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A council has shot down speculation a Disneyland could soon be constructed in Australia.


In the last thirty years, there has been a slow but steady increase in the number of vertical dark rides all over the world. So why should you go vertical at your attraction? Erik Huijing tells all...


Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - Disneyland’s classic stage show featuring an animatronic version of Abraham Lincoln - is undergoing an extensive refurbishment.


An increasing trend at Disney World is somewhat surprisingly seeing more and more people choosing to work remotely from the resort’s theme parks.


Plans for a major US$2bn theme park and resort development comparable to the likes of Disney and Universal are “on track” despite delays, according to the project’s developers.


A new luxury hotel, located in the upcoming Fantasy Springs area in Tokyo DisneySea, was revealed to the media in April 2024.


Over the decades since Walt Disney opened his first theme park in 1955, the company’s tourism business has ballooned to an enterprise worth tens of billions in yearly sales, with sprawling locations in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo.


Changes set to be made to Disney’s Disability Access Service will punish those with disabilities rather than prevent use by able-bodied ‘disability fakers’, a group has said


Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris is no more after the company announced it was rebranding the park Disney Adventure World, also announcing new attraction and experiences alongside a ‘fresh creative vision’


The global FEC market has been predicted to grow significantly, with the sector forecast to increase from US$46.36bn in 2023 to reach $110.97bn by 2030.


Disney says it is changing its policy for guests with disabilities at its theme parks, with the changes coming alongside the threat of a lifetime ban from its parks for those who attempt to misuse the programme.


Disney’s dispute with Florida governor Ron DeSantis seems to be over with the entertainment giant agreeing to end litigation involving the special tourism district that oversees governance of the Disney World resort


Disney’s board is focusing its CEO search on four of the company’s divisional heads in the search for an eventual successor to the company’s current leader, Bob Iger.


Disney is one step closer to realising it’s DisneylandForward plans for its Disneyland resort in California, US, after the Anaheim Planning Commission moved to recommend the proposal to Anaheim City Council (ACC) at a meeting on March 11.


The Disney Cruise Line has shared new details about its upcoming island destination Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point, the tropical retreat in the Bahamas promising to bring the magic when it opens to guests this June.


Disney CEO Bob Iger has said the company has the ability to build seven full themed lands around the world, including expanding the size of Disneyland by up to 50%


Ripley’s is offering out its latest annual free of charge after some of its titles were pulled from school libraries as a direct result of Florida’s controversial law restricting the discussion of LGBTQ+ issues in public schools.


Workers who bring characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Cinderella to life could be about to unionise.


Plans for Universal’s UK theme park project are looking ‘positive’, according to Bedford MP Mohammad Yasin, who told Planet Attractions that the plans would bring ‘enormous prosperity’ to the region should it come to fruition


Disney’s parks and experiences division has reported a 7% increase in revenue up to US$9.1bn despite rising operational costs and lower guest attendance at the Disney World resort in Florida


Warner Bros Discovery and Paramount are in preliminary talks to merge the two companies. Here’s what such a deal could mean for the attractions industry


Disney has branded a decision by a judge to dismiss its lawsuit against Ron DeSantis as ‘dangerous’, with the company planning to appeal the decision as its ongoing dispute with the Florida governor continues


The Caribbean island of St Vincent is eyeing cruise visitors for a major new theme park based on the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise


The future expansion of both Disney theme parks in Anaheim is a step closer to reality.


Orlando, Florida, is on the front line of an industry trend as major employers like Universal and Disney look to close the area’s workforce housing gap.


Entering 2024, companies across the attractions and themed entertainment industries are on the hunt for new talent. Check out some of the positions available right now worldwide


The Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, has lifted two of its Covid restrictions to provide a more flexible guest experience.


New research has said that the children and family entertainment centre sector will be worth US$30.7bn by 2032, with the market growing by more than 10% each year


Former Walt Disney Attractions chairman Dick Nunis has died aged 91.


The cruise industry is lined up for a record year, with travellers from across the globe booking trips in greater numbers than even before as the travel sector bounces back from the effects of the global pandemic


Attorneys for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have asked a federal judge to dismiss a free speech lawsuit filed against the Republican by Disney following a dispute stemming from the introduction of a state law banning classroom lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity for young children.


European tourism and attractions consultants TDAC have added former Disney Imagineer Scott Ault to its growing team of industry experts


Disney World’s Epcot has launched its winter season with its International Festival of the Holidays - a festive event running through to December 30.


Disney CEO Bob Iger has played down the potential sale of Disney assets, saying that no decisions have been made regarding major sales.


Storyland Studios is behind the development of Libertyland USA - a world class theme park and resort development coming to South Dakota in 2026


Disney’s first fully-themed Frozen land is now open at Hong Kong Disneyland, with World of Frozen the latest offering in major expansion of the company’s park portfolio


Disney CEO Bob Iger is set to host a company-wide town hall event on November 28, with Iger to discuss future opportunities and paint a clear picture for his plans going forward.


A collection of 80 mega theme parks in China hosted a combined 7.57 million visitors in 2022 with revenues totalling US$2.13bn (€1.95bn, £1.73bn) during that year.


September saw the debut of a brand-new addition to Salt Lake City’s Lagoon Park - a hybrid rollercoaster and dark ride experience known as Primordial. Planet Attractions speaks to Ernest Yale and Nol Van Genuchten about the experience and how its team brought the first-of-its-kind attraction to life


One of Disnyeland’s oldest experiences is set to reopen to the public on November 10th, following a complete overhaul of the attraction for the second time in its history.


The Disney Cruise Line has set sail for the first time from Australia, with the Disney Wonder departing from Sidney on October 28th.


Zootopia - the highly anticipated new land at Shanghai Disney Resort - is set to open to the public on December 20th.


A panel of legends representing the elite of the attractions industry will share strategies utilised by Universal Beijing Resort to successfully open despite facing major challenges including the Covid-19 pandemic


Disneyland is getting a dramatic transformation converting its Paradise Pier Hotel into a Pixar-themed hotel ready to open for business at the end of January.


The Disney World Resort in Florida, US, will donate US$1.5m (€1.4m, £1.23m) to 19 local non-profit organisations that make positive changes to the community, the company has revealed,


Benoit Cornet shares a fascinating insight into the world of dark rides and the emergence of his new company - BoldMove Nation


Disney’s new Moana attraction is now officially open at Epcot, with Journey of Water representing the latest addition to the Disney World Resort.


RWS Global has announced the appointment of former Forrec executive Matt Dawson as the new vice president of business development for JRA.


Disney’s ability to create high-quality content on movies and TV along with real-world versions of these experiences allows the company to “occupy an unrivalled presence within the minds of people across the globe”.


Disney has soft opened its new


With its launch in 2010, Chinese toymaker Pop Mart set off a collectible craze with its anime-style figurines.


IAAPA Expo Europe has come to its conclusion, with lots of news coming out of the record-breaking event in Vienna


IAAPA is gearing up for its largest EMEA event ever, with the 2023 edition of IAAPA Expo Europe taking place in Vienna between September 25 - 28. Here’s everything you need to know about the event


Disney said it would double spending on theme parks, resorts and cruise lines to $60bn over the next decade, sending shares lower despite a boost to the business segment that has driven profits over the past year.


Parts of Disney World in Florida were forced to shut down after reports of a black bear on the loose.


Japan's Mitsubishi Estate is set to build a theme park in the city of Yokohama that will rival the size of Tokyo Disneyland.


Hong Kong Disneyland has confirmed Nov. 20 as the opening date for the World of Frozen themed land based on the hit animated movies “Frozen” and “Frozen 2.” And, with two months until opening, first look images are now being released.


The future of the Disney Parks, along with other travel arms of the Walt is looking bright after a presentation by Josh D’Amaro, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products chairman, at a DestinationD23 panel in Orlando, Florida.


The Disney Treasure cruise ship will set sail at the end of next year, with Disney unveiling its latest offering in a rapid expansion of its popular cruise operation


The Shanghai Disney Resort in Pudong, China, has revealed a first look at its upcoming


San Fransokyo Square, a new themed land offering dining and retail experiences, has opened at Disney California Adventure.


The Disney World resort has hosted its largest-ever wish-granting event with more than 50 children invited to the resort for its Once Upon A Wish Party


Following the launch of the Disney+ series, the


Attractions across Florida have made preparations and many have closed following the arrival of Hurricane Idalia and predicted storm surges


An extreme heat policy introduced to all SeaWorld operations in the US could see other operators follow suit following a tough weather-related summer for theme parks


Florida’s Republican governor and Presidential hopeful, Ron DeSantis, has turned his eye to benefits received by Disney employees in his latest move against the company.


What was originally forecast to be a strong summer for theme parks has been somewhat dampened by poor weather, with a number of major operators pointing to this as a factor for lower-than-expected attendance.


Republican governor Ron DeSantis has called for Disney CEO Bob Iger to drop the company’s federal lawsuit against the state of Florida


Astronaut and space diplomat Namira Salim has revealed plans to develop a new space tourism concept offering a space hotel, themed restaurants, a stargazing deck and a possible theme park


IAAPA has offered a first glimpse at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, taking place in Vienna, Austria, in September


Disney’s parks and experiences division has reported US$8.3bn in revenue for Q3 2023, despite rising operational costs and lower guest attendance at the Disney World resort in Florida


The Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame has opened following a two-year planning and design process led by JRA, part of RWS Global


A number of wildlife organisations have called on the UK’s Levelling Up secretary Michael Gove to revoke the controversial London Resort’s status as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project



Disney Cruise Line (DCL) has debuted a new progress report that enables fans to track the construction of its upcoming cruise ship - the Disney Treasure.


Disney has revealed a first glimpse at the water tower for its new Tiana’s Bayou Adventure ride.


Hundreds of guests were suddenly evacuated from The Land pavilion at Disney World’s Epcot in Orlando, Florida, US, yesterday (July 24).



A touring exhibition celebrating 100 years of Disney is to open in London in October


A major US$2bn theme park and resort development comparable to the likes of Disney and Universal is set to open in 2026 in the state of Oklahoma


Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Disney World, Orlando, Florida, is to host a brand new holiday party this coming festive season.


Dronisos has broken the record for the largest drone show ever performed in Europe, with the company behind Disneyland Paris’s Bastille Day nighttime spectacle


A former Disney Imagineer has said the operator’s theme parks are more stressful and less fun for families.


Bob Iger has had his Disney contract extended by two years as the company continues to search for a successor following his surprise return as CEO last year


Disney is seeking 100 applicants from black and underrepresented communities across the US for the 2024 edition of its Dreamers Academy scheme


Marvel’s ‘Rogers: The Musical’ has been brought to life with a limited time run of the musical seen in Hawkeye now on show at Disney California Adventure Park


A virtual Disney theme park in the Metaverse remains a long-term possibility following a partnership between Disney and Apple’s upcoming Vision Pro headset


Disney has revealed a first look at San Fransokyo Square, a new Big Hero 6-themed land opening at the Disneyland Resort in California in August


Disney World played host to ‘World’s Largest Swimming Lesson’ - an annual event promoting safe water practices worldwide.


The Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida, US, has updated its Genie + ride reservation system so that guests can choose to use it on a single-park basis.


Florida’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis is seeking to dismiss Disney’s federal lawsuit against him, claiming that he has “legislative immunity”.


Disney’s chief diversity officer and senior vice president Latondra Newton has left the company after more than six years in the position.


WhiteWater’s Grant Poje showcases five indoor waterpark projects that are helping to advance the sector and boost the sector’s mainstream popularity


After Disney announced that its CFO Christine McCarthy is taking a family medical leave of absence from the company, it has been suggested that Bob Iger could stay on as CEO beyond his planned departure from the company in 2024


Disney has announced the debut of


Disney Cruise Line (DCL) has teamed up with several community organisations in the Bahamas to build a new garden at the Ranfurly Homes for Children, which is hoped will inspire the young residents to grow and eat their own produce.


Hong Kong Disneyland Resort has held a ceremony to announce the first solar canopy car park project to come up in Hong Kong.


World of Frozen is currently under construction at Hong Kong Disneyland. Here’s how it’s looking at the moment


Miirage is a new modular holographic system bringing the virtual world to life without any additional need for mobile devices, screens or wearables. The creators behind the technology speak to Planet Attractions about the new product and exactly what it can do...


Toshio Kagami is to step down as CEO of Tokyo Disneyland operator Oriental Land Co after more than 25 years.


Canadian ride manufacturer Dynamic Attractions is set to be sold to Hong Kong-based financial services firm Promising Expert Limited (PEL) in a deal worth US$2m (€1.9m, £1.6m).


Voting has opened for the European categories of the World Travel Awards, with the Game of Thrones Studio Tour, Puy du Fou Espana and Alton Towers all selected as nominees for the prestigious prize.


US civil rights organisation the NAACP has warned minority tourists against visiting Florida due to several ‘discriminatory’ laws supported by Republican governor Ron DeSantis


Disney has announced that its Star Wars Galactic Starcruise experience will cease operations permanently in September 2023 after only 18 months


Disney has scrapped plans for a US$1bn corporate campus in Lake Nono, Florida, as the company’s public feud with Florida governor Ron DeSantis continues


Universal Studios Japan has announced the closure of The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man: The Ride, with the attraction to cease operations permanently in early 2024


Disney Imagineering has shared a sneak peek at its first-ever Frozen rollercoaster, which is currently under construction at Hong Kong Disneyland


Disney’s parks division generated US$7.8bn in revenue in its second quarter - a 17% increase year-on-year for the operator.


The board appointed by Florida governor Ron DeSantis has filed a lawsuit against Disney just days after the entertainment giant sued the board for stripping it of its self-governed status


Disney has sued Florida governor and presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis, claiming the state’s retaliation for its stance on LGBTQ+ issues violates its constitutional rights


The dragon from Disneyland’s Fantastmic show accidentally burst into flames this weekend, with the 45-foot structure’s head and then body quickly engulfed by the fire.


The first ever recipients of The King’s Awards for Enterprise have been announced, with 7thSense recognised for demonstrating outstanding short-term growth and commercial success in international trade over the last three years


Disney’s leadership structure continues to change, with Bob Iger naming company veteran Asad Ayaz as the company’s first-ever chief brand officer


The highly-anticipated Tron/Lightcycle Run rollercoaster will open today (April 4) at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. The ride was originally scheduled to open in 2021 but experienced several setbacks due to the Covid-19 pandemic


Bob Iger has slammed Florida governor Ron DeSantis for for being ‘anti-business’ and ‘anti-Florida’ following moves to try and strip Disney of its self-governing power


The Big Thunder Mountain rollercoaster has reopened at the Disneyland Paris resort after undergoing a month-long renovation.


Disney has managed to strip power from the newly-appointed board governing its Florida parks by invoking the name of King Charles III in an ongoing dispute with governor Ron DeSantis


Disney Cruise Line (DCL) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) have announced plans to bring Disney cruises to the southeast Asia region for the first time.


More musical fun at Seatrade this time from the Aruba stand with a tune that will surely be familiar to the Disney faithful.


A union representing around 45,000 Disney employees has reached a deal with the company to pay its employees a minimum wage of US$18 per hour.


Sonia Coleman has been appointed to lead human resources at Disney after being named executive vice president and chief human resources officer.


Disney has revealed a ‘real’ lightsaber at this year’s SXSW, an arts and technology festival currently underway in Austin, Texas



Bruce Vaughn is set to return to Disney Imagineering as chief creative officer, co-leading the division alongside Imagineering president Barbara Bouza


The Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida, has introduced a new wheelchair-bound character to the ‘It’s a Small World’ attraction.


Florida’s Republican governor has declared an end to Disney’s ‘corporate kingdom’ with new legislation seeing the state gaining effective control of the company’s Florida operations





Disney has grand plans for its Spider-Man attractions, with the operator developing new interactive merchandise based on future films featuring the web-slinger, as well as possibly inserting new scenes to keep the ride current.


IAAPA has partnered with Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) to launch a new trade summit dedicated to the region.


Disney continues to celebrate its centenary, with the company unveiling a new video looking back at the last 100 years.


Disney is set to axe 7,000 people as part of a US$5.5bn cost cutting plan following its Q1 results. The operator’s parks however continue to thrive with the Parks, Experiences and Products division performing strongly


Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is the featured addition to Disneyland as the park celebrates 100 years of Disney with a host of new attractions and experiences


Disney has been recognised as the top-ranked media and entertainment company on


Disney World has offered a look at the annual dismantling of its holiday gingerbread displays, sharing how it resues the massive structures to help support its bee populations.


Tron Lightcycle/Run will open at Magic Kingdom on April 4, 2023, Disney World has revealed alongside a preview of the highly-anticipated attraction.





A new report exploring the market dynamics of the global amusement and theme park industries estimates the sector to grow to $85bn in the next five years


Disney is celebrating 100 years with an adult-oriented immersive experience coming to London, Berlin and Paris in 2023


Disney’s Lunar New Year Celebrations have made a triumphant return to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, US.


A new report from financial market specialist


Disney is facing criticism from a high-profile investor that is unusual in the business world: that it is squeezing money out of its theme park customers.


Nike chair and Disney director Mark Parker is set to succeed Susan Arnold as Disney’s new chairman


A ride under construction for more than five years thanks to the pandemic, Tron Lightcycle / Run is nearing completion with the attraction finally given an official opening date.


Disney is introducing a number of consumer-friendly changes to its US parks, including an increase on the number of days its lowest-priced ticket will be available and increased access for annual passholders


It’s a new year with old records just waiting to be broken by some incredible new projects. Here are twelve blockbuster rollercoaster openings for the coming year


Disney CEO Bob Iger told hybrid employees on Monday (January 9) that they must return to corporate offices four days a week.


A new version of Amazon’s Alexa digital voice assistant will come complete with Disney branding and the ability to work alongside the operator’s MagicBand+ technology



A new museum dedicated to Broadway has opened its doors in New York City.


Ken Griffin, CEO of multinational hedge fund and financial services company Citadel, has given 10,000 members of staff and their families a trip to Disney World.


Following Bob Iger’s unexpected and sudden return to Disney last month, the company’s chief financial officer Christine McCarthy has emerged as a leading contender to eventually take over the attraction’s industry’s top job.


Disney has announced that Splash Mountain will close its doors in January ahead of a refurbishment and retheming that will take out references to the controversial


Disney Parks has teamed up with the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE) to introduce a supply chain accelerator programme focused on transforming the businesses of diverse entrepreneurs


A sculpture famously part of Banksy’s Dismaland is about to be auctioned off with half the proceeds going to aid the refugees depicted in the art work.


Shanghai Disneyland has been temporarily shut down once again thanks to Covid-19 protocols in China.


Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez worked with a team of Disney executives including former CEO Michael Eisner on a plan to turn the world-famous football club into a theme park




A report from The Wall Street Journal has suggested that Bob Iger, who this week was reappointed as Disney CEO, disapproved of a number of decisions made by his successor and now also predecessor, Bob Chapek.


Dronisos is seeking partners in the US following a successful year, which saw the company serve as a technology partner for Disneyland Paris


The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) has recognised Futuroscope’s Chasseurs de Tornades (Tornado Chaser) with a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement.


More than 36,000 people travelled to Orlando in November for the annual spectacular known as IAAPA Expo. Planet Attractions was in attendance


The attractions industry and wider attractions community has paid tribute to the legendary Alberto Zamperla following his death last week aged 71


In a shocking move, Disney has reappointed Bob Iger as CEO, effective immediately, as Bob Chapek is ousted after less than three years in the role


We're in a packed theatre for this year's Legends Panel, talking Epcot and creativity with Rick Rothschild, Bob Weiss, Jodi McLaughlin, Kartika Rodriguez and panel host Bob Rogers.


IAAPA has unveiled the list of finalists for its prestigious Brass Ring Awards, with winners to be announced during a special ceremony at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida


The 2022 edition of IAAPA will see experience and attraction design firm Scruffy Dog return to the trade show floor for the first time since 2017


Industry legends Joan Ganz Cooney, Xavier Lopez Ancona, Darrell Metzger and Dennis Speigel are all set to be inducted into IAAPA’s prestigious Hall of Fame at this month’s IAAPA Expo


Visitors to Shanghai Disney were shut inside the park, with people not allowed to leave the popular theme park until they were able to show a negative Covid test.


Disney World’s Blizzard Beach waterpark will reopen to the public next month with new Frozen additions following a lengthy refurbishment


Creative firm Zeitgeist Design and Production is behind three of this year’s haunted houses at Hersheypark’s Halloween spectacular Dark Nights


A world-first theme and waterpark utilising Sony IPs has opened its doors in Pattaya, Thailand


AVIXA produces a number of popular events around the world, including InfoComm and Integrated Systems Europe. The organisation's regional manager for the UK and Ireland, Ben Barnard, spoke to Planet Attractions


Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are set to reduce annual visitor numbers by 20% by 2024 - a major shift in emphasis for the park to provide greater customer satisfaction from less congestion and shorter wait times for attractions.


A panel of industry legends will share their stories about the creation and evolution of Disney’s Epcot at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida


More than a foot of rain fell overnight in Orange County last night with winds of up to 80mph, according to reports, with Disney World, Universal and other major theme parks in the area affected by the weather event.


Katapult brought its entire team down to this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe in London. The company’s creative strategist, Kelly Herrick, spoke to Planet Attractions


Vantage announced the launch of The Joy Economy at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe. Planet Attractions spoke to the Whitewater division’s new president, Michael Jungen, about the campaign and what he hopes to deliver with the technology


After initially monitoring the approach of Hurricane Ian, Florida’s major theme parks have all taken the decision to close for both today (September 28) and Thursday (September 29).


As Florida prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Ian, here’s how the state’s theme parks are handling the situation


Leading drone entertainment specialist Dronisos has confirmed that Disneyland Paris’ has extended the run of its DLight daily show for an additional 12 months.


IAAPA Expo Europe is coming to London this September. Here’s everything you need to know about the event


OCT Group has debuted a first-of-its-kind attraction at its new Fabland Valley Resort in China. Triotech’s Ernest Yale and Nol van Genuchten speak to Planet Attractions about the exciting new multi-path dark ride, how it came to be and what it could mean for future attractions


The multi-million-euros project will enable PortAventura to get one-third of its annual energy from clean electricity, and should be ready to power the park by the end of the year


As well as multi-sensory, playful and colourful installations, the attraction has a café, bar and retail store


Disney has shared the latest update in its ongoing overhaul of Epcot - a brand new Moana attraction inspired by water.


Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain is about to get the Hollywood treatment with the classic ride set to be turned into its own feature film.


Bob Chapek has been questioned about anger on social media over increasing park prices with the Disney CEO telling


SeaWorld, Cedar Fair and Universal have all experienced strong second quarters with the operators also revealing some hints as to what’s coming for each in the near future


Whispering Canyon Café, an eatery located inside Disney’s Wilderness Lodge at the Disney World resort, offers a unique dining experience for its visitors.


While Shangai Disney Resort has not revealed an opening date for its Zootopia attraction, the immersive land is coming together with new images showing skyscrapers being lifted into the park for installation.


Following news that Mickey Mouse - the mascot of Disney and an icon of the entertainment giant’s theme parks - could soon follow in the footsteps of Winnie the Pooh and become public domain in 2024, the future of the mouse’s likeness has been revealed, and it’s good news for Disney.


Disneyland’s Finding Nemo attraction has undergone a complete renovation, with the new attraction reopening to the public after a year-long closure



Disney is about to launch its upgraded MagicBand+, with the wearable technology offering a host of new features for visitors


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


Planet Attractions travelled to Belgium recently to meet Peter van der Schans, IAAPA’s new executive director and vice president for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. Here’s what he had to say


The Avengers have assembled, this time in Paris for the launch of Avengers Campus at Disneyland Paris with stars Brie Larson, Pom Klementieff and Iman Vellani (and even Bob Chapek) all on-hand for the spectacular opening event


Actor and former professional wrestler Dave Bautista took a trip to Epcot this week, with Drax the Destroyer himself taking a ride on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.



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


Following its official christening yesterday, Disney Cruise Line has released new imagery from the ceremony, celebrating the landmark launch.


The Disney Wish will soon set sail with visitors on board following a special christening event in Port Canaveral, Florida


After months of speculation, Disney has extended the contract of Bob Chapek, with the company CEO set to stay at its head until at least 2025


Navigating through the pandemic and handling operations not only in parks, but across all of Disney’s various outlets, stepping into Bob Iger’s shoes has not been an easy task for Bob Chapek.


The new Finding Nemo production opened at Animal Kingdom in early June and features a new script and set design


Shanghai is awaiting the full reopening of Shanghai Disney Resort, and a return to normality in general by the end of June, with a partial reopening this week signalling the first steps towards that goal in the Chinese city.


During a traditional maritime ceremony held yesterday (June 9) in Bremerhaven, Germany, Disney Cruise Line (DCL) took delivery of its newest ship, the Disney Wish.


You might remember a few months ago a cleverly-edited video made it look like the Spider-Man animatronic at Avengers Campus had crashed into a wall. Well, you no longer need the edited version, as Peter Parker really did endure a crash landing, causing some damage to Avengers Campus in the process.


With Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind now open at Walt Disney World, Disney has released a behind-the-scenes look at how the attraction and its special scenes have been brought to life


Shanghai Disney Resort has said that it will reopen some retail and park areas from Friday but the main Disneyland park, Disneytown and its two resort hotels will remain closed until further notice.


Thank You Walt Disney, Inc has launched a virtual tour of Walt Disney’s historic Laugh-O-Gram Studio, with the historic animation site set to open to the public following work in Q4 2023


Anika Noni Rose, who voiced Tiana in the 2009 hit, revealed that The Princess and the Frog ride could open in 2024 during an appearance on US morning show Live with Kelly and Ryan


Staffing struggles following pandemic cutbacks continue to cause issues for a number of industries, especially the visitor attractions industry, which is now having to deal with larger crowds following restricted audiences for the last two years.



The cartoon twins are popular in Malaysia and Indonesia, and will be used as the IP for the proposed attraction




Actor Chris Evans has revealed that starting tomorrow (May 20th), guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Disney World Resort will be able to get an early look at scenes from Disney and Pixar’s newest sci-fi adventure,


How do you develop a POS system that caters to both digital natives and the generation before them? Convious’s Miendu Dang has the answers


Returning this Autumn, Disney Cruise Line’s Halloween on the High Seas will include new one-of-a-kind Halloween experiences


Following the RWS acquisition of The Experience Department, Planet Attractions travelled to ted HQ to meet RWS CEO Ryan Stana and ted CEO Robin Breese-Davies to see what’s next following the landmark deal


The Delaware Museum of Nature and Science is set to reopen on May 23 following an extensive renovation



Former Disney man Michael Jungen has taken up a new position as the president of WhiteWater’s Vantage division.




What can the House of Gucci movie teach us about sustainability? WhiteWater’s Una de Boer tells all


Leaders in the themed entertainment industry gathered last month for the return of TEA Summit and Thea Awards Gala for the first time in two years. Christine Kerr on behalf of the TEA and Nicole Sangster from Thea Award recipients Simworx both report on the event


Lin-Manuel Miranda says that Disney’s Imagineers ‘are on it’ when it comes to the development of a new Encanto attraction for Disney’s theme parks


Disney has parted ways with its head of corporate affairs, following a turbulent few months for the company in terms of public relations.



As part of its continued transformation, Disney World’s Epcot has officially opened Connections Café - a new addition promising a unique dining experience for its visitors.


Tarzan’s Treehouse at Disneyland in California, US, is set to get a complete overhaul for the second time in its 59-year history, with the attraction to be rethemed with a new IP in 2022.


While Florida's governor Ron DeSantis may have targetted Disney last week with a bill that sees the company lose control of its ability to self-govern its theme parks and resorts in the state, hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks recently lavished on the entertainment giant will reportedly remain untouched.


The Hettema Group and Themespace are to combine their talents to form a single independent creative studio known as THG



With Hong Kong’s worst outbreak of Covid-19 finally starting to subside, authorities have relaxed pandemic restrictions, meaning that Disneyland and Ocean Park can finally reopen their doors.



ted is the latest company to come under the RWS umbrella, with the entertainment group now able to add a number of new strings to its ever-expanding bow


Disney’s opposition to Florida’s contentious new state law which limits discussion of LGBTQ issues in schools could see the operator lose its self-governing status as a result of suspending political donations



Cityneon, Disney Location-Based Experiences and Lightstorm Entertainment have collaborated to develop an all-new Avatar attraction coming to Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay later this year


With Marvel’s


Could Bob Iger be Chelsea FC’s co-saviour? The former Disney man has been linked as an investor for the Premier League club alongside Steve Pagliuca


You CAN talk about Bruno at Disneyland this spring, with the multi-Platinum-certified song set to take over the iconic It’s a Small World ride as part of an Encanto celebration


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Council pours cold water on rumours a Disneyland theme park is set to be built in Victoria, Australia


A council has shot down speculation a Disneyland could soon be constructed in Australia.

Vertical dark rides: Five reasons to go vertical now


In the last thirty years, there has been a slow but steady increase in the number of vertical dark rides all over the world. So why should you go vertical at your attraction? Erik Huijing tells all...

Classic Disneyland attraction undergoing US$5m facelift


Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - Disneyland’s classic stage show featuring an animatronic version of Abraham Lincoln - is undergoing an extensive refurbishment.

Disney World theme parks are becoming remote working hotspots


An increasing trend at Disney World is somewhat surprisingly seeing more and more people choosing to work remotely from the resort’s theme parks.

Oklahoma’s US$2bn theme park and resort development ‘on track’ despite delays


Plans for a major US$2bn theme park and resort development comparable to the likes of Disney and Universal are “on track” despite delays, according to the project’s developers.

Tokyo DisneySea unveils upcoming Fantasy Springs Hotel to media


A new luxury hotel, located in the upcoming Fantasy Springs area in Tokyo DisneySea, was revealed to the media in April 2024.

Why Disney is doubling down on theme parks with a US$60bn plan


Over the decades since Walt Disney opened his first theme park in 1955, the company’s tourism business has ballooned to an enterprise worth tens of billions in yearly sales, with sprawling locations in Anaheim, Orlando, Paris, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Disney rule change punishes people with disabilities for actions of able-bodied ‘disability fakers’, says group


Changes set to be made to Disney’s Disability Access Service will punish those with disabilities rather than prevent use by able-bodied ‘disability fakers’, a group has said

Disneyland Paris renames park ahead of €2bn expansion


Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris is no more after the company announced it was rebranding the park Disney Adventure World, also announcing new attraction and experiences alongside a ‘fresh creative vision’

FEC market projected to reach US$111bn by 2030


The global FEC market has been predicted to grow significantly, with the sector forecast to increase from US$46.36bn in 2023 to reach $110.97bn by 2030.

Disney threatens guests who lie about disabilities with lifetime bans from theme parks


Disney says it is changing its policy for guests with disabilities at its theme parks, with the changes coming alongside the threat of a lifetime ban from its parks for those who attempt to misuse the programme.

Disney agrees settlement with DeSantis backed board over Florida governance dispute


Disney’s dispute with Florida governor Ron DeSantis seems to be over with the entertainment giant agreeing to end litigation involving the special tourism district that oversees governance of the Disney World resort

Disney looks at divisional heads in search for Iger successor


Disney’s board is focusing its CEO search on four of the company’s divisional heads in the search for an eventual successor to the company’s current leader, Bob Iger.

Disney closer to realising DisneylandForward ambitions following Anaheim Planning Commission vote


Disney is one step closer to realising it’s DisneylandForward plans for its Disneyland resort in California, US, after the Anaheim Planning Commission moved to recommend the proposal to Anaheim City Council (ACC) at a meeting on March 11.

Disney’s Bahamas getaway takes shape as company shares construction update


The Disney Cruise Line has shared new details about its upcoming island destination Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point, the tropical retreat in the Bahamas promising to bring the magic when it opens to guests this June.

‘We could build seven full lands worldwide’ says Disney CEO Bob Iger


Disney CEO Bob Iger has said the company has the ability to build seven full themed lands around the world, including expanding the size of Disneyland by up to 50%

Ripley’s responds to Florida book ban by offering free books to residents


Ripley’s is offering out its latest annual free of charge after some of its titles were pulled from school libraries as a direct result of Florida’s controversial law restricting the discussion of LGBTQ+ issues in public schools.

Disneyland’s costumed performers consider unionisation


Workers who bring characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Cinderella to life could be about to unionise.

Exclusive: Universal’s proposed UK theme park would bring ‘enormous prosperity’ to region, says MP


Plans for Universal’s UK theme park project are looking ‘positive’, according to Bedford MP Mohammad Yasin, who told Planet Attractions that the plans would bring ‘enormous prosperity’ to the region should it come to fruition

Disney parks revenue increases despite weaker domestic performance


Disney’s parks and experiences division has reported a 7% increase in revenue up to US$9.1bn despite rising operational costs and lower guest attendance at the Disney World resort in Florida

Paramount and Warner Bros Discovery continue to discuss a potential US$38bn merger - here’s what it could mean for the attractions industry


Warner Bros Discovery and Paramount are in preliminary talks to merge the two companies. Here’s what such a deal could mean for the attractions industry

Disney to appeal after DeSantis lawsuit alleging political retaliation dismissed by judge


Disney has branded a decision by a judge to dismiss its lawsuit against Ron DeSantis as ‘dangerous’, with the company planning to appeal the decision as its ongoing dispute with the Florida governor continues

Pirates of the Caribbean theme park planned for St Vincent


The Caribbean island of St Vincent is eyeing cruise visitors for a major new theme park based on the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise

'Disneyland Forward' theme park expansion project in Anaheim moves forward


The future expansion of both Disney theme parks in Anaheim is a step closer to reality.

Theme parks building homes to ease workforce housing gaps


Orlando, Florida, is on the front line of an industry trend as major employers like Universal and Disney look to close the area’s workforce housing gap.

Companies seek new hires as new year rings in fresh opportunities for attractions industry


Entering 2024, companies across the attractions and themed entertainment industries are on the hunt for new talent. Check out some of the positions available right now worldwide

Disney World reintroduces pre-pandemic perks


The Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, has lifted two of its Covid restrictions to provide a more flexible guest experience.

FEC market to be worth US$30.7bn by 2032, says study


New research has said that the children and family entertainment centre sector will be worth US$30.7bn by 2032, with the market growing by more than 10% each year

Former Disney chairman Dick Nunis passes away


Former Walt Disney Attractions chairman Dick Nunis has died aged 91.

Cruise industry set for bumper year with record number of passengers booked for 2024


The cruise industry is lined up for a record year, with travellers from across the globe booking trips in greater numbers than even before as the travel sector bounces back from the effects of the global pandemic

DeSantis attorneys seek dismissal of free speech lawsuit filed by Disney


Attorneys for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have asked a federal judge to dismiss a free speech lawsuit filed against the Republican by Disney following a dispute stemming from the introduction of a state law banning classroom lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity for young children.

Former Disney Imagineer and industry veteran Scott Ault joins TDAC


European tourism and attractions consultants TDAC have added former Disney Imagineer Scott Ault to its growing team of industry experts

Epcot launches International Festival of the Holidays


Disney World’s Epcot has launched its winter season with its International Festival of the Holidays - a festive event running through to December 30.

‘No decisions made’ regarding major asset sales at Disney, says Iger ahead of building period for company


Disney CEO Bob Iger has played down the potential sale of Disney assets, saying that no decisions have been made regarding major sales.

World-class theme park and resort development coming to Mount Rushmore area


Storyland Studios is behind the development of Libertyland USA - a world class theme park and resort development coming to South Dakota in 2026

World of Frozen arrives at Hong Kong Disneyland


Disney’s first fully-themed Frozen land is now open at Hong Kong Disneyland, with World of Frozen the latest offering in major expansion of the company’s park portfolio

Bob Iger to discuss Disney’s future at town hall event


Disney CEO Bob Iger is set to host a company-wide town hall event on November 28, with Iger to discuss future opportunities and paint a clear picture for his plans going forward.

China’s ‘mega theme parks’ host 7.57 million visitors in 2022


A collection of 80 mega theme parks in China hosted a combined 7.57 million visitors in 2022 with revenues totalling US$2.13bn (€1.95bn, £1.73bn) during that year.

Next generation: How Triotech innovated a first of its kind attraction with Lagoon Park’s Primordial


September saw the debut of a brand-new addition to Salt Lake City’s Lagoon Park - a hybrid rollercoaster and dark ride experience known as Primordial. Planet Attractions speaks to Ernest Yale and Nol Van Genuchten about the experience and how its team brought the first-of-its-kind attraction to life

Disneyland’s Adventureland Treehouse set to open November 10th


One of Disnyeland’s oldest experiences is set to reopen to the public on November 10th, following a complete overhaul of the attraction for the second time in its history.

Disney Cruise Line makes first Australian voyage


The Disney Cruise Line has set sail for the first time from Australia, with the Disney Wonder departing from Sidney on October 28th.

Zootopia at Shanghai Disney Resort to open in December


Zootopia - the highly anticipated new land at Shanghai Disney Resort - is set to open to the public on December 20th.

IAAPA Expo 2023: Industry legends to share insights as panel explores launch of Universal Beijing during global pandemic


A panel of legends representing the elite of the attractions industry will share strategies utilised by Universal Beijing Resort to successfully open despite facing major challenges including the Covid-19 pandemic

Disneyland reveals Pixar Place hotel to open in January


Disneyland is getting a dramatic transformation converting its Paradise Pier Hotel into a Pixar-themed hotel ready to open for business at the end of January.

Disney World announces US$1.5m in Disney Grant donations for Florida non-profits


The Disney World Resort in Florida, US, will donate US$1.5m (€1.4m, £1.23m) to 19 local non-profit organisations that make positive changes to the community, the company has revealed,

Thought leaders: Benoit Cornet on how BoldMove is developing the total dark ride package


Benoit Cornet shares a fascinating insight into the world of dark rides and the emergence of his new company - BoldMove Nation

Journey of Water now officially open at Epcot


Disney’s new Moana attraction is now officially open at Epcot, with Journey of Water representing the latest addition to the Disney World Resort.

RWS global names Matt Dawson new vice president of business development for JRA


RWS Global has announced the appointment of former Forrec executive Matt Dawson as the new vice president of business development for JRA.

Disney occupies ‘unrivalled presence within the minds of people across the globe’, says analyst


Disney’s ability to create high-quality content on movies and TV along with real-world versions of these experiences allows the company to “occupy an unrivalled presence within the minds of people across the globe”.

Disney’s new Moana attraction soft opens at Epcot


Disney has soft opened its new

Chinese toy company Pop Mart launches its own theme park in Beijing


With its launch in 2010, Chinese toymaker Pop Mart set off a collectible craze with its anime-style figurines.

Record-breaking results as IAAPA Expo Europe concludes Vienna event


IAAPA Expo Europe has come to its conclusion, with lots of news coming out of the record-breaking event in Vienna

Everything you need to know about IAAPA Expo Europe 2023


IAAPA is gearing up for its largest EMEA event ever, with the 2023 edition of IAAPA Expo Europe taking place in Vienna between September 25 - 28. Here’s everything you need to know about the event

Disney stock drops after plan revealed to spend US$60bn on theme parks over next decade


Disney said it would double spending on theme parks, resorts and cruise lines to $60bn over the next decade, sending shares lower despite a boost to the business segment that has driven profits over the past year.

Black bear sighting forces partial Disney World closure


Parts of Disney World in Florida were forced to shut down after reports of a black bear on the loose.

Major theme park planned for Mitsubishi Estate in Yokohama


Japan's Mitsubishi Estate is set to build a theme park in the city of Yokohama that will rival the size of Tokyo Disneyland.

First look at Hong Kong Disneyland's ‘World of Frozen’


Hong Kong Disneyland has confirmed Nov. 20 as the opening date for the World of Frozen themed land based on the hit animated movies “Frozen” and “Frozen 2.” And, with two months until opening, first look images are now being released.

Everything announced for Disney’s parks at DestinationD23


The future of the Disney Parks, along with other travel arms of the Walt is looking bright after a presentation by Josh D’Amaro, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products chairman, at a DestinationD23 panel in Orlando, Florida.

Disney Treasure latest offering in ‘unprecedented expansion’ of Disney Cruise Line


The Disney Treasure cruise ship will set sail at the end of next year, with Disney unveiling its latest offering in a rapid expansion of its popular cruise operation

Shanghai Disney Resort reveals details of upcoming Zootopia land


The Shanghai Disney Resort in Pudong, China, has revealed a first look at its upcoming

New Big Hero 6 land, San Fransokyo Square, opens at Disney California Adventure


San Fransokyo Square, a new themed land offering dining and retail experiences, has opened at Disney California Adventure.

Disney World hosts largest-ever wish-granting event for World Princess Week


The Disney World resort has hosted its largest-ever wish-granting event with more than 50 children invited to the resort for its Once Upon A Wish Party

Ahsoka arrives at Disneyland following launch of Disney+ series


Following the launch of the Disney+ series, the

Attractions prepare as Hurricane Idalia arrives in Florida


Attractions across Florida have made preparations and many have closed following the arrival of Hurricane Idalia and predicted storm surges

SeaWorld ‘laying down a blueprint’ with industry-leading extreme heat policy


An extreme heat policy introduced to all SeaWorld operations in the US could see other operators follow suit following a tough weather-related summer for theme parks

DeSantis targets Disney employees in latest move against company


Florida’s Republican governor and Presidential hopeful, Ron DeSantis, has turned his eye to benefits received by Disney employees in his latest move against the company.

California and Florida theme parks hit by poor weather


What was originally forecast to be a strong summer for theme parks has been somewhat dampened by poor weather, with a number of major operators pointing to this as a factor for lower-than-expected attendance.

DeSantis calls for Disney to drop federal lawsuit against him


Republican governor Ron DeSantis has called for Disney CEO Bob Iger to drop the company’s federal lawsuit against the state of Florida

Astronaut Namira Salim reveals concept for Earth’s first ‘space hotel’ and resort


Astronaut and space diplomat Namira Salim has revealed plans to develop a new space tourism concept offering a space hotel, themed restaurants, a stargazing deck and a possible theme park

IAAPA reveals show highlights ahead of IAAPA Expo Europe 2023 in Vienna


IAAPA has offered a first glimpse at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, taking place in Vienna, Austria, in September

Disney parks reports US$8.3bn in revenue despite lower guest attendance in Florida


Disney’s parks and experiences division has reported US$8.3bn in revenue for Q3 2023, despite rising operational costs and lower guest attendance at the Disney World resort in Florida

JRA-designed Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame opens to the public


The Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame has opened following a two-year planning and design process led by JRA, part of RWS Global

Conservation groups call on UK government to revoke London Resort’s planning status


A number of wildlife organisations have called on the UK’s Levelling Up secretary Michael Gove to revoke the controversial London Resort’s status as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project

Justin Simien shares Haunted Mansion journey from Disney parks cast member to film director


Disney’s latest film release -

Disney Cruise Line launches progress report for fans to track construction of Disney Treasure


Disney Cruise Line (DCL) has debuted a new progress report that enables fans to track the construction of its upcoming cruise ship - the Disney Treasure.

Disney unveils water tower for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure ride


Disney has revealed a first glimpse at the water tower for its new Tiana’s Bayou Adventure ride.

Hundreds of Disney guests suddenly evacuated at Epcot


Hundreds of guests were suddenly evacuated from The Land pavilion at Disney World’s Epcot in Orlando, Florida, US, yesterday (July 24).

Haunted Mansion trailer shows latest transformation of Disney attraction into Hollywood blockbuster



Tickets now on sale for Disney100 exhibition heading to London this October


A touring exhibition celebrating 100 years of Disney is to open in London in October

Plans announced for US$2bn theme park and resort development in Oklahoma


A major US$2bn theme park and resort development comparable to the likes of Disney and Universal is set to open in 2026 in the state of Oklahoma

New holiday party coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this festive season


Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Disney World, Orlando, Florida, is to host a brand new holiday party this coming festive season.

Dronisos and Disneyland Paris set record for largest drone show in Europe


Dronisos has broken the record for the largest drone show ever performed in Europe, with the company behind Disneyland Paris’s Bastille Day nighttime spectacle

Modern Disney more stressful and less fun for families, says former Imagineer


A former Disney Imagineer has said the operator’s theme parks are more stressful and less fun for families.

Disney extends Bob Iger’s contract to 2026 as search for successor continues


Bob Iger has had his Disney contract extended by two years as the company continues to search for a successor following his surprise return as CEO last year

Applications open for 2024 Disney Dreamers Academy


Disney is seeking 100 applicants from black and underrepresented communities across the US for the 2024 edition of its Dreamers Academy scheme

Disney brings Hawkeye’s ‘Rogers: The Musical’ to life at California Adventure


Marvel’s ‘Rogers: The Musical’ has been brought to life with a limited time run of the musical seen in Hawkeye now on show at Disney California Adventure Park

Virtual Disney Metaverse theme park a ‘long-term possibility’


A virtual Disney theme park in the Metaverse remains a long-term possibility following a partnership between Disney and Apple’s upcoming Vision Pro headset

Disney reveals concept art for upcoming San Fransokyo Square at Disneyland Resort


Disney has revealed a first look at San Fransokyo Square, a new Big Hero 6-themed land opening at the Disneyland Resort in California in August

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon hosts ‘world’s largest swimming lesson’ event


Disney World played host to ‘World’s Largest Swimming Lesson’ - an annual event promoting safe water practices worldwide.

Disney World updates Genie+ to offer more flexible guest experience


The Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida, US, has updated its Genie + ride reservation system so that guests can choose to use it on a single-park basis.

DeSantis claims ‘legislative immunity’ in bid to dismiss Disney lawsuit


Florida’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis is seeking to dismiss Disney’s federal lawsuit against him, claiming that he has “legislative immunity”.

Disney’s chief diversity officer leaves company


Disney’s chief diversity officer and senior vice president Latondra Newton has left the company after more than six years in the position.

Five indoor waterparks that are forecasting future trends


WhiteWater’s Grant Poje showcases five indoor waterpark projects that are helping to advance the sector and boost the sector’s mainstream popularity

Iger could stay on at Disney following abrupt exit of Christine McCarthy


After Disney announced that its CFO Christine McCarthy is taking a family medical leave of absence from the company, it has been suggested that Bob Iger could stay on as CEO beyond his planned departure from the company in 2024

Disneyland Paris set to introduce new Pixar stage show


Disney has announced the debut of

Disney Cruise Line aims to inspire children in the Bahamas with backyard gardening project


Disney Cruise Line (DCL) has teamed up with several community organisations in the Bahamas to build a new garden at the Ranfurly Homes for Children, which is hoped will inspire the young residents to grow and eat their own produce.

Hong Kong Disneyland inaugurates city’s first-ever car park solar canopy


Hong Kong Disneyland Resort has held a ceremony to announce the first solar canopy car park project to come up in Hong Kong.

WATCH: Hong Kong Disneyland offers fly-through of under-construction World of Frozen


World of Frozen is currently under construction at Hong Kong Disneyland. Here’s how it’s looking at the moment

Bridging realities: How Miirage’s no-glasses holographic experience could change the game for immersive experiences


Miirage is a new modular holographic system bringing the virtual world to life without any additional need for mobile devices, screens or wearables. The creators behind the technology speak to Planet Attractions about the new product and exactly what it can do...

Toshio Kagami stepping down as CEO of Tokyo Disneyland


Toshio Kagami is to step down as CEO of Tokyo Disneyland operator Oriental Land Co after more than 25 years.

Dynamic Attractions to be sold in US$2m deal


Canadian ride manufacturer Dynamic Attractions is set to be sold to Hong Kong-based financial services firm Promising Expert Limited (PEL) in a deal worth US$2m (€1.9m, £1.6m).

Voting open for European categories in World Travel Awards


Voting has opened for the European categories of the World Travel Awards, with the Game of Thrones Studio Tour, Puy du Fou Espana and Alton Towers all selected as nominees for the prestigious prize.

NAACP says Florida is ‘actively hostile’ to minorities, issues travel advisory to tourists


US civil rights organisation the NAACP has warned minority tourists against visiting Florida due to several ‘discriminatory’ laws supported by Republican governor Ron DeSantis

Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser to close at Disney World after less than two years


Disney has announced that its Star Wars Galactic Starcruise experience will cease operations permanently in September 2023 after only 18 months

Disney scraps US$1bn Florida campus amidst DeSantis feud


Disney has scrapped plans for a US$1bn corporate campus in Lake Nono, Florida, as the company’s public feud with Florida governor Ron DeSantis continues

Iconic Spider-Man ride to close at Universal Studios Japan


Universal Studios Japan has announced the closure of The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man: The Ride, with the attraction to cease operations permanently in early 2024

Hong Kong Disneyland reveals first look at Frozen coaster as opening date for World of Frozen is announced


Disney Imagineering has shared a sneak peek at its first-ever Frozen rollercoaster, which is currently under construction at Hong Kong Disneyland

Disney park profits surge in second quarter earnings results


Disney’s parks division generated US$7.8bn in revenue in its second quarter - a 17% increase year-on-year for the operator.

Disney vs DeSantis: Florida governor’s oversight board files counter suit as Disney dispute escalates


The board appointed by Florida governor Ron DeSantis has filed a lawsuit against Disney just days after the entertainment giant sued the board for stripping it of its self-governed status

Disney sues Florida governor Ron DeSantis over ‘targeted campaign of government retaliation’


Disney has sued Florida governor and presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis, claiming the state’s retaliation for its stance on LGBTQ+ issues violates its constitutional rights

Disney’s fire-breathing dragon catches fire at Disneyland


The dragon from Disneyland’s Fantastmic show accidentally burst into flames this weekend, with the 45-foot structure’s head and then body quickly engulfed by the fire.

7thSense recognised with prestigious King’s Award Enterprise in International Trade


The first ever recipients of The King’s Awards for Enterprise have been announced, with 7thSense recognised for demonstrating outstanding short-term growth and commercial success in international trade over the last three years

Asad Ayaz named Disney’s first-ever chief brand officer


Disney’s leadership structure continues to change, with Bob Iger naming company veteran Asad Ayaz as the company’s first-ever chief brand officer

Tron Lightcycle Run finally opens at Disney’s Magic Kingdom after two-year delay


The highly-anticipated Tron/Lightcycle Run rollercoaster will open today (April 4) at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. The ride was originally scheduled to open in 2021 but experienced several setbacks due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Bob Iger brands governor Ron DeSantis retaliations against Disney ‘anti-business, anti-Florida’


Bob Iger has slammed Florida governor Ron DeSantis for for being ‘anti-business’ and ‘anti-Florida’ following moves to try and strip Disney of its self-governing power

Big Thunder Mountain reopens at Disneyland Paris following renovation


The Big Thunder Mountain rollercoaster has reopened at the Disneyland Paris resort after undergoing a month-long renovation.

Royal lives clause enters King Charles III into Disney vs DeSantis feud


Disney has managed to strip power from the newly-appointed board governing its Florida parks by invoking the name of King Charles III in an ongoing dispute with governor Ron DeSantis

Seatrade Cruise Global 2023: Disney Cruise Line coming to southeast Asia for first time


Disney Cruise Line (DCL) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) have announced plans to bring Disney cruises to the southeast Asia region for the first time.

Seatrade Cruise Global 2023: It IS a small world after all!


More musical fun at Seatrade this time from the Aruba stand with a tune that will surely be familiar to the Disney faithful.

Disney agrees US$18 an hour wage deal with Florida union


A union representing around 45,000 Disney employees has reached a deal with the company to pay its employees a minimum wage of US$18 per hour.

Sonia Coleman appointed to lead HR at Disney


Sonia Coleman has been appointed to lead human resources at Disney after being named executive vice president and chief human resources officer.

Disney unveils ‘real’ lightsaber at SXSW


Disney has revealed a ‘real’ lightsaber at this year’s SXSW, an arts and technology festival currently underway in Austin, Texas

Disney reveals rollerblading robot that could be coming to its theme parks



Industry veteran Bruce Vaughn set for return to Disney Imagineering


Bruce Vaughn is set to return to Disney Imagineering as chief creative officer, co-leading the division alongside Imagineering president Barbara Bouza

Disney World introduces wheelchair-using doll to ‘It’s a Small World’ attraction


The Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida, has introduced a new wheelchair-bound character to the ‘It’s a Small World’ attraction.

Ron DeSantis strips Disney of self-governing powers following ‘Don’t Say Gay’ row


Florida’s Republican governor has declared an end to Disney’s ‘corporate kingdom’ with new legislation seeing the state gaining effective control of the company’s Florida operations

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster closes at Disney World's Hollywood Studios



Disney plans to update Spider-Man attraction based on releases of future films


Disney has grand plans for its Spider-Man attractions, with the operator developing new interactive merchandise based on future films featuring the web-slinger, as well as possibly inserting new scenes to keep the ride current.

IAAPA to host new trade summit in Riyadh


IAAPA has partnered with Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) to launch a new trade summit dedicated to the region.

Disney releases new video looking back at 100 years of storytelling


Disney continues to celebrate its centenary, with the company unveiling a new video looking back at the last 100 years.

Disney to axe 7,000 jobs in US$5.5bn cost cutting plan following Q1 results


Disney is set to axe 7,000 people as part of a US$5.5bn cost cutting plan following its Q1 results. The operator’s parks however continue to thrive with the Parks, Experiences and Products division performing strongly

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway comes to Disneyland as part of Disney100 celebrations


Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is the featured addition to Disneyland as the park celebrates 100 years of Disney with a host of new attractions and experiences

Fortune names Disney world’s most-admired media and entertainment company for 20th consecutive year


Disney has been recognised as the top-ranked media and entertainment company on

Disney World supports bee populations with recycled gingerbread houses


Disney World has offered a look at the annual dismantling of its holiday gingerbread displays, sharing how it resues the massive structures to help support its bee populations.

WATCH: Disney shares preview of Tron Lightcycle/Run as opening date is announced


Tron Lightcycle/Run will open at Magic Kingdom on April 4, 2023, Disney World has revealed alongside a preview of the highly-anticipated attraction.

Disney spends US$13m on new drone show for Paris theme park



Global amusement and theme park markets projected to be worth $82 billion by 2028, new report reveals


A new report exploring the market dynamics of the global amusement and theme park industries estimates the sector to grow to $85bn in the next five years

Disney bringing major immersive experience to London, Berlin and Paris in 2023


Disney is celebrating 100 years with an adult-oriented immersive experience coming to London, Berlin and Paris in 2023

Disney’s Lunar New Year Celebrations return to Anaheim


Disney’s Lunar New Year Celebrations have made a triumphant return to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, US.

Disney theme park stock might not be as magical as it used to be


A new report from financial market specialist

Is Disney squeezing theme park customers?


Disney is facing criticism from a high-profile investor that is unusual in the business world: that it is squeezing money out of its theme park customers.

Nike chair Mark Parker named new Disney chairman


Nike chair and Disney director Mark Parker is set to succeed Susan Arnold as Disney’s new chairman

Tron Lightcycle / Run gets official launch date at Magic Kingdom


A ride under construction for more than five years thanks to the pandemic, Tron Lightcycle / Run is nearing completion with the attraction finally given an official opening date.

Disney makes consumer-focused changes to US park policy for first time since Iger’s return


Disney is introducing a number of consumer-friendly changes to its US parks, including an increase on the number of days its lowest-priced ticket will be available and increased access for annual passholders

Twelve of the biggest rollercoaster openings of 2023


It’s a new year with old records just waiting to be broken by some incredible new projects. Here are twelve blockbuster rollercoaster openings for the coming year

Disney employees must return to the office four days a week, says Iger


Disney CEO Bob Iger told hybrid employees on Monday (January 9) that they must return to corporate offices four days a week.

Hey Disney!’: Amazon Alexa-powered digital voice assistant gets Disney facelift


A new version of Amazon’s Alexa digital voice assistant will come complete with Disney branding and the ability to work alongside the operator’s MagicBand+ technology

Behind the scenes: New details for Disneyland’s ‘Wondrous Journeys'



Theatre fans go behind the scenes with New York’s brand new Museum of Broadway


A new museum dedicated to Broadway has opened its doors in New York City.

Citadel CEO Ken Griffin sends 10,000 staff to Disney World


Ken Griffin, CEO of multinational hedge fund and financial services company Citadel, has given 10,000 members of staff and their families a trip to Disney World.

Christine McCarthy emerges as potential contender to Disney throne


Following Bob Iger’s unexpected and sudden return to Disney last month, the company’s chief financial officer Christine McCarthy has emerged as a leading contender to eventually take over the attraction’s industry’s top job.

Magic Kingdom’s Splash Mountain to close in January ahead of Princess and the Frog retheming


Disney has announced that Splash Mountain will close its doors in January ahead of a refurbishment and retheming that will take out references to the controversial

Disney World welcomes black entrepreneurs for supply chain accelerator education programme


Disney Parks has teamed up with the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE) to introduce a supply chain accelerator programme focused on transforming the businesses of diverse entrepreneurs

Sale of Dismaland Banksy work will aid refugee charity


A sculpture famously part of Banksy’s Dismaland is about to be auctioned off with half the proceeds going to aid the refugees depicted in the art work.

Covid-19 closes Shanghai Disneyland again less than a fortnight after reopening


Shanghai Disneyland has been temporarily shut down once again thanks to Covid-19 protocols in China.

Michael Eisner and Florentino Perez had plans to turn world famous Real Madrid football club into €2.5bn theme park


Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez worked with a team of Disney executives including former CEO Michael Eisner on a plan to turn the world-famous football club into a theme park

Bob Iger to address Disney employees in town hall meeting


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Disney’s ‘The Gift’ wraps up three years of holiday storytelling through advertising



Bob Iger ‘disapproved’ over changes made by Bob Chapek during short Disney tenure


A report from The Wall Street Journal has suggested that Bob Iger, who this week was reappointed as Disney CEO, disapproved of a number of decisions made by his successor and now also predecessor, Bob Chapek.

Dronisos targets US market following exciting year


Dronisos is seeking partners in the US following a successful year, which saw the company serve as a technology partner for Disneyland Paris

Futuroscope’s Chasseurs de Tornades picks up Thea Award


The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) has recognised Futuroscope’s Chasseurs de Tornades (Tornado Chaser) with a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement.

IAAPA Expo 2022: 36,000 gather for industry extravaganza


More than 36,000 people travelled to Orlando in November for the annual spectacular known as IAAPA Expo. Planet Attractions was in attendance

Industry pays tribute to legendary Alberto Zamperla following his death


The attractions industry and wider attractions community has paid tribute to the legendary Alberto Zamperla following his death last week aged 71

Bob Iger named CEO of Disney as Bob Chapek is ousted


In a shocking move, Disney has reappointed Bob Iger as CEO, effective immediately, as Bob Chapek is ousted after less than three years in the role

Disney legends talk Epcot at IAAPA


We're in a packed theatre for this year's Legends Panel, talking Epcot and creativity with Rick Rothschild, Bob Weiss, Jodi McLaughlin, Kartika Rodriguez and panel host Bob Rogers.

IAAPA announces 2022 Brass Ring Awards finalists


IAAPA has unveiled the list of finalists for its prestigious Brass Ring Awards, with winners to be announced during a special ceremony at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida

Scruffy Dog to exhibit at IAAPA Expo for the first time in five years


The 2022 edition of IAAPA will see experience and attraction design firm Scruffy Dog return to the trade show floor for the first time since 2017

Four industry legends to be inducted into IAAPA Hall of Fame


Industry legends Joan Ganz Cooney, Xavier Lopez Ancona, Darrell Metzger and Dennis Speigel are all set to be inducted into IAAPA’s prestigious Hall of Fame at this month’s IAAPA Expo

Shanghai Disney shuts doors as visitors are unable to leave park without negative Covid test


Visitors to Shanghai Disney were shut inside the park, with people not allowed to leave the popular theme park until they were able to show a negative Covid test.

Frozen fun for Blizzard Beach as Disney announces Florida waterpark's November reopening


Disney World’s Blizzard Beach waterpark will reopen to the public next month with new Frozen additions following a lengthy refurbishment

Zeitgeist develops haunted houses for Hersheypark’s Dark Nights event


Creative firm Zeitgeist Design and Production is behind three of this year’s haunted houses at Hersheypark’s Halloween spectacular Dark Nights

Sony’s world-first theme and waterpark opens to the public in Thailand


A world-first theme and waterpark utilising Sony IPs has opened its doors in Pattaya, Thailand

WATCH: Meet AVIXA’s regional manager, UK and Ireland, Ben Barnard


AVIXA produces a number of popular events around the world, including InfoComm and Integrated Systems Europe. The organisation's regional manager for the UK and Ireland, Ben Barnard, spoke to Planet Attractions

Tokyo Disney cuts capacity by 20% for enhanced visitor experience


Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are set to reduce annual visitor numbers by 20% by 2024 - a major shift in emphasis for the park to provide greater customer satisfaction from less congestion and shorter wait times for attractions.

Disney legends set to come together to celebrate 40 years of Epcot


A panel of industry legends will share their stories about the creation and evolution of Disney’s Epcot at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida

Heavy flooding in Orlando as Hurricane Ian continues through Florida


More than a foot of rain fell overnight in Orange County last night with winds of up to 80mph, according to reports, with Disney World, Universal and other major theme parks in the area affected by the weather event.

WATCH: Meet Katapult’s creative strategist Kelly Herrick


Katapult brought its entire team down to this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe in London. The company’s creative strategist, Kelly Herrick, spoke to Planet Attractions

WATCH: Meet Vantage president Michael Jungen


Vantage announced the launch of The Joy Economy at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe. Planet Attractions spoke to the Whitewater division’s new president, Michael Jungen, about the campaign and what he hopes to deliver with the technology

Florida’s theme parks close as Hurricane Ian approaches


After initially monitoring the approach of Hurricane Ian, Florida’s major theme parks have all taken the decision to close for both today (September 28) and Thursday (September 29).

Hurricane Ian set to hit Florida as theme parks prepare for ‘storm of the century’


As Florida prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Ian, here’s how the state’s theme parks are handling the situation

Disneyland extends DLight show run by 12 months


Leading drone entertainment specialist Dronisos has confirmed that Disneyland Paris’ has extended the run of its DLight daily show for an additional 12 months.

Everything you need to know about IAAPA Expo Europe 2022


IAAPA Expo Europe is coming to London this September. Here’s everything you need to know about the event

A new take on dark rides: Ernest Yale and Nol van Genuchten on OCT’s game-changing walkthrough attraction from Triotech


OCT Group has debuted a first-of-its-kind attraction at its new Fabland Valley Resort in China. Triotech’s Ernest Yale and Nol van Genuchten speak to Planet Attractions about the exciting new multi-path dark ride, how it came to be and what it could mean for future attractions

PortAventura set to build solar farm to provide the theme park with green energy


The multi-million-euros project will enable PortAventura to get one-third of its annual energy from clean electricity, and should be ready to power the park by the end of the year

Museum of Ice Cream’s fifth location opens its doors in Shanghai


As well as multi-sensory, playful and colourful installations, the attraction has a café, bar and retail store

Disney reveals first images of Epcot’s new Moana attraction


Disney has shared the latest update in its ongoing overhaul of Epcot - a brand new Moana attraction inspired by water.

Disney’s Big Thunder Moutain is getting its own movie adaptation


Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain is about to get the Hollywood treatment with the classic ride set to be turned into its own feature film.

‘We’re very flexible’ says Chapek in response to anger over Disney’s increasing park prices


Bob Chapek has been questioned about anger on social media over increasing park prices with the Disney CEO telling

Earnings reports: SeaWorld, Cedar Fair and Universal all soar in the face of Covid-19


SeaWorld, Cedar Fair and Universal have all experienced strong second quarters with the operators also revealing some hints as to what’s coming for each in the near future

Cast member confronts guest for lying about his birthday at Disney’s discourteous dining establishment


Whispering Canyon Café, an eatery located inside Disney’s Wilderness Lodge at the Disney World resort, offers a unique dining experience for its visitors.

Zootopia skyline taking shape at Shanghai Disneyland


While Shangai Disney Resort has not revealed an opening date for its Zootopia attraction, the immersive land is coming together with new images showing skyscrapers being lifted into the park for installation.

Mickey Mouse’s IP future revealed as public domain date looms


Following news that Mickey Mouse - the mascot of Disney and an icon of the entertainment giant’s theme parks - could soon follow in the footsteps of Winnie the Pooh and become public domain in 2024, the future of the mouse’s likeness has been revealed, and it’s good news for Disney.

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage reopens at Disneyland following year-long refurbishment


Disneyland’s Finding Nemo attraction has undergone a complete renovation, with the new attraction reopening to the public after a year-long closure

D23 Expo tickets sell out



MagicBand+ technology set for July 27 launch at Walt Disney World


Disney is about to launch its upgraded MagicBand+, with the wearable technology offering a host of new features for visitors

From The Community: Climbing Colossus, Holiday World and Disney’s Dole Whip Day


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

‘We're the industry of fun and it's time to have fun again’: Peter van der Schans on IAAPA EMEA, industry challenges and what to expect at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe


Planet Attractions travelled to Belgium recently to meet Peter van der Schans, IAAPA’s new executive director and vice president for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. Here’s what he had to say

Avengers Campus unveiled at Disneyland Paris ahead public grand opening


The Avengers have assembled, this time in Paris for the launch of Avengers Campus at Disneyland Paris with stars Brie Larson, Pom Klementieff and Iman Vellani (and even Bob Chapek) all on-hand for the spectacular opening event

Dave Bautista takes a ride on Epcot’s new Guardians of the Galaxy coaster


Actor and former professional wrestler Dave Bautista took a trip to Epcot this week, with Drax the Destroyer himself taking a ride on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.

Splash Mountain reimagined as Tiana’s Bayou Adventure for 2024



From The Community: The Bizzare Garfield dark ride, Alton Towers as an F1 track and how Disneyland is responsible for the creation of Doritos


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

Disney celebrates launch of Disney Wish


Following its official christening yesterday, Disney Cruise Line has released new imagery from the ceremony, celebrating the landmark launch.

Disney Wish christened ahead of debut voyage


The Disney Wish will soon set sail with visitors on board following a special christening event in Port Canaveral, Florida

‘Right leader at the right time’: Bob Chapek to remain at Disney until at least 2025 after board unanimously agrees contract extension


After months of speculation, Disney has extended the contract of Bob Chapek, with the company CEO set to stay at its head until at least 2025

Disney board gathers in Florida as Bob Chapek endures bumpy ride in charge of entertainment giant


Navigating through the pandemic and handling operations not only in parks, but across all of Disney’s various outlets, stepping into Bob Iger’s shoes has not been an easy task for Bob Chapek.

Reimagined Finding Nemo musical opens at Disney’s Animal Kingdom


The new Finding Nemo production opened at Animal Kingdom in early June and features a new script and set design

Shanghai Disney ready to reopen as city prepares for return to normality


Shanghai is awaiting the full reopening of Shanghai Disney Resort, and a return to normality in general by the end of June, with a partial reopening this week signalling the first steps towards that goal in the Chinese city.

Disney Cruise Line takes delivery of the Disney Wish


During a traditional maritime ceremony held yesterday (June 9) in Bremerhaven, Germany, Disney Cruise Line (DCL) took delivery of its newest ship, the Disney Wish.

‘Air bags, please’: Spider-Man stunt robot suffers crash landing at Avengers Campus


You might remember a few months ago a cleverly-edited video made it look like the Spider-Man animatronic at Avengers Campus had crashed into a wall. Well, you no longer need the edited version, as Peter Parker really did endure a crash landing, causing some damage to Avengers Campus in the process.

WATCH: Go behind the scenes of Epcot’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind


With Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind now open at Walt Disney World, Disney has released a behind-the-scenes look at how the attraction and its special scenes have been brought to life

Shanghai Disney Resort set to partially reopen following Covid lockdowns


Shanghai Disney Resort has said that it will reopen some retail and park areas from Friday but the main Disneyland park, Disneytown and its two resort hotels will remain closed until further notice.

Virtual walkthrough unveiled for Walt Disney’s Kansas Laugh-O-Gram Studio


Thank You Walt Disney, Inc has launched a virtual tour of Walt Disney’s historic Laugh-O-Gram Studio, with the historic animation site set to open to the public following work in Q4 2023

Splash Mountain’s Princess & the Frog overhaul coming in 2024, says movie’s star


Anika Noni Rose, who voiced Tiana in the 2009 hit, revealed that The Princess and the Frog ride could open in 2024 during an appearance on US morning show Live with Kelly and Ryan

The ‘great resignation’ hits Florida theme parks


Staffing struggles following pandemic cutbacks continue to cause issues for a number of industries, especially the visitor attractions industry, which is now having to deal with larger crowds following restricted audiences for the last two years.

Disney poaches Apple executive to lead company’s metaverse strategy


A new report from

Malaysian animation studio plans new theme park to appeal to Upin & Ipin fans across Southeast Asia


The cartoon twins are popular in Malaysia and Indonesia, and will be used as the IP for the proposed attraction

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opens at Epcot



Disney’s Animal Kingdom launches new fitness initiative for African rhinos



Chris Evans announces sneak peek of upcoming ‘Lightyear’ at Disney Parks


Actor Chris Evans has revealed that starting tomorrow (May 20th), guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Disney World Resort will be able to get an early look at scenes from Disney and Pixar’s newest sci-fi adventure,

The generation game: How modern POS is transforming attractions operations


How do you develop a POS system that caters to both digital natives and the generation before them? Convious’s Miendu Dang has the answers

Halloween on the High Seas to return to Disney Cruise Line with all-new themed programming


Returning this Autumn, Disney Cruise Line’s Halloween on the High Seas will include new one-of-a-kind Halloween experiences

Ryan Stana and Robin Breese-Davies on what’s next for RWS and ted


Following the RWS acquisition of The Experience Department, Planet Attractions travelled to ted HQ to meet RWS CEO Ryan Stana and ted CEO Robin Breese-Davies to see what’s next following the landmark deal

Delaware Museum of Nature and Science to reopen as a ‘Tik-Tok-friendly’ attraction following multi-million-dollar renovation


The Delaware Museum of Nature and Science is set to reopen on May 23 following an extensive renovation

New on-ride footage released for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at Epcot



Michael Jungen to lead WhiteWater’s Vantage as new president


Former Disney man Michael Jungen has taken up a new position as the president of WhiteWater’s Vantage division.

Orlando Magic stars visit Disney World



Imagineers reunited for Disneyland Paris’ 30th-anniversary celebrations



Two sustainability mantras from the House of Gucci movie


What can the House of Gucci movie teach us about sustainability? WhiteWater’s Una de Boer tells all

Back with a bang: TEA Summit and Thea Awards Gala return


Leaders in the themed entertainment industry gathered last month for the return of TEA Summit and Thea Awards Gala for the first time in two years. Christine Kerr on behalf of the TEA and Nicole Sangster from Thea Award recipients Simworx both report on the event

‘The Imagineers are on it’: Encanto songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda hints at potential plans for Disney’s parks


Lin-Manuel Miranda says that Disney’s Imagineers ‘are on it’ when it comes to the development of a new Encanto attraction for Disney’s theme parks

Disney’s communication chief leaves role after just a few months


Disney has parted ways with its head of corporate affairs, following a turbulent few months for the company in terms of public relations.

New teaser hypes May 27 launch of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind



Connections Café opens at Epcot


As part of its continued transformation, Disney World’s Epcot has officially opened Connections Café - a new addition promising a unique dining experience for its visitors.

One of Disney’s oldest attractions is set to undergo a retheming


Tarzan’s Treehouse at Disneyland in California, US, is set to get a complete overhaul for the second time in its 59-year history, with the attraction to be rethemed with a new IP in 2022.

Getting off tax-free: Disney-DeSantis feud won't affect US$578m tax break


While Florida's governor Ron DeSantis may have targetted Disney last week with a bill that sees the company lose control of its ability to self-govern its theme parks and resorts in the state, hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks recently lavished on the entertainment giant will reportedly remain untouched.

Hettema Group and Themespace merge to form THG


The Hettema Group and Themespace are to combine their talents to form a single independent creative studio known as THG

TEA Summit enters second day



Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park finally allowed to reopen after Covid restrictions eased


With Hong Kong’s worst outbreak of Covid-19 finally starting to subside, authorities have relaxed pandemic restrictions, meaning that Disneyland and Ocean Park can finally reopen their doors.

Cirque du Soleil celebrates Deaf History Month



RWS Entertainment Group announces acquisition of The Experience Department


ted is the latest company to come under the RWS umbrella, with the entertainment group now able to add a number of new strings to its ever-expanding bow

‘Don’t Say Gay’ feud escalates as Florida Senate advances bill to strip Disney of self-governing status


Disney’s opposition to Florida’s contentious new state law which limits discussion of LGBTQ issues in schools could see the operator lose its self-governing status as a result of suspending political donations

What impact has Disneyland Paris had on France's social and economic landscape?



Immersive Avatar experience coming to Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay


Cityneon, Disney Location-Based Experiences and Lightstorm Entertainment have collaborated to develop an all-new Avatar attraction coming to Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay later this year

Moon Knight comes to Avengers Campus


With Marvel’s

Former Disney chief Bob Iger linked with Chelsea FC sale


Could Bob Iger be Chelsea FC’s co-saviour? The former Disney man has been linked as an investor for the Premier League club alongside Steve Pagliuca

Encanto set to take over Disneyland’s iconic Small World ride


You CAN talk about Bruno at Disneyland this spring, with the multi-Platinum-certified song set to take over the iconic It’s a Small World ride as part of an Encanto celebration

WATCH: Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind arrives at Epcot next month


Walkman’s at the ready, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind finally has its launch date, with the Vekoma reverse launch coaster set to make its debut in May.

Disney employees stage walkout over company response to controversial ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill


Disney continues to do damage control over Florida’s controversial ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill with some employees staging a walkout over its response to the legislation.

Disneyland closed as Shanghai reports highest ever daily Covid cases


Shanghai Planetarium, Shanghai Museum and more than 100 city parks have already closed to the public

Cityneon’s VR Machu Picchu experience scoops Lumiere Award


The immersive experiential design firm won in the category for ‘Best Use of VR’ for its Machu Picchu and the Spirit of the Condor virtual reality (VR) experience



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