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Attack on Titan will be the subject of a new flying theatre film from Brogent, with the company also planning the launch of new projects in the US, Mexico South Korea and Hong Kong


Attractions.io continues to champion the guest experience in 2024 with a host of new product releases. Here’s what the company has coming this year


There’s a trend on social media that is seeing more and more virtual and AI influencers gain significant popularity, should you be using them to promote your attractions? Tom Anstey explores...


Plans for a second Great Wolf waterpark in the UK could soon be finalised after an ‘in-principle’ deal was agreed for a proposed attraction in Basingstoke


The UK’s Science Museum Group has revealed a significant partnership with the Saudi Ministry of Culture which includes the development of a new Museums Hub in Riyadh as the two nations focus on boosting co-operation, cultural exchange and more in the museum sector


WhiteWater is set for a big 2024, with the waterpark supplier outlining a host of projects set to open their doors in the coming year


McDonald’s is bringing its manga counterpart to life with its new ‘WcDonald's’ campaign introducing an immersive dining experience among other anime-themed products


Sweden is hailing the launch of what it calls “the world’s cleanest snowmobile”, with the electric vehicle also designed to maximise the product life span.


As staff at the Eiffel Tower continue to strike over the monument's management, France’s culture minister has suggested classifying the iconic building as a national monument, which would allow the state to help fund necessary works


WWE is offering the ‘ultimate’ five-day fan experience during the week of this year’s Wrestlemania, with WWE World offering a host of immersive experiences, exhibits and interactions this April


Fans of My Neighbor Totoro will finally get the chance to ride the iconic Catbus for real starting next month when a fleet of special vehicles make their debut at Japan’s Ghibli Park


Normandy’s historic D-Day landing beaches could finally be named a Unesco World Heritage Site with the cultural organisation now ready to consider a new application 80 years on from the event that marked the beginning of Europe’s liberation from the Nazis


Swedish amusement park Liseberg has said that it will rebuild its Oceana waterpark following a fire that led to the death of one person and almost entirely destroyed the attraction.


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.


The British Museum has been bombarded with social media messages from Chilean Instagram users demanding the return the institution’s iconic Easter Island statues from its collection


Clearwater Marine Aquarium's Rising Tides project will see the launch of a new Manatee Rehabilitation Center


Dutch rollercoaster manufacturer Vekoma has revealed details of a new AU$35m (US$23m, €21.2m, £18.2m) family thrill ride opening at Australia’s Dreamworld later this new year.


A vote will take place on February 21 to decide whether or not a toppled statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston will go on display in Bristol's M Shed museum


Schlitterbahn New Braunfels will open a new child-focused section later this year, with Schatze’s Storybrook Park set to open in the summer with the first Master Blaster attraction built specifically for children


John Wick is the latest major IP to be announced for Las Vegas’s immersive entertainment district Area15, with the new experience taking visitors inside the world of the franchise as they navigate their own high-stakes action adventure


Gone are the days of stuffy and quiet museums. In today's world, people seek unique experiences, an escape from reality, and a place where they can immerse themselves and express their creativity. With this in mind, we have asked our designers about the trends that are currently shaping museums. Read on to discover their insights


With thousands of visitors from across the world expected to attend a landmark DEAL event, its organisers are urging companies to secure final booths, promising this year’s show will ‘redefine the landscape of FECs, theme parks and the amusement industry’


Triotech has announced a partnership with sales and project consultancy firm JNELC in order to expand the Canadian company’s reach in Europe


Belgium’s Bellewaerde Park is investing €21m in a new themed land for 2024. Erik Huijing visited Mundo Amazonia ahead of its opening next month to get a behind the scenes look at the upcoming addition to the park


Saudi Arabia’s tourism push is hitting the rails with the country investing US$75m into an Orient Express-style luxury train that will travel to two of the Kingdom’s World Heritage Sites


Legendary professional wrestler Triple H has shared a first look at The Undertaker’s Graveyard Escape - an attraction coming to the all new WWE Experience, set to open this week in Riyadh


Two Vekoma coasters coming to Warner Bros Movie World’s upcoming Wizard of Oz themed land have been named after new details about the new land were unveiled by the park


Legoland’s upcoming Minifigure Speedway is taking shape ahead of its opening later this year, with the record-breaking ‘Roxie’ now in place as the ride’s centrepiece


Two people are in critical condition following an incident in which a tree fell onto PortAventura’s Tomahawk coaster


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


From waterpark suppliers and media specialists to creative designers, dark ride producers and operations specialists, Planet Attractions has gone to every corner of the globe to find out what’s hot in 2024


Liseberg’s under construction Oceana waterpark has been almost totally destroyed following a major fire that has seen 22 people seek medical care, while one man remains missing


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


Triotech and BoldMove have jointly announced the launch of the new Smash and Reload Maxi dark ride product alongside a new IP - Voodoo Festival


Connect&GO has announced a client partnership with Wicked Waves Water Park and Cape Cod Inflatable Park, with the attraction utilising the company’s Konnect platform to help simplify park operations and modernise its management technology


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


Work will soon start on a multi-million dollar development in North Dakota, with the Wave Waterpark Resort in Fargo, North Dakota, set to open in February 2026


Blenheim Palace has announced a ‘groundbreaking’ organic waste project that will act as a ‘major step’ towards such sites meeting net zero sustainability goals


Hours after appearing in court following her arrest during a protest, climate campaigner Greta Thunberg appeared at the London Science Museum to protest the institution’s ties with fossil fuel supplier Adani


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


With records for the tallest, fastest and longest rollercoaster all set to be broken by a single ride, it should give you an idea of the kind of thrills in-store for thrillseekers this year as we list 26 of the biggest coaster launches coming in 2024


A new trackless dark ride is coming to Cadbury World following Merlin’s acquisition of the popular British attraction, with Cadbury Chocolate Quest taking visitors on a journey to make a real bar of chocolate


Charity organisation Survival International has called on Prince Harry to ‘distance himself’ from African Parks and step down from its board, after allegations emerged accusing some of its guards of abuse against Indigenous people


BTS are on their way to the Philippines with an immersive exhibition dedicated to the K-Pop sensations set to make its debut in the country in May


SeaWorld Entertainment is soon to be no more, with the company set to change its name to United Parks and Resorts to ‘better reflect’ its collection of parks and experiences in the US and abroad


The game changing Epic Universe has been dubbed Universal’s ‘most ambitious theme park yet’, with the operator offering a first official look at its fourth Orlando gate


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 Giant has its first location, with the mammoth moving attraction and accompanying exhibition set to open at the American Dream Mall in New Jersey, US, in 2025


Japanese authorities are fighting over tourism on Mount Fuji by announcing plans to introduce a toll and visitor cap on the World Heritage site’s most popular hiking trail


Merlin, Lego and Hasbro are teaming up to create new Duplo theme visitor experiences based on the Peppa Pig IP


The American Heritage Museum has unveiled the restoration of a WWII-era German Deutsche Reichsbahn Rail Car in the first phase of a project aiming to develop a comprehensive permanent exhibit remembering the Holocaust


Tom Hanks is bringing visitors to the moon and back with a new immersive experience co-written by the actor currently on show at London’s Lightroom


Malta National Aquarium has opened a brand new attraction from Triotech that blends state-of-the-art technology with special effects to create an exciting and educational underwater experience


Semnox Solutions has been named a technology partner at Palooza Park in Marrakech. The collaboration marks the attractions technology provider’s first project in Morocco


Two whale sharks at the Notojima Aquarium in Japan, have died after equipment failures, from the Noto earthquake, caused their environment to degenerate


Nominations are open ahead of the sixth edition of the annual MENALAC Awards, with the event set to celebrate the best in class for leisure and attractions in the MENA region


AV specialist Christie has for the third time in its history won an Academy Award, with Mike Perkins recognised for his work on the design and development of the Christie E3LH projection system


A former department store in Texas is set to become the new home of the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum following a multi-million-dollar renovation


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


Prague Planetarium is currently undergoing a major redevelopment that will see the STEM attraction open Europe’s first and the world’s largest LED dome to the public in 2025


Melbourne’s Sea Life aquarium has undergone a major transformation, with the Merlin attraction’s Oceanarium undergoing an AU$9m redevelopment to turn it into the bioluminescent Night on the Reef exhibit


An Australian natural heritage attraction will undergo a significant renovation project to protect the site and streamline the visitor experience


A new AI-powered Elvis Presley concert experience billed as a celebration of the artist’s life and legacy is coming to London later this year


A cultural attraction dedicated to China’s Great Wall will become a national museum when it reopens in 2025 following an extensive renovation


Just a quick message from everyone at Planet Attractions to say thank you and to wish you a happy holiday


The British Museum has been branded ‘astonishingly out of touch’ after announcing its decision to accept a record-breaking £50m donation from oil giant BP


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


Orlando could be about to welcome a major new attraction, with Ocean Sports Development leading a US$45m (€41.1m, £35.6m) project anchored around a 52,000sq m (566,000sq ft) pool capable of producing artificial waves - the first of many planned for locations across the US.


A new visitor attraction dedicated to Manchester City has opened its doors in Abu Dhabi, with the new City Challenge offering visitors a chance to show off their footballing skills through a range of immersive experiences


The English town of Bedford could be a surprising contender for Universal’s next theme park and resort development, with the operator confirming plans are ‘at the early stages’ for what would be a landmark attraction destination for the UK


Alterface is eyeing malls and FECs in China for its Action League Interactive Thrill Ride, after the company announced its first such attraction in the country is set to open at Suzhou Paradise Forest World in May next year


Argentina no longer has a Ministry of Culture after its new President Javier Milei abolished the government office one day into his four year tenure


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


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


Christie has supplied a number of projection solutions for Museum X - an exciting immersive experience that recently opened to the public in South Korea


A major new addition is coming to Japan’s Yomiuriland, with the operator announcing plans to develop a nature-based Pokémon theme park at its home in Tokyo


As the MENA attractions market continues to surge, DEAL represents one of the most important business opportunities of 2024. Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, president of show organisers International Expo-Consults speaks about this year’s upcoming event


A new attraction from developer HyperSpace has opened its doors in Riyadh, with the ‘digital theme park’ acting as a hybrid of content creation arena and videogame for its visitors


Legendary rock band Kiss have promised to ‘change music performance history’, after unveiling their own digital avatars and announcing a special stage show working with the likes of Thierry Coup, Industrial Light & Magic, and Pophouse Entertainment Group


Universal has announced the launch of two hotels to open in 2025, with Universal Stella Nova and Universal Terra Luna forming the first part of the operator’s upcoming Epic Universe development


You can now pass beyond the doors of the Hobbiton Movie set in New Zealand, with director Sir Peter Jackson behind the development of two ‘83% human size’ Hobbit holes for visitors to explore


Sansei Technologies has announced the acquisition of leading experience design firm Forrec, with the Japanese ride and equipment manufacturer promising to elevate the guest experience through the new partnership


Universal has unveiled the name of its upcoming children’s theme park and resort destination, with Universal Kids Resort set to open in Frisco in 2026


The soon-to-open Wisdome Stockholm at Tekniska Museet is the latest development as part of a national project to boost STEM activities and encourage sustainable construction methods across Sweden


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


Saudi Arabia has won a bid to host World Expo 2030 in Riyadh, with US$7.8bn set to be invested into building a site that focuses on ‘shaping a prosperous and sustainable future’


Scruffy Dog and Sela have teamed up to produce Wonder Garden - an immersive experience offering ‘limitless creativity’ during Riyadh Season


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


Miral has announced a major expansion of its Yas Waterworld waterpark, with the award-winning attraction set to add more than 3.3km of slides across 16,9000sq m to the destination by 2025


Kids Industries has created a range of immersive experiences such as Legoland’s Lego Mythica: World of Mythical Creatures. Its CEO, Gary Pope, shares his thoughts on the arrival of Netflix’s recently-launched ‘Squid Game: The Challenge’ and how this reflects on the growing LBE market


Formula 1 and Tottenham Hotspur are joining forces to deliver a first-of-its-kind karting experience that will allow people of all abilities to feel as though they are part of an F1 Grand Prix


This year's IAAPA Expo brought huge news from across the industry, with Falcon’s Flight - the record-breaking coaster by Intamin coming to Six Flags Qiddiya - among the headliners


IAAPA Expo is making its grand return to Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center this week, with the 2023 edition of the event selling out its trade show floor for the first time since 2019


AV specialist Christie will showcase product capabilities of MicroTiles LED technology with video wall at IAAPA Expo 2023


At this year’s IAAPA Expo, BoldMove will host its first booth on the show floor, celebrating the milestone with the launch of a new IP for its Smash & Reload dark ride


At this year’s IAAPA Expo, WhiteWater will launch a new zero-G waterslide alongside several new attractions


RWS Global will make its trade show debut at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with the company set to showcase its projects from the past 12 months


Dual additions to accesso’s product portfolio have strengthened the attractions technology provider’s offering in 2023. Steve Drake, accesso’s senior vice president of Global Initiatives, speaks to Planet Attractions


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


Sacoa Cashless System is set to reveal a number of new features for its payments solution at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with the company also announcing a new partnership with Brazilian FEC chain HotZone


A coaster themed after gravy and Thanksgiving dinner is among the offerings this IAAPA season, with Vekoma highlighting a host of major projects set to open in 2024 at this year’s Expo


Six Flags and Cedar Fair are merging in an US$8bn deal that will create a new theme park powerhouse in the North American market


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


Semnox will introduce a number of innovative new solutions at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with a bigger booth and a larger team on-hand to welcome attendees to the Orlando show


Simworx is set to celebrate the opening of Europe’s first Pegasus Flying Theatre attraction at IAAPA Expo, with the company also set to showcase several attractions innovations during this year’s show


Intamin’s Lukas Spieldiener speaks to Planet Attractions on the launch of a number of immersive projects this year, with further such attractions also in the pipeline for 2024 and beyond


Among its offerings at this year’s IAAPA Expo, leading guest experience platform Attractions.io is set to launch its MapLayr mapping engine and wayfinding solution as a stand-alone software development kit with the product set to go on show at the annual attractions spectacular


Bringing together some of the industry’s leading suppliers under one banner, the Attractions Technology Lab returns to Orlando next month to showcase a complete technical mock-up of a dark ride experience, with a behind the scenes look at how such an attraction comes to life


The Messi Experience - an immersive visitor attraction dedicated to global footballing megastar Lionel Messi - will open its doors in Miami in April next year


Officials from Israeli museums have called on the International Council of Museums to recognise Hamas as a terror organisation “akin to the Taliban”


The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has debuted a brand new 3D digital display at its entrance, with a six minute show offering guests a look at the past, present and future of the US space programme


A major cultural attraction has opened its doors in Manchester, with the £210m Aviva Studios representing the largest investment in a national cultural project since the opening of Tate Modern in 2000


Yorkshire’s Craven Museum has beaten off competition from some of the UK’s top museums, galleries, historic homes and heritage sites to be named the winner of this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award


Attractions.io has partnered with Alton Towers to introduce an industry-first in-app dynamic lighting map to be utilised at the operator’s popular Scarefest and Ultimate Fireworks Spectacular events


A new free-roaming immersive Angry Birds experience has made its debut, with the Pigvasion sending players on a mission to recover stolen eggs from some villainous pigs


Morty - an experience app which describes itself as ‘the ultimate social copilot for you and your friends’ - has raised more than US$2.2m as the company expands operations into the haunted attractions market


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


Bing and Flop will continue to appear at Gulliver’s theme parks until at least 2025, with the operator announcing an extension to its popular partnership with series producer Acamar films


Bowling operator Lane7 has announced the launch of its largest site to date, with further plans to open its first location in the British capital and its first site overseas as the company continues to grow


The Association of Science and Technology Centers has announced the winners of this year’s Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards, with each recognised for their dedication to increasing the understanding of and engagement with science and technology among all people


ADG’s Julie Kline speaks to Planet Attractions on everything the company has to offer, including the upcoming US$400m Okana development in Oklahoma


A redeveloped shopping venue will soon become home to Immersive Fort Tokyo - an all new immersive theme park experience which its developers say will be the first of its kind


Alex Book, co-founder and chief strategy officer at Arcade – The Creative Reality Company, explains how attractions and cultural institutions can make use of immersive technologies to reach new audiences


A new exhibit from the National WWII Museum in New Orleans will give its visitors the opportunity to have conversations with some of the heroes of World War II, with AI technology powering the upcoming Voices from the Front experience


Seattle Aquarium is promising comic mischief following the launch of an Animal Crossing exhibit at the popular attraction with the Nintendo partnership running through to the end of the year


Record numbers of retailers and visitors from France, Germany, Italy and Spain were in attendance at this year’s Brand Licensing Europe (BLE), with this year’s event placing special emphasis on location based entertainment (LBE).


Vekoma has a number of high-profile projects and products in development, with the company highlighting a number of major projects set to open in 2024 and beyond


How do you create a successful stay at the waterpark for families with young children? WhiteWater’s Mark Weston has the answers


The 2023 edition of the Brand Licensing Expo is to host a new location-based entertainment trail offering special events in partnership with several major brands and IP


Intamin, Simworx and Vekoma are among the winners in this year’s Park World Excellence Awards, with 2023’s recipients named at a glamorous show in Vienna, Austria


One of the Isle of Wight’s most popular attractions is up for sale, with Robin Hill now on the market following a ‘prolonged period of financial turbulence’


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


Triotech has announced the launch of its latest project - a ‘next generation interactive dark coaster at Salt Lake City’s Lagoon Park


Chessington World of Adventures is your 2023 UK Theme Park of the Year, with Alton Towers, Drayton Manor and Blackpool Pleasure Beach also picking up big wins in this year’s UK Theme Park Awards


Rollercoaster manufacturer Vekoma is set to exhibit its new Family Launch and Super Boomerang Coasters at IAAPA Expo Europe


RWS Global will in attendance at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe to discuss major projects including the opening of the Hasbro City FEC, as well as several cruise line and resort partnerships


There’s a transformative shift happening when it comes to use of technology in attractions management. Anthony Palermo, co-founder of Connect&GO, spoke to Tom Anstey...


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


Experiential design firm FORREC will showcase several of its latest projects, including the upcoming American Heartland Theme Park resort in Oklahoma, US


AV specialist Christie is to showcase new additions to its M 4K RGB projector series as well as new projects, including an immersive visitor attraction in Toronto, Canada


Experience UK’s UK Pavilion will return at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, with the booth offering an ‘experiential showcase of British ingenuity’ to all attendees


Triotech will showcase several new projects and rides at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, including its Stand Up Theater and Qube attractions


The Pokémon Company has announced an unusual collaboration that will see the popular Pokémon IP arrive at the Vincent Van Gogh Museum for a special event


NASA and the USDA Forest Service are offering public facing STEM operations in the US the chance to plan a ‘living piece of spaceflight history’ with seedlings literally flown to the moon and back


Attractions technology provider accesso will showcase the capabilities of it’s new PoS platform; accessoFreedom


Visitors to this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe will be able to walk away with a number of unique items and VIP experiences thanks to a charity auction to be held at the event in Vienna


Media-based attractions developer Brogent will showcase a new flying theatre attraction and film at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe


A stolen Van Gogh painting has been recovered by a private detective after its holder declared the work “a massive headache” to keep in their possession


The famous Italian city of Venice is set to tackle over-tourism with the introduction of a €5 a day entry fee for visitors to the Unesco World Heritage Site


Attractions.io will showcase its guest experience platform at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, with representatives on hand to guide visitors through the platform


WhiteWater is set to announce several new projects at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe. The waterpark manufacturer will also showcase its line of Blaster water rides at the event


A US$14.5m project, including a new planetarium, has been approved for the town of Spartanburg in South Carolina, US


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


Ticketing specialist Convious will host several education sessions on revenue, visitor experience and operations at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe in Vienna


At this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, Simworx will showcase a new turnkey ride concept, alongside its expansive portfolio of dynamic media-based attractions


A new Nerf-themed attraction is coming to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, with the major new addition to the area set to open in 2024


Scotland’s V&A Dundee museum has removed the Sackler name from its displays as a result of the family’s alleged links to the US opioid crisis


The Great Wall of China has suffered ‘irreversible damage’ after two people dug a hole through the wall with an excavator to create a shortcut


A world-first SpongeBob interactive dark ride is coming to Las Vegas’s Circus Circus, with Sally Dark Rides behind the US$6m development


Up to seven people could soon be charged with the theft of a solid gold toilet stolen from Blenheim Palace in 2019 following a major breakthrough in the case


A Banksy exhibition has broken box office records at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art, attracting more than 180,000 visitors during its 10 week run


Path Entertainment Group and Hasbro recently worked together to produce a world-first immersive Monopoly experience. Path CEO David Hutchinson shares all with Planet Attractions


Six Flags has teamed up with Google Cloud to transform its digital offering and enhance the guest experience


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


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


Visit Carlsberg in Copenhagen, Denmark, is to reopen as Home of Carlsberg this December after undergoing extensive improvement works


The Gorman Museum of Native American Art will reopen next month with a celebratory weekend marking the institution’s 50th anniversary


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


The Museums Association has said ‘categorically’ that theft from collections is ‘incredibly rare, after more than 1,500 priceless artefacts were found to have been stolen from the British Museum


The US’s oldest zoo has named Dr. Jo-Elle Mogerman as its new president and CEO, with Mogerman set to become the first female in the role in the attraction’s 164-year history


Norway’s cruise industry is booming, with 5.5 million passengers expected to make a port call during 2023 as individual visits shoot up by 29%


Christie has worked with Maxin10sity to create a projection-mapped spectacle that has seen Germany’s Karlsruhe Palace transformed into a digital masterpiece


Peter van der Schans has now been at the helm of IAAPA’s EMEA operations for more than a year. He shares with Planet Attractions how that year has gone and the progress being made in the global attractions markets of Europe, the Middle East and Africa


The Orlando Museum of Art is suing its former director Aaron De Groft for allegedly seeking to profit from the sale of several fake Jean-Michel Basquiat artworks


A new Intamin-designed rollercoaster, combining water elements with a thrill ride experience, will open at Six Flags Over Georgia in 2024


An exhibition inspired by hit-series Derry Girls has drawn a record number of visitors to Londonderry’s Tower Museum


Peter Higgs, a veteran curator at London’s British Museum, has been named by two UK broadsheets as the employee dismissed by the institution for allegedly stealing and selling priceless artefacts


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


London’s British Museum has sacked an employee after several items from its collection were reported 'missing, stolen or damaged'


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


Manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction, Silver Dollar City’s new Fire in the Hole indoor coaster is set to be the largest such attraction in the region when it opens in spring 2024


Work on Great Wolf Lodge UK continues with construction on the £200m waterpark resort scheduled to complete in 2024


A new immersive land, dedicated to Illumination’s Minions and Despicable Me franchises, has opened at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, US


CGI studio Red Raion announces the launch of new CGI title ‘Van Helsing - Rise from the Dark’ in 5D, VR and Dome formats


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 Gunpowder Plot is a multilayered immersive experience set at the Tower of London. Planet Attractions spoke to the team behind the development to see exactly how it came to life...


SeaWorld Entertainment has seen a decline in both visitor attendance and revenue in the first half of 2023


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


Chessington World of Adventures has been announced as the host for this year’s UK Theme Park Awards, with George Akid set to return to his role as presenter during the awards ceremony at the popular attraction


An open letter sent to the British Museum calls on outbound director Hartwig Fischer to remove BP’s name from the institution's lecture theatre


A new Peppa Pig-themed visitor experience has opened at the Natural History Museum in London, UK


The upcoming Mattel Adventure Park is set to open in 2024 with several attractions dedicated to several IPs including Barbie and Hot Wheels


Scruffy Dog Creative Group has been contracted to lead development design and handle design delivery at the upcoming Six Flags theme park in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


French theme park and animal attraction Le Pal is celebrating its 50th year in 2023. Its CEO, Arnaud Bennet speaks to Planet Attractions on half-a-century of one of the country’s most popular offerings


Dive in as FlowRider’s Joshua Atkinson explores the shift in consumer mindsets and its impact on the attractions industry


The US’s Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a pilot National Museum Survey as part of its ongoing mission to invest in the future of the country’s museums


Work is set to start on Bali’s highly-anticipated Paramount theme park, with the major development representing the largest of its kind for the Indonesian tourist destination


Archaeologists have unearthed what they believe to be the remains of the Roman Emperor Nero’s private theatre in the Italian capital


Connect&GO and Amilia have announced a strategic technology partnerships that will see the two companies work together in the development of cutting-edge solutions in eCommerce and attractions management


As the company continues its rapid expansion in 2023, guest experience platform Attractions.io has named Ted Ismert as its new chief operating officer


A new immersive experience showcasing the work of French impressionist painter Claude Monet is coming to London, UK


Cedar Point has announced a sequel to Top Thrill Dragster, with Zamperla behind the reimagined Top Thrill 2, which will break the record for the world’s tallest and fastest triple-launch strata coaster when it opens in 2024


London’s Horniman Museum has been awarded £5.7m by the National Lottery Heritage Fund for its Nature + Love project


Seven has announced the latest entertainment mega destination to come to Saudi Arabia following the breaking ground of its SAR1.3bn development in the city of Al-Madinah


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


Hartwig Fischer will step down as director of the British Museum in 2024 after eight years in the role


The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia has announced the launch of Asfar - a new company designed to support the growth of the kingdom’s tourism sector


Universal’s theme parks have set revenue and profitability records with the division continuing to perform for the operator’s parent company Comcast


New research from environmental group Greenpeace has found that extreme weather conditions, caused by climate change, are already a significant threat to ancient heritage sites in China


You can now vote on the Britain’s best theme parks for 2023 following the opening of the public vote for this year’s UK Theme Park Awards


A new bill passed by the US’s House Appropriations Committee could jeopardise the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino by effectively banning the institution from spending tax payer money on the project


Japan’s Ghibli Park has confirmed the opening dates for Mononoke Village and Valley of Witches with the areas set to open in late 2023 and early 2024


Unesco says it’s deeply dismayed over an attack carried out by the Russian forces, which hit several cultural sites in the city centre of Odesa, while President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has pledged retaliation for the act


The UK government has approved a controversial plan to build a £1.7bn tunnel beneath Stonehenge that Unesco worries could place the prehistoric monument at risk


The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum has announced the public phase of a US$89m capital campaign to fund a complete transformation of the museum, its first significant renovation in nearly 40 years


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


Extreme flooding in northern India has seen water make it all the way to the walls of the Taj Mahal - the first time such an occurrence has happened in 45 years


A senior politician for the island nation of Tobago has said that a US$300m waterpark development must not come ‘at the expense of ordinary citizens’ as the country faces a water deficit


Toronto Zoo is asking visitors to refrain from sharing phone content with gorillas with concerns the practice can lead to anti-social behaviour


Universal has revealed a first look at its upcoming Stranger Things experience ahead of its Halloween Horror Nights event


The First Bank of the United States in Philadelphia has been granted US$22m in federal funding to turn the historic building into an interactive museum


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


The proposed Eden Project Dundee attraction has begun the formal planning process after submitting a proposal of application notice to Dundee City Council


Kuwait is eyeing major investment in its domestic market, with plans to launch a sovereign investment fund, to accelerate the growth of its own economy


New York’s Strong National Museum of Play has reopened following a US$75m transformation, described as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to create a unique destination centred around play


Meow Wolf’s The Real Unreal is a psychedelic playground for adults and kids alike and its about to open in Grapevine, Texas


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


In the midst of its global and domestic investment spree, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund has declared a loss on investments of US$11bn for last year


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


Merlin Entertainments has partnered with RAW Charging to install electric vehicle charging points at five UK attractions this summer


Tokyo’s Hanayashiki theme park is set to introduce an array of new additions, with the 170-year-old theme park about to launch a number of new attractions and a new themed zone later this month


Molly Murphy has been named the new president of Universal Creative, with the former Gensler principal set to lead the design and creation of Universal theme park experiences across the world


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


The Sphere, MSG’s new entertainment arena in Las Vegas, US, was lit up for the first time this month as part of a pre-launch ahead of its official debut in September


Connect&GO has announced two new partnerships in France that will see the attractions technology specialists integrate its Konnect all-in-one platform with leading French ticket providers Ticketmaster France and France Billet


Engineering company Sanvik has used artificial intelligence to design a statue that draws on the styles of famous artists spanning three continents and 500 years, with the resulting work on display in Sweden’s Tekniska Museet


Atlantic City is celebrating the launch of its latest attraction - a US$100m world-class indoor waterpark on the City Boardwalk


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


Virgin Experience Days has announced the appointment of Christoph Homann as its new CEO, as the company moves into its next growth phase


Football could be coming home to Sheffield in the UK, following an application to develop an immersive football experience in a disused timber depot in the city


Registration is now open for this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe event, which is set to make its return to Vienna, Austria, in September


London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said that the UK and Greece should come to an agreement to share the controversial Parthenon Marbles currently on display at the British Museum


The finalists in this year’s UK Theme Park Awards have been announced, with Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures and Blackpool Pleasure Beach among the major contenders in the running for this year’s top prize


Paradise Wildlife Park has welcomed KSI and The Sidemen to the animal attraction for a viral game of hide and seek


Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism board has revealed ambitious plans to grow its tourism economy to 24 million visitors a year


Virgin Voyages has partnered with Jennifer Lopez to launch Jen A.I. a new tool that enables guests to receive personalised invitations from the pop superstar


Attractions.io is seeking to partner with new vendors on its guest experience platform, introducing new technologies to further enhance its overall offering


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

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Brogent plans Attack on Titan content as company also prepares to open trio of flying theatres in 2024


Attack on Titan will be the subject of a new flying theatre film from Brogent, with the company also planning the launch of new projects in the US, Mexico South Korea and Hong Kong

Attractions.io championing guest experience in 2024 with new product releases


Attractions.io continues to champion the guest experience in 2024 with a host of new product releases. Here’s what the company has coming this year

How can attractions capitalise on the rise of AI and virtual influencers?


There’s a trend on social media that is seeing more and more virtual and AI influencers gain significant popularity, should you be using them to promote your attractions? Tom Anstey explores...

Plans to build second Great Wolf waterpark resort in the UK move step closer after ‘in-principle’ deal agreed


Plans for a second Great Wolf waterpark in the UK could soon be finalised after an ‘in-principle’ deal was agreed for a proposed attraction in Basingstoke

Science Museum Group to develop Riyadh hub after announcing partnership with Saudi Ministry of Culture


The UK’s Science Museum Group has revealed a significant partnership with the Saudi Ministry of Culture which includes the development of a new Museums Hub in Riyadh as the two nations focus on boosting co-operation, cultural exchange and more in the museum sector

Bumper year for WhiteWater as supplier outlines range of projects opening in 2024


WhiteWater is set for a big 2024, with the waterpark supplier outlining a host of projects set to open their doors in the coming year

McDonald’s to host immersive anime and manga dining experience as restaurant chain launches ‘WcDonald’s’ campaign


McDonald’s is bringing its manga counterpart to life with its new ‘WcDonald's’ campaign introducing an immersive dining experience among other anime-themed products

Vidde and Icehotel partner on ‘world’s cleanest snowmobile’


Sweden is hailing the launch of what it calls “the world’s cleanest snowmobile”, with the electric vehicle also designed to maximise the product life span.

Eiffel Tower should be classed as historical monument, says France’s culture minister following strikes


As staff at the Eiffel Tower continue to strike over the monument's management, France’s culture minister has suggested classifying the iconic building as a national monument, which would allow the state to help fund necessary works

WWE announces five-day immersive visitor experience to coincide with WrestleMania 40


WWE is offering the ‘ultimate’ five-day fan experience during the week of this year’s Wrestlemania, with WWE World offering a host of immersive experiences, exhibits and interactions this April

Ghibli Park’s real-life ‘Catbus’ vehicles to debut in March


Fans of My Neighbor Totoro will finally get the chance to ride the iconic Catbus for real starting next month when a fleet of special vehicles make their debut at Japan’s Ghibli Park

D-Day landing beaches could be named World Heritage Site as Unesco considers listing


Normandy’s historic D-Day landing beaches could finally be named a Unesco World Heritage Site with the cultural organisation now ready to consider a new application 80 years on from the event that marked the beginning of Europe’s liberation from the Nazis

Liseberg plans to rebuild waterpark following fire that took one life


Swedish amusement park Liseberg has said that it will rebuild its Oceana waterpark following a fire that led to the death of one person and almost entirely destroyed the attraction.

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.

Influencer causes social storm as British Museum’s Instagram account inundated with calls to return Easter Island statues


The British Museum has been bombarded with social media messages from Chilean Instagram users demanding the return the institution’s iconic Easter Island statues from its collection

Florida’s Clearwater Marine Aquarium announces major revitalisation project


Clearwater Marine Aquarium's Rising Tides project will see the launch of a new Manatee Rehabilitation Center

Vekoma-designed Jungle Rush switchback coaster to open at Australia’s Dreamworld later this year


Dutch rollercoaster manufacturer Vekoma has revealed details of a new AU$35m (US$23m, €21.2m, £18.2m) family thrill ride opening at Australia’s Dreamworld later this new year.

Bristol museum reveals plan to become permanent home for toppled Edward Colston statue


A vote will take place on February 21 to decide whether or not a toppled statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston will go on display in Bristol's M Shed museum

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels set to launch US$2m kids waterpark addition in 2024


Schlitterbahn New Braunfels will open a new child-focused section later this year, with Schatze’s Storybrook Park set to open in the summer with the first Master Blaster attraction built specifically for children

John Wick the latest major addition to Area15 as new immersive experience announced for Las Vegas entertainment district


John Wick is the latest major IP to be announced for Las Vegas’s immersive entertainment district Area15, with the new experience taking visitors inside the world of the franchise as they navigate their own high-stakes action adventure

Museum exhibition design trends


Gone are the days of stuffy and quiet museums. In today's world, people seek unique experiences, an escape from reality, and a place where they can immerse themselves and express their creativity. With this in mind, we have asked our designers about the trends that are currently shaping museums. Read on to discover their insights

Final spots up for grabs as DEAL’s landmark 30th edition draws near


With thousands of visitors from across the world expected to attend a landmark DEAL event, its organisers are urging companies to secure final booths, promising this year’s show will ‘redefine the landscape of FECs, theme parks and the amusement industry’

Triotech expands European reach with JNELC partnership


Triotech has announced a partnership with sales and project consultancy firm JNELC in order to expand the Canadian company’s reach in Europe

Mundo Amazonia: Exploring Bellewaerde Park’s new themed area for 2024


Belgium’s Bellewaerde Park is investing €21m in a new themed land for 2024. Erik Huijing visited Mundo Amazonia ahead of its opening next month to get a behind the scenes look at the upcoming addition to the park

Saudi Arabia investing US$75m for region’s first luxury train experience


Saudi Arabia’s tourism push is hitting the rails with the country investing US$75m into an Orient Express-style luxury train that will travel to two of the Kingdom’s World Heritage Sites

Triple H offers sneak peek at Undertaker’s Graveyard Escape as WWE Experience prepares to open


Legendary professional wrestler Triple H has shared a first look at The Undertaker’s Graveyard Escape - an attraction coming to the all new WWE Experience, set to open this week in Riyadh

Vekoma coasters coming to Warner Bros Movie World’s Wizard of Oz land named as new details revealed


Two Vekoma coasters coming to Warner Bros Movie World’s upcoming Wizard of Oz themed land have been named after new details about the new land were unveiled by the park

Legoland Windsor unveils world’s tallest Lego figure as upcoming coaster takes shape


Legoland’s upcoming Minifigure Speedway is taking shape ahead of its opening later this year, with the record-breaking ‘Roxie’ now in place as the ride’s centrepiece

Two in critical condition after tree falls on to PortAventura rollercoaster


Two people are in critical condition following an incident in which a tree fell onto PortAventura’s Tomahawk coaster

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

Supplier Showcase 2024: The biggest attractions projects landing worldwide this year


From waterpark suppliers and media specialists to creative designers, dark ride producers and operations specialists, Planet Attractions has gone to every corner of the globe to find out what’s hot in 2024

One missing as Liseberg’s under construction Oceana waterpark destroyed by fire


Liseberg’s under construction Oceana waterpark has been almost totally destroyed following a major fire that has seen 22 people seek medical care, while one man remains missing

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

Triotech and BoldMove introduce Smash and Reload Maxi alongside Voodoo Festival IP


Triotech and BoldMove have jointly announced the launch of the new Smash and Reload Maxi dark ride product alongside a new IP - Voodoo Festival

Wicked Waves Water Park partners with Connect&GO to optimise management operations


Connect&GO has announced a client partnership with Wicked Waves Water Park and Cape Cod Inflatable Park, with the attraction utilising the company’s Konnect platform to help simplify park operations and modernise its management technology

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

Funding secured for US$73.8m North Dakota waterpark resort development


Work will soon start on a multi-million dollar development in North Dakota, with the Wave Waterpark Resort in Fargo, North Dakota, set to open in February 2026

Blenheim Palace piloting ‘groundbreaking’ organic waste project in step towards net zero


Blenheim Palace has announced a ‘groundbreaking’ organic waste project that will act as a ‘major step’ towards such sites meeting net zero sustainability goals

Greta Thunberg hijacks Science Museum debate over controversial fossil fuel sponsorships


Hours after appearing in court following her arrest during a protest, climate campaigner Greta Thunberg appeared at the London Science Museum to protest the institution’s ties with fossil fuel supplier Adani

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

Twenty-six of the biggest rollercoaster launches coming in 2024


With records for the tallest, fastest and longest rollercoaster all set to be broken by a single ride, it should give you an idea of the kind of thrills in-store for thrillseekers this year as we list 26 of the biggest coaster launches coming in 2024

Merlin’s Cadbury World announces plans for multi-million pound trackless dark ride


A new trackless dark ride is coming to Cadbury World following Merlin’s acquisition of the popular British attraction, with Cadbury Chocolate Quest taking visitors on a journey to make a real bar of chocolate

Prince Harry urged by charity to step down from African Parks board following serious abuse allegations against rangers


Charity organisation Survival International has called on Prince Harry to ‘distance himself’ from African Parks and step down from its board, after allegations emerged accusing some of its guards of abuse against Indigenous people

Immersive exhibit for K-Pop sensations BTS coming to the Philippines


BTS are on their way to the Philippines with an immersive exhibition dedicated to the K-Pop sensations set to make its debut in the country in May

SeaWorld Entertainment rebranded United Parks and Resorts


SeaWorld Entertainment is soon to be no more, with the company set to change its name to United Parks and Resorts to ‘better reflect’ its collection of parks and experiences in the US and abroad

‘Most ambitious theme park yet’: Harry Potter, Mario and more set to feature as Universal shares official first look at upcoming Epic Universe resort


The game changing Epic Universe has been dubbed Universal’s ‘most ambitious theme park yet’, with the operator offering a first official look at its fourth Orlando gate

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

The Giant coming to New Jersey’s American Dream


The Giant has its first location, with the mammoth moving attraction and accompanying exhibition set to open at the American Dream Mall in New Jersey, US, in 2025

Visitor cap for Mount Fuji as Japan cracks down on tourist pollution


Japanese authorities are fighting over tourism on Mount Fuji by announcing plans to introduce a toll and visitor cap on the World Heritage site’s most popular hiking trail

Merlin, Lego and Hasbro team up to create Peppa Pig experiences


Merlin, Lego and Hasbro are teaming up to create new Duplo theme visitor experiences based on the Peppa Pig IP

Holocaust-era train car goes on display at American Heritage Museum


The American Heritage Museum has unveiled the restoration of a WWII-era German Deutsche Reichsbahn Rail Car in the first phase of a project aiming to develop a comprehensive permanent exhibit remembering the Holocaust

Tom Hanks shares love of space with London’s immersive Moonwalkers experience


Tom Hanks is bringing visitors to the moon and back with a new immersive experience co-written by the actor currently on show at London’s Lightroom

Triotech instals new attraction at Malta National Aquarium


Malta National Aquarium has opened a brand new attraction from Triotech that blends state-of-the-art technology with special effects to create an exciting and educational underwater experience

Semnox Solutions announces tech partnership with Morocco’s Palooza Park


Semnox Solutions has been named a technology partner at Palooza Park in Marrakech. The collaboration marks the attractions technology provider’s first project in Morocco

Whale sharks die at Japanese aquarium following equipment failures caused by Noto earthquake


Two whale sharks at the Notojima Aquarium in Japan, have died after equipment failures, from the Noto earthquake, caused their environment to degenerate

Nominations open as MENALAC Awards celebrate best in class for Middle East and North Africa region


Nominations are open ahead of the sixth edition of the annual MENALAC Awards, with the event set to celebrate the best in class for leisure and attractions in the MENA region

Christie’s Mike Perkins honoured with Academy Award


AV specialist Christie has for the third time in its history won an Academy Award, with Mike Perkins recognised for his work on the design and development of the Christie E3LH projection system

San Antonio African American Museum plans US$40m relocation to former department store


A former department store in Texas is set to become the new home of the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum following a multi-million-dollar renovation

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

Prague Planetarium to open world’s largest and Europe’s first LED dome


Prague Planetarium is currently undergoing a major redevelopment that will see the STEM attraction open Europe’s first and the world’s largest LED dome to the public in 2025

Sea Life Melbourne reopens oceanarium following AU$9m renovation


Melbourne’s Sea Life aquarium has undergone a major transformation, with the Merlin attraction’s Oceanarium undergoing an AU$9m redevelopment to turn it into the bioluminescent Night on the Reef exhibit

Australia’s Twelve Apostles to undergo AU$108m renovation to protect site and boost visitor experience


An Australian natural heritage attraction will undergo a significant renovation project to protect the site and streamline the visitor experience

Return of the King: Elvis to make posthumous return with live avatar experience


A new AI-powered Elvis Presley concert experience billed as a celebration of the artist’s life and legacy is coming to London later this year

China’s Great Wall Museum set to reopen in 2025 following major renovation


A cultural attraction dedicated to China’s Great Wall will become a national museum when it reopens in 2025 following an extensive renovation

Happy Holidays from Planet Attractions


Just a quick message from everyone at Planet Attractions to say thank you and to wish you a happy holiday

British Museum criticised after signing record-breaking £50m funding deal with BP


The British Museum has been branded ‘astonishingly out of touch’ after announcing its decision to accept a record-breaking £50m donation from oil giant BP

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

Surf park planned for Orlando as developer plans oceanwide expansion across the US


Orlando could be about to welcome a major new attraction, with Ocean Sports Development leading a US$45m (€41.1m, £35.6m) project anchored around a 52,000sq m (566,000sq ft) pool capable of producing artificial waves - the first of many planned for locations across the US.

Manchester City launches interactive attraction in Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall


A new visitor attraction dedicated to Manchester City has opened its doors in Abu Dhabi, with the new City Challenge offering visitors a chance to show off their footballing skills through a range of immersive experiences

Universal Studios Bedford in the works as operator explores feasibility of UK theme park


The English town of Bedford could be a surprising contender for Universal’s next theme park and resort development, with the operator confirming plans are ‘at the early stages’ for what would be a landmark attraction destination for the UK

‘Ambitious plans’ in store for China as Alterface announces country’s first Action League Interactive Thrill Ride for Suzhou


Alterface is eyeing malls and FECs in China for its Action League Interactive Thrill Ride, after the company announced its first such attraction in the country is set to open at Suzhou Paradise Forest World in May next year

Argentina’s new President Javier Milei abolishes Ministry of Culture after one day


Argentina no longer has a Ministry of Culture after its new President Javier Milei abolished the government office one day into his four year tenure

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

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

South Korea’s Museum X wows audiences with immersive experiences powered by Christie technology


Christie has supplied a number of projection solutions for Museum X - an exciting immersive experience that recently opened to the public in South Korea

Pokémon theme park announced for Tokyo’s Yomiuriland


A major new addition is coming to Japan’s Yomiuriland, with the operator announcing plans to develop a nature-based Pokémon theme park at its home in Tokyo

Setting the stage: 30th edition of DEAL opens shop window to MENA market


As the MENA attractions market continues to surge, DEAL represents one of the most important business opportunities of 2024. Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, president of show organisers International Expo-Consults speaks about this year’s upcoming event

‘Bridging gap between physical and digital’: House of Hype attraction opens doors in Saudi Arabia


A new attraction from developer HyperSpace has opened its doors in Riyadh, with the ‘digital theme park’ acting as a hybrid of content creation arena and videogame for its visitors

Kiss promises to ‘change music performance history’ as band launches digital alter-egos and avatar stage show


Legendary rock band Kiss have promised to ‘change music performance history’, after unveiling their own digital avatars and announcing a special stage show working with the likes of Thierry Coup, Industrial Light & Magic, and Pophouse Entertainment Group

Universal’s Epic Universe begins to form as Stella Nova and Terra Luna hotels announced for 2025


Universal has announced the launch of two hotels to open in 2025, with Universal Stella Nova and Universal Terra Luna forming the first part of the operator’s upcoming Epic Universe development

Hobbiton Movie Set opens iconic ‘Hobbit holes’ to the public for first time


You can now pass beyond the doors of the Hobbiton Movie set in New Zealand, with director Sir Peter Jackson behind the development of two ‘83% human size’ Hobbit holes for visitors to explore

Sansei Technologies promises to elevate guest experience after announcing major acquisition of Forrec


Sansei Technologies has announced the acquisition of leading experience design firm Forrec, with the Japanese ride and equipment manufacturer promising to elevate the guest experience through the new partnership

Universal Kids Resort: Universal names family theme park and resort destination coming to Frisco in 2026


Universal has unveiled the name of its upcoming children’s theme park and resort destination, with Universal Kids Resort set to open in Frisco in 2026

Wisdome Stockholm represents latest in sustainable development as nationally important STEM project set to open doors in Sweden


The soon-to-open Wisdome Stockholm at Tekniska Museet is the latest development as part of a national project to boost STEM activities and encourage sustainable construction methods across Sweden

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

Saudi Arabia wins bid to host World Expo 2030 in Riyadh


Saudi Arabia has won a bid to host World Expo 2030 in Riyadh, with US$7.8bn set to be invested into building a site that focuses on ‘shaping a prosperous and sustainable future’

Scruffy Dog and Sela unveil immersive Wonder Garden experience park


Scruffy Dog and Sela have teamed up to produce Wonder Garden - an immersive experience offering ‘limitless creativity’ during Riyadh Season

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

Extensive expansion announced for Yas Waterworld


Miral has announced a major expansion of its Yas Waterworld waterpark, with the award-winning attraction set to add more than 3.3km of slides across 16,9000sq m to the destination by 2025

Lessons ‘Squid Game - The Challenge’ can teach LBE about bringing an IP to life and engaging its fanbase


Kids Industries has created a range of immersive experiences such as Legoland’s Lego Mythica: World of Mythical Creatures. Its CEO, Gary Pope, shares his thoughts on the arrival of Netflix’s recently-launched ‘Squid Game: The Challenge’ and how this reflects on the growing LBE market

Formula 1 and Tottenham Hotspur partner on world-first karting experience


Formula 1 and Tottenham Hotspur are joining forces to deliver a first-of-its-kind karting experience that will allow people of all abilities to feel as though they are part of an F1 Grand Prix

‘Evolution of the century’: Intamin reveals new details on world’s tallest, fastest, and longest rollercoaster


This year's IAAPA Expo brought huge news from across the industry, with Falcon’s Flight - the record-breaking coaster by Intamin coming to Six Flags Qiddiya - among the headliners

Everything you need to know about IAAPA Expo 2023


IAAPA Expo is making its grand return to Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center this week, with the 2023 edition of the event selling out its trade show floor for the first time since 2019

IAAPA Expo 2023: Christie to exhibit technology capabilities in Orlando


AV specialist Christie will showcase product capabilities of MicroTiles LED technology with video wall at IAAPA Expo 2023

IAAPA Expo 2023: BoldMove to make IAAPA Expo tradeshow debut with Mardi Gras-themed IP for Smash & Reload dark ride


At this year’s IAAPA Expo, BoldMove will host its first booth on the show floor, celebrating the milestone with the launch of a new IP for its Smash & Reload dark ride

IAAPA Expo 2023: WhiteWater to launch innovative new waterslide


At this year’s IAAPA Expo, WhiteWater will launch a new zero-G waterslide alongside several new attractions

IAAPA Expo 2023: RWS Global to showcase 2023 project highlights in trade show debut


RWS Global will make its trade show debut at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with the company set to showcase its projects from the past 12 months

WATCH: Steve Drake on accesso’s expanding portfolio


Dual additions to accesso’s product portfolio have strengthened the attractions technology provider’s offering in 2023. Steve Drake, accesso’s senior vice president of Global Initiatives, speaks to Planet Attractions

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

IAAPA Expo 2023: Sacoa Cashless System announces partnership with Brazilian FEC chain ahead of new feature reveals at Expo


Sacoa Cashless System is set to reveal a number of new features for its payments solution at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with the company also announcing a new partnership with Brazilian FEC chain HotZone

IAAPA Expo 2023: Vekoma to showcase Gravy and Flash themed coasters among 2024 highlights


A coaster themed after gravy and Thanksgiving dinner is among the offerings this IAAPA season, with Vekoma highlighting a host of major projects set to open in 2024 at this year’s Expo

Theme park giants join forces as Cedar Fair and Six Flags announce US$8bn merger


Six Flags and Cedar Fair are merging in an US$8bn deal that will create a new theme park powerhouse in the North American market

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

IAAPA Expo 2023: Innovative range of solutions on show as Semnox set to showcase new products


Semnox will introduce a number of innovative new solutions at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with a bigger booth and a larger team on-hand to welcome attendees to the Orlando show

IAAPA Expo 2023: Simworx celebrating launch of Europe’s first Pegasus Flying Theatre attraction


Simworx is set to celebrate the opening of Europe’s first Pegasus Flying Theatre attraction at IAAPA Expo, with the company also set to showcase several attractions innovations during this year’s show

WATCH: Intamin’s Lukas Spieldiener on company’s immersive projects


Intamin’s Lukas Spieldiener speaks to Planet Attractions on the launch of a number of immersive projects this year, with further such attractions also in the pipeline for 2024 and beyond

IAAPA Expo 2023: Attractions.io to launch innovative mapping technology as stand-alone offering


Among its offerings at this year’s IAAPA Expo, leading guest experience platform Attractions.io is set to launch its MapLayr mapping engine and wayfinding solution as a stand-alone software development kit with the product set to go on show at the annual attractions spectacular

Attractions Technology Lab set for return during week of IAAPA Expo with dark ride event


Bringing together some of the industry’s leading suppliers under one banner, the Attractions Technology Lab returns to Orlando next month to showcase a complete technical mock-up of a dark ride experience, with a behind the scenes look at how such an attraction comes to life

Messi Experience world tour set for Miami debut in April


The Messi Experience - an immersive visitor attraction dedicated to global footballing megastar Lionel Messi - will open its doors in Miami in April next year

Israeli museum officials issue urgent appeal to ICOM to condemn Hamas attacks in open letter


Officials from Israeli museums have called on the International Council of Museums to recognise Hamas as a terror organisation “akin to the Taliban”

Kennedy Space Center debuts 3D entrance plaza display


The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has debuted a brand new 3D digital display at its entrance, with a six minute show offering guests a look at the past, present and future of the US space programme

UK’s largest cultural investment in a generation opens doors in Manchester


A major cultural attraction has opened its doors in Manchester, with the £210m Aviva Studios representing the largest investment in a national cultural project since the opening of Tate Modern in 2000

Craven Museum named winner of Family Friendly Museum Award 2023


Yorkshire’s Craven Museum has beaten off competition from some of the UK’s top museums, galleries, historic homes and heritage sites to be named the winner of this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award

Attractions.io launches industry-first in-app map with dynamic lighting at Alton Towers


Attractions.io has partnered with Alton Towers to introduce an industry-first in-app dynamic lighting map to be utilised at the operator’s popular Scarefest and Ultimate Fireworks Spectacular events

Pigvasion: Attraktion! and Rovio launch free roaming immersive Angry Birds experience


A new free-roaming immersive Angry Birds experience has made its debut, with the Pigvasion sending players on a mission to recover stolen eggs from some villainous pigs

Experience app Morty raises US$2.2m as platform expands into haunted attractions market


Morty - an experience app which describes itself as ‘the ultimate social copilot for you and your friends’ - has raised more than US$2.2m as the company expands operations into the haunted attractions market

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

Bing and Flop set to extend stay at Gulliver’s theme parks following extension of Acmar Films partnership


Bing and Flop will continue to appear at Gulliver’s theme parks until at least 2025, with the operator announcing an extension to its popular partnership with series producer Acamar films

Lane7 plans overseas move as company opens doors to largest bowling operation in the UK yet


Bowling operator Lane7 has announced the launch of its largest site to date, with further plans to open its first location in the British capital and its first site overseas as the company continues to grow

STEM educators celebrated as ASTC names winners of Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards


The Association of Science and Technology Centers has announced the winners of this year’s Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards, with each recognised for their dedication to increasing the understanding of and engagement with science and technology among all people

WATCH: Julie Kline on ADG, EpicSurf and company’s development pipeline


ADG’s Julie Kline speaks to Planet Attractions on everything the company has to offer, including the upcoming US$400m Okana development in Oklahoma

Immersive indoor theme park experience set to open in Tokyo in 2024


A redeveloped shopping venue will soon become home to Immersive Fort Tokyo - an all new immersive theme park experience which its developers say will be the first of its kind

Using technology to take the visitor experience beyond the four walls


Alex Book, co-founder and chief strategy officer at Arcade – The Creative Reality Company, explains how attractions and cultural institutions can make use of immersive technologies to reach new audiences

Upcoming AI experience allows museum visitors to speak to the heroes of World War II


A new exhibit from the National WWII Museum in New Orleans will give its visitors the opportunity to have conversations with some of the heroes of World War II, with AI technology powering the upcoming Voices from the Front experience

Nintendo and Seattle Aquarium partner on Animal Crossing exhibits


Seattle Aquarium is promising comic mischief following the launch of an Animal Crossing exhibit at the popular attraction with the Nintendo partnership running through to the end of the year

Records broken as Brand Licensing Europe focuses on LBE


Record numbers of retailers and visitors from France, Germany, Italy and Spain were in attendance at this year’s Brand Licensing Europe (BLE), with this year’s event placing special emphasis on location based entertainment (LBE).

Vekoma highlights high profile launches, with major attractions to open in 2024


Vekoma has a number of high-profile projects and products in development, with the company highlighting a number of major projects set to open in 2024 and beyond

Are you underestimating the kids’ area in your waterpark?


How do you create a successful stay at the waterpark for families with young children? WhiteWater’s Mark Weston has the answers

Brand Licensing Expo gets underway with new location-based entertainment trail


The 2023 edition of the Brand Licensing Expo is to host a new location-based entertainment trail offering special events in partnership with several major brands and IP

Suppliers and attractions celebrated as Park World Excellence Award winners revealed


Intamin, Simworx and Vekoma are among the winners in this year’s Park World Excellence Awards, with 2023’s recipients named at a glamorous show in Vienna, Austria

Isle of Wight’s Robin Hill up for sale following ‘financial turbulence’


One of the Isle of Wight’s most popular attractions is up for sale, with Robin Hill now on the market following a ‘prolonged period of financial turbulence’

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

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: Triotech celebrates launch of ‘next generation’ Primordial interactive dark coaster for US’s Lagoon Park


Triotech has announced the launch of its latest project - a ‘next generation interactive dark coaster at Salt Lake City’s Lagoon Park

Chesington named UK’s best theme park as UK Theme Park Award winners revealed


Chessington World of Adventures is your 2023 UK Theme Park of the Year, with Alton Towers, Drayton Manor and Blackpool Pleasure Beach also picking up big wins in this year’s UK Theme Park Awards

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: Vekoma to showcase new rollercoaster launches


Rollercoaster manufacturer Vekoma is set to exhibit its new Family Launch and Super Boomerang Coasters at IAAPA Expo Europe

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: RWS Global to showcase major cruise line collaborations, resort partnerships and Hasbro City opening


RWS Global will in attendance at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe to discuss major projects including the opening of the Hasbro City FEC, as well as several cruise line and resort partnerships

Solving the puzzle: Connect&GO’s Anthony Palermo on how technology is rapidly changing attractions management


There’s a transformative shift happening when it comes to use of technology in attractions management. Anthony Palermo, co-founder of Connect&GO, spoke to Tom Anstey...

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

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: American Heartland and Mandai Bird Paradise among projects to be showcased by FORREC


Experiential design firm FORREC will showcase several of its latest projects, including the upcoming American Heartland Theme Park resort in Oklahoma, US

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: Christie to present new technologies and projects in Vienna


AV specialist Christie is to showcase new additions to its M 4K RGB projector series as well as new projects, including an immersive visitor attraction in Toronto, Canada

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: Experience UK gearing up for return of UK Pavilion


Experience UK’s UK Pavilion will return at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, with the booth offering an ‘experiential showcase of British ingenuity’ to all attendees

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: Triotech to showcase latest projects and attractions


Triotech will showcase several new projects and rides at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, including its Stand Up Theater and Qube attractions

Pokémon and Van Gogh collaboration to open at the end of September


The Pokémon Company has announced an unusual collaboration that will see the popular Pokémon IP arrive at the Vincent Van Gogh Museum for a special event

Moon tree seedlings to be shared with public-facing STEM educators


NASA and the USDA Forest Service are offering public facing STEM operations in the US the chance to plan a ‘living piece of spaceflight history’ with seedlings literally flown to the moon and back

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: accesso to showcase new PoS platform


Attractions technology provider accesso will showcase the capabilities of it’s new PoS platform; accessoFreedom

Big prizes up for grabs in Vienna as charity auction announced for IAAPA Expo Europe


Visitors to this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe will be able to walk away with a number of unique items and VIP experiences thanks to a charity auction to be held at the event in Vienna

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: Brogent to debut new flying theatre attraction and film


Media-based attractions developer Brogent will showcase a new flying theatre attraction and film at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe

Stolen €6m Van Gogh painting recovered by private detective after holder brands piece ‘a massive headache’


A stolen Van Gogh painting has been recovered by a private detective after its holder declared the work “a massive headache” to keep in their possession

Venice set to introduce €5 tourist day tax


The famous Italian city of Venice is set to tackle over-tourism with the introduction of a €5 a day entry fee for visitors to the Unesco World Heritage Site

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: Attractions.io to present guest experience platform in Vienna


Attractions.io will showcase its guest experience platform at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, with representatives on hand to guide visitors through the platform

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: WhiteWater to announce several upcoming projects


WhiteWater is set to announce several new projects at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe. The waterpark manufacturer will also showcase its line of Blaster water rides at the event

Plans approved for multi-million-dollar planetarium in South Carolina


A US$14.5m project, including a new planetarium, has been approved for the town of Spartanburg in South Carolina, US

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

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: Convious to reveal ‘hidden worlds’ of experience economy


Ticketing specialist Convious will host several education sessions on revenue, visitor experience and operations at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe in Vienna

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: Simworx to debut Zombie Metro Mayhem concept


At this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, Simworx will showcase a new turnkey ride concept, alongside its expansive portfolio of dynamic media-based attractions

Nerf Action Xperience to open in Tennessee in 2024


A new Nerf-themed attraction is coming to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, with the major new addition to the area set to open in 2024

V&A Dundee the latest institution to cuts ties with Sackler family


Scotland’s V&A Dundee museum has removed the Sackler name from its displays as a result of the family’s alleged links to the US opioid crisis

Construction workers attempting to create shortcut dig hole through Great Wall of China


The Great Wall of China has suffered ‘irreversible damage’ after two people dug a hole through the wall with an excavator to create a shortcut

World-first SpongeBob dark ride coming to Las Vegas


A world-first SpongeBob interactive dark ride is coming to Las Vegas’s Circus Circus, with Sally Dark Rides behind the US$6m development

Breakthrough in Blenheim Palace US$6m gold toilet theft


Up to seven people could soon be charged with the theft of a solid gold toilet stolen from Blenheim Palace in 2019 following a major breakthrough in the case

Banksy’s first solo exhibition in 14 years draws record numbers to Glasgow gallery


A Banksy exhibition has broken box office records at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art, attracting more than 180,000 visitors during its 10 week run

Lifesized: How Path Entertainment and Hasbro brought Monopoly to life as a visitor experience


Path Entertainment Group and Hasbro recently worked together to produce a world-first immersive Monopoly experience. Path CEO David Hutchinson shares all with Planet Attractions

Six Flags to transform operations and guest experience with Google Cloud partnership


Six Flags has teamed up with Google Cloud to transform its digital offering and enhance the guest experience

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

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

Home of Carlsberg to reopen with extended exhibition in December


Visit Carlsberg in Copenhagen, Denmark, is to reopen as Home of Carlsberg this December after undergoing extensive improvement works

Gorman Museum of Native American Art celebrates 50 years with opening of expanded new home


The Gorman Museum of Native American Art will reopen next month with a celebratory weekend marking the institution’s 50th anniversary

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

Museum theft ‘rare’ says Museums Association following British Museum revelations


The Museums Association has said ‘categorically’ that theft from collections is ‘incredibly rare, after more than 1,500 priceless artefacts were found to have been stolen from the British Museum

Philadelphia Zoo names Jo-Elle Mogerman as its first-ever female president and CEO


The US’s oldest zoo has named Dr. Jo-Elle Mogerman as its new president and CEO, with Mogerman set to become the first female in the role in the attraction’s 164-year history

Norwegian cruising at an all-time high as 5.5 million sail to destination in 2023


Norway’s cruise industry is booming, with 5.5 million passengers expected to make a port call during 2023 as individual visits shoot up by 29%

Christie powers projection-mapped spectacle at Schlosslichtspiele Festival with Pandoras Box technology


Christie has worked with Maxin10sity to create a projection-mapped spectacle that has seen Germany’s Karlsruhe Palace transformed into a digital masterpiece

Evolving the industry of fun: Peter van der Schans on the attractions markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe


Peter van der Schans has now been at the helm of IAAPA’s EMEA operations for more than a year. He shares with Planet Attractions how that year has gone and the progress being made in the global attractions markets of Europe, the Middle East and Africa

Orlando Museum of Art sues former director for seeking to profit from fake Basquiats


The Orlando Museum of Art is suing its former director Aaron De Groft for allegedly seeking to profit from the sale of several fake Jean-Michel Basquiat artworks

Intamin coaster to open at Six Flags Over Georgia in 2024


A new Intamin-designed rollercoaster, combining water elements with a thrill ride experience, will open at Six Flags Over Georgia in 2024

Derry Girls Experience draws record visitor numbers for Northern Ireland’s Tower Museum


An exhibition inspired by hit-series Derry Girls has drawn a record number of visitors to Londonderry’s Tower Museum

British Museum employee dismissed for missing antiquities alleged to be curator Peter Higgs


Peter Higgs, a veteran curator at London’s British Museum, has been named by two UK broadsheets as the employee dismissed by the institution for allegedly stealing and selling priceless artefacts

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

British Museum employee dismissed over missing artefacts


London’s British Museum has sacked an employee after several items from its collection were reported 'missing, stolen or damaged'

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

Midwest’s largest indoor rollercoaster to open at US’s Silver Dollar City in 2024


Manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction, Silver Dollar City’s new Fire in the Hole indoor coaster is set to be the largest such attraction in the region when it opens in spring 2024

Great Wolf Resorts makes headway on first UK resort


Work on Great Wolf Lodge UK continues with construction on the £200m waterpark resort scheduled to complete in 2024

Highly-anticipated Minion Land opens at Universal Orlando Resort


A new immersive land, dedicated to Illumination’s Minions and Despicable Me franchises, has opened at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, US

Red Raion launches new CGI title ‘Van Helsing - Rise from the Dark’


CGI studio Red Raion announces the launch of new CGI title ‘Van Helsing - Rise from the Dark’ in 5D, VR and Dome formats

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

Unfoiling the plot: Meet the team behind the Tower of London’s Gunpowder Plot experience


The Gunpowder Plot is a multilayered immersive experience set at the Tower of London. Planet Attractions spoke to the team behind the development to see exactly how it came to life...

SeaWorld reports drop in attendance and revenue for Q2 2023


SeaWorld Entertainment has seen a decline in both visitor attendance and revenue in the first half of 2023

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

UK Theme Park Awards 2023 come to Chessington World of Adventures as George Akid announced as presenter


Chessington World of Adventures has been announced as the host for this year’s UK Theme Park Awards, with George Akid set to return to his role as presenter during the awards ceremony at the popular attraction

Open letter calls on British Museum to rename BP Lecture Theatre


An open letter sent to the British Museum calls on outbound director Hartwig Fischer to remove BP’s name from the institution's lecture theatre

Peppa Pig’s Discovery Playroom opens at London’s Natural History Museum


A new Peppa Pig-themed visitor experience has opened at the Natural History Museum in London, UK

Mattel Adventure Park to open in Arizona in 2024


The upcoming Mattel Adventure Park is set to open in 2024 with several attractions dedicated to several IPs including Barbie and Hot Wheels

Scruffy Dog secures significant contract with Six Flags, Qiddiya


Scruffy Dog Creative Group has been contracted to lead development design and handle design delivery at the upcoming Six Flags theme park in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Generational development: Arnaud Bennet on 50 years of Le Pal


French theme park and animal attraction Le Pal is celebrating its 50th year in 2023. Its CEO, Arnaud Bennet speaks to Planet Attractions on half-a-century of one of the country’s most popular offerings

What’s next for the experience economy and consumer trends?


Dive in as FlowRider’s Joshua Atkinson explores the shift in consumer mindsets and its impact on the attractions industry

Pilot national museum survey launched to shape future of US museums sector


The US’s Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a pilot National Museum Survey as part of its ongoing mission to invest in the future of the country’s museums

Work set to start on Paramount’s Bali theme park development


Work is set to start on Bali’s highly-anticipated Paramount theme park, with the major development representing the largest of its kind for the Indonesian tourist destination

Archeologists uncover the remains of Roman Emporer Nero’s lost theatre


Archaeologists have unearthed what they believe to be the remains of the Roman Emperor Nero’s private theatre in the Italian capital

Connect&GO forms strategic technology partnership with eCommerce company Amilia


Connect&GO and Amilia have announced a strategic technology partnerships that will see the two companies work together in the development of cutting-edge solutions in eCommerce and attractions management

Ted Ismert named new chief operating officer for Attractions.io


As the company continues its rapid expansion in 2023, guest experience platform Attractions.io has named Ted Ismert as its new chief operating officer

Immersive Monet experience making its way to London later this year


A new immersive experience showcasing the work of French impressionist painter Claude Monet is coming to London, UK

Cedar Point announces record-breaking sequel to Top Thrill Dragster with reengineered Top Thrill 2


Cedar Point has announced a sequel to Top Thrill Dragster, with Zamperla behind the reimagined Top Thrill 2, which will break the record for the world’s tallest and fastest triple-launch strata coaster when it opens in 2024

Horniman Museum’s Nature + Love project awarded £5.7m in Lottery funding


London’s Horniman Museum has been awarded £5.7m by the National Lottery Heritage Fund for its Nature + Love project

Saudi Arabia’s Seven breaks ground on latest project with SAR1.3bn entertainment destination coming to Al-Madinah


Seven has announced the latest entertainment mega destination to come to Saudi Arabia following the breaking ground of its SAR1.3bn development in the city of Al-Madinah

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

Hartwig Fischer to step down as director of British Museum


Hartwig Fischer will step down as director of the British Museum in 2024 after eight years in the role

Saudi Arabia’s PIF announces launch of Saudi Tourism Investment Company


The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia has announced the launch of Asfar - a new company designed to support the growth of the kingdom’s tourism sector

Theme parks continue to shine for Comcast as Universal breaks earnings record


Universal’s theme parks have set revenue and profitability records with the division continuing to perform for the operator’s parent company Comcast

Climate change threatens ancient Chinese heritage sites


New research from environmental group Greenpeace has found that extreme weather conditions, caused by climate change, are already a significant threat to ancient heritage sites in China

UK Theme Park Awards 2023 open to public vote


You can now vote on the Britain’s best theme parks for 2023 following the opening of the public vote for this year’s UK Theme Park Awards

Smithsonian Latino museum under threat after Reublican lawmakers move to block funding


A new bill passed by the US’s House Appropriations Committee could jeopardise the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino by effectively banning the institution from spending tax payer money on the project

Opening dates announced for two new lands at Japan’s Ghibli Park


Japan’s Ghibli Park has confirmed the opening dates for Mononoke Village and Valley of Witches with the areas set to open in late 2023 and early 2024

Unesco and Zelenskyy condemn Russian attacks on historic World Heritage Site


Unesco says it’s deeply dismayed over an attack carried out by the Russian forces, which hit several cultural sites in the city centre of Odesa, while President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy has pledged retaliation for the act

UK government pushes through controversial plan to build underground tunnel beneath Stonehenge


The UK government has approved a controversial plan to build a £1.7bn tunnel beneath Stonehenge that Unesco worries could place the prehistoric monument at risk

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum set to undergo major redevelopment following launch of US$89m capital campaign


The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum has announced the public phase of a US$89m capital campaign to fund a complete transformation of the museum, its first significant renovation in nearly 40 years

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

Floodwaters reach Taj Mahal for first time in almost half-a-century


Extreme flooding in northern India has seen water make it all the way to the walls of the Taj Mahal - the first time such an occurrence has happened in 45 years

Minister questions US$300m Tobago waterpark project over water shortages


A senior politician for the island nation of Tobago has said that a US$300m waterpark development must not come ‘at the expense of ordinary citizens’ as the country faces a water deficit

Zoo asks visitors to stop showing phone videos to gorilla population


Toronto Zoo is asking visitors to refrain from sharing phone content with gorillas with concerns the practice can lead to anti-social behaviour

WATCH: New trailer offers first look at Stranger Things for Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights


Universal has revealed a first look at its upcoming Stranger Things experience ahead of its Halloween Horror Nights event

First Bank of the United States set to undergo US$22.2m museum transformation


The First Bank of the United States in Philadelphia has been granted US$22m in federal funding to turn the historic building into an interactive museum

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

Eden Project Dundee formally begins planning process


The proposed Eden Project Dundee attraction has begun the formal planning process after submitting a proposal of application notice to Dundee City Council

Kuwait set to launch sovereign investment fund to boost domestic market


Kuwait is eyeing major investment in its domestic market, with plans to launch a sovereign investment fund, to accelerate the growth of its own economy

‘Once in a lifetime opportunity’: New York’s Strong National Museum of Play reopens following US$75m expansion


New York’s Strong National Museum of Play has reopened following a US$75m transformation, described as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to create a unique destination centred around play

Meow Wolf’s The Real Unreal set to debut in Texas


Meow Wolf’s The Real Unreal is a psychedelic playground for adults and kids alike and its about to open in Grapevine, Texas

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

Saudi Arabia’s PIF reports US$11bn loss in 2022


In the midst of its global and domestic investment spree, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund has declared a loss on investments of US$11bn for 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

Merlin to install electric vehicle charging points at five major UK attractions


Merlin Entertainments has partnered with RAW Charging to install electric vehicle charging points at five UK attractions this summer

Tokyo’s oldest theme park set to launch new attractions and themed zone


Tokyo’s Hanayashiki theme park is set to introduce an array of new additions, with the 170-year-old theme park about to launch a number of new attractions and a new themed zone later this month

Molly Murphy to lead Universal Creative after being named new president


Molly Murphy has been named the new president of Universal Creative, with the former Gensler principal set to lead the design and creation of Universal theme park experiences across the world

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

Sphere lights up Vegas Strip for the first time ahead of September launch


The Sphere, MSG’s new entertainment arena in Las Vegas, US, was lit up for the first time this month as part of a pre-launch ahead of its official debut in September

Connect&GO announces new partnerships with Ticketmaster France and France Billet


Connect&GO has announced two new partnerships in France that will see the attractions technology specialists integrate its Konnect all-in-one platform with leading French ticket providers Ticketmaster France and France Billet

WATCH: AI draws on 500 years of history to design statue in the styles of iconic sculptors


Engineering company Sanvik has used artificial intelligence to design a statue that draws on the styles of famous artists spanning three continents and 500 years, with the resulting work on display in Sweden’s Tekniska Museet

World’s largest beachfront indoor waterpark opens in Atlantic City


Atlantic City is celebrating the launch of its latest attraction - a US$100m world-class indoor waterpark on the City Boardwalk

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

Christoph Homann new Virgin Experience Days CEO


Virgin Experience Days has announced the appointment of Christoph Homann as its new CEO, as the company moves into its next growth phase

Immersive football experience eyed for Sheffield, UK, after plans submitted


Football could be coming home to Sheffield in the UK, following an application to develop an immersive football experience in a disused timber depot in the city

Registration opens as IAAPA Expo Europe prepares for return to Austria


Registration is now open for this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe event, which is set to make its return to Vienna, Austria, in September

Mayor of London says Greece and UK should ‘share’ Parthenon Marbles


London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said that the UK and Greece should come to an agreement to share the controversial Parthenon Marbles currently on display at the British Museum

Nominees announced for UK Theme Park Awards 2023


The finalists in this year’s UK Theme Park Awards have been announced, with Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures and Blackpool Pleasure Beach among the major contenders in the running for this year’s top prize

WATCH: KSI and The Sidemen play hide and seek inside Paradise Wildlife Park


Paradise Wildlife Park has welcomed KSI and The Sidemen to the animal attraction for a viral game of hide and seek

Abu Dhabi announces ambitious growth plans focused on tourism and culture


Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism board has revealed ambitious plans to grow its tourism economy to 24 million visitors a year