following UK lockdown with new nautical-inspired land
Adventure Cove is a nautical-themed land aimed at families


IAAPA announces return of three major expos in 2021
IAAPA to bring back its three major shows in person for the first time since the start of the global pandemic


Royal Collection Trust offers public special unguided access to Buckingham Palace gardens
Take a tour of Queen Elizabeth II’s back garden, with visitors allowed to explore the exteriors of Buckingham Palace unguided for the first time ever


Royal Albert Hall celebrates milestone anniversary as the iconic London venue turns 150
The Royal Albert Hall has released a short film, narrated by Mick Jagger, to celebrate the anniversary


Egypt holds grand parade as ancient mummies are moved to new home
Egypt has celebrated the long-awaited opening of its National Museum of Egyptian Civilization with a procession of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies through Cairo


WATCH: Simworx partners with Norway’s Hunderfossen Familie Park on new Hyperakselerator attraction
The ride will take guests on a madcap adventure with characters from the Flåklypa Universe


The tough challenge of decolonisation
In recent years, museums across the US, Europe, Australia and beyond have had to face up to the issue of decolonisation. Cultural institutions possess artefacts historically taken from colonised countries and are now having to face up to that reality. But that’s not all...


The Week: Wakanda in Disneyland? The Game of Thrones Studio Tour, Venice’s cruise ban and Holovis at Legoland
The eagle-eyed fan who might have spotted Wakanda is Disneyland’s expansion plan, vital funding for the Game of Thrones Studio Tour, a long-awaited ban on cruise ships in central Venice and the technology powering Legoland New York’s most anticipated attraction. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


From The Community: The many lives of Land of Oz, a ride on the Wonder Woman coaster and buying Thorpe Park?
Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


From The Industry: The Disney BritCruise, the relationship between Covid and museums, and honouring a Star Trek legend
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Cruise ships banned in Venice as city aims to protect cultural heritage
Cruise ships are no longer welcome in Venice following a ruling by the Italian government


Battersea Arts Centre adopts ‘Pay What You Can’ model in attempt to reconnect with post-lockdown audience
The London venue says the move will widen access to its performances while also enticing an audience fresh out of a national lockdown


IAAPA gearing up for virtual conference next week
The IAAPA Virtual Conference wants to help the industry ‘rebound, rebuild, and return to the fun’


Mexican World Heritage site closed over non mask-wearing tourists
The historic Chichén Itzá Maya has been closed to the public while Mexican authorities battle an influx of non mask-wearing tourists


Game of Thrones Studio Tour takes huge step forwards after securing £10m package to fund development
The state-of-the-art visitor attraction will open later this year after securing a sizeable loan to part-finance the project


Did a Disney fan just spot Wakanda in Disneyland Forward plans?
Twitter user HelmsmanFreddy appears to have discovered the secretive fictional nation of Wakanda in Disneyland’s new expansion plans


Nearly a quarter of the world’s heritage sites remain closed due to COVID-19
Unesco has revealed the extent of the effects of Covid 19, with only half of the world’s heritage sites fully open to the public


It’s time for a retail revolution
It’s been a landmark few weeks for Amazon, which recently launched its first till-less ‘just walk out’ stores in the UK. The shops remove tills and make retail a completely frictionless experience - something the visitor attractions sector should certainly be looking at


HoloTrac - The revolutionary technology powering Legoland’s newest attraction
Peter Cliff explains how Lego is utilising Holovis technology to create a state-of-the-art interactive dark ride


The Week: A new home for Tutankhamun, the return of Shakespearean theatre, WhiteWater’s new president and the fate of the Elgin Marbles
The fourth shrine of Tutankhamun is heading to the Grand Egyotian Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe reopens for business, Paul Chutter on his new role at WhiteWater and Boris Johnson sparking controversy over the Elgin Marbles. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


From The Industry: Government interference in heritage, the attraction rewarding vaccination and the Disney IP that nearly started a Tunisian war
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Celebrity-backed crowdfunding campaign to transform JRR Tolkien house into cultural hub fails to reach goal
The bid was backed by actors Sir Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman


Merlin identifies Belgium as next location for potential Legoland theme park
Legoland Belgium could become a reality after Merlin and public investment fund Sogepa confirmed feasibility studies were currently underway for such a project


AZA to host virtual concert in support of US zoos and aquariums
‘All Together For Animals’ is happening in aid of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ members


Elgin Marbles ‘legally acquired’ says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Comments from Boris Johnson aimed at drawing a line under the Elgin Marbles dispute are bound to ignite further controversy with the Greek people


Shakespeare’s Globe to reopen in May as iconic venue announces summer season of performances
The historic theatre in London will reopen with a series of Shakespeare classics starting in May


Visit Orlando to host first-of-its-kind virtual experiential travel show
Visit Orlando has collaborated with a number of major theme parks for a consumer-facing virtual travel show


Chanel teams up with National Portrait Gallery to highlight women’s ‘urgent and untold stories’
The partnership will see the launch of an initiative that aims to facilitate greater representation in the arts.


Grand Egyptian Museum welcomes Tutankhamun shrine as it prepares for 2021 opening
The long-awaited museum was reported to be ‘96.5%’ complete in August 2020


One of China’s most bizarre new attractions is dividing public opinion
The Flying Kiss has firmly planted itself as one of China’s strangest attractions since its official launch in 2020


Making a splash: Paul Chutter on his new role at the head of WhiteWater
After being named president for one of the world’s leading waterpark manufacturers, we had a chat with Paul Chutter about his new role, working with his father and what it means for WhiteWater going forward


The final fun-tier: Is it time to take space tourism seriously?
The sweet shop of space is most certainly open for business and some of the world’s richest people have their face pressed up against the window, but is there room for the visitor attractions industry?


The Week: Final flight of the owls at Harry Potter attractions, Benedict Cumberbatch’s message for culture and the luchadores fighting Covid
With Warner Bros ending its live owl performances, Benedict Cumberbatch sending out a message of hope for the struggling culture sector, the first apes to be vaccinated against Covid and the luchadores taking a stand against non mask wearers, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


From The Industry: Art and business with Meow Wolf, a giant blue cockerel and Walk the Woodie at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Jean Nouvel and SANAA announced as winning designs for Shenzhen’s new opera house and maritime museum
Jean Nouvel have won a competition to design the new opera house in Shenzhen, while SANAA submitted the winning entry for the city's maritime museum


New 15-second Covid test could prove gamechanger for attractions
A new ‘at the door’ Covid test will give a result back in seconds, which could be huge in working towards bringing the visitor attractions sector back to full capacity attendance


BoldMove and Triotech partner for new dark ride attraction
It’s time to tackle an army of mutated mushrooms in a new collaboration from BoldMove and Triotech


Former Drayton Manor operator handed £1m fine following ride death
The former operator of Drayton Manor theme park has been fined £1m after a girl died on a ride in 2017, but the penalty will never be paid as the company is in administration


Warner Bros to stop use of live owls at Harry Potter attractions
No owls will be used in any licensed live productions, including at all Wonderful Wizarding World locations


Disney’s Cinderella Castle undergoes magical makeover for Magic Kingdom’s landmark anniversary
Gold, jewels and ribbons, oh my! The first phase of Disney’s Cinderella Castle’s magical makeover begins


Disney’s Lighthouse Point slated for 2024 after plans pass environmental impact assessment
The Disney Cruise Line’s Lighthouse Project second port in the Bahamas has taken another step to becoming a reality after passing its environmental impact assessment


San Diego Zoo becomes world’s first zoo to vaccinate great ape population against COVID-19
The great apes are the first to be vaccinated against COVID-19 following a breakout among the gorilla population earlier this year


Pro wrestling luchadores take the fight to COVID in Mexico City’s Central de Abastos
Mexico’s famous luchadores are taking a stand against COVID-19, touring Latin America’s largest wholesale food market to promote mask wearing


WATCH: Benedict Cumberbatch shares acting turning point in support of Theatre Artists Fund
The actor shared his story to raise awareness for the fund, which supports theatre workers in financial crisis


WATCH: Smithsonian’s National Zoo launches trailer for new mobile game
Zoo Guardians is available now on Android and iOS


The Week: Eurovision in Husavik, Michael Mack on Europa-Park’s year and the man behind Jurassic Park’s dinosaurs
With a Eurovision Museum making its way to Iceland, Michael Mack on ‘the toughest year in the history of our business’, Beetlejuice returning to Horror Nights and a man who owns an army of robot dinosaurs, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


From The Industry: Ratatouille, the long, long winter and the Academy Museum
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Europa-Park’s Michael Mack: The toughest year in the history of our business
As the attractions industry struggled in 2020, Europa-Park was no exception. Company CEO Michael Mack explains how the Mack family business navigated these troubled waters, as well as detailing a number of exciting plans for when the world finally starts to turn once again


London’s Whitechapel Gallery reaches milestone as historic institution celebrates 120th anniversary
The gallery was originally founded with the hope of bringing art to the working classes


National Football Museum acquires artefacts to tell the story of English football in pandemic Britain
The National Football Museum is telling the story of football and COVID-19 in England through the acquisition of 11 recently-acquired artefacts soon to be added to its collection


Part Two: Meet ‘Dino’ Don Lessem - The business of dinosaurs, the Trump toilet and the future of robotics
In part two of our exclusive interview with the man who advised on Jurassic Park and has his own army of robotic dinosaurs, ‘Dino’ Don Lessem returns to talk everything from the business of dinosaurs to the world-famous Trump Toilet


Universal ‘back on the offensive’ says Comcast CFO Mike Cavanagh
Following a dire 2020, Comcast’s Mike Cavanagh is predicting a much better year for Universal’s theme park division


Eurovision Museum coming to Húsavík after Iceland’s government awards development funding
They might well be playing Jaja Ding Dong at the new Eurovision Museum, coming to Húsavík, Iceland, later this year


Beetlejuice headlines as Universal announces return of Halloween Horror Nights for 2021
Horror Nights celebrates its 30th anniversary with the man who started it all - Beetlejuice


Dr Anthony Fauci donates personal 3D printed Coronavirus model to The Smithsonian
Fauci was asked to donate a personal item to The Smithsonian’s upcoming ‘In Sickness and Health’ exhibit


Stonehenge exhibit to open at Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Visitors will be able to learn about how Stonehenge was constructed and how it has changed over time


WATCH: The making of Animal Kingdom’s 40-tonne Raya and the Last Dragon sand sculpture
Disney has created a giant sand sculpture to celebrate the recent release of Raya and the Last Dragon


Super Nintendo World and Disneyland among parks given reopening green light
Super Nintendo World will finally open later this month, while Disneyland and California’s other major theme parks are set to reopen in April following a year of closure


Dropped Dr Seuss titles leads Universal to ‘evaluate’ Islands of Adventure’s Seuss Landing
Universal is rethinking elements of its Dr Seuss attractions after the book’s publisher removed number of titles from circulation


Celebrating an icon - Remembering Europa Park founder Franz Mack on his 100th birthday
Europa Park and Mack Rides are two true titans of the theme park industry. On what would have been his 100th birthday, we take a look back at the man that started it all - the legendary Franz Mack


Diamond Balloon - a revolutionary new take on viewing experiences
Could the Diamond Balloon soon be coming to a city near you?


Isle of Wight festival pushed to September as Download and Primavera get the axe
Isle of Wight festival organisers say that they hope to bring back as many artists as they can for the later dates


WATCH: Disney’s Harmonious illumination takes shape as Icon Ring is installed at Epcot
Epcot’s Harmonious will be the largest nighttime illumination that Disney has ever produced


Part One: Meet ‘Dino’ Don Lessem - The man who advised on Jurassic Park and has his own army of robotic dinosaurs
Don Lessem has gone from advising on Jurassic Park to building enough robotic dinosaurs that he could fill an entire zoo. In part one of our interview, we get a peek into the life of ‘Dino Don’, who talks about everything from Steven Spielberg to the real-life dinosaur that’s been named after him


WATCH: Go behind the scenes of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny: The Ride at Alton Towers
David Walliams’ children’s book is being brought to life at Alton Towers, which has offered a first look at the ride opening April 12


Universal’s highly-anticipated Epic Universe resumes construction in Orlando
Work has restarted on Universal’s fourth gate in Orlando, with Epic Universe now scheduled to open in early 2025


Proposal for 7,000-seat stadium aims to make Toronto a global hub for eSport competition
Coming to Canada in 2025, the multi-purpose venue will incorporate state-of-the-art features necessary to facilitate large-scale eSports events


Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is offering the public a chance to become the world’s first space tourists
dearMoon will see Elon Musk’s SpaceX make its inaugural tourist flight around the Moon, with Yusaku Maezawa footing the bill for eight lucky applicants


Brian Blessed to perform at drive-in theatre coming to Manchester in May
DriveINSIDE Theatre will allow visitors to get a dose of culture right from their cars


Exploring English Heritage through song with The Nest Collective
‘Songs of England’ explores traditional folk music associated with different heritage sites throughout England


Young people must be at the heart of museums’ post-pandemic plans, says Museum of London director
Museum spaces should be a source of joy, debate, learning and fun


Universal Hip Hop Museum offers virtual tours as developers seek to raise US$100m in funding
Coming to New York City in 2023, the Universal Hip Hop Museum (UHHM) is funding for its new home in the Bronx


Great Barrier Reef in poor condition as global warming drives bleaching effect
Coral bleaching caused by climate change is turning the famous wonder white


John and Melanie Bishop named first ever patrons of the Sea Life Trust
Following an ITV documentary last year on Merlin’s world-first beluga sanctuary, John and Melanie Bishop are getting ‘hands on’ with the Sea Life Trust as its new patrons


Don’t ignore your rivals
With a legion of hardcore fans, visitor attractions could do with learning a thing or two from a place they probably hadn’t considered - the world of professional wrestling


The Week: Joe Rohde shoots for the stars, restrictions lifted and Peppa Pig’s new Florida home
With a Disney legend joining Virgin Galactic, Edvard Munch making like Banksy, Boris Johnson setting a roadmap and Peppa Pig making her way to Florida, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


From The Industry: Underwater attractions, become an astronaut and restoring art from the capitol riots
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry to celebrate 80 years of Marvel when it reopens in March
Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes is designed for diehard and casual fans alike


Stand-alone Peppa Pig theme park coming to Legoland Florida in 2022
Rejoice preschoolers and parents - a Peppa Pig theme park is making its way to Florida


Edvard Munch revealed to be mystery graffiti artist who wrote on The Scream
Experts previously speculated that the graffiti was a vandalism attempt


New technology creates 3D-scanned replicas of priceless artefacts at the push of a button
The CultArm3D has been developed to help museums digitise their collections


Six Flags attendance plummets in 2020 as theme park attendance across the board drops in the face of COVID-19
Six Flags lost 26 million visitors in 2020, with theme park attendances worldwide slashed as a result of the global pandemic


WATCH: Ride and learn on-board Peter Pan’s Flight at Disneyland Paris
The rail-suspended dark ride opened at Disneyland, California, in 1955 and is believed to have been one of Walt Disney’s favourite attractions


The museum that beat COVID by going mobile
The Isles of Scilly Museum is creating a series of pop-up ‘mini-museums’ to showcase its collection of more than 8,500 artefacts


Disney Imagineering icon Joe Rohde joins Virgin Galactic as experience architect
Joe Rohde has swapped the most magical place on earth for the most magical place off of it, with the Disney legend joining Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic


Disney’s Carmen Smith on reimagining experiences with inclusivity in mind
As Disney celebrates Black History Month, Carmen Smith explains how the company is making efforts to ensure its attractions and experiences are relevant to guests


Disney Imagineering partners with ABC for ‘one-of-a-kind’ DIY Disney experience
Build your own soap bottle droid with Imagine from Home


England’s theme parks, museums and zoos to reopen in April, as Boris Johnson sets out roadmap to end national lockdown
There’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel for attractions in Britain, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson laying out a roadmap to end restrictions in place at varying degrees for most of the last year


Effective operations within a storied environment
The success of an immersive attraction can be determined by the flow of people entering and exiting the space. Michelle Hicks explains how effective operations can help to optimise these experiences


The Week: Lessons from Vince McMahon, Cirque du Soleil and Andreas Andersen
Featuring the WWE, Hula Hoop supermo Elena Lev, Liseberg’s Andreas Andersen and a manatee called Lesley, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


From The Industry: Notre Dame two years on, Tracy McGrady’s new restaurant and the plants of Jurassic World
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


Mexico’s first Nickelodeon resort to open in June
The resort will include a 260,000 sq ft water park and luxury themed suites


Meet the theme park fan who creates immersive experiences and rollercoaster game shows in his back garden
Adam Reeves has created a range of immersive experiences at home and has now turned his attention to a new rollercoaster-themed game show


WATCH: Projection mapping a desert landscape with Meow Wolf
Omega Mart is officially open and with it comes Meow Wolf's 'man made high' Projected Desert


WATCH: Learn from a master of the Hula Hoop with Cirque du Soleil
What does it take to make it to the elite level of circus performer? Cirque du Soleil veteran Elena Lev reveals all...


Global theme park sector starting to show signs of recovery as multiple attractions set reopening dates
We still have a long way to go but theme parks all over the world are eyeing reopening dates, hinting that the global sector might be showing the first signs of recovery


SeaWorld releases Lesley the manatee back into the wild
Lesley the manatee has finally returned home


Cedar Fair attendance down 25.3 million as pandemic continues to rattle theme park industry
Cedar Fair recorded a US$572m operating loss in 2020 with the operator only able to open its doors for 22% of the year


Smithsonian partners with Yale students to develop accessible museum experiences
Students on the SEAS programme were tasked with developing two interactive museum exhibits with an emphasis on accessibility


Disney’s Animal Kingdom celebrates release of Raya and the Last Dragon with new themed experiences
Raya and the Last Dragon is coming to Animal Kingdom, with new experiences including a 40-tonne sand sculpture and a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming movie


Where have all thrillseekers gone?
Why has the UK theme park market changed from one targeting high action thrillseekers to one now seeking to welcome a family audience?


From volume to value: Making positive change during a global pandemic
While COVID-19 has been a huge disruptor globally, businesses are using this time to reshape their operations for the better


Universal may have accidentally included a fan made design in Super Nintendo World
Part of Universal’s new immersive world might not actually be a part of the Nintendo universe


Missing key returned to Norman tower 50 years after it disappeared
The 100-year-old key was posted to English Heritage customer services with a note apologising for the 48-year delay


The Week: The man behind Sonic, Nicholas Cage: The Ride and the Bucs are going to Disney World
Featuring Sonic, Nicholas Cage, Gandhi and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


From The Industry: Trendswatch, Cars Week and the rise of ‘vaccine tourism’
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


WATCH: Building a theme park inside your own house
Scream if you wanna go faster! Welcome to the theme park experience built inside content creator Parkspill’s house


Pandemic sees Disney’s parks revenue down 53 percent in first quarter
Combined Q1 results saw losses of US$1.06bn for Disney’s theme parks domestically and globally


UK museums ‘fighting for survival’ warns Art Fund
UK lockdown restrictions have left six in 10 museums, galleries and historic houses concerned for their survival post-pandemic


Super Nintendo World is currently under construction in Minecraft
Dippy22 has already built Toad’s Cafe and Peach’s Castle and, once completed, will release the park as a playable map


Meet the man who turned Sonic into a global phenomenon with the Strong Museum
Former Sega CEO Tom Kalinske will be the first of the Strong Museum’s guests in its new ‘Cocktails with the Creators’ Zoom series


Indian prison which once held Gandhi opens to visitors
One of India’s highest security prisons has opened to the public, with educational tours taking visitors inside the place where Mahatma Gandhi was held prisoner for several years


WATCH: Super Bowl winners Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are going to Disney World!
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won the Super Bowl, with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski punching their ticket to the happiest place on earth


French mayor flouts Covid restrictions to controversially reopen local museums
Louis Ailot - mayor of the French city of Perpignan and deputy leader of far right National Rally political party - has reopened the city’s museums, claiming that the French need “access to culture”.


Scottish government provides £2.5m in emergency funding for zoos and aquariums
Scotland’s animal attractions have been offered some much-needed funding to support animal care and conservation work during the pandemic


WATCH: Get a 360 degree view of Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
Get a new perspective on Island of Adventure’s popular story coaster with this 360 degree look at the ride experience


‘Too soon’ to axe Scotland’s summer events, says TRNSMT festival boss
Geoff Ellis says the vaccine rollouts are ‘encouraging’ for the festival sector, which has been hard hit by the Coronavirus pandemic


A full year after closing, Disney’s California Adventure Park is set to reopen for a 'limited-time experience' next month
Disney has created a special event allowing California Adventure to reopen under current state guidelines


Real-life replica of Howl’s Moving Castle headed to Ghibli Park
The castle will be located in the Witch Valley area of the park and is expected to open in March 2024


The Museum of London has curated a collection of lockdown tweets
You can now explore the pandemic’s digital history thanks to Twitter and the Museum of London


The Week: Covid-detecting dogs, Soul comes to Epcot and have you tried being more like Elon Musk?
Featuring a dog, a doge, Soul’s Epcot debut and Taylor Swift’s legal issues, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


From The Industry: A second chance for captive cetaceans, rollercoaster innovation and virtual visitors at the National Gallery
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


Can artificial intelligence design the perfect rollercoaster?
The Art of Engineering has developed a program capable of designing optimised track layouts


British attractions support stuck-at-home schoolchildren with online learning experiences for lockdown education
Members of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions are creating virtual experiences to aid homeschooling as Britain’s lockdown continues


Public health order cancels Coachella and Stagecoach festivals
Coachella and Stagecoach will not be able to go ahead due to the ‘dire COVID-19 situation’ in California


New bill seeks to reopen California’s major theme parks
Legislators in the state want large theme parks including Disneyland to reopen earlier than current COVID guidelines currently allow


Could Covid-detecting dogs be the key to bringing back visitor attractions?
Sniffer dogs are being given new training in the fight against Covid-19


Taylor Swift in hot water after Evermore theme park sues singer over album name
The Utah theme park says the star’s latest album infringes on its trademark


New jazz attraction brings Disney’s Soul to Epcot
Inspired by Disney Pixar’s latest release, The Soul of Jazz will explore the history of the musical art form in America


WATCH: Clearwater Marine Aquarium Dolphin aims to make it six out of six with Super Bowl prediction
After six straight correct predictions, is Nicholas the dolphin the greatest sport pundit in history?


Fifteen attractions that have been transformed into mass vaccination sites
As the world fights back against Covid, so does the visitor attractions community, which is offering its sites up as mass vaccination centres


Pioneering recycling method could help attractions cut down on single use plastic
New research could change the way plastic is recycled, offering attractions a greener alternative in the future


Greece’s only zoo could close as COVID-19 puts major strain on finances
The zoo says it only has enough reserve finances to last another month


A new exhibition at the British Museum will tell the grisly story of Thomas Becket
Thomas Becket: Murder and the Making of a Saint has been dubbed a real-life ‘Game of Thrones’


Tourism ‘reset’ for Amsterdam, as city plans cannabis café ban and move for red light district
Amsterdam could be a very different place in 2021, with plans to ban tourists from cannabis cafés and to move the Red Light District away from the city centre


Saudi Arabia has launched a new company to develop its cruise industry
Cruise Saudi will develop ports and terminals in several cities and tourist destinations, as well as itineraries that explore Saudi heritage and culture


The Flaming Lips use space bubbles to host COVID-safe concert
Are plastic bubbles the future of live music?


The Nintendo hype train is real and you can ride it all the way to Universal Studios Japan
All Aboard! This Nintendo-adorned train will ferry consumers to Universal’s Super Nintendo World when the new land opens in 2021


The Week: Willie Nelson, an Olympic conundrum and a Theme Park of Perpetual Torment
Featuring Men in Black, Willie Nelson, Chernobyl and of course Yoda, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


From the Industry: VelociCoaster, Jason Avant’s new business and the 1800s version of virtual tourism
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


Universal’s theme parks to return at ‘historic levels’ say Comcast chiefs
As more and more people are vaccinated against Covid-19, Comcast executives have predicted a huge upswing in business for Universal’s theme parks division


National Theatre launches digital streaming service
The platform will help to recoup revenue lost as a result of the ongoing pandemic


Successful digital transformation of museums
In the pandemic world, museums engaging with their audience through digital has become an essential process. Klaus Sommer Paulsen explores this evolution to and asks how it will define the museum of the future


Cost of pandemic revealed as Universal theme park earnings down 122 percent for 2020
COVID-19 has had a major effect on Universal’s bottom line, with the operator recording huge losses in 2020


A record number of people are visiting Chernobyl and Ukraine’s government is planning to welcome even more
There are parts of Chernobyl so dangerous you could die in minutes just standing there but that’s not stopping tourists who are visiting the exclusion zone in record numbers


Disputed Nick Cave artwork acquired by Brooklyn Museum
The 160ft text work was created to shed light on racial inequality and police brutality in America.


After 32 years Park Asterix is closing its Dolphinarium
Dolphins will not longer feature in the Poseidon Theatre at Parc Asterix with a new attraction to take its place


Universal's Men in Black ride hits 100 million rider milestone
More than 20 years since it first opened the Men in Black dark ride is still one of the most popular attractions at Universal Studios Orlando


Disney’s Jungle Cruise to undergo major revamp following racism allegations
The boat ride, first opened in 1955, is getting an overhaul ‘to reflect and value diversity’


Touring Star Wars exhibition coming to Singapore’s ArtScience Museum for final leg of world tour
Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition has been touring since 2012


Shanghai’s 2010 Expo site gets new lease of life as culture zone
A converted steel factory and Butchart-inspired gardens are at heart of Shanghai’s newest and largest parkland and culture zone


Snow play: The evolution of snow in visitor attractions
Almost cold as ice, Bart Dohmen, CEO of Unlimited Snow, explains how new technology is transforming the snow play experience for visitors and improving the bottom line


Take a first look inside Asia’s first Nickelodeon FEC
Nickelodeon, China Leisure and JRA have collaborated on Shenzhen's brand new Nickelodeon-themed Family Entertainment Centre at the OCT Happy Harbor retail and entertainment complex


Willie Nelson promotes Omega Mart’s grand opening... We think
New video from Meow Wolf shows the country music legend in a way you’ve almost certainly never seen before


Works starts on UK’s National Film and Sci-Fi Museum
Set to open in spring 2021, the new museum will make Milton Keynes a hub for sci-fi enthusiasts across the country


More than 100 million travel and tourism jobs could return in 2021, says WTTC
The World Tourism and Travel Council predicts a best-case scenario, which will see 111 million jobs return to the travel and tourism sector this year


Disney fan uses 3D printing and projection mapping to recreate fireworks display at home
Kept indoors by the global pandemic and missing Disney’s parks, this fan recreated the iconic fireworks show at home using a projector and a 3D printer


Disney’s Festival of the Lion King returning to Animal Kingdom in 2021
A COVID-safe version of the popular show is expected to open in the summer


WATCH: Lucasfilm’s Doug Chiang and Walt Disney Imagineering’s Scott Trowbridge reveal the secrets of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Go behind the scenes with two of the men responsible for the creation of Disney’s jaw-dropping Star Wars attractions


Welcome to The Week with Planet Attractions - your weekly look at the world of visitor attractions, culture and tourism
Taking a look at all the top stories from the last seven days, The Week will be available right here on planetattractions.com


From the Industry: Tom Mehrmann on Universal Beijing, diversity in zoos and Bernie Sanders does his best to keep warm
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


Disney characters don festive costumes to celebrate Lunar New Year in Shanghai
Shanghai Disneyland is gearing up for the Chinese New Year


Rubbish becomes art as Nepal gallery highlights blight on Mount Everest
Base camp gallery hopes to raise awareness of Everest trash problem


Everyone travelling on a Saga cruise ship in 2021 must be vaccinated, says operator
Saga will now resume operations in May in order to allow its customers enough time to get vaccinated


WATCH: Exploring Mexico City’s luxury Jungala Aqua Experience
WhiteWater showcases Jungala Aqua Experience - a luxury waterpark designed to blend in with its surroundings


WATCH: Celebrity stylist Maeve Reilly collaborates with Disney on worldwide launch of Disney nuiMOs
She usually serves clients such as Russell Brand, Demi Lovato and 50 Cent but now Maeve Reilly is turning her attentions to Mickey and Minnie for a new line of Disney merchandise


Cancelled: Glastonbury gets the axe as Covid continues to decimate festival sector
The world-famous Glastonbury music festival will not go ahead in 2021 ‘with great regret’


Fundraising campaign launched for US$18m Phoenix science facility and attraction in Arizona
The proposed attraction will “connect the night sky to life on earth through STEM education and leading-edge experiences”


Tom Holland offers behind-the-scenes look at new Spider-Man attraction coming to Disneyland in 2021
Spider-Man himself reveals all about his new dark ride attraction coming to Disneyland later this year


‘Tiger King’ zoo ordered to turn over its lion and tiger cubs, while Joe Exotic does not receive anticipated presidential pardon from Donald Trump
Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park ordered to surrender tiger and lion cubs, along with their mothers to the federal government.


WATCH: Disney celebrates a year of giving
Despite an extremely challenging year, Disney has continued to give back to charities across the world


WATCH: A brief history of theme park management games
Did you know that Efteling and Legoland had their own videogames? Which was your favourite? This is a brief history of theme park management games.


The Trump Baby is set to go on display at the Museum of London
The giant orange effigy of US President Donald Trump is set to be added to the Museum of London’s permanent collection


London’s historic Courtauld Gallery to reopen in 2021 following major redevelopment
The renovation is the most significant in the gallery’s 89-year history


New date for IAAPA Expo Asia as event moved to Shanghai for 2021
IAAPA has moved its annual Asian Expo to Shanghai


Dimensionalising Brand: How to take an IP and turn it into a physical place
Imagineering veteran and founder of the Designer's Creative Studio, Theron Skees, reveals how to take a brand concept and transform it into a physical environment


Oceania Cruises announces new 180-day cruise starting in 2023
Oceania Cruises will set sail for a new cruise in their “Around The World In 180 Days” sailings.


Music festival partners with theme park for new rollercoaster as Plopsaland announces ‘The Ride To Happiness by Tomorrowland’
The spinning coaster by Mack Rides represents a €17.5m investment and is the first ride to be themed after a music festival


A look at Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway from the Imagineer that created it
Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty reveals all about the making of Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios


Abandoned Berlin theme park to undergo €45m transformation
Work has begun to redevelop Berlin’s former Spreepark into a cultural attraction


After 10 months of closure, Disneyland has ended its annual pass programme
Disneyland is on course to remain shut for an entire year, with COVID-19 surging in the state of California


Japan’s Covid surge puts Super Nintendo World launch on indefinite hiatus
A surge in Coronavirus cases has put Nintendo’s theme park debut on hold for the time-being


WATCH: What role did Disney’s Imagineers play in one of Six Flags’ most iconic dark rides?
Viewist delves into the history of Six Flags’ Monster Mansion


‘He might be a bit gristly’ - London Zoo turns down Ricky Gervais’ request to be ‘fed to the lions’ after his death
Comedian Ricky Gervais wants to be fed to the lions when he dies but London Zoo doesn’t seem too keen on the idea...


Disneyland to become mass COVID-19 vaccination site
The park has been closed for nearly 10 months and will now offer its services as a vaccine distribution centre


WATCH: Claudia Bueno’s immersive art ‘aquarium’ from Meow Wolf
Step into Claudia Bueno’s aquarium-style installation at Meow Wolf Las Vegas and experience the slow, oscillating movements of natural life


Mystic Aquarium beluga import on hold following lawsuit
Friends of the Animals is seeking an injunction against the the Mystic Aquarium, which is trying to import five beluga whales from Canada’s Marineland


The Smithsonian is collecting items from Capitol Siege to ‘help future generations remember’
Curators are focusing their acquisition efforts on the National Mall but hope to work with the Capitol Building


Attendance at pandemic-hit Louvre down nearly three quarters
Visitor numbers at the world-famous museum have plummeted 72% over the last year


Painting with Light illuminates Bruge with winter light show
‘Sparking visitors with hope, light and connectivity’, Bruge’s WinterGlow returned in December for a series of installations across the historic city


Def Leppard invites fans ‘into the vault’ with new digital museum experience
The experience will feature memorabilia and memories curated by Def Leppard


Norway’s new National Museum set for 2022 launch
Delayed by more than two years, the NOK6.05bn project will become the largest art museum in any Nordic country when it opens


Is The Mandalorian the answer to your museum’s funding problems?
Traditional audiences need to broaden their audiences and generate some much-need income by partnering with big-name IPs


In case you missed it: How Chester Zoo is handling the pandemic, Boston Dynamic’s robotic groove and the new player about to enter Brazil’s waterpark market
Here are the top stories from Planet Attractions since the start of the year


A major player is about to enter Brazil’s waterpark market with the US$92.5m Acqualinda set to make a splash in Sao Paulo
Businessman Mario Celso Lopes is planning to transform the economic landscape of his hometown by building one of the largest waterparks in Latin America


Crucial funding for British culture and heritage organisations now available through Heritage Fund
The second round of NLHF’s Culture Recovery Fund makes £36m available for sites across Britain


Oslo’s long-awaited Munch Museum set for spring launch
The long-awaited museum is now expected to open in spring 2021 after experiencing a number of delays tied to the Coronavirus pandemic


London’s Royal Opera House to live stream production of Andrea Chénier
The ‘cinematic’ performance follows the tragic story of poet André Chénier who was executed during the French Revolution


Managing a pandemic: How has Chester Zoo handled the Coronavirus crisis?
How do you operate a zoo when your customers aren’t allowed to visit? Chester Zoo MD Jamie Christon tells Planet Attractions how the attraction made it through 2020 and what management’s outlook is for 2021


British music festivals call on government to save COVID-hit sector
Industry leaders have urged the British government to set out reasonable return timetable for mass gatherings and to introduce insurance policies to provide stability for the country’s music festivals


COVID crisis could force Edinburgh Zoo to give up lucrative pandas
The UK’s only giant pandas might not be able to stay in Scotland, with Edinburgh Zoo facing a £2m deficit


Sea World’s Carnivale set to return in January
The Gold Coast theme park and animal attraction is bringing back its popular Carnivale festival later this month


WATCH: Boston Dynamics shows off its super-advanced robot tech with the help of The Contours and ‘Do You Love Me?’
If Skynet does enslave us, we sincerely hope it’s through the art of dance...


Effects of global pandemic felt as Xcaret delays launch of US$50m Xibalbá experience
Grupo Xcaret says its new landmark attractions will now open at the end of the year - 12 months later than originally planned


An experience celebrating the life and times of Avicii is coming to Stockholm later this year
The new museum will include unreleased music and other memorabilia from the late EDM artist


WATCH: The history of EuroStar - Germany’s lost travelling rollercoaster
Expedition Theme Park has delved into the rocky past of the iconic EuroStar


WATCH: See the newly-renovated Australian Museum
Take a look at the Australian Museum’s A$57.5m redevelopment


Recognising excellence as inaugural Wonder Award winners are revealed
Recognising the world’s most astonishing attractions, Planet Attractions names 2021’s Wonder Award winners


US Congress approves plans for American Latino and Smithsonian Women’s museums
The government has finally greenlit long standing plans from the Smithsonian for an American Latino Museum and a Women’s History Museum


Disney has set out its environmental goals for 2030
Disney report outlines company’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and plastic waste by 2030


Carnival takes delivery of new cruise ship featuring world-first rollercoaster at sea
Bolt will become the world’s first rollercoaster to operate at sea when Carnival’s Mardis Gras sets sail in April


WATCH: Get a first look at Disney’s newest cruise ship
Wish fulfilled! Disney has offered a first look at the newest ship in its fleet - ‘Disney Wish’


WATCH: How does Tate Modern care for its art during a global pandemic?
The British institution highlights the challenges COVID-19 has presented to maintain and present the thousands of priceless works in its collection


Happy Holidays from Planet Attractions
A happy holidays and a quick thank you from us


WATCH: Disney Imagineering sends a holiday message
Seasons greetings! Walt Disney Imagineering shares a message of peace and hope for the coming year.


Scrooge saves Christmas for Charles Dickens Museum with virtual performances
See the Dickens Museum take its performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ online with actor Dominic Gerrard


Content creators celebrate wins as Clamshell Award winners announced
TheJackSilkstone, Screwy Loops and ArchNemesis are among this year’s winners


London’s former Bow Street police station to become museum in 2021
ELLO, ELLO, ELLO! The former police station will welcome visitors as soon as COVID restrictions allow


Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to undergo major US$100m expansion
Architects PAU will handle the rockin’ expansion for Cleveland-based music Hall of Fame


Remembering the Toys R Us flagship store in New York’s Times Square
What went right? What went wrong? What happened to that giant Ferris wheel - here’s what happened to the flagship Times Square store for Toys R Us


WATCH: Disneyland transforms Snow White’s Enchanted Wish
Heigh Ho! Disney gives viewers a sneak peek at new Snow White dark ride


New Orleans seeks developer for abandoned Six Flags theme park
Several previous attempts to redevelop the park have all fallen through


Sir David Attenborough advocates for zoos and aquariums in battle for species survival
The renowned naturalist and documentarian has backed zoos and aquariums for their work in conservation and education


Disney’s Taste of Epcot arts festival to return in 2021
From street art to street food, the 2021 Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts has it all


Science Museum Group focusing on sustainability in 2021
A year of programming will build to the UN conference on Climate Change in 2021


In case you missed it: Japan’s Gundam Robot, the 2020 Clamshell Nominees and Europe’s most endangered heritage sites
Read the top stories from Planet Attractions this week


The Designer’s Creative Studio to launch series of new online courses
New training courses for themed entertainment professional will be available in January


Innovation from limitation: How Holovis took 2020 by the horns and ran with it
Holovis CEO Stuart Hetherington talks to Planet Attractions about the past 12 months, major projects and the future of technology in the world of attractions


WATCH: Get a live look at Super Nintendo World today
Be among the first to see new features inside Universal Studios’ Super Nintendo World


From the Industry: Pandemic Disney, adorable otters and museum colonialism
Rounding up all the biggest news from across the industry’s publications and associations


The Royal Opera House is combining VR with opera for a world-first ‘hyper reality’ immersive experience
Combining cutting-edge technology with traditional stagecraft, a new virtual reality experience from the Royal Opera House will make its grand debut in 2021


WATCH: Bringing Melbourne’s NGV Triennial 2020 to life
Get a sneak peek of the arts festival ahead of its 19 December launch in Melbourne


Virtual museum tours among 2020’s most popular Google searches
With attractions forced to close and the public ordered to stay at home, it might not be a surprise that ‘virtual museum tours’ experienced a huge surge in Google searches for 2020.


WATCH: Turtle-y awesome! Ride ‘The Shredder’ at Nickelodeon Universe
Get a first person look at The Shredder courtesy of ThemePark HD


Drayton Manor escapes major damage following fire
It’s been a tough year for Drayton Manor, which has had to endure flooding, COVID-19, administration and now fire.


BoldMove set to bring Marsupilami to life with Houba World announcement
The popular Belgian IP will be the main focus of a brand-new media-led family attraction


These are Europe’s 12 most endangered heritage sites
Europa Nostra has announced which of Europe's heritage sites are most at risk


Devastation for West End Theatres as COVID restrictions hit London
Tier three is a major blow for London’s theatre venues, which had only just been given permission to reopen a few weeks ago


Eye-catching US$55m aquarium comes to Missouri
The US$55m Branson aquarium is home to more than 7,500 sea creatures and a 55ft light up octopus called Aquarius


WATCH: Actor Jordan Fisher and wife Ellie Woods’ magical Disney World wedding
And they lived happily ever after! Inside Jordan Fisher and Ellie Woods’ Disney World wedding


WATCH: Japan builds 25-tonne moving Gundam robot
Gundam Factory Yokohama makes its official debut later this month


Part Two: Meet the nominees for the 2020 Clamshell Awards
With voting currently underway for this year’s Clamshell Awards, we’ve taken a look at each of the nominees.


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