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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Almost cold as ice, Bart Dohmen, CEO of Unlimited Snow, explains how new technology is transforming the snow play experience for visitors and improving the bottom line


New video from Meow Wolf shows the country music legend in a way you’ve almost certainly never seen before


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


Spider-Man himself reveals all about his new dark ride attraction coming to Disneyland later this year


Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty reveals all about the making of Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios


‘Sparking visitors with hope, light and connectivity’, Bruge’s WinterGlow returned in December for a series of installations across the historic city


Here are the top stories from Planet Attractions since the start of the year


Businessman Mario Celso Lopes is planning to transform the economic landscape of his hometown by building one of the largest waterparks in Latin America


If Skynet does enslave us, we sincerely hope it’s through the art of dance...


Recognising the world’s most astonishing attractions, Planet Attractions names 2021’s Wonder Award winners


Heigh Ho! Disney gives viewers a sneak peek at new Snow White dark ride


Holovis CEO Stuart Hetherington talks to Planet Attractions about the past 12 months, major projects and the future of technology in the world of attractions


Combining cutting-edge technology with traditional stagecraft, a new virtual reality experience from the Royal Opera House will make its grand debut in 2021


Get a sneak peek of the arts festival ahead of its 19 December launch in Melbourne


Gundam Factory Yokohama makes its official debut later this month


The vial will form part of an exhibit documenting the UK’s response to the coronavirus pandemic


German forces likely threw the device into the water to avoid it falling into Allied hands


Ultraleap’s touchless technology could prove a game-changer for health-conscious attractions and their visitors.





Disney has released a peek behind the curtain for the redevelopment of its castle at Hong Kong Disneyland


While most of the world is in shutdown, China has managed to keep the ongoing pandemic in check. With the country successfully adapting to its new normal, Alice Davis takes a look at five major projects coming to one of its largest cities - Shanghai.


Work on site is underway for Zaha Hadid Architects’ latest China project



European coaster enthusiasts travel to US for theme park excursion





The museum that’s introduced special glasses to help colour-blind people see art in a whole new light




Merlin introduces career acceleration scheme for frontline staff




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Two sustainability mantras from the House of Gucci movie




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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


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


Attractions.io
Uttoxeter Business Centre
, Uttoxeter
, Staffordshire
, United Kingdom
, ST14 8AZ
Contact: Jacob Thompson
Tel: (0)1889 560 218
Email: [email protected]


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


Saudi Entertainment and Amusement Expo
Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center

For sales enquiry:
Email: [email protected]
Call: +971 4438 0355

For Marketing & Press Relations
Email: [email protected]
Call: +971 4438 0355


‘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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Holovis
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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


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.


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


‘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


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


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


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


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.


Chase Mory named new director of operations at Gateway Ticketing Systems


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Snow play: The evolution of snow in visitor attractions
Almost cold as ice, Bart Dohmen, CEO of Unlimited Snow, explains how new technology is transforming the snow play experience for visitors and improving the bottom line


Willie Nelson promotes Omega Mart’s grand opening... We think
New video from Meow Wolf shows the country music legend in a way you’ve almost certainly never seen before


From the Industry: Tom Mehrmann on Universal Beijing, diversity in zoos and Bernie Sanders does his best to keep warm
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


Tom Holland offers behind-the-scenes look at new Spider-Man attraction coming to Disneyland in 2021
Spider-Man himself reveals all about his new dark ride attraction coming to Disneyland later this year


A look at Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway from the Imagineer that created it
Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty reveals all about the making of Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios


Painting with Light illuminates Bruge with winter light show
‘Sparking visitors with hope, light and connectivity’, Bruge’s WinterGlow returned in December for a series of installations across the historic city


In case you missed it: How Chester Zoo is handling the pandemic, Boston Dynamic’s robotic groove and the new player about to enter Brazil’s waterpark market
Here are the top stories from Planet Attractions since the start of the year


A major player is about to enter Brazil’s waterpark market with the US$92.5m Acqualinda set to make a splash in Sao Paulo
Businessman Mario Celso Lopes is planning to transform the economic landscape of his hometown by building one of the largest waterparks in Latin America


WATCH: Boston Dynamics shows off its super-advanced robot tech with the help of The Contours and ‘Do You Love Me?’
If Skynet does enslave us, we sincerely hope it’s through the art of dance...


Recognising excellence as inaugural Wonder Award winners are revealed
Recognising the world’s most astonishing attractions, Planet Attractions names 2021’s Wonder Award winners


WATCH: Disneyland transforms Snow White’s Enchanted Wish
Heigh Ho! Disney gives viewers a sneak peek at new Snow White dark ride


Innovation from limitation: How Holovis took 2020 by the horns and ran with it
Holovis CEO Stuart Hetherington talks to Planet Attractions about the past 12 months, major projects and the future of technology in the world of attractions


The Royal Opera House is combining VR with opera for a world-first ‘hyper reality’ immersive experience
Combining cutting-edge technology with traditional stagecraft, a new virtual reality experience from the Royal Opera House will make its grand debut in 2021


WATCH: Bringing Melbourne’s NGV Triennial 2020 to life
Get a sneak peek of the arts festival ahead of its 19 December launch in Melbourne


WATCH: Japan builds 25-tonne moving Gundam robot
Gundam Factory Yokohama makes its official debut later this month


First COVID vaccination vial to go on display at London’s Science Museum
The vial will form part of an exhibit documenting the UK’s response to the coronavirus pandemic


Nazi Enigma machine found rusting in Baltic Sea to go on display at German museum
German forces likely threw the device into the water to avoid it falling into Allied hands


The revolutionary technology turning touchscreens touchless
Ultraleap’s touchless technology could prove a game-changer for health-conscious attractions and their visitors.


Storytelling: Is It As Important To Theme Parks As It Is To Film?


WATCH: Go behind the scenes of Disney’s grand transformation of its Hong Kong Castle
Disney has released a peek behind the curtain for the redevelopment of its castle at Hong Kong Disneyland


Five major projects to look forward to in Shanghai
While most of the world is in shutdown, China has managed to keep the ongoing pandemic in check. With the country successfully adapting to its new normal, Alice Davis takes a look at five major projects coming to one of its largest cities - Shanghai.


Futuristic science museum unveiled for China’s high-tech Shenzhen
Work on site is underway for Zaha Hadid Architects’ latest China project




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