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Disney is celebrating 100 years with an adult-oriented immersive experience coming to London, Berlin and Paris in 2023


While Donald Trump’s hopes for re-election as US president may be faltering, the nappy-wearing depiction of him made famous during a UK protest in 2018 has had new life breathed into it, as the Museum of London has reinflated it.


Another mega project has been announced for Saudi Arabia, with the PIF’s Seven announcing plans for a SAR1bn entertainment destination in the city of Tabuk


Three statues thought to be the first sculptures depicting black British people on display in England are set to return to Brixton station later.


Connect&Go - a global leader in guest and attractions management technology - has grown significantly over the last decade. Its co-founder Anthony Palermo spoke to Planet Attractions


One of the world’s most anticipated museums will finally open this year after a more than 20-year development process with work now complete on Cairo’s Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM).


Ukrainian refugees living on an Ambassador Cruise Line ship in Glasgow are to be rehomed as the Scottish government's contract with the vessel comes to an end.


Visitor numbers at a museum in Winchcombe, UK, have trebled following the small attraction’s acquisition of a meteorite that crashed into a driveway of the market town in 2021.



After a difficult few years the museum sector is showing promising signs of recovery with several exciting projects set to open this year. Here are 14 of 2023’s most anticipated museum openings


The Florida Aquarium just saw its best attendance since it opened at the edge of downtown Tampa 27 years ago.


The original owners of a 50-year-old theme park in Lubbock, Texas, US, have announced that the park will not reopen following the collapse of a sale.


A plot to steal a 10-tonne ancient statue of Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses II has been foiled after police arrested three men attempting to make away with the gigantic antiquity


A zoo in Gibraltar has embarked on a new mission to modernise its technology in an attempt to better engage with visitors both digitally and in person.


It’s a new year with old records just waiting to be broken by some incredible new projects. Here are twelve blockbuster rollercoaster openings for the coming year


A Ukrainian activist who tried to take a Banksy work from Kyiv faces a 12-year prison sentence for an act he says was intended to support the work of the country’s army


A new version of Amazon’s Alexa digital voice assistant will come complete with Disney branding and the ability to work alongside the operator’s MagicBand+ technology


Paris’ iconic Louvre Museum has revealed its visitor numbers for 2022, with 7.8 million people flocking to the iconic institution last year.


London’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) will reopen in June 2023 after a three-year closure.


Around 4,500 people gathered at Stonehenge for the annual winter solstice, with a further 100,000 watching the event online.


A huge new outdoor waterpark centred around a lagoon capable of producing 2m waves has been proposed for the county of Kent in the UK.


The Neobio Museum is a brand new attraction in Shanghai, China, offering experiential STEM education to young people


The Museum of Sex is expanding, with the New York attraction announcing plans to open a new Miami location in the spring


Berlin’s AquaDom aquarium exploded in the early hours of the morning on December 15. It contained a million litres of water and more than 100 different fish species


When it comes to all-in-one solutions for visitor attractions, Semnox’s Venue Management Software system has transformed operations at popular FEC Kokomo Joe’s. Here’s how the technology works


Merlin Entertainments has named Paul Moreton as its new chief development officer, effective from January 1, 2023.


A world-first Discovery entertainment centre is coming to Saudi Arabia with more to follow in the coming years


The highly-anticipated Pipeline surf coaster is coming to SeaWorld Orlando this spring. SeaWorld’s vice president of rides and engineering, Jonathan Smith, spoke to Planet Attractions about the project


Virtual reality specialist Spree has been named winner of the People’s Choice Award at this year’s MAPIC event, with the recognition adding to an ever-expanding list of industry awards and nominations picked up in 2022.


Convious has signed a multi-year deal with West Midland Safari Park to supply its fully-integrated eCommerce and guest experience platform


Culture, heritage and sport sites are set to receive £4.5m over the next three years to support actions in the Welsh Government’s Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan


The Line at NEOM - an upcoming vertical city that will house nine million people and feature numerous cultural attractions - is being built through AI, its developers say.


Saudi Entertainment Ventures - part of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund - will develop more than 150 new attractions in the kingdom across 21 integrated entertainment destinations


Merlin executive Fiona Eastwood has been promoted to oversee the operator’s global portfolio of theme parks and midway attractions


World-leading visitor transportation specialist Severn Lamb has announced a major move in the acquisition of US company Trams International


Directors from The Met, British Museum, Louvre and National Gallery have signed an open letter published by ICOM condemning the ‘risky endangerment’ of irreplaceable artworks in climate demonstrations


More than 36,000 people travelled to Orlando in November for the annual spectacular known as IAAPA Expo. Planet Attractions was in attendance


The attractions industry and wider attractions community has paid tribute to the legendary Alberto Zamperla following his death last week aged 71


In a shocking move, Disney has reappointed Bob Iger as CEO, effective immediately, as Bob Chapek is ousted after less than three years in the role


Red Raion will offer an exclusive preview of its latest title - ‘Around the World in 80 Days - Journey of Wonders’ - at this year’s IAAPA Expo


Visitors to Shanghai Disney were shut inside the park, with people not allowed to leave the popular theme park until they were able to show a negative Covid test.


Following a special panel session featuring some of the UK’s top theme park content creators, Planet Attractions joined Jack Silkstone, Sean and Jo Dyer, and Kieran Adams as they explored this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe in London


The Universal Resort theme park in Beijing has been closed due to Covid-19 prevention measures.


The National Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield has been named the UK’s most family-friendly museum.



Flight bookings to Qatar and the UAE are currently 10 times higher than pre-pandemic levels ahead of this winter’s FIFA World Cup


Convious showcased its digital engagement platform at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe. The company’s managing director for the UK & Ireland, Andy Povey, tells Planet Attractions about everything the company has to offer


The new iPhone 14 Pro has a fantastic feature that activates when it thinks a user has been in a crash. This however isn’t great for theme parks, with the phone reportedly automatically calling emergency services after riding on a rollercoaster.


IAAPA’s president and CEO, Hal McEvoy spoke to Planet Attractions about this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, the industry’s post-Covid recovery, his retirement plans and more


TrustRadius - a research and review platform for business leaders - has recognised attractions technology solutions provider accesso as part of its “Tech Cares 2022” award programme.


A resort earmarked for Dubai could find its home in Abu Dhabi, after it was revealed that the Moon Resort has “caught the eye” of a number of investors.


The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) raised nearly a quarter-of-a-million pounds following the auction of 37 giraffe sculptures which had been placed around the city of Edinburgh during the summer.


Russia’s lethal barrage of strikes against Ukrainian cities this week has seen a number of cultural sites in the capital of Kyiv hit


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


Researchers from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and London’s Natural History Museum have discovered the cause of damage to several medieval murals in a Unesco World Heritage site in Ukraine


Live streaming tour platform Heygo is venturing into the culture sector, with the company announcing a number of partnerships with various museums to “create a space for all to interact, learn and connect with like-minded people”.


A number of museums in Florida have reopened their doors after escaping the worst of Hurricane Ian, a devastating storm that tore a path of destruction through the state last week.


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


More than a foot of rain fell overnight in Orange County last night with winds of up to 80mph, according to reports, with Disney World, Universal and other major theme parks in the area affected by the weather event.


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


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


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


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


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


The Giant - a mammoth moving attraction and exhibition - is coming to a city near you


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


BoldMove will offer attendees a close-up look at its AR Hybrid Quest attraction


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


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


WhiteWater is set to offer attendees a first look at its record-breaking Icon Tower at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe


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


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


Convious will recreate the guest experience to showcase the full capabilities of its cloud-based sales and marketing solution with an interactive, rocket ship-themed booth


The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, UK, has shown positive post-Covid recovery, with the attraction announcing profits of more than £1m in 2021.


Holovis has created an innovative two-in-one system that supports the delivery of two different media or real-time interactive experiences simultaneously within the same ride or attraction


Sixteen people have reportedly been hospitalised after a drop tower plummeted around 50ft (15.2m) before crashing into the ground with force at a carnival in Mohali, India.


accesso is set to showcase what it calls ‘the future of mobile consumer engagement’ at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, with expanded solutions designed to help operators connect, engage and build loyalty with visitors


Taking place at Excel London in the heart of the British capital, this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe will feature an extensive trade show floor with more than 500 exhibitors taking part, including


Alterface has revealed new theming and media packages for its award-winning Action League dark ride


Experience design firm FORREC will be on hand to discuss several of its high-profile projects, including the new Legoland Korea Resort, at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe


The US$69m addition furthers the Queens Museum mission to bring arts and education to a diverse and international community


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


The Natural History Museum’s Generation Hope: Act for the Planet programme will offer a series of free in-person and online events aimed at young people to help drive positive change for the planet


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


With an influx of Ukranian refugees threatening to overwhelm available housing in Scotland, the government has announced plans to accommodate up to 1,750 people onboard Ambassador Cruise Line’s Ambition on a temporary basis


There might be quite a lot of national days about but none can surely be as important as August 16 - National Rollercoaster Day.


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


Three people have been injured following gunfire outside Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, US.


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


More than 30 people have been injured after two rollercoaster trains crashed into each other at Legoland Germany


Bob Chapek has been questioned about anger on social media over increasing park prices with the Disney CEO telling


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


Carnival’s new sustainability plan will cut its emissions by 500,000 metric tons per year and save US$150m annually in fuel costs


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


Unesco has issued new guidance aimed at reducing impacts from development on World Heritage sites.


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


Unesco’s World Heritage Centre has launched its Patrimonito Storyboard Competition - an initiative which aims to provide young people with an opportunity to use their creative and problem-solving skills to raise awareness about World Heritage.


The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, UK, is offering its visitors the chance to quite literally immerse themselves in the attraction’s largest exhibit, with the aquarium now offering snorkelling sessions inside the 2.5 million litre Atlantic Ocean tank.


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


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


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


A 15th-century painting by renowned Italian artist Sandro Botticelli was recently the target of climate activists after they glued themselves to one of his works at the Gallerie degli Uffizi in Florence.


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


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


With just a few months to go until the grand opening of the highly-anticipated Ghibli Park in Nagoya, Japan, the attraction has revealed that tickets will be sold via a lottery-based booking system, with attendance to the attraction being limited to create an atmosphere likened to that of the Ghibli adventures themselves.



Detailed replicas of the controversial Elgin or Parthenon Marbles, created by a robot, will soon go on display in London


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


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


Saudi Arabia’s Museums Commission has announced plans to transform its museum sector, unveiling a new strategy, which will see the number and types of museums across the Kingdom increase in an attempt to boost visitor numbers.


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


Celebrated architecture firm Adjaye Associates will lead a major redesign project at two UK museums; The International Slavery Museum and the Maritime Museum


Glastonbury founder, Michael Eavis has been commemorated with a specially-commissioned portrait at the National Portrait Gallery. He has also been named as a patron of Somerset’s Radstock Museum


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


A collection of 42 eight-foot-tall giraffe statues have popped up around the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, with the installation declared a ‘celebration of nature’ by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS).


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


A recently-released study suggests that a museum visit can help an array of mental and physical conditions, including anxiety, chronic pain and even dementia



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


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


The Science and Industry Museum has received a generous donation from The Law Family Charitable Foundation for the refurbishment of its Power Hall


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


New York's top court has rejected an attempt to free Happy the elephant from the Bronx Zoo, declaring that the animal is not a person and can therefore not be released through a habeas corpus proceeding, which is a way for people to challenge illegal confinement.


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


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


Japan has finally reopened its borders to tourists from 98 countries and regions, though it comes with strict conditions to try and prevent the spread of Covid-19 from overseas.


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


The Hong Kong Palace Museum is the newest addition to the West Kowloon Cultural District with the HK$3.5bn attraction set to open its doors to the public for the first time next month


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


Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh has named Gina Winstead its new vice president for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA).


The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) in Maine, US, has launched an international competition for a new US$45m (€42.2m, £36m) extension that will see the historic art centre double its exhibition space.


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


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


Efteling reached a significant milestone today (May 31), with the Dutch theme park celebrating 70 years since it first opened in 1952.


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


Eureka! Science + Discovery - a new STEM attraction coming to Wirral, UK, later this year - has unveiled its first exhibit, a 12-foot tall cat statue.


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


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


A group of around 100 people gathered at the Whitney Museum during its annual fundraising gala event, with the members of the Whitney Museum Union (WMU) protesting over a pay dispute.


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


Already underway, attraction professionals have gathered in Riyadh for this year’s Saudi Entertainment and Amusement Expo (SEA), which has entered its second day.


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


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


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


Unesco’s World Heritage Centre has released a statement on the accidental explosion that ripped through much of the Saratoga Hotel, in Havana, Cuba on Friday (May 6), killing at least 35 people.


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


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


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


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


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


The city of Liverpool has introduced a new charter encouraging visitor attractions, cultural venues and restaurants in the British destination to be as inclusive as possible.


Nick Varney who has led Merlin since its inception and Mark Fisher, who played a key role in the company’s formation, have both announced their intention to leave the attractions giant in 2023


The iconic Nerf brand will gain its first themed land in its 53-year history with the debut of a new attraction coming to Brazil’s Beto Carrero World in 2023


Universal Studios Hollywood has converted its world-famous studio tour trams, with the operator debuting the first four of what will eventually be a fleet of 21 electric vehicles.


A number of attractions suppliers and manufacturers have been named winners of China’s prestigious Golden Crown Awards


With Hong Kong’s worst outbreak of Covid-19 finally starting to subside, authorities have relaxed pandemic restrictions, meaning that Disneyland and Ocean Park can finally reopen their doors.


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


Two workers who bravely stayed behind to care for the animals at the Feldman Ecopark in Ukraine have been found shot dead with the zoo claiming the keepers were ‘shot by the enemies’


The former tallest rollercoaster in the world is being dismantled following an accident on a separate ride that has seen the complete demolition of Mexico City’s La Feria de Chapultepec theme park


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


A group of big cats which were to be euthanised over fears Russian bombing would set them loose in the city of Kharkiv have been saved after an evacuation to take them to other zoos was organised.


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


Marwell Zoo and Attractions.io have teamed up for the development of a brand new app designed to enhance the visitor’s digital experience


The LGBT Purge Fund - a not-for-profit corporation set up to manage funding created from the settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the government - has named “Thunderhead” as the winning proposal for an LGBTQ2+ National Monument in Canada.



With less than two weeks to run until its conclusion, Expo 2020 announced on Saturday (March 19) that it had reached its 20 million visitor target despite the turmoil caused by the ongoing global pandemic.


WhiteWater will work alongside Swim Drink Fish to promote sustainability in the attractions industry and clear Canada’s waterways


Zoos, animal lovers, and the EAZA are raising funds and shipping supplies to Ukraine; WAZA issues statement in solidarity with the besieged nation


The study explored the impact of ‘cultural capital’ on exam results of children from different social classes


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


Following a move in 2019 where the German culture ministry decided that a consortium of Berlin’s major institutions, including the Hamburger Bahnhof and the Neue Nationalgalerie, would be broken up, the new structure of these institutions would see Hamburger Bahnhof gained not one new head, but two.


Lonnie Bunch, 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, has released a statement on behalf of the organisation, pledging its support to the people of Ukraine and their cultural heritage. In the statement, Bunch revealed that the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) is in contact with people in the country in order to facilitate the preservation of Ukraine’s history.


Discussing rising ticket costs at Disney’s parks, company CFO Christine McCarthy has defended prices, saying that new price tiers will cater to all audiences.


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


The UN cultural organisation is aiming to mark as many key heritage sites with the Hague Convention emblem, which protects cultural heritage in the event of armed conflict


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


As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, museums and cultural institutions across the country are scrambling to protect their treasures from possible attack.


The Themed Entertainment Association’s president, Chuck Fawcett, has released a statement to its members and the wider themed entertainment community, announcing that it stands with Ukraine as the country defends itself against the ongoing invasion led by Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Miami Seaquarium’s new owners will no longer stage orca shows following a new agreement with federal regulators


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


The environment secretary, George Eustice, has today (March 3) reappointed Dame Amelia Fawcett as chair of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for a second term.


Visitors to Avengers Campus at Disney Calfornia Adventure can now see a plaque honouring 100 years of the legacy of Stan Lee as they enter the land.


Here are all the events you should be attending this month


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


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


Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas, the largest cruise ship ever built, is set to depart on its maiden voyage next week when it sets sail for a week-long cruise to the Caribbean and the Bahamas.


Following its UK tour, Dippy - the Natural History Museum's favourite dinosaur is coming home for a special installation at the London institution opening May 27.


Unesco’s World Heritage Centre has extended the deadline for its World Heritage Volunteers campaign.


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


Officials at the British Museum reportedly recently met with BP officials to discuss options for support ‘post Spring 2023’, hinting at a likely renewal of the controversial partnership



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


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


Dutch architecture studio MVRDV has blamed London’s Westminster City Council for the disastrous Marble Arch Mound project, revealing that its advice was ignored and design watered down, with the firm adding that “we stand by our initial design”.


Disney has been named one of the most admired companies in the world, with the operator ranking high in the annual list from


Disney is celebrating Black History Month through February with a series of productions honouring the contributions of its black cast members, creators, fans and guests.


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


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


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


Using breakthrough aquatic life support technology, Monterey Bay Aquarium will soon debut a collection of sea creatures you would normally only be able to see at the very bottom of the ocean


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


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


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


Political unrest in Kazakhstan has seen a group of protestors invade the state museum in search of priceless ancient armour


The French government has now made it legally necessary to be vaccinated to access cultural events, theme parks, ski lifts, eateries, bars and most forms of long-distance transport - the bill was passed on Sunday (January 16) and will likely be in place by Friday (January 21).


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


A zoo in the south of France temporarily shut down at the end of December after several wolves escaped during visiting hours.


Art and entertainment collective Meow Wolf, famous for its imaginative projects, has named Jose Tolosa as its new CEO.


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


The BBC has launched three online exhibitions to commemorate its 100th anniversary.


While many animal attractions have struggled through 2020 and 2021, the news is more positive in Florida, with ZooTampa reporting an attendance record of 1.2 million visitors last year.


An additional £30m in emergency funding has been made available through the UK’s Culture Recovery Fund to support museums, cinemas, theatres and heritage organisations with the impact of the Omicron variant this winter


A number of Covid outbreaks over the New Year period are causing chaos for the already disrupted cruise industry


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


Funderstruck. Adjective. Shocked and amazed by the power of fun on Carnival. Well, that’s what the cruise operator is saying in its new ad campaign at least!


Brazil’s Beach Park has teamed up with musician Alok and waterpark supplier Polin to develop a first of its kind attraction for the Latin America region



Norwegian Cruise line says it has identified “a handful” of cases among guests and crew onboard its ‘Breakaway’ vessel.


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




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


The UAE is celebrating its Golden Jubilee with a host of events lined up to celebrate the federal unification of the six emirates (seven in 1972 after Ras Al Khaimah joined) in 1971.


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


You’ll need an armed military escort to get there but the reward will be great with a new museum dedicated to exploring themes of peace through art inside Korea’s DMZ


Visitor numbers for Expo 2020 Dubai continue to rise, with the total climbing to 4,766,419 in the period up to November 28.


The charity launches Energise Young Minds to help alleviate “perfect storm” of disruptions affecting young people and the cultural sector


Past meets future in this Rockwell-designed exhibition, which features 150 installations and artworks, including a guest appearance from Marvel Studios


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


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


An amputee dolphin who inspired millions and became a Hollywood movie star has died at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium


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


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


After serving for 33 years as CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, Richard Fain has decided to step down as CEO of the cruise operator effective January 3, 2022.



A portrait of Welsh slave owner Sir Thomas Picton labelling him a hero has been removed by National Museum Wales.


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


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


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


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


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


Did you know that people actually live inside the historic Tower of London? One of them being Megan Clawson, who moved into a family apartment in the eastern wall of the Tower last summer.


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


Oslo’s Munch Museum is opening to the public for the first time this week, offering a twist to the usual museum experience.


Telecommunications giant Vodafone is supporting the development of a brand-new digital museum dedicated to the history of the mobile phone


The museum took three months to build and is made up of more than 10,000 plastic waste items, including bottles, straws and plastic bags


Check out this new trailer for the upcoming MSG Sphere. Coming to the Las Vegas strip in 2023, this groundbreaking immersive venue will seat 20,000 people, with the attraction offering 4D effects and the world's highest-resolution screen.



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


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



Universal reports record earnings for 2022, driven by theme park attendance





Disney bringing major immersive experience to London, Berlin and Paris in 2023




‘The Office’ visitor interactive experience coming to Toronto in March




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Disney bringing major immersive experience to London, Berlin and Paris in 2023
Disney is celebrating 100 years with an adult-oriented immersive experience coming to London, Berlin and Paris in 2023


Baby Trump set to fly again as Museum of London reinflates blimp
While Donald Trump’s hopes for re-election as US president may be faltering, the nappy-wearing depiction of him made famous during a UK protest in 2018 has had new life breathed into it, as the Museum of London has reinflated it.


PIF’s Seven announces SAR1bn entertainment destination for Saudi city of Tabuk
Another mega project has been announced for Saudi Arabia, with the PIF’s Seven announcing plans for a SAR1bn entertainment destination in the city of Tabuk


First black history statues return to Brixton
Three statues thought to be the first sculptures depicting black British people on display in England are set to return to Brixton station later.


WATCH: Anthony Palermo on how Connect&Go is transforming attractions operations
Connect&Go - a global leader in guest and attractions management technology - has grown significantly over the last decade. Its co-founder Anthony Palermo spoke to Planet Attractions


Grand Egyptian Museum at 100% completion as ticket prices announced
One of the world’s most anticipated museums will finally open this year after a more than 20-year development process with work now complete on Cairo’s Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM).


Ukrainian refugees on Glasgow cruise ship to be rehomed
Ukrainian refugees living on an Ambassador Cruise Line ship in Glasgow are to be rehomed as the Scottish government's contract with the vessel comes to an end.


Meteorite that crashed down to earth trebles local museum visitors
Visitor numbers at a museum in Winchcombe, UK, have trebled following the small attraction’s acquisition of a meteorite that crashed into a driveway of the market town in 2021.


SeaWorld’s Arctic Rescue aims will send climate change message when it opens later this year


Fourteen of 2023’s most anticipated museum openings
After a difficult few years the museum sector is showing promising signs of recovery with several exciting projects set to open this year. Here are 14 of 2023’s most anticipated museum openings


Tampa’s Florida Aquarium has largest attendance since opening in 1995
The Florida Aquarium just saw its best attendance since it opened at the edge of downtown Tampa 27 years ago.


Joyland to close after 50 years in operation
The original owners of a 50-year-old theme park in Lubbock, Texas, US, have announced that the park will not reopen following the collapse of a sale.


Police arrest three in Egypt after failed attempt to steal 10-tonne statue of Ramesses II
A plot to steal a 10-tonne ancient statue of Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses II has been foiled after police arrested three men attempting to make away with the gigantic antiquity


Gibraltar’s Alameda Wildlife Park undergoes digital transformation
A zoo in Gibraltar has embarked on a new mission to modernise its technology in an attempt to better engage with visitors both digitally and in person.


Twelve of the biggest rollercoaster openings of 2023
It’s a new year with old records just waiting to be broken by some incredible new projects. Here are twelve blockbuster rollercoaster openings for the coming year


Ukrainian activist faces 12-year prison sentence for trying to remove Banksy mural
A Ukrainian activist who tried to take a Banksy work from Kyiv faces a 12-year prison sentence for an act he says was intended to support the work of the country’s army


Hey Disney!’: Amazon Alexa-powered digital voice assistant gets Disney facelift
A new version of Amazon’s Alexa digital voice assistant will come complete with Disney branding and the ability to work alongside the operator’s MagicBand+ technology


Visitor numbers surge as 7.8 million visit Louvre in 2022
Paris’ iconic Louvre Museum has revealed its visitor numbers for 2022, with 7.8 million people flocking to the iconic institution last year.


London’s National Portrait Gallery to reopen in 2023 after £35.5m renovation
London’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) will reopen in June 2023 after a three-year closure.


Thousands gather at Stonehenge for winter solstice
Around 4,500 people gathered at Stonehenge for the annual winter solstice, with a further 100,000 watching the event online.


New £40m waterpark attraction proposed for UK
A huge new outdoor waterpark centred around a lagoon capable of producing 2m waves has been proposed for the county of Kent in the UK.


‘Boundless exploration’: Shanghai’s Neobio Museum opens to the public
The Neobio Museum is a brand new attraction in Shanghai, China, offering experiential STEM education to young people


New York’s Museum of Sex is expanding into Miami
The Museum of Sex is expanding, with the New York attraction announcing plans to open a new Miami location in the spring


World’s largest freestanding aquarium, home to 1,500 fish, explodes
Berlin’s AquaDom aquarium exploded in the early hours of the morning on December 15. It contained a million litres of water and more than 100 different fish species


All-in-one: How Semnox’s Venue Management system has transformed operations at Kokomo Joe’s
When it comes to all-in-one solutions for visitor attractions, Semnox’s Venue Management Software system has transformed operations at popular FEC Kokomo Joe’s. Here’s how the technology works


Paul Moreton succeeds Mark ‘Fish’ Fisher as chief development officer at Merlin
Merlin Entertainments has named Paul Moreton as its new chief development officer, effective from January 1, 2023.


PIF’s Seven reveals plans for Warner Bros Discovery edutainment attractions across Saudi Arabia
A world-first Discovery entertainment centre is coming to Saudi Arabia with more to follow in the coming years


‘A first of its kind experience’: SeaWorld’s Jonathan Smith on operator’s upcoming Pipeline surf coaster
The highly-anticipated Pipeline surf coaster is coming to SeaWorld Orlando this spring. SeaWorld’s vice president of rides and engineering, Jonathan Smith, spoke to Planet Attractions about the project


Spree Interactive picks up People’s Choice Award at MAPIC
Virtual reality specialist Spree has been named winner of the People’s Choice Award at this year’s MAPIC event, with the recognition adding to an ever-expanding list of industry awards and nominations picked up in 2022.


Convious named tech partner for West Midland Safari Park
Convious has signed a multi-year deal with West Midland Safari Park to supply its fully-integrated eCommerce and guest experience platform


Anti-racist action in culture, heritage and sport gets £4.5m boost from Welsh government
Culture, heritage and sport sites are set to receive £4.5m over the next three years to support actions in the Welsh Government’s Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan


Artificial intelligence will build Saudi Arabia’s The Line
The Line at NEOM - an upcoming vertical city that will house nine million people and feature numerous cultural attractions - is being built through AI, its developers say.


Saudi Arabia’s PIF to invest US$13.3bn in development of 21 integrated entertainment destinations across the kingdom
Saudi Entertainment Ventures - part of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund - will develop more than 150 new attractions in the kingdom across 21 integrated entertainment destinations


Merlin promotes Fiona Eastwood to oversee midway attractions and theme parks
Merlin executive Fiona Eastwood has been promoted to oversee the operator’s global portfolio of theme parks and midway attractions


Severn Lamb announces major acquisition of US company Trams International
World-leading visitor transportation specialist Severn Lamb has announced a major move in the acquisition of US company Trams International


92 museum directors sign open letter condemning climate action against ‘irreplaceable’ artworks
Directors from The Met, British Museum, Louvre and National Gallery have signed an open letter published by ICOM condemning the ‘risky endangerment’ of irreplaceable artworks in climate demonstrations


IAAPA Expo 2022: 36,000 gather for industry extravaganza
More than 36,000 people travelled to Orlando in November for the annual spectacular known as IAAPA Expo. Planet Attractions was in attendance


Industry pays tribute to legendary Alberto Zamperla following his death
The attractions industry and wider attractions community has paid tribute to the legendary Alberto Zamperla following his death last week aged 71


Bob Iger named CEO of Disney as Bob Chapek is ousted
In a shocking move, Disney has reappointed Bob Iger as CEO, effective immediately, as Bob Chapek is ousted after less than three years in the role


Red Raion to preview new title at IAAPA Expo
Red Raion will offer an exclusive preview of its latest title - ‘Around the World in 80 Days - Journey of Wonders’ - at this year’s IAAPA Expo


Shanghai Disney shuts doors as visitors are unable to leave park without negative Covid test
Visitors to Shanghai Disney were shut inside the park, with people not allowed to leave the popular theme park until they were able to show a negative Covid test.


WATCH: Exploring IAAPA Expo Europe with ParkSpill, Jack Silkstone and Kieran Adams
Following a special panel session featuring some of the UK’s top theme park content creators, Planet Attractions joined Jack Silkstone, Sean and Jo Dyer, and Kieran Adams as they explored this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe in London


Beijing’s Universal Resort shuts as Covid cases rise again in China
The Universal Resort theme park in Beijing has been closed due to Covid-19 prevention measures.


National Emergency Services Museum wins Family Friendly Museum Award 2022
The National Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield has been named the UK’s most family-friendly museum.


Storm Coaster officially named record breaker


Fifa World Cup boosts Gulf tourism as Qatar prepares for global spectacle
Flight bookings to Qatar and the UAE are currently 10 times higher than pre-pandemic levels ahead of this winter’s FIFA World Cup


WATCH: Meet Convious’s managing director for the UK & Ireland, Andy Povey
Convious showcased its digital engagement platform at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe. The company’s managing director for the UK & Ireland, Andy Povey, tells Planet Attractions about everything the company has to offer


iPhone 14 Pro’s crash detection feature is calling emergency services when people ride on rollercoasters
The new iPhone 14 Pro has a fantastic feature that activates when it thinks a user has been in a crash. This however isn’t great for theme parks, with the phone reportedly automatically calling emergency services after riding on a rollercoaster.


WATCH: Meet IAAPA’s president and CEO Hal McEvoy
IAAPA’s president and CEO, Hal McEvoy spoke to Planet Attractions about this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, the industry’s post-Covid recovery, his retirement plans and more


TrustRadius recognises accesso with Tech Cares award
TrustRadius - a research and review platform for business leaders - has recognised attractions technology solutions provider accesso as part of its “Tech Cares 2022” award programme.


‘Surge’ in investor interest from Abu Dhabi for UAE’s US$5bn Moon Resort
A resort earmarked for Dubai could find its home in Abu Dhabi, after it was revealed that the Moon Resort has “caught the eye” of a number of investors.


Edinburgh Zoo’s Giraffes About Town raise £246,000 for wildlife conservation
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) raised nearly a quarter-of-a-million pounds following the auction of 37 giraffe sculptures which had been placed around the city of Edinburgh during the summer.


Cultural sites damaged in Ukrainian capital in latest wave of Russian attacks against country
Russia’s lethal barrage of strikes against Ukrainian cities this week has seen a number of cultural sites in the capital of Kyiv hit


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


Natural History Museum partners with National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine to help save historic artworks
Researchers from the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and London’s Natural History Museum have discovered the cause of damage to several medieval murals in a Unesco World Heritage site in Ukraine


Heygo takes streaming tours into museums sector
Live streaming tour platform Heygo is venturing into the culture sector, with the company announcing a number of partnerships with various museums to “create a space for all to interact, learn and connect with like-minded people”.


Florida’s museums reopen in wake of Hurricane Ian
A number of museums in Florida have reopened their doors after escaping the worst of Hurricane Ian, a devastating storm that tore a path of destruction through the state last week.


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


Heavy flooding in Orlando as Hurricane Ian continues through Florida
More than a foot of rain fell overnight in Orange County last night with winds of up to 80mph, according to reports, with Disney World, Universal and other major theme parks in the area affected by the weather event.


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


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


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


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


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


Paddy Dunning announces worldwide locations for ‘The Giant’
The Giant - a mammoth moving attraction and exhibition - is coming to a city near you


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


BoldMove to showcase AR Hybrid Quest attraction at IAAPA Expo Europe
BoldMove will offer attendees a close-up look at its AR Hybrid Quest attraction


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


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


WhiteWater to showcase Icon Tower at IAAPA Expo Europe
WhiteWater is set to offer attendees a first look at its record-breaking Icon Tower at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe


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


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


Convious to demonstrate full capabilities of eCommerce platform on rocket ship booth at IAAPA Expo Europe
Convious will recreate the guest experience to showcase the full capabilities of its cloud-based sales and marketing solution with an interactive, rocket ship-themed booth


UK’s National Marine Aquarium bounces back from Covid to make £1m profit
The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, UK, has shown positive post-Covid recovery, with the attraction announcing profits of more than £1m in 2021.


Guests can now enjoy different experiences on the same ride at the same time thanks to new TiO innovation from Holovis
Holovis has created an innovative two-in-one system that supports the delivery of two different media or real-time interactive experiences simultaneously within the same ride or attraction


Sixteen injured as tower drop ride crashes to the ground in India
Sixteen people have reportedly been hospitalised after a drop tower plummeted around 50ft (15.2m) before crashing into the ground with force at a carnival in Mohali, India.


accesso promises to ‘showcase the future of mobile’ at IAAPA Expo Europe
accesso is set to showcase what it calls ‘the future of mobile consumer engagement’ at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, with expanded solutions designed to help operators connect, engage and build loyalty with visitors


Meet Planet Attractions at IAAPA Expo Europe!
Taking place at Excel London in the heart of the British capital, this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe will feature an extensive trade show floor with more than 500 exhibitors taking part, including


Alterface unveils new Action League theme designs ahead of IAAPA Expo Europe
Alterface has revealed new theming and media packages for its award-winning Action League dark ride


FORREC to showcase new projects at IAAPA Expo Europe
Experience design firm FORREC will be on hand to discuss several of its high-profile projects, including the new Legoland Korea Resort, at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe


Community-focused children’s museum central to Queens’ gallery expansion
The US$69m addition furthers the Queens Museum mission to bring arts and education to a diverse and international community


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


Generation Hope: London’s Natural History Museum launches programme encouraging climate action
The Natural History Museum’s Generation Hope: Act for the Planet programme will offer a series of free in-person and online events aimed at young people to help drive positive change for the planet


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


Ambassador Cruise Line’s Ambition chartered to house Ukranian refugees in Scotland
With an influx of Ukranian refugees threatening to overwhelm available housing in Scotland, the government has announced plans to accommodate up to 1,750 people onboard Ambassador Cruise Line’s Ambition on a temporary basis


Happy National Rollercoaster Day!
There might be quite a lot of national days about but none can surely be as important as August 16 - National Rollercoaster Day.


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


Three injured in shooting outside Six Flags Great America
Three people have been injured following gunfire outside Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, US.


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


Rollercoaster crash at Legoland Germany leaves 30 injured
More than 30 people have been injured after two rollercoaster trains crashed into each other at Legoland Germany


‘We’re very flexible’ says Chapek in response to anger over Disney’s increasing park prices
Bob Chapek has been questioned about anger on social media over increasing park prices with the Disney CEO telling


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


Carnival to cut fleetwide emissions by 500,000 metric tons with new sustainability initiative
Carnival’s new sustainability plan will cut its emissions by 500,000 metric tons per year and save US$150m annually in fuel costs


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


New Unesco guidance aims to reduce impact of development on World Heritage sites
Unesco has issued new guidance aimed at reducing impacts from development on World Heritage sites.


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


Unesco seeks young people for climate change storyboard initiative
Unesco’s World Heritage Centre has launched its Patrimonito Storyboard Competition - an initiative which aims to provide young people with an opportunity to use their creative and problem-solving skills to raise awareness about World Heritage.


UK’s National Marine Aquarium offers snorkelling sessions to visitors
The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, UK, is offering its visitors the chance to quite literally immerse themselves in the attraction’s largest exhibit, with the aquarium now offering snorkelling sessions inside the 2.5 million litre Atlantic Ocean tank.


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


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


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


Activists glue hands to 15th-century Botticelli masterpiece
A 15th-century painting by renowned Italian artist Sandro Botticelli was recently the target of climate activists after they glued themselves to one of his works at the Gallerie degli Uffizi in Florence.


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


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


Lottery-based tickets to new Ghibli attraction as visitor numbers are capped
With just a few months to go until the grand opening of the highly-anticipated Ghibli Park in Nagoya, Japan, the attraction has revealed that tickets will be sold via a lottery-based booking system, with attendance to the attraction being limited to create an atmosphere likened to that of the Ghibli adventures themselves.


Horniman Museum and Gardens named Art Fund’s Museum Of The Year 2022


Parthenon Marbles replica carved by AI to go on display in London
Detailed replicas of the controversial Elgin or Parthenon Marbles, created by a robot, will soon go on display in London


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


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


Saudi Arabia unveils plan to transform museums sector
Saudi Arabia’s Museums Commission has announced plans to transform its museum sector, unveiling a new strategy, which will see the number and types of museums across the Kingdom increase in an attempt to boost visitor numbers.


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


Adjaye Associates to lead £57m redevelopment of UK’s International Slavery Museum and Maritime Museum
Celebrated architecture firm Adjaye Associates will lead a major redesign project at two UK museums; The International Slavery Museum and the Maritime Museum


Glastonbury founder celebrated with painting at National Portrait Gallery, named as patron at Radstock Museum
Glastonbury founder, Michael Eavis has been commemorated with a specially-commissioned portrait at the National Portrait Gallery. He has also been named as a patron of Somerset’s Radstock Museum


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


Edinburgh Zoo installs giraffe statues around Scottish capital
A collection of 42 eight-foot-tall giraffe statues have popped up around the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, with the installation declared a ‘celebration of nature’ by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS).


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


Visiting a museum can help reduce your anxiety
A recently-released study suggests that a museum visit can help an array of mental and physical conditions, including anxiety, chronic pain and even dementia


The Horrors of Blumhouse coming to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights


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


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


Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum gifted £3m for Power Hall renovation
The Science and Industry Museum has received a generous donation from The Law Family Charitable Foundation for the refurbishment of its Power Hall


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


Elephant not a person declares US judge following attempt to free Bronx Zoo’s Happy
New York's top court has rejected an attempt to free Happy the elephant from the Bronx Zoo, declaring that the animal is not a person and can therefore not be released through a habeas corpus proceeding, which is a way for people to challenge illegal confinement.


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


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


Japan reopens to tourists under strict Covid guidelines
Japan has finally reopened its borders to tourists from 98 countries and regions, though it comes with strict conditions to try and prevent the spread of Covid-19 from overseas.


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


HK$3.5bn Hong Kong Palace Museum sets July opening date
The Hong Kong Palace Museum is the newest addition to the West Kowloon Cultural District with the HK$3.5bn attraction set to open its doors to the public for the first time next month


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


Carnegie Museums names Gina Winstead its new vice president for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh has named Gina Winstead its new vice president for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA).


Portland Museum of Art plans US$45m expansion
The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) in Maine, US, has launched an international competition for a new US$45m (€42.2m, £36m) extension that will see the historic art centre double its exhibition space.


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


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


Efteling celebrates 70 years by surprising first 70 visitors
Efteling reached a significant milestone today (May 31), with the Dutch theme park celebrating 70 years since it first opened in 1952.


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


The cat’s (almost) out of the bag at Eureka! Science + Discovery
Eureka! Science + Discovery - a new STEM attraction coming to Wirral, UK, later this year - has unveiled its first exhibit, a 12-foot tall cat statue.


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


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


Whitney Museum workers protest at fundraising gala
A group of around 100 people gathered at the Whitney Museum during its annual fundraising gala event, with the members of the Whitney Museum Union (WMU) protesting over a pay dispute.


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


SEA Expo enters second day
Already underway, attraction professionals have gathered in Riyadh for this year’s Saudi Entertainment and Amusement Expo (SEA), which has entered its second day.


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


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


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


Unesco releases statement on Havana hotel explosion
Unesco’s World Heritage Centre has released a statement on the accidental explosion that ripped through much of the Saratoga Hotel, in Havana, Cuba on Friday (May 6), killing at least 35 people.


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


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


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


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


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


Liverpool introduces inclusivity charter following successful museum trials
The city of Liverpool has introduced a new charter encouraging visitor attractions, cultural venues and restaurants in the British destination to be as inclusive as possible.


Nick Varney and Mark Fisher both announce retirements from Merlin Entertainments
Nick Varney who has led Merlin since its inception and Mark Fisher, who played a key role in the company’s formation, have both announced their intention to leave the attractions giant in 2023


World-first Nerf-themed land coming to Beto Carrero World in 2023
The iconic Nerf brand will gain its first themed land in its 53-year history with the debut of a new attraction coming to Brazil’s Beto Carrero World in 2023


Universal’s famous Studio Tour trams go green
Universal Studios Hollywood has converted its world-famous studio tour trams, with the operator debuting the first four of what will eventually be a fleet of 21 electric vehicles.


Suppliers recognised in Asia Attractions Golden Crown Awards
A number of attractions suppliers and manufacturers have been named winners of China’s prestigious Golden Crown Awards


Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park finally allowed to reopen after Covid restrictions eased
With Hong Kong’s worst outbreak of Covid-19 finally starting to subside, authorities have relaxed pandemic restrictions, meaning that Disneyland and Ocean Park can finally reopen their doors.


The Netflix approach: How user segmentation is changing the visitor experience game
Attractions.io’s Peter O’Dare explains how user segmentation is transforming the visitor experience for the better


Workers who stayed behind to care for animals in Kharkiv zoo ‘shot dead by Russians’
Two workers who bravely stayed behind to care for the animals at the Feldman Ecopark in Ukraine have been found shot dead with the zoo claiming the keepers were ‘shot by the enemies’


Mexican theme park enters final stages of demolition following fatal incident
The former tallest rollercoaster in the world is being dismantled following an accident on a separate ride that has seen the complete demolition of Mexico City’s La Feria de Chapultepec theme park


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


Big cats saved from Ukraine zoo following Russian bombing
A group of big cats which were to be euthanised over fears Russian bombing would set them loose in the city of Kharkiv have been saved after an evacuation to take them to other zoos was organised.


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


Enhancing the digital experience: Marwell Zoo adopts Attractions.io technology for launch of new app
Marwell Zoo and Attractions.io have teamed up for the development of a brand new app designed to enhance the visitor’s digital experience


‘Thunderhead’ named winning proposal for LGBTQ2+ National Monument
The LGBT Purge Fund - a not-for-profit corporation set up to manage funding created from the settlement of a class-action lawsuit against the government - has named “Thunderhead” as the winning proposal for an LGBTQ2+ National Monument in Canada.


The Eiffel Tower just got 20 feet taller


Expo 2020 hits 20 million visitor target ‘against the odds’
With less than two weeks to run until its conclusion, Expo 2020 announced on Saturday (March 19) that it had reached its 20 million visitor target despite the turmoil caused by the ongoing global pandemic.


WhiteWater marks World Water Day with Swim Drink Fish partnership
WhiteWater will work alongside Swim Drink Fish to promote sustainability in the attractions industry and clear Canada’s waterways


Global zoo community rallies to help animal attractions in Ukraine
Zoos, animal lovers, and the EAZA are raising funds and shipping supplies to Ukraine; WAZA issues statement in solidarity with the besieged nation


Cultural experiences do not boost exam results, new study reveals
The study explored the impact of ‘cultural capital’ on exam results of children from different social classes


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


Are two museum directors better than one?
Following a move in 2019 where the German culture ministry decided that a consortium of Berlin’s major institutions, including the Hamburger Bahnhof and the Neue Nationalgalerie, would be broken up, the new structure of these institutions would see Hamburger Bahnhof gained not one new head, but two.


Smithsonian releases statement on Ukraine crisis
Lonnie Bunch, 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, has released a statement on behalf of the organisation, pledging its support to the people of Ukraine and their cultural heritage. In the statement, Bunch revealed that the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) is in contact with people in the country in order to facilitate the preservation of Ukraine’s history.


‘Some have more money than they do time’: McCarthy defends Disney price rises
Discussing rising ticket costs at Disney’s parks, company CFO Christine McCarthy has defended prices, saying that new price tiers will cater to all audiences.


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


Unesco 'gravely concerned' for Ukraine's cultural heritage as Russia invasion continues
The UN cultural organisation is aiming to mark as many key heritage sites with the Hague Convention emblem, which protects cultural heritage in the event of armed conflict


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


The race against time to save Ukraine's cultural treasures
As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, museums and cultural institutions across the country are scrambling to protect their treasures from possible attack.


Themed Entertainment Association stands with Ukraine
The Themed Entertainment Association’s president, Chuck Fawcett, has released a statement to its members and the wider themed entertainment community, announcing that it stands with Ukraine as the country defends itself against the ongoing invasion led by Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Miami Seaquarium to end shows with 56-year-old orca Lolita following takeover
Miami Seaquarium’s new owners will no longer stage orca shows following a new agreement with federal regulators


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


Dame Amelia Fawcett reappointed as chair of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
The environment secretary, George Eustice, has today (March 3) reappointed Dame Amelia Fawcett as chair of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for a second term.


Disney California Adventure honours Stan Lee with special plaque at Avengers Campus
Visitors to Avengers Campus at Disney Calfornia Adventure can now see a plaque honouring 100 years of the legacy of Stan Lee as they enter the land.


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


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


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


Largest cruise ship ever built set for maiden voyage
Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas, the largest cruise ship ever built, is set to depart on its maiden voyage next week when it sets sail for a week-long cruise to the Caribbean and the Bahamas.


Dippy comes home to Natural History Museum
Following its UK tour, Dippy - the Natural History Museum's favourite dinosaur is coming home for a special installation at the London institution opening May 27.


Deadline extended for World Heritage Volunteers 2022 campaign
Unesco’s World Heritage Centre has extended the deadline for its World Heritage Volunteers campaign.


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


Documents suggest British Museum’s controversial BP partnership will be renewed despite protests
Officials at the British Museum reportedly recently met with BP officials to discuss options for support ‘post Spring 2023’, hinting at a likely renewal of the controversial partnership


Bournemouth high street becomes first in the UK to feature permanent projection mapping system


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


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


‘Loveless execution’: MVRDV stands behind concept of Marble Arch mound following development fiasco
Dutch architecture studio MVRDV has blamed London’s Westminster City Council for the disastrous Marble Arch Mound project, revealing that its advice was ignored and design watered down, with the firm adding that “we stand by our initial design”.


Disney recognised as one of 'World's Most Admired Companies'
Disney has been named one of the most admired companies in the world, with the operator ranking high in the annual list from


Disney Imagineer Lanny Smoot on innovation and invention at Disney Parks
Disney is celebrating Black History Month through February with a series of productions honouring the contributions of its black cast members, creators, fans and guests.


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


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


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


Into the Deep: Monterey Bay Aquarium to debut never-before-seen deep-sea creatures in new exhibit
Using breakthrough aquatic life support technology, Monterey Bay Aquarium will soon debut a collection of sea creatures you would normally only be able to see at the very bottom of the ocean


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


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


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


Protestors in Kazakhstan storm museum searching for ancient armour
Political unrest in Kazakhstan has seen a group of protestors invade the state museum in search of priceless ancient armour


French Covid vaccine pass becomes law
The French government has now made it legally necessary to be vaccinated to access cultural events, theme parks, ski lifts, eateries, bars and most forms of long-distance transport - the bill was passed on Sunday (January 16) and will likely be in place by Friday (January 21).


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


French zoo remains temporarily closed following wolf pack escape
A zoo in the south of France temporarily shut down at the end of December after several wolves escaped during visiting hours.


Former ViacomCBS executive Jose Tolosa named new Meow Wolf CEO
Art and entertainment collective Meow Wolf, famous for its imaginative projects, has named Jose Tolosa as its new CEO.


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


BBC curates online exhibitions to commemorate centenary
The BBC has launched three online exhibitions to commemorate its 100th anniversary.


ZooTampa shatters 2021 attendance record
While many animal attractions have struggled through 2020 and 2021, the news is more positive in Florida, with ZooTampa reporting an attendance record of 1.2 million visitors last year.


Emergency funding available for arts, culture and heritage doubled to £60m as British government tackles impact of Omicron
An additional £30m in emergency funding has been made available through the UK’s Culture Recovery Fund to support museums, cinemas, theatres and heritage organisations with the impact of the Omicron variant this winter


Covid disrupts cruise industry with multiple outbreaks on ships worldwide
A number of Covid outbreaks over the New Year period are causing chaos for the already disrupted cruise industry


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


‘Funderstruck’: Carnival introduces new campaign centred around fun
Funderstruck. Adjective. Shocked and amazed by the power of fun on Carnival. Well, that’s what the cruise operator is saying in its new ad campaign at least!


Brazil’s most popular DJ partners with country’s top waterpark to deliver immersive musical waterslide experience
Brazil’s Beach Park has teamed up with musician Alok and waterpark supplier Polin to develop a first of its kind attraction for the Latin America region


A very useful engine


COVID outbreak confirmed on Norweigan Cruise Line ship
Norwegian Cruise line says it has identified “a handful” of cases among guests and crew onboard its ‘Breakaway’ vessel.


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


New Bolt footage showcases incredible rollercoaster at sea


Clam Shell Awards start to heat up


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


UAE National Day celebrations kick off at Expo 2020
The UAE is celebrating its Golden Jubilee with a host of events lined up to celebrate the federal unification of the six emirates (seven in 1972 after Ras Al Khaimah joined) in 1971.


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


Museum hosts inaugural exhibition after opening inside Korea’s Demilitarised Zone
You’ll need an armed military escort to get there but the reward will be great with a new museum dedicated to exploring themes of peace through art inside Korea’s DMZ


Expo 2020 Dubai closes in on five million visitors
Visitor numbers for Expo 2020 Dubai continue to rise, with the total climbing to 4,766,419 in the period up to November 28.


Art Fund fundraiser aims to raise £1m to invest in museum youth initiatives
The charity launches Energise Young Minds to help alleviate “perfect storm” of disruptions affecting young people and the cultural sector


Celebrating its 175th anniversary, the Smithsonian launches FUTURES festival and exhibition in historic building
Past meets future in this Rockwell-designed exhibition, which features 150 installations and artworks, including a guest appearance from Marvel Studios


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


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


Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s amputee dolphin Winter dies aged 16
An amputee dolphin who inspired millions and became a Hollywood movie star has died at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium


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


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


Richard Fain steps down as Royal Caribbean CEO
After serving for 33 years as CEO of Royal Caribbean Group, Richard Fain has decided to step down as CEO of the cruise operator effective January 3, 2022.


Kids in Museums takeover


National Museum Wales takes down slave owner portrait
A portrait of Welsh slave owner Sir Thomas Picton labelling him a hero has been removed by National Museum Wales.


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


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


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


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


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


Why is there a redhead living in the Tower of London?
Did you know that people actually live inside the historic Tower of London? One of them being Megan Clawson, who moved into a family apartment in the eastern wall of the Tower last summer.


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


Oslo’s Munchmuseet ‘reinvents the museum experience’
Oslo’s Munch Museum is opening to the public for the first time this week, offering a twist to the usual museum experience.


Vodafone partners with Mobile Phone Museum to support digital launch
Telecommunications giant Vodafone is supporting the development of a brand-new digital museum dedicated to the history of the mobile phone


Environmentalists build museum in Indonesia from plastic waste to highlight ocean crisis
The museum took three months to build and is made up of more than 10,000 plastic waste items, including bottles, straws and plastic bags


The future of entertainment?
Check out this new trailer for the upcoming MSG Sphere. Coming to the Las Vegas strip in 2023, this groundbreaking immersive venue will seat 20,000 people, with the attraction offering 4D effects and the world's highest-resolution screen.


Hanging up the mouse ears


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


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




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