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More than 30 people have been injured after two rollercoaster trains crashed into each other at Legoland Germany


RWS Entertainment Group will showcase its capabilities as a full-service provider of visitor attractions and experiences at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe following two major acquisitions


Carnival’s new sustainability plan will cut its emissions by 500,000 metric tons per year and save US$150m annually in fuel costs


Merlin has announced that three of its ‘next generation’ Lego Discovery Centres are coming to the US in 2023


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


A light trail inspired by the iconic forest from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast franchises will open in the US in October


A new art installation powered by data from London’s Natural History Museum will provide an ever-changing visual representation of how society’s choices impact the natural world


Carmel Allen has been named the new managing director of Tate


Planet Attractions is set to be joined by some of the UK’s top content creators this September for a special panel session to be held at IAAPA Expo Europe in London


Mather & Co has developed the visitor experience for Hydro Ness - a new hydro scheme in Scotland on the River Ness that generates renewable energy using an Archimedes Screw


The British Museum has proposed a ‘Parthenon partnership’ that could see the Parthenon Marbles - also known as the Elgin Marbles - returned to Greece for the first time in more than 200 years


A change in the law will see private ownership of big cats in the US banned, putting an end to possession of tigers, lions and other big cat species except by qualified entities


Michael Myers, Dracula and now The Weeknd will be offering the scares at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, with the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter set to debut an all-new horror experience


IAAPA is on the hunt for its new president and CEO with a global search now underway to find a replacement for the outgoing Hal McEvoy


Fundraising has started for the Natural History Museum’s Urban Nature Project, a scheme which will allow the museum to turn its five-acre site into a free-to-visit educational outdoor space


As we enter the busiest time of the year for most waterpark operators, the team at WhiteWater has offered some tips to ensure the season runs smoothly


Experiential design collective Conductr has appointed Ben Dowson to oversee the company’s creative division


Shark Week is back for 2022 and Planet Attractions has taken a deep dive to find a collection of shark-related content that you can take in during the event


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


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


Merlin Entertainments has partnered with Coca-Cola to offer exclusive experiences to guests who recycle their used plastic bottles at Merlin attractions


The projection mapping market could be worth as much as US$8bn according to a new report on the technology


Former pro skateboarders Jason Lee and Chris Pastras have donated personal skateboarding memorabilia to The Smithsonian to be a part of its sports history collection


Detailed replicas of the controversial Elgin or Parthenon Marbles, created by a robot, will soon go on display in London


Six Flags is offering improved access for its guests with physical disabilities with a specialised restraint harness that allows them to experience rides they would otherwise be unable to


The heatwave currently cooking the UK has forced the closure of one of Europe’s most visited zoos


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


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


Art conservators at the National Galleries of Scotland have discovered a hidden self-portrait of Van Gogh on the back of another of the artist’s works during an X-ray


A £38m cultural development in the north of England is set to open its doors this weekend, with the debut of the astonishing Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot


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


Matt King, co-founder of arts and entertainment collective Meow Wolf has passed away


Celebrated architecture firm Adjaye Associates will lead a major redesign project at two UK museums; The International Slavery Museum and the Maritime Museum


Madame Tussauds has taken a cheeky dig at Boris Johnson, after a waxwork of the soon-to-be-former Prime Minister appeared outside a Job Centre in Blackpool


An official stage production based on Stranger Things is in the works after the series became Netflix’s first English-language show to be viewed for more than one billion hours


Registration is now open for this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida


Glastonbury founder, Michael Eavis has been commemorated with a specially-commissioned portrait at the National Portrait Gallery. He has also been named as a patron of Somerset’s Radstock Museum


Almost 70 European theme park enthusiasts made their way to the US last month for the trip of a lifetime, gathering to visit seven of the country’s top theme parks


Colour deficient and colour-blind visitors to Australia’s Chau Chak Wing Museum are now being offered special glasses to see works of art in clear, vibrant colour for the first time


Merlin is introducing a new education scheme that will offer training opportunities to guest-facing staff members to help elevate their careers and encourage diversity in the company’s senior ranks


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


The inaugural Wide Skies and Butterflies festival has been axed due to rising production costs and low ticket sales, the event’s organisers have said


Dame Mary Archer, chair of the Science Museum Group, has paid tribute to cancer awareness campaigner Dame Deborah James, who passed away in June


A gargantuan 9,000-passenger cruise ship will go on its maiden voyage to the scrap heap after the ship maker building the vessel went bust earlier this year


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


California’s Great America will cease to operate by 2033 after Cedar Fair announced the US$310m sale of the land the park is built on


A courtyard at the Louvre was transformed into a children’s toy race track during Paris Fashion Week for a special Louis Vuitton show


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


A recently-released study suggests that a museum visit can help an array of mental and physical conditions, including anxiety, chronic pain and even dementia


Unesco has verified more than 150 cultural sites in Ukraine have been either partially or completely destroyed since the Vladimir Putin-led invasion by Russia


Tibet Planetarium, which could open in two years’ time, hopes to welcome over 100,000 guests annually


Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 2022 will see the debut of a new Mummy as fans await the reopening of iconic Revenge of the Mummy attraction


FlowRider’s FlowSurf technology was inspired by river waves and creates never-ending waves


Royal Caribbean Cruises has filed a request that if approved will see SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service rolled out across the operator’s entire fleet


The US$70m is being funded from donations, and hopes to attract some 35,000 visitors annually after its 2024 opening


The Science and Industry Museum has received a generous donation from The Law Family Charitable Foundation for the refurbishment of its Power Hall


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


The redeveloped ‘The Open Era’ gallery is now open to the public at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum


The Ford Island Control Tower at Pearl Harbor is now open to the public for the first time in decades following a US$7m restoration


NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell has revealed that Universal theme parks are experiencing ‘historic’ park attendance and hotel bookings


SeaWorld has pledged to ensure the long-term health of the world’s oceans in accordance with the UN’s Sustainability Development Goal 14


Paris Hilton has made a significant donation to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that will enable the museum to acquire digital artworks by female artists


Holovis and Azimuth have teamed up with grand plans to develop an XR content creation and digital engineering team in Malaysia, making the country a hub for the Southeast Asia region in XR technology development


The Tropical Paradise waterpark - part of the VinWonders Nha Trang Amusement Park - has reopened its doors following an expansion featuring new Polin attractions


The Adler Planetarium in Chicago is one of a number of informal education institutions to receive NASA funding to serve students from communities underrepresented in STEM fields


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


Universal has revealed the return of Michael Myers for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, with the iconic slasher set to deliver the frights for the always popular horror spectacular


The Hong Kong Palace Museum is the newest addition to the West Kowloon Cultural District with the HK$3.5bn attraction set to open its doors to the public for the first time next month


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


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


Is Kanye West planning to enter the attractions realm?


Pop supergroup ABBA need to earn £140m from ticket sales of their London residency Voyage to cover the cost of the virtual spectacle


The concert series, the second such partnership between Sofar Sounds and Tiqets, will see artists perform at iconic attractions in London and San Francisco.


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


Jean-Luc Martinez stands accused of conspiring to hide the origin of archaeological treasures that investigators say were smuggled out of Egypt during the Arab Spring uprisings


A man entered the Louvre on Sunday disguised as an old lady in a wheelchair in an attempt to deface the Mona Lisa with cake


Site workers will be kept inside a ‘closed-loop’ system following strict prevention and control measures


It’s a busy year for WhiteWater, which has more than 70 waterpark projects across the world opening in 2022. We’ve rounded these projects up so you can keep track of everything happening this year


Google Arts & Culture celebrated Internation Museum Day with the launch of three new mind-bending AR art filters


The British government is supporting a range of public sector organisations in reducing their dependency on carbon and improving energy efficiency


Construction has started on the King Salman Park’s Royal Arts Complex, which once complete will act as a cultural hub for the Saudi capital of Riyadh


‘The Pop District’ from The Andy Warhol Museum will feature a larger cultural hub for live music, events, public art, expanded programming and a home for creative workplace development


Launching this summer, Stranger Things: The Experience is the result of a partnership between Netflix and live-entertainment discovery platform Fever


The Natural History Museum is partnering with the University of Reading on a major new digitisation centre to be built at the Thames Valley Science Park


FORREC’s Anthony Van Dam is set to leave the company after 34 years following his retirement announcement


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


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


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


The new Gruffalo Discovery Land at Twycross Zoo opened to the public in April. Lauren Heath-Jones paid a visit to The Deep Dark Wood to find out more


Planet Attractions and IAAPA Europe have announced a partnership that will see them work together on, media, content creation and more for this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe at London’s ExCeL Centre


The highly-anticipated ‘Flying Eyes’ dark ride opened at the Sun World Theme Park in late April


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


A new Supreme Committee has been formed to plan and implement the future of the Expo 2020 Dubai district


Fast becoming one of the key industry events for the visitor attractions sector, here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Saudi Entertainment and Amusement Expo


A new arts space highlighting work from LGBTQ+ artists will open its doors in London next month


Puy du Fou has partnered with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to develop its first-ever attraction in the US


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


Minnesota Zoo has started work on the US$39m redevelopment of its monorail track, which is set to be repurposed into the world’s longest elevated pedestrian loop


Visitation and revenue soared for SeaWorld in the first three months of the year, with the most visitors in Q1 since 2013 and record all-time revenue for the period


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


Cedar Fair has reported its Q1 earnings for 2022 with announced losses despite net revenues surging after a Covid-hit period in 2021


You can finally be a Barbie girl in a Barbie world with World of Barbie - a brand new immersive touring attraction set to make its debut later this year in Toronto


We've rounded up all the special events you should be attending this month


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


An iconic wedding destination is now home to a new visitor experience, with designers Mather & Co behind the newly-opened Gretna Green Experience


The mayor of Paris has ordered the general inspectorate to investigate instances of harassment across the city’s fourteen municipal museums


Nick Varney who has led Merlin since its inception and Mark Fisher, who played a key role in the company’s formation, have both announced their intention to leave the attractions giant in 2023


Unesco’s World Heritage Committee meeting in Kazan has been indefinitely postponed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine


Carnival’s current CEO Arnold Donald will step down from his position in August with company veteran Josh Weinstein waiting in the wings to take up the role going forward


The iconic Nerf brand will gain its first themed land in its 53-year history with the debut of a new attraction coming to Brazil’s Beto Carrero World in 2023


A number of attractions suppliers and manufacturers have been named winners of China’s prestigious Golden Crown Awards


Would you pay US$125,000 to travel into space via a hydrogen balloon? Well that’s exactly what you can do in the Space Lounge, launching from Florida in 2024


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


Ultraleap is introducing a new tool to allow the use of hand tracking while wearing a Pico Neo 3 VR headset


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


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


Attractions.io’s Peter O’Dare explains how user segmentation is transforming the visitor experience for the better


Two workers who bravely stayed behind to care for the animals at the Feldman Ecopark in Ukraine have been found shot dead with the zoo claiming the keepers were ‘shot by the enemies’


The former tallest rollercoaster in the world is being dismantled following an accident on a separate ride that has seen the complete demolition of Mexico City’s La Feria de Chapultepec theme park


The Dubai Entertainment, Amusement & Leisure Exhibition returned in 2022, bringing with it much success for attendees and exhibitors alike


Starting this August, Katherine E. Fleming will take the reins at the J. Paul Getty Trust, leading the institution’s mission to advance and share the world's art and cultural heritage for the benefit of all


The hotly-anticipated Fønix from Vekoma has opened to the public at Fårup Sommerland with the new rollercoaster representing the park’s largest investment ever


IAAPA’s president and CEO, Hal McEvoy has announced his intention to retire in 2023 following a glittering career in the attractions industry that has spanned more than five decades


Honor of Kings, Minions and Jurassic World are all set to feature in a range of new themed experiences coming to Universal Beijing this year


Organisations including the Auschwitz Memorial and Europa Nostra, as well as the UK’s culture minister Nadine Dorries, have called on Unesco to change the location of its 45th annual World Heritage Committee meeting, which is currently scheduled to take place in Russia


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


Swedish theme park Gröna Lund has recruited popular actor Felix Herngren to voice an alien in its new advertising campaign for the 2022 season


Family entertainment company Main Event is set to be acquired by Dave & Buster’s in a deal worth US$835m


Starting this June you’ll be able to find the Wizarding World’s Fantastic Beasts at the Royal Ontario Museum, with the popular Natural History Museum exhibition set to embark on the first leg of its world tour


Efteling will break ground on a new hotel at the end of this year’s summer season, with the 143-bedroom development to open its doors in 2024


A new exhibition from the Smithsonian National Postal Museum will explore the sport of baseball and how it came to be ‘America’s pastime’ through the lens of stamps and mail


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


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


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


Art and antiquities dealer Roben Dib has been arrested on charges of gang fraud and money laundering


IAAPA has named Peter van der Schans as its new executive director and vice president for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region, with Schans set to take up his new position starting April 4


Toronto Zoo is starting to undergo a major transformation. Its CEO Dolf DeJong spoke to Planet Attractions about the ambitious masterplan


Marwell Zoo and Attractions.io have teamed up for the development of a brand new app designed to enhance the visitor’s digital experience


With a number of ongoing issues, the London Resort theme park development has withdrawn its current planning application with a new proposal set to be resubmitted later in the year


Looping Group has acquired one of the most popular attractions in Croatia, with Aquapark Istralandia now joining its collection of attractions across Europe


The companies have entered into a three-year partnership that will see Accesso supply its point of sale solutions across four of Pyek Group’s waterparks


The museum closed due to security concerns in 2019, and was then hit by the coronavirus pandemic


The new attraction will feature a planetarium dome and exhibition spaces and will open in June


WhiteWater will work alongside Swim Drink Fish to promote sustainability in the attractions industry and clear Canada’s waterways


Seventeen security guards turned curator to create an exhibit inspired by music, black artists, humour, and social justice, or simply time spent guarding a particular piece


Walker joins the company with more than 20 years experience, having held senior creative roles at Universal Creative and Dynamic Attractions


Zoos, animal lovers, and the EAZA are raising funds and shipping supplies to Ukraine; WAZA issues statement in solidarity with the besieged nation


The event will feature an extensive tradeshow and the MENALAC LEA Conference and awards


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


Merlin will develop and operate exclusive Jumanji-themed attractions


The study explored the impact of ‘cultural capital’ on exam results of children from different social classes


The event, called Playful by Nature, invites visitors to explore the natural world by stepping into a virtual one


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


San Diego Zoo has launched one of its most ambitious ever additions, with the brand-new US$69m Wildlife Explorers Basecamp showcasing a number of different ecosystems through a series of immersive experiences


The B&M-designed Emperor has opened to the public at SeaWorld San Diego


Disney’s Bob Chapek has denounced a bill aimed at banning the discussion of LGBTQ+ issues in the classroom but the Human Rights Campaign has refused a Disney donation, saying the statement doesn’t go far enough


Super Nintendo World is making its US debut in 2023, with the attraction now under construction at Universal Studios Hollywood


The effects of Covid-19 continue to affect China, with IAAPA Expo Asia cancelled again as a result of the pandemic


In order for theme parks to run operations in a smooth and efficient manner, internal communications are key. Ross McCaw, CEO and founder of OurPeople, tells us more


Leading experience designers Thinkwell have been acquired by Tait


The UN cultural organisation is aiming to mark as many key heritage sites with the Hague Convention emblem, which protects cultural heritage in the event of armed conflict


Several zoos in Ukraine are in extreme jeopardy following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of the country, with EAZA calling for support and issuing a statement calling on Russian forces to ‘respect the peaceful nature’ of zoos


The US$70m Aquaparadise waterpark development has been indefinitely suspended following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine


Miami Seaquarium’s new owners will no longer stage orca shows following a new agreement with federal regulators


A new documentary filmed at the Natural History Museum explores the origin stories of mythical beasts that inspired the creatures in the Fantastic Beasts series


Los Angeles’ iconic La Brea Tar Pits will soon undergo a major transformation should a masterplan by Weiss/Manfredi pass its environmental review


The major exhibition at the National Railway Museum is the latest in a series of events to be axed as UK cultural institutions move to show their support to Ukraine


A waxwork of Vladimir Putin in France’s iconic Grevin Museum could be replaced with one of Volodymyr Zelensky after the Putin statue was vandalised by visitors over the weekend


The Ivankiv Historical and Local History Museum was burned to the ground as Russia continues its aggressive invasion of the country


Gail Evans has been named executive vice president, chief digital and technology officer for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.


Several new experiences, including an interactive gallery, are scheduled to open in April


The National Portrait Gallery and BP have decided to mutually end their decades-long commercial partnership


Here are all the events you should be attending this month


The RAAPA Expo will go ahead as scheduled despite the difficulties being caused for people and businesses in Russia following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine


The Vagina Museum is set to reopen at Enter, a creative arts hub in East London, in March after a six-month closure


The Qiddiya Investment Company is developing Saudi Arabia’s first-ever waterpark, with the mammoth investment set to cost a whopping US$750m


The exhibition had its world premiere at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute earlier this month


Escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia have seen Ukrainian institutions prepare security and evacuation plans should the worst happen


Warwick Castle will soon be home to a Zog-themed playland, with the popular IP set to arrive at the heritage attraction in April


A combined US$400m investment, Resorts World Sentosa is launching the first phase of its RWS 2.0 expansion plan, with an all-new Minions land at Universal Studios Singapore and the redevelopment of the rebranded and reimagined Singapore Oceanarium


How does an immersive experience tie in with the metaverse? John Munro, CEO and chief creative officer for storytellers Immersive has the answers


Officials at the British Museum reportedly recently met with BP officials to discuss options for support ‘post Spring 2023’, hinting at a likely renewal of the controversial partnership


Polin has named Matteo Ferrarini new business development manager of its Western Europe team in Italy


Neil MacGregor will speak to directors and curators at twenty museums across the country about the role museums play in society


Park operators have submitted a planning application for a four-acre interactive play land


Sesame Place San Diego is set to open next month, with the location set to include an interactive Sesame Street Neighbourhood along with themed attractions


The cruise industry could soon face taxes in excess of US$2bn a year should a new tax levy on carbon emissions gain approval


The Motown Museum has been given a million dollar boost towards its US$55m expansion campaign


Continuing a long-running Super Bowl tradition, three Super Bowl-winning members of the Los Angeles Rams are making their way to Disneyland


One of the world’s most important works of prehistoric art has found a new home at the British Museum


The Museum of London will relocate from its current site at The Barbican in London Wall to the historic Smithfield Market, where it will reopen as The London Museum in 2026


Award-winning visual effects studio Moonraker is eyeing the planetarium market with the launch of its latest product - a full-dome experience that shows guests what it would be like to live and work on the moon


Disney doubled revenues at its parks in its second quarter, with Bob Chapek saying that there is more storytelling infused into every aspect of a visit to a Disney park than ever before


Long-time Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki has detailed how studio co-founder, Hayao Miyazaki, was convinced to go ahead with the project


Crossing four continents and stopping off at more than 100 landing sites, Hurtigruten Expeditions has announced a series of cruises set to travel all the way from the Arctic to Antarctica


One of Asia’s most anticipated theme parks has finally opened its doors with Genting SkyWorlds offering a number of Fox IPs and attractions following a near-decade-long wait


The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino has named its founding director, with industry veteran Jorge Zamanillo set to take up the role in May


Twycross Zoo is set to launch a new attraction in the spring, with the UK’s first Gruffalo Discovery Land being developed to ‘inspire the next generation of conservationists’


Forming the first phase of a US$70m 20-year project, a new otter habitat at the Santa Ana Zoo will come complete with underwater viewing area and a state-of-the-art life support system to maintain water quality


Fans will experience Game of Thrones like never before, with the ‘ground-breaking’ attraction featuring authentic sets, costumes and props used in the show’s production


Merlin’s popular Legoland Discovery Centres have undergone a rebranding and reimagination, with the first Lego Discovery Centre coming to Belgium this summer


The first phase of the long-awaited Ghibli Park in Japan will open in November 2022 with a themed land inspired by the studio’s My Neighbor Totoro animation


Atlantic City is about to get a world-class indoor waterpark on the City Boardwalk with the record-breaking attraction set to open its doors in 2023


Attractions.io partnership with Merlin Entertainments has been expanded to include the supplier’s mobile wallet technology at all Merlin-operated theme parks


LGBTQ+ charity Queer Britain will open the UK’s first LGBTQ+ museum in London with support from Art Fund


SeaWorld Entertainment has made a bid of US$3.4bn for Cedar Fair, with the bid sending company stocks soaring ahead of the proposed takeover


Merlin has announced its acquisition of Cadbury World in the UK, reaching an agreement with Mondelez International to take over the iconic chocolate attraction


With so many big things coming in the year ahead, we’ve rounded up all the key events taking place this year. Welcome to your attractions calendar for 2022.


WaterSlider VR is the latest offering from BoldMove, with the new product offering an underwater VR experience inside a life raft


Disney Animation has revealed that parts of Encanto were inspired by dark rides, leading to fans calling for the smash hit to get its own attraction at Epcot


The Jean Nouvel-designed Museum of Art Pudong has been in operation for six months. Alice Davis paid a visit to the cultural newcomer in Shanghai


Efteling must cut its nitrogen emissions or cap its visitor numbers to five million people a year


A football-themed opera is set to be staged in Surrey, with the cultural spectacular to be broadcast on Sky Arts and NowTV


Work being carried out by the Louvre and Sotheby’s could ‘lead to restitutions’ as the Parisian institution researches the history of items in its collection acquired between 1933 and 1945


The Avengers are leading the way for Disneyland Paris’ 30th-anniversary celebrations, with the rest of the Disney gang not too far behind in an exciting year for the French attraction


Set to premiere in 2023, Pixar Day at Sea is a brand new voyage from the Disney Cruise Line, with the exclusive event coming to the operator’s Disney Fantasy ship next January


Using breakthrough aquatic life support technology, Monterey Bay Aquarium will soon debut a collection of sea creatures you would normally only be able to see at the very bottom of the ocean


The Circus Bumba land was inspired by Flemish children’s TV show Bumba and has been in development for several years


The Museum of East Anglian Life is set to undergo a name change in the hopes that a new emphasis on food will broaden its audience appeal


Visitors to SeaWorld’s US parks are being offered a new perspective on animal care, with a brand-new education programme taking them behind the scenes of its animal operations


Honouring East Asian traditions, Disney’s Lunar New Year celebration has returned to the Disneyland Resort in California


A pair of highly anticipated John Wick and Now You See Me attractions are making their way to MOTIONGATE at Dubai Parks and Resorts. Planet Attractions spoke to FORREC’s Eric O’Rourke about the record-breaking new additions


Both Bob Iger and Bob Chapek received huge pay boosts in 2021, with Disney’s top men pulling in a staggering US$74.8m between them last year


Just in time to celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, the Sleeping Beauty Castle has reopened to guests at Disneyland Paris following a 12 months renovation period


Lagotronics Projects will develop several media-based attractions, including a VR coaster and a dark ride for the upcoming Pradera Islands theme park


Political unrest in Kazakhstan has seen a group of protestors invade the state museum in search of priceless ancient armour


Gardaland has offered a first look at the ride vehicle for the upcoming Jumani - The Adventure dark ride attraction


Cityneon has announced a deal with the Wuxi Jingkai Government to develop a global R&D facility in the city of Wuxi in China


Martin Luther King Jr’s original ‘I have a dream’ speech is now on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is open in observance of Martin Luther King Jr day


Convious has named Andy Povey as its new managing director for the UK and Ireland, with Povey set to lead the company’s ambitious growth plan for the region


Have you ever wanted to own an actual piece of rollercoaster track? Well now you can, with Blackpool Pleasure Beach now selling parts of the Big One for the most avid of theme park enthusiasts


The new museum will provide a space where visitors can physically interact with digital artworks and NFTs


A new initiative from France’s Grand Palais will see the development of digital experiences for some of the world’s most iconic artworks, starting with a debut exhibition on the Louvre’s Mona Lisa


Norwegian Cruise Line has been forced to cancel cruises throughout January


Anglian Water is seeking funding for a Rutland-based display of the ‘Rutland sea dragon’, the UK’s largest ichthyosaur fossil discovered at the Rutland Water reservoir in 2021


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced US$24.7m in grants for 208 humanities projects across the US


What does the future look like for immersive experiences when it comes to location-based entertainment? Michael Mascioni has the answers


The British Museum is returning to the NFT market with the listing of a rare collection of JMW Turner paintings in digital form


The Gateway to Hell could soon burn no more with Turkmenistan’s President ordering the famous blaze to be extinguished for good


We’re not far off Mark Zuckerberg’s big reveal of the metaverse and what that means for the future, but when it comes to attractions, there are some companies already well ahead of the curve. Andrew Jacobs, accesso’s chief commercial officer, explains what it means for operators to be in a mobile-first world.


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


Reanimated and ready to take a bite out of its visitors, the former Camelot Theme Park is being resurrected as an immersive cinematic zombie experience


McDonald’s has lost a high court appeal to build a €1.3 m drive-through restaurant directly next to Rome’s historic Baths of Caracalla


An additional £30m in emergency funding has been made available through the UK’s Culture Recovery Fund to support museums, cinemas, theatres and heritage organisations with the impact of the Omicron variant this winter


New attractions based on Hey Duggie, JoJo & Gran Gran and Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures will open at CBeebies Land at the Alton Towers Resort later this year


A number of Covid outbreaks over the New Year period are causing chaos for the already disrupted cruise industry


A happy holidays and a quick thank you from us


Prince Charles has become patron of Museum of London following a visit to the institution’s under development new home earlier this year


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Rollercoaster crash at Legoland Germany leaves 30 injured
More than 30 people have been injured after two rollercoaster trains crashed into each other at Legoland Germany


RWS to showcase full capabilities at IAAPA Expo Europe following key multi-national acquisitions
RWS Entertainment Group will showcase its capabilities as a full-service provider of visitor attractions and experiences at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe following two major acquisitions


Carnival to cut fleetwide emissions by 500,000 metric tons with new sustainability initiative
Carnival’s new sustainability plan will cut its emissions by 500,000 metric tons per year and save US$150m annually in fuel costs


Merlin’s ‘next generation’ of Lego Discovery Centre coming to three US locations
Merlin has announced that three of its ‘next generation’ Lego Discovery Centres are coming to the US in 2023


Earnings reports: SeaWorld, Cedar Fair and Universal all soar in the face of Covid-19
SeaWorld, Cedar Fair and Universal have all experienced strong second quarters with the operators also revealing some hints as to what’s coming for each in the near future


Harry Potter Forbidden Forest experience coming to the US
A light trail inspired by the iconic forest from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast franchises will open in the US in October


Robotic plant powered by data from Natural History Museum will wilt or grow based on society’s choices over biodiversity
A new art installation powered by data from London’s Natural History Museum will provide an ever-changing visual representation of how society’s choices impact the natural world


Tate names Carmel Allen its new managing director
Carmel Allen has been named the new managing director of Tate


Planet Attractions to host influencer panel at IAAPA Expo Europe
Planet Attractions is set to be joined by some of the UK’s top content creators this September for a special panel session to be held at IAAPA Expo Europe in London


Mather develops visitor experience for hydroelectric scheme on Scotland’s River Ness
Mather & Co has developed the visitor experience for Hydro Ness - a new hydro scheme in Scotland on the River Ness that generates renewable energy using an Archimedes Screw


British Museum proposes ‘Parthenon partnership’ with Greece over Elgin Marbles
The British Museum has proposed a ‘Parthenon partnership’ that could see the Parthenon Marbles - also known as the Elgin Marbles - returned to Greece for the first time in more than 200 years


Big Cat Public Safety Act passes the US House of Representatives
A change in the law will see private ownership of big cats in the US banned, putting an end to possession of tigers, lions and other big cat species except by qualified entities


The Weeknd is debuting a haunted house at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights
Michael Myers, Dracula and now The Weeknd will be offering the scares at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, with the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter set to debut an all-new horror experience


Hunt begins for IAAPA’s new president and CEO
IAAPA is on the hunt for its new president and CEO with a global search now underway to find a replacement for the outgoing Hal McEvoy


London’s Natural History Museum launches fundraising campaign for free-to-visit green space
Fundraising has started for the Natural History Museum’s Urban Nature Project, a scheme which will allow the museum to turn its five-acre site into a free-to-visit educational outdoor space


Some handy tips to get waterpark operators through the busiest time of year
As we enter the busiest time of the year for most waterpark operators, the team at WhiteWater has offered some tips to ensure the season runs smoothly


Ben Dowson to lead creative division at Conductr
Experiential design collective Conductr has appointed Ben Dowson to oversee the company’s creative division


Everything you need to know about Shark Week
Shark Week is back for 2022 and Planet Attractions has taken a deep dive to find a collection of shark-related content that you can take in during the event


Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage reopens at Disneyland following year-long refurbishment
Disneyland’s Finding Nemo attraction has undergone a complete renovation, with the new attraction reopening to the public after a year-long closure


MagicBand+ technology set for July 27 launch at Walt Disney World
Disney is about to launch its upgraded MagicBand+, with the wearable technology offering a host of new features for visitors


Merlin and Coca-Cola partner for guest recycling reward initiative
Merlin Entertainments has partnered with Coca-Cola to offer exclusive experiences to guests who recycle their used plastic bottles at Merlin attractions


Projection mapping market to be worth US$8bn by 2030
The projection mapping market could be worth as much as US$8bn according to a new report on the technology


Smithsonian acquires decks from pro skaters Jason Lee and Chris Pastras
Former pro skateboarders Jason Lee and Chris Pastras have donated personal skateboarding memorabilia to The Smithsonian to be a part of its sports history collection


Parthenon Marbles replica carved by AI to go on display in London
Detailed replicas of the controversial Elgin or Parthenon Marbles, created by a robot, will soon go on display in London


Inclusivity for all: Six Flags introduces special restraints for disabled guests
Six Flags is offering improved access for its guests with physical disabilities with a specialised restraint harness that allows them to experience rides they would otherwise be unable to


UK’s record-breaking heatwave forces closure of Chester Zoo
The heatwave currently cooking the UK has forced the closure of one of Europe’s most visited zoos


From The Community: Climbing Colossus, Holiday World and Disney’s Dole Whip Day
Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


‘We're the industry of fun and it's time to have fun again’: Peter van der Schans on IAAPA EMEA, industry challenges and what to expect at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe
Planet Attractions travelled to Belgium recently to meet Peter van der Schans, IAAPA’s new executive director and vice president for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. Here’s what he had to say


National Galleries of Scotland X-ray uncovers hidden Van Gogh self-portrait
Art conservators at the National Galleries of Scotland have discovered a hidden self-portrait of Van Gogh on the back of another of the artist’s works during an X-ray


Shakespeare North: £38m playhouse set to rival London’s Globe Theatre
A £38m cultural development in the north of England is set to open its doors this weekend, with the debut of the astonishing Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot


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


Meow Wolf co-founder Matt King dies
Matt King, co-founder of arts and entertainment collective Meow Wolf has passed away


Adjaye Associates to lead £57m redevelopment of UK’s International Slavery Museum and Maritime Museum
Celebrated architecture firm Adjaye Associates will lead a major redesign project at two UK museums; The International Slavery Museum and the Maritime Museum


Madame Tussauds stunt sees Boris Johnson waxwork placed outside job centre
Madame Tussauds has taken a cheeky dig at Boris Johnson, after a waxwork of the soon-to-be-former Prime Minister appeared outside a Job Centre in Blackpool


Stranger Things slated for stage adaptation after fourth season receives record viewings
An official stage production based on Stranger Things is in the works after the series became Netflix’s first English-language show to be viewed for more than one billion hours


Registration opens for IAAPA Expo 2022
Registration is now open for this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida


Glastonbury founder celebrated with painting at National Portrait Gallery, named as patron at Radstock Museum
Glastonbury founder, Michael Eavis has been commemorated with a specially-commissioned portrait at the National Portrait Gallery. He has also been named as a patron of Somerset’s Radstock Museum


European coaster enthusiasts travel to US for theme park excursion
Almost 70 European theme park enthusiasts made their way to the US last month for the trip of a lifetime, gathering to visit seven of the country’s top theme parks


The museum that’s introduced special glasses to help colour-blind people see art in a whole new light
Colour deficient and colour-blind visitors to Australia’s Chau Chak Wing Museum are now being offered special glasses to see works of art in clear, vibrant colour for the first time


Merlin introduces career acceleration scheme for frontline staff
Merlin is introducing a new education scheme that will offer training opportunities to guest-facing staff members to help elevate their careers and encourage diversity in the company’s senior ranks


From The Community: The Bizzare Garfield dark ride, Alton Towers as an F1 track and how Disneyland is responsible for the creation of Doritos
It’s back! Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


Plug pulled on inaugural Wide Skies and Butterflies festival in UK
The inaugural Wide Skies and Butterflies festival has been axed due to rising production costs and low ticket sales, the event’s organisers have said


‘Frank but hopeful’: Science Museum Group chair pays tribute to Dame Deborah James
Dame Mary Archer, chair of the Science Museum Group, has paid tribute to cancer awareness campaigner Dame Deborah James, who passed away in June


Unfinished 9,000 passenger cruise ship to be scrapped before ever setting sail
A gargantuan 9,000-passenger cruise ship will go on its maiden voyage to the scrap heap after the ship maker building the vessel went bust earlier this year


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


California’s Great America to close after Cedar Fair announces land sale
California’s Great America will cease to operate by 2033 after Cedar Fair announced the US$310m sale of the land the park is built on


Louvre gains giant yellow toy race track for Louis Vuitton show
A courtyard at the Louvre was transformed into a children’s toy race track during Paris Fashion Week for a special Louis Vuitton show


‘Right leader at the right time’: Bob Chapek to remain at Disney until at least 2025 after board unanimously agrees contract extension
After months of speculation, Disney has extended the contract of Bob Chapek, with the company CEO set to stay at its head until at least 2025


Visiting a museum can help reduce your anxiety
A recently-released study suggests that a museum visit can help an array of mental and physical conditions, including anxiety, chronic pain and even dementia


More than 150 cultural sites in Ukraine have been partially or totally destroyed during the Russian invasion
Unesco has verified more than 150 cultural sites in Ukraine have been either partially or completely destroyed since the Vladimir Putin-led invasion by Russia


Building commences in Lhasa on world's highest planetarium
Tibet Planetarium, which could open in two years’ time, hopes to welcome over 100,000 guests annually


Universal set to welcome new Mummy to parks for Halloween Horror Nights 2022
Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 2022 will see the debut of a new Mummy as fans await the reopening of iconic Revenge of the Mummy attraction


FlowRider launches nature-inspired FlowSurf technology to create ‘never-ending’ waves
FlowRider’s FlowSurf technology was inspired by river waves and creates never-ending waves


SpaceX’s Starlink could be rolled out across Royal Caribbean Cruise ships pending FCC approval
Royal Caribbean Cruises has filed a request that if approved will see SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service rolled out across the operator’s entire fleet


BIG’s designs for the National Juneteenth Museum in Texas revealed
The US$70m is being funded from donations, and hopes to attract some 35,000 visitors annually after its 2024 opening


Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum gifted £3m for Power Hall renovation
The Science and Industry Museum has received a generous donation from The Law Family Charitable Foundation for the refurbishment of its Power Hall


Reimagined Finding Nemo musical opens at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
The new Finding Nemo production opened at Animal Kingdom in early June and features a new script and set design


Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum launches The Open Era gallery
The redeveloped ‘The Open Era’ gallery is now open to the public at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum


Pearl Harbor's Ford Island Control Tower opens to public following decade-long restoration
The Ford Island Control Tower at Pearl Harbor is now open to the public for the first time in decades following a US$7m restoration


Universal theme parks experiencing ‘historic’ park attendance, CEO reveals
NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell has revealed that Universal theme parks are experiencing ‘historic’ park attendance and hotel bookings


SeaWorld commits to world’s oceans with UN Sustainability Development pledge
SeaWorld has pledged to ensure the long-term health of the world’s oceans in accordance with the UN’s Sustainability Development Goal 14


Paris Hilton supports digital artworks by female artists with LACMA donation
Paris Hilton has made a significant donation to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that will enable the museum to acquire digital artworks by female artists


Holovis and Azimuth partner to bring XR technology to Malaysia and Southeast Asia
Holovis and Azimuth have teamed up with grand plans to develop an XR content creation and digital engineering team in Malaysia, making the country a hub for the Southeast Asia region in XR technology development


Vinwonders Nha Trang reopens expanded Tropical Paradise waterpark
The Tropical Paradise waterpark - part of the VinWonders Nha Trang Amusement Park - has reopened its doors following an expansion featuring new Polin attractions


Chicago’s Adler Planetarium to receive share of US$12.5m in NASA STEM funding
The Adler Planetarium in Chicago is one of a number of informal education institutions to receive NASA funding to serve students from communities underrepresented in STEM fields


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


Michael Myers set for Halloween Horror Nights return at Universal
Universal has revealed the return of Michael Myers for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, with the iconic slasher set to deliver the frights for the always popular horror spectacular


HK$3.5bn Hong Kong Palace Museum sets July opening date
The Hong Kong Palace Museum is the newest addition to the West Kowloon Cultural District with the HK$3.5bn attraction set to open its doors to the public for the first time next month


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


Splash Mountain’s Princess & the Frog overhaul coming in 2024, says movie’s star
Anika Noni Rose, who voiced Tiana in the 2009 hit, revealed that The Princess and the Frog ride could open in 2024 during an appearance on US morning show Live with Kelly and Ryan


Kanye West files trademarks for theme park attractions
Is Kanye West planning to enter the attractions realm?


‘Bloody expensive’: ABBA need to recoup £140m to cover costs of virtual Voyage residency
Pop supergroup ABBA need to earn £140m from ticket sales of their London residency Voyage to cover the cost of the virtual spectacle


Sofar Sounds partners with Tiqets for concert series at iconic attractions in London and San Francisco
The concert series, the second such partnership between Sofar Sounds and Tiqets, will see artists perform at iconic attractions in London and San Francisco.


Malaysian animation studio plans new theme park to appeal to Upin & Ipin fans across Southeast Asia
The cartoon twins are popular in Malaysia and Indonesia, and will be used as the IP for the proposed attraction


Former Louvre president Jean-Luc Martinez charged with money laundering in art trafficking case
Jean-Luc Martinez stands accused of conspiring to hide the origin of archaeological treasures that investigators say were smuggled out of Egypt during the Arab Spring uprisings


Man smears cake on the Mona Lisa as he encourages people to ‘think of the earth’
A man entered the Louvre on Sunday disguised as an old lady in a wheelchair in an attempt to deface the Mona Lisa with cake


Legoland construction starts up again as Covid lockdown starts to ease
Site workers will be kept inside a ‘closed-loop’ system following strict prevention and control measures


Land, sea and everywhere in between: WhiteWater’s global openings for 2022
It’s a busy year for WhiteWater, which has more than 70 waterpark projects across the world opening in 2022. We’ve rounded these projects up so you can keep track of everything happening this year


Google uses augmented reality to bring fine art to life for International Museum Day
Google Arts & Culture celebrated Internation Museum Day with the launch of three new mind-bending AR art filters


National Football Museum and Royal Botanic Gardens get share of £553m in carbon reduction scheme
The British government is supporting a range of public sector organisations in reducing their dependency on carbon and improving energy efficiency


Saudi Arabia starts work on Riyadh’s Royal Arts Complex
Construction has started on the King Salman Park’s Royal Arts Complex, which once complete will act as a cultural hub for the Saudi capital of Riyadh


Andy Warhol Museum announces plan to launch US$60m ‘Pop District’ in Pittsburgh
‘The Pop District’ from The Andy Warhol Museum will feature a larger cultural hub for live music, events, public art, expanded programming and a home for creative workplace development


Netflix partners with Fever to launch live-action Stranger Things experience in London
Launching this summer, Stranger Things: The Experience is the result of a partnership between Netflix and live-entertainment discovery platform Fever


London’s Natural History Museum announces plan to open major new research centre with the University of Reading
The Natural History Museum is partnering with the University of Reading on a major new digitisation centre to be built at the Thames Valley Science Park


Industry veteran Anthony Van Dam announces retirement from FORREC after 34 years
FORREC’s Anthony Van Dam is set to leave the company after 34 years following his retirement announcement


The generation game: How modern POS is transforming attractions operations
How do you develop a POS system that caters to both digital natives and the generation before them? Convious’s Miendu Dang has the answers


Halloween on the High Seas to return to Disney Cruise Line with all-new themed programming
Returning this Autumn, Disney Cruise Line’s Halloween on the High Seas will include new one-of-a-kind Halloween experiences


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


No such thing? Exploring The Gruffalo Discovery Land at Twycross Zoo
The new Gruffalo Discovery Land at Twycross Zoo opened to the public in April. Lauren Heath-Jones paid a visit to The Deep Dark Wood to find out more


Planet Attractions partners with IAAPA Expo Europe on media and content creation for 2022 event
Planet Attractions and IAAPA Europe have announced a partnership that will see them work together on, media, content creation and more for this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe at London’s ExCeL Centre


Simworx takes riders on an adventure through the clouds with new dark ride attraction at Vietnam’s Sun World theme park
The highly-anticipated ‘Flying Eyes’ dark ride opened at the Sun World Theme Park in late April


Delaware Museum of Nature and Science to reopen as a ‘Tik-Tok-friendly’ attraction following multi-million-dollar renovation
The Delaware Museum of Nature and Science is set to reopen on May 23 following an extensive renovation


Dubai establishes Supreme Committee to oversee future development of Expo 2020 District
A new Supreme Committee has been formed to plan and implement the future of the Expo 2020 Dubai district


Everything you need to know about SEA Expo 2022
Fast becoming one of the key industry events for the visitor attractions sector, here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Saudi Entertainment and Amusement Expo


New LGBTQ+ arts space coming to London in June
A new arts space highlighting work from LGBTQ+ artists will open its doors in London next month


Puy du Fou announces first US attraction as part of Tennessee’s US$75m Gateway to Adventure
Puy du Fou has partnered with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to develop its first-ever attraction in the US


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


Rails to trails: Minnesota Zoo announces plan for record-breaking treetop attraction
Minnesota Zoo has started work on the US$39m redevelopment of its monorail track, which is set to be repurposed into the world’s longest elevated pedestrian loop


Pandemic resurgence as SeaWorld soars with record results in first quarter
Visitation and revenue soared for SeaWorld in the first three months of the year, with the most visitors in Q1 since 2013 and record all-time revenue for the period


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


Cedar Fair reports loss in first quarter of 2022
Cedar Fair has reported its Q1 earnings for 2022 with announced losses despite net revenues surging after a Covid-hit period in 2021


Immersive touring Barbie attraction to make debut in Toronto this summer
You can finally be a Barbie girl in a Barbie world with World of Barbie - a brand new immersive touring attraction set to make its debut later this year in Toronto


Attractions Calendar: May
We've rounded up all the special events you should be attending this month


‘The Imagineers are on it’: Encanto songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda hints at potential plans for Disney’s parks
Lin-Manuel Miranda says that Disney’s Imagineers ‘are on it’ when it comes to the development of a new Encanto attraction for Disney’s theme parks


Scotland’s historic Gretna Green welcomes new visitor experience
An iconic wedding destination is now home to a new visitor experience, with designers Mather & Co behind the newly-opened Gretna Green Experience


Paris mayor orders investigation into multiple harassment cases at city’s museums
The mayor of Paris has ordered the general inspectorate to investigate instances of harassment across the city’s fourteen municipal museums


Nick Varney and Mark Fisher both announce retirements from Merlin Entertainments
Nick Varney who has led Merlin since its inception and Mark Fisher, who played a key role in the company’s formation, have both announced their intention to leave the attractions giant in 2023


Unesco’s World Heritage meeting in Russia indefinitely postponed
Unesco’s World Heritage Committee meeting in Kazan has been indefinitely postponed following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine


Josh Weinstein to take the reins from Arnold Donald after being named new Carnival president and CEO
Carnival’s current CEO Arnold Donald will step down from his position in August with company veteran Josh Weinstein waiting in the wings to take up the role going forward


World-first Nerf-themed land coming to Beto Carrero World in 2023
The iconic Nerf brand will gain its first themed land in its 53-year history with the debut of a new attraction coming to Brazil’s Beto Carrero World in 2023


Suppliers recognised in Asia Attractions Golden Crown Awards
A number of attractions suppliers and manufacturers have been named winners of China’s prestigious Golden Crown Awards


Welcome to the Space Lounge: Space tourism venture sees visitors climb 20 miles via balloon
Would you pay US$125,000 to travel into space via a hydrogen balloon? Well that’s exactly what you can do in the Space Lounge, launching from Florida in 2024


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


Gaming with your hands: Ultraleap introduces new hand-tracking technology for VR headsets
Ultraleap is introducing a new tool to allow the use of hand tracking while wearing a Pico Neo 3 VR headset


RWS Entertainment Group announces acquisition of The Experience Department
ted is the latest company to come under the RWS umbrella, with the entertainment group now able to add a number of new strings to its ever-expanding bow


‘Don’t Say Gay’ feud escalates as Florida Senate advances bill to strip Disney of self-governing status
Disney’s opposition to Florida’s contentious new state law which limits discussion of LGBTQ issues in schools could see the operator lose its self-governing status as a result of suspending political donations


The Netflix approach: How user segmentation is changing the visitor experience game
Attractions.io’s Peter O’Dare explains how user segmentation is transforming the visitor experience for the better


Workers who stayed behind to care for animals in Kharkiv zoo ‘shot dead by Russians’
Two workers who bravely stayed behind to care for the animals at the Feldman Ecopark in Ukraine have been found shot dead with the zoo claiming the keepers were ‘shot by the enemies’


Mexican theme park enters final stages of demolition following fatal incident
The former tallest rollercoaster in the world is being dismantled following an accident on a separate ride that has seen the complete demolition of Mexico City’s La Feria de Chapultepec theme park


Deals at DEAL: Middle East attractions show hails successful return to Dubai in 2022
The Dubai Entertainment, Amusement & Leisure Exhibition returned in 2022, bringing with it much success for attendees and exhibitors alike


Katherine E. Fleming to lead Getty Trust after being named new president and CEO
Starting this August, Katherine E. Fleming will take the reins at the J. Paul Getty Trust, leading the institution’s mission to advance and share the world's art and cultural heritage for the benefit of all


Record-breaking Fønix debuts at Fårup Sommerland
The hotly-anticipated Fønix from Vekoma has opened to the public at Fårup Sommerland with the new rollercoaster representing the park’s largest investment ever


IAAPA’s president and CEO Hal McEvoy to retire in 2023
IAAPA’s president and CEO, Hal McEvoy has announced his intention to retire in 2023 following a glittering career in the attractions industry that has spanned more than five decades


Universal Beijing set to introduce a host of new experiences based on top IPs
Honor of Kings, Minions and Jurassic World are all set to feature in a range of new themed experiences coming to Universal Beijing this year


Pressure on Unesco to relocate World Heritage Committee meeting from Russia
Organisations including the Auschwitz Memorial and Europa Nostra, as well as the UK’s culture minister Nadine Dorries, have called on Unesco to change the location of its 45th annual World Heritage Committee meeting, which is currently scheduled to take place in Russia


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


WATCH: Swedish actor Felix Herngren voices alien in new Gröna Lund advertising campaign
Swedish theme park Gröna Lund has recruited popular actor Felix Herngren to voice an alien in its new advertising campaign for the 2022 season


Dave & Buster’s acquires FEC chain Main Event in US$835m deal
Family entertainment company Main Event is set to be acquired by Dave & Buster’s in a deal worth US$835m


Fantastic Beasts set to start museum world tour in Ontario
Starting this June you’ll be able to find the Wizarding World’s Fantastic Beasts at the Royal Ontario Museum, with the popular Natural History Museum exhibition set to embark on the first leg of its world tour


Efteling reveals new details about upcoming hotel experience
Efteling will break ground on a new hotel at the end of this year’s summer season, with the 143-bedroom development to open its doors in 2024


Baseball-themed exhibition to open at Smithsonian National Postal Museum
A new exhibition from the Smithsonian National Postal Museum will explore the sport of baseball and how it came to be ‘America’s pastime’ through the lens of stamps and mail


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


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


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


Man who sold works to Louvre and Met arrested on suspicion of selling looted antiquities
Art and antiquities dealer Roben Dib has been arrested on charges of gang fraud and money laundering


Peter van der Schans to lead IAAPA EMEA after being named executive director and vice president for the region
IAAPA has named Peter van der Schans as its new executive director and vice president for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region, with Schans set to take up his new position starting April 4


The zoo of the future: Toronto Zoo CEO lays out attraction’s CA$328m masterplan
Toronto Zoo is starting to undergo a major transformation. Its CEO Dolf DeJong spoke to Planet Attractions about the ambitious masterplan


Enhancing the digital experience: Marwell Zoo adopts Attractions.io technology for launch of new app
Marwell Zoo and Attractions.io have teamed up for the development of a brand new app designed to enhance the visitor’s digital experience


London Resort withdraws £2.5bn plan over logistical and environmental issues
With a number of ongoing issues, the London Resort theme park development has withdrawn its current planning application with a new proposal set to be resubmitted later in the year


Croatia’s largest waterpark acquired by Looping Group
Looping Group has acquired one of the most popular attractions in Croatia, with Aquapark Istralandia now joining its collection of attractions across Europe


Pyek Group names Accesso as dedicated technology partner
The companies have entered into a three-year partnership that will see Accesso supply its point of sale solutions across four of Pyek Group’s waterparks


Baghdad’s Iraq Museum celebrates reopening after three-year closure
The museum closed due to security concerns in 2019, and was then hit by the coronavirus pandemic


Manchester observatory to unveil £21m visitor experience
The new attraction will feature a planetarium dome and exhibition spaces and will open in June


WhiteWater marks World Water Day with Swim Drink Fish partnership
WhiteWater will work alongside Swim Drink Fish to promote sustainability in the attractions industry and clear Canada’s waterways


From protecting art to selecting art: Baltimore museum guards pick the art they want you to see
Seventeen security guards turned curator to create an exhibit inspired by music, black artists, humour, and social justice, or simply time spent guarding a particular piece


George Walker named as VP of creative development at Holovis
Walker joins the company with more than 20 years experience, having held senior creative roles at Universal Creative and Dynamic Attractions


Global zoo community rallies to help animal attractions in Ukraine
Zoos, animal lovers, and the EAZA are raising funds and shipping supplies to Ukraine; WAZA issues statement in solidarity with the besieged nation


DEAL to welcome global entertainment industry to Dubai for 2022 show
The event will feature an extensive tradeshow and the MENALAC LEA Conference and awards


Disneyland closed as Shanghai reports highest ever daily Covid cases
Shanghai Planetarium, Shanghai Museum and more than 100 city parks have already closed to the public


Sony strikes exclusive deal with Merlin to expand Jumanji brand into theme parks
Merlin will develop and operate exclusive Jumanji-themed attractions


Cultural experiences do not boost exam results, new study reveals
The study explored the impact of ‘cultural capital’ on exam results of children from different social classes


Natural History Museum Lates return with an evening dedicated to nature and gaming
The event, called Playful by Nature, invites visitors to explore the natural world by stepping into a virtual one


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


San Diego Zoo’s US$69m Wildlife Explorers Basecamp opens to the public
San Diego Zoo has launched one of its most ambitious ever additions, with the brand-new US$69m Wildlife Explorers Basecamp showcasing a number of different ecosystems through a series of immersive experiences


Emperor: California’s tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster opens at SeaWorld
The B&M-designed Emperor has opened to the public at SeaWorld San Diego


Human Rights Campaign rejects Disney money until company takes ‘meaningful action’ against Florida’s controversial ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill
Disney’s Bob Chapek has denounced a bill aimed at banning the discussion of LGBTQ+ issues in the classroom but the Human Rights Campaign has refused a Disney donation, saying the statement doesn’t go far enough


Super Nintendo World set to make debut at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2023
Super Nintendo World is making its US debut in 2023, with the attraction now under construction at Universal Studios Hollywood


IAAPA Expo Asia cancelled again
The effects of Covid-19 continue to affect China, with IAAPA Expo Asia cancelled again as a result of the pandemic


Theme parks must streamline their internal comms to ensure a smooth and successful re-opening in the summer
In order for theme parks to run operations in a smooth and efficient manner, internal communications are key. Ross McCaw, CEO and founder of OurPeople, tells us more


Tait Group announces acquisition of Thinkwell
Leading experience designers Thinkwell have been acquired by Tait


Unesco 'gravely concerned' for Ukraine's cultural heritage as Russia invasion continues
The UN cultural organisation is aiming to mark as many key heritage sites with the Hague Convention emblem, which protects cultural heritage in the event of armed conflict


EAZA calls for support: Ukraine Zoos in extreme jeopardy following Russian invasion
Several zoos in Ukraine are in extreme jeopardy following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of the country, with EAZA calling for support and issuing a statement calling on Russian forces to ‘respect the peaceful nature’ of zoos


US$70m waterpark development halted as companies continue to pull out of Russian projects
The US$70m Aquaparadise waterpark development has been indefinitely suspended following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine


Miami Seaquarium to end shows with 56-year-old orca Lolita following takeover
Miami Seaquarium’s new owners will no longer stage orca shows following a new agreement with federal regulators


Natural History Museum partners with BBC and Warner Bros for Stephen Fry ‘Fantastic Beasts’ BBC documentary
A new documentary filmed at the Natural History Museum explores the origin stories of mythical beasts that inspired the creatures in the Fantastic Beasts series


Environmental review underway for La Brea Tar Pits redevelopment masterplan
Los Angeles’ iconic La Brea Tar Pits will soon undergo a major transformation should a masterplan by Weiss/Manfredi pass its environmental review


National Railway Museum axes long-awaited Trans-Siberian exhibition as Russia continues Ukraine invasion
The major exhibition at the National Railway Museum is the latest in a series of events to be axed as UK cultural institutions move to show their support to Ukraine


Putin waxwork removed from display following visitor damage
A waxwork of Vladimir Putin in France’s iconic Grevin Museum could be replaced with one of Volodymyr Zelensky after the Putin statue was vandalised by visitors over the weekend


Ukraine culture minister calls for UNESCO to revoke Russia’s membership after Russian forces destroy museum housing works by folk artist Maria Prymachenko
The Ivankiv Historical and Local History Museum was burned to the ground as Russia continues its aggressive invasion of the country


Gail Evans to lead Disney into the future after being named new chief technology officer
Gail Evans has been named executive vice president, chief digital and technology officer for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.


Mather & Co lead redevelopment of Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
Several new experiences, including an interactive gallery, are scheduled to open in April


National Portrait Gallery and BP to end 30-year partnership in December
The National Portrait Gallery and BP have decided to mutually end their decades-long commercial partnership


Attractions Calendar: March
Here are all the events you should be attending this month


‘The situation in Moscow is stable’: RAAPA Expo to go ahead next month despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
The RAAPA Expo will go ahead as scheduled despite the difficulties being caused for people and businesses in Russia following Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine


London’s Vagina Museum announces reopening date at new Bethnal Green location
The Vagina Museum is set to reopen at Enter, a creative arts hub in East London, in March after a six-month closure


Saudi Arabia unveils plans for US$750m mega waterpark development
The Qiddiya Investment Company is developing Saudi Arabia’s first-ever waterpark, with the mammoth investment set to cost a whopping US$750m


Harry Potter: The Exhibition arrives at Franklin Institute for worldwide debut
The exhibition had its world premiere at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute earlier this month


Ukraine’s museums prepare for the worst as Russian conflict approaches
Escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia have seen Ukrainian institutions prepare security and evacuation plans should the worst happen


Zog comes to Warwick Castle with new themed playland
Warwick Castle will soon be home to a Zog-themed playland, with the popular IP set to arrive at the heritage attraction in April


Expansion of Universal Studios and reimagined Singapore Oceanarium form first phase of US$400m redevelopment at Resorts World Sentosa
A combined US$400m investment, Resorts World Sentosa is launching the first phase of its RWS 2.0 expansion plan, with an all-new Minions land at Universal Studios Singapore and the redevelopment of the rebranded and reimagined Singapore Oceanarium


Immersive design is the bridge between physical attractions and the metaverse
How does an immersive experience tie in with the metaverse? John Munro, CEO and chief creative officer for storytellers Immersive has the answers


Documents suggest British Museum’s controversial BP partnership will be renewed despite protests
Officials at the British Museum reportedly recently met with BP officials to discuss options for support ‘post Spring 2023’, hinting at a likely renewal of the controversial partnership


Matteo Ferrarini to drive waterpark growth in Italy following Polin appointment
Polin has named Matteo Ferrarini new business development manager of its Western Europe team in Italy


‘The Museums That Make Us’: Former British Museum director to explore impact of UK museums in new BBC radio series
Neil MacGregor will speak to directors and curators at twenty museums across the country about the role museums play in society


Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure announces ambitious expansion
Park operators have submitted a planning application for a four-acre interactive play land


Sesame Place San Diego slated for March opening
Sesame Place San Diego is set to open next month, with the location set to include an interactive Sesame Street Neighbourhood along with themed attractions


Carbon levy could cost cruise industry up to US$2bn a year
The cruise industry could soon face taxes in excess of US$2bn a year should a new tax levy on carbon emissions gain approval


Bank of America awards US$1m to Motown Museum expansion
The Motown Museum has been given a million dollar boost towards its US$55m expansion campaign


WATCH: Super Bowl winners Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp and Aaron Donald are going to Disneyland!
Continuing a long-running Super Bowl tradition, three Super Bowl-winning members of the Los Angeles Rams are making their way to Disneyland


5,000-year-old chalk sculpture deemed UK’s ‘most significant ancient discovery’ to go on display at the British Museum
One of the world’s most important works of prehistoric art has found a new home at the British Museum


Museum of London to close in December ahead of major rebrand and Smithfield relocation
The Museum of London will relocate from its current site at The Barbican in London Wall to the historic Smithfield Market, where it will reopen as The London Museum in 2026


Moonraker steps into full-dome market with launch of ‘Moonbase: The Next Step’
Award-winning visual effects studio Moonraker is eyeing the planetarium market with the launch of its latest product - a full-dome experience that shows guests what it would be like to live and work on the moon


‘We’ve transformed the guest experience’: Bob Chapek on Disney’s impressive second quarter
Disney doubled revenues at its parks in its second quarter, with Bob Chapek saying that there is more storytelling infused into every aspect of a visit to a Disney park than ever before


‘Leave it to Goro’: Studio Ghibli co-founder’s change of heart on upcoming Japanese theme park project
Long-time Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki has detailed how studio co-founder, Hayao Miyazaki, was convinced to go ahead with the project


Hurtigruten Expeditions to offer pole-to-pole cruises in 2023
Crossing four continents and stopping off at more than 100 landing sites, Hurtigruten Expeditions has announced a series of cruises set to travel all the way from the Arctic to Antarctica


Malaysia’s US$800m Genting SkyWorlds has finally opened its doors
One of Asia’s most anticipated theme parks has finally opened its doors with Genting SkyWorlds offering a number of Fox IPs and attractions following a near-decade-long wait


Jorge Zamanillo named first director of Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino has named its founding director, with industry veteran Jorge Zamanillo set to take up the role in May


The Gruffalo to debut at Twycross Zoo as attraction unveils plans for new themed land
Twycross Zoo is set to launch a new attraction in the spring, with the UK’s first Gruffalo Discovery Land being developed to ‘inspire the next generation of conservationists’


Construction begins on US$6.6m river otter habitat at Santa Ana Zoo
Forming the first phase of a US$70m 20-year project, a new otter habitat at the Santa Ana Zoo will come complete with underwater viewing area and a state-of-the-art life support system to maintain water quality


Game of Thrones Studio Tour opens in Northern Ireland
Fans will experience Game of Thrones like never before, with the ‘ground-breaking’ attraction featuring authentic sets, costumes and props used in the show’s production


Lego and Merlin reimagine Discovery Centres for 2022 with all-new ‘next generation’ experience
Merlin’s popular Legoland Discovery Centres have undergone a rebranding and reimagination, with the first Lego Discovery Centre coming to Belgium this summer


Studio Ghibli theme park gets November 2022 opening date
The first phase of the long-awaited Ghibli Park in Japan will open in November 2022 with a themed land inspired by the studio’s My Neighbor Totoro animation


World’s largest beachfront indoor waterpark set to splash down in Atlantic City
Atlantic City is about to get a world-class indoor waterpark on the City Boardwalk with the record-breaking attraction set to open its doors in 2023


Merlin to use Attractions.io mobile wallet technology across operator’s entire theme park portfolio
Attractions.io partnership with Merlin Entertainments has been expanded to include the supplier’s mobile wallet technology at all Merlin-operated theme parks


London to welcome UK’s first national LGBTQ+ museum
LGBTQ+ charity Queer Britain will open the UK’s first LGBTQ+ museum in London with support from Art Fund


Cedar Fair soars as SeaWorld takeover rumours swirl
SeaWorld Entertainment has made a bid of US$3.4bn for Cedar Fair, with the bid sending company stocks soaring ahead of the proposed takeover


Merlin set to bring the magic to Cadbury World following acquisition deal
Merlin has announced its acquisition of Cadbury World in the UK, reaching an agreement with Mondelez International to take over the iconic chocolate attraction


Attractions Calendar: Your diary dates for 2022
With so many big things coming in the year ahead, we’ve rounded up all the key events taking place this year. Welcome to your attractions calendar for 2022.


Explore the seven seas with new VR attraction from BoldMove
WaterSlider VR is the latest offering from BoldMove, with the new product offering an underwater VR experience inside a life raft


Theme park dark ride inspires Disney's Encanto
Disney Animation has revealed that parts of Encanto were inspired by dark rides, leading to fans calling for the smash hit to get its own attraction at Epcot


Museum of Art Pudong: A look inside Shanghai’s newest art gallery
The Jean Nouvel-designed Museum of Art Pudong has been in operation for six months. Alice Davis paid a visit to the cultural newcomer in Shanghai


Judge rules Efteling must cut emissions or cap attendance
Efteling must cut its nitrogen emissions or cap its visitor numbers to five million people a year


Gods of the Game: Football opera coming to UK in time for 2022 World Cup
A football-themed opera is set to be staged in Surrey, with the cultural spectacular to be broadcast on Sky Arts and NowTV


Louvre partners with Sotheby’s to investigate provenance of items acquired during World War II
Work being carried out by the Louvre and Sotheby’s could ‘lead to restitutions’ as the Parisian institution researches the history of items in its collection acquired between 1933 and 1945


Avengers Campus coming to Disneyland Paris this summer as Disney announces lineup for 30th-anniversary celebrations
The Avengers are leading the way for Disneyland Paris’ 30th-anniversary celebrations, with the rest of the Disney gang not too far behind in an exciting year for the French attraction


Pixar Day at Sea coming to Disney Cruise Line in 2023
Set to premiere in 2023, Pixar Day at Sea is a brand new voyage from the Disney Cruise Line, with the exclusive event coming to the operator’s Disney Fantasy ship next January


Into the Deep: Monterey Bay Aquarium to debut never-before-seen deep-sea creatures in new exhibit
Using breakthrough aquatic life support technology, Monterey Bay Aquarium will soon debut a collection of sea creatures you would normally only be able to see at the very bottom of the ocean


Work begins on Circus Bumba attraction at Plopsaland De Panne
The Circus Bumba land was inspired by Flemish children’s TV show Bumba and has been in development for several years


UK’s Museum of East Anglian Life to rebrand as National Museum of Food
The Museum of East Anglian Life is set to undergo a name change in the hopes that a new emphasis on food will broaden its audience appeal


SeaWorld’s new ‘Inside Look’ education programme is offering visitors behind-the-scenes look at its animal care operations
Visitors to SeaWorld’s US parks are being offered a new perspective on animal care, with a brand-new education programme taking them behind the scenes of its animal operations


Year of the Tiger: Disneyland marks Lunar New Year with return of celebration at California Adventure
Honouring East Asian traditions, Disney’s Lunar New Year celebration has returned to the Disneyland Resort in California


Behind the magic: FORREC’s Eric O’Rourke reveals all about MOTIONGATE’s new John Wick and Now You See Me attractions
A pair of highly anticipated John Wick and Now You See Me attractions are making their way to MOTIONGATE at Dubai Parks and Resorts. Planet Attractions spoke to FORREC’s Eric O’Rourke about the record-breaking new additions


Disney filing reveals that Bob Chapek and Bob Iger more than doubled their personal earnings in 2021
Both Bob Iger and Bob Chapek received huge pay boosts in 2021, with Disney’s top men pulling in a staggering US$74.8m between them last year


Disneyland Paris completes one-year renovation of iconic Sleeping Beauty castle
Just in time to celebrate its 30th anniversary this year, the Sleeping Beauty Castle has reopened to guests at Disneyland Paris following a 12 months renovation period


Lagotronics to develop new attractions for major theme park development in the Philippines
Lagotronics Projects will develop several media-based attractions, including a VR coaster and a dark ride for the upcoming Pradera Islands theme park


Protestors in Kazakhstan storm museum searching for ancient armour
Political unrest in Kazakhstan has seen a group of protestors invade the state museum in search of priceless ancient armour


WATCH: Gardaland unveils ride vehicle for world-first Jumanji attraction
Gardaland has offered a first look at the ride vehicle for the upcoming Jumani - The Adventure dark ride attraction


Cityneon subsidiary Animax to develop new global R&D facility in Wuxi, China
Cityneon has announced a deal with the Wuxi Jingkai Government to develop a global R&D facility in the city of Wuxi in China


Martin Luther King’s original ‘I have a dream’ speech goes on display at National Museum of African American History and Culture
Martin Luther King Jr’s original ‘I have a dream’ speech is now on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is open in observance of Martin Luther King Jr day


Andy Povey to lead UK and Ireland operations for Convious following appointment
Convious has named Andy Povey as its new managing director for the UK and Ireland, with Povey set to lead the company’s ambitious growth plan for the region


You can now buy an actual piece of track from Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s iconic Big One rollercoaster
Have you ever wanted to own an actual piece of rollercoaster track? Well now you can, with Blackpool Pleasure Beach now selling parts of the Big One for the most avid of theme park enthusiasts


NFT museum to open in Seattle
The new museum will provide a space where visitors can physically interact with digital artworks and NFTs


Mona Lisa goes digital as Grand Palais unveils new initiative for immersive art exhibitions
A new initiative from France’s Grand Palais will see the development of digital experiences for some of the world’s most iconic artworks, starting with a debut exhibition on the Louvre’s Mona Lisa


Covid-hit Norwegian cancels additional cruise sailings for 2022
Norwegian Cruise Line has been forced to cancel cruises throughout January


Fossilised remains of 180-million-year-old ‘Sea Dragon’ found in the UK set to go on display
Anglian Water is seeking funding for a Rutland-based display of the ‘Rutland sea dragon’, the UK’s largest ichthyosaur fossil discovered at the Rutland Water reservoir in 2021


More than 200 projects to receive share of US$24.7m in US culture funding
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced US$24.7m in grants for 208 humanities projects across the US


New horizons for immersive experiences in leisure facilities
What does the future look like for immersive experiences when it comes to location-based entertainment? Michael Mascioni has the answers


British Museum cashing in on NFTs with Turner masterpieces set to go on digital sale
The British Museum is returning to the NFT market with the listing of a rare collection of JMW Turner paintings in digital form


Turkmenistan’s ‘Gateway to Hell’ to be extinguished
The Gateway to Hell could soon burn no more with Turkmenistan’s President ordering the famous blaze to be extinguished for good


Reimagining the guest experience in a mobile-first world with accesso
We’re not far off Mark Zuckerberg’s big reveal of the metaverse and what that means for the future, but when it comes to attractions, there are some companies already well ahead of the curve. Andrew Jacobs, accesso’s chief commercial officer, explains what it means for operators to be in a mobile-first world.


From The Industry: What is the future of museums in 2022? Chuck E. Cheese expansion plans and Zoo Atlanta’s commitment to conservation
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Back from the dead: Abandoned Camelot theme park to reopen as immersive zombie experience
Reanimated and ready to take a bite out of its visitors, the former Camelot Theme Park is being resurrected as an immersive cinematic zombie experience


McDonald’s loses appeal to build drive-through next to ancient Roman baths
McDonald’s has lost a high court appeal to build a €1.3 m drive-through restaurant directly next to Rome’s historic Baths of Caracalla


Emergency funding available for arts, culture and heritage doubled to £60m as British government tackles impact of Omicron
An additional £30m in emergency funding has been made available through the UK’s Culture Recovery Fund to support museums, cinemas, theatres and heritage organisations with the impact of the Omicron variant this winter


Alton Towers announces new CBeebies Land attractions opening in spring 2022
New attractions based on Hey Duggie, JoJo & Gran Gran and Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures will open at CBeebies Land at the Alton Towers Resort later this year


Covid disrupts cruise industry with multiple outbreaks on ships worldwide
A number of Covid outbreaks over the New Year period are causing chaos for the already disrupted cruise industry


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


Prince of Wales becomes patron of Museum of London
Prince Charles has become patron of Museum of London following a visit to the institution’s under development new home earlier this year


‘Funderstruck’: Carnival introduces new campaign centred around fun
Funderstruck. Adjective. Shocked and amazed by the power of fun on Carnival. Well, that’s what the cruise operator is saying in its new ad campaign at least!


Shortlist revealed for 2021 Clamshell Awards
You can now vote for your favourite influencers and content creators in the 2021 Clamshell Awards from Cupcakes & Coasters




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