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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


At IAAPA Expo Europe, The Giant Company’s founder and CEO, Paddy Dunning, revealed a number of cities around the world set to host its 10-storey attraction. Dunning spoke to Planet Attractions about the project and what it has in store for the future


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Carmel Allen has been named the new managing director of Tate


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Leading experience designers Thinkwell have been acquired by Tait


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


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


Here are all the events you should be attending this month


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


A happy holidays and a quick thank you from us


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


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


NASA has selected a group of projects from across the US to receive a share of US$520,000 in funding as Education Community Anchors


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


Even the Natural History Museum’s dinosaurs are getting into the Christmas spirit, with one of the museum’s dinosaur’s now donning a giant Christmas jumper


A Peter Rabbit attraction will be making its way to the UK in 2022, with an all-new experience from Merlin set to add to the operators growing portfolio on the Blackpool seafront


Stéphane Lefebvre is taking the step up from COO to take the reins as president and CEO of the Cirque du Soleil entertainment brand


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


Planet Attractions has expanded its offering with a brand-new jobs portal


Oman is developing an 11 million square metre tourist development aiming to transform and extend the capital of Muscat into a tourism hub for the sultanate


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


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


Winners were announced in a special ceremony during the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida


A new virtual reality platform from VRsenal can double efficiency, throughput and ROI in footprint and price compared to the company’s previous single-player model


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


The K-pop music arena plans to host some 190 concerts per year


A six-storey ski paradise and Viking-themed waterpark are set to open next year in Shanghai


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


Meow Wolf, Grona Lund and Xcaret are among the winners of this year’s Brass Ring Awards


A new Stranger Things-themed retail experience will feature immersive photo opportunities, exclusive merchandise and an in-store arcade


IAAPA has revealed the winners of its Service Awards and Young Professional of the Year, with the winners to be honoured at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando later this month


Dino Safari from Imagine Exhibitions is set to bring visitors face-to-face with more than 30 life size dinosaur animatronics


Illuminarium Experiences and Accesso are teaming up once again, with the operator set to make its Las Vegas debut at the highly-popular AREA15 immersive entertainment venue in 2022


Do you think you could survive Squid Game? Well now you can give it your best shot with a new immersive experience featuring a cash prize coming to the UK later this month


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


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.


According to John Cena, the time to visit Ferrari World, the Louvre and the rest of Abu Dhabi is now


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


The winners of IAAPA’s prestigious award programmes, including the Hall of Fame, Service Awards and Brass Rings, will now be announced in advance of the IAAPA Expo via Facebook


Available for free, the Virtual Experience of Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom exhibition will allow visitors from all over the world to experience the works of the famous glass artist


IAAPA has named Jakob Wahl its new executive vice president and chief operating officer, with Wahl set to oversee the regional operations of the global association for the attractions industry and global sales effective November 1


Rising sea levels will swallow entire cities, taking iconic attractions with them, according to a new report from Climate Central


Foul play is thought to be the reason that hundreds of drones crashed to the ground during a special performance earlier this month.


Guru-Murthy will serve his second term as a trustee of Kew Gardens


The Pandora Papers have revealed The Met as one of several major institutions to have displayed looted items linked to indicted art dealer Douglas Latchford


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


IAAPA’s international trade show is back with IAAPA Expo Europe emanating from Barcelona, Spain. Here’s everything you need to know about the event


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


Covid PCR testing should be abandoned for most holidaymakers, says travel organisation Abta


The new Ilulissat Icefjord Centre is part of Greenland’s plan to attract more tourists to the country


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


Here’s why Klaus Sommer Paulsen wrote a book about the evolution of the story, the creator and the audience


A new survey has shown the severe impact of the global pandemic on visitor attractions in England


Disney’s NBA attraction hasn’t been a slam dunk for the operator, with reports suggesting the attraction will not reopen following its COVID-enforced closure in 2020


The upcoming Oman Botanic Garden has been designed to celebrate the country’s botanic diversity and to be enjoyed by the people of Oman for generations to come


China has welcomed a flying theatre to its Changbaishan Biosphere Reserve with Brogent Technologies supplying the landmark new attraction


Marble Arch Mound was supposed to offer a look at London from a new perspective. Instead, it’s become the victim of memes and criticism after the site opened looking more like a building site than a green haven


Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein has opened its doors to the public a stone's throw away from where the famous author first dreamt up the legendary monster


The Lego Pop & Play Tour will feature several activity stations inspired by different Lego IPs


The 21m structure represents the struggle of the Coronavirus crisis


The Natural History Museum’s iconic diplodocus ‘Dippy’ is about to complete a tour of the UK after arriving at his final destination - Norwich Cathedral


TikTok influencers Ehiz Ufuah, Poppy O’Toole, Ben Black and Jeremy Lynch will offer coaching sessions on how to create successful TikTok content


IAAPA supports the lifting of US travel restrictions, Donkey Kong could be making his way to Universal’s theme parks, George Osborne becomes British Museum chairman and Portugal has welcomed Europe’s first five-person water coaster. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions.


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


In an effort to help kickstart the visitor attractions industry, IAAPA has supported the efforts to lay out a framework for the safe easing of border entry restrictions in the US


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


The attraction will feature never-before-seen photographs and behind-the-scenes shots from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast films


Sport and culture, the spirit of Ancient Greece and the thousands of missing spectators for this year’s Olympics will be celebrated in a series of installations celebrating the event in Tokyo


As the COVID tide begins to turn, the recreation sector looks set to bounce back with a new report suggesting the market could be worth as much as US$1.92tn by 2025


Belgium agrees to help the Congo recover its lost heritage, Ireland’s €73m tourism investment, Africa remodels its tourism outlook and a snow-topped waterpark comes to China. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


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


Brand Africa will place an emphasis on people as the continent attempts to lure visitors with new narratives and a new unified tourism approach


In a bid to boost tourism post-Covid in Ireland, Fáilte Ireland has announced plans for major investments into four tourism sites across the country


IAAPA has put together a diverse and knowledgeable line-up of speakers for an expanded educational offering at this year’s IAAPA Expo Asia


A toppled slave-trader statue goes on display, Disney launches a teacher-led education scheme, Hawking’s office to go on display and Sega eyes Sonic theme parks. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


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


The contents of Professor Stephen Hawking’s office – including his personal reference library, wheelchairs, communications equipment, medals, memorabilia and even the office furniture – is set to join the Science Museum Group’s collection


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


A new permanent immersive light and spatial audio installation at St. Michael’s Cave will boost the Rock’s visitor experience in time for Summer 2021


Captain America, Ant-Man and Bob Chapek assemble for the launch of Avengers Campus, Chris Jericho rides the Voyage, a UK-only cruise is barred from the UK and Amsterdam starts trailing the use of autonomous boats. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


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


Tower Bridge is set to welcome man’s best friend for a very special dog-friendly ‘VIPooch’ event


New York’s brand-new flagship Harry Potter store is an immersive retail experience boasting the largest collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merchandise anywhere in the world


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


The trend for autonomous vehicles continues to grow, with Amsterdam currently testing the use of self-driving electric boats in its waterways


Visitors are no longer allowed to climb Vessel alone following trio of suicides within the space of a year


Kazakhstan has welcomed the country’s first flying theatre ride with Brogent Technologies behind the landmark new attraction


A 4D dome experience at the National Center of Meteorology has opened its doors to the public as part of an engagement strategy that helps audiences understand weather data and meteorological research


The Gruffalo Spotter 2 app combines augmented reality with animated versions of Julia Donaldson’s beloved characters


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


The seaside town says the squid is part of a strategy to boost tourism following Covid-19


Little Island is the latest and possibly most impressive addition to the New York City park catalogue


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


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


Going behind-the-scenes for the development of Legoland Windsor’s newest attraction, an evening with a videogame industry legend, the immersive Doctor Who experience coming to London and the Smithsonian’s latest out-of-this-world acquisition. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


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


Visitors will get their first roll of the dice in August, when ‘Monopoly LIfesized’ makes its official London debut


Travel to the year 3000 and back with a brand-new Doctor Who-themed immersive theatre experience coming to London in May


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


The bar will feature a retro games space and an urban forest to offset its carbon emissions


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


The rich and powerful were recently taught a lesson that being rich and powerful only goes so far. Taking a lesson from the PR disaster that was the attempt to franchise European football, it’s time for attractions operators to recognise that while they might own it, it’s certainly not theirs...


Would you cross the 516 Arouca? The recently-opened attraction in Portugal is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world


A new ride from Triotech celebrating 100 years of Knott’s Berry Farm, the Jurassic world exhibition coming to North America, Disney’s next step in robotics and WWE looking at building a physical Hall of Fame. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


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


WWE legend Triple H has revealed that the company has looked at building a physical Hall of Fame, with the Game revealing what his vision for such an attraction would look like


The famed dinosaur expert will appear on the show in an attempt to raise funding for a touring exhibition featuring his animatronic dinosaurs


Jurassic World: The Exhibition first opened in Australia in 2016 and has welcomed nearly three million visitors during its world tour


The US cruise industry is a step closer to resuming operations, the creation of the Lego Sky Lion at Legoland Windsor, the fan who built a gargantuan rollercoaster entirely out of K’nex and the operator’s role as a custodian of treasured memories. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


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


The SEXY - Safety and hygiene, Environmental sustainability, (E)xtra experiences and Yield - strategy of Thailand’s government seems to be being back tourists in growing numbers


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


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


A new touring experience will bring Thomas Dambo's folklore-inspired troll sculptures made out of reclaimed materials to outdoor venues worldwide


IAAPA to bring back its three major shows in person for the first time since the start of the global pandemic


Take a tour of Queen Elizabeth II’s back garden, with visitors allowed to explore the exteriors of Buckingham Palace unguided for the first time ever


The eagle-eyed fan who might have spotted Wakanda is Disneyland’s expansion plan, vital funding for the Game of Thrones Studio Tour, a long-awaited ban on cruise ships in central Venice and the technology powering Legoland New York’s most anticipated attraction. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


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


The IAAPA Virtual Conference wants to help the industry ‘rebound, rebuild, and return to the fun’


The state-of-the-art visitor attraction will open later this year after securing a sizeable loan to part-finance the project


The fourth shrine of Tutankhamun is heading to the Grand Egyotian Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe reopens for business, Paul Chutter on his new role at WhiteWater and Boris Johnson sparking controversy over the Elgin Marbles. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


On the shoulders of giants: The Giant Company founder Paddy Dunning announces worldwide locations for ‘The Giant’
At IAAPA Expo Europe, The Giant Company’s founder and CEO, Paddy Dunning, revealed a number of cities around the world set to host its 10-storey attraction. Dunning spoke to Planet Attractions about the project and what it has in store for the future


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


STEM projects to receive share of NASA funding after being named Education Community Anchors
NASA has selected a group of projects from across the US to receive a share of US$520,000 in funding as Education Community Anchors


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


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


T-ReXmas: Natural History museum fits dino with special Christmas jumper
Even the Natural History Museum’s dinosaurs are getting into the Christmas spirit, with one of the museum’s dinosaur’s now donning a giant Christmas jumper


Merlin announces plans to bring Peter Rabbit to Blackpool with brand new immersive attraction
A Peter Rabbit attraction will be making its way to the UK in 2022, with an all-new experience from Merlin set to add to the operators growing portfolio on the Blackpool seafront


Stéphane Lefebvre named new Cirque du Soleil president and CEO
Stéphane Lefebvre is taking the step up from COO to take the reins as president and CEO of the Cirque du Soleil entertainment brand


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


Planet Attractions launches new recruitment portal
Planet Attractions has expanded its offering with a brand-new jobs portal


Oman unveils Yiti tourism mega-development project
Oman is developing an 11 million square metre tourist development aiming to transform and extend the capital of Muscat into a tourism hub for the sultanate


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


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


IAAPA 2021: Universal Studios Osaka scoops two Thea awards as TEA reveals 2021 winners
Winners were announced in a special ceremony during the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida


IAAPA 2021: VRsenal set to showcase multiplayer unattended VR Arcade platform
A new virtual reality platform from VRsenal can double efficiency, throughput and ROI in footprint and price compared to the company’s previous single-player model


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


Multi-use K-pop attraction CJ LiveCity breaks ground in Seoul
The K-pop music arena plans to host some 190 concerts per year


Shanghai’s mega-sized indoor ski city tops out; waterpark and hotel developments underway
A six-storey ski paradise and Viking-themed waterpark are set to open next year in Shanghai


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


IAAPA announces winners of 2021 Brass Ring Awards
Meow Wolf, Grona Lund and Xcaret are among the winners of this year’s Brass Ring Awards


Immersive Stranger Things retail experiences to open in New York and Los Angeles
A new Stranger Things-themed retail experience will feature immersive photo opportunities, exclusive merchandise and an in-store arcade


IAAPA names Service Award winners and Young Professional of the Year
IAAPA has revealed the winners of its Service Awards and Young Professional of the Year, with the winners to be honoured at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando later this month


Dino Safari from Imagine Exhibitions set for Boston debut
Dino Safari from Imagine Exhibitions is set to bring visitors face-to-face with more than 30 life size dinosaur animatronics


Illuminarium Experiences expands partnership with Accesso as operator prepares to make AREA15 debut in 2022
Illuminarium Experiences and Accesso are teaming up once again, with the operator set to make its Las Vegas debut at the highly-popular AREA15 immersive entertainment venue in 2022


Live version of hit Netflix drama Squid Game coming to the UK this month
Do you think you could survive Squid Game? Well now you can give it your best shot with a new immersive experience featuring a cash prize coming to the UK later this month


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


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.


WATCH: The time to visit Abu Dhabi is now, says John Cena
According to John Cena, the time to visit Ferrari World, the Louvre and the rest of Abu Dhabi is now


From The Community: How does Disney’s Test Track work? What’s happening at the Tiger King compound? And who just got married?
It’s back! Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


IAAPA to announce winners of global awards in series of virtual events
The winners of IAAPA’s prestigious award programmes, including the Hall of Fame, Service Awards and Brass Rings, will now be announced in advance of the IAAPA Expo via Facebook


Glass artist Dale Chihuly’s Singapore exhibition enters the virtual realm
Available for free, the Virtual Experience of Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom exhibition will allow visitors from all over the world to experience the works of the famous glass artist


Jakob Wahl announced as IAAPA’s new EVP and COO
IAAPA has named Jakob Wahl its new executive vice president and chief operating officer, with Wahl set to oversee the regional operations of the global association for the attractions industry and global sales effective November 1


Climate crisis: New images show potential catastrophic effects of rising sea levels on attractions across the world
Rising sea levels will swallow entire cities, taking iconic attractions with them, according to a new report from Climate Central


Alleged foul play causes drone show to fall out of the sky
Foul play is thought to be the reason that hundreds of drones crashed to the ground during a special performance earlier this month.


Krishnan Guru-Murthy reappointed to board of trustees of Royal Botanic Gardens
Guru-Murthy will serve his second term as a trustee of Kew Gardens


Pandora Papers link prominent museums with looted Cambodian antiquities
The Pandora Papers have revealed The Met as one of several major institutions to have displayed looted items linked to indicted art dealer Douglas Latchford


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


Everything you need to know about IAAPA Expo Europe 2021
IAAPA’s international trade show is back with IAAPA Expo Europe emanating from Barcelona, Spain. Here’s everything you need to know about the event


From The Industry: Theme Index and Museum Index released, TEA establishes formal presence in China and tourism stakeholders facing ‘massacre’ in Italy
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


ABTA calls on UK government to scrap Covid tests for majority of travellers
Covid PCR testing should be abandoned for most holidaymakers, says travel organisation Abta


The new visitor attraction that just opened its doors 250km north of the Arctic Circle
The new Ilulissat Icefjord Centre is part of Greenland’s plan to attract more tourists to the country


From The Industry: Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, Ubisoft’s leap into themed entertainment and does the art world have a sense of humour?
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


The story behind Integrated Storytelling by Design
Here’s why Klaus Sommer Paulsen wrote a book about the evolution of the story, the creator and the audience


Tourism landscape changes dramatically as pandemic has devastating effect on attractions in England
A new survey has shown the severe impact of the global pandemic on visitor attractions in England


Disney’s NBA Experience will not reopen at Disney Springs
Disney’s NBA attraction hasn’t been a slam dunk for the operator, with reports suggesting the attraction will not reopen following its COVID-enforced closure in 2020


A celebration of botanic diversity: Oman set to break ground on US$175m botanic garden
The upcoming Oman Botanic Garden has been designed to celebrate the country’s botanic diversity and to be enjoyed by the people of Oman for generations to come


Soaring through Changbaishan with new attraction from Brogent Technologies
China has welcomed a flying theatre to its Changbaishan Biosphere Reserve with Brogent Technologies supplying the landmark new attraction


‘Trash heap’: New £2m London attraction offers refunds following heavy criticism from visitors
Marble Arch Mound was supposed to offer a look at London from a new perspective. Instead, it’s become the victim of memes and criticism after the site opened looking more like a building site than a green haven


Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein opens in Bath
Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein has opened its doors to the public a stone's throw away from where the famous author first dreamt up the legendary monster


Lego launches UK touring pop-up experience
The Lego Pop & Play Tour will feature several activity stations inspired by different Lego IPs


World’s tallest sandcastle built in Denmark
The 21m structure represents the struggle of the Coronavirus crisis


Natural History Museum’s ‘Dippy’ concludes UK tour at Norwich Cathedral
The Natural History Museum’s iconic diplodocus ‘Dippy’ is about to complete a tour of the UK after arriving at his final destination - Norwich Cathedral


TikTok pop-up coming to Westfield London
TikTok influencers Ehiz Ufuah, Poppy O’Toole, Ben Black and Jeremy Lynch will offer coaching sessions on how to create successful TikTok content


The Week: Easing US travel restrictions, Donkey Kong, George Osborne and a new addition to Portugal’s largest waterpark
IAAPA supports the lifting of US travel restrictions, Donkey Kong could be making his way to Universal’s theme parks, George Osborne becomes British Museum chairman and Portugal has welcomed Europe’s first five-person water coaster. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions.


From The Community: The return of Disney’s fireworks, America’s most underrated rollercoaster and visiting the site of the London Resort
Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


IAAPA joins US tourism industry in call for easing of travel restrictions
In an effort to help kickstart the visitor attractions industry, IAAPA has supported the efforts to lay out a framework for the safe easing of border entry restrictions in the US


From The Industry: World Heritage in danger, Mickey on the run and crowdfunding success
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition coming to London Film Museum in July
The attraction will feature never-before-seen photographs and behind-the-scenes shots from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast films


Olympic Agora culture hub launched in Tokyo ahead of delayed 2020 Olympic Games
Sport and culture, the spirit of Ancient Greece and the thousands of missing spectators for this year’s Olympics will be celebrated in a series of installations celebrating the event in Tokyo


Global recreation market set to soar to US$1.4tn in 2021 following COVID-hit 2020
As the COVID tide begins to turn, the recreation sector looks set to bounce back with a new report suggesting the market could be worth as much as US$1.92tn by 2025


The Week: Repatriating colonial-era artefacts, Irish tourism, Brand Africa and major waterpark opens
Belgium agrees to help the Congo recover its lost heritage, Ireland’s €73m tourism investment, Africa remodels its tourism outlook and a snow-topped waterpark comes to China. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


From The Community: NFL star’s big day out, the inspiration for Pirates of the Caribbean and a tidal wave soaking for charity
Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


Brand Africa: African continent comes together in effort to realise tourism potential
Brand Africa will place an emphasis on people as the continent attempts to lure visitors with new narratives and a new unified tourism approach


Investing in Ireland: Irish Government invests €73m in effort to boost tourism with development of four world-class attractions
In a bid to boost tourism post-Covid in Ireland, Fáilte Ireland has announced plans for major investments into four tourism sites across the country


IAAPA Expo Asia enhances education offering with Insights day and full line-up of speakers
IAAPA has put together a diverse and knowledgeable line-up of speakers for an expanded educational offering at this year’s IAAPA Expo Asia


The Week: Toppled statues, imagination-powered learning, Stephen Hawking and Sonic the Hedgehog attractions
A toppled slave-trader statue goes on display, Disney launches a teacher-led education scheme, Hawking’s office to go on display and Sega eyes Sonic theme parks. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


From The Industry: London Resort troubles, the Eurovision Museum and celebrating Michael Schumacher
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Stephen Hawking’s entire office set to go on display at London Science Museum
The contents of Professor Stephen Hawking’s office – including his personal reference library, wheelchairs, communications equipment, medals, memorabilia and even the office furniture – is set to join the Science Museum Group’s collection


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


Stunning immersive show transforms the Rock of Gibraltar
A new permanent immersive light and spatial audio installation at St. Michael’s Cave will boost the Rock’s visitor experience in time for Summer 2021


The Week: Avengers Campus, Chris Jericho, spoiled cruises and Amsterdam’s autonomous boat
Captain America, Ant-Man and Bob Chapek assemble for the launch of Avengers Campus, Chris Jericho rides the Voyage, a UK-only cruise is barred from the UK and Amsterdam starts trailing the use of autonomous boats. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


From The Community: The high and lows of Spider-Man, the coaster sandwich and the Terror behind Terror Tower
Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


Tower Bridge set to host dog-friendly ‘VIPooch’ event
Tower Bridge is set to welcome man’s best friend for a very special dog-friendly ‘VIPooch’ event


Retail meets attraction: World’s largest Harry Potter store opens doors in New York
New York’s brand-new flagship Harry Potter store is an immersive retail experience boasting the largest collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merchandise anywhere in the world


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


Self-driving electric boats are currently being trialled in Amsterdam’s canals
The trend for autonomous vehicles continues to grow, with Amsterdam currently testing the use of self-driving electric boats in its waterways


Hudson Yards’ Vessel reopens with ban placed on solo visitors following deaths
Visitors are no longer allowed to climb Vessel alone following trio of suicides within the space of a year


A flight through history: Brogent develops Kazakhstan’s first-ever flying theatre as part of government-backed tourist development
Kazakhstan has welcomed the country’s first flying theatre ride with Brogent Technologies behind the landmark new attraction


New 4D theatre for UAE as National Center of Meteorology launches Science Dome
A 4D dome experience at the National Center of Meteorology has opened its doors to the public as part of an engagement strategy that helps audiences understand weather data and meteorological research


New AR app brings The Gruffalo to England’s forests
The Gruffalo Spotter 2 app combines augmented reality with animated versions of Julia Donaldson’s beloved characters


From The Industry: The Louvre’s first female leader, more big cat controversy and bumper cars in VR
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Covid confusion as Japanese town uses emergency fund to build giant squid statue
The seaside town says the squid is part of a strategy to boost tourism following Covid-19


Little Island: US$260m park on stilts opens above New York’s Hudson River
Little Island is the latest and possibly most impressive addition to the New York City park catalogue


From The Community: Riding Nemesis 64 times in a row, manufacturing the Big One’s track and how many birds are there at Disney World?
Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


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


The Week: Lego Mythica, Nolan Bushnell, Doctor Who and the iconic X-Wing
Going behind-the-scenes for the development of Legoland Windsor’s newest attraction, an evening with a videogame industry legend, the immersive Doctor Who experience coming to London and the Smithsonian’s latest out-of-this-world acquisition. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


From The Industry: Big cat safety, the European Museum of the Year and SeaWorld’s Leviathan
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Hasbro and Gamepath are bringing an immersive Monopoly experience to London later this year
Visitors will get their first roll of the dice in August, when ‘Monopoly LIfesized’ makes its official London debut


Immersive theatrical Doctor Who adventure coming to London later this month
Travel to the year 3000 and back with a brand-new Doctor Who-themed immersive theatre experience coming to London in May


From The Community: A first ride on VelociCoaster, a history of Expedition Everest and how big is the Star Destroyer in Rise of the Resistance?
Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


BrewDog to open ‘first of its kind’ carbon-negative bar and visitor experience in Las Vegas
The bar will feature a retro games space and an urban forest to offset its carbon emissions


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


The European Super League is a lesson in greed and terrible PR
The rich and powerful were recently taught a lesson that being rich and powerful only goes so far. Taking a lesson from the PR disaster that was the attempt to franchise European football, it’s time for attractions operators to recognise that while they might own it, it’s certainly not theirs...


World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens in Portugal
Would you cross the 516 Arouca? The recently-opened attraction in Portugal is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world


The Week: Celebrating a century of Knott’s Berry Farm, the Jurassic World Exhibition, I am Groot and the WWE Hall of Fame
A new ride from Triotech celebrating 100 years of Knott’s Berry Farm, the Jurassic world exhibition coming to North America, Disney’s next step in robotics and WWE looking at building a physical Hall of Fame. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


From The Industry: The Mafia targets Italian tourism, London Resort’s new themed land and Disney’s Star Wars dinner show
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Triple H: WWE has considered physical Hall of Fame
WWE legend Triple H has revealed that the company has looked at building a physical Hall of Fame, with the Game revealing what his vision for such an attraction would look like


‘Dino’ Don Lessem to appear on Shark Tank
The famed dinosaur expert will appear on the show in an attempt to raise funding for a touring exhibition featuring his animatronic dinosaurs


Jurassic World exhibition to kick off North American leg of world tour in Dallas
Jurassic World: The Exhibition first opened in Australia in 2016 and has welcomed nearly three million visitors during its world tour


The Week: Cruise resurgence, Legoland’s new attraction, the K’Nex coaster and fan revolt
The US cruise industry is a step closer to resuming operations, the creation of the Lego Sky Lion at Legoland Windsor, the fan who built a gargantuan rollercoaster entirely out of K’nex and the operator’s role as a custodian of treasured memories. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


From The Community: Disney’s lawns, Selfie WRLD and Alan Partridge
Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


Thailand’s SEXY tourism strategy bringing the visitors back
The SEXY - Safety and hygiene, Environmental sustainability, (E)xtra experiences and Yield - strategy of Thailand’s government seems to be being back tourists in growing numbers


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


From The Industry: Disney’s new dress code, COVID-safe cruise excursions and the art of noodles
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Thomas Dambo and Imagine Exhibitions team up for travelling troll exhibition
A new touring experience will bring Thomas Dambo's folklore-inspired troll sculptures made out of reclaimed materials to outdoor venues worldwide


IAAPA announces return of three major expos in 2021
IAAPA to bring back its three major shows in person for the first time since the start of the global pandemic


Royal Collection Trust offers public special unguided access to Buckingham Palace gardens
Take a tour of Queen Elizabeth II’s back garden, with visitors allowed to explore the exteriors of Buckingham Palace unguided for the first time ever


The Week: Wakanda in Disneyland? The Game of Thrones Studio Tour, Venice’s cruise ban and Holovis at Legoland
The eagle-eyed fan who might have spotted Wakanda is Disneyland’s expansion plan, vital funding for the Game of Thrones Studio Tour, a long-awaited ban on cruise ships in central Venice and the technology powering Legoland New York’s most anticipated attraction. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


From The Community: The many lives of Land of Oz, a ride on the Wonder Woman coaster and buying Thorpe Park?
Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


From The Industry: The Disney BritCruise, the relationship between Covid and museums, and honouring a Star Trek legend
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


IAAPA gearing up for virtual conference next week
The IAAPA Virtual Conference wants to help the industry ‘rebound, rebuild, and return to the fun’


Game of Thrones Studio Tour takes huge step forwards after securing £10m package to fund development
The state-of-the-art visitor attraction will open later this year after securing a sizeable loan to part-finance the project


The Week: A new home for Tutankhamun, the return of Shakespearean theatre, WhiteWater’s new president and the fate of the Elgin Marbles
The fourth shrine of Tutankhamun is heading to the Grand Egyotian Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe reopens for business, Paul Chutter on his new role at WhiteWater and Boris Johnson sparking controversy over the Elgin Marbles. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


From The Industry: Government interference in heritage, the attraction rewarding vaccination and the Disney IP that nearly started a Tunisian war
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions




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