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


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


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


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


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


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


The 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


Merlin will develop and operate exclusive Jumanji-themed attractions


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Work on a new dinosaur-themed rollercoaster at Tayto Park is currently underway, while construction is also expected to begin on two steel coasters next year


Orange County – the home of both Universal and Disney’s Florida operations – has been declared a Covid-19 hotspot


YellowRoc and ActiveLeisure have announced a partnership to deliver a complete construction and installation service for themed attractions


The Met is taking its first-ever look at Disney’s theme parks as part of a special exhibition dedicated to the inspirations behind Walt Disney’s most iconic creations


Tis the season to be jolly AND to give gifts, so why not give a special gift to a special someone from your favourite attraction? We took a look at some of our favourite stocking fillers from the world’s biggest attractions


Change is coming for Universal, with the incoming chairman and CEO, Mark Woodbury, handing new senior positions to Karen Irwin, Tom Mehrmann and more in a major shakeup of the company’s leadership structure


The Grinch might have stolen Christmas but apparently he did while looking good


We asked some of the industry’s top names from Disney and Universal where it all started for them - with their first-ever ride experience


Bob Iger is set to hand the reins over to Susan Arnold, who becomes the first woman to be appointed Disney chairman in the company’s history


Planet Attractions’ Editor-in-Chief Tom Anstey is set to host a panel looking at trends emerging from Vietnam’s growing attractions industry


Vice chair Woodbury, who has played a key role in the Comcast company’s parks expansion worldwide, steps up in March 2022


Alterface, Storyland and Studios Occitanie are collaborating with the video game company on the project, which is slated to open in 2025


Michael Spanos steps down after two years as CEO; Ben Baldanza takes Bassoul’s former position as chairman of the board


Eleven major new ride attractions to open at waterparks and theme parks in 2022 – the most “significant and exciting lineup” in SeaWorld history


The six-zone Paramount Film and Television Park is part of a US$8 billion tourism development and is expected to open in Yunnan province in 2024


The three-part zone, opening next spring, allows guests to get creative as they design and build their own Lego cars and take part in a virtual race


Despite a lack of international visitors and a decline in overall visitor numbers, SeaWorld Entertainment has seen record earnings for its third quarter, marking continued recovery from a COVID-hit 2020 for the operator


For a limited time starting November 21, visitors to Downtown Disney will be able to experience Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge in virtual reality


As part of its mission to become a full-fledged resort and leisure destination, Ocean Park is hosting a month-long wellness event with yoga, hiking and glamping starting November 7


Alice in Wonderland has reached the grand old age of 70 and as a result the Disney Imagination Campus has taken a look at the science behind its historic Mad Tea Party attraction


Shanghai Disneyland is reopening to the public after a single case of Covid-19 caused the park to be shut down and all of its guests tested


The founder of Madame Tussauds and the father of the Latin American attractions industry have both taken their rightful place as a part of the IAAPA Hall of Fame


Universal’s theme park attendance has surged in Q3, with Universal Orlando at the forefront after recording its most profitable quarter ever


When it comes to global trends this is THE next big thing and there’s a good chance you don’t quite know what it means yet. Welcome to the metaverse and here’s exactly why you need to get in on the ground floor.


Six Flags has seen staff costs more than double since the pandemic with cost-cutting measures taking place elsewhere in the business to accommodate the sharp rise in labour expenses


Six Flags continues to show positive recovery from a COVID-affected 2020 with visitor numbers almost reaching pre-pandemic levels in its latest earnings report


The Rig is a unique venture that will transform a former oil rig in the Arabian Gulf into a resort featuring theme parks, hotels, restaurants and even actual sky diving!


Universal has released first person footage of what it’s like to ride its brand new Velocicoaster at night


Disneyland is getting its first movie with Halloween’s David Gordon Green lined up to direct the origin story of origin stories


The team behind Universal Studios’ iconic Horror Nights in Singapore has launched an exhibition exploring what goes into planning the horrifying event.


New experiences for the visually impaired are set to be rolled out at a number of Merlin attractions, including Legoland Parks, Legoland Discovery Centres and Sea Life aquariums


A panel of industry legends will share their stories about the creation of Universal’s ever-popular Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man dark ride at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando


This year’s event will offer a host of horror-themed attractions, including new scare zones and horror mazes


Pokémon is set to make its mark at Universal Studios Japan following a landmark deal to bring the popular IP to the park starting in 2022


With Evergande at risk of complete collapse thanks to US$305bn worth of debts, the future of its portfolio of 15 theme parks across China is currently uncertain


From October 7 Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain will both be affected by new rules that require proof of vaccination before entry


With the US still not setting a firm date in November to open up to international visitors, IAAPA is working with the government to help its members attend the biggest attractions show of the year


Inka Park will be the first leisure destination of its kind in Latin America


Starting in October De Grote Efteling Koekoekshow will tour both the Netherlands and Belgium


Bob Chapek believes Disney’s parks division has emerged stronger than when the company entered the global pandemic


Cruise operator Carnival recently made headlines around the world with the debut of the first rollercoaster to operate at sea. Maurer Rides’ Marco Hartwig explains how this all came about


Security specialists Axon have supplied Six Flags’ US theme parks with body cameras for staff


Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is the main feature of the expanded French pavilion which will make its debut next month to kickstart Disney World’s 50th-anniversary celebrations


The tourism development plan will encourage the predicted 10 million visitors a year to Universal Studios to explore the wider Beijing area


The long-awaited Universal Beijing is set for a spectacular launch on September 20


The US$1.08bn Legoland Shenzhen Resort is Merlin’s latest - and largest - venture in the Chinese market


Park Beyond’s ‘impossification’ system promises to let your imagination run wild with a new theme park simulator unlike any we’ve ever seen on modern systems


Everything is about to get bigger (and smaller) as Disney continues to take the world by storm with its latest animatronic projects


Disney has introduced a new digital service offering personalised itineraries for visitors wanting to get the most out of their day at one of the operator’s parks


The event was cancelled last year and is set to return this Halloween


The spookiest time of the year has started at the Magic Kingdom


Biden’s installation forms part of a recent renovation of the attraction, which reopened in early August


The poster features several Star Wars figures, which, according to Disney, are meant to represent the guests and the choose-your-own-adventure-style experience they’ll undertake at the hotel


Unvaccinated park-goers will be offered the Pfizer vaccine


With guests returning to its parks in their droves, Universal has for the first time since COVID-19 emerged made a profit in its quarterly earnings report


Adventure Cove features several new family-friendly attractions


Hailed as one of the world’s best dark ride attractions, Universal’s Spider-Man dark ride will be celebrated at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando with the return of the popular Legends Panel event


Following a rollercoaster year, Six Flags is certainly on a high after more than doubling its expected EBITDA for Q2


Disney has released a new docuseries exploring how it managed to bring some of its most popular attractions to life


Disney’s Jungle Cruise has undergone a full reimagining, with the ride experience completely modernised to ‘better reflect and value diversity’


We spoke to Triotech’s Ernest Yale and Nol van Genuchten about Knott’s Berry Farm’s iconic Bear-y Tales dark ride, which has been reimagined for a brand new audience more than three decades later


Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House is set to make its theme park debut at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando


One child has died and another remains in critical condition following an accident on the Raging River ride at Iowa’s Adventureland theme park


Donkey Kong could soon be making his theme park debut after reports suggest Nintendo and Universal have big plans for the popular franchise


Tom Iven joins SeaWorld following 45 year career working for Six Flags


Continuing its 50-year anniversary celebrations, Disney is offering 50 people in the US a trip to Disney World in recognition of their acts of kindness, compassion and creativity


Following a successful launch in 2020, Oktoberfest is making its way back to Thorpe Park this year with a special event celebrating the Bavarian festival


He’s fast, he’s blue and he might just be coming to an attraction near you. Here are Sega’s attractions plans for Sonic the Hedgehog in 2022 and beyond


Universal CityWalk has partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to host a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site


The production opens on June 16, marking the resorts five-year anniversary


In collaboration with teachers, Disney is introducing students to ‘imagination-powered learning’ with the launch of the Disney Imagination Campus education scheme


Howl-O-Scream will feature several Halloween-themed attractions for horror fans and thrill-seeking guests


A new degree is being launched to offer students the chance to develop and forge a career in the themed entertainment industry


Police have asked for assistance in identifying a suspect following an attempted arson attack on Silverwood’s Timber Terror wooden coaster


Disney has brought Marvel to life like never before with the launch of Avengers Campus at Disneyland California Adventure


The former WWE and AEW World Champion Chris Jericho and his band Fozzy have released a new music video shot on board Holiday World’s record-holding wooden coaster ‘The Voyage’


Snorri Snorkling VR at Europa Park’s Rulantica is ready to roll, though the launch has been slightly delayed thanks to local restrictions


Disney has honoured 92-year-old cast member and World War II veteran Alex Stromski with a special flag raising ceremony


It’s been a year of turmoil for the theme park industry, with Disney boss Bob Chapek hoping for an end to the chaos towards the end of 2021


Time to get hyped! Grona Lund has released an amazing new ad ahead of Monster - King of Roller Coasters’ debut next month


Vietnam’s largest theme park, a game-changing aquarium project and 12,000 hotel rooms are just a few of the features of the new Phu Quoc United Center


Celebrating 100 years of Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, the under-construction Phoenix coaster represents the largest investment in the attraction’s history


Six Flags Great America is partnering with the state of Illinois to incentivise COVID-19 vaccination in underserved communities


Tokyo Disney has limited capacity and reduced the opening times in an effort to curb a rise of COVID-19 cases in the region


Give Kids The World will hosts its annual Coasting for Kids amusement park event at seven premiere attractions this summer


Universal CityWalk Beijing will offer 24 dining, retail and entertainment experiences, including Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium


With the opening of the UK’s hottest new attraction imminent, Gary Pope of Kids Industries has revealed how Legoland Windsor’s newest addition - Lego Mythica - was brought to life


Guests at Silverwood will be invited to jump into the cockpit of a Pitts Special biplane as a new RMC single-rail coaster makes its debut at the end of May


Take a look at what Avengers Campus cast members will be wearing ahead of its public launch on June 4


SeaWorld veteran Marc Swanson has been named permanent CEO following a year of managing the role on an interim basis


Have you ever wanted to rob a bank with the kids? Well now you can with Gangsta Granny: The Ride at Alton Towers in the UK, which has been given the green light by David Walliams himself


"We're powering the magic by harnessing the power of the sun"


Coming to the hotly-anticipated Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser hotel experience, Disney has unveiled what looks like the most realistic lightsaber ever created


Universal’s parks are once again on the rise as its results after a year of struggle show promise for the entire theme park industry


Capped attendance was at 95% capacity but Covid continues to have a significant impact on Six Flags’ bottom line


Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return To The Fair will not only celebrate 100 years of Knott’s Berry Farm but also the reopening of the park following a year-long closure


Characters like Grogu and Rocket Racoon could soon come to life in Disney’s parks following the unveiling of a walking, talking and even dancing version of the Guardians of the Galaxy favourite Groot by Disney Imagineering


Aerosmith has been the star of Disney’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster since it opened


Ningbo and Ganzhou to open second gates in the next stage of the Beautiful China Trilogy resorts


Dependent on local restrictions being lifted, the new attraction is scheduled to open in October 2021


In 1967, Economic Research Associates were hired to find out what impact the upcoming Disney World Resort would have on the state. The outcome, it turned out, would surprise even Disney


Imagineering veteran Designer's Creative Studio founder Theron Skees shares the secrets for everything you need to be successful in themed entertainment


YouTuber CoasterWriter has built a gargantuan rollercoaster entirely out of K’nex, with the mega ride filling his entire back garden


Merlin has offered a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the giant Lego Sky Lion for its upcoming Mythica attraction at Legoland Windsor


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


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


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


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


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


Adventure Cove is a nautical-themed land aimed at families


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Shanghai Disneyland is gearing up for the Chinese New Year


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


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


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


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

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


‘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


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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


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


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


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


‘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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Ireland’s Tayto Park to invest €30m in three new rollercoasters
Work on a new dinosaur-themed rollercoaster at Tayto Park is currently underway, while construction is also expected to begin on two steel coasters next year


Potential problems for Universal and Disney as Orange County named Florida hotspot for Covid-19
Orange County – the home of both Universal and Disney’s Florida operations – has been declared a Covid-19 hotspot


YellowRoc and ActiveLeisure announce partnership to develop themed attractions
YellowRoc and ActiveLeisure have announced a partnership to deliver a complete construction and installation service for themed attractions


New York’s Met explores inspiration behind Walt Disney’s iconic creations
The Met is taking its first-ever look at Disney’s theme parks as part of a special exhibition dedicated to the inspirations behind Walt Disney’s most iconic creations


Christmas gifts: Thirteen special items you can get direct from your favourite attractions
Tis the season to be jolly AND to give gifts, so why not give a special gift to a special someone from your favourite attraction? We took a look at some of our favourite stocking fillers from the world’s biggest attractions


Leadership shakeup at Universal as corporate landscape changes with multiple appointments
Change is coming for Universal, with the incoming chairman and CEO, Mark Woodbury, handing new senior positions to Karen Irwin, Tom Mehrmann and more in a major shakeup of the company’s leadership structure


‘Hot Grinch’ goes viral following Universal visitor interaction
The Grinch might have stolen Christmas but apparently he did while looking good


Industry legends share their first ride experiences
We asked some of the industry’s top names from Disney and Universal where it all started for them - with their first-ever ride experience


Disney appoints Susan Arnold as first female chair in its 98-year history
Bob Iger is set to hand the reins over to Susan Arnold, who becomes the first woman to be appointed Disney chairman in the company’s history


Planet Attractions to present at Vietnam Theme Park Virtual Expo & Conference 2021
Planet Attractions’ Editor-in-Chief Tom Anstey is set to host a panel looking at trends emerging from Vietnam’s growing attractions industry


Universal Parks veteran Mark Woodbury to take over as CEO
Vice chair Woodbury, who has played a key role in the Comcast company’s parks expansion worldwide, steps up in March 2022


Assassin’s Creed creator Ubisoft plans entertainment complex and theme park in France
Alterface, Storyland and Studios Occitanie are collaborating with the video game company on the project, which is slated to open in 2025


Selim Bassoul takes the reins as CEO and president of Six Flags
Michael Spanos steps down after two years as CEO; Ben Baldanza takes Bassoul’s former position as chairman of the board


SeaWorld announces unprecedented list of new thrill rides and coasters, plus another Sesame Place, coming soon to US parks
Eleven major new ride attractions to open at waterparks and theme parks in 2022 – the most “significant and exciting lineup” in SeaWorld history


Star Trek, Tomb Raider, Mission Impossible among IPs to star at Paramount theme park and tourism complex in China
The six-zone Paramount Film and Television Park is part of a US$8 billion tourism development and is expected to open in Yunnan province in 2024


Ferrari speeding in to Legoland California with an interactive build-and-race attraction
The three-part zone, opening next spring, allows guests to get creative as they design and build their own Lego cars and take part in a virtual race


Record quarter for SeaWorld despite attendance decline on pre-COVID numbers
Despite a lack of international visitors and a decline in overall visitor numbers, SeaWorld Entertainment has seen record earnings for its third quarter, marking continued recovery from a COVID-hit 2020 for the operator


Meta and Lucasfilm team up for immersive Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge preview experience at Disneyland
For a limited time starting November 21, visitors to Downtown Disney will be able to experience Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge in virtual reality


Yoga, hiking and glamping on the menu as Ocean Park partners with HSBC Life Well+ for month-long wellness event
As part of its mission to become a full-fledged resort and leisure destination, Ocean Park is hosting a month-long wellness event with yoga, hiking and glamping starting November 7


Disney Imagination Campus celebrates 70 years of Alice In Wonderland with look at science behind iconic Mad Tea Party attraction
Alice in Wonderland has reached the grand old age of 70 and as a result the Disney Imagination Campus has taken a look at the science behind its historic Mad Tea Party attraction


Shanghai Disney lockdown lifted after 34,000 tested in response to single positive Covid case
Shanghai Disneyland is reopening to the public after a single case of Covid-19 caused the park to be shut down and all of its guests tested


Marie Tussaud and Marcelo Gutglas inducted into IAAPA’s prestigious Hall of Fame
The founder of Madame Tussauds and the father of the Latin American attractions industry have both taken their rightful place as a part of the IAAPA Hall of Fame


Universal Orlando reports most profitable quarter in its history despite having no international visitors
Universal’s theme park attendance has surged in Q3, with Universal Orlando at the forefront after recording its most profitable quarter ever


Visitor attractions need to be paying attention to the metaverse
When it comes to global trends this is THE next big thing and there’s a good chance you don’t quite know what it means yet. Welcome to the metaverse and here’s exactly why you need to get in on the ground floor.


‘Tight’ labour market sees Six Flags staff costs double to US$40m
Six Flags has seen staff costs more than double since the pandemic with cost-cutting measures taking place elsewhere in the business to accommodate the sharp rise in labour expenses


Six Flags attendance is almost back at pre-pandemic levels following Q3 earnings release
Six Flags continues to show positive recovery from a COVID-affected 2020 with visitor numbers almost reaching pre-pandemic levels in its latest earnings report


Saudi Arabia converting off-shore oil rig into jaw-dropping theme park resort
The Rig is a unique venture that will transform a former oil rig in the Arabian Gulf into a resort featuring theme parks, hotels, restaurants and even actual sky diving!


WATCH: Experience Universal’s Velocicoaster ride at night
Universal has released first person footage of what it’s like to ride its brand new Velocicoaster at night


Disneyland set to get its own movie as Disney lines up host of names to develop epic feature
Disneyland is getting its first movie with Halloween’s David Gordon Green lined up to direct the origin story of origin stories


Behind the screams: Halloween Horror Nights Exhibition opens at Universal Studios Singapore
The team behind Universal Studios’ iconic Horror Nights in Singapore has launched an exhibition exploring what goes into planning the horrifying event.


Merlin partners with eSight to offer inclusive experiences for the visually impaired
New experiences for the visually impaired are set to be rolled out at a number of Merlin attractions, including Legoland Parks, Legoland Discovery Centres and Sea Life aquariums


Team behind Universal’s iconic Spider-Man dark ride to speak at IAAPA Expo
A panel of industry legends will share their stories about the creation of Universal’s ever-popular Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man dark ride at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando


Thorpe Park celebrates 20 years of fear with the return of Fright Nights
This year’s event will offer a host of horror-themed attractions, including new scare zones and horror mazes


Pokémon is coming to Universal Studios Japan in 2022
Pokémon is set to make its mark at Universal Studios Japan following a landmark deal to bring the popular IP to the park starting in 2022


Evergrande collapse puts theme parks in jeopardy
With Evergande at risk of complete collapse thanks to US$305bn worth of debts, the future of its portfolio of 15 theme parks across China is currently uncertain


New mandate requires visitors to Los Angeles County theme parks to show proof of vaccination before entry
From October 7 Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain will both be affected by new rules that require proof of vaccination before entry


IAAPA supports overseas visitors wanting to attend November Expo in Orlando
With the US still not setting a firm date in November to open up to international visitors, IAAPA is working with the government to help its members attend the biggest attractions show of the year


Jora Vision named lead development partner of upcoming Inka Park
Inka Park will be the first leisure destination of its kind in Latin America


Efteling set to debut touring theatre experience in October
Starting in October De Grote Efteling Koekoekshow will tour both the Netherlands and Belgium


‘Minor miracle’ Disney parks positioned as well as they are, says Chapek
Bob Chapek believes Disney’s parks division has emerged stronger than when the company entered the global pandemic


The making of Bolt: How Maurer Rides created Carnival’s game-changing rollercoaster at sea
Cruise operator Carnival recently made headlines around the world with the debut of the first rollercoaster to operate at sea. Maurer Rides’ Marco Hartwig explains how this all came about


Security at all of Six Flags’ US parks to wear body cameras
Security specialists Axon have supplied Six Flags’ US theme parks with body cameras for staff


Ratatouille arrives at Epcot with expansion of French pavilion
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is the main feature of the expanded French pavilion which will make its debut next month to kickstart Disney World’s 50th-anniversary celebrations


Beijing plans tourism development around Universal Studios
The tourism development plan will encourage the predicted 10 million visitors a year to Universal Studios to explore the wider Beijing area


Universal Beijing Resort sets September 20 date for grand opening
The long-awaited Universal Beijing is set for a spectacular launch on September 20


Merlin breaks bricks on world’s largest Legoland Resort in Shenzhen
The US$1.08bn Legoland Shenzhen Resort is Merlin’s latest - and largest - venture in the Chinese market


New theme park sim from Tropico developer turns genre on its head
Park Beyond’s ‘impossification’ system promises to let your imagination run wild with a new theme park simulator unlike any we’ve ever seen on modern systems


Project Exo is just the start of Disney’s robotic ambitions
Everything is about to get bigger (and smaller) as Disney continues to take the world by storm with its latest animatronic projects


Disney’s new Genie service waves goodbye to traditional fastpasses and replaces them with an all-in-one park planning tool
Disney has introduced a new digital service offering personalised itineraries for visitors wanting to get the most out of their day at one of the operator’s parks


Thrill by day and fright by night as Fright Fest returns to Six Flags
The event was cancelled last year and is set to return this Halloween


Disney World launches all-new Boo Bash as Halloween season returns
The spookiest time of the year has started at the Magic Kingdom


President Biden makes Disney debut in revamped Hall of Presidents attraction
Biden’s installation forms part of a recent renovation of the attraction, which reopened in early August


Disney offers sneak peek at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser attraction ahead of 2022 opening with new official poster
The poster features several Star Wars figures, which, according to Disney, are meant to represent the guests and the choose-your-own-adventure-style experience they’ll undertake at the hotel


Thorpe Park latest to open pop-up vaccine centre
Unvaccinated park-goers will be offered the Pfizer vaccine


Return of guests returns Universal to profit following COVID-hit year
With guests returning to its parks in their droves, Universal has for the first time since COVID-19 emerged made a profit in its quarterly earnings report


New nautical-inspired land to open at Drayton Manor this summer
Adventure Cove features several new family-friendly attractions


IAAPA Legends Panel returns in 2021 to celebrate Universal’s Spider-Man attraction
Hailed as one of the world’s best dark ride attractions, Universal’s Spider-Man dark ride will be celebrated at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando with the return of the popular Legends Panel event


Six Flags soars after smashing Q2 earnings estimates
Following a rollercoaster year, Six Flags is certainly on a high after more than doubling its expected EBITDA for Q2


Behind the Attraction: New Disney+ series takes a look at some of Disney’s most iconic attractions
Disney has released a new docuseries exploring how it managed to bring some of its most popular attractions to life


WATCH: Reimagined Jungle Cruise reopens at Disneyland
Disney’s Jungle Cruise has undergone a full reimagining, with the ride experience completely modernised to ‘better reflect and value diversity’


Thirty-four years in the making: How Triotech took a classic dark ride attraction and brought it into the 21st century
We spoke to Triotech’s Ernest Yale and Nol van Genuchten about Knott’s Berry Farm’s iconic Bear-y Tales dark ride, which has been reimagined for a brand new audience more than three decades later


The Haunting of Hill House makes its way to Universal with brand new maze for Halloween Horror Nights
Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House is set to make its theme park debut at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando


11-year-old dies and another child in critical condition after raft flips over on Raging River ride at Adventureland
One child has died and another remains in critical condition following an accident on the Raging River ride at Iowa’s Adventureland theme park


Is Donkey Kong making his way to Universal’s theme parks?
Donkey Kong could soon be making his theme park debut after reports suggest Nintendo and Universal have big plans for the popular franchise


Six Flags veteran Tom Iven replaces Walter Bogumil as new SeaWorld COO
Tom Iven joins SeaWorld following 45 year career working for Six Flags


Disney seeks inspiring people as operator launches Magic Makers competition
Continuing its 50-year anniversary celebrations, Disney is offering 50 people in the US a trip to Disney World in recognition of their acts of kindness, compassion and creativity


Beer, bratwurst and rollercoasters: Thorpe Park announces return of Oktoberfest event in 2021
Following a successful launch in 2020, Oktoberfest is making its way back to Thorpe Park this year with a special event celebrating the Bavarian festival


Super Sonic: The attractions history of Sega’s most iconic IP and potential plans for theme park developments in 2022
He’s fast, he’s blue and he might just be coming to an attraction near you. Here are Sega’s attractions plans for Sonic the Hedgehog in 2022 and beyond


Universal to host pop-up Covid vaccination site at CityWalk Hollywood
Universal CityWalk has partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to host a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site


Mickey and Goofy star as Shanghai Disney launches new musical attraction
The production opens on June 16, marking the resorts five-year anniversary


Imagination-powered learning: Disney set to launch education programme at US parks
In collaboration with teachers, Disney is introducing students to ‘imagination-powered learning’ with the launch of the Disney Imagination Campus education scheme


Immersive scare experience coming to SeaWorld Orlando for Halloween season
Howl-O-Scream will feature several Halloween-themed attractions for horror fans and thrill-seeking guests


University of Central Florida launches master’s degree in themed experiences
A new degree is being launched to offer students the chance to develop and forge a career in the themed entertainment industry


Silverwood’s Timber Terror back in operation following arson attempt
Police have asked for assistance in identifying a suspect following an attempted arson attack on Silverwood’s Timber Terror wooden coaster


Avengers, and Bob Chapek, assemble at Disneyland for epic grand opening ceremony of Avengers Campus
Disney has brought Marvel to life like never before with the launch of Avengers Campus at Disneyland California Adventure


Chris Jericho rides Holiday World’s ‘The Voyage’ for new Fozzy music video
The former WWE and AEW World Champion Chris Jericho and his band Fozzy have released a new music video shot on board Holiday World’s record-holding wooden coaster ‘The Voyage’


Launch of Europa Park’s underwater VR experience imminent pending relaxation of COVID restrictions
Snorri Snorkling VR at Europa Park’s Rulantica is ready to roll, though the launch has been slightly delayed thanks to local restrictions


Disney World recognises cast member for military service during World War II
Disney has honoured 92-year-old cast member and World War II veteran Alex Stromski with a special flag raising ceremony


Disney boss Bob Chapek: ‘We’re pleased with how demand has bounced back’
It’s been a year of turmoil for the theme park industry, with Disney boss Bob Chapek hoping for an end to the chaos towards the end of 2021


Grona Lund releases epic teaser ad for Monster - King of the Roller Coasters
Time to get hyped! Grona Lund has released an amazing new ad ahead of Monster - King of Roller Coasters’ debut next month


Vietnam’s ‘Sleepless City’ open for business as US$2.8bn mega-development featuring country’s largest theme park opens doors
Vietnam’s largest theme park, a game-changing aquarium project and 12,000 hotel rooms are just a few of the features of the new Phu Quoc United Center


Phoenix rises at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park as first new coaster in 20 years closes in on completion
Celebrating 100 years of Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, the under-construction Phoenix coaster represents the largest investment in the attraction’s history


Six Flags Great America offers 50,000 free tickets in support of Illinois’ COVID-19 vaccination drive
Six Flags Great America is partnering with the state of Illinois to incentivise COVID-19 vaccination in underserved communities


Rise in COVID cases prompts new restrictions for Tokyo Disney
Tokyo Disney has limited capacity and reduced the opening times in an effort to curb a rise of COVID-19 cases in the region


Coasting for Kids: Seven US theme parks partner with Give Kids The World for special charity event
Give Kids The World will hosts its annual Coasting for Kids amusement park event at seven premiere attractions this summer


Universal Beijing unveils CityWalk ahead of resort’s grand debut in 2021
Universal CityWalk Beijing will offer 24 dining, retail and entertainment experiences, including Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium


From concept to creation: Legoland’s new Lego Mythica attraction opening later this month
With the opening of the UK’s hottest new attraction imminent, Gary Pope of Kids Industries has revealed how Legoland Windsor’s newest addition - Lego Mythica - was brought to life


New single-rail RMC coaster for Silverwood, as Stunt Pilot prepares to take flight later this month
Guests at Silverwood will be invited to jump into the cockpit of a Pitts Special biplane as a new RMC single-rail coaster makes its debut at the end of May


Cast Members ASSEMBLE - Disney shows off costumes ahead of Avengers Campus launch
Take a look at what Avengers Campus cast members will be wearing ahead of its public launch on June 4


SeaWorld hands Marc Swanson CEO role on permanent basis
SeaWorld veteran Marc Swanson has been named permanent CEO following a year of managing the role on an interim basis


David Walliams visits Gangsta Granny: The Ride ahead of its official opening at Alton Towers
Have you ever wanted to rob a bank with the kids? Well now you can with Gangsta Granny: The Ride at Alton Towers in the UK, which has been given the green light by David Walliams himself


WATCH: Disney's parks 'powering the magic' with clean, sustainable energy
"We're powering the magic by harnessing the power of the sun"


Disney offers first look at ‘real’ lightsaber
Coming to the hotly-anticipated Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser hotel experience, Disney has unveiled what looks like the most realistic lightsaber ever created


Latest Universal earnings report hints at recovery for entire theme park industry
Universal’s parks are once again on the rise as its results after a year of struggle show promise for the entire theme park industry


Encouraging Q1 for Six Flags despite COVID losses
Capped attendance was at 95% capacity but Covid continues to have a significant impact on Six Flags’ bottom line


Return to the Fair: Knott’s Berry Farm set for grand reopening with launch of history-inspired dark ride
Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return To The Fair will not only celebrate 100 years of Knott’s Berry Farm but also the reopening of the park following a year-long closure


I am Groot: Disney Imagineering’s free-walking robot opens the door for host of new characters in parks
Characters like Grogu and Rocket Racoon could soon come to life in Disney’s parks following the unveiling of a walking, talking and even dancing version of the Guardians of the Galaxy favourite Groot by Disney Imagineering


Fans call for Disney to retheme Aerosmith’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster with new act
Aerosmith has been the star of Disney’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster since it opened


Fantawild set for imminent openings of new Chinese history-themed Glorious Orient theme parks
Ningbo and Ganzhou to open second gates in the next stage of the Beautiful China Trilogy resorts


World’s first Columbia Pictures theme and waterpark coming to Thailand
Dependent on local restrictions being lifted, the new attraction is scheduled to open in October 2021


WATCH: Predicting Disney World’s economic impact during its first decade of operation
In 1967, Economic Research Associates were hired to find out what impact the upcoming Disney World Resort would have on the state. The outcome, it turned out, would surprise even Disney


WATCH: The Designer’s Creative Studio releases how-to guide on themed entertainment success
Imagineering veteran Designer's Creative Studio founder Theron Skees shares the secrets for everything you need to be successful in themed entertainment


WATCH: Theme park fanatic CoasterWriter fills entire back garden with giant K’nex rollercoaster
YouTuber CoasterWriter has built a gargantuan rollercoaster entirely out of K’nex, with the mega ride filling his entire back garden


WATCH: Building the Lego Sky Lion at Legoland Windsor
Merlin has offered a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the giant Lego Sky Lion for its upcoming Mythica attraction at Legoland Windsor


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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




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