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There’s a trend on social media that is seeing more and more virtual and AI influencers gain significant popularity, should you be using them to promote your attractions? Tom Anstey explores...


WWE is offering the ‘ultimate’ five-day fan experience during the week of this year’s Wrestlemania, with WWE World offering a host of immersive experiences, exhibits and interactions this April


Fans of My Neighbor Totoro will finally get the chance to ride the iconic Catbus for real starting next month when a fleet of special vehicles make their debut at Japan’s Ghibli Park


A vote will take place on February 21 to decide whether or not a toppled statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston will go on display in Bristol's M Shed museum


John Wick is the latest major IP to be announced for Las Vegas’s immersive entertainment district Area15, with the new experience taking visitors inside the world of the franchise as they navigate their own high-stakes action adventure


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, we have asked our designers about the trends that are currently shaping museums. Read on to discover their insights


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.


Triotech has announced a partnership with sales and project consultancy firm JNELC in order to expand the Canadian company’s reach in Europe


Legendary professional wrestler Triple H has shared a first look at The Undertaker’s Graveyard Escape - an attraction coming to the all new WWE Experience, set to open this week in Riyadh



From waterpark suppliers and media specialists to creative designers, dark ride producers and operations specialists, Planet Attractions has gone to every corner of the globe to find out what’s hot in 2024


Liseberg’s under construction Oceana waterpark has been almost totally destroyed following a major fire that has seen 22 people seek medical care, while one man remains missing


Popular children’s IP Bluey is set to make its way to the Merlin-operated Alton Towers, with the character arriving at CBeebies Land starting March 23.


With records for the tallest, fastest and longest rollercoaster all set to be broken by a single ride, it should give you an idea of the kind of thrills in-store for thrillseekers this year as we list 26 of the biggest coaster launches coming in 2024


The Giant has its first location, with the mammoth moving attraction and accompanying exhibition set to open at the American Dream Mall in New Jersey, US, in 2025


Merlin, Lego and Hasbro are teaming up to create new Duplo theme visitor experiences based on the Peppa Pig IP





Ghibli Park, the Studio Ghibli-themed natural theme park in Japan’s Tōkai region, has offered a first look at its new Valley of the Witches themed area.


Entering 2024, companies across the attractions and themed entertainment industries are on the hunt for new talent. Check out some of the positions available right now worldwide


Melbourne’s Sea Life aquarium has undergone a major transformation, with the Merlin attraction’s Oceanarium undergoing an AU$9m redevelopment to turn it into the bioluminescent Night on the Reef exhibit


A new AI-powered Elvis Presley concert experience billed as a celebration of the artist’s life and legacy is coming to London later this year


The Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) in the US, has received a US$6.5m (€5.3m, £5.1m) donation, the largest in the institution’s history.


A new visitor attraction dedicated to Manchester City has opened its doors in Abu Dhabi, with the new City Challenge offering visitors a chance to show off their footballing skills through a range of immersive experiences


Former Walt Disney Attractions chairman Dick Nunis has died aged 91.


The cruise industry is lined up for a record year, with travellers from across the globe booking trips in greater numbers than even before as the travel sector bounces back from the effects of the global pandemic


Integrated attractions management technology specialist Connect&GO has announced a new partnership with the upcoming multi-sport amusement park, ARENA23.


Legendary rock band Kiss have promised to ‘change music performance history’, after unveiling their own digital avatars and announcing a special stage show working with the likes of Thierry Coup, Industrial Light & Magic, and Pophouse Entertainment Group


Disney World’s Epcot has launched its winter season with its International Festival of the Holidays - a festive event running through to December 30.


Royal Caribbean has taken delivery of its upcoming Icon of the Seas - a vessel launching in Miami in January 2024 offering a record-breaking waterpark as one of its main features.


Storyland Studios is behind the development of Libertyland USA - a world class theme park and resort development coming to South Dakota in 2026


Scruffy Dog and Sela have teamed up to produce Wonder Garden - an immersive experience offering ‘limitless creativity’ during Riyadh Season


Daleks, the Tardiss and other icons of


Sacoa Cashless System is celebrating after being recognised with a Brass Ring Award for its Kiosk K4 product.


Kids Industries has created a range of immersive experiences such as Legoland’s Lego Mythica: World of Mythical Creatures. Its CEO, Gary Pope, shares his thoughts on the arrival of Netflix’s recently-launched ‘Squid Game: The Challenge’ and how this reflects on the growing LBE market


The Themed Entertainment Association has announced the appointment of Joe Graziano to its Europe and Middle East Board of Directors.


Formula 1 and Tottenham Hotspur are joining forces to deliver a first-of-its-kind karting experience that will allow people of all abilities to feel as though they are part of an F1 Grand Prix


Here is a closer look at the train car for Falcon’s Flight - the upcoming record breaker coming to Six Flags in Saudi Arabia. Because of the speed of the rollercoaster the train actually features a wind shield. The car also features a striking set of distinctive light up eyes.


IAAPA Expo is making its grand return to Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center this week, with the 2023 edition of the event selling out its trade show floor for the first time since 2019


AV specialist Christie will showcase product capabilities of MicroTiles LED technology with video wall at IAAPA Expo 2023


RWS Global will make its trade show debut at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with the company set to showcase its projects from the past 12 months


Dual additions to accesso’s product portfolio have strengthened the attractions technology provider’s offering in 2023. Steve Drake, accesso’s senior vice president of Global Initiatives, speaks to Planet Attractions


September saw the debut of a brand-new addition to Salt Lake City’s Lagoon Park - a hybrid rollercoaster and dark ride experience known as Primordial. Planet Attractions speaks to Ernest Yale and Nol Van Genuchten about the experience and how its team brought the first-of-its-kind attraction to life


Sacoa Cashless System is set to reveal a number of new features for its payments solution at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with the company also announcing a new partnership with Brazilian FEC chain HotZone


Six Flags and Cedar Fair are merging in an US$8bn deal that will create a new theme park powerhouse in the North American market


A panel of legends representing the elite of the attractions industry will share strategies utilised by Universal Beijing Resort to successfully open despite facing major challenges including the Covid-19 pandemic


Spain’s Tivoli World has been closed since 2020 following the emergence of Covid-19 but that might all be about to change with new a foreign investor is ‘very interested’ in relaunching the project and developing a ‘major attraction’ on the theme park site.


Simworx is set to celebrate the opening of Europe’s first Pegasus Flying Theatre attraction at IAAPA Expo, with the company also set to showcase several attractions innovations during this year’s show


Intamin’s Lukas Spieldiener speaks to Planet Attractions on the launch of a number of immersive projects this year, with further such attractions also in the pipeline for 2024 and beyond


Among its offerings at this year’s IAAPA Expo, leading guest experience platform Attractions.io is set to launch its MapLayr mapping engine and wayfinding solution as a stand-alone software development kit with the product set to go on show at the annual attractions spectacular


The Messi Experience - an immersive visitor attraction dedicated to global footballing megastar Lionel Messi - will open its doors in Miami in April next year


Dubai Parks and Resorts and Global Village have joined forces with charity Pink Caravan to provide direct, accessible support and raise awareness about breast cancer.


Yorkshire’s Craven Museum has beaten off competition from some of the UK’s top museums, galleries, historic homes and heritage sites to be named the winner of this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award


Attractions.io has partnered with Alton Towers to introduce an industry-first in-app dynamic lighting map to be utilised at the operator’s popular Scarefest and Ultimate Fireworks Spectacular events


A new free-roaming immersive Angry Birds experience has made its debut, with the Pigvasion sending players on a mission to recover stolen eggs from some villainous pigs


Chuck E. Cheese has announced a multi-year licensing, entertainment and marketing partnership that will for the first time see the brand become part of a new waterpark development.


Dubai is set to become the world’s first Real Madrid theme park, after the world-renowned football club inked a deal with Visit Dubai that aims to generate new growth opportunities for both institutions and make the UAE city the first official destination for the Real brand.


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and The Grinch are the headline acts at Universal Studios for the festive period, with events for both IPs starting November 24.


Dr Nick Merriman is set to replace Kate Mavor CBE as chief executive of English Heritage, the charity has announced.


Benoit Cornet shares a fascinating insight into the world of dark rides and the emergence of his new company - BoldMove Nation


The Merlin-operated Chessington World of Adventures has said a proposed waterpark would be an “affordable” option for visitors who wanted to visit without an overnight stay.


Bing and Flop will continue to appear at Gulliver’s theme parks until at least 2025, with the operator announcing an extension to its popular partnership with series producer Acamar films


Bowling operator Lane7 has announced the launch of its largest site to date, with further plans to open its first location in the British capital and its first site overseas as the company continues to grow


Perth Zoo has officially opened its new café precinct, playground and function centre to the public, with the launch underpinning a AU$51m (US$32m, €30.1m, £25.9m) investment from the Australian government into the attraction.


The Museum of Liverpool underwent an evacuation following the discovery of a “training device” in the British museum dating back to World War II.


A new exhibit from the National WWII Museum in New Orleans will give its visitors the opportunity to have conversations with some of the heroes of World War II, with AI technology powering the upcoming Voices from the Front experience


Intamin, Simworx and Vekoma are among the winners in this year’s Park World Excellence Awards, with 2023’s recipients named at a glamorous show in Vienna, Austria


Chessington World of Adventures is your 2023 UK Theme Park of the Year, with Alton Towers, Drayton Manor and Blackpool Pleasure Beach also picking up big wins in this year’s UK Theme Park Awards


RWS Global will in attendance at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe to discuss major projects including the opening of the Hasbro City FEC, as well as several cruise line and resort partnerships


There’s a transformative shift happening when it comes to use of technology in attractions management. Anthony Palermo, co-founder of Connect&GO, spoke to Tom Anstey...


IAAPA is gearing up for its largest EMEA event ever, with the 2023 edition of IAAPA Expo Europe taking place in Vienna between September 25 - 28. Here’s everything you need to know about the event


Three former Columbus Zoo and Aquarium executives engaged in a pattern of corrupt activity that cost the facility more than $2.2 million, according to an indictment.


Experiential design firm FORREC will showcase several of its latest projects, including the upcoming American Heartland Theme Park resort in Oklahoma, US


AV specialist Christie is to showcase new additions to its M 4K RGB projector series as well as new projects, including an immersive visitor attraction in Toronto, Canada


Experience UK’s UK Pavilion will return at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, with the booth offering an ‘experiential showcase of British ingenuity’ to all attendees


An Asiatic black bear, which endured severe trauma in a zoo in Russian-occupied Ukraine, is set to be adopted by a zoo in Scotland.


Triotech will showcase several new projects and rides at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, including its Stand Up Theater and Qube attractions


Attractions technology provider accesso will showcase the capabilities of it’s new PoS platform; accessoFreedom


The future of the Disney Parks, along with other travel arms of the Walt is looking bright after a presentation by Josh D’Amaro, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products chairman, at a DestinationD23 panel in Orlando, Florida.


The Disney Treasure cruise ship will set sail at the end of next year, with Disney unveiling its latest offering in a rapid expansion of its popular cruise operation


The Shanghai Disney Resort in Pudong, China, has revealed a first look at its upcoming


At this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, Simworx will showcase a new turnkey ride concept, alongside its expansive portfolio of dynamic media-based attractions


AV specialist Christie has partnered with Illuminarium Experiences and Secret Location to supply projectors and maintenance support to a new immersive attraction in Toronto, Canada.


Two new attractions are set to open at Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America, with construction beginning on the rides this autumn.


Path Entertainment Group and Hasbro recently worked together to produce a world-first immersive Monopoly experience. Path CEO David Hutchinson shares all with Planet Attractions


Six Flags has teamed up with Google Cloud to transform its digital offering and enhance the guest experience


The Disney World resort has hosted its largest-ever wish-granting event with more than 50 children invited to the resort for its Once Upon A Wish Party


The Wizarding World’s Death Eaters are set to make a first appearance at Universal Orlando’s Diagon Alley, with guests to come face-to-face with the infamous followers of Lord Voldemort.


Republican governor Ron DeSantis has called for Disney CEO Bob Iger to drop the company’s federal lawsuit against the state of Florida


A new immersive experience based on beloved pre-school IP


A new jack-o’-lantern trail is to launch at New York’s Bronx Zoo this autumn.


The Museum of Pop Culture (Mopop) in Seattle, US, has removed all mention of J.K. Rowling from its


Historic England has announced the appointment of Conservative peer Lord Neil Mendoza as its new chair.


CGI studio Red Raion announces the launch of new CGI title ‘Van Helsing - Rise from the Dark’ in 5D, VR and Dome formats


The Gunpowder Plot is a multilayered immersive experience set at the Tower of London. Planet Attractions spoke to the team behind the development to see exactly how it came to life...


SeaWorld Entertainment has seen a decline in both visitor attendance and revenue in the first half of 2023


The Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame has opened following a two-year planning and design process led by JRA, part of RWS Global


Scruffy Dog Creative Group has been contracted to lead development design and handle design delivery at the upcoming Six Flags theme park in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


French theme park and animal attraction Le Pal is celebrating its 50th year in 2023. Its CEO, Arnaud Bennet speaks to Planet Attractions on half-a-century of one of the country’s most popular offerings


Dive in as FlowRider’s Joshua Atkinson explores the shift in consumer mindsets and its impact on the attractions industry


Connect&GO and Amilia have announced a strategic technology partnerships that will see the two companies work together in the development of cutting-edge solutions in eCommerce and attractions management


As the company continues its rapid expansion in 2023, guest experience platform Attractions.io has named Ted Ismert as its new chief operating officer


A new immersive experience showcasing the work of French impressionist painter Claude Monet is coming to London, UK


Celebrating 45 years since the release of


Cedar Point has announced a sequel to Top Thrill Dragster, with Zamperla behind the reimagined Top Thrill 2, which will break the record for the world’s tallest and fastest triple-launch strata coaster when it opens in 2024


US theme park Kennywood is on the hunt to fill more than 250 positions for its annual Phantom Fall Fest, voted among the top 10 best Halloween theme park events in the country.


Japan’s Ghibli Park has confirmed the opening dates for Mononoke Village and Valley of Witches with the areas set to open in late 2023 and early 2024


A touring exhibition celebrating 100 years of Disney is to open in London in October


A major US$2bn theme park and resort development comparable to the likes of Disney and Universal is set to open in 2026 in the state of Oklahoma


The proposed Eden Project Dundee attraction has begun the formal planning process after submitting a proposal of application notice to Dundee City Council


A new family entertainment centre (FEC) dedicated to toy and game manufacturer Hasbro has opened in Paseo Interloms, Mexico.


Nine community projects in Scotland will receive a share of £2.03m (US$2.7m, €2.4m) from the UK’s Community Ownership Fund (COF). It comes as the UK’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has announced the latest allocations from the second round of the £150m (US$197m, €175m) COF.


Dubai has launched a new campaign promoting its summer season, promoting activities includes waterparks, indoor hotspots and more under #DubaiDestinations


Molly Murphy has been named the new president of Universal Creative, with the former Gensler principal set to lead the design and creation of Universal theme park experiences across the world


The Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA) has named Michael Golding as its new CEO.


A Danish giant is laying siege to the stonewalls of Warwick Castle in the UK, with the Merlin-operated heritage attraction introducing an eight-foot giant for its upcoming Dragon Slay summer event.


Marvel’s ‘Rogers: The Musical’ has been brought to life with a limited time run of the musical seen in Hawkeye now on show at Disney California Adventure Park


The Sphere, MSG’s new entertainment arena in Las Vegas, US, was lit up for the first time this month as part of a pre-launch ahead of its official debut in September


Connect&GO has announced two new partnerships in France that will see the attractions technology specialists integrate its Konnect all-in-one platform with leading French ticket providers Ticketmaster France and France Billet


Carowinds has offered an update after the theme park in Charlotte, US, was forced to close down one of its rides after a support pillar completely cracked through.


Registration is now open for this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe event, which is set to make its return to Vienna, Austria, in September


A male orca has died at the Moskvarium aquarium in Russia, the second to have died at the Moscow facility this year.


Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism board has revealed ambitious plans to grow its tourism economy to 24 million visitors a year


Virgin Voyages has partnered with Jennifer Lopez to launch Jen A.I. a new tool that enables guests to receive personalised invitations from the pop superstar


Attractions.io is seeking to partner with new vendors on its guest experience platform, introducing new technologies to further enhance its overall offering


Disney World played host to ‘World’s Largest Swimming Lesson’ - an annual event promoting safe water practices worldwide.


Warner Bros and Neon are working in collaboration to develop a new contemporary art experience based on the world of Harry Potter


The leaders of London’s National Portrait Gallery say the historic institution is now more accessible to all, with a complete reimagining of the attraction focused on increasing representation and inspiring people





Lionel Messi is about to get his own touring attraction, with ‘The Messi Experience, A Dream Come True’ set to debut in the US in 2024


Eighteen museums from across the UK have been shortlisted for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award.


A replica of Barbie’s Malibu Dreamhouse has been listed on vacation rental site Airbnb ahead of the release of the highly-anticipated Barbie movie


All of Us Are Dead will be the first Korean horror series to make its way to a Universal park, after being announced for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Singapore


Hermitage Amsterdam - an institution that cut all ties with its Russian counterpart in St Petersburg following the country’s invasion of Ukraine - has announced a new name and three new museum partners.


Florida’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis is seeking to dismiss Disney’s federal lawsuit against him, claiming that he has “legislative immunity”.


The UK’s Peace Museum has been awarded a £250,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund that will see the museum relocate to Saltaire, a World Heritage village in West Yorkshire


Five people have been killed after the Titan tourist submarine imploded less than two hours into a dive exploring the wreckage of the Titanic


Saturday’s golden hour will see a special performance at Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida, with a special drone display set to take place alongside live music, food, drink and after hours access to the aquarium’s dolphin complex and various marine habitats.


Morph has arrived in London for a wheelchair accessible public art trail, with the event to run until August in an effort to raise money for the children’s charity Whizz Kidz


A theme park that first opened to the public 103 years ago will close following the sale of Coney Beach Amusement Park to the Welsh government.


Cruise operator Hurtigruten Norway has unveiled plans for the company’s first zero-emission ship.


WhiteWater’s Grant Poje showcases five indoor waterpark projects that are helping to advance the sector and boost the sector’s mainstream popularity


Planet Attractions will partner with this year’s UK Theme Park Awards, joining the expert judging panel and acting as media partner for the awards


The Sursock Museum in Beirut, Lebanon, has reopened to the public, almost three years after it was destroyed in a deadly explosion that claimed the lives of more than 200 people.


IAAPA Expo Asia has made its long-awaited return with the event in Singapore marking its first appearance in-person since 2019


A new visitor experience inspired by beloved British soap opera Coronation Street has opened in Manchester, UK


BT has launched an all-new experience in the UK that uses camera and HD projection to bring 360° content to life in a range of realities powered by 5G


Paul Ludlow, president of P&O Cruises, has been named president of Carnival UK in a new consolidated position.


The British Museum has refuted claims that it has ended its commercial partnership with BP following reports that the institution had ended its 27-year relationship with the fossil fuel giant


Russia’s assault on Ukraine has claimed the lives of 300 animals after massive flooding of the Kazkova Dibrova Zoo occurred following the Kakhovka dam blast.


The China Science and Technology Museum says it has served more than 500 million people over the past two decades, with mobile projects aimed at popularising science taking place in some of the country’s most remote regions.


Miirage is a new modular holographic system bringing the virtual world to life without any additional need for mobile devices, screens or wearables. The creators behind the technology speak to Planet Attractions about the new product and exactly what it can do...


Attractions technology provider accesso has announced the launch of a new PoS platform for restaurant and retail areas in theme parks.


The World’s largest Stranger Things experience store has opened in Las Vegas, US.


How can you leverage user-generated content and photo purchases to drive revenue and simultaneously promote your attraction? Attractions.io’s Peter O’Dare has the answers...


Triotech has been selected to supply interactive dark rides for Saudi Arabia’s upcoming Transformers attractions


The former home of both George Frideric Handel and Jimi Hendrix has reopened to the public in London following a two-year, £3m renovation


A team of architects, helmed by celebrated Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, is to design a new performing arts centre in Tennessee, US.


The highly-anticipated Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation has opened at the American Museum of Natural History


Brogent Technologies will soon introduce a new virtual racing experience in Qatar, with the attraction part of the country’s largest indoor theme park - Doha Quest.


A woman who underwent a life-saving heart transplant more than 15 years ago was able to visit her original heart when it went on display at London’s Hunterian Museum.


Disney has scrapped plans for a US$1bn corporate campus in Lake Nono, Florida, as the company’s public feud with Florida governor Ron DeSantis continues


RWS Entertainment Group has rebranded as RWS Global to consolidate its subsidiaries – JRA, ted, and ARC – and strengthen its position as a global leader in the live entertainment sector


Showcasing exactly what it means to produce an immersive entertainment experience, RWS Entertainment Group and MSC Cruises have turned their eyes to fitness and wellbeing, with a new programme on MSC’s Euribia debuting in May and June for teens and kids.


To mark the Eurovision Song Contest’s return to the UK, and to honour the competition’s hosts Ukraine, the iconic London Eye will be lit up in the colours of both the UK and Ukrainian flags.


Le Pal has welcomed a brand new dark ride experience, with BoldMove Nation and Triotech joining forces to bring Champi’Folies to life at the French theme park and animal attraction


Ahead of the launch of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, SeaWorld CEO Marc Swanson has said the company would look at domestic licensing or joint venture projects should the ‘right opportunity’ present itself


The Eurovision Song Contest is expected to net retailers and hospitality venues an extra £470m, with a new report predicting significant boosts in food and drink spend as a result of the show’s return to the UK.


Andreas Andersen speaks to Planet Attractions about what's coming for Liseberg following the launch of Luna Park, the opening of the Grand Curiosa Hotel and the soon-to-open Oceana waterpark


A consortium of art foundations and charitable organisations has launched a new funding initiative that aims to promote diversity and inclusion in art museum leadership roles across the US


The board appointed by Florida governor Ron DeSantis has filed a lawsuit against Disney just days after the entertainment giant sued the board for stripping it of its self-governed status


The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is set to host the annual Careers in Film Summit - an event that raises awareness of film-related industry jobs for those seeking a career in filmmaking and for students from under-resourced communities.


British broadcaster Sky has worked with the Tower of London to produce a special AR experience ahead of the Coronation of King Charles III this weekend.


A new learning and schools facility has opened at the Black Country Living Museum (BCLM) in Dudley, UK.


A new brand home dedicated to Pilsner Urquell has opened its doors in Prague. BRC’s Christian Lachel tells Planet Attractions how the attraction celebrates the brand’s place in Czech history and culture


The new iteration of Thorpe Park’s Ghost Train attraction will open at the British theme park at midday on May 26, 2023.


Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum has announced a new partnership with the Landmark Trust, which will see one of the UK city’s oldest surviving Georgian properties transformed into a heritage holiday home.


Universal Parks in the US and China are gearing up for the 30th anniversary of leading IP


A UK-based military museum has become not only the first museum in the world to reach 100 million views on Youtube but also the most-watched museum-based YouTube channel in the world


Disney has sued Florida governor and presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis, claiming the state’s retaliation for its stance on LGBTQ+ issues violates its constitutional rights


Chester Zoo is set to host "Planet Shark: Predator or Prey," a touring exhibition dedicated to sharks. Taking visitors through 310 million years of shark evolution, the immersive experience debuts in May


You can hear Avenged Sevenfold’s upcoming Life Is But A Dream early thanks to a 360º Immersive Album Experience coming to AREA15 in Las Vegas next month


A new live stage show celebrating 100 years of Warner Bros. has opened at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi.


A new museum, showcasing the UK’s rich glass-making history, has opened in the West Midlands, UK, as part of a multi-million-pound, multi-use development project


A new outdoor art gallery, inspired by annual arts and music festival Burning Man, has opened on the Las Vegas strip


With the attractions and cruise industries seemingly closer than ever before, RWS CEO Ryan Stana speaks to Planet Attractions about what that means and the steps we can take to bring these two powerhouses under one metaphorical roof


Architects Populous have revealed new images of plans to expand Premier League football club Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, with the plans including a new ‘skybar’ and rooftop walk visitor attraction.


The first ever recipients of The King’s Awards for Enterprise have been announced, with 7thSense recognised for demonstrating outstanding short-term growth and commercial success in international trade over the last three years


A first-of-its kind offering will make guests feel like they’re at the heart of the action during live UFC events, with Cosm’s ‘shared reality’ spectacles set to transform the way we watch live sporting events


An official stage production based on Stranger Things will open at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End later this year


A major new development in Tennessee has broken ground, with The 407: Gateway to Adventure’s ‘Smoky Gap’ entertainment district promising to feature world-class attractions when it opens in 2025


Attractions management platform Convious has responded to purchasing behaviour trends across the leisure industry by introducing two new algorithms, each designed to help operators maximise bookings and encourage forward planning.


You can experience Carnegie Science Center with a roaring twenties twist on April 14, with the popular attraction set to host a special adults-only speakeasy night


Universal Orlando is about to say goodbye to a long-running attraction with the operator confirming the permanent closure of Poseidon’s Fury from next month.


Amnesty International says that Cambodian officials are forcing residents of the Angkor Wat World Heritage site to ‘voluntarily’ leave in the name of preserving the popular heritage attraction, with the move affecting an estimated 10,000 families


OWA Parks & Resort in Foley, Alabama, US, is kicking off the season with the opening of a huge expansion to the tropical-themed water park Tropic Falls.


The Caribbean’s most popular cruise destination is about to gain a major new port, with work on Calypso Cove to start towards the end of this year


Disney’s leadership structure continues to change, with Bob Iger naming company veteran Asad Ayaz as the company’s first-ever chief brand officer


Will AI take over the planet or could it just maybe develop your next new dark ride attraction? Tom Anstey asked an AI a few simple questions to see how it would do in developing such a ride concept


The sudden death of an eight-year-old dolphin at Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida has prompted the aquarium to bring in external experts to assess the dolphins’ habitat, vet care and water quality


Bob Iger has slammed Florida governor Ron DeSantis for for being ‘anti-business’ and ‘anti-Florida’ following moves to try and strip Disney of its self-governing power


Arie Force One has been cleared for take off at Fun Spot America Atlanta, with the RMC steel coaster hybrid marking a major addition to the Georgia theme park


Meyer Group has unveiled the cruise ship of the future with its Reverse concept showing what such a vessel could look like in the year 2100


The highly-anticipated Katmandu Park Punta Cana has opened in the Dominican Republic. Developed by Falcon’s Beyond, the park features cutting-edge rides and attractions themed around the company’s ‘The Hidden Realms of Katmandu’ IP


Disney has managed to strip power from the newly-appointed board governing its Florida parks by invoking the name of King Charles III in an ongoing dispute with governor Ron DeSantis


The Paddington Bear Experience, an immersive attraction themed around the beloved bear, is set to open in London, UK, later this year.


Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) event is to return to its Orlando Resort this autumn, the theme park giant has revealed.


The former home of British King, Edward VIII, will be opened to the public for the first time when it opens next year as a museum.


SeaTrade Cruise Global is returning to Florida. Here’s everything you need to know...


Immersive attractions developer Miral has confirmed that SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will open in May


More than 70 cultural organisations across Britain are to be given a financial boost by the government so they can improve people’s access to arts, support local economic growth through culture and safeguard vital local collections for future generations.


Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’s Mission Ferrari opened to the public to much fanfare in January. Holovis’s James Lodder shares a decade-long journey to realise this incredible immersive rollercoaster experience


Thousands of UK museum and heritage workers have joined industrial action protesting against low pay and other working conditions.


Canada’s last captive orca - a whale named Kiska - has died.


The Kunsthaus Zurich museum is strengthening its provenance research and giving itself more resources to deal with the problem of ill-gotten cultural property.


Teaching the construction sector the necessary skills to retrofit the UK’s heritage structures could provide the British economy with a £35bn boost, a new report has suggested


With Eurovision coming to the UK later this year, National Museums Liverpool (NML) has opened a search for performers and musicians to take part in a two-week cultural festival to be held across the city ahead of the event.


Bruce Vaughn is set to return to Disney Imagineering as chief creative officer, co-leading the division alongside Imagineering president Barbara Bouza


Titanic Belfast has reopened to the public following a multi-million-pound refreshment programme that has seen the introduction of four new themed spaces.


Tate Liverpool will close its doors in October ahead of a £25.5m multi-year redevlopment helmed by British architecture firm 6a architects


Fun Spot America Atlanta’s hotly-anticipated RMC-manufactured ArieForce One is set to open later this month, with the major attraction representing the park’s largest-ever investment


Adam Hattan explains how content creators can be effectively used to drive new and returning guests to your attraction


The Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida, has introduced a new wheelchair-bound character to the ‘It’s a Small World’ attraction.


The world’s first overnight accommodation concept inspired by the beloved


Tate is to take some of the masterpieces in its collection out of storage and on the road in a ‘Mobile Museum’ which will visit communities across the Liverpool City Region.


Holovis has revealed an exciting year ahead for the experiential design firm, which has already launched one major theme park project and has another on the way in 2023.





Merlin Entertainments is adding to its cluster of attractions in Blackpool, with a £2.3m Gruffalo-themed attraction set to open later this year


Original costumes, set designs, drawings and handwritten lyrics will allow visitors to V&A East to trace David Bowie’s creative process across six decades


Cruise operator Hurtigruten Expeditions has welcomed explorer Alex McNeil to its team, with McNeil set to develop the company’s next generation of expedition cruises.


Under the RWS banner, ted and JRA have a host of live shows and experiences set for 2023, with dozens of spectacles set to wow audiences worldwide through the year.


A further £5.45m of funding is being provided for the new Football Museum for Wales in Wrexham.


The long-awaited Aquaman: Power Wave at Six Flags Over Texas now has its opening date, with the Mack Rides coaster set to open on March 11.


The Hegra Welcome Centre in AlUla, Saudi Arabia, has unveiled a new exhibit; the reconstructed face of Hinat, a woman who lived more than 2,000 years ago


Cedar Fair has broken revenue and earnings records, with the operator bouncing back from the effects of the global pandemic


The amount of money available for museum development providers is to fall under an Arts Council England (ACE) shake-up of the way the programme is delivered.


From waterpark suppliers and media specialists to creative designers and dark ride producers, Planet Attractions has gone to every corner of the globe to find out what’s hot in 2023


A museum dedicated to sharing Scotland’s history with the occult will open in Edinburgh at the end of February


Unesco has offered its support to the victims of the devastating earthquake that rocked Turkey and Syria this week as concern grows for a number of historically important World Heritage sites in the region


The popular Titanic Belfast attraction will reopen next month with four new galleries and a 7.6m-long replica of the iconic ship following a multi-million pound revamp


Jurassic World: The Exhibition will open at the Odysseum in Cologne, Germany, following a successful run at London’s ExCel Centre.


Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is the featured addition to Disneyland as the park celebrates 100 years of Disney with a host of new attractions and experiences


A new snow park has opened in Oman, with the attraction being the largest of its kind in the entire MENA region.


SeaWorld has announced a shakeup of its leadership structure, making eight new appointments as the company seeks to accelerate growth


Norway’s TusenFryd will soon launch Europe’s first ever suspended triple launch coaster, with the NOK100m Storm - The Dragon Legend being described as the ‘most important single investment’ in the park’s 34-year history


Another cultural addition to the Manchester scene in 2023 will be the re-opening of the Manchester Museum, which closed in August 2021 to undergo a £15m (US$18.2m, €17m) renovation.


Popular British theme park Thorpe Park is bidding farewell to Derren Brown but not the ghost train currently sharing his name, with the operator revealing plans for a major overhaul of the experience simply dubbed ‘Ghost Train’.


The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation will finally open at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, US, in late 2023.


Workers at the British Museum along with a number of other institutions across the UK are set to go on strike in February


Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has issued licenses for more than 400 entertainment venues, including 24 theme parks, a report by the Saudi Press Agency has revealed.


Patients at a number of children’s hospitals across the state of South Carolina can now explore Charleston’s popular aquarium remotely, using a robot to interact with the exhibits and take part in tours



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





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


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


WWE is offering the ‘ultimate’ five-day fan experience during the week of this year’s Wrestlemania, with WWE World offering a host of immersive experiences, exhibits and interactions this April

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


Fans of My Neighbor Totoro will finally get the chance to ride the iconic Catbus for real starting next month when a fleet of special vehicles make their debut at Japan’s Ghibli Park

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


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


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Museum exhibition design trends


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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.

Triotech expands European reach with JNELC partnership


Triotech has announced a partnership with sales and project consultancy firm JNELC in order to expand the Canadian company’s reach in Europe

Triple H offers sneak peek at Undertaker’s Graveyard Escape as WWE Experience prepares to open


Legendary professional wrestler Triple H has shared a first look at The Undertaker’s Graveyard Escape - an attraction coming to the all new WWE Experience, set to open this week in Riyadh

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One missing as Liseberg’s under construction Oceana waterpark destroyed by fire


Liseberg’s under construction Oceana waterpark has been almost totally destroyed following a major fire that has seen 22 people seek medical care, while one man remains missing

Bluey coming to Alton Towers’ CBeebies Land in March


Popular children’s IP Bluey is set to make its way to the Merlin-operated Alton Towers, with the character arriving at CBeebies Land starting March 23.

Twenty-six of the biggest rollercoaster launches coming in 2024


With records for the tallest, fastest and longest rollercoaster all set to be broken by a single ride, it should give you an idea of the kind of thrills in-store for thrillseekers this year as we list 26 of the biggest coaster launches coming in 2024

The Giant coming to New Jersey’s American Dream


The Giant has its first location, with the mammoth moving attraction and accompanying exhibition set to open at the American Dream Mall in New Jersey, US, in 2025

Merlin, Lego and Hasbro team up to create Peppa Pig experiences


Merlin, Lego and Hasbro are teaming up to create new Duplo theme visitor experiences based on the Peppa Pig IP

Denmark says people ‘need to chill’ in new tourism campaign



Ghibli Park unveils new Witch’s Valley area


Ghibli Park, the Studio Ghibli-themed natural theme park in Japan’s Tōkai region, has offered a first look at its new Valley of the Witches themed area.

Companies seek new hires as new year rings in fresh opportunities for attractions industry


Entering 2024, companies across the attractions and themed entertainment industries are on the hunt for new talent. Check out some of the positions available right now worldwide

Sea Life Melbourne reopens oceanarium following AU$9m renovation


Melbourne’s Sea Life aquarium has undergone a major transformation, with the Merlin attraction’s Oceanarium undergoing an AU$9m redevelopment to turn it into the bioluminescent Night on the Reef exhibit

Return of the King: Elvis to make posthumous return with live avatar experience


A new AI-powered Elvis Presley concert experience billed as a celebration of the artist’s life and legacy is coming to London later this year

Science Museum of Minnesota receives historic US$6.5m donation


The Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) in the US, has received a US$6.5m (€5.3m, £5.1m) donation, the largest in the institution’s history.

Manchester City launches interactive attraction in Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall


A new visitor attraction dedicated to Manchester City has opened its doors in Abu Dhabi, with the new City Challenge offering visitors a chance to show off their footballing skills through a range of immersive experiences

Former Disney chairman Dick Nunis passes away


Former Walt Disney Attractions chairman Dick Nunis has died aged 91.

Cruise industry set for bumper year with record number of passengers booked for 2024


The cruise industry is lined up for a record year, with travellers from across the globe booking trips in greater numbers than even before as the travel sector bounces back from the effects of the global pandemic

Connect&GO announces partnership with ARENA23


Integrated attractions management technology specialist Connect&GO has announced a new partnership with the upcoming multi-sport amusement park, ARENA23.

Kiss promises to ‘change music performance history’ as band launches digital alter-egos and avatar stage show


Legendary rock band Kiss have promised to ‘change music performance history’, after unveiling their own digital avatars and announcing a special stage show working with the likes of Thierry Coup, Industrial Light & Magic, and Pophouse Entertainment Group

Epcot launches International Festival of the Holidays


Disney World’s Epcot has launched its winter season with its International Festival of the Holidays - a festive event running through to December 30.

Royal Caribbean takes delivery of Icon of the Seas ahead of 2024 launch


Royal Caribbean has taken delivery of its upcoming Icon of the Seas - a vessel launching in Miami in January 2024 offering a record-breaking waterpark as one of its main features.

World-class theme park and resort development coming to Mount Rushmore area


Storyland Studios is behind the development of Libertyland USA - a world class theme park and resort development coming to South Dakota in 2026

Scruffy Dog and Sela unveil immersive Wonder Garden experience park


Scruffy Dog and Sela have teamed up to produce Wonder Garden - an immersive experience offering ‘limitless creativity’ during Riyadh Season

LCI produces water projections for 60th anniversary of Doctor Who


Daleks, the Tardiss and other icons of

Sacoa celebrates Brass Ring recognition at IAAPA Expo in Best New Product category


Sacoa Cashless System is celebrating after being recognised with a Brass Ring Award for its Kiosk K4 product.

Lessons ‘Squid Game - The Challenge’ can teach LBE about bringing an IP to life and engaging its fanbase


Kids Industries has created a range of immersive experiences such as Legoland’s Lego Mythica: World of Mythical Creatures. Its CEO, Gary Pope, shares his thoughts on the arrival of Netflix’s recently-launched ‘Squid Game: The Challenge’ and how this reflects on the growing LBE market

Christie’s Joe Graziano elected to TEA EMEA Board


The Themed Entertainment Association has announced the appointment of Joe Graziano to its Europe and Middle East Board of Directors.

Formula 1 and Tottenham Hotspur partner on world-first karting experience


Formula 1 and Tottenham Hotspur are joining forces to deliver a first-of-its-kind karting experience that will allow people of all abilities to feel as though they are part of an F1 Grand Prix

A closer look at Falcon’s Flight


Here is a closer look at the train car for Falcon’s Flight - the upcoming record breaker coming to Six Flags in Saudi Arabia. Because of the speed of the rollercoaster the train actually features a wind shield. The car also features a striking set of distinctive light up eyes.

Everything you need to know about IAAPA Expo 2023


IAAPA Expo is making its grand return to Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center this week, with the 2023 edition of the event selling out its trade show floor for the first time since 2019

IAAPA Expo 2023: Christie to exhibit technology capabilities in Orlando


AV specialist Christie will showcase product capabilities of MicroTiles LED technology with video wall at IAAPA Expo 2023

IAAPA Expo 2023: RWS Global to showcase 2023 project highlights in trade show debut


RWS Global will make its trade show debut at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with the company set to showcase its projects from the past 12 months

WATCH: Steve Drake on accesso’s expanding portfolio


Dual additions to accesso’s product portfolio have strengthened the attractions technology provider’s offering in 2023. Steve Drake, accesso’s senior vice president of Global Initiatives, speaks to Planet Attractions

Next generation: How Triotech innovated a first of its kind attraction with Lagoon Park’s Primordial


September saw the debut of a brand-new addition to Salt Lake City’s Lagoon Park - a hybrid rollercoaster and dark ride experience known as Primordial. Planet Attractions speaks to Ernest Yale and Nol Van Genuchten about the experience and how its team brought the first-of-its-kind attraction to life

IAAPA Expo 2023: Sacoa Cashless System announces partnership with Brazilian FEC chain ahead of new feature reveals at Expo


Sacoa Cashless System is set to reveal a number of new features for its payments solution at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with the company also announcing a new partnership with Brazilian FEC chain HotZone

Theme park giants join forces as Cedar Fair and Six Flags announce US$8bn merger


Six Flags and Cedar Fair are merging in an US$8bn deal that will create a new theme park powerhouse in the North American market

IAAPA Expo 2023: Industry legends to share insights as panel explores launch of Universal Beijing during global pandemic


A panel of legends representing the elite of the attractions industry will share strategies utilised by Universal Beijing Resort to successfully open despite facing major challenges including the Covid-19 pandemic

Negotiations ongoing as foreign investor eyes reopening of Spain’s Covid-hit Tivoli World


Spain’s Tivoli World has been closed since 2020 following the emergence of Covid-19 but that might all be about to change with new a foreign investor is ‘very interested’ in relaunching the project and developing a ‘major attraction’ on the theme park site.

IAAPA Expo 2023: Simworx celebrating launch of Europe’s first Pegasus Flying Theatre attraction


Simworx is set to celebrate the opening of Europe’s first Pegasus Flying Theatre attraction at IAAPA Expo, with the company also set to showcase several attractions innovations during this year’s show

WATCH: Intamin’s Lukas Spieldiener on company’s immersive projects


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IAAPA Expo 2023: Attractions.io to launch innovative mapping technology as stand-alone offering


Among its offerings at this year’s IAAPA Expo, leading guest experience platform Attractions.io is set to launch its MapLayr mapping engine and wayfinding solution as a stand-alone software development kit with the product set to go on show at the annual attractions spectacular

Messi Experience world tour set for Miami debut in April


The Messi Experience - an immersive visitor attraction dedicated to global footballing megastar Lionel Messi - will open its doors in Miami in April next year

Dubai Parks and Resorts and Global Village partner with Pink Caravan for breast cancer awareness initiative


Dubai Parks and Resorts and Global Village have joined forces with charity Pink Caravan to provide direct, accessible support and raise awareness about breast cancer.

Craven Museum named winner of Family Friendly Museum Award 2023


Yorkshire’s Craven Museum has beaten off competition from some of the UK’s top museums, galleries, historic homes and heritage sites to be named the winner of this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award

Attractions.io launches industry-first in-app map with dynamic lighting at Alton Towers


Attractions.io has partnered with Alton Towers to introduce an industry-first in-app dynamic lighting map to be utilised at the operator’s popular Scarefest and Ultimate Fireworks Spectacular events

Pigvasion: Attraktion! and Rovio launch free roaming immersive Angry Birds experience


A new free-roaming immersive Angry Birds experience has made its debut, with the Pigvasion sending players on a mission to recover stolen eggs from some villainous pigs

Chuck E. Cheese set to make waterpark debut after signing first-ever location based entertainment deal


Chuck E. Cheese has announced a multi-year licensing, entertainment and marketing partnership that will for the first time see the brand become part of a new waterpark development.

Real Madrid theme park set for Dubai following global partnership announcement


Dubai is set to become the world’s first Real Madrid theme park, after the world-renowned football club inked a deal with Visit Dubai that aims to generate new growth opportunities for both institutions and make the UAE city the first official destination for the Real brand.

Seasonal favourites set for return has Universal announces Wizarding World and Grinch Christmas events


The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and The Grinch are the headline acts at Universal Studios for the festive period, with events for both IPs starting November 24.

Dr Nick Merriman named as chief executive of English Heritage


Dr Nick Merriman is set to replace Kate Mavor CBE as chief executive of English Heritage, the charity has announced.

Thought leaders: Benoit Cornet on how BoldMove is developing the total dark ride package


Benoit Cornet shares a fascinating insight into the world of dark rides and the emergence of his new company - BoldMove Nation

Chessington proposes Center Parcs rival with ‘affordable’ waterpark


The Merlin-operated Chessington World of Adventures has said a proposed waterpark would be an “affordable” option for visitors who wanted to visit without an overnight stay.

Bing and Flop set to extend stay at Gulliver’s theme parks following extension of Acmar Films partnership


Bing and Flop will continue to appear at Gulliver’s theme parks until at least 2025, with the operator announcing an extension to its popular partnership with series producer Acamar films

Lane7 plans overseas move as company opens doors to largest bowling operation in the UK yet


Bowling operator Lane7 has announced the launch of its largest site to date, with further plans to open its first location in the British capital and its first site overseas as the company continues to grow

AU$51m investment into Perth Zoo as first part of masterplan opens to public


Perth Zoo has officially opened its new café precinct, playground and function centre to the public, with the launch underpinning a AU$51m (US$32m, €30.1m, £25.9m) investment from the Australian government into the attraction.

Museum of Liverpool evacuated following discovery of World War II device


The Museum of Liverpool underwent an evacuation following the discovery of a “training device” in the British museum dating back to World War II.

Upcoming AI experience allows museum visitors to speak to the heroes of World War II


A new exhibit from the National WWII Museum in New Orleans will give its visitors the opportunity to have conversations with some of the heroes of World War II, with AI technology powering the upcoming Voices from the Front experience

Suppliers and attractions celebrated as Park World Excellence Award winners revealed


Intamin, Simworx and Vekoma are among the winners in this year’s Park World Excellence Awards, with 2023’s recipients named at a glamorous show in Vienna, Austria

Chesington named UK’s best theme park as UK Theme Park Award winners revealed


Chessington World of Adventures is your 2023 UK Theme Park of the Year, with Alton Towers, Drayton Manor and Blackpool Pleasure Beach also picking up big wins in this year’s UK Theme Park Awards

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: RWS Global to showcase major cruise line collaborations, resort partnerships and Hasbro City opening


RWS Global will in attendance at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe to discuss major projects including the opening of the Hasbro City FEC, as well as several cruise line and resort partnerships

Solving the puzzle: Connect&GO’s Anthony Palermo on how technology is rapidly changing attractions management


There’s a transformative shift happening when it comes to use of technology in attractions management. Anthony Palermo, co-founder of Connect&GO, spoke to Tom Anstey...

Everything you need to know about IAAPA Expo Europe 2023


IAAPA is gearing up for its largest EMEA event ever, with the 2023 edition of IAAPA Expo Europe taking place in Vienna between September 25 - 28. Here’s everything you need to know about the event

Former Columbus Zoo executives indicted over US$2.2m corruption scheme


Three former Columbus Zoo and Aquarium executives engaged in a pattern of corrupt activity that cost the facility more than $2.2 million, according to an indictment.

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: American Heartland and Mandai Bird Paradise among projects to be showcased by FORREC


Experiential design firm FORREC will showcase several of its latest projects, including the upcoming American Heartland Theme Park resort in Oklahoma, US

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: Christie to present new technologies and projects in Vienna


AV specialist Christie is to showcase new additions to its M 4K RGB projector series as well as new projects, including an immersive visitor attraction in Toronto, Canada

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: Experience UK gearing up for return of UK Pavilion


Experience UK’s UK Pavilion will return at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, with the booth offering an ‘experiential showcase of British ingenuity’ to all attendees

Ukrainian bear caught in conflict set to be adopted by Scottish zoo


An Asiatic black bear, which endured severe trauma in a zoo in Russian-occupied Ukraine, is set to be adopted by a zoo in Scotland.

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: Triotech to showcase latest projects and attractions


Triotech will showcase several new projects and rides at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, including its Stand Up Theater and Qube attractions

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: accesso to showcase new PoS platform


Attractions technology provider accesso will showcase the capabilities of it’s new PoS platform; accessoFreedom

Everything announced for Disney’s parks at DestinationD23


The future of the Disney Parks, along with other travel arms of the Walt is looking bright after a presentation by Josh D’Amaro, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products chairman, at a DestinationD23 panel in Orlando, Florida.

Disney Treasure latest offering in ‘unprecedented expansion’ of Disney Cruise Line


The Disney Treasure cruise ship will set sail at the end of next year, with Disney unveiling its latest offering in a rapid expansion of its popular cruise operation

Shanghai Disney Resort reveals details of upcoming Zootopia land


The Shanghai Disney Resort in Pudong, China, has revealed a first look at its upcoming

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: Simworx to debut Zombie Metro Mayhem concept


At this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, Simworx will showcase a new turnkey ride concept, alongside its expansive portfolio of dynamic media-based attractions

Christie partners with Illuminarium for immersive experience in Toronto


AV specialist Christie has partnered with Illuminarium Experiences and Secret Location to supply projectors and maintenance support to a new immersive attraction in Toronto, Canada.

New attractions to open at Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America


Two new attractions are set to open at Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America, with construction beginning on the rides this autumn.

Lifesized: How Path Entertainment and Hasbro brought Monopoly to life as a visitor experience


Path Entertainment Group and Hasbro recently worked together to produce a world-first immersive Monopoly experience. Path CEO David Hutchinson shares all with Planet Attractions

Six Flags to transform operations and guest experience with Google Cloud partnership


Six Flags has teamed up with Google Cloud to transform its digital offering and enhance the guest experience

Disney World hosts largest-ever wish-granting event for World Princess Week


The Disney World resort has hosted its largest-ever wish-granting event with more than 50 children invited to the resort for its Once Upon A Wish Party

Death Eaters come to Diagon Alley for first time at Universal Orlando next month


The Wizarding World’s Death Eaters are set to make a first appearance at Universal Orlando’s Diagon Alley, with guests to come face-to-face with the infamous followers of Lord Voldemort.

DeSantis calls for Disney to drop federal lawsuit against him


Republican governor Ron DeSantis has called for Disney CEO Bob Iger to drop the company’s federal lawsuit against the state of Florida

Immersive Peppa Pig experience to open in the UK in 2024


A new immersive experience based on beloved pre-school IP

Bronx Zoo announces launch of Pumpkin Nights jack-o’-lantern Halloween event


A new jack-o’-lantern trail is to launch at New York’s Bronx Zoo this autumn.

J.K. Rowling scrubbed from Museum of Pop Culture’s Harry Potter displays over transphobic views


The Museum of Pop Culture (Mopop) in Seattle, US, has removed all mention of J.K. Rowling from its

Lord Mendoza appointed chair of Historic England


Historic England has announced the appointment of Conservative peer Lord Neil Mendoza as its new chair.

Red Raion launches new CGI title ‘Van Helsing - Rise from the Dark’


CGI studio Red Raion announces the launch of new CGI title ‘Van Helsing - Rise from the Dark’ in 5D, VR and Dome formats

Unfoiling the plot: Meet the team behind the Tower of London’s Gunpowder Plot experience


The Gunpowder Plot is a multilayered immersive experience set at the Tower of London. Planet Attractions spoke to the team behind the development to see exactly how it came to life...

SeaWorld reports drop in attendance and revenue for Q2 2023


SeaWorld Entertainment has seen a decline in both visitor attendance and revenue in the first half of 2023

JRA-designed Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame opens to the public


The Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame has opened following a two-year planning and design process led by JRA, part of RWS Global

Scruffy Dog secures significant contract with Six Flags, Qiddiya


Scruffy Dog Creative Group has been contracted to lead development design and handle design delivery at the upcoming Six Flags theme park in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Generational development: Arnaud Bennet on 50 years of Le Pal


French theme park and animal attraction Le Pal is celebrating its 50th year in 2023. Its CEO, Arnaud Bennet speaks to Planet Attractions on half-a-century of one of the country’s most popular offerings

What’s next for the experience economy and consumer trends?


Dive in as FlowRider’s Joshua Atkinson explores the shift in consumer mindsets and its impact on the attractions industry

Connect&GO forms strategic technology partnership with eCommerce company Amilia


Connect&GO and Amilia have announced a strategic technology partnerships that will see the two companies work together in the development of cutting-edge solutions in eCommerce and attractions management

Ted Ismert named new chief operating officer for Attractions.io


As the company continues its rapid expansion in 2023, guest experience platform Attractions.io has named Ted Ismert as its new chief operating officer

Immersive Monet experience making its way to London later this year


A new immersive experience showcasing the work of French impressionist painter Claude Monet is coming to London, UK

Space Invaders: World Defense appears in European cities as game launches worldwide


Celebrating 45 years since the release of

Cedar Point announces record-breaking sequel to Top Thrill Dragster with reengineered Top Thrill 2


Cedar Point has announced a sequel to Top Thrill Dragster, with Zamperla behind the reimagined Top Thrill 2, which will break the record for the world’s tallest and fastest triple-launch strata coaster when it opens in 2024

Kennywood on the hunt for hundreds of scare actors


US theme park Kennywood is on the hunt to fill more than 250 positions for its annual Phantom Fall Fest, voted among the top 10 best Halloween theme park events in the country.

Opening dates announced for two new lands at Japan’s Ghibli Park


Japan’s Ghibli Park has confirmed the opening dates for Mononoke Village and Valley of Witches with the areas set to open in late 2023 and early 2024

Tickets now on sale for Disney100 exhibition heading to London this October


A touring exhibition celebrating 100 years of Disney is to open in London in October

Plans announced for US$2bn theme park and resort development in Oklahoma


A major US$2bn theme park and resort development comparable to the likes of Disney and Universal is set to open in 2026 in the state of Oklahoma

Eden Project Dundee formally begins planning process


The proposed Eden Project Dundee attraction has begun the formal planning process after submitting a proposal of application notice to Dundee City Council

Major Hasbro-themed FEC opens in Mexico


A new family entertainment centre (FEC) dedicated to toy and game manufacturer Hasbro has opened in Paseo Interloms, Mexico.

Scottish community projects awarded £2m UK Government funding


Nine community projects in Scotland will receive a share of £2.03m (US$2.7m, €2.4m) from the UK’s Community Ownership Fund (COF). It comes as the UK’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has announced the latest allocations from the second round of the £150m (US$197m, €175m) COF.

New campaign promotes Dubai’s summer activities


Dubai has launched a new campaign promoting its summer season, promoting activities includes waterparks, indoor hotspots and more under #DubaiDestinations

Molly Murphy to lead Universal Creative after being named new president


Molly Murphy has been named the new president of Universal Creative, with the former Gensler principal set to lead the design and creation of Universal theme park experiences across the world

Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions names Michael Golding as its new CEO


The Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA) has named Michael Golding as its new CEO.

Giant lays siege to Warwick Castle ahead of Dragon Slayer event


A Danish giant is laying siege to the stonewalls of Warwick Castle in the UK, with the Merlin-operated heritage attraction introducing an eight-foot giant for its upcoming Dragon Slay summer event.

Disney brings Hawkeye’s ‘Rogers: The Musical’ to life at California Adventure


Marvel’s ‘Rogers: The Musical’ has been brought to life with a limited time run of the musical seen in Hawkeye now on show at Disney California Adventure Park

Sphere lights up Vegas Strip for the first time ahead of September launch


The Sphere, MSG’s new entertainment arena in Las Vegas, US, was lit up for the first time this month as part of a pre-launch ahead of its official debut in September

Connect&GO announces new partnerships with Ticketmaster France and France Billet


Connect&GO has announced two new partnerships in France that will see the attractions technology specialists integrate its Konnect all-in-one platform with leading French ticket providers Ticketmaster France and France Billet

Carowinds and B&M investigate cracked support pillar as repair work begins on Fury 325 coaster


Carowinds has offered an update after the theme park in Charlotte, US, was forced to close down one of its rides after a support pillar completely cracked through.

Registration opens as IAAPA Expo Europe prepares for return to Austria


Registration is now open for this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe event, which is set to make its return to Vienna, Austria, in September

Orca dies at Moscow aquarium, second orca fatality in six months


A male orca has died at the Moskvarium aquarium in Russia, the second to have died at the Moscow facility this year.

Abu Dhabi announces ambitious growth plans focused on tourism and culture


Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism board has revealed ambitious plans to grow its tourism economy to 24 million visitors a year

Virgin Voyages launches next ‘Jeneration’ AI tool with Jennifer Lopez


Virgin Voyages has partnered with Jennifer Lopez to launch Jen A.I. a new tool that enables guests to receive personalised invitations from the pop superstar

Attractions.io enhances partnership strategy to expand integrated app ecosystem


Attractions.io is seeking to partner with new vendors on its guest experience platform, introducing new technologies to further enhance its overall offering

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon hosts ‘world’s largest swimming lesson’ event


Disney World played host to ‘World’s Largest Swimming Lesson’ - an annual event promoting safe water practices worldwide.

Harry Potter interactive art experience set to debut in European city in 2023


Warner Bros and Neon are working in collaboration to develop a new contemporary art experience based on the world of Harry Potter

Reopened and reimagined National Portrait Gallery ‘of people, for people’ following £35.5m transformation


The leaders of London’s National Portrait Gallery say the historic institution is now more accessible to all, with a complete reimagining of the attraction focused on increasing representation and inspiring people

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The Messi Experience: Touring tribute to Lionel Messi set to debut in US in 2024


Lionel Messi is about to get his own touring attraction, with ‘The Messi Experience, A Dream Come True’ set to debut in the US in 2024

Shortlist revealed for Family Friendly Museum Award


Eighteen museums from across the UK have been shortlisted for the Kids in Museums Family Friendly Museum Award.

Barbie’s iconic Malibu Dreamhouse listed on Airbnb


A replica of Barbie’s Malibu Dreamhouse has been listed on vacation rental site Airbnb ahead of the release of the highly-anticipated Barbie movie

‘All of Us Are Dead’ coming to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Singapore


All of Us Are Dead will be the first Korean horror series to make its way to a Universal park, after being announced for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Singapore

Amsterdam museum that broke ties with Russian institution gets new name


Hermitage Amsterdam - an institution that cut all ties with its Russian counterpart in St Petersburg following the country’s invasion of Ukraine - has announced a new name and three new museum partners.

DeSantis claims ‘legislative immunity’ in bid to dismiss Disney lawsuit


Florida’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis is seeking to dismiss Disney’s federal lawsuit against him, claiming that he has “legislative immunity”.

UK’s Peace Museum to reopen in Unesco World Heritage village in 2024


The UK’s Peace Museum has been awarded a £250,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund that will see the museum relocate to Saltaire, a World Heritage village in West Yorkshire

Five die as Titan tourist submarine found to have imploded less than two hours into dive


Five people have been killed after the Titan tourist submarine imploded less than two hours into a dive exploring the wreckage of the Titanic

Drones descend on Clearwater Marine Aquarium for light show and family festival


Saturday’s golden hour will see a special performance at Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida, with a special drone display set to take place alongside live music, food, drink and after hours access to the aquarium’s dolphin complex and various marine habitats.

First-of-its-kind cultural event brings Morph to London for wheelchair-friendly public art trail


Morph has arrived in London for a wheelchair accessible public art trail, with the event to run until August in an effort to raise money for the children’s charity Whizz Kidz

Century-old Welsh seaside theme park set to close its doors


A theme park that first opened to the public 103 years ago will close following the sale of Coney Beach Amusement Park to the Welsh government.

Hurtigruten Norway unveils its first zero-emission cruise ship


Cruise operator Hurtigruten Norway has unveiled plans for the company’s first zero-emission ship.

Five indoor waterparks that are forecasting future trends


WhiteWater’s Grant Poje showcases five indoor waterpark projects that are helping to advance the sector and boost the sector’s mainstream popularity

Planet Attractions partners with 2023 UK Theme Park Awards


Planet Attractions will partner with this year’s UK Theme Park Awards, joining the expert judging panel and acting as media partner for the awards

Beirut’s Sursock Museum reopens three years after being destroyed in an explosion that killed 220 people


The Sursock Museum in Beirut, Lebanon, has reopened to the public, almost three years after it was destroyed in a deadly explosion that claimed the lives of more than 200 people.

IAAPA Expo Asia makes highly anticipated return for first time since 2019


IAAPA Expo Asia has made its long-awaited return with the event in Singapore marking its first appearance in-person since 2019

Coronation Street Experience opens to the public in Manchester


A new visitor experience inspired by beloved British soap opera Coronation Street has opened in Manchester, UK

BT launches UK-first 5G-powered Immersive Spaces interactive simulation experience


BT has launched an all-new experience in the UK that uses camera and HD projection to bring 360° content to life in a range of realities powered by 5G

Paul Ludlow named new Carnival UK president


Paul Ludlow, president of P&O Cruises, has been named president of Carnival UK in a new consolidated position.

British Museum denies ending controversial BP partnership


The British Museum has refuted claims that it has ended its commercial partnership with BP following reports that the institution had ended its 27-year relationship with the fossil fuel giant

Ukraine dam explosion takes lives of 300 zoo animals


Russia’s assault on Ukraine has claimed the lives of 300 animals after massive flooding of the Kazkova Dibrova Zoo occurred following the Kakhovka dam blast.

Travelling science exhibitions serve more than 500 million people in China


The China Science and Technology Museum says it has served more than 500 million people over the past two decades, with mobile projects aimed at popularising science taking place in some of the country’s most remote regions.

Bridging realities: How Miirage’s no-glasses holographic experience could change the game for immersive experiences


Miirage is a new modular holographic system bringing the virtual world to life without any additional need for mobile devices, screens or wearables. The creators behind the technology speak to Planet Attractions about the new product and exactly what it can do...

Accesso expands offering with new accessoFreedom PoS platform


Attractions technology provider accesso has announced the launch of a new PoS platform for restaurant and retail areas in theme parks.

Stranger Things experience store opens in Las Vegas


The World’s largest Stranger Things experience store has opened in Las Vegas, US.

It takes a village: How to increase spending and social reach through micro-influencing with Attractions.io


How can you leverage user-generated content and photo purchases to drive revenue and simultaneously promote your attraction? Attractions.io’s Peter O’Dare has the answers...

Triotech selected to develop multiple attractions for Transformers experiences in Saudi Arabia


Triotech has been selected to supply interactive dark rides for Saudi Arabia’s upcoming Transformers attractions

Former home of George Frideric Handel and Jimi Hendrix reopens in London after multi-million pound revamp


The former home of both George Frideric Handel and Jimi Hendrix has reopened to the public in London following a two-year, £3m renovation

Bjarke Ingels to helm design of US$500m Tennessee Performing Arts Center


A team of architects, helmed by celebrated Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, is to design a new performing arts centre in Tennessee, US.

American Museum of Natural History opens US$465m education and innovation centre


The highly-anticipated Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation has opened at the American Museum of Natural History

Brogent to install virtual race simulator at Doha Quest


Brogent Technologies will soon introduce a new virtual racing experience in Qatar, with the attraction part of the country’s largest indoor theme park - Doha Quest.

Transplant patient sees own heart on display at London’s Hunterian Museum


A woman who underwent a life-saving heart transplant more than 15 years ago was able to visit her original heart when it went on display at London’s Hunterian Museum.

Disney scraps US$1bn Florida campus amidst DeSantis feud


Disney has scrapped plans for a US$1bn corporate campus in Lake Nono, Florida, as the company’s public feud with Florida governor Ron DeSantis continues

RWS Global unites subsidiaries with major rebrand


RWS Entertainment Group has rebranded as RWS Global to consolidate its subsidiaries – JRA, ted, and ARC – and strengthen its position as a global leader in the live entertainment sector

Turning fitness and wellbeing into entertainment with RWS and MSC Cruises


Showcasing exactly what it means to produce an immersive entertainment experience, RWS Entertainment Group and MSC Cruises have turned their eyes to fitness and wellbeing, with a new programme on MSC’s Euribia debuting in May and June for teens and kids.

London Eye celebrates Eurovision by lighting up in Ukrainian and UK flag colours for final


To mark the Eurovision Song Contest’s return to the UK, and to honour the competition’s hosts Ukraine, the iconic London Eye will be lit up in the colours of both the UK and Ukrainian flags.

BoldMove and Triotech collaborate to bring all new Champi'Folies dark ride to Le Pal


Le Pal has welcomed a brand new dark ride experience, with BoldMove Nation and Triotech joining forces to bring Champi’Folies to life at the French theme park and animal attraction

SeaWorld could explore domestic licensing ventures, says CEO


Ahead of the launch of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, SeaWorld CEO Marc Swanson has said the company would look at domestic licensing or joint venture projects should the ‘right opportunity’ present itself

Eurovision Song Contest set to provide £470m boost


The Eurovision Song Contest is expected to net retailers and hospitality venues an extra £470m, with a new report predicting significant boosts in food and drink spend as a result of the show’s return to the UK.

100 years of Liseberg: Andreas Andersen on park's centenary additions


Andreas Andersen speaks to Planet Attractions about what's coming for Liseberg following the launch of Luna Park, the opening of the Grand Curiosa Hotel and the soon-to-open Oceana waterpark

New funding initiative commits US$11m to promote diversity in leadership at US art museums


A consortium of art foundations and charitable organisations has launched a new funding initiative that aims to promote diversity and inclusion in art museum leadership roles across the US

Disney vs DeSantis: Florida governor’s oversight board files counter suit as Disney dispute escalates


The board appointed by Florida governor Ron DeSantis has filed a lawsuit against Disney just days after the entertainment giant sued the board for stripping it of its self-governed status

Academy Museum to host Careers in Film Summit


The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is set to host the annual Careers in Film Summit - an event that raises awareness of film-related industry jobs for those seeking a career in filmmaking and for students from under-resourced communities.

AR experience offers close up look at Coronation crowns


British broadcaster Sky has worked with the Tower of London to produce a special AR experience ahead of the Coronation of King Charles III this weekend.

New education facility opens at Black Country Living Museum


A new learning and schools facility has opened at the Black Country Living Museum (BCLM) in Dudley, UK.

Pilsner Urquell: BRC’s Christian Lachel on Prague’s new ‘Original Beer Experience’


A new brand home dedicated to Pilsner Urquell has opened its doors in Prague. BRC’s Christian Lachel tells Planet Attractions how the attraction celebrates the brand’s place in Czech history and culture

Thorpe Park’s revamped Ghost Train to open in May


The new iteration of Thorpe Park’s Ghost Train attraction will open at the British theme park at midday on May 26, 2023.

Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum partners with Landmark Trust to transform Georgian station house into a heritage holiday home


Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum has announced a new partnership with the Landmark Trust, which will see one of the UK city’s oldest surviving Georgian properties transformed into a heritage holiday home.

Universal announces new experiences and products to celebrate Jurassic Park anniversary


Universal Parks in the US and China are gearing up for the 30th anniversary of leading IP

UK’s Tank Museum becomes world’s first museum to reach 100 million views on YouTube


A UK-based military museum has become not only the first museum in the world to reach 100 million views on Youtube but also the most-watched museum-based YouTube channel in the world

Disney sues Florida governor Ron DeSantis over ‘targeted campaign of government retaliation’


Disney has sued Florida governor and presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis, claiming the state’s retaliation for its stance on LGBTQ+ issues violates its constitutional rights

Planet Shark touring exhibition set to make UK debut at Chester Zoo


Chester Zoo is set to host "Planet Shark: Predator or Prey," a touring exhibition dedicated to sharks. Taking visitors through 310 million years of shark evolution, the immersive experience debuts in May

Avenged Sevenfold to share new album early with 360º immersive experience at Area 15


You can hear Avenged Sevenfold’s upcoming Life Is But A Dream early thanks to a 360º Immersive Album Experience coming to AREA15 in Las Vegas next month

RWS Entertainment celebrates 100 years of Warner Bros. with new stage show at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi


A new live stage show celebrating 100 years of Warner Bros. has opened at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi.

Stourbridge Glass Museum opens in West Midlands after 12-year development


A new museum, showcasing the UK’s rich glass-making history, has opened in the West Midlands, UK, as part of a multi-million-pound, multi-use development project

Burning Man-inspired art gallery opens in Las Vegas


A new outdoor art gallery, inspired by annual arts and music festival Burning Man, has opened on the Las Vegas strip

Rising with the rides: RWS’s Ryan Stana on how the cruise and attractions industries are reimagining entertainment


With the attractions and cruise industries seemingly closer than ever before, RWS CEO Ryan Stana speaks to Planet Attractions about what that means and the steps we can take to bring these two powerhouses under one metaphorical roof

Rooftop walk and skybar included in entertainment-focussed expansion of Manchester City stadium


Architects Populous have revealed new images of plans to expand Premier League football club Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, with the plans including a new ‘skybar’ and rooftop walk visitor attraction.

7thSense recognised with prestigious King’s Award Enterprise in International Trade


The first ever recipients of The King’s Awards for Enterprise have been announced, with 7thSense recognised for demonstrating outstanding short-term growth and commercial success in international trade over the last three years

‘Beyond the arena’: UFC set to offer ‘shared reality’ live events at all-new experiential venues


A first-of-its kind offering will make guests feel like they’re at the heart of the action during live UFC events, with Cosm’s ‘shared reality’ spectacles set to transform the way we watch live sporting events

Stranger Things headed to London’s West End as details of live-action stage show are released


An official stage production based on Stranger Things will open at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End later this year

The 407: Gateway to Adventure breaks ground on ‘Smoky Gap’ entertainment district


A major new development in Tennessee has broken ground, with The 407: Gateway to Adventure’s ‘Smoky Gap’ entertainment district promising to feature world-class attractions when it opens in 2025

Convious develops new real-time algorithms to offer attractions enhanced pricing strategies


Attractions management platform Convious has responded to purchasing behaviour trends across the leisure industry by introducing two new algorithms, each designed to help operators maximise bookings and encourage forward planning.

Carnegie Science Center to host adults-only speakeasy event


You can experience Carnegie Science Center with a roaring twenties twist on April 14, with the popular attraction set to host a special adults-only speakeasy night

Universal Orlando’s Poseidon's Fury to permanently close in May


Universal Orlando is about to say goodbye to a long-running attraction with the operator confirming the permanent closure of Poseidon’s Fury from next month.

Amnesty International says Cambodian government is overseeing ‘mass forced evictions’ from Unesco World Heritage site


Amnesty International says that Cambodian officials are forcing residents of the Angkor Wat World Heritage site to ‘voluntarily’ leave in the name of preserving the popular heritage attraction, with the move affecting an estimated 10,000 families

US$$70M expansion of Tropic Falls unveiled at OWA Parks & Resort


OWA Parks & Resort in Foley, Alabama, US, is kicking off the season with the opening of a huge expansion to the tropical-themed water park Tropic Falls.

Major US$250m cruise destination under development in the Bahamas


The Caribbean’s most popular cruise destination is about to gain a major new port, with work on Calypso Cove to start towards the end of this year

Asad Ayaz named Disney’s first-ever chief brand officer


Disney’s leadership structure continues to change, with Bob Iger naming company veteran Asad Ayaz as the company’s first-ever chief brand officer

I asked an AI to develop a Sonic the Hedgehog dark ride. Here’s what it came up with


Will AI take over the planet or could it just maybe develop your next new dark ride attraction? Tom Anstey asked an AI a few simple questions to see how it would do in developing such a ride concept

Dolphin deaths prompt external investigation at Clearwater Marine Aquarium


The sudden death of an eight-year-old dolphin at Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida has prompted the aquarium to bring in external experts to assess the dolphins’ habitat, vet care and water quality

Bob Iger brands governor Ron DeSantis retaliations against Disney ‘anti-business, anti-Florida’


Bob Iger has slammed Florida governor Ron DeSantis for for being ‘anti-business’ and ‘anti-Florida’ following moves to try and strip Disney of its self-governing power

Rocky Mountain Coaster’s highly-anticipated Arie Force One makes debut at Fun Spot America Atlanta


Arie Force One has been cleared for take off at Fun Spot America Atlanta, with the RMC steel coaster hybrid marking a major addition to the Georgia theme park

Seatrade Cruise Global 2023: Meyer Group showcases ‘cruise ship of the future’ concept


Meyer Group has unveiled the cruise ship of the future with its Reverse concept showing what such a vessel could look like in the year 2100

Katmandu Park Punta Cana opens in the Dominican Republic


The highly-anticipated Katmandu Park Punta Cana has opened in the Dominican Republic. Developed by Falcon’s Beyond, the park features cutting-edge rides and attractions themed around the company’s ‘The Hidden Realms of Katmandu’ IP

Royal lives clause enters King Charles III into Disney vs DeSantis feud


Disney has managed to strip power from the newly-appointed board governing its Florida parks by invoking the name of King Charles III in an ongoing dispute with governor Ron DeSantis

Paddington Bear experience to open in London


The Paddington Bear Experience, an immersive attraction themed around the beloved bear, is set to open in London, UK, later this year.

Halloween Horror Nights to return to Universal Orlando


Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) event is to return to its Orlando Resort this autumn, the theme park giant has revealed.

Edward VIII’s French home to become a museum


The former home of British King, Edward VIII, will be opened to the public for the first time when it opens next year as a museum.

Everything you need to know about SeaTrade Cruise Global 2023


SeaTrade Cruise Global is returning to Florida. Here’s everything you need to know...

Miral confirms May opening for SeaWorld Abu Dhabi


Immersive attractions developer Miral has confirmed that SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will open in May

UK’s culture venues, museums and libraries receive £60m funding boost


More than 70 cultural organisations across Britain are to be given a financial boost by the government so they can improve people’s access to arts, support local economic growth through culture and safeguard vital local collections for future generations.

Mission Holovis: How Holovis brought Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’s immersive mega coaster Mission Ferrari to life


Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’s Mission Ferrari opened to the public to much fanfare in January. Holovis’s James Lodder shares a decade-long journey to realise this incredible immersive rollercoaster experience

UK museums workers join public sector strike


Thousands of UK museum and heritage workers have joined industrial action protesting against low pay and other working conditions.

Canada's last killer whale in captivity dies at Marineland theme park


Canada’s last captive orca - a whale named Kiska - has died.

Kunsthaus Zurich launches new strategy on Nazi looted art


The Kunsthaus Zurich museum is strengthening its provenance research and giving itself more resources to deal with the problem of ill-gotten cultural property.

Green retrofit of UK’s heritage sector could provide £35bn economic boost


Teaching the construction sector the necessary skills to retrofit the UK’s heritage structures could provide the British economy with a £35bn boost, a new report has suggested

National Museum Liverpool seeks performers ahead of Eurovision festival


With Eurovision coming to the UK later this year, National Museums Liverpool (NML) has opened a search for performers and musicians to take part in a two-week cultural festival to be held across the city ahead of the event.

Industry veteran Bruce Vaughn set for return to Disney Imagineering


Bruce Vaughn is set to return to Disney Imagineering as chief creative officer, co-leading the division alongside Imagineering president Barbara Bouza

Titanic Belfast reopens to the public following £4.5m revamp


Titanic Belfast has reopened to the public following a multi-million-pound refreshment programme that has seen the introduction of four new themed spaces.

Tate Liverpool to close in October ahead of £25.5m renovation


Tate Liverpool will close its doors in October ahead of a £25.5m multi-year redevlopment helmed by British architecture firm 6a architects

Opening date announced for Fun Spot America’s highly-anticipated ArieForce One coaster


Fun Spot America Atlanta’s hotly-anticipated RMC-manufactured ArieForce One is set to open later this month, with the major attraction representing the park’s largest-ever investment

How to work with content creators (influencers) to drive attendance and improve brand affinity


Adam Hattan explains how content creators can be effectively used to drive new and returning guests to your attraction

Disney World introduces wheelchair-using doll to ‘It’s a Small World’ attraction


The Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida, has introduced a new wheelchair-bound character to the ‘It’s a Small World’ attraction.

First overnight ‘Shaun the Sheep’ experience to debut in Sweden


The world’s first overnight accommodation concept inspired by the beloved

Tate takes Turner Prize-winning art on the road with museum on wheels


Tate is to take some of the masterpieces in its collection out of storage and on the road in a ‘Mobile Museum’ which will visit communities across the Liverpool City Region.

Major Holovis projects set to open in 2023


Holovis has revealed an exciting year ahead for the experiential design firm, which has already launched one major theme park project and has another on the way in 2023.

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Merlin bringing multi-million-pound Gruffalo attraction to Blackpool


Merlin Entertainments is adding to its cluster of attractions in Blackpool, with a £2.3m Gruffalo-themed attraction set to open later this year

Treasure trove of David Bowie artefacts secured for permanent display at V&A East


Original costumes, set designs, drawings and handwritten lyrics will allow visitors to V&A East to trace David Bowie’s creative process across six decades

Alex McNeil Joins Hurtigruten Expeditions


Cruise operator Hurtigruten Expeditions has welcomed explorer Alex McNeil to its team, with McNeil set to develop the company’s next generation of expedition cruises.

Bumper year in store for RWS Entertainment Group


Under the RWS banner, ted and JRA have a host of live shows and experiences set for 2023, with dozens of spectacles set to wow audiences worldwide through the year.

Welsh football museum in Wrexham gets more than £5m funding


A further £5.45m of funding is being provided for the new Football Museum for Wales in Wrexham.

Aquaman: Power Wave set to open at Six Flags Over Texas in March


The long-awaited Aquaman: Power Wave at Six Flags Over Texas now has its opening date, with the Mack Rides coaster set to open on March 11.

Reconstructed face of 2,000-year-old woman revealed in Saudi Arabia


The Hegra Welcome Centre in AlUla, Saudi Arabia, has unveiled a new exhibit; the reconstructed face of Hinat, a woman who lived more than 2,000 years ago

Cedar Fair makes record US$1.82bn in 2022


Cedar Fair has broken revenue and earnings records, with the operator bouncing back from the effects of the global pandemic

UK’s Arts Council revamps museum development programme


The amount of money available for museum development providers is to fall under an Arts Council England (ACE) shake-up of the way the programme is delivered.

Supplier Showcase 2023: The biggest attractions projects landing worldwide this year


From waterpark suppliers and media specialists to creative designers and dark ride producers, Planet Attractions has gone to every corner of the globe to find out what’s hot in 2023

Two-hundred-year-old mummified cat among the exhibits as Scotland’s first witchcraft museum prepares to open in Edinburgh


A museum dedicated to sharing Scotland’s history with the occult will open in Edinburgh at the end of February

Unesco offers support as earthquake damages World Heritage sites in Turkey and Syria


Unesco has offered its support to the victims of the devastating earthquake that rocked Turkey and Syria this week as concern grows for a number of historically important World Heritage sites in the region

Titanic Belfast to reopen in March following £4.5m revamp


The popular Titanic Belfast attraction will reopen next month with four new galleries and a 7.6m-long replica of the iconic ship following a multi-million pound revamp

Jurassic World: The Exhibition to open in Germany


Jurassic World: The Exhibition will open at the Odysseum in Cologne, Germany, following a successful run at London’s ExCel Centre.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway comes to Disneyland as part of Disney100 celebrations


Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is the featured addition to Disneyland as the park celebrates 100 years of Disney with a host of new attractions and experiences

Largest snow park in MENA region opens in Oman


A new snow park has opened in Oman, with the attraction being the largest of its kind in the entire MENA region.

SeaWorld makes leadership changes with a number of new roles created to accelerate growth


SeaWorld has announced a shakeup of its leadership structure, making eight new appointments as the company seeks to accelerate growth

Europe’s first triple launch coaster coming to Norway’s TusenFryd in April


Norway’s TusenFryd will soon launch Europe’s first ever suspended triple launch coaster, with the NOK100m Storm - The Dragon Legend being described as the ‘most important single investment’ in the park’s 34-year history

Manchester Museum to reopen this month following transformation


Another cultural addition to the Manchester scene in 2023 will be the re-opening of the Manchester Museum, which closed in August 2021 to undergo a £15m (US$18.2m, €17m) renovation.

Thorpe Park replacing Derren Brown’s Ghost train with new iteration


Popular British theme park Thorpe Park is bidding farewell to Derren Brown but not the ghost train currently sharing his name, with the operator revealing plans for a major overhaul of the experience simply dubbed ‘Ghost Train’.

American Museum of Natural History expansion set for 2023


The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation will finally open at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, US, in late 2023.

British Museum workers among those set to strike in February


Workers at the British Museum along with a number of other institutions across the UK are set to go on strike in February

Twenty-four theme parks approved by Saudi Arabian entertainment authority


Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) has issued licenses for more than 400 entertainment venues, including 24 theme parks, a report by the Saudi Press Agency has revealed.

Children in hospital can now explore South Carolina Aquarium remotely using a robot


Patients at a number of children’s hospitals across the state of South Carolina can now explore Charleston’s popular aquarium remotely, using a robot to interact with the exhibits and take part in tours



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