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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


The projection mapping market could be worth as much as US$8bn according to a new report on the technology


The Experience Department, popularly known as ted, has expanded its European-based leadership team, naming Jake McCoy its new director of operations.


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


Whitewater’s patented FlowRider is getting a new look, with the company introducing a brand new identity for the popular artificial surf brand.


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


Roger Highfield, science director at the Science Museum Group, has discussed a new study that suggests the soot released by space tourism could have a bigger impact on the climate than the soot from aviation.


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


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


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


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


Paris Hilton has made a significant donation to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that will enable the museum to acquire digital artworks by female artists


Holovis and Azimuth have teamed up with grand plans to develop an XR content creation and digital engineering team in Malaysia, making the country a hub for the Southeast Asia region in XR technology development


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


Electric Gamebox - a location-based immersive gaming platform - has announced a partnership with video game developer Rovio Entertainment to launch a lifesize Angry Birds game.


Attractions.io has teamed up with VisiSoft to merge its guest-facing app technology with the company’s electronic point of sale (EPOS) and online ticketing software.


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


Triotech has announced that the company has hit a landmark 100 attraction installations in Europe, a figure the supplier passed during the spring.


Google Arts & Culture celebrated Internation Museum Day with the launch of three new mind-bending AR art filters


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


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


Set to debut later this year, Technicians: The David Sainsbury Gallery will feature Marvel’s Black Panther as its centrepiece, with the IP being used to encourage children to explore the role of technicians


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Ultraleap is introducing a new tool to allow the use of hand tracking while wearing a Pico Neo 3 VR headset


The Dubai Entertainment, Amusement & Leisure Exhibition returned in 2022, bringing with it much success for attendees and exhibitors alike


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


Visual and audio technology company Christie has named Hideaki Onishi as its new chairman and CEO.


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


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


The companies have entered into a three-year partnership that will see Accesso supply its point of sale solutions across four of Pyek Group’s waterparks



Walker joins the company with more than 20 years experience, having held senior creative roles at Universal Creative and Dynamic Attractions


Shanghai Planetarium, Shanghai Museum and more than 100 city parks have already closed to the public


German rollercoaster manufacturer Maurer Rides has launched a new interactive snow coaster.


San Diego Zoo has launched one of its most ambitious ever additions, with the brand-new US$69m Wildlife Explorers Basecamp showcasing a number of different ecosystems through a series of immersive experiences


Attractions.io has announced a new partnership with Chester Zoo, with the animal attraction in the UK launching a fully-branded mobile app to enhance the visitor experience.


Cruise operator Hurtigruten Norway has initiated one of Europe's largest environmental ship upgrades, with rebuilt ships set to cut CO2 emissions by 25% and NOx emissions by as much as 80%.


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


Disney’s Imagination Campus has released a new look at the iconic Space Mountain from a STEM perspective, exploring the science and technology behind the attraction while also looking at the role that energy and acceleration play in the design of rollercoasters.


Gail Evans has been named executive vice president, chief digital and technology officer for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.


Industry veterans Peter Cliff and Jos van der Steen, have launched a new company aimed at creating immersive experiences.


Here are all the events you should be attending this month


The exhibition had its world premiere at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute earlier this month


A combined US$400m investment, Resorts World Sentosa is launching the first phase of its RWS 2.0 expansion plan, with an all-new Minions land at Universal Studios Singapore and the redevelopment of the rebranded and reimagined Singapore Oceanarium


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


Sesame Place San Diego is set to open next month, with the location set to include an interactive Sesame Street Neighbourhood along with themed attractions


Creative software and technology company 7thSense has announced the acquisition of design, consulting and production company Bluebox Attractions.


Disney doubled revenues at its parks in its second quarter, with Bob Chapek saying that there is more storytelling infused into every aspect of a visit to a Disney park than ever before


One of Norway’s largest theme parks recently turned to Attractions.io to solve stability problems in its app, with a ‘transformational year’ seeing Hunderfossen extend its partnership with the company until 2024.


Hailed as the “most beautiful building on earth”, the awe-inspiring Museum of the Future finally has its opening date, with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announcing a February 22 opening date for the attraction.


ATRAX – The Amusement-Attraction, Park-Recreation Industry and Services Exhibition - is underway at the Istanbul Expo Center in Turkey.


Attractions.io partnership with Merlin Entertainments has been expanded to include the supplier’s mobile wallet technology at all Merlin-operated theme parks


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


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


Parks! America Inc has announced a partnership with ticketing and technology solutions provider accesso to provide a more convenient and easy-to-navigate admission, reservation and shopping system to guests at its Wild Animal Safari attractions.


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


The video of Spider-Man having a less than graceful landing so far has more than 822,000 likes with 4.3 million views but don't panic! Spidey is all good.


What does the future look like for immersive experiences when it comes to location-based entertainment? Michael Mascioni has the answers


Ticketing specialist accesso has announced its long-term partnership with Merlin Entertainments has been extended through to 2026.


We’re not far off Mark Zuckerberg’s big reveal of the metaverse and what that means for the future, but when it comes to attractions, there are some companies already well ahead of the curve. Andrew Jacobs, accesso’s chief commercial officer, explains what it means for operators to be in a mobile-first world.


Disney’s recently-departed CEO, Bob Iger, has stated his belief that a merger deal between Disney and Apple would likely have “gotten there” over time.


Happy Valley Group has signed a strategic cooperation intention agreement with SimEx-Iwerks to bring the supplier’s 4D cinema technology and other attractions to the operator’s parks across China.


Ticketing specialist Gateway has announced the promotion of Chase Mory to its new director of operations.


Stéphane Lefebvre is taking the step up from COO to take the reins as president and CEO of the Cirque du Soleil entertainment brand


Bob Iger is set to hand the reins over to Susan Arnold, who becomes the first woman to be appointed Disney chairman in the company’s history


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


Planet Attractions’ Editor-in-Chief Tom Anstey is set to host a panel looking at trends emerging from Vietnam’s growing attractions industry


Universal Studios Singapore has launched its festive season, with a festive augmented reality experience and new character meet-and-greets among the experiences on offer this holiday season.


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


Alterface, Storyland and Studios Occitanie are collaborating with the video game company on the project, which is slated to open in 2025


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


The Ferrari Experience comprises immersive simulator rides, an eSports adrenaline hub and an exclusive themed dining experience


Triotech and Clifton Hill have announced a major new attraction to be installed at Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.


The concept combines lighting, projection, audio and special effects to create an immersive mini-golf experience


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



The K-pop music arena plans to host some 190 concerts per year


Simworx will be on hand to discuss several of its projects, including the newly opened Massameer Experience Ride at Boulevard RUH City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


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


Gateway’s immersive Guest Journey experience enables operators to experience their attraction from a guest perspective


A new immersive experience is making its way to the Tower Vaults inside the Tower of London, with The Gunpowder Plot set to make its debut in May 2022.


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


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


Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Anthony Mackie, Brie Larson and more have lent their talents to the Disney Cruise Line’s upcoming Marvel Experience


Arizona's Phoenix Zoo has gone live with Galaxy Connect from Gateway Ticketing Systems, streamlining the attraction's ability to sell admission tickets on third-party distributor websites.


ProSlide Technology has been named the recipient of three World Waterpark Association Leading Edge Awards for 2021.


High-performance media specialist 7thSense has appointed Erik Iversen as senior product manager for pixel processing products.


New images of Central Hall - a building that will unite the two halves of the National Railway Museum (NRM) in York, UK - have been released.





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


A new and slightly terrifying museum has opened its doors in China, with the EX Future Science and Technology Museum in Dalian touted as the “world's first bionic humanoid robot museum”.


New experiences for the visually impaired are set to be rolled out at a number of Merlin attractions, including Legoland Parks, Legoland Discovery Centres and Sea Life aquariums


A series of Manchester United themed entertainment experiences, featuring immersive projection and tracking technology, are being rolled out in China, with the first “Theatre of Dreams” attraction opening in Beijing earlier this year.


The Innovation Awards were created to recognise excellence and innovation in the attractions and themed entertainment industries


Pokémon is set to make its mark at Universal Studios Japan following a landmark deal to bring the popular IP to the park starting in 2022



WhiteWater has announced that Frank Good and Domingo Vergoossen will join the company in senior roles. Good will take on the role of VP of Business Development at Vantage, WhiteWater’s technology arm and has more than 10 years experience providing digital solutions to theme parks.


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


Forrec has worked on several high-profile projects, including the Nickelodeon Universe indoor theme park at American Dream


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


Attractions.io has developed a direct-to-table in-app food ordering system for those who want to maintain social distancing


Smash & Reload is a family-friendly attraction that combines competitive gameplay with a fun and interactive IP


The upgraded Galaxy is an integrated solution combining ticketing, admission control, resource management


Simworx will showcase two new attractions aimed at smaller venues at family entertainment centres at this year’s IAAPA Europe Expo


Architects Stufish have been tasked with creating a pop-up arena for iconic Swedish band ABBA’s virtual comeback in London


Battle Arena is a new interactive ride concept from Lagotronics Projects that pits riders against each other as they battle to score points


Security specialists Axon have supplied Six Flags’ US theme parks with body cameras for staff


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


The US$1.08bn Legoland Shenzhen Resort is Merlin’s latest - and largest - venture in the Chinese market


Everything is about to get bigger (and smaller) as Disney continues to take the world by storm with its latest animatronic projects


Disney has introduced a new digital service offering personalised itineraries for visitors wanting to get the most out of their day at one of the operator’s parks


The experience was developed to meet growing demands for high-end turnkey solutions and reliable technology


Following a rollercoaster year, Six Flags is certainly on a high after more than doubling its expected EBITDA for Q2


A carbon-neutral cruise ship could be realised in the not-too-distant future, with MSC Group announcing a feasibility study for a hydrogen-powered vessel


Unesco has deleted Liverpool from its World Heritage List after a committee determined new developments were damaging the city’s global heritage


We spoke to Triotech’s Ernest Yale and Nol van Genuchten about Knott’s Berry Farm’s iconic Bear-y Tales dark ride, which has been reimagined for a brand new audience more than three decades later


The migration of artefacts will be the largest since the 1880s and will see more than a third of the museum’s collection relocated to the brand-new Harwell Campus


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


IAAPA supports the lifting of US travel restrictions, Donkey Kong could be making his way to Universal’s theme parks, George Osborne becomes British Museum chairman and Portugal has welcomed Europe’s first five-person water coaster. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions.


ProSlide’s MammothBlast five-person water coaster has made its European debut at Portugal’s popular Aquashow Park


The long-awaited Shanghai Astronomy Museum is set to open its doors to the public on July 18


The Mobile Food Ordering system saves guests time and reduces the risk of COVID transmission


The attraction will feature never-before-seen photographs and behind-the-scenes shots from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast films


As the COVID tide begins to turn, the recreation sector looks set to bounce back with a new report suggesting the market could be worth as much as US$1.92tn by 2025


Ocean Flower waterpark is the latest step in the development of the US$24bn Ocean Flower Island


A toppled slave-trader statue goes on display, Disney launches a teacher-led education scheme, Hawking’s office to go on display and Sega eyes Sonic theme parks. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


He’s fast, he’s blue and he might just be coming to an attraction near you. Here are Sega’s attractions plans for Sonic the Hedgehog in 2022 and beyond


A new permanent immersive light and spatial audio installation at St. Michael’s Cave will boost the Rock’s visitor experience in time for Summer 2021


Historic England’s virtual dive trail tells the story of Stirling Castle, a 70-gun warship that was destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703


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


Captain America, Ant-Man and Bob Chapek assemble for the launch of Avengers Campus, Chris Jericho rides the Voyage, a UK-only cruise is barred from the UK and Amsterdam starts trailing the use of autonomous boats. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


New York’s brand-new flagship Harry Potter store is an immersive retail experience boasting the largest collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merchandise anywhere in the world


Targeting students in Chicago’s underserved neighbourhoods, photojournalist Tonika Johnson and architect Taylor State have discussed creativity and collaboration as part of MSI’s Black Creativity programme


The trend for autonomous vehicles continues to grow, with Amsterdam currently testing the use of self-driving electric boats in its waterways


Disney has brought Marvel to life like never before with the launch of Avengers Campus at Disneyland California Adventure


Kazakhstan has welcomed the country’s first flying theatre ride with Brogent Technologies behind the landmark new attraction


A 4D dome experience at the National Center of Meteorology has opened its doors to the public as part of an engagement strategy that helps audiences understand weather data and meteorological research


The Gruffalo Spotter 2 app combines augmented reality with animated versions of Julia Donaldson’s beloved characters


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


The first duelling water coaster to come to Latin America has made its debut at the Cafalandia waterpark in Colombia


Endless Surf coming to Germany after plans approved for Surftown MUC


It’s been a year of turmoil for the theme park industry, with Disney boss Bob Chapek hoping for an end to the chaos towards the end of 2021


The two-year project will see the addition of a new orientation gallery, research centre and reading room


With the opening of the UK’s hottest new attraction imminent, Gary Pope of Kids Industries has revealed how Legoland Windsor’s newest addition - Lego Mythica - was brought to life


Could LED technology take the market from traditional projection in the coming years? Holovis’ Jon Tozer weighs up the pros and cons of both technologies


Industry veterans Caulonque and Thatcher have joined Endless Surf as demand grows for WhiteWater’s next-gen wave technology


The funding will be used to upgrade critical art conservation tools and create new study spaces


Take a look at what Avengers Campus cast members will be wearing ahead of its public launch on June 4


Coming to the hotly-anticipated Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser hotel experience, Disney has unveiled what looks like the most realistic lightsaber ever created


WWE legend Triple H has revealed that the company has looked at building a physical Hall of Fame, with the Game revealing what his vision for such an attraction would look like


Capped attendance was at 95% capacity but Covid continues to have a significant impact on Six Flags’ bottom line


The famed dinosaur expert will appear on the show in an attempt to raise funding for a touring exhibition featuring his animatronic dinosaurs


Jurassic World: The Exhibition first opened in Australia in 2016 and has welcomed nearly three million visitors during its world tour


Characters like Grogu and Rocket Racoon could soon come to life in Disney’s parks following the unveiling of a walking, talking and even dancing version of the Guardians of the Galaxy favourite Groot by Disney Imagineering


Dependent on local restrictions being lifted, the new attraction is scheduled to open in October 2021


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


The eagle-eyed fan who might have spotted Wakanda is Disneyland’s expansion plan, vital funding for the Game of Thrones Studio Tour, a long-awaited ban on cruise ships in central Venice and the technology powering Legoland New York’s most anticipated attraction. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


The IAAPA Virtual Conference wants to help the industry ‘rebound, rebuild, and return to the fun’


The state-of-the-art visitor attraction will open later this year after securing a sizeable loan to part-finance the project


It’s been a landmark few weeks for Amazon, which recently launched its first till-less ‘just walk out’ stores in the UK. The shops remove tills and make retail a completely frictionless experience - something the visitor attractions sector should certainly be looking at


Peter Cliff explains how Lego is utilising Holovis technology to create a state-of-the-art interactive dark ride


Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


After being named president for one of the world’s leading waterpark manufacturers, we had a chat with Paul Chutter about his new role, working with his father and what it means for WhiteWater going forward


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


Jean Nouvel have won a competition to design the new opera house in Shenzhen, while SANAA submitted the winning entry for the city's maritime museum


A new ‘at the door’ Covid test will give a result back in seconds, which could be huge in working towards bringing the visitor attractions sector back to full capacity attendance


As the attractions industry struggled in 2020, Europa-Park was no exception. Company CEO Michael Mack explains how the Mack family business navigated these troubled waters, as well as detailing a number of exciting plans for when the world finally starts to turn once again


In part two of our exclusive interview with the man who advised on Jurassic Park and has his own army of robotic dinosaurs, ‘Dino’ Don Lessem returns to talk everything from the business of dinosaurs to the world-famous Trump Toilet


Super Nintendo World will finally open later this month, while Disneyland and California’s other major theme parks are set to reopen in April following a year of closure


Europa Park and Mack Rides are two true titans of the theme park industry. On what would have been his 100th birthday, we take a look back at the man that started it all - the legendary Franz Mack


Don Lessem has gone from advising on Jurassic Park to building enough robotic dinosaurs that he could fill an entire zoo. In part one of our interview, we get a peek into the life of ‘Dino Don’, who talks about everything from Steven Spielberg to the real-life dinosaur that’s been named after him


Work has restarted on Universal’s fourth gate in Orlando, with Epic Universe now scheduled to open in early 2025


With a Disney legend joining Virgin Galactic, Edvard Munch making like Banksy, Boris Johnson setting a roadmap and Peppa Pig making her way to Florida, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


The CultArm3D has been developed to help museums digitise their collections


The Art of Engineering has developed a program capable of designing optimised track layouts


The Utah theme park says the star’s latest album infringes on its trademark


New research could change the way plastic is recycled, offering attractions a greener alternative in the future


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


In the pandemic world, museums engaging with their audience through digital has become an essential process. Klaus Sommer Paulsen explores this evolution to and asks how it will define the museum of the future



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





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




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




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Some handy tips to get waterpark operators through the busiest time of year




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‘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


Anime robot maids serve customers in Japanese café


Ethiopia’s Museum of Art and Science inaugurated by Prime Minister


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


Projection mapping market to be worth US$8bn by 2030
The projection mapping market could be worth as much as US$8bn according to a new report on the technology


Jake McCoy joins ted as new director of operations
The Experience Department, popularly known as ted, has expanded its European-based leadership team, naming Jake McCoy its new director of operations.


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


FlowRider gets a brand new look with new logo
Whitewater’s patented FlowRider is getting a new look, with the company introducing a brand new identity for the popular artificial surf brand.


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


How sustainable is space tourism?
Roger Highfield, science director at the Science Museum Group, has discussed a new study that suggests the soot released by space tourism could have a bigger impact on the climate than the soot from aviation.


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


FlowRider launches nature-inspired FlowSurf technology to create ‘never-ending’ waves
FlowRider’s FlowSurf technology was inspired by river waves and creates never-ending waves


SpaceX’s Starlink could be rolled out across Royal Caribbean Cruise ships pending FCC approval
Royal Caribbean Cruises has filed a request that if approved will see SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service rolled out across the operator’s entire fleet


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


Paris Hilton supports digital artworks by female artists with LACMA donation
Paris Hilton has made a significant donation to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art that will enable the museum to acquire digital artworks by female artists


Holovis and Azimuth partner to bring XR technology to Malaysia and Southeast Asia
Holovis and Azimuth have teamed up with grand plans to develop an XR content creation and digital engineering team in Malaysia, making the country a hub for the Southeast Asia region in XR technology development


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


Electric Gamebox unveils life-size immersive Angry Birds experience
Electric Gamebox - a location-based immersive gaming platform - has announced a partnership with video game developer Rovio Entertainment to launch a lifesize Angry Birds game.


Attractions.io and VisiSoft team up to deliver integrated in-app digital ticketing
Attractions.io has teamed up with VisiSoft to merge its guest-facing app technology with the company’s electronic point of sale (EPOS) and online ticketing software.


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


Triotech hits attractions milestone in Europe
Triotech has announced that the company has hit a landmark 100 attraction installations in Europe, a figure the supplier passed during the spring.


Google uses augmented reality to bring fine art to life for International Museum Day
Google Arts & Culture celebrated Internation Museum Day with the launch of three new mind-bending AR art filters


National Football Museum and Royal Botanic Gardens get share of £553m in carbon reduction scheme
The British government is supporting a range of public sector organisations in reducing their dependency on carbon and improving energy efficiency


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


Science Museum teams up with Marvel to bring Black Panther to major new exhibition
Set to debut later this year, Technicians: The David Sainsbury Gallery will feature Marvel’s Black Panther as its centrepiece, with the IP being used to encourage children to explore the role of technicians


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


Delaware Museum of Nature and Science to reopen as a ‘Tik-Tok-friendly’ attraction following multi-million-dollar renovation
The Delaware Museum of Nature and Science is set to reopen on May 23 following an extensive renovation


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


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


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


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


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


Gaming with your hands: Ultraleap introduces new hand-tracking technology for VR headsets
Ultraleap is introducing a new tool to allow the use of hand tracking while wearing a Pico Neo 3 VR headset


Deals at DEAL: Middle East attractions show hails successful return to Dubai in 2022
The Dubai Entertainment, Amusement & Leisure Exhibition returned in 2022, bringing with it much success for attendees and exhibitors alike


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


Christie names Hideaki Onishi new chairman and CEO
Visual and audio technology company Christie has named Hideaki Onishi as its new chairman and CEO.


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


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


Pyek Group names Accesso as dedicated technology partner
The companies have entered into a three-year partnership that will see Accesso supply its point of sale solutions across four of Pyek Group’s waterparks


DEAL 2022: Red Raion to premiere ‘Moby Dick: Friends to the Rescue!’


George Walker named as VP of creative development at Holovis
Walker joins the company with more than 20 years experience, having held senior creative roles at Universal Creative and Dynamic Attractions


Disneyland closed as Shanghai reports highest ever daily Covid cases
Shanghai Planetarium, Shanghai Museum and more than 100 city parks have already closed to the public


Maurer Rides targets ski resorts with new Spike Snow Coaster
German rollercoaster manufacturer Maurer Rides has launched a new interactive snow coaster.


San Diego Zoo’s US$69m Wildlife Explorers Basecamp opens to the public
San Diego Zoo has launched one of its most ambitious ever additions, with the brand-new US$69m Wildlife Explorers Basecamp showcasing a number of different ecosystems through a series of immersive experiences


Chester Zoo app transformed with Attractions.io partnership
Attractions.io has announced a new partnership with Chester Zoo, with the animal attraction in the UK launching a fully-branded mobile app to enhance the visitor experience.


Hurtigruten Norway kicks off one of Europe's biggest environmental upgrades
Cruise operator Hurtigruten Norway has initiated one of Europe's largest environmental ship upgrades, with rebuilt ships set to cut CO2 emissions by 25% and NOx emissions by as much as 80%.


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


The science behind Space Mountain
Disney’s Imagination Campus has released a new look at the iconic Space Mountain from a STEM perspective, exploring the science and technology behind the attraction while also looking at the role that energy and acceleration play in the design of rollercoasters.


Gail Evans to lead Disney into the future after being named new chief technology officer
Gail Evans has been named executive vice president, chief digital and technology officer for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.


Conductr: Peter Cliff and Jos van der Steen launch new company
Industry veterans Peter Cliff and Jos van der Steen, have launched a new company aimed at creating immersive experiences.


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


Harry Potter: The Exhibition arrives at Franklin Institute for worldwide debut
The exhibition had its world premiere at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute earlier this month


Expansion of Universal Studios and reimagined Singapore Oceanarium form first phase of US$400m redevelopment at Resorts World Sentosa
A combined US$400m investment, Resorts World Sentosa is launching the first phase of its RWS 2.0 expansion plan, with an all-new Minions land at Universal Studios Singapore and the redevelopment of the rebranded and reimagined Singapore Oceanarium


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


Sesame Place San Diego slated for March opening
Sesame Place San Diego is set to open next month, with the location set to include an interactive Sesame Street Neighbourhood along with themed attractions


7thSense acquires Bluebox Attractions
Creative software and technology company 7thSense has announced the acquisition of design, consulting and production company Bluebox Attractions.


‘We’ve transformed the guest experience’: Bob Chapek on Disney’s impressive second quarter
Disney doubled revenues at its parks in its second quarter, with Bob Chapek saying that there is more storytelling infused into every aspect of a visit to a Disney park than ever before


Hunderfossen extends partnership with Attractions.io following ‘transformational year’
One of Norway’s largest theme parks recently turned to Attractions.io to solve stability problems in its app, with a ‘transformational year’ seeing Hunderfossen extend its partnership with the company until 2024.


Dubai’s Museum of the Future finally gets opening date
Hailed as the “most beautiful building on earth”, the awe-inspiring Museum of the Future finally has its opening date, with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announcing a February 22 opening date for the attraction.


Turkey's attractions market gathers for ATRAX 2022
ATRAX – The Amusement-Attraction, Park-Recreation Industry and Services Exhibition - is underway at the Istanbul Expo Center in Turkey.


Merlin to use Attractions.io mobile wallet technology across operator’s entire theme park portfolio
Attractions.io partnership with Merlin Entertainments has been expanded to include the supplier’s mobile wallet technology at all Merlin-operated theme parks


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


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


Parks! America Inc partners with accesso on ticketing solution
Parks! America Inc has announced a partnership with ticketing and technology solutions provider accesso to provide a more convenient and easy-to-navigate admission, reservation and shopping system to guests at its Wild Animal Safari attractions.


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


Oooh! My back
The video of Spider-Man having a less than graceful landing so far has more than 822,000 likes with 4.3 million views but don't panic! Spidey is all good.


New horizons for immersive experiences in leisure facilities
What does the future look like for immersive experiences when it comes to location-based entertainment? Michael Mascioni has the answers


Merlin and accesso extend global ticketing partnership to 2026
Ticketing specialist accesso has announced its long-term partnership with Merlin Entertainments has been extended through to 2026.


Reimagining the guest experience in a mobile-first world with accesso
We’re not far off Mark Zuckerberg’s big reveal of the metaverse and what that means for the future, but when it comes to attractions, there are some companies already well ahead of the curve. Andrew Jacobs, accesso’s chief commercial officer, explains what it means for operators to be in a mobile-first world.


Iger: Apple and Disney merger would have happened if Steve Jobs were alive
Disney’s recently-departed CEO, Bob Iger, has stated his belief that a merger deal between Disney and Apple would likely have “gotten there” over time.


SimEx-Iwerks and Happy Valley Group sign a strategic cooperation intention agreement
Happy Valley Group has signed a strategic cooperation intention agreement with SimEx-Iwerks to bring the supplier’s 4D cinema technology and other attractions to the operator’s parks across China.


Chase Mory named new director of operations at Gateway Ticketing Systems
Ticketing specialist Gateway has announced the promotion of Chase Mory to its new director of operations.


Stéphane Lefebvre named new Cirque du Soleil president and CEO
Stéphane Lefebvre is taking the step up from COO to take the reins as president and CEO of the Cirque du Soleil entertainment brand


Disney appoints Susan Arnold as first female chair in its 98-year history
Bob Iger is set to hand the reins over to Susan Arnold, who becomes the first woman to be appointed Disney chairman in the company’s history


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


Planet Attractions to present at Vietnam Theme Park Virtual Expo & Conference 2021
Planet Attractions’ Editor-in-Chief Tom Anstey is set to host a panel looking at trends emerging from Vietnam’s growing attractions industry


Christmas in Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore has launched its festive season, with a festive augmented reality experience and new character meet-and-greets among the experiences on offer this holiday season.


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


Assassin’s Creed creator Ubisoft plans entertainment complex and theme park in France
Alterface, Storyland and Studios Occitanie are collaborating with the video game company on the project, which is slated to open in 2025


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


IAAPA 2021: Simworx and Katapult launch midway media-based Ferrari attraction
The Ferrari Experience comprises immersive simulator rides, an eSports adrenaline hub and an exclusive themed dining experience


Carnival Chaos: Triotech announces new Niagara Falls attraction
Triotech and Clifton Hill have announced a major new attraction to be installed at Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.


IAAPA 2021: Holovis to debut 360Golf concept in partnership with Adventure Golf & Sports
The concept combines lighting, projection, audio and special effects to create an immersive mini-golf experience


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


Could menthol be used to simulate cold weather in VR?


Multi-use K-pop attraction CJ LiveCity breaks ground in Seoul
The K-pop music arena plans to host some 190 concerts per year


IAAPA 2021: Simworx to showcase recent projects
Simworx will be on hand to discuss several of its projects, including the newly opened Massameer Experience Ride at Boulevard RUH City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


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


IAAPA 2021: Gateway Ticketing offers glimpse into the guest experience with immersive Guest Journey
Gateway’s immersive Guest Journey experience enables operators to experience their attraction from a guest perspective


Remember, remember the Fifth of November...
A new immersive experience is making its way to the Tower Vaults inside the Tower of London, with The Gunpowder Plot set to make its debut in May 2022.


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


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


Marvel actors assemble for Disney Wish cruise experience
Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Anthony Mackie, Brie Larson and more have lent their talents to the Disney Cruise Line’s upcoming Marvel Experience


Phoenix Zoo adopts Gateway's Galaxy Connect
Arizona's Phoenix Zoo has gone live with Galaxy Connect from Gateway Ticketing Systems, streamlining the attraction's ability to sell admission tickets on third-party distributor websites.


ProSlide picks up three Leading Edge Awards
ProSlide Technology has been named the recipient of three World Waterpark Association Leading Edge Awards for 2021.


7thSense Welcomes Erik Iversen as senior product manager
High-performance media specialist 7thSense has appointed Erik Iversen as senior product manager for pixel processing products.


Full steam ahead: First look at new building for UK’s National Railway Museum
New images of Central Hall - a building that will unite the two halves of the National Railway Museum (NRM) in York, UK - have been released.


Back to making waves


Aerial cinematography


Using mobile apps to connect the digital with the physical


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


Einstein, Robo-Trump and more inside the world’s first bionic humanoid robot museum
A new and slightly terrifying museum has opened its doors in China, with the EX Future Science and Technology Museum in Dalian touted as the “world's first bionic humanoid robot museum”.


Merlin partners with eSight to offer inclusive experiences for the visually impaired
New experiences for the visually impaired are set to be rolled out at a number of Merlin attractions, including Legoland Parks, Legoland Discovery Centres and Sea Life aquariums


An Immersive Theatre of Dreams
A series of Manchester United themed entertainment experiences, featuring immersive projection and tracking technology, are being rolled out in China, with the first “Theatre of Dreams” attraction opening in Beijing earlier this year.


Blooloop names winners of inaugural Innovation Awards
The Innovation Awards were created to recognise excellence and innovation in the attractions and themed entertainment industries


Pokémon is coming to Universal Studios Japan in 2022
Pokémon is set to make its mark at Universal Studios Japan following a landmark deal to bring the popular IP to the park starting in 2022


Attractions.io demoing direct-to-table in-app food ordering system


WhiteWater announces key hires
WhiteWater has announced that Frank Good and Domingo Vergoossen will join the company in senior roles. Good will take on the role of VP of Business Development at Vantage, WhiteWater’s technology arm and has more than 10 years experience providing digital solutions to theme parks.


Everything you need to know about IAAPA Expo Europe 2021
IAAPA’s international trade show is back with IAAPA Expo Europe emanating from Barcelona, Spain. Here’s everything you need to know about the event


High-profile Forrec attractions to be showcased at IAAPA Expo Europe
Forrec has worked on several high-profile projects, including the Nickelodeon Universe indoor theme park at American Dream


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


Attractions.io to unveil new F&B solution at IAAPA Expo Europe
Attractions.io has developed a direct-to-table in-app food ordering system for those who want to maintain social distancing


BoldMove to showcase Smash & Reload dark ride at IAAPA Expo Europe
Smash & Reload is a family-friendly attraction that combines competitive gameplay with a fun and interactive IP


Gateway Ticketing to showcase Galaxy upgrade at IAAPA Expo Europe
The upgraded Galaxy is an integrated solution combining ticketing, admission control, resource management


Simworx targets FEC market with new launches
Simworx will showcase two new attractions aimed at smaller venues at family entertainment centres at this year’s IAAPA Europe Expo


Mamma Mia! Here they go again! Stufish design pop-up arena to host ABBA’s virtual comeback tour
Architects Stufish have been tasked with creating a pop-up arena for iconic Swedish band ABBA’s virtual comeback in London


Lagotronics Projects to introduce Battle Arena attraction at IAAPA Expo Europe
Battle Arena is a new interactive ride concept from Lagotronics Projects that pits riders against each other as they battle to score points


Security at all of Six Flags’ US parks to wear body cameras
Security specialists Axon have supplied Six Flags’ US theme parks with body cameras for staff


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


Merlin breaks bricks on world’s largest Legoland Resort in Shenzhen
The US$1.08bn Legoland Shenzhen Resort is Merlin’s latest - and largest - venture in the Chinese market


Project Exo is just the start of Disney’s robotic ambitions
Everything is about to get bigger (and smaller) as Disney continues to take the world by storm with its latest animatronic projects


Disney’s new Genie service waves goodbye to traditional fastpasses and replaces them with an all-in-one park planning tool
Disney has introduced a new digital service offering personalised itineraries for visitors wanting to get the most out of their day at one of the operator’s parks


Kraftwerk Living Technologies introduces Night at the Manor 4D theatre experience
The experience was developed to meet growing demands for high-end turnkey solutions and reliable technology


Six Flags soars after smashing Q2 earnings estimates
Following a rollercoaster year, Six Flags is certainly on a high after more than doubling its expected EBITDA for Q2


Green oceans: MSC announce feasibility study for hydrogen-powered cruise ship
A carbon-neutral cruise ship could be realised in the not-too-distant future, with MSC Group announcing a feasibility study for a hydrogen-powered vessel


Everton stadium plans and waterfront redevelopment sees Liverpool stripped of World Heritage status
Unesco has deleted Liverpool from its World Heritage List after a committee determined new developments were damaging the city’s global heritage


Thirty-four years in the making: How Triotech took a classic dark ride attraction and brought it into the 21st century
We spoke to Triotech’s Ernest Yale and Nol van Genuchten about Knott’s Berry Farm’s iconic Bear-y Tales dark ride, which has been reimagined for a brand new audience more than three decades later


Natural History Museum to transfer 27 million specimens to new state-of-the-art research centre
The migration of artefacts will be the largest since the 1880s and will see more than a third of the museum’s collection relocated to the brand-new Harwell Campus


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


The Week: Easing US travel restrictions, Donkey Kong, George Osborne and a new addition to Portugal’s largest waterpark
IAAPA supports the lifting of US travel restrictions, Donkey Kong could be making his way to Universal’s theme parks, George Osborne becomes British Museum chairman and Portugal has welcomed Europe’s first five-person water coaster. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions.


ProSlide launches Europe’s first five-person water coaster in Portugal’s Aquashow Park
ProSlide’s MammothBlast five-person water coaster has made its European debut at Portugal’s popular Aquashow Park


Shanghai’s highly-anticipated planetarium and astronomy museum set to open later this month
The long-awaited Shanghai Astronomy Museum is set to open its doors to the public on July 18


Avonturenpark Hellendoorn eliminates F&B queues with Convious Mobile Food Ordering solution
The Mobile Food Ordering system saves guests time and reduces the risk of COVID transmission


Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition coming to London Film Museum in July
The attraction will feature never-before-seen photographs and behind-the-scenes shots from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast films


Global recreation market set to soar to US$1.4tn in 2021 following COVID-hit 2020
As the COVID tide begins to turn, the recreation sector looks set to bounce back with a new report suggesting the market could be worth as much as US$1.92tn by 2025


Ocean Flower Island continues to take shape as ProSlide-supplied waterpark opens doors to the public
Ocean Flower waterpark is the latest step in the development of the US$24bn Ocean Flower Island


The Week: Toppled statues, imagination-powered learning, Stephen Hawking and Sonic the Hedgehog attractions
A toppled slave-trader statue goes on display, Disney launches a teacher-led education scheme, Hawking’s office to go on display and Sega eyes Sonic theme parks. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


Super Sonic: The attractions history of Sega’s most iconic IP and potential plans for theme park developments in 2022
He’s fast, he’s blue and he might just be coming to an attraction near you. Here are Sega’s attractions plans for Sonic the Hedgehog in 2022 and beyond


Stunning immersive show transforms the Rock of Gibraltar
A new permanent immersive light and spatial audio installation at St. Michael’s Cave will boost the Rock’s visitor experience in time for Summer 2021


Explore a 300-year-old shipwreck with Historic England’s new virtual dive trail
Historic England’s virtual dive trail tells the story of Stirling Castle, a 70-gun warship that was destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703


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


The Week: Avengers Campus, Chris Jericho, spoiled cruises and Amsterdam’s autonomous boat
Captain America, Ant-Man and Bob Chapek assemble for the launch of Avengers Campus, Chris Jericho rides the Voyage, a UK-only cruise is barred from the UK and Amsterdam starts trailing the use of autonomous boats. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


Retail meets attraction: World’s largest Harry Potter store opens doors in New York
New York’s brand-new flagship Harry Potter store is an immersive retail experience boasting the largest collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merchandise anywhere in the world


WATCH: Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry celebrates black creativity with Taylor Staten and Tonika Johnson
Targeting students in Chicago’s underserved neighbourhoods, photojournalist Tonika Johnson and architect Taylor State have discussed creativity and collaboration as part of MSI’s Black Creativity programme


Self-driving electric boats are currently being trialled in Amsterdam’s canals
The trend for autonomous vehicles continues to grow, with Amsterdam currently testing the use of self-driving electric boats in its waterways


Avengers, and Bob Chapek, assemble at Disneyland for epic grand opening ceremony of Avengers Campus
Disney has brought Marvel to life like never before with the launch of Avengers Campus at Disneyland California Adventure


A flight through history: Brogent develops Kazakhstan’s first-ever flying theatre as part of government-backed tourist development
Kazakhstan has welcomed the country’s first flying theatre ride with Brogent Technologies behind the landmark new attraction


New 4D theatre for UAE as National Center of Meteorology launches Science Dome
A 4D dome experience at the National Center of Meteorology has opened its doors to the public as part of an engagement strategy that helps audiences understand weather data and meteorological research


New AR app brings The Gruffalo to England’s forests
The Gruffalo Spotter 2 app combines augmented reality with animated versions of Julia Donaldson’s beloved characters


From The Industry: The Louvre’s first female leader, more big cat controversy and bumper cars in VR
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Colombia’s Cafalandia celebrates launch of ProSlide-designed water coaster
The first duelling water coaster to come to Latin America has made its debut at the Cafalandia waterpark in Colombia


Munich soon to welcome Germany’s first surf park after plans approved for major development in Bavarian capital
Endless Surf coming to Germany after plans approved for Surftown MUC


Disney boss Bob Chapek: ‘We’re pleased with how demand has bounced back’
It’s been a year of turmoil for the theme park industry, with Disney boss Bob Chapek hoping for an end to the chaos towards the end of 2021


Washington’s National Museum of Women in the Arts set to undergo US$66m renovation
The two-year project will see the addition of a new orientation gallery, research centre and reading room


From concept to creation: Legoland’s new Lego Mythica attraction opening later this month
With the opening of the UK’s hottest new attraction imminent, Gary Pope of Kids Industries has revealed how Legoland Windsor’s newest addition - Lego Mythica - was brought to life


LED is here to challenge projection’s throne
Could LED technology take the market from traditional projection in the coming years? Holovis’ Jon Tozer weighs up the pros and cons of both technologies


WhiteWater names Baptiste Caulonque and Andrew Thatcher to key positions within Endless Surf division
Industry veterans Caulonque and Thatcher have joined Endless Surf as demand grows for WhiteWater’s next-gen wave technology


Courtauld receives £2.2m from AHRC for art conservation and infrastructure development
The funding will be used to upgrade critical art conservation tools and create new study spaces


Cast Members ASSEMBLE - Disney shows off costumes ahead of Avengers Campus launch
Take a look at what Avengers Campus cast members will be wearing ahead of its public launch on June 4


Disney offers first look at ‘real’ lightsaber
Coming to the hotly-anticipated Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser hotel experience, Disney has unveiled what looks like the most realistic lightsaber ever created


Triple H: WWE has considered physical Hall of Fame
WWE legend Triple H has revealed that the company has looked at building a physical Hall of Fame, with the Game revealing what his vision for such an attraction would look like


Encouraging Q1 for Six Flags despite COVID losses
Capped attendance was at 95% capacity but Covid continues to have a significant impact on Six Flags’ bottom line


‘Dino’ Don Lessem to appear on Shark Tank
The famed dinosaur expert will appear on the show in an attempt to raise funding for a touring exhibition featuring his animatronic dinosaurs


Jurassic World exhibition to kick off North American leg of world tour in Dallas
Jurassic World: The Exhibition first opened in Australia in 2016 and has welcomed nearly three million visitors during its world tour


I am Groot: Disney Imagineering’s free-walking robot opens the door for host of new characters in parks
Characters like Grogu and Rocket Racoon could soon come to life in Disney’s parks following the unveiling of a walking, talking and even dancing version of the Guardians of the Galaxy favourite Groot by Disney Imagineering


World’s first Columbia Pictures theme and waterpark coming to Thailand
Dependent on local restrictions being lifted, the new attraction is scheduled to open in October 2021


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


The Week: Wakanda in Disneyland? The Game of Thrones Studio Tour, Venice’s cruise ban and Holovis at Legoland
The eagle-eyed fan who might have spotted Wakanda is Disneyland’s expansion plan, vital funding for the Game of Thrones Studio Tour, a long-awaited ban on cruise ships in central Venice and the technology powering Legoland New York’s most anticipated attraction. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


IAAPA gearing up for virtual conference next week
The IAAPA Virtual Conference wants to help the industry ‘rebound, rebuild, and return to the fun’


Game of Thrones Studio Tour takes huge step forwards after securing £10m package to fund development
The state-of-the-art visitor attraction will open later this year after securing a sizeable loan to part-finance the project


It’s time for a retail revolution
It’s been a landmark few weeks for Amazon, which recently launched its first till-less ‘just walk out’ stores in the UK. The shops remove tills and make retail a completely frictionless experience - something the visitor attractions sector should certainly be looking at


HoloTrac - The revolutionary technology powering Legoland’s newest attraction
Peter Cliff explains how Lego is utilising Holovis technology to create a state-of-the-art interactive dark ride


From The Industry: Government interference in heritage, the attraction rewarding vaccination and the Disney IP that nearly started a Tunisian war
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Making a splash: Paul Chutter on his new role at the head of WhiteWater
After being named president for one of the world’s leading waterpark manufacturers, we had a chat with Paul Chutter about his new role, working with his father and what it means for WhiteWater going forward


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


Jean Nouvel and SANAA announced as winning designs for Shenzhen’s new opera house and maritime museum
Jean Nouvel have won a competition to design the new opera house in Shenzhen, while SANAA submitted the winning entry for the city's maritime museum


New 15-second Covid test could prove gamechanger for attractions
A new ‘at the door’ Covid test will give a result back in seconds, which could be huge in working towards bringing the visitor attractions sector back to full capacity attendance


Europa-Park’s Michael Mack: The toughest year in the history of our business
As the attractions industry struggled in 2020, Europa-Park was no exception. Company CEO Michael Mack explains how the Mack family business navigated these troubled waters, as well as detailing a number of exciting plans for when the world finally starts to turn once again


Part Two: Meet ‘Dino’ Don Lessem - The business of dinosaurs, the Trump toilet and the future of robotics
In part two of our exclusive interview with the man who advised on Jurassic Park and has his own army of robotic dinosaurs, ‘Dino’ Don Lessem returns to talk everything from the business of dinosaurs to the world-famous Trump Toilet


Super Nintendo World and Disneyland among parks given reopening green light
Super Nintendo World will finally open later this month, while Disneyland and California’s other major theme parks are set to reopen in April following a year of closure


Celebrating an icon - Remembering Europa Park founder Franz Mack on his 100th birthday
Europa Park and Mack Rides are two true titans of the theme park industry. On what would have been his 100th birthday, we take a look back at the man that started it all - the legendary Franz Mack


Part One: Meet ‘Dino’ Don Lessem - The man who advised on Jurassic Park and has his own army of robotic dinosaurs
Don Lessem has gone from advising on Jurassic Park to building enough robotic dinosaurs that he could fill an entire zoo. In part one of our interview, we get a peek into the life of ‘Dino Don’, who talks about everything from Steven Spielberg to the real-life dinosaur that’s been named after him


Universal’s highly-anticipated Epic Universe resumes construction in Orlando
Work has restarted on Universal’s fourth gate in Orlando, with Epic Universe now scheduled to open in early 2025


The Week: Joe Rohde shoots for the stars, restrictions lifted and Peppa Pig’s new Florida home
With a Disney legend joining Virgin Galactic, Edvard Munch making like Banksy, Boris Johnson setting a roadmap and Peppa Pig making her way to Florida, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


New technology creates 3D-scanned replicas of priceless artefacts at the push of a button
The CultArm3D has been developed to help museums digitise their collections


Can artificial intelligence design the perfect rollercoaster?
The Art of Engineering has developed a program capable of designing optimised track layouts


Taylor Swift in hot water after Evermore theme park sues singer over album name
The Utah theme park says the star’s latest album infringes on its trademark


Pioneering recycling method could help attractions cut down on single use plastic
New research could change the way plastic is recycled, offering attractions a greener alternative in the future


From the Industry: VelociCoaster, Jason Avant’s new business and the 1800s version of virtual tourism
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


Successful digital transformation of museums
In the pandemic world, museums engaging with their audience through digital has become an essential process. Klaus Sommer Paulsen explores this evolution to and asks how it will define the museum of the future




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