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Tis the season to be jolly AND to give gifts, so why not give a special gift to a special someone from your favourite attraction? We took a look at some of our favourite stocking fillers from the world’s biggest attractions


Change is coming for Universal, with the incoming chairman and CEO, Mark Woodbury, handing new senior positions to Karen Irwin, Tom Mehrmann and more in a major shakeup of the company’s leadership structure


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


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


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


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


Vice chair Woodbury, who has played a key role in the Comcast company’s parks expansion worldwide, steps up in March 2022


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


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


Eleven major new ride attractions to open at waterparks and theme parks in 2022 – the most “significant and exciting lineup” in SeaWorld history


The six-zone Paramount Film and Television Park is part of a US$8 billion tourism development and is expected to open in Yunnan province in 2024


The three-part zone, opening next spring, allows guests to get creative as they design and build their own Lego cars and take part in a virtual race


Despite a lack of international visitors and a decline in overall visitor numbers, SeaWorld Entertainment has seen record earnings for its third quarter, marking continued recovery from a COVID-hit 2020 for the operator


For a limited time starting November 21, visitors to Downtown Disney will be able to experience Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge in virtual reality


As part of its mission to become a full-fledged resort and leisure destination, Ocean Park is hosting a month-long wellness event with yoga, hiking and glamping starting November 7


Alice in Wonderland has reached the grand old age of 70 and as a result the Disney Imagination Campus has taken a look at the science behind its historic Mad Tea Party attraction


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


The founder of Madame Tussauds and the father of the Latin American attractions industry have both taken their rightful place as a part of the IAAPA Hall of Fame


Universal’s theme park attendance has surged in Q3, with Universal Orlando at the forefront after recording its most profitable quarter ever


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


Six Flags has seen staff costs more than double since the pandemic with cost-cutting measures taking place elsewhere in the business to accommodate the sharp rise in labour expenses


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


The Rig is a unique venture that will transform a former oil rig in the Arabian Gulf into a resort featuring theme parks, hotels, restaurants and even actual sky diving!


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


Disneyland is getting its first movie with Halloween’s David Gordon Green lined up to direct the origin story of origin stories


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


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 panel of industry legends will share their stories about the creation of Universal’s ever-popular Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man dark ride at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando


This year’s event will offer a host of horror-themed attractions, including new scare zones and horror mazes


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


With Evergande at risk of complete collapse thanks to US$305bn worth of debts, the future of its portfolio of 15 theme parks across China is currently uncertain


From October 7 Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain will both be affected by new rules that require proof of vaccination before entry


With the US still not setting a firm date in November to open up to international visitors, IAAPA is working with the government to help its members attend the biggest attractions show of the year


Inka Park will be the first leisure destination of its kind in Latin America


Starting in October De Grote Efteling Koekoekshow will tour both the Netherlands and Belgium


Bob Chapek believes Disney’s parks division has emerged stronger than when the company entered the global pandemic


Cruise operator Carnival recently made headlines around the world with the debut of the first rollercoaster to operate at sea. Maurer Rides’ Marco Hartwig explains how this all came about


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


Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is the main feature of the expanded French pavilion which will make its debut next month to kickstart Disney World’s 50th-anniversary celebrations


The tourism development plan will encourage the predicted 10 million visitors a year to Universal Studios to explore the wider Beijing area


The long-awaited Universal Beijing is set for a spectacular launch on September 20


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


Park Beyond’s ‘impossification’ system promises to let your imagination run wild with a new theme park simulator unlike any we’ve ever seen on modern systems


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 event was cancelled last year and is set to return this Halloween


The spookiest time of the year has started at the Magic Kingdom


Biden’s installation forms part of a recent renovation of the attraction, which reopened in early August


The poster features several Star Wars figures, which, according to Disney, are meant to represent the guests and the choose-your-own-adventure-style experience they’ll undertake at the hotel


Unvaccinated park-goers will be offered the Pfizer vaccine


With guests returning to its parks in their droves, Universal has for the first time since COVID-19 emerged made a profit in its quarterly earnings report


Adventure Cove features several new family-friendly attractions


Hailed as one of the world’s best dark ride attractions, Universal’s Spider-Man dark ride will be celebrated at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando with the return of the popular Legends Panel event


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


Disney has released a new docuseries exploring how it managed to bring some of its most popular attractions to life


Disney’s Jungle Cruise has undergone a full reimagining, with the ride experience completely modernised to ‘better reflect and value diversity’


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


Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House is set to make its theme park debut at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando


One child has died and another remains in critical condition following an accident on the Raging River ride at Iowa’s Adventureland theme park


Donkey Kong could soon be making his theme park debut after reports suggest Nintendo and Universal have big plans for the popular franchise


Tom Iven joins SeaWorld following 45 year career working for Six Flags


Continuing its 50-year anniversary celebrations, Disney is offering 50 people in the US a trip to Disney World in recognition of their acts of kindness, compassion and creativity


Following a successful launch in 2020, Oktoberfest is making its way back to Thorpe Park this year with a special event celebrating the Bavarian festival


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


Universal CityWalk has partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to host a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site


The production opens on June 16, marking the resorts five-year anniversary


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


Howl-O-Scream will feature several Halloween-themed attractions for horror fans and thrill-seeking guests


A new degree is being launched to offer students the chance to develop and forge a career in the themed entertainment industry


Police have asked for assistance in identifying a suspect following an attempted arson attack on Silverwood’s Timber Terror wooden coaster


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


The former WWE and AEW World Champion Chris Jericho and his band Fozzy have released a new music video shot on board Holiday World’s record-holding wooden coaster ‘The Voyage’


Snorri Snorkling VR at Europa Park’s Rulantica is ready to roll, though the launch has been slightly delayed thanks to local restrictions


Disney has honoured 92-year-old cast member and World War II veteran Alex Stromski with a special flag raising ceremony


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


Time to get hyped! Grona Lund has released an amazing new ad ahead of Monster - King of Roller Coasters’ debut next month


Vietnam’s largest theme park, a game-changing aquarium project and 12,000 hotel rooms are just a few of the features of the new Phu Quoc United Center


Celebrating 100 years of Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, the under-construction Phoenix coaster represents the largest investment in the attraction’s history


Six Flags Great America is partnering with the state of Illinois to incentivise COVID-19 vaccination in underserved communities


Tokyo Disney has limited capacity and reduced the opening times in an effort to curb a rise of COVID-19 cases in the region


Give Kids The World will hosts its annual Coasting for Kids amusement park event at seven premiere attractions this summer


Universal CityWalk Beijing will offer 24 dining, retail and entertainment experiences, including Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium


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


Guests at Silverwood will be invited to jump into the cockpit of a Pitts Special biplane as a new RMC single-rail coaster makes its debut at the end of May


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


SeaWorld veteran Marc Swanson has been named permanent CEO following a year of managing the role on an interim basis


Have you ever wanted to rob a bank with the kids? Well now you can with Gangsta Granny: The Ride at Alton Towers in the UK, which has been given the green light by David Walliams himself


"We're powering the magic by harnessing the power of the sun"


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


Universal’s parks are once again on the rise as its results after a year of struggle show promise for the entire theme park industry


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


Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return To The Fair will not only celebrate 100 years of Knott’s Berry Farm but also the reopening of the park following a year-long closure


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


Aerosmith has been the star of Disney’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster since it opened


Ningbo and Ganzhou to open second gates in the next stage of the Beautiful China Trilogy resorts


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


In 1967, Economic Research Associates were hired to find out what impact the upcoming Disney World Resort would have on the state. The outcome, it turned out, would surprise even Disney


Imagineering veteran Designer's Creative Studio founder Theron Skees shares the secrets for everything you need to be successful in themed entertainment


YouTuber CoasterWriter has built a gargantuan rollercoaster entirely out of K’nex, with the mega ride filling his entire back garden


Merlin has offered a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the giant Lego Sky Lion for its upcoming Mythica attraction at Legoland Windsor


Does the classic phrase ‘oldest ride, longest line’ hold up? Or are Disney’s newest attractions the way forward for the operator?


Godzilla the Ride: Great Kaiju Decisive Dominance Battle will be the signature attraction for Seibu-en’s new 1960s-themed Showa land


Charlie Brooker’s popular Netflix series Black Mirror is set to make its theme park debut next month, with the launch of a new VR maze experience at Thorpe Park


The song, titled ‘Light is in You’, forms the soundtrack to the new nighttime spectacular


The head of the island’s tourism commission takes the helm from May


Adventure Cove is a nautical-themed land aimed at families


Twitter user HelmsmanFreddy appears to have discovered the secretive fictional nation of Wakanda in Disneyland’s new expansion plans


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


Legoland Belgium could become a reality after Merlin and public investment fund Sogepa confirmed feasibility studies were currently underway for such a project


The former operator of Drayton Manor theme park has been fined £1m after a girl died on a ride in 2017, but the penalty will never be paid as the company is in administration


No owls will be used in any licensed live productions, including at all Wonderful Wizarding World locations


Gold, jewels and ribbons, oh my! The first phase of Disney’s Cinderella Castle’s magical makeover begins


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


Following a dire 2020, Comcast’s Mike Cavanagh is predicting a much better year for Universal’s theme park division


Horror Nights celebrates its 30th anniversary with the man who started it all - Beetlejuice


Disney has created a giant sand sculpture to celebrate the recent release of Raya and the Last Dragon


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


Universal is rethinking elements of its Dr Seuss attractions after the book’s publisher removed number of titles from circulation


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


Epcot’s Harmonious will be the largest nighttime illumination that Disney has ever produced


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


David Walliams’ children’s book is being brought to life at Alton Towers, which has offered a first look at the ride opening April 12


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


Rejoice preschoolers and parents - a Peppa Pig theme park is making its way to Florida


Six Flags lost 26 million visitors in 2020, with theme park attendances worldwide slashed as a result of the global pandemic


The rail-suspended dark ride opened at Disneyland, California, in 1955 and is believed to have been one of Walt Disney’s favourite attractions


Joe Rohde has swapped the most magical place on earth for the most magical place off of it, with the Disney legend joining Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic


As Disney celebrates Black History Month, Carmen Smith explains how the company is making efforts to ensure its attractions and experiences are relevant to guests


There’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel for attractions in Britain, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson laying out a roadmap to end restrictions in place at varying degrees for most of the last year


The success of an immersive attraction can be determined by the flow of people entering and exiting the space. Michelle Hicks explains how effective operations can help to optimise these experiences


Adam Reeves has created a range of immersive experiences at home and has now turned his attention to a new rollercoaster-themed game show


We still have a long way to go but theme parks all over the world are eyeing reopening dates, hinting that the global sector might be showing the first signs of recovery


Cedar Fair recorded a US$572m operating loss in 2020 with the operator only able to open its doors for 22% of the year


Raya and the Last Dragon is coming to Animal Kingdom, with new experiences including a 40-tonne sand sculpture and a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming movie


Why has the UK theme park market changed from one targeting high action thrillseekers to one now seeking to welcome a family audience?


Part of Universal’s new immersive world might not actually be a part of the Nintendo universe


Scream if you wanna go faster! Welcome to the theme park experience built inside content creator Parkspill’s house


Combined Q1 results saw losses of US$1.06bn for Disney’s theme parks domestically and globally


Dippy22 has already built Toad’s Cafe and Peach’s Castle and, once completed, will release the park as a playable map


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won the Super Bowl, with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski punching their ticket to the happiest place on earth


Get a new perspective on Island of Adventure’s popular story coaster with this 360 degree look at the ride experience


Disney has created a special event allowing California Adventure to reopen under current state guidelines


The castle will be located in the Witch Valley area of the park and is expected to open in March 2024


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


Legislators in the state want large theme parks including Disneyland to reopen earlier than current COVID guidelines currently allow


Inspired by Disney Pixar’s latest release, The Soul of Jazz will explore the history of the musical art form in America


All Aboard! This Nintendo-adorned train will ferry consumers to Universal’s Super Nintendo World when the new land opens in 2021


As more and more people are vaccinated against Covid-19, Comcast executives have predicted a huge upswing in business for Universal’s theme parks division


COVID-19 has had a major effect on Universal’s bottom line, with the operator recording huge losses in 2020


Dolphins will not longer feature in the Poseidon Theatre at Parc Asterix with a new attraction to take its place


More than 20 years since it first opened the Men in Black dark ride is still one of the most popular attractions at Universal Studios Orlando


The boat ride, first opened in 1955, is getting an overhaul ‘to reflect and value diversity’


Kept indoors by the global pandemic and missing Disney’s parks, this fan recreated the iconic fireworks show at home using a projector and a 3D printer


A COVID-safe version of the popular show is expected to open in the summer


Go behind the scenes with two of the men responsible for the creation of Disney’s jaw-dropping Star Wars attractions


Shanghai Disneyland is gearing up for the Chinese New Year


She usually serves clients such as Russell Brand, Demi Lovato and 50 Cent but now Maeve Reilly is turning her attentions to Mickey and Minnie for a new line of Disney merchandise


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


Despite an extremely challenging year, Disney has continued to give back to charities across the world


Did you know that Efteling and Legoland had their own videogames? Which was your favourite? This is a brief history of theme park management games.


Imagineering veteran and founder of the Designer's Creative Studio, Theron Skees, reveals how to take a brand concept and transform it into a physical environment


The spinning coaster by Mack Rides represents a €17.5m investment and is the first ride to be themed after a music festival


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


Work has begun to redevelop Berlin’s former Spreepark into a cultural attraction


Disneyland is on course to remain shut for an entire year, with COVID-19 surging in the state of California


A surge in Coronavirus cases has put Nintendo’s theme park debut on hold for the time-being


Viewist delves into the history of Six Flags’ Monster Mansion


The park has been closed for nearly 10 months and will now offer its services as a vaccine distribution centre


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


The Gold Coast theme park and animal attraction is bringing back its popular Carnivale festival later this month


Grupo Xcaret says its new landmark attractions will now open at the end of the year - 12 months later than originally planned


Expedition Theme Park has delved into the rocky past of the iconic EuroStar


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


Disney report outlines company’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and plastic waste by 2030


Bolt will become the world’s first rollercoaster to operate at sea when Carnival’s Mardis Gras sets sail in April


Seasons greetings! Walt Disney Imagineering shares a message of peace and hope for the coming year.


TheJackSilkstone, Screwy Loops and ArchNemesis are among this year’s winners


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


Several previous attempts to redevelop the park have all fallen through


From street art to street food, the 2021 Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts has it all


New training courses for themed entertainment professional will be available in January


Be among the first to see new features inside Universal Studios’ Super Nintendo World


Get a first person look at The Shredder courtesy of ThemePark HD


It’s been a tough year for Drayton Manor, which has had to endure flooding, COVID-19, administration and now fire.


The popular Belgian IP will be the main focus of a brand-new media-led family attraction


And they lived happily ever after! Inside Jordan Fisher and Ellie Woods’ Disney World wedding


With voting currently underway for this year’s Clamshell Awards, we’ve taken a look at each of the nominees.


With voting currently underway for this year’s Clamshell Awards, we’ve taken a look at each of the nominees.


This eerie image of an abandoned rollercoaster has probably got more likes over the weekend than any other ride picture posted on social media. But how did it do it, what’s the fascinating backstory behind the photo in question and what are its ties to Disney?


You can now vote for your favourite influencers and content creators


The attraction has been in development for three years


Challenge accepted! Beto Carrero World welcomes Masterchef Brazil judge to ride the Fire Whip


Joyeux Noël! Get in the holiday spirit with a performance of Mickey’s Magical Christmas Lights.


A new video offering a first glimpse at the ride vehicles for the new Jurassic World VelociCoaster has been released by Universal.


Current chair Rich Roedel will not be standing for re-election at the next shareholders meeting.





Analysts have projected that visitors to the state will increase in the second half of 2021


The opening date for the hotly-anticipated Super Nintendo World has been announced in a new video from Universal Studios Japan.


The trailer showcases the latest spectacles coming to Puy du Fou for its next season of shows


Florida’s largest homeless shelter has received a magical donation from Disney’s wishing wells


From The Simpsons to Black Mirror, we cross the entertainment multiverse to find the very best fictional attractions we wish existed, also offering you a real-world alternative.


Disney’s strict costume rules at its parks led to a Disney fashion revolution. Lauren Heath-Jones finds out more.


Who do you think are the best content creators and influencers in the theme park community?





Firefly Creations’ Michelle Hicks discusses the importance of immersive experiences and how they can add to the overall visitor experience.


Jordan Middleton explains how leveraging user-generated content can create more authentic and emotive marketing in the attractions world.


Florida is the undisputed theme park capital but how many of its coasters have you conquered?


See Walt Disney’s office exactly as it was, “down to the last paperclip” and learn a little bit about the man behind The Walt Disney Company’s media and theme park empire.


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.


Liseberg CEO Andreas Andersen takes a look back at the park’s history to see how we can believe in a brighter future for the struggling visitor attractions sector


The Clemson Tigers Running Back has been hailed as inspiration for his work against social injustice and the coronavirus epidemic.


Fans in and out of Disney’s parks will be able to get their hands on a Spider-Bot from December 4


Visitors will be able to snorkel in virtual reality with the German waterpark’s octopus mascot Snorri Touren

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Christmas gifts: Thirteen special items you can get direct from your favourite attractions
Tis the season to be jolly AND to give gifts, so why not give a special gift to a special someone from your favourite attraction? We took a look at some of our favourite stocking fillers from the world’s biggest attractions


Leadership shakeup at Universal as corporate landscape changes with multiple appointments
Change is coming for Universal, with the incoming chairman and CEO, Mark Woodbury, handing new senior positions to Karen Irwin, Tom Mehrmann and more in a major shakeup of the company’s leadership structure


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


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


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


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


Universal Parks veteran Mark Woodbury to take over as CEO
Vice chair Woodbury, who has played a key role in the Comcast company’s parks expansion worldwide, steps up in March 2022


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


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


SeaWorld announces unprecedented list of new thrill rides and coasters, plus another Sesame Place, coming soon to US parks
Eleven major new ride attractions to open at waterparks and theme parks in 2022 – the most “significant and exciting lineup” in SeaWorld history


Star Trek, Tomb Raider, Mission Impossible among IPs to star at Paramount theme park and tourism complex in China
The six-zone Paramount Film and Television Park is part of a US$8 billion tourism development and is expected to open in Yunnan province in 2024


Ferrari speeding in to Legoland California with an interactive build-and-race attraction
The three-part zone, opening next spring, allows guests to get creative as they design and build their own Lego cars and take part in a virtual race


Record quarter for SeaWorld despite attendance decline on pre-COVID numbers
Despite a lack of international visitors and a decline in overall visitor numbers, SeaWorld Entertainment has seen record earnings for its third quarter, marking continued recovery from a COVID-hit 2020 for the operator


Meta and Lucasfilm team up for immersive Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge preview experience at Disneyland
For a limited time starting November 21, visitors to Downtown Disney will be able to experience Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge in virtual reality


Yoga, hiking and glamping on the menu as Ocean Park partners with HSBC Life Well+ for month-long wellness event
As part of its mission to become a full-fledged resort and leisure destination, Ocean Park is hosting a month-long wellness event with yoga, hiking and glamping starting November 7


Disney Imagination Campus celebrates 70 years of Alice In Wonderland with look at science behind iconic Mad Tea Party attraction
Alice in Wonderland has reached the grand old age of 70 and as a result the Disney Imagination Campus has taken a look at the science behind its historic Mad Tea Party attraction


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


Marie Tussaud and Marcelo Gutglas inducted into IAAPA’s prestigious Hall of Fame
The founder of Madame Tussauds and the father of the Latin American attractions industry have both taken their rightful place as a part of the IAAPA Hall of Fame


Universal Orlando reports most profitable quarter in its history despite having no international visitors
Universal’s theme park attendance has surged in Q3, with Universal Orlando at the forefront after recording its most profitable quarter ever


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.


‘Tight’ labour market sees Six Flags staff costs double to US$40m
Six Flags has seen staff costs more than double since the pandemic with cost-cutting measures taking place elsewhere in the business to accommodate the sharp rise in labour expenses


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


Saudi Arabia converting off-shore oil rig into jaw-dropping theme park resort
The Rig is a unique venture that will transform a former oil rig in the Arabian Gulf into a resort featuring theme parks, hotels, restaurants and even actual sky diving!


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


Disneyland set to get its own movie as Disney lines up host of names to develop epic feature
Disneyland is getting its first movie with Halloween’s David Gordon Green lined up to direct the origin story of origin stories


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


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


Team behind Universal’s iconic Spider-Man dark ride to speak at IAAPA Expo
A panel of industry legends will share their stories about the creation of Universal’s ever-popular Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man dark ride at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando


Thorpe Park celebrates 20 years of fear with the return of Fright Nights
This year’s event will offer a host of horror-themed attractions, including new scare zones and horror mazes


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


Evergrande collapse puts theme parks in jeopardy
With Evergande at risk of complete collapse thanks to US$305bn worth of debts, the future of its portfolio of 15 theme parks across China is currently uncertain


New mandate requires visitors to Los Angeles County theme parks to show proof of vaccination before entry
From October 7 Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain will both be affected by new rules that require proof of vaccination before entry


IAAPA supports overseas visitors wanting to attend November Expo in Orlando
With the US still not setting a firm date in November to open up to international visitors, IAAPA is working with the government to help its members attend the biggest attractions show of the year


Jora Vision named lead development partner of upcoming Inka Park
Inka Park will be the first leisure destination of its kind in Latin America


Efteling set to debut touring theatre experience in October
Starting in October De Grote Efteling Koekoekshow will tour both the Netherlands and Belgium


‘Minor miracle’ Disney parks positioned as well as they are, says Chapek
Bob Chapek believes Disney’s parks division has emerged stronger than when the company entered the global pandemic


The making of Bolt: How Maurer Rides created Carnival’s game-changing rollercoaster at sea
Cruise operator Carnival recently made headlines around the world with the debut of the first rollercoaster to operate at sea. Maurer Rides’ Marco Hartwig explains how this all came about


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


Ratatouille arrives at Epcot with expansion of French pavilion
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is the main feature of the expanded French pavilion which will make its debut next month to kickstart Disney World’s 50th-anniversary celebrations


Beijing plans tourism development around Universal Studios
The tourism development plan will encourage the predicted 10 million visitors a year to Universal Studios to explore the wider Beijing area


Universal Beijing Resort sets September 20 date for grand opening
The long-awaited Universal Beijing is set for a spectacular launch on September 20


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


New theme park sim from Tropico developer turns genre on its head
Park Beyond’s ‘impossification’ system promises to let your imagination run wild with a new theme park simulator unlike any we’ve ever seen on modern systems


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


Thrill by day and fright by night as Fright Fest returns to Six Flags
The event was cancelled last year and is set to return this Halloween


Disney World launches all-new Boo Bash as Halloween season returns
The spookiest time of the year has started at the Magic Kingdom


President Biden makes Disney debut in revamped Hall of Presidents attraction
Biden’s installation forms part of a recent renovation of the attraction, which reopened in early August


Disney offers sneak peek at Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser attraction ahead of 2022 opening with new official poster
The poster features several Star Wars figures, which, according to Disney, are meant to represent the guests and the choose-your-own-adventure-style experience they’ll undertake at the hotel


Thorpe Park latest to open pop-up vaccine centre
Unvaccinated park-goers will be offered the Pfizer vaccine


Return of guests returns Universal to profit following COVID-hit year
With guests returning to its parks in their droves, Universal has for the first time since COVID-19 emerged made a profit in its quarterly earnings report


New nautical-inspired land to open at Drayton Manor this summer
Adventure Cove features several new family-friendly attractions


IAAPA Legends Panel returns in 2021 to celebrate Universal’s Spider-Man attraction
Hailed as one of the world’s best dark ride attractions, Universal’s Spider-Man dark ride will be celebrated at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando with the return of the popular Legends Panel event


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


Behind the Attraction: New Disney+ series takes a look at some of Disney’s most iconic attractions
Disney has released a new docuseries exploring how it managed to bring some of its most popular attractions to life


WATCH: Reimagined Jungle Cruise reopens at Disneyland
Disney’s Jungle Cruise has undergone a full reimagining, with the ride experience completely modernised to ‘better reflect and value diversity’


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


The Haunting of Hill House makes its way to Universal with brand new maze for Halloween Horror Nights
Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House is set to make its theme park debut at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando


11-year-old dies and another child in critical condition after raft flips over on Raging River ride at Adventureland
One child has died and another remains in critical condition following an accident on the Raging River ride at Iowa’s Adventureland theme park


Is Donkey Kong making his way to Universal’s theme parks?
Donkey Kong could soon be making his theme park debut after reports suggest Nintendo and Universal have big plans for the popular franchise


Six Flags veteran Tom Iven replaces Walter Bogumil as new SeaWorld COO
Tom Iven joins SeaWorld following 45 year career working for Six Flags


Disney seeks inspiring people as operator launches Magic Makers competition
Continuing its 50-year anniversary celebrations, Disney is offering 50 people in the US a trip to Disney World in recognition of their acts of kindness, compassion and creativity


Beer, bratwurst and rollercoasters: Thorpe Park announces return of Oktoberfest event in 2021
Following a successful launch in 2020, Oktoberfest is making its way back to Thorpe Park this year with a special event celebrating the Bavarian festival


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


Universal to host pop-up Covid vaccination site at CityWalk Hollywood
Universal CityWalk has partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to host a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site


Mickey and Goofy star as Shanghai Disney launches new musical attraction
The production opens on June 16, marking the resorts five-year anniversary


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


Immersive scare experience coming to SeaWorld Orlando for Halloween season
Howl-O-Scream will feature several Halloween-themed attractions for horror fans and thrill-seeking guests


University of Central Florida launches master’s degree in themed experiences
A new degree is being launched to offer students the chance to develop and forge a career in the themed entertainment industry


Silverwood’s Timber Terror back in operation following arson attempt
Police have asked for assistance in identifying a suspect following an attempted arson attack on Silverwood’s Timber Terror wooden coaster


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


Chris Jericho rides Holiday World’s ‘The Voyage’ for new Fozzy music video
The former WWE and AEW World Champion Chris Jericho and his band Fozzy have released a new music video shot on board Holiday World’s record-holding wooden coaster ‘The Voyage’


Launch of Europa Park’s underwater VR experience imminent pending relaxation of COVID restrictions
Snorri Snorkling VR at Europa Park’s Rulantica is ready to roll, though the launch has been slightly delayed thanks to local restrictions


Disney World recognises cast member for military service during World War II
Disney has honoured 92-year-old cast member and World War II veteran Alex Stromski with a special flag raising ceremony


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


Grona Lund releases epic teaser ad for Monster - King of the Roller Coasters
Time to get hyped! Grona Lund has released an amazing new ad ahead of Monster - King of Roller Coasters’ debut next month


Vietnam’s ‘Sleepless City’ open for business as US$2.8bn mega-development featuring country’s largest theme park opens doors
Vietnam’s largest theme park, a game-changing aquarium project and 12,000 hotel rooms are just a few of the features of the new Phu Quoc United Center


Phoenix rises at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park as first new coaster in 20 years closes in on completion
Celebrating 100 years of Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, the under-construction Phoenix coaster represents the largest investment in the attraction’s history


Six Flags Great America offers 50,000 free tickets in support of Illinois’ COVID-19 vaccination drive
Six Flags Great America is partnering with the state of Illinois to incentivise COVID-19 vaccination in underserved communities


Rise in COVID cases prompts new restrictions for Tokyo Disney
Tokyo Disney has limited capacity and reduced the opening times in an effort to curb a rise of COVID-19 cases in the region


Coasting for Kids: Seven US theme parks partner with Give Kids The World for special charity event
Give Kids The World will hosts its annual Coasting for Kids amusement park event at seven premiere attractions this summer


Universal Beijing unveils CityWalk ahead of resort’s grand debut in 2021
Universal CityWalk Beijing will offer 24 dining, retail and entertainment experiences, including Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium


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


New single-rail RMC coaster for Silverwood, as Stunt Pilot prepares to take flight later this month
Guests at Silverwood will be invited to jump into the cockpit of a Pitts Special biplane as a new RMC single-rail coaster makes its debut at the end of May


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


SeaWorld hands Marc Swanson CEO role on permanent basis
SeaWorld veteran Marc Swanson has been named permanent CEO following a year of managing the role on an interim basis


David Walliams visits Gangsta Granny: The Ride ahead of its official opening at Alton Towers
Have you ever wanted to rob a bank with the kids? Well now you can with Gangsta Granny: The Ride at Alton Towers in the UK, which has been given the green light by David Walliams himself


WATCH: Disney's parks 'powering the magic' with clean, sustainable energy
"We're powering the magic by harnessing the power of the sun"


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


Latest Universal earnings report hints at recovery for entire theme park industry
Universal’s parks are once again on the rise as its results after a year of struggle show promise for the entire theme park industry


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


Return to the Fair: Knott’s Berry Farm set for grand reopening with launch of history-inspired dark ride
Knott's Bear-y Tales: Return To The Fair will not only celebrate 100 years of Knott’s Berry Farm but also the reopening of the park following a year-long closure


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


Fans call for Disney to retheme Aerosmith’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster with new act
Aerosmith has been the star of Disney’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster since it opened


Fantawild set for imminent openings of new Chinese history-themed Glorious Orient theme parks
Ningbo and Ganzhou to open second gates in the next stage of the Beautiful China Trilogy resorts


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


WATCH: Predicting Disney World’s economic impact during its first decade of operation
In 1967, Economic Research Associates were hired to find out what impact the upcoming Disney World Resort would have on the state. The outcome, it turned out, would surprise even Disney


WATCH: The Designer’s Creative Studio releases how-to guide on themed entertainment success
Imagineering veteran Designer's Creative Studio founder Theron Skees shares the secrets for everything you need to be successful in themed entertainment


WATCH: Theme park fanatic CoasterWriter fills entire back garden with giant K’nex rollercoaster
YouTuber CoasterWriter has built a gargantuan rollercoaster entirely out of K’nex, with the mega ride filling his entire back garden


WATCH: Building the Lego Sky Lion at Legoland Windsor
Merlin has offered a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the giant Lego Sky Lion for its upcoming Mythica attraction at Legoland Windsor


Survey reveals Disney World’s most popular attractions
Does the classic phrase ‘oldest ride, longest line’ hold up? Or are Disney’s newest attractions the way forward for the operator?


Godzilla dark ride attraction set to debut in Japan
Godzilla the Ride: Great Kaiju Decisive Dominance Battle will be the signature attraction for Seibu-en’s new 1960s-themed Showa land


World-first Black Mirror Labyrinth coming to Thorpe Park in May
Charlie Brooker’s popular Netflix series Black Mirror is set to make its theme park debut next month, with the launch of a new VR maze experience at Thorpe Park


McFly’s Tom Fletcher writes song for Illuminate! A Nighttime Celebration at Shanghai Disney Resort
The song, titled ‘Light is in You’, forms the soundtrack to the new nighttime spectacular


Embattled, beloved: Hong Kong’s Ocean Park gets interim CEO in wake of latest bailout
The head of the island’s tourism commission takes the helm from May


Drayton Manor reopens following UK lockdown with new nautical-inspired land
Adventure Cove is a nautical-themed land aimed at families


Did a Disney fan just spot Wakanda in Disneyland Forward plans?
Twitter user HelmsmanFreddy appears to have discovered the secretive fictional nation of Wakanda in Disneyland’s new expansion plans


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


Merlin identifies Belgium as next location for potential Legoland theme park
Legoland Belgium could become a reality after Merlin and public investment fund Sogepa confirmed feasibility studies were currently underway for such a project


Former Drayton Manor operator handed £1m fine following ride death
The former operator of Drayton Manor theme park has been fined £1m after a girl died on a ride in 2017, but the penalty will never be paid as the company is in administration


Warner Bros to stop use of live owls at Harry Potter attractions
No owls will be used in any licensed live productions, including at all Wonderful Wizarding World locations


Disney’s Cinderella Castle undergoes magical makeover for Magic Kingdom’s landmark anniversary
Gold, jewels and ribbons, oh my! The first phase of Disney’s Cinderella Castle’s magical makeover begins


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


Universal ‘back on the offensive’ says Comcast CFO Mike Cavanagh
Following a dire 2020, Comcast’s Mike Cavanagh is predicting a much better year for Universal’s theme park division


Beetlejuice headlines as Universal announces return of Halloween Horror Nights for 2021
Horror Nights celebrates its 30th anniversary with the man who started it all - Beetlejuice


WATCH: The making of Animal Kingdom’s 40-tonne Raya and the Last Dragon sand sculpture
Disney has created a giant sand sculpture to celebrate the recent release of Raya and the Last Dragon


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


Dropped Dr Seuss titles leads Universal to ‘evaluate’ Islands of Adventure’s Seuss Landing
Universal is rethinking elements of its Dr Seuss attractions after the book’s publisher removed number of titles from circulation


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


WATCH: Disney’s Harmonious illumination takes shape as Icon Ring is installed at Epcot
Epcot’s Harmonious will be the largest nighttime illumination that Disney has ever produced


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


WATCH: Go behind the scenes of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny: The Ride at Alton Towers
David Walliams’ children’s book is being brought to life at Alton Towers, which has offered a first look at the ride opening April 12


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


Stand-alone Peppa Pig theme park coming to Legoland Florida in 2022
Rejoice preschoolers and parents - a Peppa Pig theme park is making its way to Florida


Six Flags attendance plummets in 2020 as theme park attendance across the board drops in the face of COVID-19
Six Flags lost 26 million visitors in 2020, with theme park attendances worldwide slashed as a result of the global pandemic


WATCH: Ride and learn on-board Peter Pan’s Flight at Disneyland Paris
The rail-suspended dark ride opened at Disneyland, California, in 1955 and is believed to have been one of Walt Disney’s favourite attractions


Disney Imagineering icon Joe Rohde joins Virgin Galactic as experience architect
Joe Rohde has swapped the most magical place on earth for the most magical place off of it, with the Disney legend joining Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic


Disney’s Carmen Smith on reimagining experiences with inclusivity in mind
As Disney celebrates Black History Month, Carmen Smith explains how the company is making efforts to ensure its attractions and experiences are relevant to guests


England’s theme parks, museums and zoos to reopen in April, as Boris Johnson sets out roadmap to end national lockdown
There’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel for attractions in Britain, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson laying out a roadmap to end restrictions in place at varying degrees for most of the last year


Effective operations within a storied environment
The success of an immersive attraction can be determined by the flow of people entering and exiting the space. Michelle Hicks explains how effective operations can help to optimise these experiences


Meet the theme park fan who creates immersive experiences and rollercoaster game shows in his back garden
Adam Reeves has created a range of immersive experiences at home and has now turned his attention to a new rollercoaster-themed game show


Global theme park sector starting to show signs of recovery as multiple attractions set reopening dates
We still have a long way to go but theme parks all over the world are eyeing reopening dates, hinting that the global sector might be showing the first signs of recovery


Cedar Fair attendance down 25.3 million as pandemic continues to rattle theme park industry
Cedar Fair recorded a US$572m operating loss in 2020 with the operator only able to open its doors for 22% of the year


Disney’s Animal Kingdom celebrates release of Raya and the Last Dragon with new themed experiences
Raya and the Last Dragon is coming to Animal Kingdom, with new experiences including a 40-tonne sand sculpture and a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming movie


Where have all thrillseekers gone?
Why has the UK theme park market changed from one targeting high action thrillseekers to one now seeking to welcome a family audience?


Universal may have accidentally included a fan made design in Super Nintendo World
Part of Universal’s new immersive world might not actually be a part of the Nintendo universe


WATCH: Building a theme park inside your own house
Scream if you wanna go faster! Welcome to the theme park experience built inside content creator Parkspill’s house


Pandemic sees Disney’s parks revenue down 53 percent in first quarter
Combined Q1 results saw losses of US$1.06bn for Disney’s theme parks domestically and globally


Super Nintendo World is currently under construction in Minecraft
Dippy22 has already built Toad’s Cafe and Peach’s Castle and, once completed, will release the park as a playable map


WATCH: Super Bowl winners Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are going to Disney World!
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won the Super Bowl, with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski punching their ticket to the happiest place on earth


WATCH: Get a 360 degree view of Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
Get a new perspective on Island of Adventure’s popular story coaster with this 360 degree look at the ride experience


A full year after closing, Disney’s California Adventure Park is set to reopen for a 'limited-time experience' next month
Disney has created a special event allowing California Adventure to reopen under current state guidelines


Real-life replica of Howl’s Moving Castle headed to Ghibli Park
The castle will be located in the Witch Valley area of the park and is expected to open in March 2024


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


New bill seeks to reopen California’s major theme parks
Legislators in the state want large theme parks including Disneyland to reopen earlier than current COVID guidelines currently allow


New jazz attraction brings Disney’s Soul to Epcot
Inspired by Disney Pixar’s latest release, The Soul of Jazz will explore the history of the musical art form in America


The Nintendo hype train is real and you can ride it all the way to Universal Studios Japan
All Aboard! This Nintendo-adorned train will ferry consumers to Universal’s Super Nintendo World when the new land opens in 2021


Universal’s theme parks to return at ‘historic levels’ say Comcast chiefs
As more and more people are vaccinated against Covid-19, Comcast executives have predicted a huge upswing in business for Universal’s theme parks division


Cost of pandemic revealed as Universal theme park earnings down 122 percent for 2020
COVID-19 has had a major effect on Universal’s bottom line, with the operator recording huge losses in 2020


After 32 years Park Asterix is closing its Dolphinarium
Dolphins will not longer feature in the Poseidon Theatre at Parc Asterix with a new attraction to take its place


Universal's Men in Black ride hits 100 million rider milestone
More than 20 years since it first opened the Men in Black dark ride is still one of the most popular attractions at Universal Studios Orlando


Disney’s Jungle Cruise to undergo major revamp following racism allegations
The boat ride, first opened in 1955, is getting an overhaul ‘to reflect and value diversity’


Disney fan uses 3D printing and projection mapping to recreate fireworks display at home
Kept indoors by the global pandemic and missing Disney’s parks, this fan recreated the iconic fireworks show at home using a projector and a 3D printer


Disney’s Festival of the Lion King returning to Animal Kingdom in 2021
A COVID-safe version of the popular show is expected to open in the summer


WATCH: Lucasfilm’s Doug Chiang and Walt Disney Imagineering’s Scott Trowbridge reveal the secrets of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Go behind the scenes with two of the men responsible for the creation of Disney’s jaw-dropping Star Wars attractions


Disney characters don festive costumes to celebrate Lunar New Year in Shanghai
Shanghai Disneyland is gearing up for the Chinese New Year


WATCH: Celebrity stylist Maeve Reilly collaborates with Disney on worldwide launch of Disney nuiMOs
She usually serves clients such as Russell Brand, Demi Lovato and 50 Cent but now Maeve Reilly is turning her attentions to Mickey and Minnie for a new line of Disney merchandise


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


WATCH: Disney celebrates a year of giving
Despite an extremely challenging year, Disney has continued to give back to charities across the world


WATCH: A brief history of theme park management games
Did you know that Efteling and Legoland had their own videogames? Which was your favourite? This is a brief history of theme park management games.


Dimensionalising Brand: How to take an IP and turn it into a physical place
Imagineering veteran and founder of the Designer's Creative Studio, Theron Skees, reveals how to take a brand concept and transform it into a physical environment


Music festival partners with theme park for new rollercoaster as Plopsaland announces ‘The Ride To Happiness by Tomorrowland’
The spinning coaster by Mack Rides represents a €17.5m investment and is the first ride to be themed after a music festival


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


Abandoned Berlin theme park to undergo €45m transformation
Work has begun to redevelop Berlin’s former Spreepark into a cultural attraction


After 10 months of closure, Disneyland has ended its annual pass programme
Disneyland is on course to remain shut for an entire year, with COVID-19 surging in the state of California


Japan’s Covid surge puts Super Nintendo World launch on indefinite hiatus
A surge in Coronavirus cases has put Nintendo’s theme park debut on hold for the time-being


WATCH: What role did Disney’s Imagineers play in one of Six Flags’ most iconic dark rides?
Viewist delves into the history of Six Flags’ Monster Mansion


Disneyland to become mass COVID-19 vaccination site
The park has been closed for nearly 10 months and will now offer its services as a vaccine distribution centre


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


Sea World’s Carnivale set to return in January
The Gold Coast theme park and animal attraction is bringing back its popular Carnivale festival later this month


Effects of global pandemic felt as Xcaret delays launch of US$50m Xibalbá experience
Grupo Xcaret says its new landmark attractions will now open at the end of the year - 12 months later than originally planned


WATCH: The history of EuroStar - Germany’s lost travelling rollercoaster
Expedition Theme Park has delved into the rocky past of the iconic EuroStar


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


Disney has set out its environmental goals for 2030
Disney report outlines company’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and plastic waste by 2030


Carnival takes delivery of new cruise ship featuring world-first rollercoaster at sea
Bolt will become the world’s first rollercoaster to operate at sea when Carnival’s Mardis Gras sets sail in April


WATCH: Disney Imagineering sends a holiday message
Seasons greetings! Walt Disney Imagineering shares a message of peace and hope for the coming year.


Content creators celebrate wins as Clamshell Award winners announced
TheJackSilkstone, Screwy Loops and ArchNemesis are among this year’s winners


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


New Orleans seeks developer for abandoned Six Flags theme park
Several previous attempts to redevelop the park have all fallen through


Disney’s Taste of Epcot arts festival to return in 2021
From street art to street food, the 2021 Taste of Epcot International Festival of the Arts has it all


The Designer’s Creative Studio to launch series of new online courses
New training courses for themed entertainment professional will be available in January


WATCH: Get a live look at Super Nintendo World today
Be among the first to see new features inside Universal Studios’ Super Nintendo World


WATCH: Turtle-y awesome! Ride ‘The Shredder’ at Nickelodeon Universe
Get a first person look at The Shredder courtesy of ThemePark HD


Drayton Manor escapes major damage following fire
It’s been a tough year for Drayton Manor, which has had to endure flooding, COVID-19, administration and now fire.


BoldMove set to bring Marsupilami to life with Houba World announcement
The popular Belgian IP will be the main focus of a brand-new media-led family attraction


WATCH: Actor Jordan Fisher and wife Ellie Woods’ magical Disney World wedding
And they lived happily ever after! Inside Jordan Fisher and Ellie Woods’ Disney World wedding


Part Two: Meet the nominees for the 2020 Clamshell Awards
With voting currently underway for this year’s Clamshell Awards, we’ve taken a look at each of the nominees.


Part One: Meet the nominees for the 2020 Clamshell Awards
With voting currently underway for this year’s Clamshell Awards, we’ve taken a look at each of the nominees.


How did this image of an abandoned rollercoaster go viral?
This eerie image of an abandoned rollercoaster has probably got more likes over the weekend than any other ride picture posted on social media. But how did it do it, what’s the fascinating backstory behind the photo in question and what are its ties to Disney?


Shortlist revealed for Clamshell Awards
You can now vote for your favourite influencers and content creators


Gröna Lund sets opening date for Monster - King of Roller Coasters
The attraction has been in development for three years


WATCH: Masterchef Brazil’s Henrique Fogaça invited to ride Beto Carrero World’s FireWhip coaster
Challenge accepted! Beto Carrero World welcomes Masterchef Brazil judge to ride the Fire Whip


WATCH: Mickey’s Magical Christmas Lights at Disneyland Paris
Joyeux Noël! Get in the holiday spirit with a performance of Mickey’s Magical Christmas Lights.


WATCH: Get a first look at the ride cars for Universal’s VelociCoaster
A new video offering a first glimpse at the ride vehicles for the new Jurassic World VelociCoaster has been released by Universal.


Selim Bassoul named new Six Flags chairman
Current chair Rich Roedel will not be standing for re-election at the next shareholders meeting.


WATCH: Looking back at the legendary career of Joe Rohde


Florida tourism down more than a third in 2020
Analysts have projected that visitors to the state will increase in the second half of 2021


Universal Studios Japan offers first real look at Super Nintendo World
The opening date for the hotly-anticipated Super Nintendo World has been announced in a new video from Universal Studios Japan.


Puy du Fou releases new promo as renowned French attraction gets ready for 2021 season
The trailer showcases the latest spectacles coming to Puy du Fou for its next season of shows


Disney World donates US$20,000 in wishing well coins to homeless charity in Florida
Florida’s largest homeless shelter has received a magical donation from Disney’s wishing wells


Nine fictional attractions we wish existed in real life and one we definitely don’t
From The Simpsons to Black Mirror, we cross the entertainment multiverse to find the very best fictional attractions we wish existed, also offering you a real-world alternative.


Disney-bounding: How Disney's no dress-up rule sparked a major style trend
Disney’s strict costume rules at its parks led to a Disney fashion revolution. Lauren Heath-Jones finds out more.


Nominations are now open for the fourth annual Clamshell Awards
Who do you think are the best content creators and influencers in the theme park community?


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


The Heartbeat that Powers Immersive Attractions
Firefly Creations’ Michelle Hicks discusses the importance of immersive experiences and how they can add to the overall visitor experience.


Ditch the over-produced emotional Christmas ad and replace it with real-life experience
Jordan Middleton explains how leveraging user-generated content can create more authentic and emotive marketing in the attractions world.


WATCH: Every Florida rollercoaster in 60 seconds
Florida is the undisputed theme park capital but how many of its coasters have you conquered?


WATCH: Peek behind the curtain with a look inside Walt Disney’s California office
See Walt Disney’s office exactly as it was, “down to the last paperclip” and learn a little bit about the man behind The Walt Disney Company’s media and theme park empire.


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.


There will be a day after COVID-19
Liseberg CEO Andreas Andersen takes a look back at the park’s history to see how we can believe in a brighter future for the struggling visitor attractions sector


American Footballer Darien Rencher named winner of Disney’s 2020 Spirit Award
The Clemson Tigers Running Back has been hailed as inspiration for his work against social injustice and the coronavirus epidemic.


Disney unveils Spider-Bot merchandise ahead of Avengers Campus launch
Fans in and out of Disney’s parks will be able to get their hands on a Spider-Bot from December 4


Europa-Park unveils underwater VR experience as operator celebrates one year of Rulantica
Visitors will be able to snorkel in virtual reality with the German waterpark’s octopus mascot Snorri Touren




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