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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


Even the Natural History Museum’s dinosaurs are getting into the Christmas spirit, with one of the museum’s dinosaur’s now donning a giant Christmas jumper


A Peter Rabbit attraction will be making its way to the UK in 2022, with an all-new experience from Merlin set to add to the operators growing portfolio on the Blackpool seafront


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


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


Planet Attractions has expanded its offering with a brand-new jobs portal


Oman is developing an 11 million square metre tourist development aiming to transform and extend the capital of Muscat into a tourism hub for the sultanate


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


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


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 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


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


A six-storey ski paradise and Viking-themed waterpark are set to open next year in Shanghai


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


Meow Wolf, Grona Lund and Xcaret are among the winners of this year’s Brass Ring Awards


A new Stranger Things-themed retail experience will feature immersive photo opportunities, exclusive merchandise and an in-store arcade


IAAPA has revealed the winners of its Service Awards and Young Professional of the Year, with the winners to be honoured at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando later this month


Dino Safari from Imagine Exhibitions is set to bring visitors face-to-face with more than 30 life size dinosaur animatronics


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


Do you think you could survive Squid Game? Well now you can give it your best shot with a new immersive experience featuring a cash prize coming to the UK later this month


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


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.


According to John Cena, the time to visit Ferrari World, the Louvre and the rest of Abu Dhabi is now


It’s back! Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


The winners of IAAPA’s prestigious award programmes, including the Hall of Fame, Service Awards and Brass Rings, will now be announced in advance of the IAAPA Expo via Facebook


Available for free, the Virtual Experience of Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom exhibition will allow visitors from all over the world to experience the works of the famous glass artist


IAAPA has named Jakob Wahl its new executive vice president and chief operating officer, with Wahl set to oversee the regional operations of the global association for the attractions industry and global sales effective November 1


Rising sea levels will swallow entire cities, taking iconic attractions with them, according to a new report from Climate Central


Foul play is thought to be the reason that hundreds of drones crashed to the ground during a special performance earlier this month.


Guru-Murthy will serve his second term as a trustee of Kew Gardens


The Pandora Papers have revealed The Met as one of several major institutions to have displayed looted items linked to indicted art dealer Douglas Latchford


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


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


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


Covid PCR testing should be abandoned for most holidaymakers, says travel organisation Abta


The new Ilulissat Icefjord Centre is part of Greenland’s plan to attract more tourists to the country


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


Here’s why Klaus Sommer Paulsen wrote a book about the evolution of the story, the creator and the audience


A new survey has shown the severe impact of the global pandemic on visitor attractions in England


Disney’s NBA attraction hasn’t been a slam dunk for the operator, with reports suggesting the attraction will not reopen following its COVID-enforced closure in 2020


The upcoming Oman Botanic Garden has been designed to celebrate the country’s botanic diversity and to be enjoyed by the people of Oman for generations to come


China has welcomed a flying theatre to its Changbaishan Biosphere Reserve with Brogent Technologies supplying the landmark new attraction


Marble Arch Mound was supposed to offer a look at London from a new perspective. Instead, it’s become the victim of memes and criticism after the site opened looking more like a building site than a green haven


Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein has opened its doors to the public a stone's throw away from where the famous author first dreamt up the legendary monster


The Lego Pop & Play Tour will feature several activity stations inspired by different Lego IPs


The 21m structure represents the struggle of the Coronavirus crisis


The Natural History Museum’s iconic diplodocus ‘Dippy’ is about to complete a tour of the UK after arriving at his final destination - Norwich Cathedral


TikTok influencers Ehiz Ufuah, Poppy O’Toole, Ben Black and Jeremy Lynch will offer coaching sessions on how to create successful TikTok content


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.


Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


In an effort to help kickstart the visitor attractions industry, IAAPA has supported the efforts to lay out a framework for the safe easing of border entry restrictions in the US


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


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


Sport and culture, the spirit of Ancient Greece and the thousands of missing spectators for this year’s Olympics will be celebrated in a series of installations celebrating the event in Tokyo


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


Belgium agrees to help the Congo recover its lost heritage, Ireland’s €73m tourism investment, Africa remodels its tourism outlook and a snow-topped waterpark comes to China. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


Brand Africa will place an emphasis on people as the continent attempts to lure visitors with new narratives and a new unified tourism approach


In a bid to boost tourism post-Covid in Ireland, Fáilte Ireland has announced plans for major investments into four tourism sites across the country


IAAPA has put together a diverse and knowledgeable line-up of speakers for an expanded educational offering at this year’s IAAPA Expo Asia


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


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


The contents of Professor Stephen Hawking’s office – including his personal reference library, wheelchairs, communications equipment, medals, memorabilia and even the office furniture – is set to join the Science Museum Group’s collection


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


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


Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


Tower Bridge is set to welcome man’s best friend for a very special dog-friendly ‘VIPooch’ event


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


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


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


Visitors are no longer allowed to climb Vessel alone following trio of suicides within the space of a year


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 seaside town says the squid is part of a strategy to boost tourism following Covid-19


Little Island is the latest and possibly most impressive addition to the New York City park catalogue


Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


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


Going behind-the-scenes for the development of Legoland Windsor’s newest attraction, an evening with a videogame industry legend, the immersive Doctor Who experience coming to London and the Smithsonian’s latest out-of-this-world acquisition. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


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


Visitors will get their first roll of the dice in August, when ‘Monopoly LIfesized’ makes its official London debut


Travel to the year 3000 and back with a brand-new Doctor Who-themed immersive theatre experience coming to London in May


Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


The bar will feature a retro games space and an urban forest to offset its carbon emissions


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


The rich and powerful were recently taught a lesson that being rich and powerful only goes so far. Taking a lesson from the PR disaster that was the attempt to franchise European football, it’s time for attractions operators to recognise that while they might own it, it’s certainly not theirs...


Would you cross the 516 Arouca? The recently-opened attraction in Portugal is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world


A new ride from Triotech celebrating 100 years of Knott’s Berry Farm, the Jurassic world exhibition coming to North America, Disney’s next step in robotics and WWE looking at building a physical Hall of Fame. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


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


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


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


The US cruise industry is a step closer to resuming operations, the creation of the Lego Sky Lion at Legoland Windsor, the fan who built a gargantuan rollercoaster entirely out of K’nex and the operator’s role as a custodian of treasured memories. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


The SEXY - Safety and hygiene, Environmental sustainability, (E)xtra experiences and Yield - strategy of Thailand’s government seems to be being back tourists in growing numbers


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


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


A new touring experience will bring Thomas Dambo's folklore-inspired troll sculptures made out of reclaimed materials to outdoor venues worldwide


IAAPA to bring back its three major shows in person for the first time since the start of the global pandemic


Take a tour of Queen Elizabeth II’s back garden, with visitors allowed to explore the exteriors of Buckingham Palace unguided for the first time ever


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


Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


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


The fourth shrine of Tutankhamun is heading to the Grand Egyotian Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe reopens for business, Paul Chutter on his new role at WhiteWater and Boris Johnson sparking controversy over the Elgin Marbles. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


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


The Flying Kiss has firmly planted itself as one of China’s strangest attractions since its official launch in 2020


The sweet shop of space is most certainly open for business and some of the world’s richest people have their face pressed up against the window, but is there room for the visitor attractions industry?


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


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


It’s time to tackle an army of mutated mushrooms in a new collaboration from BoldMove and Triotech


With a Eurovision Museum making its way to Iceland, Michael Mack on ‘the toughest year in the history of our business’, Beetlejuice returning to Horror Nights and a man who owns an army of robot dinosaurs, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


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


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


Could the Diamond Balloon soon be coming to a city near you?


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


Coming to Canada in 2025, the multi-purpose venue will incorporate state-of-the-art features necessary to facilitate large-scale eSports events


dearMoon will see Elon Musk’s SpaceX make its inaugural tourist flight around the Moon, with Yusaku Maezawa footing the bill for eight lucky applicants


With a legion of hardcore fans, visitor attractions could do with learning a thing or two from a place they probably hadn’t considered - the world of professional wrestling


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


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


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


Featuring the WWE, Hula Hoop supermo Elena Lev, Liseberg’s Andreas Andersen and a manatee called Lesley, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


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


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


Omega Mart is officially open and with it comes Meow Wolf's 'man made high' Projected Desert


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


While COVID-19 has been a huge disruptor globally, businesses are using this time to reshape their operations for the better


Featuring Sonic, Nicholas Cage, Gandhi and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


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


Featuring a dog, a doge, Soul’s Epcot debut and Taylor Swift’s legal issues, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


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


Members of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions are creating virtual experiences to aid homeschooling as Britain’s lockdown continues


Sniffer dogs are being given new training in the fight against Covid-19


As the world fights back against Covid, so does the visitor attractions community, which is offering its sites up as mass vaccination centres


Amsterdam could be a very different place in 2021, with plans to ban tourists from cannabis cafés and to move the Red Light District away from the city centre


Featuring Men in Black, Willie Nelson, Chernobyl and of course Yoda, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


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


There are parts of Chernobyl so dangerous you could die in minutes just standing there but that’s not stopping tourists who are visiting the exclusion zone in record numbers


A converted steel factory and Butchart-inspired gardens are at heart of Shanghai’s newest and largest parkland and culture zone


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


Nickelodeon, China Leisure and JRA have collaborated on Shenzhen's brand new Nickelodeon-themed Family Entertainment Centre at the OCT Happy Harbor retail and entertainment complex


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


The World Tourism and Travel Council predicts a best-case scenario, which will see 111 million jobs return to the travel and tourism sector this year


Taking a look at all the top stories from the last seven days, The Week will be available right here on planetattractions.com


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


The proposed attraction will “connect the night sky to life on earth through STEM education and leading-edge experiences”


IAAPA has moved its annual Asian Expo to Shanghai


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


Step into Claudia Bueno’s aquarium-style installation at Meow Wolf Las Vegas and experience the slow, oscillating movements of natural life


‘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


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


The new museum will include unreleased music and other memorabilia from the late EDM artist


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


A happy holidays and a quick thank you from us


What went right? What went wrong? What happened to that giant Ferris wheel - here’s what happened to the flagship Times Square store for Toys R Us


Read the top stories from Planet Attractions this week


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


Rounding up all the biggest news from across the industry’s publications and associations


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


Gundam Factory Yokohama makes its official debut later this month


Rounding up all the biggest news from across the industry’s publications and associations


Though they will have to quarantine for 14 days, Japan looks to allow foreign tourists back into the country in Spring 2021.


Despite growing Coronavirus cases in Turkey, Istanbul’s weekend curfew doesn’t apply to tourists


The Las Vegas attraction has combined sci-fi and Christmas for the bizarre event


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


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


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


Actors call on a ‘fellowship’ of fans to help raise £4.5m to fund the house’s purchase and start a programme of events.


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.


Is it an art project? Is it a convenience store? Do I work there? Is that a can of whale song antipersperant? Only Meow Wolf has the answers...


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.


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.


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.


Who was Ota Benga? How did this happen and why did it take 114 years for the zoo in question to apologise?


A brand new Nickelodeon family entertainment centre is about to open its doors in Shenzhen, China. Planet Attractions spoke to China Leisure president, Linda Dong, about the upcoming project, the country’s FEC market and the importance of major IPs to developments in China


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 Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited a number of entertainment venues to show their support for the sector


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


So what’s it all about then? We’ve just launched a news and media service for the world of visitor attractions, and it’s all about you. Welcome to Planet Attractions.


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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


T-ReXmas: Natural History museum fits dino with special Christmas jumper
Even the Natural History Museum’s dinosaurs are getting into the Christmas spirit, with one of the museum’s dinosaur’s now donning a giant Christmas jumper


Merlin announces plans to bring Peter Rabbit to Blackpool with brand new immersive attraction
A Peter Rabbit attraction will be making its way to the UK in 2022, with an all-new experience from Merlin set to add to the operators growing portfolio on the Blackpool seafront


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


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


Planet Attractions launches new recruitment portal
Planet Attractions has expanded its offering with a brand-new jobs portal


Oman unveils Yiti tourism mega-development project
Oman is developing an 11 million square metre tourist development aiming to transform and extend the capital of Muscat into a tourism hub for the sultanate


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


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: 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


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


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


Shanghai’s mega-sized indoor ski city tops out; waterpark and hotel developments underway
A six-storey ski paradise and Viking-themed waterpark are set to open next year in Shanghai


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


IAAPA announces winners of 2021 Brass Ring Awards
Meow Wolf, Grona Lund and Xcaret are among the winners of this year’s Brass Ring Awards


Immersive Stranger Things retail experiences to open in New York and Los Angeles
A new Stranger Things-themed retail experience will feature immersive photo opportunities, exclusive merchandise and an in-store arcade


IAAPA names Service Award winners and Young Professional of the Year
IAAPA has revealed the winners of its Service Awards and Young Professional of the Year, with the winners to be honoured at this year’s IAAPA Expo in Orlando later this month


Dino Safari from Imagine Exhibitions set for Boston debut
Dino Safari from Imagine Exhibitions is set to bring visitors face-to-face with more than 30 life size dinosaur animatronics


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


Live version of hit Netflix drama Squid Game coming to the UK this month
Do you think you could survive Squid Game? Well now you can give it your best shot with a new immersive experience featuring a cash prize coming to the UK later this month


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


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.


WATCH: The time to visit Abu Dhabi is now, says John Cena
According to John Cena, the time to visit Ferrari World, the Louvre and the rest of Abu Dhabi is now


From The Community: How does Disney’s Test Track work? What’s happening at the Tiger King compound? And who just got married?
It’s back! Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


IAAPA to announce winners of global awards in series of virtual events
The winners of IAAPA’s prestigious award programmes, including the Hall of Fame, Service Awards and Brass Rings, will now be announced in advance of the IAAPA Expo via Facebook


Glass artist Dale Chihuly’s Singapore exhibition enters the virtual realm
Available for free, the Virtual Experience of Dale Chihuly: Glass in Bloom exhibition will allow visitors from all over the world to experience the works of the famous glass artist


Jakob Wahl announced as IAAPA’s new EVP and COO
IAAPA has named Jakob Wahl its new executive vice president and chief operating officer, with Wahl set to oversee the regional operations of the global association for the attractions industry and global sales effective November 1


Climate crisis: New images show potential catastrophic effects of rising sea levels on attractions across the world
Rising sea levels will swallow entire cities, taking iconic attractions with them, according to a new report from Climate Central


Alleged foul play causes drone show to fall out of the sky
Foul play is thought to be the reason that hundreds of drones crashed to the ground during a special performance earlier this month.


Krishnan Guru-Murthy reappointed to board of trustees of Royal Botanic Gardens
Guru-Murthy will serve his second term as a trustee of Kew Gardens


Pandora Papers link prominent museums with looted Cambodian antiquities
The Pandora Papers have revealed The Met as one of several major institutions to have displayed looted items linked to indicted art dealer Douglas Latchford


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


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


From The Industry: Theme Index and Museum Index released, TEA establishes formal presence in China and tourism stakeholders facing ‘massacre’ in Italy
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


ABTA calls on UK government to scrap Covid tests for majority of travellers
Covid PCR testing should be abandoned for most holidaymakers, says travel organisation Abta


The new visitor attraction that just opened its doors 250km north of the Arctic Circle
The new Ilulissat Icefjord Centre is part of Greenland’s plan to attract more tourists to the country


From The Industry: Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, Ubisoft’s leap into themed entertainment and does the art world have a sense of humour?
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


The story behind Integrated Storytelling by Design
Here’s why Klaus Sommer Paulsen wrote a book about the evolution of the story, the creator and the audience


Tourism landscape changes dramatically as pandemic has devastating effect on attractions in England
A new survey has shown the severe impact of the global pandemic on visitor attractions in England


Disney’s NBA Experience will not reopen at Disney Springs
Disney’s NBA attraction hasn’t been a slam dunk for the operator, with reports suggesting the attraction will not reopen following its COVID-enforced closure in 2020


A celebration of botanic diversity: Oman set to break ground on US$175m botanic garden
The upcoming Oman Botanic Garden has been designed to celebrate the country’s botanic diversity and to be enjoyed by the people of Oman for generations to come


Soaring through Changbaishan with new attraction from Brogent Technologies
China has welcomed a flying theatre to its Changbaishan Biosphere Reserve with Brogent Technologies supplying the landmark new attraction


‘Trash heap’: New £2m London attraction offers refunds following heavy criticism from visitors
Marble Arch Mound was supposed to offer a look at London from a new perspective. Instead, it’s become the victim of memes and criticism after the site opened looking more like a building site than a green haven


Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein opens in Bath
Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein has opened its doors to the public a stone's throw away from where the famous author first dreamt up the legendary monster


Lego launches UK touring pop-up experience
The Lego Pop & Play Tour will feature several activity stations inspired by different Lego IPs


World’s tallest sandcastle built in Denmark
The 21m structure represents the struggle of the Coronavirus crisis


Natural History Museum’s ‘Dippy’ concludes UK tour at Norwich Cathedral
The Natural History Museum’s iconic diplodocus ‘Dippy’ is about to complete a tour of the UK after arriving at his final destination - Norwich Cathedral


TikTok pop-up coming to Westfield London
TikTok influencers Ehiz Ufuah, Poppy O’Toole, Ben Black and Jeremy Lynch will offer coaching sessions on how to create successful TikTok content


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.


From The Community: The return of Disney’s fireworks, America’s most underrated rollercoaster and visiting the site of the London Resort
Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


IAAPA joins US tourism industry in call for easing of travel restrictions
In an effort to help kickstart the visitor attractions industry, IAAPA has supported the efforts to lay out a framework for the safe easing of border entry restrictions in the US


From The Industry: World Heritage in danger, Mickey on the run and crowdfunding success
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


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


Olympic Agora culture hub launched in Tokyo ahead of delayed 2020 Olympic Games
Sport and culture, the spirit of Ancient Greece and the thousands of missing spectators for this year’s Olympics will be celebrated in a series of installations celebrating the event in Tokyo


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


The Week: Repatriating colonial-era artefacts, Irish tourism, Brand Africa and major waterpark opens
Belgium agrees to help the Congo recover its lost heritage, Ireland’s €73m tourism investment, Africa remodels its tourism outlook and a snow-topped waterpark comes to China. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


From The Community: NFL star’s big day out, the inspiration for Pirates of the Caribbean and a tidal wave soaking for charity
Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


Brand Africa: African continent comes together in effort to realise tourism potential
Brand Africa will place an emphasis on people as the continent attempts to lure visitors with new narratives and a new unified tourism approach


Investing in Ireland: Irish Government invests €73m in effort to boost tourism with development of four world-class attractions
In a bid to boost tourism post-Covid in Ireland, Fáilte Ireland has announced plans for major investments into four tourism sites across the country


IAAPA Expo Asia enhances education offering with Insights day and full line-up of speakers
IAAPA has put together a diverse and knowledgeable line-up of speakers for an expanded educational offering at this year’s IAAPA Expo Asia


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


From The Industry: London Resort troubles, the Eurovision Museum and celebrating Michael Schumacher
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Stephen Hawking’s entire office set to go on display at London Science Museum
The contents of Professor Stephen Hawking’s office – including his personal reference library, wheelchairs, communications equipment, medals, memorabilia and even the office furniture – is set to join the Science Museum Group’s collection


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


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


From The Community: The high and lows of Spider-Man, the coaster sandwich and the Terror behind Terror Tower
Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


Tower Bridge set to host dog-friendly ‘VIPooch’ event
Tower Bridge is set to welcome man’s best friend for a very special dog-friendly ‘VIPooch’ event


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


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


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


Hudson Yards’ Vessel reopens with ban placed on solo visitors following deaths
Visitors are no longer allowed to climb Vessel alone following trio of suicides within the space of a year


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


Covid confusion as Japanese town uses emergency fund to build giant squid statue
The seaside town says the squid is part of a strategy to boost tourism following Covid-19


Little Island: US$260m park on stilts opens above New York’s Hudson River
Little Island is the latest and possibly most impressive addition to the New York City park catalogue


From The Community: Riding Nemesis 64 times in a row, manufacturing the Big One’s track and how many birds are there at Disney World?
Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


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


The Week: Lego Mythica, Nolan Bushnell, Doctor Who and the iconic X-Wing
Going behind-the-scenes for the development of Legoland Windsor’s newest attraction, an evening with a videogame industry legend, the immersive Doctor Who experience coming to London and the Smithsonian’s latest out-of-this-world acquisition. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


From The Industry: Big cat safety, the European Museum of the Year and SeaWorld’s Leviathan
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Hasbro and Gamepath are bringing an immersive Monopoly experience to London later this year
Visitors will get their first roll of the dice in August, when ‘Monopoly LIfesized’ makes its official London debut


Immersive theatrical Doctor Who adventure coming to London later this month
Travel to the year 3000 and back with a brand-new Doctor Who-themed immersive theatre experience coming to London in May


From The Community: A first ride on VelociCoaster, a history of Expedition Everest and how big is the Star Destroyer in Rise of the Resistance?
Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


BrewDog to open ‘first of its kind’ carbon-negative bar and visitor experience in Las Vegas
The bar will feature a retro games space and an urban forest to offset its carbon emissions


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


The European Super League is a lesson in greed and terrible PR
The rich and powerful were recently taught a lesson that being rich and powerful only goes so far. Taking a lesson from the PR disaster that was the attempt to franchise European football, it’s time for attractions operators to recognise that while they might own it, it’s certainly not theirs...


World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens in Portugal
Would you cross the 516 Arouca? The recently-opened attraction in Portugal is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world


The Week: Celebrating a century of Knott’s Berry Farm, the Jurassic World Exhibition, I am Groot and the WWE Hall of Fame
A new ride from Triotech celebrating 100 years of Knott’s Berry Farm, the Jurassic world exhibition coming to North America, Disney’s next step in robotics and WWE looking at building a physical Hall of Fame. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


From The Industry: The Mafia targets Italian tourism, London Resort’s new themed land and Disney’s Star Wars dinner show
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


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


‘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


The Week: Cruise resurgence, Legoland’s new attraction, the K’Nex coaster and fan revolt
The US cruise industry is a step closer to resuming operations, the creation of the Lego Sky Lion at Legoland Windsor, the fan who built a gargantuan rollercoaster entirely out of K’nex and the operator’s role as a custodian of treasured memories. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


From The Community: Disney’s lawns, Selfie WRLD and Alan Partridge
Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


Thailand’s SEXY tourism strategy bringing the visitors back
The SEXY - Safety and hygiene, Environmental sustainability, (E)xtra experiences and Yield - strategy of Thailand’s government seems to be being back tourists in growing numbers


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


From The Industry: Disney’s new dress code, COVID-safe cruise excursions and the art of noodles
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


Thomas Dambo and Imagine Exhibitions team up for travelling troll exhibition
A new touring experience will bring Thomas Dambo's folklore-inspired troll sculptures made out of reclaimed materials to outdoor venues worldwide


IAAPA announces return of three major expos in 2021
IAAPA to bring back its three major shows in person for the first time since the start of the global pandemic


Royal Collection Trust offers public special unguided access to Buckingham Palace gardens
Take a tour of Queen Elizabeth II’s back garden, with visitors allowed to explore the exteriors of Buckingham Palace unguided for the first time ever


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


From The Community: The many lives of Land of Oz, a ride on the Wonder Woman coaster and buying Thorpe Park?
Rounding up all the biggest news from fans and influencers, here is your latest edition of From the Community from Planet Attractions


From The Industry: The Disney BritCruise, the relationship between Covid and museums, and honouring a Star Trek legend
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry 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


The Week: A new home for Tutankhamun, the return of Shakespearean theatre, WhiteWater’s new president and the fate of the Elgin Marbles
The fourth shrine of Tutankhamun is heading to the Grand Egyotian Museum, Shakespeare’s Globe reopens for business, Paul Chutter on his new role at WhiteWater and Boris Johnson sparking controversy over the Elgin Marbles. Welcome to the latest edition of The Week from Planet Attractions


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


One of China’s most bizarre new attractions is dividing public opinion
The Flying Kiss has firmly planted itself as one of China’s strangest attractions since its official launch in 2020


The final fun-tier: Is it time to take space tourism seriously?
The sweet shop of space is most certainly open for business and some of the world’s richest people have their face pressed up against the window, but is there room for the visitor attractions industry?


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


From The Industry: Art and business with Meow Wolf, a giant blue cockerel and Walk the Woodie at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


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


BoldMove and Triotech partner for new dark ride attraction
It’s time to tackle an army of mutated mushrooms in a new collaboration from BoldMove and Triotech


The Week: Eurovision in Husavik, Michael Mack on Europa-Park’s year and the man behind Jurassic Park’s dinosaurs
With a Eurovision Museum making its way to Iceland, Michael Mack on ‘the toughest year in the history of our business’, Beetlejuice returning to Horror Nights and a man who owns an army of robot dinosaurs, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


From The Industry: Ratatouille, the long, long winter and the Academy Museum
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


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


Diamond Balloon - a revolutionary new take on viewing experiences
Could the Diamond Balloon soon be coming to a city near you?


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


Proposal for 7,000-seat stadium aims to make Toronto a global hub for eSport competition
Coming to Canada in 2025, the multi-purpose venue will incorporate state-of-the-art features necessary to facilitate large-scale eSports events


Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is offering the public a chance to become the world’s first space tourists
dearMoon will see Elon Musk’s SpaceX make its inaugural tourist flight around the Moon, with Yusaku Maezawa footing the bill for eight lucky applicants


Don’t ignore your rivals
With a legion of hardcore fans, visitor attractions could do with learning a thing or two from a place they probably hadn’t considered - the world of professional wrestling


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


From The Industry: Underwater attractions, become an astronaut and restoring art from the capitol riots
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


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


The Week: Lessons from Vince McMahon, Cirque du Soleil and Andreas Andersen
Featuring the WWE, Hula Hoop supermo Elena Lev, Liseberg’s Andreas Andersen and a manatee called Lesley, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


From The Industry: Notre Dame two years on, Tracy McGrady’s new restaurant and the plants of Jurassic World
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


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


WATCH: Projection mapping a desert landscape with Meow Wolf
Omega Mart is officially open and with it comes Meow Wolf's 'man made high' Projected Desert


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?


From volume to value: Making positive change during a global pandemic
While COVID-19 has been a huge disruptor globally, businesses are using this time to reshape their operations for the better


The Week: The man behind Sonic, Nicholas Cage: The Ride and the Bucs are going to Disney World
Featuring Sonic, Nicholas Cage, Gandhi and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


From The Industry: Trendswatch, Cars Week and the rise of ‘vaccine tourism’
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


The Week: Covid-detecting dogs, Soul comes to Epcot and have you tried being more like Elon Musk?
Featuring a dog, a doge, Soul’s Epcot debut and Taylor Swift’s legal issues, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


From The Industry: A second chance for captive cetaceans, rollercoaster innovation and virtual visitors at the National Gallery
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


British attractions support stuck-at-home schoolchildren with online learning experiences for lockdown education
Members of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions are creating virtual experiences to aid homeschooling as Britain’s lockdown continues


Could Covid-detecting dogs be the key to bringing back visitor attractions?
Sniffer dogs are being given new training in the fight against Covid-19


Fifteen attractions that have been transformed into mass vaccination sites
As the world fights back against Covid, so does the visitor attractions community, which is offering its sites up as mass vaccination centres


Tourism ‘reset’ for Amsterdam, as city plans cannabis café ban and move for red light district
Amsterdam could be a very different place in 2021, with plans to ban tourists from cannabis cafés and to move the Red Light District away from the city centre


The Week: Willie Nelson, an Olympic conundrum and a Theme Park of Perpetual Torment
Featuring Men in Black, Willie Nelson, Chernobyl and of course Yoda, welcome to the latest edition of The Week with Planet Attractions


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


A record number of people are visiting Chernobyl and Ukraine’s government is planning to welcome even more
There are parts of Chernobyl so dangerous you could die in minutes just standing there but that’s not stopping tourists who are visiting the exclusion zone in record numbers


Shanghai’s 2010 Expo site gets new lease of life as culture zone
A converted steel factory and Butchart-inspired gardens are at heart of Shanghai’s newest and largest parkland and culture zone


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


Take a first look inside Asia’s first Nickelodeon FEC
Nickelodeon, China Leisure and JRA have collaborated on Shenzhen's brand new Nickelodeon-themed Family Entertainment Centre at the OCT Happy Harbor retail and entertainment complex


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


More than 100 million travel and tourism jobs could return in 2021, says WTTC
The World Tourism and Travel Council predicts a best-case scenario, which will see 111 million jobs return to the travel and tourism sector this year


Welcome to The Week with Planet Attractions - your weekly look at the world of visitor attractions, culture and tourism
Taking a look at all the top stories from the last seven days, The Week will be available right here on planetattractions.com


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


Fundraising campaign launched for US$18m Phoenix science facility and attraction in Arizona
The proposed attraction will “connect the night sky to life on earth through STEM education and leading-edge experiences”


New date for IAAPA Expo Asia as event moved to Shanghai for 2021
IAAPA has moved its annual Asian Expo to Shanghai


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


WATCH: Claudia Bueno’s immersive art ‘aquarium’ from Meow Wolf
Step into Claudia Bueno’s aquarium-style installation at Meow Wolf Las Vegas and experience the slow, oscillating movements of natural life


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


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


An experience celebrating the life and times of Avicii is coming to Stockholm later this year
The new museum will include unreleased music and other memorabilia from the late EDM artist


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


Happy Holidays from Planet Attractions
A happy holidays and a quick thank you from us


Remembering the Toys R Us flagship store in New York’s Times Square
What went right? What went wrong? What happened to that giant Ferris wheel - here’s what happened to the flagship Times Square store for Toys R Us


In case you missed it: Japan’s Gundam Robot, the 2020 Clamshell Nominees and Europe’s most endangered heritage sites
Read the top stories from Planet Attractions this week


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


From the Industry: Pandemic Disney, adorable otters and museum colonialism
Rounding up all the biggest news from across the industry’s publications and associations


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


From the Industry: Blooloop’s sustainability conference, Top Golf’s partnership with Angry Birds and Park World’s Excellence Awards
Rounding up all the biggest news from across the industry’s publications and associations


Japan could welcome back tourists in new year
Though they will have to quarantine for 14 days, Japan looks to allow foreign tourists back into the country in Spring 2021.


While Istanbul’s tourists roam the city, its residents are forced to remain in lockdown
Despite growing Coronavirus cases in Turkey, Istanbul’s weekend curfew doesn’t apply to tourists


WATCH: Experience a Christmas event like no other with AREA15’s ‘Wanderland’
The Las Vegas attraction has combined sci-fi and Christmas for the bizarre event


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


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


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


Martin Freeman and Sir Ian McKellen back bid to turn JRR Tolkien’s house into cultural centre
Actors call on a ‘fellowship’ of fans to help raise £4.5m to fund the house’s purchase and start a programme of events.


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.


Omega Mart - What on earth is Meow Wolf planning?
Is it an art project? Is it a convenience store? Do I work there? Is that a can of whale song antipersperant? Only Meow Wolf has the answers...


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: 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.


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.


Ota Benga: The Congolese teenager caged and put on display in a zoo
Who was Ota Benga? How did this happen and why did it take 114 years for the zoo in question to apologise?


China Leisure’s Linda Dong on bringing a Nickelodeon FEC to Asia
A brand new Nickelodeon family entertainment centre is about to open its doors in Shenzhen, China. Planet Attractions spoke to China Leisure president, Linda Dong, about the upcoming project, the country’s FEC market and the importance of major IPs to developments in China


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


Prince Charles ‘praying’ that culture venues can reopen soon following visit to London’s Soho Theatre
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited a number of entertainment venues to show their support for the sector


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


Welcome to Planet Attractions
So what’s it all about then? We’ve just launched a news and media service for the world of visitor attractions, and it’s all about you. Welcome to Planet Attractions.


Blooloop to host virtual sustainability conference in 2021
‘greenloop’ will look at sustainability issues across the visitor attractions sector




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