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‘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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Here are all the events you should be attending this month


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


A new building will house the lobby and event spaces, while the outdoors riverside area will be landscaped to attract riverside pedestrians


ParadropVR Pod is a compact, attendant-free version of the company’s Paradrop VR attraction


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


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


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


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


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


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.


Set up by tech entrepreneur Frédéric Jousset, Art Explora will go on a tour of the Mediterranean in 2023 with a €32m catamaran the choice of transport for the floating attraction


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


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


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


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


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


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


7thSense will be exhibiting at IAAPA Expo Europe as part of the Experience UK Pavilion


The Reading and Leeds festivals recently hosted pop-up clinics for visitors to get their COVID-19 vaccination between acts


Pixel Artworks has worked with Merlin Entertainments to develop Sundown Spectacular - an all-new lightshow at Warwick Castle celebrating the end of the British summer


Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis says he’s optimistic that the iconic festival will be able to return in 2022


The four-day event will include an extensive tradeshow, networking opportunities and educational programming


Health experts are expecting to see a surge in COVID-19 infections in Chicago after 100,000 attendees gathered in Grant Park for the festival


ZSL London Zoo will host several family-friendly, Bing-themed activities, free to its visitors throughout the Autumn


Unvaccinated park-goers will be offered the Pfizer vaccine


Details of the gagging clause were shared by campaign group; Culture Unstained, which described the agreement as ‘problematic’.


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


The World Heritage Committee has inscribed 13 new sites in Europe, Asia and the Middle East to Unesco’s World Heritage List


Glastonbury’s Equinox mini-festival will no longer go ahead, with co-founder Emily Eavis blaming the cancellation on ‘a number of reasons’


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 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


Disney is promising a first-ever Marvel-cinematic dining adventure with the debut of Avengers: Quantum Encounter on board the Disney Wish


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


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.


The Colosseum’s hypogeum has undergone a major restoration allowing visitors to explore the historic passageways for the first time


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


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


A statue famously felled during the Black Lives Matter protests, is now on display in a Bristol museum


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


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


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


Where exactly is the line when it comes to improving the visitor experience and interfering with historic sites?


The COVID-safe version of the event will go ahead at quarter capacity with no camping allowed


WAZA CEO Martin Zordan discusses the global disruption caused by COVID-19, the association’s plans during another challenging year and how community has kept the world’s animal attractions going through an unprecedented event


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


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


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


Atari inventor and Chuck E Cheese founder Nolan Bushnell is the latest name set to appear in the Strong Museum’s ‘Cocktails with the Creators’ Zoom sessions


Research has revealed that 26% of British festivals have been called off due to a lack of COVID-related cancellation insurance


Ticket-holders had to provide a negative COVID test to gain entry


The gallery will raise its national and international profiles with a major social media campaign and digital content subscriptions


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


The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Campus is the latest addition to the zoo’s multi-year masterplan


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


Falcon’s Creative has introduced its new ÄEONXP system - an application designed to further immerse visitors in themed entertainment experiences


Lithuania’s government is backing plans to transform its famous Lukiškės Prison complex into a multifunctional hub featuring museums, restaurants, hotels and other commercial and cultural spaces


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


The Royal Albert Hall has released a short film, narrated by Mick Jagger, to celebrate the anniversary


In recent years, museums across the US, Europe, Australia and beyond have had to face up to the issue of decolonisation. Cultural institutions possess artefacts historically taken from colonised countries and are now having to face up to that reality. But that’s not all...


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


With Warner Bros ending its live owl performances, Benedict Cumberbatch sending out a message of hope for the struggling culture sector, the first apes to be vaccinated against Covid and the luchadores taking a stand against non mask wearers, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


Isle of Wight festival organisers say that they hope to bring back as many artists as they can for the later dates


Coming to Canada in 2025, the multi-purpose venue will incorporate state-of-the-art features necessary to facilitate large-scale eSports events


Coral bleaching caused by climate change is turning the famous wonder white


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes is designed for diehard and casual fans alike


Experts previously speculated that the graffiti was a vandalism attempt


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


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


Featuring Sonic, Nicholas Cage, Gandhi and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


Geoff Ellis says the vaccine rollouts are ‘encouraging’ for the festival sector, which has been hard hit by the Coronavirus pandemic


Featuring a dog, a doge, Soul’s Epcot debut and Taylor Swift’s legal issues, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


Members of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions are creating virtual experiences to aid homeschooling as Britain’s lockdown continues


Featuring Men in Black, Willie Nelson, Chernobyl and of course Yoda, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition has been touring since 2012


New video from Meow Wolf shows the country music legend in a way you’ve almost certainly never seen before


Taking a look at all the top stories from the last seven days, The Week will be available right here on planetattractions.com


Shanghai Disneyland is gearing up for the Chinese New Year


The world-famous Glastonbury music festival will not go ahead in 2021 ‘with great regret’


IAAPA has moved its annual Asian Expo to Shanghai


Step into Claudia Bueno’s aquarium-style installation at Meow Wolf Las Vegas and experience the slow, oscillating movements of natural life


Industry leaders have urged the British government to set out reasonable return timetable for mass gatherings and to introduce insurance policies to provide stability for the country’s music festivals


A year of programming will build to the UN conference on Climate Change in 2021


With voting currently underway for this year’s Clamshell Awards, we’ve taken a look at each of the nominees.


The vial will form part of an exhibit documenting the UK’s response to the coronavirus pandemic


Rounding up all the biggest news from across the industry’s publications and associations


The Las Vegas attraction has combined sci-fi and Christmas for the bizarre event


Actors call on a ‘fellowship’ of fans to help raise £4.5m to fund the house’s purchase and start a programme of events.


Disney’s strict costume rules at its parks led to a Disney fashion revolution. Lauren Heath-Jones finds out more.


Who was Ota Benga? How did this happen and why did it take 114 years for the zoo in question to apologise?


The Federation of Music Festivals of Wallonia-Brussels has written a letter to the Belgian health authorities, offering its services to assist with the country’s coronavirus vaccination campaign


So what’s it all about then? We’ve just launched a news and media service for the world of visitor attractions, and it’s all about you. Welcome to Planet Attractions.



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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


Tampa Museum of Art set for US$68m expansion
A new building will house the lobby and event spaces, while the outdoors riverside area will be landscaped to attract riverside pedestrians


IAAPA 2021: Frontgrid to preview upcoming ParadropVR Pod attraction
ParadropVR Pod is a compact, attendant-free version of the company’s Paradrop VR attraction


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


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


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


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


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


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.


Art Explora: The travelling museum set to operate onboard a €32m catamaran
Set up by tech entrepreneur Frédéric Jousset, Art Explora will go on a tour of the Mediterranean in 2023 with a €32m catamaran the choice of transport for the floating attraction


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


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


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


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


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


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


7thSense’s Pico to power Experience UK wall display at IAAPA Expo Europe
7thSense will be exhibiting at IAAPA Expo Europe as part of the Experience UK Pavilion


Vaccine roll out at major UK music festivals a success says NHS chief
The Reading and Leeds festivals recently hosted pop-up clinics for visitors to get their COVID-19 vaccination between acts


Pixel Artworks lights up Warwick Castle with Sundown Spectacular
Pixel Artworks has worked with Merlin Entertainments to develop Sundown Spectacular - an all-new lightshow at Warwick Castle celebrating the end of the British summer


Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis hopeful for festival’s future despite 2020 and 2021 cancellations
Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis says he’s optimistic that the iconic festival will be able to return in 2022


IAAPA Europe Expo returns with in-person event in Barcelona
The four-day event will include an extensive tradeshow, networking opportunities and educational programming


Lollapalooza festival could lead to spike in COVID-19 cases health experts warn
Health experts are expecting to see a surge in COVID-19 infections in Chicago after 100,000 attendees gathered in Grant Park for the festival


Bing Bunny heading to London Zoo following Acamar Films partnership
ZSL London Zoo will host several family-friendly, Bing-themed activities, free to its visitors throughout the Autumn


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


Greta Thunberg condemns Science Museum for signing Shell gagging order
Details of the gagging clause were shared by campaign group; Culture Unstained, which described the agreement as ‘problematic’.


‘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


Thirteen sites added to Unesco’s prestigious World Heritage List
The World Heritage Committee has inscribed 13 new sites in Europe, Asia and the Middle East to Unesco’s World Heritage List


Glastonbury axes mini Equinox event
Glastonbury’s Equinox mini-festival will no longer go ahead, with co-founder Emily Eavis blaming the cancellation on ‘a number of reasons’


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


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


Immersive Ant-Man dining experience coming to Disney Cruise Line
Disney is promising a first-ever Marvel-cinematic dining adventure with the debut of Avengers: Quantum Encounter on board the Disney Wish


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


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.


Colosseum’s underground labyrinth opens to the public following €25m restoration
The Colosseum’s hypogeum has undergone a major restoration allowing visitors to explore the historic passageways for the first time


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


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


Toppled Colston statue goes on display in Bristol
A statue famously felled during the Black Lives Matter protests, is now on display in a Bristol museum


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


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


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


Should we interfere with heritage to improve the visitor experience?
Where exactly is the line when it comes to improving the visitor experience and interfering with historic sites?


Glastonbury given go ahead for Equinox mini festival in 2021
The COVID-safe version of the event will go ahead at quarter capacity with no camping allowed


‘The situation is still very challenging’ - An unprecedented year for WAZA and lessons learned from the pandemic
WAZA CEO Martin Zordan discusses the global disruption caused by COVID-19, the association’s plans during another challenging year and how community has kept the world’s animal attractions going through an unprecedented event


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


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


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


Nolan Bushnell latest name to be added to Strong Museum’s ‘Cocktails with the Creators’ series
Atari inventor and Chuck E Cheese founder Nolan Bushnell is the latest name set to appear in the Strong Museum’s ‘Cocktails with the Creators’ Zoom sessions


Britain’s music festival industry in crisis as more than a quarter of events get the COVID-19 axe
Research has revealed that 26% of British festivals have been called off due to a lack of COVID-related cancellation insurance


Blossoms headline pilot gig trialling safety of mass gatherings in Liverpool
Ticket-holders had to provide a negative COVID test to gain entry


National Gallery at 200: British institution releases five-year strategy ahead of bicentennial anniversary
The gallery will raise its national and international profiles with a major social media campaign and digital content subscriptions


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


Zoo Knoxville unveils US$18m reptile and amphibian habitat
The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Campus is the latest addition to the zoo’s multi-year masterplan


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


Falcon's Creative debuts custom user interface for immersive themed entertainment experiences
Falcon’s Creative has introduced its new ÄEONXP system - an application designed to further immerse visitors in themed entertainment experiences


Stranger Things prison complex in Lithuanian capital to be transformed into major culture hub
Lithuania’s government is backing plans to transform its famous Lukiškės Prison complex into a multifunctional hub featuring museums, restaurants, hotels and other commercial and cultural spaces


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 Albert Hall celebrates milestone anniversary as the iconic London venue turns 150
The Royal Albert Hall has released a short film, narrated by Mick Jagger, to celebrate the anniversary


The tough challenge of decolonisation
In recent years, museums across the US, Europe, Australia and beyond have had to face up to the issue of decolonisation. Cultural institutions possess artefacts historically taken from colonised countries and are now having to face up to that reality. But that’s not all...


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


The Week: Final flight of the owls at Harry Potter attractions, Benedict Cumberbatch’s message for culture and the luchadores fighting Covid
With Warner Bros ending its live owl performances, Benedict Cumberbatch sending out a message of hope for the struggling culture sector, the first apes to be vaccinated against Covid and the luchadores taking a stand against non mask wearers, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


Isle of Wight festival pushed to September as Download and Primavera get the axe
Isle of Wight festival organisers say that they hope to bring back as many artists as they can for the later dates


Proposal for 7,000-seat stadium aims to make Toronto a global hub for eSport competition
Coming to Canada in 2025, the multi-purpose venue will incorporate state-of-the-art features necessary to facilitate large-scale eSports events


Great Barrier Reef in poor condition as global warming drives bleaching effect
Coral bleaching caused by climate change is turning the famous wonder white


From The Industry: Underwater attractions, become an astronaut and restoring art from the capitol riots
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry to celebrate 80 years of Marvel when it reopens in March
Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes is designed for diehard and casual fans alike


Edvard Munch revealed to be mystery graffiti artist who wrote on The Scream
Experts previously speculated that the graffiti was a vandalism attempt


From The Industry: Notre Dame two years on, Tracy McGrady’s new restaurant and the plants of Jurassic World
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


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


The Week: The man behind Sonic, Nicholas Cage: The Ride and the Bucs are going to Disney World
Featuring Sonic, Nicholas Cage, Gandhi and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


‘Too soon’ to axe Scotland’s summer events, says TRNSMT festival boss
Geoff Ellis says the vaccine rollouts are ‘encouraging’ for the festival sector, which has been hard hit by the Coronavirus pandemic


The Week: Covid-detecting dogs, Soul comes to Epcot and have you tried being more like Elon Musk?
Featuring a dog, a doge, Soul’s Epcot debut and Taylor Swift’s legal issues, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


British attractions support stuck-at-home schoolchildren with online learning experiences for lockdown education
Members of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions are creating virtual experiences to aid homeschooling as Britain’s lockdown continues


The Week: Willie Nelson, an Olympic conundrum and a Theme Park of Perpetual Torment
Featuring Men in Black, Willie Nelson, Chernobyl and of course Yoda, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


Touring Star Wars exhibition coming to Singapore’s ArtScience Museum for final leg of world tour
Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition has been touring since 2012


Willie Nelson promotes Omega Mart’s grand opening... We think
New video from Meow Wolf shows the country music legend in a way you’ve almost certainly never seen before


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


Cancelled: Glastonbury gets the axe as Covid continues to decimate festival sector
The world-famous Glastonbury music festival will not go ahead in 2021 ‘with great regret’


New date for IAAPA Expo Asia as event moved to Shanghai for 2021
IAAPA has moved its annual Asian Expo to Shanghai


WATCH: Claudia Bueno’s immersive art ‘aquarium’ from Meow Wolf
Step into Claudia Bueno’s aquarium-style installation at Meow Wolf Las Vegas and experience the slow, oscillating movements of natural life


British music festivals call on government to save COVID-hit sector
Industry leaders have urged the British government to set out reasonable return timetable for mass gatherings and to introduce insurance policies to provide stability for the country’s music festivals


Science Museum Group focusing on sustainability in 2021
A year of programming will build to the UN conference on Climate Change in 2021


Part Two: Meet the nominees for the 2020 Clamshell Awards
With voting currently underway for this year’s Clamshell Awards, we’ve taken a look at each of the nominees.


First COVID vaccination vial to go on display at London’s Science Museum
The vial will form part of an exhibit documenting the UK’s response to the coronavirus pandemic


From the Industry: Blooloop’s sustainability conference, Top Golf’s partnership with Angry Birds and Park World’s Excellence Awards
Rounding up all the biggest news from across the industry’s publications and associations


WATCH: Experience a Christmas event like no other with AREA15’s ‘Wanderland’
The Las Vegas attraction has combined sci-fi and Christmas for the bizarre event


Martin Freeman and Sir Ian McKellen back bid to turn JRR Tolkien’s house into cultural centre
Actors call on a ‘fellowship’ of fans to help raise £4.5m to fund the house’s purchase and start a programme of events.


Disney-bounding: How Disney's no dress-up rule sparked a major style trend
Disney’s strict costume rules at its parks led to a Disney fashion revolution. Lauren Heath-Jones finds out more.


Ota Benga: The Congolese teenager caged and put on display in a zoo
Who was Ota Benga? How did this happen and why did it take 114 years for the zoo in question to apologise?


Music Festivals offer assistance to Belgium’s mass vaccination campaign
The Federation of Music Festivals of Wallonia-Brussels has written a letter to the Belgian health authorities, offering its services to assist with the country’s coronavirus vaccination campaign


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