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The highly-anticipated Pipeline surf coaster is coming to SeaWorld Orlando this spring. SeaWorld’s vice president of rides and engineering, Jonathan Smith, spoke to Planet Attractions about the project


London Eye operator Merlin Entertainments has applied to extend the attraction’s planning permission ahead of its 2028 deadline


Hasbro’s Monopoly Lifesized has opened in Riyadh following a three-way partnership between the toy manufacturer, the Al Hokair Group and The Path Entertainment Group


New online courses from the Natural History Museum will share exciting insights into the institution’s research


Convious has signed a multi-year deal with West Midland Safari Park to supply its fully-integrated eCommerce and guest experience platform


A new attraction inspired by the BBC’s


Culture, heritage and sport sites are set to receive £4.5m over the next three years to support actions in the Welsh Government’s Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan


Country music icon Dolly Parton has revealed plans to open a self-dedicated museum in Tennessee that could form part of a wider cultural complex


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


Developed specifically for attractions, nWave’s newest title takes viewers on an adventure with skunk and martial artist Meg, as she searches for a missing relic


PortAventura has announced plans for a new Uncharted dark ride coaster with Sally Dark Rides and Intamin behind the €25m attraction


Audiences around the world will soon get to see record-breaking stunt performers pushing the boundaries of what is possible with Guinness World Records and Mirage Entertainment Design announcing the launch of an exciting new show


Saudi Entertainment Ventures - part of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund - will develop more than 150 new attractions in the kingdom across 21 integrated entertainment destinations


EAG - the Entertainment, Attractions and Gaming International Expo - is on course for one of the largest shows in its history after its organisers revealed registration is up 58% on 2020’s pre-pandemic figure.


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


Merlin executive Fiona Eastwood has been promoted to oversee the operator’s global portfolio of theme parks and midway attractions


World-leading visitor transportation specialist Severn Lamb has announced a major move in the acquisition of US company Trams International


Directors from The Met, British Museum, Louvre and National Gallery have signed an open letter published by ICOM condemning the ‘risky endangerment’ of irreplaceable artworks in climate demonstrations


The world-first theme park will feature several key attractions inspired by iconic Mattel brands including Barbie, Thomas & Friends and Hot Wheels


A new permanent exhibition exploring life on Mars has opened at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, US


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


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


Footballing legend Cristiano Ronaldo has taken over the iconic Times Square to unveil a new waxwork for Madame Tussauds New York


Longtime member and actor Helena Bonham Carter CBE has become the first female president of The London Library


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


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


ProSlide will announce a major new project at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with the company also revealing a record number of projects for 2023


WhiteWater will unveil six new products at IAAPA Expo, including three new waterslides, an all-in-one play structure and an innovation that ‘has been years in the making.’


Extreme Engineering will announce four new Cloud Coaster projects as well as debut two new products at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando


A number of exhibitors will be using Christie technology at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with the company also set to showcase its MicroTiles LED among the products on its own stand


Spree Interactive is getting into the Christmas spirit a little early this year, with the launch of its Christmas Crunch VR title at the upcoming IAAPA Expo in Orlando


Ride manufacturer Zamperla is behind the CA$9m development of what will be Canada’s fastest launch coaster when it opens in 2024


Princess Cruises has debuted a brand new immersive experience that combines dining, storytelling, music, scent and more for a one-of-a-kind journey through the Mediterranean


RWS’s Sponsored Spotlight will showcase the company’s ‘endless possibilities’ following major acquisitions


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


Red Raion will offer an exclusive preview of its latest title - ‘Around the World in 80 Days - Journey of Wonders’ - at this year’s IAAPA Expo


Frontgrid has launched its ParadropVR Pod attraction at Adventure Park Snowdonia in North Wales


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


IAAPA has appointed Jakob Wahl as its new president and CEO. Wahl will assume the role at the beginning of 2023


The dynamic media-based attractions specialist will showcase the attraction alongside its new Overdrive concept at the IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida


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


The immersive attractions designer will unveil details of its new attraction, new project and new ride content throughout this year’s IAAPA Expo, which takes place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando in November


Cunard has announced its 2023 Insights enrichment programme, with adventurer Bear Grylls taking centre stage for the operator’s maiden 2023 voyage to Alaska


Following a special panel session featuring some of the UK’s top theme park content creators, Planet Attractions joined Jack Silkstone, Sean and Jo Dyer, and Kieran Adams as they explored this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe in London


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


Gateway Ticketing Systems has appointed Joe Marshall to lead the company’s UK operations


Flight bookings to Qatar and the UAE are currently 10 times higher than pre-pandemic levels ahead of this winter’s FIFA World Cup


Convious showcased its digital engagement platform at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe. The company’s managing director for the UK & Ireland, Andy Povey, tells Planet Attractions about everything the company has to offer


Leading experience designers Mather & Co have named Kim Kherlopian as the company’s new managing director. Planet Attractions caught up with him at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe to find out more


Ahead of a special industry panel looking at iconic attractions, experts from WhiteWater have named their personal picks, explaining why they think their choice is an iconic attraction


Cruise operator Holland America Line is celebrating 150 years with the announcement of a partnership with the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation


Ohio’s Kings Island theme park will introduce Adventure Port, its newest themed area, in 2023. The themed land will feature several attractions and enhanced theming on a classic rollercoaster


IAAPA’s president and CEO, Hal McEvoy spoke to Planet Attractions about this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, the industry’s post-Covid recovery, his retirement plans and more


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


WhiteWater brings a strong presence to each and every IAAPA Expo. The company’s chief marketing officer, Una de Boer, tells Planet Attractions about everything the company has to offer


Industry veteran Paul Kent has been named as VP of global business development at Mad Systems


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


UK museums are struggling to meet skyrocketing energy bills, with the energy crisis posing a higher threat to the sector than the Covid-19 pandemic


A wildfire on Easter Island which could have been started deliberately has caused ‘irreparable’ damage to the Unesco World Heritage Site’s iconic moai head statues


Clearwater Marine Aquarium has debuted a new manatee exhibit to inform guests about the threats the species faces as well as the work being carried out by various groups to protect them


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


Russia’s lethal barrage of strikes against Ukrainian cities this week has seen a number of cultural sites in the capital of Kyiv hit


The world’s tallest freestanding drop tower will be dismantled in Orlando following the death of a 14-year-old boy on the ride


IAAPA’s director, Global Communications, Caitlin Dineen, spoke to Planet Attractions at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe about her new role and what goes into putting on an event of such magnitude


Researchers from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and London’s Natural History Museum have discovered the cause of damage to several medieval murals in a Unesco World Heritage site in Ukraine


The entertainment group will provide full creative and production services for all live entertainment at this year’s IAAPA Expo


Holla at your boy for the zoo work - Paradise Wildlife Park recently turned to professional pool cleaner turned social media influencer Miles Laflin - aka The Pool Guy - to clean the zoo’s animal pools


The Louvre is among a number of French cultural institutions and landmarks turning their lights off in an attempt to cut soaring energy costs


Family-friendly active free-roam VR experiences provider Spree Interactive showcased its technology at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe. Co-founder and CEO Jonathan Nowak Delgado spoke to Planet Attractions at the show


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


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


Simworx has partnered with Katapult to develop a new dark ride offering an adrenaline-fuelled car chase. Simworx CEO Terry Monkton and lead creative Matt Clarkson spoke with Planet Attractions about the exciting new project


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


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


Experiential design collective Conductr made its first appearance at an IAAPA show this year as part of the Experience UK stand in London. Planet Attractions spoke to co-founder and CEO Peter Cliff about the start-up and its plans for the future


With sizeable business growth and the need for new team members, HB Leisure has embarked on a recruitment drive, with the company aiming to expand its workforce in multiple locations worldwide


More than 200,000 people have voted in this year’s UK Theme Park Awards 2022 with Alton Towers, Flamingo Land, Drayton Manor and more coming out with some of the top accolades


Triotech has landed a deal with Puy du Fou Asia that will see the dynamic attractions specialist supply several attractions to the upcoming SAGA attraction in Shanghai


The Giant - a mammoth moving attraction and exhibition - is coming to a city near you


IAAPA Expo Europe saw a 30% increase in attendees to its 2022 show in London, compared to its previous year in Barcelona


BoldMove will offer attendees a close-up look at its AR Hybrid Quest attraction


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


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


WhiteWater is set to offer attendees a first look at its record-breaking Icon Tower at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe


The attractions community has been sharing stories of the profound impact Queen Elizabeth II had on some of Britain’s most beloved institutions, paying tribute to the monarch following her death, aged 96


Planet Attractions recently travelled to meet the team behind IAAPA Expo Europe - the EMEA region’s largest trade show for the attractions industry. Here’s what to expect from this year’s show.


Convious will recreate the guest experience to showcase the full capabilities of its cloud-based sales and marketing solution with an interactive, rocket ship-themed booth


Progress slow and hampered by financial woes, but museum soldiers on with hopes of a full reopening in 2027


Holovis has created an innovative two-in-one system that supports the delivery of two different media or real-time interactive experiences simultaneously within the same ride or attraction


Riders will face stormy weather and supernatural mysteries on this Intamin launch coaster


JRA has revitalised Bush's Visitor Center Museum in Tennessee, celebrating the brand’s history and all things bean with an all-new guest experience


accesso is set to showcase what it calls ‘the future of mobile consumer engagement’ at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, with expanded solutions designed to help operators connect, engage and build loyalty with visitors


Alterface has revealed new theming and media packages for its award-winning Action League dark ride


The kind of robotic technology seen at theme park rides worldwide will soon be available to cruise passengers out at sea


The 30-year-old Newport aquarium is also restoring and renovating its indoor exhibits and coffee shop


Experience design firm FORREC will be on hand to discuss several of its high-profile projects, including the new Legoland Korea Resort, at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe


The US$69m addition furthers the Queens Museum mission to bring arts and education to a diverse and international community


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


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


Attractions.io is adding a new feature to its mobile platform with the company set to showcase its new for 2022 wayfinding solution at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe


Changes to the 2007 definition of a museum reflect industry’s more inclusive and sustainable aims and roles


An immersive experience celebrating the life and music of rock legend Prince has opened in Chicago


FORREC and Sun Group have formed a long-term strategic partnership to develop world-class tourism projects in Vietnam


The Natural History Museum’s Generation Hope: Act for the Planet programme will offer a series of free in-person and online events aimed at young people to help drive positive change for the planet


Media-based attractions specialist Triotech will showcase a new stand-up flying theatre attraction and announce a major European theme park project at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe


Hongkou attraction to honour city’s avant-garde literary movement of the 1920s and its respected authors


With an influx of Ukranian refugees threatening to overwhelm available housing in Scotland, the government has announced plans to accommodate up to 1,750 people onboard Ambassador Cruise Line’s Ambition on a temporary basis


The dynamic media-based attractions specialist will showcase several new ride concepts at IAAPA Expo Europe


Blurring the lines between an experiential art gallery, interactive theme park and detailed film set, Wake the Tiger is a new attraction that just opened its doors in Bristol, UK. We spoke to co-founder Graham MacVoy about the new attraction, dubbed the world’s first ‘Amazement Park’


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

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‘A first of its kind experience’: SeaWorld’s Jonathan Smith on operator’s upcoming Pipeline surf coaster
The highly-anticipated Pipeline surf coaster is coming to SeaWorld Orlando this spring. SeaWorld’s vice president of rides and engineering, Jonathan Smith, spoke to Planet Attractions about the project


Merlin seeks extension to keep iconic London Eye in British capital beyond 2028
London Eye operator Merlin Entertainments has applied to extend the attraction’s planning permission ahead of its 2028 deadline


Monopoly Lifesized opens in Saudi Arabia
Hasbro’s Monopoly Lifesized has opened in Riyadh following a three-way partnership between the toy manufacturer, the Al Hokair Group and The Path Entertainment Group


Natural History Museum launches online masterclass series
New online courses from the Natural History Museum will share exciting insights into the institution’s research


Convious named tech partner for West Midland Safari Park
Convious has signed a multi-year deal with West Midland Safari Park to supply its fully-integrated eCommerce and guest experience platform


BBC Earth Experience to open in London in 2023
A new attraction inspired by the BBC’s


Anti-racist action in culture, heritage and sport gets £4.5m boost from Welsh government
Culture, heritage and sport sites are set to receive £4.5m over the next three years to support actions in the Welsh Government’s Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan


Dolly Parton announces plans for Tennesse Dolly museum
Country music icon Dolly Parton has revealed plans to open a self-dedicated museum in Tennessee that could form part of a wider cultural complex


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


nWave unveils new attractions title ‘Meg and the Lost Scepter’
Developed specifically for attractions, nWave’s newest title takes viewers on an adventure with skunk and martial artist Meg, as she searches for a missing relic


PortAventura announces world-first Uncharted dark ride coaster
PortAventura has announced plans for a new Uncharted dark ride coaster with Sally Dark Rides and Intamin behind the €25m attraction


Guinness World Records partners with Mirage Entertainment Design for new live stunt show
Audiences around the world will soon get to see record-breaking stunt performers pushing the boundaries of what is possible with Guinness World Records and Mirage Entertainment Design announcing the launch of an exciting new show


Saudi Arabia’s PIF to invest US$13.3bn in development of 21 integrated entertainment destinations across the kingdom
Saudi Entertainment Ventures - part of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund - will develop more than 150 new attractions in the kingdom across 21 integrated entertainment destinations


EAG on course for huge show after visitor registrations soar
EAG - the Entertainment, Attractions and Gaming International Expo - is on course for one of the largest shows in its history after its organisers revealed registration is up 58% on 2020’s pre-pandemic figure.


Michael Eisner and Florentino Perez had plans to turn world famous Real Madrid football club into €2.5bn theme park
Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez worked with a team of Disney executives including former CEO Michael Eisner on a plan to turn the world-famous football club into a theme park


Merlin promotes Fiona Eastwood to oversee midway attractions and theme parks
Merlin executive Fiona Eastwood has been promoted to oversee the operator’s global portfolio of theme parks and midway attractions


Severn Lamb announces major acquisition of US company Trams International
World-leading visitor transportation specialist Severn Lamb has announced a major move in the acquisition of US company Trams International


92 museum directors sign open letter condemning climate action against ‘irreplaceable’ artworks
Directors from The Met, British Museum, Louvre and National Gallery have signed an open letter published by ICOM condemning the ‘risky endangerment’ of irreplaceable artworks in climate demonstrations


Epic Resorts Destinations unveils attractions for world’s first Mattel theme park
The world-first theme park will feature several key attractions inspired by iconic Mattel brands including Barbie, Thomas & Friends and Hot Wheels


US$4.4m Mars exhibition opens at Carnegie Space Center
A new permanent exhibition exploring life on Mars has opened at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, US


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


IAAPA Expo 2022: 36,000 gather for industry extravaganza
More than 36,000 people travelled to Orlando in November for the annual spectacular known as IAAPA Expo. Planet Attractions was in attendance


WATCH: Cristiano Ronaldo unveils Madame Tussauds Waxwork with Times Square takeover
Footballing legend Cristiano Ronaldo has taken over the iconic Times Square to unveil a new waxwork for Madame Tussauds New York


Helena Bonham Carter named first female president of The London Library
Longtime member and actor Helena Bonham Carter CBE has become the first female president of The London Library


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


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


ProSlide set to shatter projects record for 2023 with major announcement coming at IAAPA Expo
ProSlide will announce a major new project at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with the company also revealing a record number of projects for 2023


WhiteWater to launch six new projects at IAAPA Expo including ‘years in the making’ innovation
WhiteWater will unveil six new products at IAAPA Expo, including three new waterslides, an all-in-one play structure and an innovation that ‘has been years in the making.’


Extreme Engineering to reveal new ride, product and coaster installs at IAAPA Expo
Extreme Engineering will announce four new Cloud Coaster projects as well as debut two new products at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando


Christie set to showcase offerings as technology set to go on display across IAAPA Expo
A number of exhibitors will be using Christie technology at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with the company also set to showcase its MicroTiles LED among the products on its own stand


Spree Interactive to launch Christmas-themed VR experience at IAAPA Expo
Spree Interactive is getting into the Christmas spirit a little early this year, with the launch of its Christmas Crunch VR title at the upcoming IAAPA Expo in Orlando


Zamperla to install Canada’s fastest launch coaster at Vancouver’s Playland Amuseument Park
Ride manufacturer Zamperla is behind the CA$9m development of what will be Canada’s fastest launch coaster when it opens in 2024


Princess Cruises unveils 360: An Extraordinary Experience
Princess Cruises has debuted a brand new immersive experience that combines dining, storytelling, music, scent and more for a one-of-a-kind journey through the Mediterranean


RWS to showcase new capabilities following JRA and ted acquisitions in Sponsored Spotlight at IAAPA Expo
RWS’s Sponsored Spotlight will showcase the company’s ‘endless possibilities’ following major acquisitions


IAAPA announces 2022 Brass Ring Awards finalists
IAAPA has unveiled the list of finalists for its prestigious Brass Ring Awards, with winners to be announced during a special ceremony at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida


Red Raion to preview new title at IAAPA Expo
Red Raion will offer an exclusive preview of its latest title - ‘Around the World in 80 Days - Journey of Wonders’ - at this year’s IAAPA Expo


Frontgrid opens ParadropVR Pod attraction at first UK location
Frontgrid has launched its ParadropVR Pod attraction at Adventure Park Snowdonia in North Wales


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


IAAPA names Jakob Wahl president and CEO
IAAPA has appointed Jakob Wahl as its new president and CEO. Wahl will assume the role at the beginning of 2023


Simworx to launch Pegasus flying theatre at IAAPA Expo
The dynamic media-based attractions specialist will showcase the attraction alongside its new Overdrive concept at the IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida


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


Triotech to reveal new attraction, project and ride content at this year’s IAAPA Expo
The immersive attractions designer will unveil details of its new attraction, new project and new ride content throughout this year’s IAAPA Expo, which takes place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando in November


Bear Grylls set to join cruise operator Cunard on Alaska voyage
Cunard has announced its 2023 Insights enrichment programme, with adventurer Bear Grylls taking centre stage for the operator’s maiden 2023 voyage to Alaska


WATCH: Exploring IAAPA Expo Europe with ParkSpill, Jack Silkstone and Kieran Adams
Following a special panel session featuring some of the UK’s top theme park content creators, Planet Attractions joined Jack Silkstone, Sean and Jo Dyer, and Kieran Adams as they explored this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe in London


Frozen fun for Blizzard Beach as Disney announces Florida waterpark's November reopening
Disney World’s Blizzard Beach waterpark will reopen to the public next month with new Frozen additions following a lengthy refurbishment


Gateway names Joe Marshall new managing director for United Kingdom
Gateway Ticketing Systems has appointed Joe Marshall to lead the company’s UK operations


Fifa World Cup boosts Gulf tourism as Qatar prepares for global spectacle
Flight bookings to Qatar and the UAE are currently 10 times higher than pre-pandemic levels ahead of this winter’s FIFA World Cup


WATCH: Meet Convious’s managing director for the UK & Ireland, Andy Povey
Convious showcased its digital engagement platform at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe. The company’s managing director for the UK & Ireland, Andy Povey, tells Planet Attractions about everything the company has to offer


WATCH: Meet Mather & Co’s new managing director, Kim Kherlopian
Leading experience designers Mather & Co have named Kim Kherlopian as the company’s new managing director. Planet Attractions caught up with him at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe to find out more


Industry experts name iconic attractions ahead of special IAAPA webcast
Ahead of a special industry panel looking at iconic attractions, experts from WhiteWater have named their personal picks, explaining why they think their choice is an iconic attraction


Holland America Line partners with Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation for 150th-anniversary celebration
Cruise operator Holland America Line is celebrating 150 years with the announcement of a partnership with the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation


Kings Island’s Adventure Port set for 2023 debut
Ohio’s Kings Island theme park will introduce Adventure Port, its newest themed area, in 2023. The themed land will feature several attractions and enhanced theming on a classic rollercoaster


WATCH: Meet IAAPA’s president and CEO Hal McEvoy
IAAPA’s president and CEO, Hal McEvoy spoke to Planet Attractions about this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, the industry’s post-Covid recovery, his retirement plans and more


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


WATCH: Meet WhiteWater’s chief marketing officer Una de Boer
WhiteWater brings a strong presence to each and every IAAPA Expo. The company’s chief marketing officer, Una de Boer, tells Planet Attractions about everything the company has to offer


Paul Kent to lead global business development at Mad Systems
Industry veteran Paul Kent has been named as VP of global business development at Mad Systems


Sony’s world-first theme and waterpark opens to the public in Thailand
A world-first theme and waterpark utilising Sony IPs has opened its doors in Pattaya, Thailand


Rising energy costs could pose more of a threat to UK museum sector than Covid, Museums Association warns
UK museums are struggling to meet skyrocketing energy bills, with the energy crisis posing a higher threat to the sector than the Covid-19 pandemic


Wildfires cause ‘irreparable’ damage to Easter Island’s famous statues
A wildfire on Easter Island which could have been started deliberately has caused ‘irreparable’ damage to the Unesco World Heritage Site’s iconic moai head statues


Clearwater Marine Aquarium set to debut new Manatee Springs exhibition
Clearwater Marine Aquarium has debuted a new manatee exhibit to inform guests about the threats the species faces as well as the work being carried out by various groups to protect them


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


Cultural sites damaged in Ukrainian capital in latest wave of Russian attacks against country
Russia’s lethal barrage of strikes against Ukrainian cities this week has seen a number of cultural sites in the capital of Kyiv hit


Icon Park’s Orlando FreeFall to be taken down following death
The world’s tallest freestanding drop tower will be dismantled in Orlando following the death of a 14-year-old boy on the ride


WATCH: Meet IAAPA’s director of global communications Caitlin Dineen
IAAPA’s director, Global Communications, Caitlin Dineen, spoke to Planet Attractions at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe about her new role and what goes into putting on an event of such magnitude


Natural History Museum partners with National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine to help save historic artworks
Researchers from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and London’s Natural History Museum have discovered the cause of damage to several medieval murals in a Unesco World Heritage site in Ukraine


RWS to produce live entertainment at IAAPA Expo
The entertainment group will provide full creative and production services for all live entertainment at this year’s IAAPA Expo


WATCH: Paradise Wildlife Park recruits The Pool Guy to boost social media presence
Holla at your boy for the zoo work - Paradise Wildlife Park recently turned to professional pool cleaner turned social media influencer Miles Laflin - aka The Pool Guy - to clean the zoo’s animal pools


Louvre turns the lights out amid spiralling energy costs
The Louvre is among a number of French cultural institutions and landmarks turning their lights off in an attempt to cut soaring energy costs


WATCH: Meet Spree Interactive CEO and co-founder Jonathan Nowak Delgado
Family-friendly active free-roam VR experiences provider Spree Interactive showcased its technology at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe. Co-founder and CEO Jonathan Nowak Delgado spoke to Planet Attractions at the show


Disney legends set to come together to celebrate 40 years of Epcot
A panel of industry legends will share their stories about the creation and evolution of Disney’s Epcot at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida


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


Into Overdrive: Inside the innovative new dark ride from Simworx
Simworx has partnered with Katapult to develop a new dark ride offering an adrenaline-fuelled car chase. Simworx CEO Terry Monkton and lead creative Matt Clarkson spoke with Planet Attractions about the exciting new project


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


Hurricane Ian set to hit Florida as theme parks prepare for ‘storm of the century’
As Florida prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Ian, here’s how the state’s theme parks are handling the situation


WATCH: Meet Conductr CEO and co-founder Peter Cliff
Experiential design collective Conductr made its first appearance at an IAAPA show this year as part of the Experience UK stand in London. Planet Attractions spoke to co-founder and CEO Peter Cliff about the start-up and its plans for the future


HB Leisure on recruitment drive as business grows globally
With sizeable business growth and the need for new team members, HB Leisure has embarked on a recruitment drive, with the company aiming to expand its workforce in multiple locations worldwide


Alton Towers, Flamingo Land and Drayton Manor pick up top accolades in UK Theme Park Awards 2022
More than 200,000 people have voted in this year’s UK Theme Park Awards 2022 with Alton Towers, Flamingo Land, Drayton Manor and more coming out with some of the top accolades


Triotech announces major partnership with Puy du Fou Asia
Triotech has landed a deal with Puy du Fou Asia that will see the dynamic attractions specialist supply several attractions to the upcoming SAGA attraction in Shanghai


Paddy Dunning announces worldwide locations for ‘The Giant’
The Giant - a mammoth moving attraction and exhibition - is coming to a city near you


IAAPA Expo Europe makes triumphant return, with 30 percent more attendees than 2021 event
IAAPA Expo Europe saw a 30% increase in attendees to its 2022 show in London, compared to its previous year in Barcelona


BoldMove to showcase AR Hybrid Quest attraction at IAAPA Expo Europe
BoldMove will offer attendees a close-up look at its AR Hybrid Quest attraction


Everything you need to know about IAAPA Expo Europe 2022
IAAPA Expo Europe is coming to London this September. Here’s everything you need to know about the event


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


WhiteWater to showcase Icon Tower at IAAPA Expo Europe
WhiteWater is set to offer attendees a first look at its record-breaking Icon Tower at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe


Attractions across the world pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II following her death
The attractions community has been sharing stories of the profound impact Queen Elizabeth II had on some of Britain’s most beloved institutions, paying tribute to the monarch following her death, aged 96


Meet the team behind IAAPA Expo Europe
Planet Attractions recently travelled to meet the team behind IAAPA Expo Europe - the EMEA region’s largest trade show for the attractions industry. Here’s what to expect from this year’s show.


Convious to demonstrate full capabilities of eCommerce platform on rocket ship booth at IAAPA Expo Europe
Convious will recreate the guest experience to showcase the full capabilities of its cloud-based sales and marketing solution with an interactive, rocket ship-themed booth


National Museum of Brazil completes first phase of restoration following catastrophic 2018 fire
Progress slow and hampered by financial woes, but museum soldiers on with hopes of a full reopening in 2027


Guests can now enjoy different experiences on the same ride at the same time thanks to new TiO innovation from Holovis
Holovis has created an innovative two-in-one system that supports the delivery of two different media or real-time interactive experiences simultaneously within the same ride or attraction


Busch Gardens Williamsburg preparing storm-themed adventure indoor ride DarKoaster
Riders will face stormy weather and supernatural mysteries on this Intamin launch coaster


Bean-tastic: JRA redevelops Bush’s Visitor Center Museum
JRA has revitalised Bush's Visitor Center Museum in Tennessee, celebrating the brand’s history and all things bean with an all-new guest experience


accesso promises to ‘showcase the future of mobile’ at IAAPA Expo Europe
accesso is set to showcase what it calls ‘the future of mobile consumer engagement’ at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, with expanded solutions designed to help operators connect, engage and build loyalty with visitors


Alterface unveils new Action League theme designs ahead of IAAPA Expo Europe
Alterface has revealed new theming and media packages for its award-winning Action League dark ride


Passengers on new MSC cruise liner set for high-octane Robotron ride
The kind of robotic technology seen at theme park rides worldwide will soon be available to cruise passengers out at sea


Improvements continue at Oregon’s aquarium with addition of jellyfish exhibit
The 30-year-old Newport aquarium is also restoring and renovating its indoor exhibits and coffee shop


FORREC to showcase new projects at IAAPA Expo Europe
Experience design firm FORREC will be on hand to discuss several of its high-profile projects, including the new Legoland Korea Resort, at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe


Community-focused children’s museum central to Queens’ gallery expansion
The US$69m addition furthers the Queens Museum mission to bring arts and education to a diverse and international community


PortAventura set to build solar farm to provide the theme park with green energy
The multi-million-euros project will enable PortAventura to get one-third of its annual energy from clean electricity, and should be ready to power the park by the end of the year


Museum of Ice Cream’s fifth location opens its doors in Shanghai
As well as multi-sensory, playful and colourful installations, the attraction has a café, bar and retail store


Attractions.io to showcase new wayfinding features at IAAPA Expo Europe
Attractions.io is adding a new feature to its mobile platform with the company set to showcase its new for 2022 wayfinding solution at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe


Defining moment: ICOM Prague Conference approves new museum definition
Changes to the 2007 definition of a museum reflect industry’s more inclusive and sustainable aims and roles


Immersive attraction dedicated to Prince opens in Chicago
An immersive experience celebrating the life and music of rock legend Prince has opened in Chicago


FORREC partners with Sun Group to develop entertainment projects in Vietnam
FORREC and Sun Group have formed a long-term strategic partnership to develop world-class tourism projects in Vietnam


Generation Hope: London’s Natural History Museum launches programme encouraging climate action
The Natural History Museum’s Generation Hope: Act for the Planet programme will offer a series of free in-person and online events aimed at young people to help drive positive change for the planet


Triotech to present new standing theatre attraction and announce major European theme park project at IAAPA Expo Europe
Media-based attractions specialist Triotech will showcase a new stand-up flying theatre attraction and announce a major European theme park project at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe


Building work begins on Shanghai’s new museum devoted to literature
Hongkou attraction to honour city’s avant-garde literary movement of the 1920s and its respected authors


Ambassador Cruise Line’s Ambition chartered to house Ukranian refugees in Scotland
With an influx of Ukranian refugees threatening to overwhelm available housing in Scotland, the government has announced plans to accommodate up to 1,750 people onboard Ambassador Cruise Line’s Ambition on a temporary basis


Simworx to showcase new ride concepts at IAAPA Expo Europe
The dynamic media-based attractions specialist will showcase several new ride concepts at IAAPA Expo Europe


The world’s first ‘Amazement Park’: Wake the Tiger’s Graham MacVoy on Bristol’s newest immersive attraction
Blurring the lines between an experiential art gallery, interactive theme park and detailed film set, Wake the Tiger is a new attraction that just opened its doors in Bristol, UK. We spoke to co-founder Graham MacVoy about the new attraction, dubbed the world’s first ‘Amazement Park’


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




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