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

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

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

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

Work continues on Thorpe Park’s Hyperia

San Diego Zoo takes first steps to bring back giant pandas

Triotech’s SuperBlaster ready to ship worldwide

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

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

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

V&A museum seeks Taylor Swift super fan as advisor

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

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

First piece of track in place as Snoopy's Soap Box Racers takes shape at King’s Island

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

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

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

Liseberg plans to rebuild waterpark following fire that took one life

Ripley’s responds to Florida book ban by offering free books to residents

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

Florida’s Clearwater Marine Aquarium announces major revitalisation project

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

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

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

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

Museum exhibition design trends

Canada Olympic House calls on Connect&GO to enhance guest experience for Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Disneyland’s costumed performers consider unionisation

‘Science is discovery’, says aquarium, after stingray in tank full of sharks becomes mysteriously pregnant

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



01 Mar 2024

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


 Attack on Titan Episode 4 is the latest Attack on Titan release produced by Brogent for flying theatres

Flying theatre specialist Brogent has three new projects set to arrive later this year, with two new premium flying films from the company also set to be released.

Brogent is opening flying theatres in the US, Mexico, and at the 11 Skies Mall at Hong Kong International Airport in 2024, while a state-of-art motion theatre featuring Brogent's premium 6DOF simulation system will also land in South Korea this year.


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29 Feb 2024

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


 Attractions.io is adding a Multi-Level feature to its mapping app    Credit: Attractions.io

Leading mobile app platform developer Attractions.io is continuing its commitment to champion the guest experience with a host of new product releases in 2024, with significant enhancements being made to its mapping feature.

Exploring mapping functionality and on the back of the release of an industry-first in-app map with dynamic lighting that premiered at Alton Towers last year, the company will continue focusing on navigational services with the introduction of ‘Multi-Level Maps’.


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28 Feb 2024

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


 Virtual and AI generated influencer accounts are on the rise

An industry worth US$17bn (€15.7bn, £13.4bn), influencer marketing has proved over the last decade-plus to be an important part of outreach for the visitor attractions sector. Now, a new type of content creator is starting to make waves on digital platforms and it’s time to ask if the industry should be utilising this medium.

Virtual and AI influencers are digital personas created through the use of AI or other computer software, with these fictional computer-generated people taking on the characteristics, personalities and appearance of a human being.

Made possible thanks to the rapid development of AI, especially over the last several years, millions of people from around the world are following and engaging with a wave of virtual influencers as they gain huge traction on platforms such as Instagram, X (formerly Twitter) and TikTok.


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28 Feb 2024

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


 Proposals would see a Great Wolf waterpark resort open its doors in Basingstoke in the UK    Credit: Great Wolf

Plans for the Great Wolf chain of waterpark resorts to come to the UK have moved forward after an ‘in-principle’ deal was agreed by the local council.

The resort, which would be located in Basingstoke, Hampshire, would feature a large indoor waterpark alongside a 500-bedroom hotel, FEC attractions, F&B options and conference facilities.

Expected to draw up to 600,000 visitors each year, Great Wolf and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council will now start negotiations for a long lease for the land ahead of the operator submitting a planning application for development of the site.


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27 Feb 2024

Work continues on Thorpe Park’s Hyperia


 

Thorpe Park’s highly anticipated Hyperia coaster continues to take shape with the park providing regular updates on the soon-to-open ride’s construction progress.

Set to open later this year, the highly-anticipated Hyperia will become the UK’s tallest and fastest rollercoaster when it makes its debut at the Merlin-operated Thorpe Park in 2024.

A Mack-manufactured steel hypercoaster, the record-breaking ride will reach a top height of 236ft (72m) and travel at a maximum speed of 80mph (130kmph), taking the top spot from Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s The Big One.

Formerly known as Project Exodus, Thorpe Park submitted plans for Hyperia in December 2021, unveiling the name last October, which according to the park is “themed around our fearless goddess ‘Hyperia’ – her story is yet to be told”. The park also highlights its double meaning as the ride is itself a hypercoaster - the park’s second after Stealth.

In its most recent update, the park shared that the final piece of track for the non-inverted Immelmann element is now in place, while a lake will be dug out for a splashdown feature. Wider landscaping is also taking place with careful attention being paid to support the local ecosystem.

The ride will also feature a photo shop and F&B outlet, with a total construction time of 15 months. Hyperia sits in the park’s Old Town area close to the site of the now-closed Logger’s Leap ride.

See more of the most anticipated rollercoaster launches of 2024 here


27 Feb 2024

San Diego Zoo takes first steps to bring back giant pandas


 

San Diego Zoo has taken the first important step in returning giant pandas to the animal attraction, after filing a permit application with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and signing a cooperative agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association.

Used by China to boost diplomatic relationships, zoos featuring pandas overseas tend to significantly boost visitor numbers, with the animals usually loaned out for years at a time.

“We are humbled by the potential opportunity of continuing our collaborative conservation efforts to secure the future for giant pandas,” said Dr. Megan Owen, vice president of Conservation Science at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZWA).

“As such, SDZWA is taking important steps to ensure we are prepared for a potential return. This includes sharing our detailed conservation plans with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to ensure alignment for the greater benefit of giant pandas.”

Another zoo in California eyeing a panda loan is San Francisco, with the city’s mayor confirming in January that she had sent a letter to China’s President, Xi Jinping, asking if he would consider sending at least one panda to the San Francisco Zoo. San Francisco last hosted pandas in 1984, with two pandas attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors during a three-month stay.

Read more here


27 Feb 2024

Triotech’s SuperBlaster ready to ship worldwide


 

Triotech’s latest product - the attendant-free interactive multiplayer coin-op SuperBlaster ride - is ready to ship to locations worldwide.

Offering a diverse and expanding content library and a reported payback of investment within four months, the SuperBlaster features a 100' inch 4K projected display, motion seats, wind, blasters, a 5.1 surround sound system, all powered by Unreal 5 for high-quality graphics and visuals.

“Through collaboration with customers, distributors, and operators, we've crafted a fun multi-player game that will attract players through its open concept,” said Ernest Yale, founder and CEO of Triotech. “Best of all, it’s attendant-free which makes it perfect for FECs and arcades.”

First previewed at IAAPA Expo in Orlando and EAG in London, the attraction will also be on show at the upcoming DEAL Expo in Dubai and at Amusement Expo International in Las Vegas.


26 Feb 2024

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


 The agreement was signed by Saudi assistant cultural minister Rakan Altouq (left) and SMG chief executive and director Sir Ian Blatchford (right)    Credit: Science Museum Group

The UK’s Science Museum Group (SMG) has announced a significant partnership with the Saudi Ministry of Culture, which the organisation says will “enhance cultural exchange and co-operation” between the two countries.

Described as a “pivotal step in cultural diplomacy” between the two nations, the partnership will focus on boosting co-operation, cultural exchange, staff training and development, and transferring knowledge in the museum sector.

It will also see the development of a new Museums Hub in Riyadh, which is hoped to increase engagement with science and culture in the region.


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23 Feb 2024

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


 The Rise of Icarus at Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park in Wisconsin will feature the tallest water slide on the continent    Credit: WhiteWater

Leading waterpark supplier WhiteWater will see prominent project openings across the globe this year.

In Germany, WhiteWater is working on the opening of O2 Surftown MUC, with the park set to feature the world’s first Endless Surf lagoon.

Across the Asia Pacific region, the world’s biggest indoor ski hall, SnowStar resort in China, is opening a waterpark designed and supplied by WhiteWater.


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23 Feb 2024

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


 WcDonald’s takes inspiration from anime culture’s version of the iconic McDonald’s brand    Credit: McDonald’s

McDonald’s is taking inspiration from the world of anime to introduce experiences based on its off-brand fictional equivalent ‘WcDonald’s’.

A homage to the brand’s name when presented in manga and anime, WcDonald’s has gained a cult following since its first appearance in the 1980s, with McDonald’s now collaborating with some of the biggest names to bring the brand to life.

Starting February 26 in more than 30 markets worldwide, McDonald’s will be releasing a number of WcDonald’s-inspired products and experiences, including an immersive dining experience.


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23 Feb 2024

V&A museum seeks Taylor Swift super fan as advisor


 

London’s V&A museum is on the hunt for an official adviser to share their knowledge of Taylor Swift.

The museum is seeking a ‘Swiftie’ super fan to fill the role, so they can share their expert insights into the fan culture and memorabilia of the singer-songwriter, with particular interest in the craftsmanship behind handmade signs and friendship bracelets - something often swapped at her shows.

The Taylor Swift advisor would be one of a number of super fans working with the museum, with the institution already having advisors for Pokémon cards, Lego, Toby jugs and Gorpcore clothing.

“These new advisory roles will help us celebrate and discover more about the enormous, and often surprising, creative diversity on offer at the V&A, as well as helping us to learn more about the design stories that are relevant to our audiences today.” said the museum’s director, Tristram Hunt.


23 Feb 2024

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


 The Vidde Alpha can operate in temperatures as low as -39°C

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

Called the Vidde Alpha, the snowmobile can operate in temperatures as low as -39°C (-38.2°F) and has been created Swedish startup Vidde Mobility in partnership with Italian design house Pininfarina.

The vehicle was launched on February 18 at IceHotel in Swedish Lapland, where it will be test-driven and evaluated. Icehotel partnered up with Vidde on the project, which it says will enhance the visitor experience by bringing them closer to nature and engaging all five senses.

“Being able to offer our future guests the opportunity to experience the fantastic nature surrounding Icehotel more silently thanks to the snowmobile is absolutely amazing,” said Marie Herrey, CEO of Icehotel.

“Vidde will enable a completely unique and new experience of being present in nature. At the same time, being able to minimise environmental impact on one of our most popular experiences feels completely right and aligns with our sustainability thinking.”

Icehotel first opened in 1989 and is an ever-changing hotel and art exhibition, with a new version created every winter and made completely from natural ice.

Following Icehotel trials, the Vidde Alpha will be able to purchase from late 2024, with the vehicle retailing at €26,200.


23 Feb 2024

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


 The Eiffel Tower has remained closed due to ongoing strikes    Credit: AFP

With strikes at the Eiffel Tower entering their fifth day, France's culture minister Rachida Dati has suggested classifying the structure as a “historical monument” in order to allow the state to help fund necessary works.

Unions have criticised the tower’s operator, SETE, for a business model based on inflated estimates of future visitor numbers. The model, say the strikers, also underestimates repair and maintenance costs for the iconic monument.

The unions have also complained about Paris’s City Hall, which is charging the Eiffel Tower’s operator a leasing fee they say is too high and is taking funding away from essential services and maintenance work.

Posting on X (formerly Twitter), Dati suggested the reclassification of the tower could help it moving forward.


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22 Feb 2024

First piece of track in place as Snoopy's Soap Box Racers takes shape at King’s Island


 

King’s Island has been working on the debut of its newest coaster with the first piece of track for Snoopy’s Soap Box Racers now in place at the park.

Set to debut in late spring, the Vekoma-designed ride takes inspiration from the soap box racing derby, inviting children and their parents the chance to choose their favourite Peanuts-decorated car before climbing backwards 70ft (21.3m) to the start line and being launched onto a track filled with twists and turns.

Passing through the station and past Camp Lookout, the race to the finish line reaches a maximum speed of 36mph (58kmph) as riders speed over 672ft (204.8m) of coaster track. When guests reach the ‘finish line’, the train of cars will roll backwards, with racers then experiencing the same course in reverse. In total, the train will travel 1,400ft (427m).

Snoopy’s Soap Box Racers is the first family boomerang model to come to King’s Island, with the ride anchoring the new Camp Snoopy zone. Also included will be Eagle Scout Acres, a shaded, nature-themed play area, while Camp Snoopy will also feature “camptivities” led by Peanuts characters each day.

The new coaster will be the fifth family-friendly coaster experience to come to the park when it opens later this year, with Kings Island dubbing itself the “Kids Coaster Capital of the World”. In the wider scope of the park, Snoopy’s Soap Box Racers will be the park’s 16th coaster.



See more of the biggest rollercoaster launches coming in 2024 here


22 Feb 2024

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


 WWE World expands on WWE’s previous Wrestlemania offerings with an immersive five-day visitor experience    Credit: WWE

The WWE has announced a five-day event that will take visitors into the heart of the professional wrestling giant with interactive experiences, immersive exhibits and the chance to get up close and personal with real-life WWE Superstars.

Set to coincide with WWE’s annual spectacular WrestleMania, which this year enters its fortieth edition, the new WWE World attraction will be located at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia from April 4-8 and will feature a variety of experiences.

Included in these experiences, immersive exhibits will explore the history of the WWE and Wrestlemania alongside displays featuring WWE memorabilia collected over fourty years. The event will also host roundtable discussions with WWE superstars, a WWE 2K24 gaming tournament, live autograph and memorabilia sales, and the largest WWE Superstore in Wrestlemania history.


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22 Feb 2024

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


 

Along with its Valley of the Witches expansion, another exciting addition is coming to Japan’s Ghibli Park in March, with the debut of a fleet of real-life Catbuses.

An icon of the 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro, the Catbus is a unique combination of feline and bus, with the creature featuring twelve legs, a large grin and a hollow body complete with furry seats and a bushy tail.

In the movie, the Catbus possesses the ability to appear and disappear at will, and can travel to any destination desired by its passengers. At Ghibli Park, the APM (Accessible People Mover) Catbuses will be used to transport guests between the attraction’s themed zones.


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21 Feb 2024

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


 The D-Day landing was a turning point in World War II which eventually saw the Allied Forces victorious over the Nazis

The D-Day landing beaches could soon be designated a World Heritage Site, with Unesco currently considering a new application from the historic location.

Located in Normandy, the D-Day landing on June 6, 1944 during World War II represents the largest seaborne invasion in history and was the operation that began the liberation of the then Nazi-occupied France, laying the foundations for an Allied victory on the Western Front.

During the invasion, the Allies used more than 5,000 ships and landing craft to land more than 150,000 troops on five beaches in Normandy, with each using a different code name - Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.

The D-Day beaches span 50mi (80km) of coastline and with 2024 marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day, Unesco has been called on to recognise the site for its historical significance.


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21 Feb 2024

Liseberg plans to rebuild waterpark following fire that took one life


 The fire almost entirely destroyed the under-construction Oceana waterpark

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

“The fire was devastating, but it will not stop the development of the destination Liseberg,” said Kurt Eliasson, chairman of Liseberg. “Liseberg is an important part of Gothenburg's identity, and this project is a crucial component in the recovery of the West Swedish tourism industry. Therefore, the board has unanimously decided to instruct Liseberg's management to investigate and start planning for how a reconstruction can take place.”

Police have confirmed the identity of the man killed in the fire as construction manager Patrik Gillholm, who was working as a senior construction manager on the project.

“The loss of life puts everything into perspective, and our thoughts go to Patrik's family and close friends,” said Eliasson.

More on the fire here


21 Feb 2024

Ripley’s responds to Florida book ban by offering free books to residents


 

Ripley Entertainment has responded to the potential banning of three titles in its own library of books in Florida as the result of the controversial ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law by offering out its latest title to residents free of charge.

In 2022, Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, signed into law HB 1557, referred to as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, with the law restricting the discussion of LGBTQ+ issues in public schools.

HB 1069, dubbed the “Don’t Say They” law due to its gender pronoun restrictions, expands on the classroom instruction provisions of HB1577, adding sweeping new provisions prohibiting the use of pronouns consistent with one’s gender identity, expanding book banning procedures, and censoring health curriculum and instruction.

In January, The Escambia County school district, located in Pensacola, Florida, removed 1,600 titles from school libraries after school officials determined that the books violated HB 1069.

Among these works were Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl, works by Charles Dickens, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, the Guiness Book of World Records and titles from Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

Ripley’s, which operates three attractions in Florida, has responded to the move by declaring the “pen is mightier than the sword”, announcing that it will gift its latest annual, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Level Up, to Florida residents for free.


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19 Feb 2024

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


 Chilean social media users have flooded the British Museum with calls to return two iconic Easter Island statues

The British Museum has been fighting a battle with Chilean social media users following months of posts calling on the institution to return two of Easter Island’s famous stone monuments.

The museum is home to two moai statues taken in 1868 by British surveyors from Easter Island - also known as Rapa Nui - which is home to more than 1,000 of the famous ancestral relics.

Since January, a trend in Chile has seen social media users flood the British Museum’s Instagram account, as well as its YouTube and Facebook pages, calling for the moai’s return.


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19 Feb 2024

Florida’s Clearwater Marine Aquarium announces major revitalisation project


 

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida, US, has launched a new facility revitalisation project that seeks to create new habitats, house more wildlife and further its global conservation efforts.

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19 Feb 2024

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


 

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

Called Jungle Rush, the ride will serve as the star attraction in the park’s new Rivertown land and is Vekoma’s first switchback coaster model.

While details of the ride experience are currently being kept under wraps, Vekoma has revealed that the ride design supports several cycle paths, suggesting that the coaster will offer multiple ride experiences.

The attraction’s theming is being developed by Pico Play, a global leader in attraction planning, design, development and construction.

See more of the biggest rollercoaster launches coming in 2024 here


19 Feb 2024

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


 The statue has been displayed on its side since its toppling in 2020

Plans to formally relocate the toppled statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston to the M Shed museum in Bristol, UK, are to be considered by a committee.

The statue, which dates back to 1895, was felled and pushed into Bristol Harbour during the UK’s Black Lives Matter protests following the murder of George Floyd in the US in 2020.


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16 Feb 2024

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


 Schlitterbahn will open Schatze’s Storybrook Park later this year    Credit: Untitled design copy 2

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels is preparing for the launch of a brand-new multi-million dollar fairy tale children’s area, with the new addition coming to the popular Texas waterpark later this year.

Called Schatze’s Storybrook Park, the US$2m (€1.8m, £1.5m) addition covers 37,600sq ft (3,500sq m) and is aimed at children 12 years and under.


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16 Feb 2024

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


 The John Wick Experience is coming to Las Vegas’s Area15    Credit: Area15

Set to cover 12,000sq ft (1,100sq m), guests will walk straight into the world of John Wick through the doors of the Continental - the centrepiece location of the franchise’s universe.

From there, visitors will navigate a high-stakes adventure where individual groups of guests will be given missions, each playing out in different ways and featuring hotel staff, assassins, crime bosses and iconic characters from John Wick. In addition to their own John Wick experience, guests will also be able to visit a themed bar, as well as explore a retail shop also open to the public independent of the attraction.


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16 Feb 2024

Museum exhibition design trends


 Museums more and more are embracing technology to deliver new and engaging experiences    Credit: Mather & Co

Gone are the days of stuffy and quiet museums. In today's world, people seek unique experiences, an escape from reality and a place where they can immerse themselves and express their creativity. With this in mind, experience design firm Mather & Co has asked its team of designers about the trends that are currently shaping museums.

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16 Feb 2024

Canada Olympic House calls on Connect&GO to enhance guest experience for Paris 2024 Olympic Games


 

Connect&GO’s attractions management solution Konnect will play a part in this year’s Paris 2024 Olympic Games, with Canada Olympic House set to utilise the technology for the benefit of Canada’s athletes, families and guests.

Serving as a hub for Team Canada during the Olympic Games, Canada Olympic House will offer a welcoming space for competition viewing, athlete appearances, and live performances.

Using the Konnect platform, the site will feature on-site for multi-zone access control management, real-time admission data, comprehensive real-time reporting, and the platform’s new integrated BI reporting tool, ensuring a streamlined and efficient operation.

Canada Olympic House will also be using Connect&GO’s RFID wristbands for select guests, providing a convenient way for them to simply tap to access certain areas.

“We are honoured to be a valued service provider for Canada Olympic House,” shared Connect&GO CEO, Dominic Gagnon. “We are committed to helping our clients leverage the power of integrated technology and real-time data to deliver exceptional experiences for their guests around the world.”

More on Connect&GO’s plans for 2024 in the Planet Attractions Supplier Showcase


16 Feb 2024

Disneyland’s costumed performers consider unionisation


 

Workers who bring characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Cinderella to life could be about to unionise.

The news comes after labour organisers representing parade performers, character actors and support staff announced a campaign seeking better safety conditions and scheduling policies for workers at Disneyland.

While the majority of Disneyland Resort’s 35,000 workers are already unionised the 1,700 actors who bring the magic to life do not.

“This isn't one of those situations where we're out making the employer the bad guy,” said Kate Shindle, president of Actors' Equity Association, which would represent the performers. “It is uniquely important Disney remains a place that people view as magical, and I think that (unionising) will improve that across the board.”

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16 Feb 2024

‘Science is discovery’, says aquarium, after stingray in tank full of sharks becomes mysteriously pregnant


 

A stingray called Charlotte has recently been making headlines after becoming pregnant in a tank populated only by sharks.

The Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO in Hendersonville, North Carolina, has called the pregnancy a “once in a lifetime science mystery,” with no male rays present in the tank.

Experts have said it’s impossible for a stingray and shark to reproduce and are pointing to parthenogenesis, a form of asexual reproduction, as the reason, though it hasn’t stopped speculation that a hybrid could be born at the aquarium, with bite marks pointed to as a sign of shark mating.

“Just because something has not happened or has not been documented does not make it impossible. Science is discovery,” said the aquarium in a Facebook post.

“None of us know what has happened in the big ocean because we are not always there.”

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15 Feb 2024

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


 2024 represents a landmark event for DEAL with the show reaching its 30th year    Credit: DEAL

DEAL - the Dubai Entertainment Amusement and Leisure Exhibition - is urging companies to secure final spots ahead of an event it has said will “redefine the landscape of FECs, theme parks and the amusement industry”.

With industry brands from across the globe and thousands of visitors from more than 100 countries expected to attend, major players will be in attendance at this year’s event, taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from March 5-7, 2024.


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01 Mar 2024

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


 Attack on Titan Episode 4 is the latest Attack on Titan release produced by Brogent for flying theatres

Flying theatre specialist Brogent has three new projects set to arrive later this year, with two new premium flying films from the company also set to be released.

Brogent is opening flying theatres in the US, Mexico, and at the 11 Skies Mall at Hong Kong International Airport in 2024, while a state-of-art motion theatre featuring Brogent's premium 6DOF simulation system will also land in South Korea this year.


Read more

29 Feb 2024

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


 Attractions.io is adding a Multi-Level feature to its mapping app    Credit: Attractions.io

Leading mobile app platform developer Attractions.io is continuing its commitment to champion the guest experience with a host of new product releases in 2024, with significant enhancements being made to its mapping feature.

Exploring mapping functionality and on the back of the release of an industry-first in-app map with dynamic lighting that premiered at Alton Towers last year, the company will continue focusing on navigational services with the introduction of ‘Multi-Level Maps’.


Read more

28 Feb 2024

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


 Virtual and AI generated influencer accounts are on the rise

An industry worth US$17bn (€15.7bn, £13.4bn), influencer marketing has proved over the last decade-plus to be an important part of outreach for the visitor attractions sector. Now, a new type of content creator is starting to make waves on digital platforms and it’s time to ask if the industry should be utilising this medium.

Virtual and AI influencers are digital personas created through the use of AI or other computer software, with these fictional computer-generated people taking on the characteristics, personalities and appearance of a human being.

Made possible thanks to the rapid development of AI, especially over the last several years, millions of people from around the world are following and engaging with a wave of virtual influencers as they gain huge traction on platforms such as Instagram, X (formerly Twitter) and TikTok.


Read more

28 Feb 2024

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


 Proposals would see a Great Wolf waterpark resort open its doors in Basingstoke in the UK    Credit: Great Wolf

Plans for the Great Wolf chain of waterpark resorts to come to the UK have moved forward after an ‘in-principle’ deal was agreed by the local council.

The resort, which would be located in Basingstoke, Hampshire, would feature a large indoor waterpark alongside a 500-bedroom hotel, FEC attractions, F&B options and conference facilities.

Expected to draw up to 600,000 visitors each year, Great Wolf and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council will now start negotiations for a long lease for the land ahead of the operator submitting a planning application for development of the site.


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27 Feb 2024

Work continues on Thorpe Park’s Hyperia


 

Thorpe Park’s highly anticipated Hyperia coaster continues to take shape with the park providing regular updates on the soon-to-open ride’s construction progress.

Set to open later this year, the highly-anticipated Hyperia will become the UK’s tallest and fastest rollercoaster when it makes its debut at the Merlin-operated Thorpe Park in 2024.

A Mack-manufactured steel hypercoaster, the record-breaking ride will reach a top height of 236ft (72m) and travel at a maximum speed of 80mph (130kmph), taking the top spot from Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s The Big One.

Formerly known as Project Exodus, Thorpe Park submitted plans for Hyperia in December 2021, unveiling the name last October, which according to the park is “themed around our fearless goddess ‘Hyperia’ – her story is yet to be told”. The park also highlights its double meaning as the ride is itself a hypercoaster - the park’s second after Stealth.

In its most recent update, the park shared that the final piece of track for the non-inverted Immelmann element is now in place, while a lake will be dug out for a splashdown feature. Wider landscaping is also taking place with careful attention being paid to support the local ecosystem.

The ride will also feature a photo shop and F&B outlet, with a total construction time of 15 months. Hyperia sits in the park’s Old Town area close to the site of the now-closed Logger’s Leap ride.

See more of the most anticipated rollercoaster launches of 2024 here

27 Feb 2024

San Diego Zoo takes first steps to bring back giant pandas


 

San Diego Zoo has taken the first important step in returning giant pandas to the animal attraction, after filing a permit application with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and signing a cooperative agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association.

Used by China to boost diplomatic relationships, zoos featuring pandas overseas tend to significantly boost visitor numbers, with the animals usually loaned out for years at a time.

“We are humbled by the potential opportunity of continuing our collaborative conservation efforts to secure the future for giant pandas,” said Dr. Megan Owen, vice president of Conservation Science at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZWA).

“As such, SDZWA is taking important steps to ensure we are prepared for a potential return. This includes sharing our detailed conservation plans with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to ensure alignment for the greater benefit of giant pandas.”

Another zoo in California eyeing a panda loan is San Francisco, with the city’s mayor confirming in January that she had sent a letter to China’s President, Xi Jinping, asking if he would consider sending at least one panda to the San Francisco Zoo. San Francisco last hosted pandas in 1984, with two pandas attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors during a three-month stay.

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27 Feb 2024

Triotech’s SuperBlaster ready to ship worldwide


 

Triotech’s latest product - the attendant-free interactive multiplayer coin-op SuperBlaster ride - is ready to ship to locations worldwide.

Offering a diverse and expanding content library and a reported payback of investment within four months, the SuperBlaster features a 100' inch 4K projected display, motion seats, wind, blasters, a 5.1 surround sound system, all powered by Unreal 5 for high-quality graphics and visuals.

“Through collaboration with customers, distributors, and operators, we've crafted a fun multi-player game that will attract players through its open concept,” said Ernest Yale, founder and CEO of Triotech. “Best of all, it’s attendant-free which makes it perfect for FECs and arcades.”

First previewed at IAAPA Expo in Orlando and EAG in London, the attraction will also be on show at the upcoming DEAL Expo in Dubai and at Amusement Expo International in Las Vegas.

26 Feb 2024

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


 The agreement was signed by Saudi assistant cultural minister Rakan Altouq (left) and SMG chief executive and director Sir Ian Blatchford (right)    Credit: Science Museum Group

The UK’s Science Museum Group (SMG) has announced a significant partnership with the Saudi Ministry of Culture, which the organisation says will “enhance cultural exchange and co-operation” between the two countries.

Described as a “pivotal step in cultural diplomacy” between the two nations, the partnership will focus on boosting co-operation, cultural exchange, staff training and development, and transferring knowledge in the museum sector.

It will also see the development of a new Museums Hub in Riyadh, which is hoped to increase engagement with science and culture in the region.


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23 Feb 2024

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


 The Rise of Icarus at Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park in Wisconsin will feature the tallest water slide on the continent    Credit: WhiteWater

Leading waterpark supplier WhiteWater will see prominent project openings across the globe this year.

In Germany, WhiteWater is working on the opening of O2 Surftown MUC, with the park set to feature the world’s first Endless Surf lagoon.

Across the Asia Pacific region, the world’s biggest indoor ski hall, SnowStar resort in China, is opening a waterpark designed and supplied by WhiteWater.


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23 Feb 2024

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


 WcDonald’s takes inspiration from anime culture’s version of the iconic McDonald’s brand    Credit: McDonald’s

McDonald’s is taking inspiration from the world of anime to introduce experiences based on its off-brand fictional equivalent ‘WcDonald’s’.

A homage to the brand’s name when presented in manga and anime, WcDonald’s has gained a cult following since its first appearance in the 1980s, with McDonald’s now collaborating with some of the biggest names to bring the brand to life.

Starting February 26 in more than 30 markets worldwide, McDonald’s will be releasing a number of WcDonald’s-inspired products and experiences, including an immersive dining experience.


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23 Feb 2024

V&A museum seeks Taylor Swift super fan as advisor


 

London’s V&A museum is on the hunt for an official adviser to share their knowledge of Taylor Swift.

The museum is seeking a ‘Swiftie’ super fan to fill the role, so they can share their expert insights into the fan culture and memorabilia of the singer-songwriter, with particular interest in the craftsmanship behind handmade signs and friendship bracelets - something often swapped at her shows.

The Taylor Swift advisor would be one of a number of super fans working with the museum, with the institution already having advisors for Pokémon cards, Lego, Toby jugs and Gorpcore clothing.

“These new advisory roles will help us celebrate and discover more about the enormous, and often surprising, creative diversity on offer at the V&A, as well as helping us to learn more about the design stories that are relevant to our audiences today.” said the museum’s director, Tristram Hunt.

23 Feb 2024

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


 The Vidde Alpha can operate in temperatures as low as -39°C

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

Called the Vidde Alpha, the snowmobile can operate in temperatures as low as -39°C (-38.2°F) and has been created Swedish startup Vidde Mobility in partnership with Italian design house Pininfarina.

The vehicle was launched on February 18 at IceHotel in Swedish Lapland, where it will be test-driven and evaluated. Icehotel partnered up with Vidde on the project, which it says will enhance the visitor experience by bringing them closer to nature and engaging all five senses.

“Being able to offer our future guests the opportunity to experience the fantastic nature surrounding Icehotel more silently thanks to the snowmobile is absolutely amazing,” said Marie Herrey, CEO of Icehotel.

“Vidde will enable a completely unique and new experience of being present in nature. At the same time, being able to minimise environmental impact on one of our most popular experiences feels completely right and aligns with our sustainability thinking.”

Icehotel first opened in 1989 and is an ever-changing hotel and art exhibition, with a new version created every winter and made completely from natural ice.

Following Icehotel trials, the Vidde Alpha will be able to purchase from late 2024, with the vehicle retailing at €26,200.

23 Feb 2024

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


 The Eiffel Tower has remained closed due to ongoing strikes    Credit: AFP

With strikes at the Eiffel Tower entering their fifth day, France's culture minister Rachida Dati has suggested classifying the structure as a “historical monument” in order to allow the state to help fund necessary works.

Unions have criticised the tower’s operator, SETE, for a business model based on inflated estimates of future visitor numbers. The model, say the strikers, also underestimates repair and maintenance costs for the iconic monument.

The unions have also complained about Paris’s City Hall, which is charging the Eiffel Tower’s operator a leasing fee they say is too high and is taking funding away from essential services and maintenance work.

Posting on X (formerly Twitter), Dati suggested the reclassification of the tower could help it moving forward.


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22 Feb 2024

First piece of track in place as Snoopy's Soap Box Racers takes shape at King’s Island


 

King’s Island has been working on the debut of its newest coaster with the first piece of track for Snoopy’s Soap Box Racers now in place at the park.

Set to debut in late spring, the Vekoma-designed ride takes inspiration from the soap box racing derby, inviting children and their parents the chance to choose their favourite Peanuts-decorated car before climbing backwards 70ft (21.3m) to the start line and being launched onto a track filled with twists and turns.

Passing through the station and past Camp Lookout, the race to the finish line reaches a maximum speed of 36mph (58kmph) as riders speed over 672ft (204.8m) of coaster track. When guests reach the ‘finish line’, the train of cars will roll backwards, with racers then experiencing the same course in reverse. In total, the train will travel 1,400ft (427m).

Snoopy’s Soap Box Racers is the first family boomerang model to come to King’s Island, with the ride anchoring the new Camp Snoopy zone. Also included will be Eagle Scout Acres, a shaded, nature-themed play area, while Camp Snoopy will also feature “camptivities” led by Peanuts characters each day.

The new coaster will be the fifth family-friendly coaster experience to come to the park when it opens later this year, with Kings Island dubbing itself the “Kids Coaster Capital of the World”. In the wider scope of the park, Snoopy’s Soap Box Racers will be the park’s 16th coaster.



See more of the biggest rollercoaster launches coming in 2024 here

22 Feb 2024

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


 WWE World expands on WWE’s previous Wrestlemania offerings with an immersive five-day visitor experience    Credit: WWE

The WWE has announced a five-day event that will take visitors into the heart of the professional wrestling giant with interactive experiences, immersive exhibits and the chance to get up close and personal with real-life WWE Superstars.

Set to coincide with WWE’s annual spectacular WrestleMania, which this year enters its fortieth edition, the new WWE World attraction will be located at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia from April 4-8 and will feature a variety of experiences.

Included in these experiences, immersive exhibits will explore the history of the WWE and Wrestlemania alongside displays featuring WWE memorabilia collected over fourty years. The event will also host roundtable discussions with WWE superstars, a WWE 2K24 gaming tournament, live autograph and memorabilia sales, and the largest WWE Superstore in Wrestlemania history.


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22 Feb 2024

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


 

Along with its Valley of the Witches expansion, another exciting addition is coming to Japan’s Ghibli Park in March, with the debut of a fleet of real-life Catbuses.

An icon of the 1988 film My Neighbor Totoro, the Catbus is a unique combination of feline and bus, with the creature featuring twelve legs, a large grin and a hollow body complete with furry seats and a bushy tail.

In the movie, the Catbus possesses the ability to appear and disappear at will, and can travel to any destination desired by its passengers. At Ghibli Park, the APM (Accessible People Mover) Catbuses will be used to transport guests between the attraction’s themed zones.


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21 Feb 2024

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


 The D-Day landing was a turning point in World War II which eventually saw the Allied Forces victorious over the Nazis

The D-Day landing beaches could soon be designated a World Heritage Site, with Unesco currently considering a new application from the historic location.

Located in Normandy, the D-Day landing on June 6, 1944 during World War II represents the largest seaborne invasion in history and was the operation that began the liberation of the then Nazi-occupied France, laying the foundations for an Allied victory on the Western Front.

During the invasion, the Allies used more than 5,000 ships and landing craft to land more than 150,000 troops on five beaches in Normandy, with each using a different code name - Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.

The D-Day beaches span 50mi (80km) of coastline and with 2024 marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day, Unesco has been called on to recognise the site for its historical significance.


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21 Feb 2024

Liseberg plans to rebuild waterpark following fire that took one life


 The fire almost entirely destroyed the under-construction Oceana waterpark

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

“The fire was devastating, but it will not stop the development of the destination Liseberg,” said Kurt Eliasson, chairman of Liseberg. “Liseberg is an important part of Gothenburg's identity, and this project is a crucial component in the recovery of the West Swedish tourism industry. Therefore, the board has unanimously decided to instruct Liseberg's management to investigate and start planning for how a reconstruction can take place.”

Police have confirmed the identity of the man killed in the fire as construction manager Patrik Gillholm, who was working as a senior construction manager on the project.

“The loss of life puts everything into perspective, and our thoughts go to Patrik's family and close friends,” said Eliasson.

More on the fire here

21 Feb 2024

Ripley’s responds to Florida book ban by offering free books to residents


 

Ripley Entertainment has responded to the potential banning of three titles in its own library of books in Florida as the result of the controversial ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law by offering out its latest title to residents free of charge.

In 2022, Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, signed into law HB 1557, referred to as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, with the law restricting the discussion of LGBTQ+ issues in public schools.

HB 1069, dubbed the “Don’t Say They” law due to its gender pronoun restrictions, expands on the classroom instruction provisions of HB1577, adding sweeping new provisions prohibiting the use of pronouns consistent with one’s gender identity, expanding book banning procedures, and censoring health curriculum and instruction.

In January, The Escambia County school district, located in Pensacola, Florida, removed 1,600 titles from school libraries after school officials determined that the books violated HB 1069.

Among these works were Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl, works by Charles Dickens, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, the Guiness Book of World Records and titles from Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

Ripley’s, which operates three attractions in Florida, has responded to the move by declaring the “pen is mightier than the sword”, announcing that it will gift its latest annual, Ripley's Believe It or Not! Level Up, to Florida residents for free.


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19 Feb 2024

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


 Chilean social media users have flooded the British Museum with calls to return two iconic Easter Island statues

The British Museum has been fighting a battle with Chilean social media users following months of posts calling on the institution to return two of Easter Island’s famous stone monuments.

The museum is home to two moai statues taken in 1868 by British surveyors from Easter Island - also known as Rapa Nui - which is home to more than 1,000 of the famous ancestral relics.

Since January, a trend in Chile has seen social media users flood the British Museum’s Instagram account, as well as its YouTube and Facebook pages, calling for the moai’s return.


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19 Feb 2024

Florida’s Clearwater Marine Aquarium announces major revitalisation project


 

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida, US, has launched a new facility revitalisation project that seeks to create new habitats, house more wildlife and further its global conservation efforts.


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19 Feb 2024

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


 

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

Called Jungle Rush, the ride will serve as the star attraction in the park’s new Rivertown land and is Vekoma’s first switchback coaster model.

While details of the ride experience are currently being kept under wraps, Vekoma has revealed that the ride design supports several cycle paths, suggesting that the coaster will offer multiple ride experiences.

The attraction’s theming is being developed by Pico Play, a global leader in attraction planning, design, development and construction.

See more of the biggest rollercoaster launches coming in 2024 here

19 Feb 2024

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


 The statue has been displayed on its side since its toppling in 2020

Plans to formally relocate the toppled statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston to the M Shed museum in Bristol, UK, are to be considered by a committee.

The statue, which dates back to 1895, was felled and pushed into Bristol Harbour during the UK’s Black Lives Matter protests following the murder of George Floyd in the US in 2020.


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16 Feb 2024

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


 Schlitterbahn will open Schatze’s Storybrook Park later this year    Credit: Untitled design copy 2

Schlitterbahn New Braunfels is preparing for the launch of a brand-new multi-million dollar fairy tale children’s area, with the new addition coming to the popular Texas waterpark later this year.

Called Schatze’s Storybrook Park, the US$2m (€1.8m, £1.5m) addition covers 37,600sq ft (3,500sq m) and is aimed at children 12 years and under.


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16 Feb 2024

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


 The John Wick Experience is coming to Las Vegas’s Area15    Credit: Area15

Set to cover 12,000sq ft (1,100sq m), guests will walk straight into the world of John Wick through the doors of the Continental - the centrepiece location of the franchise’s universe.

From there, visitors will navigate a high-stakes adventure where individual groups of guests will be given missions, each playing out in different ways and featuring hotel staff, assassins, crime bosses and iconic characters from John Wick. In addition to their own John Wick experience, guests will also be able to visit a themed bar, as well as explore a retail shop also open to the public independent of the attraction.


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16 Feb 2024

Museum exhibition design trends


 Museums more and more are embracing technology to deliver new and engaging experiences    Credit: Mather & Co

Gone are the days of stuffy and quiet museums. In today's world, people seek unique experiences, an escape from reality and a place where they can immerse themselves and express their creativity. With this in mind, experience design firm Mather & Co has asked its team of designers about the trends that are currently shaping museums.


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16 Feb 2024

Canada Olympic House calls on Connect&GO to enhance guest experience for Paris 2024 Olympic Games


 

Connect&GO’s attractions management solution Konnect will play a part in this year’s Paris 2024 Olympic Games, with Canada Olympic House set to utilise the technology for the benefit of Canada’s athletes, families and guests.

Serving as a hub for Team Canada during the Olympic Games, Canada Olympic House will offer a welcoming space for competition viewing, athlete appearances, and live performances.

Using the Konnect platform, the site will feature on-site for multi-zone access control management, real-time admission data, comprehensive real-time reporting, and the platform’s new integrated BI reporting tool, ensuring a streamlined and efficient operation.

Canada Olympic House will also be using Connect&GO’s RFID wristbands for select guests, providing a convenient way for them to simply tap to access certain areas.

“We are honoured to be a valued service provider for Canada Olympic House,” shared Connect&GO CEO, Dominic Gagnon. “We are committed to helping our clients leverage the power of integrated technology and real-time data to deliver exceptional experiences for their guests around the world.”

More on Connect&GO’s plans for 2024 in the Planet Attractions Supplier Showcase

16 Feb 2024

Disneyland’s costumed performers consider unionisation


 

Workers who bring characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Cinderella to life could be about to unionise.

The news comes after labour organisers representing parade performers, character actors and support staff announced a campaign seeking better safety conditions and scheduling policies for workers at Disneyland.

While the majority of Disneyland Resort’s 35,000 workers are already unionised the 1,700 actors who bring the magic to life do not.

“This isn't one of those situations where we're out making the employer the bad guy,” said Kate Shindle, president of Actors' Equity Association, which would represent the performers. “It is uniquely important Disney remains a place that people view as magical, and I think that (unionising) will improve that across the board.”

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16 Feb 2024

‘Science is discovery’, says aquarium, after stingray in tank full of sharks becomes mysteriously pregnant


 

A stingray called Charlotte has recently been making headlines after becoming pregnant in a tank populated only by sharks.

The Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO in Hendersonville, North Carolina, has called the pregnancy a “once in a lifetime science mystery,” with no male rays present in the tank.

Experts have said it’s impossible for a stingray and shark to reproduce and are pointing to parthenogenesis, a form of asexual reproduction, as the reason, though it hasn’t stopped speculation that a hybrid could be born at the aquarium, with bite marks pointed to as a sign of shark mating.

“Just because something has not happened or has not been documented does not make it impossible. Science is discovery,” said the aquarium in a Facebook post.

“None of us know what has happened in the big ocean because we are not always there.”

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15 Feb 2024

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


 2024 represents a landmark event for DEAL with the show reaching its 30th year    Credit: DEAL

DEAL - the Dubai Entertainment Amusement and Leisure Exhibition - is urging companies to secure final spots ahead of an event it has said will “redefine the landscape of FECs, theme parks and the amusement industry”.

With industry brands from across the globe and thousands of visitors from more than 100 countries expected to attend, major players will be in attendance at this year’s event, taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from March 5-7, 2024.


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