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The reopening of an attraction in Bristol, UK, is being celebrated with a city-wide hunt for free tickets to the popular science centre.


Nintendo is bringing its biggest brands to cities across the US this summer with a free-to-visit special touring event offering fans a chance to immerse themselves in a number of its most popular IPs


The island of Mindanao in the Philippines has its first planetarium.


Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh has welcomed a new STEM-themed exhibition based on the science behind award-winning Pixar films such as Toy Story, Monsters Inc and Finding Nemo


Christie technology is behind a new immersive experience in Beijing, China, with Wonderland Science Fiction Exploration Hall at the ZGC Science Fiction Industry Innovation Center taking visitors on two different sci-fi-themed space adventures


In the last thirty years, there has been a slow but steady increase in the number of vertical dark rides all over the world. So why should you go vertical at your attraction? Erik Huijing tells all...


WhiteWater has been named as the supplier to Qiddiya’s Aquarabia, with the company set to deliver a range of groundbreaking and record-breaking products to the under-construction attraction


Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - Disneyland’s classic stage show featuring an animatronic version of Abraham Lincoln - is undergoing an extensive refurbishment.


Holovis’s 360Golf is on the rise with the company set to debut its largest-ever installation in the GCC region later this year. James Lodder, head of product at Holovis, speaks to Planet Attractions


Aquarabia is the latest major addition to Saudi Arabia’s Qiddya, with the under-construction waterpark project set to be the largest in the Middle East when it opens in 2025


The German city of Bad Harzburg has a new dark ride addition, with its operator HarzVenture hoping the new attraction proves popular as tourists seek entertainment options during the winter months


V&A Dundee, Culture Perth and Kinross and Paisley Museum are among 19 museums, galleries and heritage organisations that will be participating in Museums Galleries Scotland’s (MGS) Museum Transformers programme.


How do you utilise different revenue strategies to maximise your park’s return on investment? Vantage’s Aaron Mendelson explains...


A new attraction has arrived at Germany’s Heide Park, with Dämonen Gruft frighting and delighting visitors since its launch in March. Alterface’s Stéphane Battaille spoke to Planet Attractions about what went into the horror-filled ride’s creation


Changes set to be made to Disney’s Disability Access Service will punish those with disabilities rather than prevent use by able-bodied ‘disability fakers’, a group has said


Attractions.io has expanded the capability of its technology with the launch of its new Indoor Mapping tool - a system designed to help map complex indoor spaces for visitors


The record-breaking Bermuda Storm is one of the most impressive attractions in the world and it took a host of creative minds and companies from every corner of the globe to bring it all together. Here’s the story behind its creation


Simworx is expanding its business with a move into the sports entertainment sector, announcing a partnership with C360 View that will see the development of a ‘groundbreaking’ stadium viewing experience


Cedar Fair is making use of Attractions.io’s MapLayr, utilising the interactive and layered mapping technology to add 'flair and functionality' as it reimagines the mobile experience across all 13 of its US theme parks


Plans to build a water park at the Mall of America in Bloomington are picking up steam again after previous efforts stalled during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Natalia Szczepanczyk, segment manager for Experiential and Immersive Applications at Holoplot, shares insights into the status quo of immersive entertainment and the advances in audio technology Holoplot brings


Holovis technology has been celebrated at the 30th annual TEA Thea Awards, with SeaWorld Yas Island, Abu Dhabi claiming one of the prestigious prizes


As the customer experience becomes increasingly immersive, accesso is placing its focus for 2024 on seamless experiences through use of its cutting-edge technologies


Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition has made history by becoming the most popular travelling exhibition at Carnegie Science Center in over a decade.


Attack on Titan will be the subject of a new flying theatre film from Brogent, with the company also planning the launch of new projects in the US, Mexico South Korea and Hong Kong


Attractions.io continues to champion the guest experience in 2024 with a host of new product releases. Here’s what the company has coming this year


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


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


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


Connect&GO has announced a client partnership with Wicked Waves Water Park and Cape Cod Inflatable Park, with the attraction utilising the company’s Konnect platform to help simplify park operations and modernise its management technology


The streets, hotels and restaurants around the ruins of Machu Picchu - Peru’s most famous tourist attraction - remained almost deserted Wednesday, with train services to the area canceled amid a week-long protest over the outsourcing of entry ticket sales to a private company.


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


A new trackless dark ride is coming to Cadbury World following Merlin’s acquisition of the popular British attraction, with Cadbury Chocolate Quest taking visitors on a journey to make a real bar of chocolate


Tom Hanks is bringing visitors to the moon and back with a new immersive experience co-written by the actor currently on show at London’s Lightroom


Malta National Aquarium has opened a brand new attraction from Triotech that blends state-of-the-art technology with special effects to create an exciting and educational underwater experience


Semnox Solutions has been named a technology partner at Palooza Park in Marrakech. The collaboration marks the attractions technology provider’s first project in Morocco


Two whale sharks at the Notojima Aquarium in Japan, have died after equipment failures, from the Noto earthquake, caused their environment to degenerate


Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry has implemented an entrance fee at a Unesco World Heritage Site in Istanbul.


IMPS, owner of The Smurts IP, has partnered with Mack Rides and Lagotronics Projects to create a new interactive dark ride.


AV specialist Christie has for the third time in its history won an Academy Award, with Mike Perkins recognised for his work on the design and development of the Christie E3LH projection system


Prague Planetarium is currently undergoing a major redevelopment that will see the STEM attraction open Europe’s first and the world’s largest LED dome to the public in 2025


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


Toronto Zoo has revealed the animal attraction has been hit with a cyberattack, with the staff currently trying to ascertain the effects of the probe into its systems.


The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is undergoing a renovation of its East Wing, with the US$20m project supported by the largest private donation in the museum’s history.


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


New research has said that the children and family entertainment centre sector will be worth US$30.7bn by 2032, with the market growing by more than 10% each year


Orlando could be about to welcome a major new attraction, with Ocean Sports Development leading a US$45m (€41.1m, £35.6m) project anchored around a 52,000sq m (566,000sq ft) pool capable of producing artificial waves - the first of many planned for locations across the US.


A Carnival Cruise Line ship came to the aid of six men stranded in water near the Dominican Republic, after the cargo vessel they were traveling in capsized.


Attorneys for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have asked a federal judge to dismiss a free speech lawsuit filed against the Republican by Disney following a dispute stemming from the introduction of a state law banning classroom lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity for young children.


Christie has supplied a number of projection solutions for Museum X - an exciting immersive experience that recently opened to the public in South Korea


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


The Guggenheim Museum has announced that Mariët Westermann - the current vice chancellor of NYU Abu Dhabi - will be the next director and CEO of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation.


The soon-to-open Wisdome Stockholm at Tekniska Museet is the latest development as part of a national project to boost STEM activities and encourage sustainable construction methods across Sweden


Saudi Arabia has won a bid to host World Expo 2030 in Riyadh, with US$7.8bn set to be invested into building a site that focuses on ‘shaping a prosperous and sustainable future’


Technology solutions provider accesso is celebrating, after launching its new Qview solution at IAAPA Expo, while also picking up a prestigious Brass Ring Award for the product during the show.


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


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


This year's IAAPA Expo brought huge news from across the industry, with Falcon’s Flight - the record-breaking coaster by Intamin coming to Six Flags Qiddiya - among the headliners


Gel Blaster - a leading provider of water ball blasters and one of the world’s fastest-growing toy companies - has announced the launch of a new digital and physical gameplay system for visitor attractions.


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


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


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


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


Zootopia - the highly anticipated new land at Shanghai Disney Resort - is set to open to the public on December 20th.


Semnox will introduce a number of innovative new solutions at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with a bigger booth and a larger team on-hand to welcome attendees to the Orlando show


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


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


Bringing together some of the industry’s leading suppliers under one banner, the Attractions Technology Lab returns to Orlando next month to showcase a complete technical mock-up of a dark ride experience, with a behind the scenes look at how such an attraction comes to life


The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has debuted a brand new 3D digital display at its entrance, with a six minute show offering guests a look at the past, present and future of the US space programme


Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn, New York, is to close indefinitely after Storm Ophelia left the zoo under several inches of water, leaving extensive damage in its wake.


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


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


The Association of Science and Technology Centers has announced the winners of this year’s Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards, with each recognised for their dedication to increasing the understanding of and engagement with science and technology among all people


ADG’s Julie Kline speaks to Planet Attractions on everything the company has to offer, including the upcoming US$400m Okana development in Oklahoma


A painting stolen during a museum heist in Glasgow more than 30 years ago has been found after being put up for auction by an unsuspecting seller.


Vekoma has a number of high-profile projects and products in development, with the company highlighting a number of major projects set to open in 2024 and beyond


The founder of surf retail chain Ron Jon has donated US$2m to Florida’s Brevard Zoo so the animal attraction can build an aquarium and conservation centre in Port Canaveral.


Saudi Arabia has announced plans to create a giant new nature reserve in the kingdom.


How do you create a successful stay at the waterpark for families with young children? WhiteWater’s Mark Weston has the answers


Italian rollercoaster manufacturer Zamperla has debuted two new attractions at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, which is currently underway at the Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center in Vienna, Austria.


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


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


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


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


NASA and the USDA Forest Service are offering public facing STEM operations in the US the chance to plan a ‘living piece of spaceflight history’ with seedlings literally flown to the moon and back


Attractions.io will showcase its guest experience platform at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, with representatives on hand to guide visitors through the platform


A US$14.5m project, including a new planetarium, has been approved for the town of Spartanburg in South Carolina, US


Ticketing specialist Convious will host several education sessions on revenue, visitor experience and operations at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe in Vienna


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


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


The Museums Association has said ‘categorically’ that theft from collections is ‘incredibly rare, after more than 1,500 priceless artefacts were found to have been stolen from the British Museum


Convious’s eCommerce ticketing platform has reached new standards in data security and privacy after achieving Service Organisation Control 2 (SOC 2) Type 1 IT security compliance.


Integrated digital solutions provider, Semnox Solutions has announced a new partnership with Glitch, a family entertainment centre (FEC) in Dubai.


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


The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has announced plans to transform the Sanskar Kendra museum in India’s Gujarat region into a World Heritage City museum.


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


Art dealers across the European Union EU) are lobbying their governments to take advantage of a new EU law to reduce value-added tax (VAT) rates on art sales.


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


Adam Savage, the original co-host of Discovery Channel’s


The Dr Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry (NMD) in Baltimore, US, has been awarded a US$1.28m (€1.2m, £1m) grant from the Science Education Partnership Award to transform how young people are taught about oral health.


The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia has announced the launch of Asfar - a new company designed to support the growth of the kingdom’s tourism sector


The National Railway Museum in Yorkshire, UK, has opened its largest new gallery in more than a decade, with the launch of the £6m ‘Wonderlab: The Bramall Gallery’.


Plans to create a new space and aviation museum in Kinross, Scotland, have taken a major step forward after the UK government approved £1.6m (US$2m, €1.9m) in funding for the project.


The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) has received a US$12m (€11m, £10m) grant from the Bezos Earth Fund to support a major forest carbon project.


The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum has announced the public phase of a US$89m capital campaign to fund a complete transformation of the museum, its first significant renovation in nearly 40 years


The First Bank of the United States in Philadelphia has been granted US$22m in federal funding to turn the historic building into an interactive museum


A former Disney Imagineer has said the operator’s theme parks are more stressful and less fun for families.


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


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


Engineering company Sanvik has used artificial intelligence to design a statue that draws on the styles of famous artists spanning three continents and 500 years, with the resulting work on display in Sweden’s Tekniska Museet


More than 80 projectors from Christie’s Inspire Series have been selected by visitor attractions in China’s southern Guangdong province as their preferred projection system.


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


The Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida, US, has updated its Genie + ride reservation system so that guests can choose to use it on a single-park basis.


Park officials at California’s Knott’s Berry Farm hope to reopen its Xcelerator rollercoaster this summer.


The Smurfs are making their way to the US in the form of an immersive touring location-based experience set to make its debut in 2024


The PIF-owned Red Sea Global has been announced as the sponsor of the Al-Ahli Football Club, also owned by PIF, in Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Pro League


On 18 May 2023, experts in resilience-based management and local teams from Unesco marine World Heritage sites met online to share best practices and first-hand insights on designing and implementing resilience strategies that take a holistic approach in addressing the impacts of climate change and help communities to adapt to the inevitable change.


Detroit Zoo has a “unique opportunity” to act as a leader in STEM education for diverse audiences, says the zoo’s CEO, Hayley Murphy.


A new species of ankylosaur discovered on the Isle of Wight in the UK has been named after the London Natural History Museum’s Paul Barrett.


Concerns have been raised after local government passed a bill allowing intensive irrigated strawberry farming on a World Heritage-protected wetland in Spain


accesso has announced the acquisition of leading ticketing and visitor management system provider VGS, with the award-winning SnApp platform to be rebranded accesso Horizon


The US and Canadian Coastguards are helming a major rescue mission to recover a missing tourist submarine that disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean less than two hours into an expedition to see the wreckage of the Titanic


The Aquarium of Niagara in New York, US, has appointed the Turner Construction Company to lead the development of its upcoming Great Lakes 360 experience.


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


The Jamaican government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Georgia Aquarium in the US, that will see the two parties work together on a number of projects, including the establishment of several marine life sanctuaries in the country.


Vennersys has announced a partnership with the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, which will see the online ticketing and integrated POS provider install its VenposCloud attraction management software at the heritage attraction.


Australia’s government is providing greater protection to the Great Barrier Reef, announcing a AU$160m package to phase out commercial gill net fishing by 2027


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


A brand new big cat habitat has opened at Blackpool Zoo in Lancashire, UK.


A waterpark with dogs complete with a bar for its human owners has opened in St Petersburg, Florida, US.


Cairns Aquarium is on the hunt for a new investor, with Colliers appointed to seek expressions of interest for the popular Queensland attraction


The Royal Commission for the ancient Saudi Arabian city of AlUla has approved plans for a new eco-luxury destination with its own museum


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


Japanese architecture firm Kengo Kuma & Associates has won an international design competition to design a new visitor centre at Butrint National Park in Albania


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


The Legend, one of the US’ oldest wooden rollercoasters, is set to reopen at Arnolds Park in Iowa, US, this summer after a 10-year renovation process.


Universal Studios Japan has announced the closure of The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man: The Ride, with the attraction to cease operations permanently in early 2024


A major Transformers attraction is planned for Seven’s upcoming entertainment destination in Riyadh, with plans for two further attractions in the kingdom as Saudi Arabia’s PIF continues to expand its entertainment offerings


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


Universal Destinations and Experiences has filed a patent for a new kind of wearable technology.


Connect&Go has announced a three-year partnership with Canada’s Canyon Sainte-Anne nature attraction in Quebec.


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


A man in the UK has died after getting stuck inside an indoor caving experience at a climbing centre.


Six Flags Magic Mountain is about to become home to the largest solar project in the US installed by a for-profit organisation, with the massive solar carport set to offset 100% of the theme park’s energy usage with clean energy.


A new blockbuster exhibition based on hit CBBC show Operation Ouch! will open at the Science and Industry Museum (SIM) in Manchester, UK, in July


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


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


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


A new museum celebrating the legacy of Amelia Earhart is set to open its doors in the aviation legend’s hometown of Atchison, Kansas


Attractions management technology specialist Connect&GO has announced a three-year contract renewal with Canada’s Super Aqua Club waterpark in Quebec.


Universal Destinations & Experiences is seeking a patent that may offer a tease at one of the rumored attractions at its Epic Universe theme park under construction in Orlando.


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


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


The highly-anticipated Tron/Lightcycle Run rollercoaster will open today (April 4) at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. The ride was originally scheduled to open in 2021 but experienced several setbacks due to the Covid-19 pandemic


The Welsh Government has committed to investing £4m (US$4.93m, €4.55m in a bid to bring a new tourism attraction to Swansea.


Universal Parks & Resorts has filed a new ride patent that could hint at a future attraction at its upcoming Epic Universe resort in Orlando, Florida.


NASA is to award millions of dollars of funding to museum projects across the US that encourage student participation in STEM subjects


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


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


The City Art Gallery in Southampton, UK, is set to undergo urgent roof repairs after receiving a £2.23m (US$2.74m, €2.52m) grant from the UK’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).


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


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


Cashless solutions provider Embed will showcase a new tech innovation at this year’s DEAL event in Dubai, with a new line of solutions developed alongside Amazon Web Services (AWS).


Universal wants to enhance its interactive experiences on offer, with the operator filing two new patents for character and wand technologies at its parks


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


Aquatic play structures are among the fundamentals needed for a waterpark. WhiteWater’s Cassidy Newman tells us why...


Ukrainian security company Ajax Systems has installed US$13,000 worth of security equipment to protect several Banksy artworks in Kyiv created by the artist during the Russian invasion





Media-based attractions manufacturer Brogent Technologies has a big year ahead as the company aims to push the boundaries of flying theatre technologies and other media-based attractions.


Cruise line MSC Group is set to expand its fleet with two new ships in 2023.


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


SeaWorld is expanding its network of rescue centres with the launch of Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue - the first such SeaWorld site to open outside of the US


A 24-year-old man now linked to an unusual string of crimes that kept the Dallas Zoo on the lookout for missing animals told police that after he swiped two monkeys from their enclosure, he took them onto the city's light rail system to make his getaway, court records show.


Ticketing technology specialist Gateway Ticketing Systems has appointed Sharon Parker to the role of senior manager of marketing.


Media tech specialist 7thSense has been recognised for two products in its brand new Performer range at this year’s ISE, which is currently underway in Barcelona


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


A new technology from the Industrial Technology Research Institute can display information about different animals inside aquariums by tracking the eye movements of the user


British astronaut Tim Peake has announced he will permanently step down from his role as a European astronaut to focus on his work as an ambassador for space and science.


Bavaria Filmstadt has switched its eCommerce and ticketing operations to Convious, following a new partnership with the experience economy specialist.


For the first time since the pandemic, California’s Aquarium of the Pacific has relaunched its Aquarium on Wheels programme.





The Aquarium of Niagara is expanding and adding a second building to its campus.


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


Arguably Britain’s most well known dinosaur - the Natural History Museum’s iconic ‘Dippy’ the diplodocus - is set for a three year move to Coventry starting next month


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


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


Simworx’s new flying theatre concept delivers a thrilling and immersive experience within a limited footprint. Simworx CEO Terry Monkton and lead creative Matt Clarkson told Planet Attractions more about the Brass Ring Award-nominated attraction


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


New online courses from the Natural History Museum will share exciting insights into the institution’s research


Connecticut’s Mystic Aquarium has partnered with the developers of the state’s first offshore wind farm to conduct studies of the effects of the turbines on marine mammals and sea turtles.


EAG - the Entertainment, Attractions and Gaming International Expo - is on course for one of the largest shows in its history after its organisers revealed registration is up 58% on 2020’s pre-pandemic figure.


A cast of the world’s most complete Titanosaur – one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered – will make its European debut in an exhibition at London’s Natural History Museum (NHM) next spring.


A new permanent exhibition exploring life on Mars has opened at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, US


Fresh off last week's IAAPA Expo, leading waterpark supplier Whitewater is celebrating after being honoured with three prestigious awards.


Extreme Engineering will announce four new Cloud Coaster projects as well as debut two new products at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando


IAAPA has unveiled the list of finalists for its prestigious Brass Ring Awards, with winners to be announced during a special ceremony at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida


Gateway Ticketing Systems has appointed Joe Marshall to lead the company’s UK operations


WhiteWater brings a strong presence to each and every IAAPA Expo. The company’s chief marketing officer, Una de Boer, tells Planet Attractions about everything the company has to offer


Industry veteran Paul Kent has been named as VP of global business development at Mad Systems


UK museums are struggling to meet skyrocketing energy bills, with the energy crisis posing a higher threat to the sector than the Covid-19 pandemic


Clearwater Marine Aquarium has debuted a new manatee exhibit to inform guests about the threats the species faces as well as the work being carried out by various groups to protect them


AVIXA produces a number of popular events around the world, including InfoComm and Integrated Systems Europe. The organisation's regional manager for the UK and Ireland, Ben Barnard, spoke to Planet Attractions


Online ticketing and integrated POS provider Vennersys has said that using a cloud-based ticketing solution could help save the environment.


Simworx has partnered with Katapult to develop a new dark ride offering an adrenaline-fuelled car chase. Simworx CEO Terry Monkton and lead creative Matt Clarkson spoke with Planet Attractions about the exciting new project


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


Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US, has unveiled plans for a new permanent exhibition dedicated to “the next giant leap”, Mars.


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


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


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


Riders will face stormy weather and supernatural mysteries on this Intamin launch coaster


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


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


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


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


Following extensive renovation, the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, US, will reopen the west end of its National Mall building later this year.


Ticketing specialists Vennersys recently partnered with Clevedon Pier in Somerset, UK, to implement a new ticketing management system to help modernise the attraction’s admission processes and deliver an integrated approach to managing revenue streams.


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


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.


Coney Island’s New York Aquarium is, for the first time since it was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, in full operation, with all public exhibits open to the public.


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


Alterface has shared details of three interactive projects opened last month featuring the supplier’s interactive technology.


The under-construction SeaWorld Abu Dhabi is currently in the process of installing solar panels on its roof in an attempt to make the new mega attraction as clean as possible for the environment.


FlowRider’s FlowSurf technology was inspired by river waves and creates never-ending waves


Royal Caribbean Cruises has filed a request that if approved will see SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service rolled out across the operator’s entire fleet


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


SeaWorld has pledged to ensure the long-term health of the world’s oceans in accordance with the UN’s Sustainability Development Goal 14


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


It might seem like something straight out of Sci-Fi but flying taxis in Dubai came a step closer to reality in the last week following an agreement to introduce the first electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) touristic flights from the Atlantis, The Palm.



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


It’s a busy year for WhiteWater, which has more than 70 waterpark projects across the world opening in 2022. We’ve rounded these projects up so you can keep track of everything happening this year


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


Orlando's popular Volcano Bay waterpark hit a landmark this week, with Universal celebrating five years since the Florida attraction opened to the public for the first time.


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


A new dark ride concept based on the iconic Fisher Price IP from Mattel has been unveiled, with the new attraction utilising a number of the brand’s popular children’s toys, which will be blown up into epic proportions for the experience.


The highly-anticipated ‘Flying Eyes’ dark ride opened at the Sun World Theme Park in late April


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


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


Former Disney man Michael Jungen has taken up a new position as the president of WhiteWater’s Vantage division.


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


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


Cedar Fair has reported its Q1 earnings for 2022 with announced losses despite net revenues surging after a Covid-hit period in 2021


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Cruise operator MSC has announced that starting at the end of May, two of its ships will begin using shore power in an attempt to cut emissions.


Knoebels - the US’s largest free admission amusement resort - has partnered with Attractions.io to launch a new guest experience app.


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



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STEM attraction launches city-wide ticket hunt ahead of reopening


The reopening of an attraction in Bristol, UK, is being celebrated with a city-wide hunt for free tickets to the popular science centre.

Play Nintendo event to tour US this summer


Nintendo is bringing its biggest brands to cities across the US this summer with a free-to-visit special touring event offering fans a chance to immerse themselves in a number of its most popular IPs

New planetarium opens in the Philippines


The island of Mindanao in the Philippines has its first planetarium.

The Science Behind Pixar comes to Carnegie Science Center


Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh has welcomed a new STEM-themed exhibition based on the science behind award-winning Pixar films such as Toy Story, Monsters Inc and Finding Nemo

Christie technology powers immersive experience for Beijing’s Wonderland Science Fiction Exploration Hall


Christie technology is behind a new immersive experience in Beijing, China, with Wonderland Science Fiction Exploration Hall at the ZGC Science Fiction Industry Innovation Center taking visitors on two different sci-fi-themed space adventures

Vertical dark rides: Five reasons to go vertical now


In the last thirty years, there has been a slow but steady increase in the number of vertical dark rides all over the world. So why should you go vertical at your attraction? Erik Huijing tells all...

WhiteWater to supply record-breaking attractions for Qiddiya’s Aquarabia waterpark


WhiteWater has been named as the supplier to Qiddiya’s Aquarabia, with the company set to deliver a range of groundbreaking and record-breaking products to the under-construction attraction

Classic Disneyland attraction undergoing US$5m facelift


Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - Disneyland’s classic stage show featuring an animatronic version of Abraham Lincoln - is undergoing an extensive refurbishment.

Hole in One: How Holovis is changing the game with 360Golf


Holovis’s 360Golf is on the rise with the company set to debut its largest-ever installation in the GCC region later this year. James Lodder, head of product at Holovis, speaks to Planet Attractions

Record-breaking attractions in store as largest waterpark in Middle East announced for Saudi Arabia’s Qiddiya


Aquarabia is the latest major addition to Saudi Arabia’s Qiddya, with the under-construction waterpark project set to be the largest in the Middle East when it opens in 2025

Germany’s HarzVenture expands operations with new Bad Harzburg dark ride attraction


The German city of Bad Harzburg has a new dark ride addition, with its operator HarzVenture hoping the new attraction proves popular as tourists seek entertainment options during the winter months

Museums and galleries join Museum Transformers programme


V&A Dundee, Culture Perth and Kinross and Paisley Museum are among 19 museums, galleries and heritage organisations that will be participating in Museums Galleries Scotland’s (MGS) Museum Transformers programme.

Maximising ROI: Revenue strategies for operators


How do you utilise different revenue strategies to maximise your park’s return on investment? Vantage’s Aaron Mendelson explains...

Alone in the Dark: Alterface’s Stéphane Battaille on Heide Park’s terrifying new Dämonen Gruft dark ride attraction


A new attraction has arrived at Germany’s Heide Park, with Dämonen Gruft frighting and delighting visitors since its launch in March. Alterface’s Stéphane Battaille spoke to Planet Attractions about what went into the horror-filled ride’s creation

Disney rule change punishes people with disabilities for actions of able-bodied ‘disability fakers’, says group


Changes set to be made to Disney’s Disability Access Service will punish those with disabilities rather than prevent use by able-bodied ‘disability fakers’, a group has said

Attractions.io launches Indoor Mapping feature


Attractions.io has expanded the capability of its technology with the launch of its new Indoor Mapping tool - a system designed to help map complex indoor spaces for visitors

Storm surge: How Chimelong Spaceship’s award-winning and record-breaking Bermuda Storm was brought to life


The record-breaking Bermuda Storm is one of the most impressive attractions in the world and it took a host of creative minds and companies from every corner of the globe to bring it all together. Here’s the story behind its creation

Simworx expands into sports entertainment sector with C360 View partnership


Simworx is expanding its business with a move into the sports entertainment sector, announcing a partnership with C360 View that will see the development of a ‘groundbreaking’ stadium viewing experience

Attractions.io’s MapLayr utilised for reimagined Cedar Fair guest experience app


Cedar Fair is making use of Attractions.io’s MapLayr, utilising the interactive and layered mapping technology to add 'flair and functionality' as it reimagines the mobile experience across all 13 of its US theme parks

Plans unveiled for scaled-back Mall of America water park


Plans to build a water park at the Mall of America in Bloomington are picking up steam again after previous efforts stalled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spatial Sound, Immersive Audio: What is it and is it here to stay?


Natalia Szczepanczyk, segment manager for Experiential and Immersive Applications at Holoplot, shares insights into the status quo of immersive entertainment and the advances in audio technology Holoplot brings

Holovis technology celebrated as SeaWorld Yas Island Abu Dhabi recognised with Thea Award


Holovis technology has been celebrated at the 30th annual TEA Thea Awards, with SeaWorld Yas Island, Abu Dhabi claiming one of the prestigious prizes

‘Innovative solutions for today and for the future’ as accesso looks forward to year ahead


As the customer experience becomes increasingly immersive, accesso is placing its focus for 2024 on seamless experiences through use of its cutting-edge technologies

Titanic exhibition breaks attendance record at Carnegie Science Center


Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition has made history by becoming the most popular travelling exhibition at Carnegie Science Center in over a decade.

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


Attack on Titan will be the subject of a new flying theatre film from Brogent, with the company also planning the launch of new projects in the US, Mexico South Korea and Hong Kong

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


Attractions.io continues to champion the guest experience in 2024 with a host of new product releases. Here’s what the company has coming this year

Work continues on Thorpe Park’s Hyperia


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

Triotech’s SuperBlaster ready to ship worldwide


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

Supplier Showcase 2024: The biggest attractions projects landing worldwide this year


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

Wicked Waves Water Park partners with Connect&GO to optimise management operations


Connect&GO has announced a client partnership with Wicked Waves Water Park and Cape Cod Inflatable Park, with the attraction utilising the company’s Konnect platform to help simplify park operations and modernise its management technology

Protests over new ticketing system for Machu Picchu


The streets, hotels and restaurants around the ruins of Machu Picchu - Peru’s most famous tourist attraction - remained almost deserted Wednesday, with train services to the area canceled amid a week-long protest over the outsourcing of entry ticket sales to a private company.

Twenty-six of the biggest rollercoaster launches coming in 2024


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

Merlin’s Cadbury World announces plans for multi-million pound trackless dark ride


A new trackless dark ride is coming to Cadbury World following Merlin’s acquisition of the popular British attraction, with Cadbury Chocolate Quest taking visitors on a journey to make a real bar of chocolate

Tom Hanks shares love of space with London’s immersive Moonwalkers experience


Tom Hanks is bringing visitors to the moon and back with a new immersive experience co-written by the actor currently on show at London’s Lightroom

Triotech instals new attraction at Malta National Aquarium


Malta National Aquarium has opened a brand new attraction from Triotech that blends state-of-the-art technology with special effects to create an exciting and educational underwater experience

Semnox Solutions announces tech partnership with Morocco’s Palooza Park


Semnox Solutions has been named a technology partner at Palooza Park in Marrakech. The collaboration marks the attractions technology provider’s first project in Morocco

Whale sharks die at Japanese aquarium following equipment failures caused by Noto earthquake


Two whale sharks at the Notojima Aquarium in Japan, have died after equipment failures, from the Noto earthquake, caused their environment to degenerate

Tourist admission fee implemented at Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia


Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry has implemented an entrance fee at a Unesco World Heritage Site in Istanbul.

Lagotronics Projects teams up with IMPS and Mack Rides on new Smurfs attraction


IMPS, owner of The Smurts IP, has partnered with Mack Rides and Lagotronics Projects to create a new interactive dark ride.

Christie’s Mike Perkins honoured with Academy Award


AV specialist Christie has for the third time in its history won an Academy Award, with Mike Perkins recognised for his work on the design and development of the Christie E3LH projection system

Prague Planetarium to open world’s largest and Europe’s first LED dome


Prague Planetarium is currently undergoing a major redevelopment that will see the STEM attraction open Europe’s first and the world’s largest LED dome to the public in 2025

Sea Life Melbourne reopens oceanarium following AU$9m renovation


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

Toronto Zoo hit by cyberattack


Toronto Zoo has revealed the animal attraction has been hit with a cyberattack, with the staff currently trying to ascertain the effects of the probe into its systems.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science undergoing US$20m renovation


The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is undergoing a renovation of its East Wing, with the US$20m project supported by the largest private donation in the museum’s history.

Science Museum of Minnesota receives historic US$6.5m donation


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

FEC market to be worth US$30.7bn by 2032, says study


New research has said that the children and family entertainment centre sector will be worth US$30.7bn by 2032, with the market growing by more than 10% each year

Surf park planned for Orlando as developer plans oceanwide expansion across the US


Orlando could be about to welcome a major new attraction, with Ocean Sports Development leading a US$45m (€41.1m, £35.6m) project anchored around a 52,000sq m (566,000sq ft) pool capable of producing artificial waves - the first of many planned for locations across the US.

Carnival cruise ship rescues six from capsized vessel near Dominican Republic


A Carnival Cruise Line ship came to the aid of six men stranded in water near the Dominican Republic, after the cargo vessel they were traveling in capsized.

DeSantis attorneys seek dismissal of free speech lawsuit filed by Disney


Attorneys for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have asked a federal judge to dismiss a free speech lawsuit filed against the Republican by Disney following a dispute stemming from the introduction of a state law banning classroom lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity for young children.

South Korea’s Museum X wows audiences with immersive experiences powered by Christie technology


Christie has supplied a number of projection solutions for Museum X - an exciting immersive experience that recently opened to the public in South Korea

Connect&GO announces partnership with ARENA23


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

Mariët Westermann to lead Guggenheim Museum and Foundation following extensive search


The Guggenheim Museum has announced that Mariët Westermann - the current vice chancellor of NYU Abu Dhabi - will be the next director and CEO of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation.

Wisdome Stockholm represents latest in sustainable development as nationally important STEM project set to open doors in Sweden


The soon-to-open Wisdome Stockholm at Tekniska Museet is the latest development as part of a national project to boost STEM activities and encourage sustainable construction methods across Sweden

Saudi Arabia wins bid to host World Expo 2030 in Riyadh


Saudi Arabia has won a bid to host World Expo 2030 in Riyadh, with US$7.8bn set to be invested into building a site that focuses on ‘shaping a prosperous and sustainable future’

QView line management solution from accesso picks up Brass Ring Award for Best New Product


Technology solutions provider accesso is celebrating, after launching its new Qview solution at IAAPA Expo, while also picking up a prestigious Brass Ring Award for the product during the show.

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


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

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


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

‘Evolution of the century’: Intamin reveals new details on world’s tallest, fastest, and longest rollercoaster


This year's IAAPA Expo brought huge news from across the industry, with Falcon’s Flight - the record-breaking coaster by Intamin coming to Six Flags Qiddiya - among the headliners

Gel Blaster moves into visitor attractions market with launch of Nexus product


Gel Blaster - a leading provider of water ball blasters and one of the world’s fastest-growing toy companies - has announced the launch of a new digital and physical gameplay system for visitor attractions.

Everything you need to know about IAAPA Expo 2023


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

WATCH: Steve Drake on accesso’s expanding portfolio


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

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


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

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


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

Zootopia at Shanghai Disney Resort to open in December


Zootopia - the highly anticipated new land at Shanghai Disney Resort - is set to open to the public on December 20th.

IAAPA Expo 2023: Innovative range of solutions on show as Semnox set to showcase new products


Semnox will introduce a number of innovative new solutions at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with a bigger booth and a larger team on-hand to welcome attendees to the Orlando show

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


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

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


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

Attractions Technology Lab set for return during week of IAAPA Expo with dark ride event


Bringing together some of the industry’s leading suppliers under one banner, the Attractions Technology Lab returns to Orlando next month to showcase a complete technical mock-up of a dark ride experience, with a behind the scenes look at how such an attraction comes to life

Kennedy Space Center debuts 3D entrance plaza display


The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has debuted a brand new 3D digital display at its entrance, with a six minute show offering guests a look at the past, present and future of the US space programme

New York zoo to close indefinitely after Storm Ophelia causes millions of dollars of damage


Prospect Park Zoo in Brooklyn, New York, is to close indefinitely after Storm Ophelia left the zoo under several inches of water, leaving extensive damage in its wake.

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


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

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


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

STEM educators celebrated as ASTC names winners of Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards


The Association of Science and Technology Centers has announced the winners of this year’s Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards, with each recognised for their dedication to increasing the understanding of and engagement with science and technology among all people

WATCH: Julie Kline on ADG, EpicSurf and company’s development pipeline


ADG’s Julie Kline speaks to Planet Attractions on everything the company has to offer, including the upcoming US$400m Okana development in Oklahoma

Painting stolen in heist three decades ago returned to museum


A painting stolen during a museum heist in Glasgow more than 30 years ago has been found after being put up for auction by an unsuspecting seller.

Vekoma highlights high profile launches, with major attractions to open in 2024


Vekoma has a number of high-profile projects and products in development, with the company highlighting a number of major projects set to open in 2024 and beyond

Ron Jon founders donate US$2m to Brevard Zoo aquarium plan


The founder of surf retail chain Ron Jon has donated US$2m to Florida’s Brevard Zoo so the animal attraction can build an aquarium and conservation centre in Port Canaveral.

Saudi Arabia announces plans for royal nature reserve


Saudi Arabia has announced plans to create a giant new nature reserve in the kingdom.

Are you underestimating the kids’ area in your waterpark?


How do you create a successful stay at the waterpark for families with young children? WhiteWater’s Mark Weston has the answers

Zamperla unveils two new attractions at IAAPA Expo Europe 2023


Italian rollercoaster manufacturer Zamperla has debuted two new attractions at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, which is currently underway at the Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center in Vienna, Austria.

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


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

Everything you need to know about IAAPA Expo Europe 2023


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

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


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

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


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

Moon tree seedlings to be shared with public-facing STEM educators


NASA and the USDA Forest Service are offering public facing STEM operations in the US the chance to plan a ‘living piece of spaceflight history’ with seedlings literally flown to the moon and back

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: Attractions.io to present guest experience platform in Vienna


Attractions.io will showcase its guest experience platform at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe, with representatives on hand to guide visitors through the platform

Plans approved for multi-million-dollar planetarium in South Carolina


A US$14.5m project, including a new planetarium, has been approved for the town of Spartanburg in South Carolina, US

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: Convious to reveal ‘hidden worlds’ of experience economy


Ticketing specialist Convious will host several education sessions on revenue, visitor experience and operations at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe in Vienna

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


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

Christie partners with Illuminarium for immersive experience in Toronto


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

Museum theft ‘rare’ says Museums Association following British Museum revelations


The Museums Association has said ‘categorically’ that theft from collections is ‘incredibly rare, after more than 1,500 priceless artefacts were found to have been stolen from the British Museum

Convious ticketing platform achieves SOC 2 IT security compliance


Convious’s eCommerce ticketing platform has reached new standards in data security and privacy after achieving Service Organisation Control 2 (SOC 2) Type 1 IT security compliance.

Semnox Solutions installs several cashless solutions at Glitch, Dubai


Integrated digital solutions provider, Semnox Solutions has announced a new partnership with Glitch, a family entertainment centre (FEC) in Dubai.

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


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

India’s Sanskar Kendra to become world heritage museum


The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has announced plans to transform the Sanskar Kendra museum in India’s Gujarat region into a World Heritage City museum.

Ted Ismert named new chief operating officer for Attractions.io


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

EU dealers lobby to slash VAT rates on art sales


Art dealers across the European Union EU) are lobbying their governments to take advantage of a new EU law to reduce value-added tax (VAT) rates on art sales.

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


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

MythBusters host to set sail with Princess Cruises in November


Adam Savage, the original co-host of Discovery Channel’s

National Museum of Dentistry receives US$1.28m grant to revolutionise oral health education for young learners


The Dr Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry (NMD) in Baltimore, US, has been awarded a US$1.28m (€1.2m, £1m) grant from the Science Education Partnership Award to transform how young people are taught about oral health.

Saudi Arabia’s PIF announces launch of Saudi Tourism Investment Company


The Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia has announced the launch of Asfar - a new company designed to support the growth of the kingdom’s tourism sector

UK’s National Railway Museum launches STEM-focussed Wonderlab


The National Railway Museum in Yorkshire, UK, has opened its largest new gallery in more than a decade, with the launch of the £6m ‘Wonderlab: The Bramall Gallery’.

Kinross space museum plan secures £1.6m in government funding


Plans to create a new space and aviation museum in Kinross, Scotland, have taken a major step forward after the UK government approved £1.6m (US$2m, €1.9m) in funding for the project.

Bezos Earth Fund grants US$12m to Smithsonian to support major forest carbon project


The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) has received a US$12m (€11m, £10m) grant from the Bezos Earth Fund to support a major forest carbon project.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum set to undergo major redevelopment following launch of US$89m capital campaign


The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum has announced the public phase of a US$89m capital campaign to fund a complete transformation of the museum, its first significant renovation in nearly 40 years

First Bank of the United States set to undergo US$22.2m museum transformation


The First Bank of the United States in Philadelphia has been granted US$22m in federal funding to turn the historic building into an interactive museum

Modern Disney more stressful and less fun for families, says former Imagineer


A former Disney Imagineer has said the operator’s theme parks are more stressful and less fun for families.

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


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

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


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

WATCH: AI draws on 500 years of history to design statue in the styles of iconic sculptors


Engineering company Sanvik has used artificial intelligence to design a statue that draws on the styles of famous artists spanning three continents and 500 years, with the resulting work on display in Sweden’s Tekniska Museet

Visitor attractions in Guangdong illuminated with Christie projectors


More than 80 projectors from Christie’s Inspire Series have been selected by visitor attractions in China’s southern Guangdong province as their preferred projection system.

Attractions.io enhances partnership strategy to expand integrated app ecosystem


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

Disney World updates Genie+ to offer more flexible guest experience


The Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida, US, has updated its Genie + ride reservation system so that guests can choose to use it on a single-park basis.

Xcelerator to reopen at Knott’s Berry Farm this summer


Park officials at California’s Knott’s Berry Farm hope to reopen its Xcelerator rollercoaster this summer.

Immersive Smurfs experience set to tour US in 2024


The Smurfs are making their way to the US in the form of an immersive touring location-based experience set to make its debut in 2024

PIF-owned Red Sea Global announces sponsorship deal with Saudi Pro League’s PIF-owned Al-Ahli FC


The PIF-owned Red Sea Global has been announced as the sponsor of the Al-Ahli Football Club, also owned by PIF, in Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Pro League

Unesco: Building climate resilience for people and nature at marine World Heritage sites


On 18 May 2023, experts in resilience-based management and local teams from Unesco marine World Heritage sites met online to share best practices and first-hand insights on designing and implementing resilience strategies that take a holistic approach in addressing the impacts of climate change and help communities to adapt to the inevitable change.

Detroit Zoo looks at STEM initiatives for diverse audiences


Detroit Zoo has a “unique opportunity” to act as a leader in STEM education for diverse audiences, says the zoo’s CEO, Hayley Murphy.

Newly-discovered species of dinosaur named after museum scientist


A new species of ankylosaur discovered on the Isle of Wight in the UK has been named after the London Natural History Museum’s Paul Barrett.

Strawberries threaten Spanish World Heritage site


Concerns have been raised after local government passed a bill allowing intensive irrigated strawberry farming on a World Heritage-protected wetland in Spain

accesso acquires VGS in major deal that sees VGS platform rebranded accesso Horizon


accesso has announced the acquisition of leading ticketing and visitor management system provider VGS, with the award-winning SnApp platform to be rebranded accesso Horizon

Major rescue mission underway for missing tourist submarine


The US and Canadian Coastguards are helming a major rescue mission to recover a missing tourist submarine that disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean less than two hours into an expedition to see the wreckage of the Titanic

Aquarium of Niagara reveals new details of upcoming Great Lakes 360 experience


The Aquarium of Niagara in New York, US, has appointed the Turner Construction Company to lead the development of its upcoming Great Lakes 360 experience.

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


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

Jamaica signs blue economy MoU with Georgia Aquarium


The Jamaican government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Georgia Aquarium in the US, that will see the two parties work together on a number of projects, including the establishment of several marine life sanctuaries in the country.

Old Operating Theatre Museum partners with Vennersys to modernise attraction management system


Vennersys has announced a partnership with the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, which will see the online ticketing and integrated POS provider install its VenposCloud attraction management software at the heritage attraction.

AU$160m plan to phase out gill net fishing on Great Barrier Reef a ‘globally significant moment’


Australia’s government is providing greater protection to the Great Barrier Reef, announcing a AU$160m package to phase out commercial gill net fishing by 2027

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


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

Blackpool Zoo opens new £1.5m big cat habitat


A brand new big cat habitat has opened at Blackpool Zoo in Lancashire, UK.

Waterpark for dogs opens alongside sports bar in Florida


A waterpark with dogs complete with a bar for its human owners has opened in St Petersburg, Florida, US.

Cairns Aquarium seeks investors as Colliers launches global search


Cairns Aquarium is on the hunt for a new investor, with Colliers appointed to seek expressions of interest for the popular Queensland attraction

Museum at the heart of plan for luxury eco-resort in Saudi Arabia’s ancient city of AlUla


The Royal Commission for the ancient Saudi Arabian city of AlUla has approved plans for a new eco-luxury destination with its own museum

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


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

Architects Kengo Kuma to design visitor centre for Albanian World Heritage site


Japanese architecture firm Kengo Kuma & Associates has won an international design competition to design a new visitor centre at Butrint National Park in Albania

Brogent to install virtual race simulator at Doha Quest


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

One of the US’ oldest wooden roller coasters to reopen after 10-year refurbishment


The Legend, one of the US’ oldest wooden rollercoasters, is set to reopen at Arnolds Park in Iowa, US, this summer after a 10-year renovation process.

Iconic Spider-Man ride to close at Universal Studios Japan


Universal Studios Japan has announced the closure of The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man: The Ride, with the attraction to cease operations permanently in early 2024

Transformers announced as latest brand to come to Saudi Arabia under Seven banner


A major Transformers attraction is planned for Seven’s upcoming entertainment destination in Riyadh, with plans for two further attractions in the kingdom as Saudi Arabia’s PIF continues to expand its entertainment offerings

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


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

Universal files patent for new interactive wearable tech


Universal Destinations and Experiences has filed a patent for a new kind of wearable technology.

Connect&Go signs three-year contract with Quebec’s Canyon Sainte-Anne attraction


Connect&Go has announced a three-year partnership with Canada’s Canyon Sainte-Anne nature attraction in Quebec.

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


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

Man dies after becoming trapped in adventure centre caves


A man in the UK has died after getting stuck inside an indoor caving experience at a climbing centre.

Six Flags Magic Mountain to install massive solar carport


Six Flags Magic Mountain is about to become home to the largest solar project in the US installed by a for-profit organisation, with the massive solar carport set to offset 100% of the theme park’s energy usage with clean energy.

CBBC’s ‘Operation Ouch!’ to become major exhibition at Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum


A new blockbuster exhibition based on hit CBBC show Operation Ouch! will open at the Science and Industry Museum (SIM) in Manchester, UK, in July

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


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

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


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

Carnegie Science Center to host adults-only speakeasy event


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

Amelia Earhart Hangar Museum honours hometown aviation hero in Kansas


A new museum celebrating the legacy of Amelia Earhart is set to open its doors in the aviation legend’s hometown of Atchison, Kansas

Connect&GO extends contract with Quebec’s Super Aqua Club


Attractions management technology specialist Connect&GO has announced a three-year contract renewal with Canada’s Super Aqua Club waterpark in Quebec.

Universal parks carousel tech may hint at future theme park ride


Universal Destinations & Experiences is seeking a patent that may offer a tease at one of the rumored attractions at its Epic Universe theme park under construction in Orlando.

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


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

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


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

Tron Lightcycle Run finally opens at Disney’s Magic Kingdom after two-year delay


The highly-anticipated Tron/Lightcycle Run rollercoaster will open today (April 4) at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. The ride was originally scheduled to open in 2021 but experienced several setbacks due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Welsh Government backs proposed skyline attraction in Swansea with £4m investment


The Welsh Government has committed to investing £4m (US$4.93m, €4.55m in a bid to bring a new tourism attraction to Swansea.

Universal files patent for multi-level dark ride


Universal Parks & Resorts has filed a new ride patent that could hint at a future attraction at its upcoming Epic Universe resort in Orlando, Florida.

NASA awards millions in STEM funding to museums and science centres across the US


NASA is to award millions of dollars of funding to museum projects across the US that encourage student participation in STEM subjects

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


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

Edward VIII’s French home to become a museum


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

Southampton’s City Art Gallery to undergo urgent roof repairs after receiving £2.23m grant from DCMS


The City Art Gallery in Southampton, UK, is set to undergo urgent roof repairs after receiving a £2.23m (US$2.74m, €2.52m) grant from the UK’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Miral confirms May opening for SeaWorld Abu Dhabi


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

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


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

Embed to showcase new FEC tech solution at DEAL


Cashless solutions provider Embed will showcase a new tech innovation at this year’s DEAL event in Dubai, with a new line of solutions developed alongside Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Universal files patents for enhanced interactive technologies at its parks


Universal wants to enhance its interactive experiences on offer, with the operator filing two new patents for character and wand technologies at its parks

Major Holovis projects set to open in 2023


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

Standing the test of time with aquatic play


Aquatic play structures are among the fundamentals needed for a waterpark. WhiteWater’s Cassidy Newman tells us why...

High-tech security systems installed to protect Banksy’s Ukraine murals


Ukrainian security company Ajax Systems has installed US$13,000 worth of security equipment to protect several Banksy artworks in Kyiv created by the artist during the Russian invasion

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster closes at Disney World's Hollywood Studios



New Brogent offerings expand creative options for flying theatres


Media-based attractions manufacturer Brogent Technologies has a big year ahead as the company aims to push the boundaries of flying theatre technologies and other media-based attractions.

MSC Group to debut two new cruise ships in 2023


Cruise line MSC Group is set to expand its fleet with two new ships in 2023.

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


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

SeaWorld’s first rescue centre opens outside of US with launch of Abu Dhabi site


SeaWorld is expanding its network of rescue centres with the launch of Yas SeaWorld Research and Rescue - the first such SeaWorld site to open outside of the US

Texas man arrested for stealing two monkeys from Dallas Zoo says he'll do it again if released


A 24-year-old man now linked to an unusual string of crimes that kept the Dallas Zoo on the lookout for missing animals told police that after he swiped two monkeys from their enclosure, he took them onto the city's light rail system to make his getaway, court records show.

Sharon Parker appointed as senior manager of marketing at Gateway Ticketing Systems


Ticketing technology specialist Gateway Ticketing Systems has appointed Sharon Parker to the role of senior manager of marketing.

7thSense wins big at ISE with double Best of Show Award


Media tech specialist 7thSense has been recognised for two products in its brand new Performer range at this year’s ISE, which is currently underway in Barcelona

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

Eye-tracking technology can identify different fish in an aquarium and tell the user what they’re looking at


A new technology from the Industrial Technology Research Institute can display information about different animals inside aquariums by tracking the eye movements of the user

Britain’s Tim Peake retires as astronaut to focus on ambassadorial role


British astronaut Tim Peake has announced he will permanently step down from his role as a European astronaut to focus on his work as an ambassador for space and science.

Convious named ticketing partner at Bavaria Filmstadt


Bavaria Filmstadt has switched its eCommerce and ticketing operations to Convious, following a new partnership with the experience economy specialist.

Aquarium of the Pacific relaunches Aquarium on Wheels programme


For the first time since the pandemic, California’s Aquarium of the Pacific has relaunched its Aquarium on Wheels programme.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg gearing up for 2023 launch of DarKoaster



Aquarium of Niagara announces first-ever expansion


The Aquarium of Niagara is expanding and adding a second building to its campus.

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

Natural History Museum’s Dippy headed to Coventry for three-year exhibition


Arguably Britain’s most well known dinosaur - the Natural History Museum’s iconic ‘Dippy’ the diplodocus - is set for a three year move to Coventry starting next month

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

‘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

Pegasus: Inside Simworx’s new Brass Ring Award-nominated flying theatre attraction


Simworx’s new flying theatre concept delivers a thrilling and immersive experience within a limited footprint. Simworx CEO Terry Monkton and lead creative Matt Clarkson told Planet Attractions more about the Brass Ring Award-nominated attraction

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

Natural History Museum launches online masterclass series


New online courses from the Natural History Museum will share exciting insights into the institution’s research

Mystic Aquarium partners with offshore wind developer to study impact of turbines on marine wildlife


Connecticut’s Mystic Aquarium has partnered with the developers of the state’s first offshore wind farm to conduct studies of the effects of the turbines on marine mammals and sea turtles.

EAG on course for huge show after visitor registrations soar


EAG - the Entertainment, Attractions and Gaming International Expo - is on course for one of the largest shows in its history after its organisers revealed registration is up 58% on 2020’s pre-pandemic figure.

Behemoth: World’s largest dinosaurs to go on display at London’s Natural History Museum in 2023


A cast of the world’s most complete Titanosaur – one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered – will make its European debut in an exhibition at London’s Natural History Museum (NHM) next spring.

US$4.4m Mars exhibition opens at Carnegie Space Center


A new permanent exhibition exploring life on Mars has opened at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, US

Whitewater celebrates Brass Ring and Impact Awards


Fresh off last week's IAAPA Expo, leading waterpark supplier Whitewater is celebrating after being honoured with three prestigious awards.

Extreme Engineering to reveal new ride, product and coaster installs at IAAPA Expo


Extreme Engineering will announce four new Cloud Coaster projects as well as debut two new products at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando

IAAPA announces 2022 Brass Ring Awards finalists


IAAPA has unveiled the list of finalists for its prestigious Brass Ring Awards, with winners to be announced during a special ceremony at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida

Gateway names Joe Marshall new managing director for United Kingdom


Gateway Ticketing Systems has appointed Joe Marshall to lead the company’s UK operations

WATCH: Meet WhiteWater’s chief marketing officer Una de Boer


WhiteWater brings a strong presence to each and every IAAPA Expo. The company’s chief marketing officer, Una de Boer, tells Planet Attractions about everything the company has to offer

Paul Kent to lead global business development at Mad Systems


Industry veteran Paul Kent has been named as VP of global business development at Mad Systems

Rising energy costs could pose more of a threat to UK museum sector than Covid, Museums Association warns


UK museums are struggling to meet skyrocketing energy bills, with the energy crisis posing a higher threat to the sector than the Covid-19 pandemic

Clearwater Marine Aquarium set to debut new Manatee Springs exhibition


Clearwater Marine Aquarium has debuted a new manatee exhibit to inform guests about the threats the species faces as well as the work being carried out by various groups to protect them

WATCH: Meet AVIXA’s regional manager, UK and Ireland, Ben Barnard


AVIXA produces a number of popular events around the world, including InfoComm and Integrated Systems Europe. The organisation's regional manager for the UK and Ireland, Ben Barnard, spoke to Planet Attractions

Meet climate change pledges with cloud-based ticketing, says Vennersys


Online ticketing and integrated POS provider Vennersys has said that using a cloud-based ticketing solution could help save the environment.

Into Overdrive: Inside the innovative new dark ride from Simworx


Simworx has partnered with Katapult to develop a new dark ride offering an adrenaline-fuelled car chase. Simworx CEO Terry Monkton and lead creative Matt Clarkson spoke with Planet Attractions about the exciting new project

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

Carnegie Science Center to open new permanent exhibition dedicated to Mars


Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US, has unveiled plans for a new permanent exhibition dedicated to “the next giant leap”, Mars.

Paddy Dunning announces worldwide locations for ‘The Giant’


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

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

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

Busch Gardens Williamsburg preparing storm-themed adventure indoor ride DarKoaster


Riders will face stormy weather and supernatural mysteries on this Intamin launch coaster

Simworx to showcase new ride concepts at IAAPA Expo Europe


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

The world’s first ‘Amazement Park’: Wake the Tiger’s Graham MacVoy on Bristol’s newest immersive attraction


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

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

Merlin’s ‘next generation’ of Lego Discovery Centre coming to three US locations


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

National Air and Space Museum to reopen half of flagship building in October


Following extensive renovation, the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, US, will reopen the west end of its National Mall building later this year.

Clevedon Pier partners with Vennersys for modernised ticketing system


Ticketing specialists Vennersys recently partnered with Clevedon Pier in Somerset, UK, to implement a new ticketing management system to help modernise the attraction’s admission processes and deliver an integrated approach to managing revenue streams.

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

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.

New York Aquarium fully reopens for the first time in a decade


Coney Island’s New York Aquarium is, for the first time since it was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, in full operation, with all public exhibits open to the public.

Inclusivity for all: Six Flags introduces special restraints for disabled guests


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

Alterface’s summer of dark rides


Alterface has shared details of three interactive projects opened last month featuring the supplier’s interactive technology.

SeaWorld AbuDhabi supplied with clean solar energy


The under-construction SeaWorld Abu Dhabi is currently in the process of installing solar panels on its roof in an attempt to make the new mega attraction as clean as possible for the environment.

FlowRider launches nature-inspired FlowSurf technology to create ‘never-ending’ waves


FlowRider’s FlowSurf technology was inspired by river waves and creates never-ending waves

SpaceX’s Starlink could be rolled out across Royal Caribbean Cruise ships pending FCC approval


Royal Caribbean Cruises has filed a request that if approved will see SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service rolled out across the operator’s entire fleet

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

SeaWorld commits to world’s oceans with UN Sustainability Development pledge


SeaWorld has pledged to ensure the long-term health of the world’s oceans in accordance with the UN’s Sustainability Development Goal 14

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

Dubai’s flying taxis could take off as early as 2026


It might seem like something straight out of Sci-Fi but flying taxis in Dubai came a step closer to reality in the last week following an agreement to introduce the first electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) touristic flights from the Atlantis, The Palm.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind opens at Epcot



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

Land, sea and everywhere in between: WhiteWater’s global openings for 2022


It’s a busy year for WhiteWater, which has more than 70 waterpark projects across the world opening in 2022. We’ve rounded these projects up so you can keep track of everything happening this year

National Football Museum and Royal Botanic Gardens get share of £553m in carbon reduction scheme


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

Volcano Bay turns five


Orlando's popular Volcano Bay waterpark hit a landmark this week, with Universal celebrating five years since the Florida attraction opened to the public for the first time.

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

Fisher Price dark ride concept unveiled by Simtec and Scruffy Dog


A new dark ride concept based on the iconic Fisher Price IP from Mattel has been unveiled, with the new attraction utilising a number of the brand’s popular children’s toys, which will be blown up into epic proportions for the experience.

Simworx takes riders on an adventure through the clouds with new dark ride attraction at Vietnam’s Sun World theme park


The highly-anticipated ‘Flying Eyes’ dark ride opened at the Sun World Theme Park in late April

Delaware Museum of Nature and Science to reopen as a ‘Tik-Tok-friendly’ attraction following multi-million-dollar renovation


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

Dubai establishes Supreme Committee to oversee future development of Expo 2020 District


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

Michael Jungen to lead WhiteWater’s Vantage as new president


Former Disney man Michael Jungen has taken up a new position as the president of WhiteWater’s Vantage division.

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

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

Cedar Fair reports loss in first quarter of 2022


Cedar Fair has reported its Q1 earnings for 2022 with announced losses despite net revenues surging after a Covid-hit period in 2021

Attractions Calendar: May


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

Shore power helps MSC Cruises cut emissions


Cruise operator MSC has announced that starting at the end of May, two of its ships will begin using shore power in an attempt to cut emissions.

Knoebels Amusement Resort partners with Attractions.io on new app


Knoebels - the US’s largest free admission amusement resort - has partnered with Attractions.io to launch a new guest experience app.

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



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