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Universal’s new DreamWorks Land is now open for business alongside a range of new exciting new experiences at the operator’s Orlando parks


Chester Zoo has announced the closure of its aquarium facility, an attraction that has been in operation for more than 70 years.


Christie is helping to power performances at the famous Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain, with the venue acquiring Christie technology to help enrich its opera, dance, concert, and recital programming.


Christie is offering a showcase of “95 years of innovation” at this year’s InfoComm, with the AV specialists set to showcase a range of integrated and interactive technology at this year’s event.


Puy du Fou has debuted its first Asian attraction in Shanghai, China, with Triotech supplying seven dynamic platforms to help the operator produce its unique brand of immersive storytelling


Leading themed entertainment design firm Falcon’s Creative Group has been announced as the master planner for the upcoming Dragon Ball theme park in Qiddiya, Saudi Arabia


In a world affected by conflict, climate change and economic uncertainty, culture and cultural icons are under threat, but the British Council and its partners are leading projects across 19 countries to protect and preserve the world's cultural heritage. Stephanie Grant, director of the Cultural Protection Fund explains how this work is being done and why it is essential


A new Lite-Brite immersive experience developed by Hasbro and Secret Location will open at Illuminarium Las Vegas this June.


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


Attractions management platform Connect&GO has announced the renewal of its successful partnership with Fabrikus World, with the company set to continue to supply its all-in-one management platform Konnect to enhance the guest experience.


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


Attractions management platform Connect&GO has further expanded its presence in France, after announcing a new partnership that will see French theme park and zoo Le Pal utilise its Konnect platform


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


As it continues to enhance its guest experience, Six Flags has revealed that AI will play a key role in the visitors’ digital experiences.


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


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


With the cruise industry aiming to hit carbon neutrality by 2050, could nuclear power be the unlikely answer to the problem?


Space tourism has a new competitor, with company Halo Space unveiling its Aurora space capsule ahead of its first public flights in 2026


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


Already the largest of its kind in Europe, here’s how the Signal light festival worked with Christie to bring the spectacle to life


An inspector general audit has questioned some Smithsonian Institution spending under a pandemic relief law, suggesting the group of museums and research centers administered by the United States government did not properly spend some of the Covid-19 relief funds it received as part of the 2020 CARES Act.


English Heritage is testing body-worn cameras at four of the national organisation’s sites in an attempt to deter anti-social behaviour and crime, as well as to protect its staff during ‘confrontational situations’


Mattel has announced plans to build a second US theme park, with Kansas set to feature attractions inspired by Barbie, Hot Wheels, Thomas & Friends and more





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


With the entertainment industry expected to contribute around US$23bn to Saudi Arabia by 2030, it’s no wonder that SEA Expo continues to grow at pace with the rapidly expanding market. Here’s what to expect for its sixth edition this May





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


Connect&GO has promised to bring further enhancements to its Konnect platform in 2024, with the company also making waves across multiple markets alongside new partner attractions worldwide in the coming year


Alterface has a number of major projects and products set to launch in 2024, with its interactive technology utilised in the recently opened SpongeBob attraction at Circus Circus


Universal Orlando is launching its new DreamWorks Land this summer with attractions including a Trolls coaster, Shrek’s Swamp and an interactive Kung Fu Panda experience. Here’s everything that will feature...


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


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


Gone are the days of stuffy and quiet museums. In today's world, people seek unique experiences, an escape from reality, and a place where they can immerse themselves and express their creativity. With this in mind, we have asked our designers about the trends that are currently shaping museums. Read on to discover their insights


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


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


Universal’s ‘track-jumping’ Mine Cart Madness is gearing up for its launch at Universal Studios Japan, with the ride now also confirmed for the upcoming Epic Universe park in Orlando, Florida.


Blenheim Palace has announced a ‘groundbreaking’ organic waste project that will act as a ‘major step’ towards such sites meeting net zero sustainability goals


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


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


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


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.


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


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


Alterface is eyeing malls and FECs in China for its Action League Interactive Thrill Ride, after the company announced its first such attraction in the country is set to open at Suzhou Paradise Forest World in May next year


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


As the MENA attractions market continues to surge, DEAL represents one of the most important business opportunities of 2024. Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, president of show organisers International Expo-Consults speaks about this year’s upcoming event


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


At this year’s IAAPA Expo, BoldMove will host its first booth on the show floor, celebrating the milestone with the launch of a new IP for its Smash & Reload dark ride


At this year’s IAAPA Expo, WhiteWater will launch a new zero-G waterslide alongside several new attractions


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


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


Benoit Cornet, CEO of dark ride specialists BoldMove Nation, has said that visitors are looking more and more for experiences they can immerse themselves in, with attention to detail being key to creating such an attraction.


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


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


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


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


The National Aquarium in Baltimore, US, is set to start work on a floating wetland exhibit between piers three and four of the Inner Harbor area.


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


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


The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) in the US, has announced the launch of Seeding Action; a new initiative to support science centre, museums and other public engagement networks to cultivate “a culture of hope and action” on environmental issues such as climate change and biodiversity loss.


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


Alex Book, co-founder and chief strategy officer at Arcade – The Creative Reality Company, explains how attractions and cultural institutions can make use of immersive technologies to reach new audiences


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


The 2023 edition of the Brand Licensing Expo is to host a new location-based entertainment trail offering special events in partnership with several major brands and IP


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


Interactive dark ride developer Alterface has unveiled Moviemax a new immersive theatre attraction concept set to “revolutionise entertainment on the go” at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe.


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


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


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


NBCUniversal’s Mark Woodbury, CEO of Universal Destinations & Experiences, revealed new details Thursday about the planned Universal Epic Universe theme park, which is scheduled to open in Florida in 2025.


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


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


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


Norway’s cruise industry is booming, with 5.5 million passengers expected to make a port call during 2023 as individual visits shoot up by 29%


Christie has worked with Maxin10sity to create a projection-mapped spectacle that has seen Germany’s Karlsruhe Palace transformed into a digital masterpiece


Tenerife’s Siam Park has announced the opening of a brand new dueling water coaster as its next major attraction.


Peter van der Schans has now been at the helm of IAAPA’s EMEA operations for more than a year. He shares with Planet Attractions how that year has gone and the progress being made in the global attractions markets of Europe, the Middle East and Africa


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


A new immersive land, dedicated to Illumination’s Minions and Despicable Me franchises, has opened at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, US


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


The upcoming Mattel Adventure Park is set to open in 2024 with several attractions dedicated to several IPs including Barbie and Hot Wheels


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


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


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


Luxury cruise operator Mundy Cruising has said that use of artificial intelligence (AI) will “unlock a host of developments in ship design and on-board experience”.


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


Villain-Con Minion Blast, Universal’s newest attraction, has soft launched at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, US.


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


Christie has announced a multi-year agreement to supply its RGB pure laser projectors to Cineplex Germany, with work currently underway to install the technology in 90 theatres across the country.


iFLY Indoor Skydiving is set to open its first Nevada location in Las Vegas at the immersive entertainment and events district, AREA15.


Dronisos has broken the record for the largest drone show ever performed in Europe, with the company behind Disneyland Paris’s Bastille Day nighttime spectacle


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


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


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


A virtual Disney theme park in the Metaverse remains a long-term possibility following a partnership between Disney and Apple’s upcoming Vision Pro headset


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


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


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





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


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


A theme park complete with digital multimedia technology, interactive device technology, video, sound, lighting, animation and other special effects is in the works in Chongqing, China, with the new attraction being dubbed a “Metaverse children’s park”.


Attraktion! GmbH, an innovator in immersive entertainment experiences, has announced a new partnership with Angry Birds’ creator Rovio Entertainment to bring the beloved gaming franchise to its unique high-end Playneo product.



Amazon has launched a new immersive shopping feature that could be utilised in theme parks and attractions


A new immersive visitor attraction will open its doors at the Dubai Mall later this year


A new VR cinema attraction that allows guests to observe a family group of endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda has opened at Zoo Atlanta


Crypto membership collective TemDAO is using blockchain technology to preserve cultural and world heritage sites, with its innovative new approach potentially a game changer when its comes to heritage funding


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


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


A new experience exploring space and featuring images from the James Webb Space Telescope has launched at Illuminarium Las Vegas


Qatar has launched an exhibition showcasing plans for four new museums, with the Art Mill Museum, Lusail Museum, Qatar Auto Museum and Dadu Children’s Museum of Qatar all to open in the country by the end of the decade


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


Six Flags will become the first theme park operator to utilise Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, with the cashless and cashierless shopping experience coming first to Six Flags Great Adventure in June


BBC Studios is to launch a collection of immersive experiences on metaverse platform; The Sandbox later this year


MSC Eurbia will become the world’s first net zero greenhouse gas emissions cruise when it sets sail next week


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...


The Expo 2020 Dubai site continues to undergo its repurposing following the event, with more than 3,000 workers set to be based on-site by September.


Leading rollercoaster manufacturer Zamperla has opened its first Twister Freeform coaster at Cedar Point in Ohio, US.


Attraction technology specialist Connect&GO has announced an extension to its Series A funding round with an additional US$8m raised to further develop and roll out the company’s all-in-one management platform.


Attractions.io has teamed up with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to develop a brand new experience platform for guests of the popular destination


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.


The Museums + Heritage show is set for its annual extravaganza next week, with the event returning to Olympia London on May 10-11.


Ohio’s Toledo Zoo has had community funding renewed following a successful scheme which aimed to develop a conservation-focused internship programme for local high school students from underrepresented backgrounds.


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


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


A major museum dedicated to William Shakespeare will be built on the foundations of the theatre where the famed playwright hosted some of his first works


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.


The 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon is being celebrated with a special show taking place at 100 planetariums worldwide


Koji Naito has been named the chairman and CEO of Christie, with Naito set to assume the role in addition to his current position as president and CEO of parent company Ushio


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


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.


IAAPA Expo Asia is set to make its grand return this year, with registration for the event in Singapore now open.


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


Christie has teamed up with Brazil’s Museum of Image and Sound of Ceará on the installation of an immersive multimedia room as part of a revamp of the historic institution


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





A former cinema in Sunderland, UK, is one of three buildings set to be rebuilt at the Beamish Museum in County Durham.


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


Sonia Coleman has been appointed to lead human resources at Disney after being named executive vice president and chief human resources officer.


Disney has revealed a ‘real’ lightsaber at this year’s SXSW, an arts and technology festival currently underway in Austin, Texas


Staffordshire-based theme park Alton Towers has unveiled details of its upcoming Curse at Alton Manor dark ride ahead of its opening on March 18


The Shanghai Science and Technology Museum in Pudong, China, has unveiled a new digital platform that aims to engage children in science.


A new report exploring the market dynamics of the global cruise industry estimates the sector to grow to $16.7bn over the next several years


The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, UK, is about to launch a brand new attraction, with an immersive 4D experience coming to the heritage attraction on March 31.


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


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


BoldMove Nation is developing two new ‘phygital’ worlds - attractions that use technology to bridge the digital world with the physical world with the purpose of providing a unique interactive experience for the user.


Digitalisation, self-servicing technologies and gamification are key concepts for Semnox, which has developed new innovations with a particular focus on the visitor attractions industry for 2023.


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





Attractions management platform Convious is set to grow its advertising module in 2023, with the technology creating a new solution to maximise promotion for its clients.


3D printing has been used to create a full-size replica of a World Heritage site in China, offering visitors an up close and personal experience while also securing crucial data for future world heritage protection


July will see the opening of The Robot & AI Museum (RAIM) in Seoul, South Korea.


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


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


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


Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience will debut in Southeast Asia following successful runs in the US and across Europe.


Ad Gefrin Anglo-Saxon Museum and Whisky Distillery has announced it will open to the public on 25 March 2023 in Wooler, Northumberland, UK.


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


Universal Studios Hollywood is levelling up the experience at the upcoming Super Nintendo World with its all-new Power-Up Band. Here’s what the technology does


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


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


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


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


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


The Sidemen recently took a trip to Dubai for an epic game of hide and seek in one of the world’s premiere waterparks


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


A collection of more than 140 authentic Viking artefacts, including a full-size replica of a Viking ship, is set to go on display in the US at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center.


The virtual band worked with Google to host two first-of-their-kind AR experiences in New York and London to promote their new single


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


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


Universal Studios Orlando has officially revealed its new Minions additions, with plans for Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast to open at the park next summer.


Professionals working in the creative field can now apply for a UAE Cultural Golden Visa, a permit which grants the holder a 10-year residency in the country.


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


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


Blooloop’s Festival of Innovation starts today.


Convious has been recognised by global consulting company Deloitte as one of the fasting-growing companies in the Netherlands.


PortAventura has announced plans for a new Uncharted dark ride coaster with Sally Dark Rides and Intamin behind the €25m attraction


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.


The world-first theme park will feature several key attractions inspired by iconic Mattel brands including Barbie, Thomas & Friends and Hot Wheels


Dronisos is seeking partners in the US following a successful year, which saw the company serve as a technology partner for Disneyland Paris


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


ProSlide will announce a major new project at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with the company also revealing a record number of projects for 2023


A number of exhibitors will be using Christie technology at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with the company also set to showcase its MicroTiles LED among the products on its own stand


Creative software and technology company 7thSense will be supporting a number of partners at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Florida, including SimeEx-Iwerks, Medici Media and the Big Break Foundation.


Spree Interactive is getting into the Christmas spirit a little early this year, with the launch of its Christmas Crunch VR title at the upcoming IAAPA Expo in Orlando


Princess Cruises has debuted a brand new immersive experience that combines dining, storytelling, music, scent and more for a one-of-a-kind journey through the Mediterranean


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


The dynamic media-based attractions specialist will showcase the attraction alongside its new Overdrive concept at the IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida


Amsterdam-based architecture studio Drift has used specialised drone software to create real-life, life-sized visualisations of architectural landmarks, lighting up the skies to show what they would look like should they be restored or completed.


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


Leading experience designers Mather & Co have named Kim Kherlopian as the company’s new managing director. Planet Attractions caught up with him at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe to find out more


Ahead of a special industry panel looking at iconic attractions, experts from WhiteWater have named their personal picks, explaining why they think their choice is an iconic attraction


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


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


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




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


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


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


Triotech has landed a deal with Puy du Fou Asia that will see the dynamic attractions specialist supply several attractions to the upcoming SAGA attraction in Shanghai


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


Leading drone entertainment specialist Dronisos has confirmed that Disneyland Paris’ has extended the run of its DLight daily show for an additional 12 months.


FlowRider, a WhiteWater company specialising in artificial surf experiences, will expand its product line with two new additions: Flow Curl and FlowSurf.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has named Matthew Gould its new director general.


The kind of robotic technology seen at theme park rides worldwide will soon be available to cruise passengers out at sea


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


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


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


Combining storytelling, architecture, technology and experience in themed entertainment, the TEA’s popular SATE event is now open for registration, with this year’s edition coming from Las Vegas, Nevada, US.


Surftown MUC - an upcoming surf park featuring WhiteWater’s Endless Surf wave technology - has officially broken ground.


eCommerce software platform and app innovator Convious has launched a new technology that allows attractions to enhance the visitor experience with targeted messaging.


Disney is about to launch its upgraded MagicBand+, with the wearable technology offering a host of new features for visitors



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DreamWorks Land now open at Universal Orlando as resort debuts collection of new experiences across its Florida parks




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DreamWorks Land now open at Universal Orlando as resort debuts collection of new experiences across its Florida parks


Universal’s new DreamWorks Land is now open for business alongside a range of new exciting new experiences at the operator’s Orlando parks

Chester Zoo announces aquarium closure


Chester Zoo has announced the closure of its aquarium facility, an attraction that has been in operation for more than 70 years.

Leading Madrid opera house enhances visual performances with Christie technology


Christie is helping to power performances at the famous Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain, with the venue acquiring Christie technology to help enrich its opera, dance, concert, and recital programming.

Christie to offer end-to-end solutions at InfoComm 2024


Christie is offering a showcase of “95 years of innovation” at this year’s InfoComm, with the AV specialists set to showcase a range of integrated and interactive technology at this year’s event.

Puy du Fou’s immersive theatre experience opens in Shanghai


Puy du Fou has debuted its first Asian attraction in Shanghai, China, with Triotech supplying seven dynamic platforms to help the operator produce its unique brand of immersive storytelling

Falcon’s Creative Group to master plan world-first Dragon Ball theme park


Leading themed entertainment design firm Falcon’s Creative Group has been announced as the master planner for the upcoming Dragon Ball theme park in Qiddiya, Saudi Arabia

The world is on fire, so why should we care about cultural heritage?


In a world affected by conflict, climate change and economic uncertainty, culture and cultural icons are under threat, but the British Council and its partners are leading projects across 19 countries to protect and preserve the world's cultural heritage. Stephanie Grant, director of the Cultural Protection Fund explains how this work is being done and why it is essential

New Lite-Brite experience to open at Illuminarium Las Vegas


A new Lite-Brite immersive experience developed by Hasbro and Secret Location will open at Illuminarium Las Vegas this June.

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

Fabrikus World renews Connect&GO partnership


Attractions management platform Connect&GO has announced the renewal of its successful partnership with Fabrikus World, with the company set to continue to supply its all-in-one management platform Konnect to enhance the guest experience.

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

Connect&GO expands presence in France with Le Pal partnership


Attractions management platform Connect&GO has further expanded its presence in France, after announcing a new partnership that will see French theme park and zoo Le Pal utilise its Konnect platform

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

Six Flags leveraging AI to improve guest experience


As it continues to enhance its guest experience, Six Flags has revealed that AI will play a key role in the visitors’ digital experiences.

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...

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

Could nuclear power be the key to carbon neutrality for the cruise industry?


With the cruise industry aiming to hit carbon neutrality by 2050, could nuclear power be the unlikely answer to the problem?

Halo Space unveils capsule ahead of public trips into the stratosphere


Space tourism has a new competitor, with company Halo Space unveiling its Aurora space capsule ahead of its first public flights in 2026

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

Bright and beautiful: How Europe’s biggest light festival delivered with Christie


Already the largest of its kind in Europe, here’s how the Signal light festival worked with Christie to bring the spectacle to life

Audit questions Smithsonian’s use of pandemic relief funds


An inspector general audit has questioned some Smithsonian Institution spending under a pandemic relief law, suggesting the group of museums and research centers administered by the United States government did not properly spend some of the Covid-19 relief funds it received as part of the 2020 CARES Act.

English Heritage sites trial body cameras in attempt to deter anti-social behaviour


English Heritage is testing body-worn cameras at four of the national organisation’s sites in an attempt to deter anti-social behaviour and crime, as well as to protect its staff during ‘confrontational situations’

Mattel to open second theme park in Kansas in 2026


Mattel has announced plans to build a second US theme park, with Kansas set to feature attractions inspired by Barbie, Hot Wheels, Thomas & Friends and more

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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

SEA Expo positioned as key industry event as Saudi attractions market continues to surge


With the entertainment industry expected to contribute around US$23bn to Saudi Arabia by 2030, it’s no wonder that SEA Expo continues to grow at pace with the rapidly expanding market. Here’s what to expect for its sixth edition this May

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‘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

Connect&GO’s ‘truly integrated’ Konnect platform to ‘reshape attractions technology landscape’ in 2024


Connect&GO has promised to bring further enhancements to its Konnect platform in 2024, with the company also making waves across multiple markets alongside new partner attractions worldwide in the coming year

SpongeBob kickstarts year for Alterface as new projects and products in store for 2024


Alterface has a number of major projects and products set to launch in 2024, with its interactive technology utilised in the recently opened SpongeBob attraction at Circus Circus

Everything set to feature inside Universal Orlando’s all-new DreamWorks Land opening this summer


Universal Orlando is launching its new DreamWorks Land this summer with attractions including a Trolls coaster, Shrek’s Swamp and an interactive Kung Fu Panda experience. Here’s everything that will feature...

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

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


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

Museum exhibition design trends


Gone are the days of stuffy and quiet museums. In today's world, people seek unique experiences, an escape from reality, and a place where they can immerse themselves and express their creativity. With this in mind, we have asked our designers about the trends that are currently shaping museums. Read on to discover their insights

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


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

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

Donkey Kong’s Mine Cart Madness making its way to Japan and Orlando


Universal’s ‘track-jumping’ Mine Cart Madness is gearing up for its launch at Universal Studios Japan, with the ride now also confirmed for the upcoming Epic Universe park in Orlando, Florida.

Blenheim Palace piloting ‘groundbreaking’ organic waste project in step towards net zero


Blenheim Palace has announced a ‘groundbreaking’ organic waste project that will act as a ‘major step’ towards such sites meeting net zero sustainability goals

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

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

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

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.

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


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

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.

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


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

‘Ambitious plans’ in store for China as Alterface announces country’s first Action League Interactive Thrill Ride for Suzhou


Alterface is eyeing malls and FECs in China for its Action League Interactive Thrill Ride, after the company announced its first such attraction in the country is set to open at Suzhou Paradise Forest World in May next year

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

Setting the stage: 30th edition of DEAL opens shop window to MENA market


As the MENA attractions market continues to surge, DEAL represents one of the most important business opportunities of 2024. Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, president of show organisers International Expo-Consults speaks about this year’s upcoming event

Connect&GO announces partnership with ARENA23


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

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


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

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

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.

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


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

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

IAAPA Expo 2023: Christie to exhibit technology capabilities in Orlando


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

IAAPA Expo 2023: BoldMove to make IAAPA Expo tradeshow debut with Mardi Gras-themed IP for Smash & Reload dark ride


At this year’s IAAPA Expo, BoldMove will host its first booth on the show floor, celebrating the milestone with the launch of a new IP for its Smash & Reload dark ride

IAAPA Expo 2023: WhiteWater to launch innovative new waterslide


At this year’s IAAPA Expo, WhiteWater will launch a new zero-G waterslide alongside several new attractions

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

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


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

‘Immersion’ top of list for world-class dark ride development


Benoit Cornet, CEO of dark ride specialists BoldMove Nation, has said that visitors are looking more and more for experiences they can immerse themselves in, with attention to detail being key to creating such an attraction.

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

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


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

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

Messi Experience world tour set for Miami debut in April


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

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

National Aquarium set to build US$14m floating wetland exhibit between harbor piers


The National Aquarium in Baltimore, US, is set to start work on a floating wetland exhibit between piers three and four of the Inner Harbor area.

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


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

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


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

ASTC launches Seeding Action initiative to cultivate a ‘culture of planetary health action’


The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) in the US, has announced the launch of Seeding Action; a new initiative to support science centre, museums and other public engagement networks to cultivate “a culture of hope and action” on environmental issues such as climate change and biodiversity loss.

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

Using technology to take the visitor experience beyond the four walls


Alex Book, co-founder and chief strategy officer at Arcade – The Creative Reality Company, explains how attractions and cultural institutions can make use of immersive technologies to reach new audiences

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


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

Brand Licensing Expo gets underway with new location-based entertainment trail


The 2023 edition of the Brand Licensing Expo is to host a new location-based entertainment trail offering special events in partnership with several major brands and IP

Suppliers and attractions celebrated as Park World Excellence Award winners revealed


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

Alterface introduces Moviemax concept at IAAPA Expo Europe


Interactive dark ride developer Alterface has unveiled Moviemax a new immersive theatre attraction concept set to “revolutionise entertainment on the go” at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe.

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

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


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

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


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

Mark Woodbury reveals new details of Universal's Epic Universe


NBCUniversal’s Mark Woodbury, CEO of Universal Destinations & Experiences, revealed new details Thursday about the planned Universal Epic Universe theme park, which is scheduled to open in Florida in 2025.

IAAPA Expo Europe 2023: accesso to showcase new PoS platform


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

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


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

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


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

Norwegian cruising at an all-time high as 5.5 million sail to destination in 2023


Norway’s cruise industry is booming, with 5.5 million passengers expected to make a port call during 2023 as individual visits shoot up by 29%

Christie powers projection-mapped spectacle at Schlosslichtspiele Festival with Pandoras Box technology


Christie has worked with Maxin10sity to create a projection-mapped spectacle that has seen Germany’s Karlsruhe Palace transformed into a digital masterpiece

Siam Park partners with ProSlide for impressive new addition


Tenerife’s Siam Park has announced the opening of a brand new dueling water coaster as its next major attraction.

Evolving the industry of fun: Peter van der Schans on the attractions markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe


Peter van der Schans has now been at the helm of IAAPA’s EMEA operations for more than a year. He shares with Planet Attractions how that year has gone and the progress being made in the global attractions markets of Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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.

Highly-anticipated Minion Land opens at Universal Orlando Resort


A new immersive land, dedicated to Illumination’s Minions and Despicable Me franchises, has opened at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, US

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...

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


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

Mattel Adventure Park to open in Arizona in 2024


The upcoming Mattel Adventure Park is set to open in 2024 with several attractions dedicated to several IPs including Barbie and Hot Wheels

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


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

Connect&GO forms strategic technology partnership with eCommerce company Amilia


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

Ted Ismert named new chief operating officer for Attractions.io


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

AI ‘unlocking developments’ in cruise experience


Luxury cruise operator Mundy Cruising has said that use of artificial intelligence (AI) will “unlock a host of developments in ship design and on-board experience”.

MythBusters host to set sail with Princess Cruises in November


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Universal soft launches Villain-Con Minion Blast at Orlando Resort


Villain-Con Minion Blast, Universal’s newest attraction, has soft launched at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, US.

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

Christie to supply Germany's largest cinema chain with laser projectors


Christie has announced a multi-year agreement to supply its RGB pure laser projectors to Cineplex Germany, with work currently underway to install the technology in 90 theatres across the country.

iFLY coming to Las Vegas in AREA15 expansion


iFLY Indoor Skydiving is set to open its first Nevada location in Las Vegas at the immersive entertainment and events district, AREA15.

Dronisos and Disneyland Paris set record for largest drone show in Europe


Dronisos has broken the record for the largest drone show ever performed in Europe, with the company behind Disneyland Paris’s Bastille Day nighttime spectacle

Major Hasbro-themed FEC opens in Mexico


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

Molly Murphy to lead Universal Creative after being named new president


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

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

Virtual Disney Metaverse theme park a ‘long-term possibility’


A virtual Disney theme park in the Metaverse remains a long-term possibility following a partnership between Disney and Apple’s upcoming Vision Pro headset

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

‘Metaverse’ children’s park planned for Chongqing


A theme park complete with digital multimedia technology, interactive device technology, video, sound, lighting, animation and other special effects is in the works in Chongqing, China, with the new attraction being dubbed a “Metaverse children’s park”.

Attraktion! unveils new immersive Angry Birds game


Attraktion! GmbH, an innovator in immersive entertainment experiences, has announced a new partnership with Angry Birds’ creator Rovio Entertainment to bring the beloved gaming franchise to its unique high-end Playneo product.

‘Smart egg’ technology could help save endangered species in zoos



Amazon’s new immersive shopping technology could have exciting implications for theme parks


Amazon has launched a new immersive shopping feature that could be utilised in theme parks and attractions

House of Hype: New immersive attraction to open at Dubai Mall


A new immersive visitor attraction will open its doors at the Dubai Mall later this year

Zoo Atlanta’s new Immotion-designed VR attraction transports guests to jungles of Rwanda


A new VR cinema attraction that allows guests to observe a family group of endangered mountain gorillas in Rwanda has opened at Zoo Atlanta

How blockchain is being used for cultural and heritage preservation


Crypto membership collective TemDAO is using blockchain technology to preserve cultural and world heritage sites, with its innovative new approach potentially a game changer when its comes to heritage funding

Travelling science exhibitions serve more than 500 million people in China


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

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


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

Illuminarium Las Vegas launches space-themed experience


A new experience exploring space and featuring images from the James Webb Space Telescope has launched at Illuminarium Las Vegas

Qatar unveils ‘next generation’ of cultural institutions at Venice Biennale


Qatar has launched an exhibition showcasing plans for four new museums, with the Art Mill Museum, Lusail Museum, Qatar Auto Museum and Dadu Children’s Museum of Qatar all to open in the country by the end of the decade

Accesso expands offering with new accessoFreedom PoS platform


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

Six Flags becomes first theme park operator to adopt Amazon’s ‘Just Walk Out’ shopping technology


Six Flags will become the first theme park operator to utilise Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, with the cashless and cashierless shopping experience coming first to Six Flags Great Adventure in June

BBC Studios developing immersive experiences for the metaverse


BBC Studios is to launch a collection of immersive experiences on metaverse platform; The Sandbox later this year

MSC Cruises to operate world’s first zero emission cruise sailing in June


MSC Eurbia will become the world’s first net zero greenhouse gas emissions cruise when it sets sail next week

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...

Expo 2020 site transformation continues as site prepares to welcome new businesses


The Expo 2020 Dubai site continues to undergo its repurposing following the event, with more than 3,000 workers set to be based on-site by September.

Zamperla launches first Twister Freeform coaster at Cedar Point


Leading rollercoaster manufacturer Zamperla has opened its first Twister Freeform coaster at Cedar Point in Ohio, US.

Connect&GO raises US$8m in Series A funding extension


Attraction technology specialist Connect&GO has announced an extension to its Series A funding round with an additional US$8m raised to further develop and roll out the company’s all-in-one management platform.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex partners with Attractions.io to reimagine guest experience platform


Attractions.io has teamed up with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to develop a brand new experience platform for guests of the popular destination

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.

Museum + Heritage show returns to London next week


The Museums + Heritage show is set for its annual extravaganza next week, with the event returning to Olympia London on May 10-11.

Toledo Zoo awarded community funding following successful conservation internship programme for teens


Ohio’s Toledo Zoo has had community funding renewed following a successful scheme which aimed to develop a conservation-focused internship programme for local high school students from underrepresented backgrounds.

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


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

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

Major cultural attraction announced for London with Museum of Shakespeare set to open in 2024


A major museum dedicated to William Shakespeare will be built on the foundations of the theatre where the famed playwright hosted some of his first works

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.

Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon to be celebrated with special anniversary show at 100 planetariums worldwide


The 50th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon is being celebrated with a special show taking place at 100 planetariums worldwide

Ushio names Koji Naito new Christie chairman and CEO


Koji Naito has been named the chairman and CEO of Christie, with Naito set to assume the role in addition to his current position as president and CEO of parent company Ushio

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

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.

All eyes on Singapore as registration opens for IAAPA Expo Asia


IAAPA Expo Asia is set to make its grand return this year, with registration for the event in Singapore now open.

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

Eleven million pixels: Christie powers new immersive room in Brazil’s Museum of Image and Sound of Ceará


Christie has teamed up with Brazil’s Museum of Image and Sound of Ceará on the installation of an immersive multimedia room as part of a revamp of the historic institution

Everything you need to know about SeaTrade Cruise Global 2023


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

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Historic cinema to be rebuilt at living museum


A former cinema in Sunderland, UK, is one of three buildings set to be rebuilt at the Beamish Museum in County Durham.

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

Sonia Coleman appointed to lead HR at Disney


Sonia Coleman has been appointed to lead human resources at Disney after being named executive vice president and chief human resources officer.

Disney unveils ‘real’ lightsaber at SXSW


Disney has revealed a ‘real’ lightsaber at this year’s SXSW, an arts and technology festival currently underway in Austin, Texas

Alton Towers reveals details of its ‘most immersive dark ride ever’ ahead of March launch


Staffordshire-based theme park Alton Towers has unveiled details of its upcoming Curse at Alton Manor dark ride ahead of its opening on March 18

Shanghai Science and Technology Museum launches digital platform to engage young visitors in science


The Shanghai Science and Technology Museum in Pudong, China, has unveiled a new digital platform that aims to engage children in science.

Global cruise industry projected to be worth $16.7bn by 2031, new report reveals


A new report exploring the market dynamics of the global cruise industry estimates the sector to grow to $16.7bn over the next several years

Mary Rose Museum set to launch immersive 4D experience


The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, UK, is about to launch a brand new attraction, with an immersive 4D experience coming to the heritage attraction on March 31.

Industry veteran Bruce Vaughn set for return to Disney Imagineering


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

Titanic Belfast reopens to the public following £4.5m revamp


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

BoldMove bridging the physical and the digital with interactive experiences


BoldMove Nation is developing two new ‘phygital’ worlds - attractions that use technology to bridge the digital world with the physical world with the purpose of providing a unique interactive experience for the user.

New innovations from Semnox focus on visitor attractions for 2023


Digitalisation, self-servicing technologies and gamification are key concepts for Semnox, which has developed new innovations with a particular focus on the visitor attractions industry for 2023.

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

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Convious expanding advertising platform in 2023


Attractions management platform Convious is set to grow its advertising module in 2023, with the technology creating a new solution to maximise promotion for its clients.

World Heritage site reproduced using 3D printers opens in China


3D printing has been used to create a full-size replica of a World Heritage site in China, offering visitors an up close and personal experience while also securing crucial data for future world heritage protection

Seoul’s Robot and AI Museum to open in July


July will see the opening of The Robot & AI Museum (RAIM) in Seoul, South Korea.

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

Titanic Belfast to reopen in March following £4.5m revamp


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

Jurassic World: The Exhibition to open in Germany


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

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience to launch in Singapore


Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience will debut in Southeast Asia following successful runs in the US and across Europe.

Ad Gefrin sets March opening date


Ad Gefrin Anglo-Saxon Museum and Whisky Distillery has announced it will open to the public on 25 March 2023 in Wooler, Northumberland, UK.

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.

‘A life size living videogame’: How Universal’s new Power-Up Bands transform the Super Nintendo World experience


Universal Studios Hollywood is levelling up the experience at the upcoming Super Nintendo World with its all-new Power-Up Band. Here’s what the technology does

PIF’s Seven announces SAR1bn entertainment destination for Saudi city of Tabuk


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

WATCH: Anthony Palermo on how Connect&Go is transforming attractions operations


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

Grand Egyptian Museum at 100% completion as ticket prices announced


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

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

Fourteen of 2023’s most anticipated museum openings


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

WATCH: The Sidemen play hide and seek at Dubai’s Aquaventure Waterpark


The Sidemen recently took a trip to Dubai for an epic game of hide and seek in one of the world’s premiere waterparks

Gibraltar’s Alameda Wildlife Park undergoes digital transformation


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

Vikings exhibition heads to Carnegie Science Center


A collection of more than 140 authentic Viking artefacts, including a full-size replica of a Viking ship, is set to go on display in the US at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center.

WATCH: Gorillaz makes history with groundbreaking AR performances supported by Google technology


The virtual band worked with Google to host two first-of-their-kind AR experiences in New York and London to promote their new single

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

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

Universal Orlando to open new Minions attraction in summer 2023


Universal Studios Orlando has officially revealed its new Minions additions, with plans for Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast to open at the park next summer.

UAE introduces Golden Visa scheme for culture


Professionals working in the creative field can now apply for a UAE Cultural Golden Visa, a permit which grants the holder a 10-year residency in the country.

‘A first of its kind experience’: SeaWorld’s Jonathan Smith on operator’s upcoming Pipeline surf coaster


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

Convious named tech partner for West Midland Safari Park


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

Blooloop’s Festival of Innovation kicks off today


Blooloop’s Festival of Innovation starts today.

Convious recognised in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 list


Convious has been recognised by global consulting company Deloitte as one of the fasting-growing companies in the Netherlands.

PortAventura announces world-first Uncharted dark ride coaster


PortAventura has announced plans for a new Uncharted dark ride coaster with Sally Dark Rides and Intamin behind the €25m attraction

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.

Epic Resorts Destinations unveils attractions for world’s first Mattel theme park


The world-first theme park will feature several key attractions inspired by iconic Mattel brands including Barbie, Thomas & Friends and Hot Wheels

Dronisos targets US market following exciting year


Dronisos is seeking partners in the US following a successful year, which saw the company serve as a technology partner for Disneyland Paris

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.

ProSlide set to shatter projects record for 2023 with major announcement coming at IAAPA Expo


ProSlide will announce a major new project at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with the company also revealing a record number of projects for 2023

Christie set to showcase offerings as technology set to go on display across IAAPA Expo


A number of exhibitors will be using Christie technology at this year’s IAAPA Expo, with the company also set to showcase its MicroTiles LED among the products on its own stand

7th Sense supporting a number of companies during IAAPA Expo


Creative software and technology company 7thSense will be supporting a number of partners at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Florida, including SimeEx-Iwerks, Medici Media and the Big Break Foundation.

Spree Interactive to launch Christmas-themed VR experience at IAAPA Expo


Spree Interactive is getting into the Christmas spirit a little early this year, with the launch of its Christmas Crunch VR title at the upcoming IAAPA Expo in Orlando

Princess Cruises unveils 360: An Extraordinary Experience


Princess Cruises has debuted a brand new immersive experience that combines dining, storytelling, music, scent and more for a one-of-a-kind journey through the Mediterranean

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

Simworx to launch Pegasus flying theatre at IAAPA Expo


The dynamic media-based attractions specialist will showcase the attraction alongside its new Overdrive concept at the IAAPA Expo in Orlando, Florida

Luminous drones visualise speculative architecture with stunning results


Amsterdam-based architecture studio Drift has used specialised drone software to create real-life, life-sized visualisations of architectural landmarks, lighting up the skies to show what they would look like should they be restored or completed.

WATCH: Meet Convious’s managing director for the UK & Ireland, Andy Povey


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

WATCH: Meet Mather & Co’s new managing director, Kim Kherlopian


Leading experience designers Mather & Co have named Kim Kherlopian as the company’s new managing director. Planet Attractions caught up with him at this year’s IAAPA Expo Europe to find out more

Industry experts name iconic attractions ahead of special IAAPA webcast


Ahead of a special industry panel looking at iconic attractions, experts from WhiteWater have named their personal picks, explaining why they think their choice is an iconic attraction

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

TrustRadius recognises accesso with Tech Cares award


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

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

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WATCH: Meet Spree Interactive CEO and co-founder Jonathan Nowak Delgado


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

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

WATCH: Meet Conductr CEO and co-founder Peter Cliff


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

Triotech announces major partnership with Puy du Fou Asia


Triotech has landed a deal with Puy du Fou Asia that will see the dynamic attractions specialist supply several attractions to the upcoming SAGA attraction in Shanghai

Paddy Dunning announces worldwide locations for ‘The Giant’


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

Disneyland extends DLight show run by 12 months


Leading drone entertainment specialist Dronisos has confirmed that Disneyland Paris’ has extended the run of its DLight daily show for an additional 12 months.

FlowRider launches new surfing experiences at IAAPA Expo Europe


FlowRider, a WhiteWater company specialising in artificial surf experiences, will expand its product line with two new additions: Flow Curl and FlowSurf.

BoldMove to showcase AR Hybrid Quest attraction at IAAPA Expo Europe


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

Everything you need to know about IAAPA Expo Europe 2022


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

A new take on dark rides: Ernest Yale and Nol van Genuchten on OCT’s game-changing walkthrough attraction from Triotech


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

Attractions across the world pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II following her death


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

Convious to demonstrate full capabilities of eCommerce platform on rocket ship booth at IAAPA Expo Europe


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

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

accesso promises to ‘showcase the future of mobile’ at IAAPA Expo Europe


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

Zoological Society of London names Matthew Gould its new director general


The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has named Matthew Gould its new director general.

Passengers on new MSC cruise liner set for high-octane Robotron ride


The kind of robotic technology seen at theme park rides worldwide will soon be available to cruise passengers out at sea

Attractions.io to showcase new wayfinding features at IAAPA Expo Europe


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

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

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

Registration now open for TEA SATE 2022


Combining storytelling, architecture, technology and experience in themed entertainment, the TEA’s popular SATE event is now open for registration, with this year’s edition coming from Las Vegas, Nevada, US.

Munich’s upcoming Surftown MUC breaks ground on Endless Surf wave pool


Surftown MUC - an upcoming surf park featuring WhiteWater’s Endless Surf wave technology - has officially broken ground.

Convious launches new automated personalisation module


eCommerce software platform and app innovator Convious has launched a new technology that allows attractions to enhance the visitor experience with targeted messaging.

MagicBand+ technology set for July 27 launch at Walt Disney World


Disney is about to launch its upgraded MagicBand+, with the wearable technology offering a host of new features for visitors



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