Thursday, 28 Aug, 2014

Industry Reports

UK attractions company Paragon Entertainment has announced that its licensing division has secured the exclusive rights to represent the US-based attraction concept KidSteam across the whole of Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
August 22 2014
In collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood are adding a new 'horror maze' to their 'Halloween Horror Nights' programme of Halloween events this year.
August 9 2014
This year's Euro Attractions Show became a record-breaker long before the exhibition even opened its doors.

On September 23-25, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) will host the Euro Attractions Show (EAS) at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
July 20 2014
The Middle East continues to cement its position as one of the world's fastest growing amusement and leisure markets, after two separate developments were unveiled this month.

The emirate is set to welcome The Pearl of Dubai, which has been pegged as the world's largest underwater theme park.
July 10 2014
Preliminary estimates indicate a record-breaking 9,000 industry professionals participated in Asian Attractions Expo (AAE) 2014, the premier international conference and exhibition for the attractions industry in the Asia-Pacific region.

June 27 2014
The 2015 edition of the Dubai Entertainment Amusement and Leisure show (DEAL) will have a special focus on 'retail entertainment' in 2015.

"The dynamic bond between entertainment and retail is one of the major trends in malls today," said the event's organisers, IEC Consults.
June 12 2014
In keeping with IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014's theme of 'Big Starts Here', IAAPA officials have expanded the list of networking opportunities.

Taking place at the Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort on November 17, the 'IAAPA Connects' event will connect industry colleagues and facilitate new business relationships.
June 5 2014
The 2014 edition of the China Attractions Expo (CAE) enjoyed its most successful year ever, as more than 170 exhibitors from around the world headed to the China National Convention Centre in Beijing in March.
May 30 2014
The World Waterpark Association (WWA) has been awarded the National Drowning Prevention Alliance's (NDPA) prestigious Lighthouse Award for 2014.

The award was given to the WWA's World's Largest Swimming Lesson (WLSL) event in recognition of its "reach nationally and internationally about drowning prevention and water safety".
May 23 2014
DP Leisure (DPL), the operating company behind the industry leading, UK-based children's play centre brand 360 Play, has announced the launch of Franchise 360, a franchise opportunity which will allow potential operators to benefit from the 360 Play brand elsewhere in Europe.
May 1 2014

Park Reports

Euro Disney, operator of Disneyland Paris in France, has announced that Tom Wolber has been appointed as president of the theme park, as former head Philippe Gas prepares to take on his new role as head of Shanghai Disney Resort in China.
August 15 2014
German ride manufacturer Huss Park Attractions has announced details of new ride projects for 2014 and beyond, with a wide range of installations being opened this year and many more confirmed for 2015 and into 2016 at parks around the world.
July 17 2014
Merlin Entertainments is planning to open Japan's first Legoland theme park, which will be similar in scale to the recently opened venues in Johor, Malaysia, and Florida, US.

July 4 2014
Cartoon Network Amazone, the world's first Cartoon Network themed waterpark, will open its doors on Thailand's eastern seaboard on July 31.

Theme park developers Amazon Falls first announced the development of the park at the beginning of 2012.
June 19 2014
The fate of the Singapore Flyer has been left unclear, after Merlin Entertainments abandoned talks to acquire the S$240M ($192m) giant wheel attraction.


Almost a year has passed since the troubled Singapore Flyer was placed under receivership. Now, according to press reports emerging from the island state, talks have broken down between Merlin and receiver Ferrier Hodgson.
May 15 2014
Deep in the heart of the UK's New Forest National Park, Paultons family theme park is ready for what it hopes will be another successful summer season.

Paultons - home to the world's first and UK exclusive Peppa Pig World - will host daily character appearances from Peppa and her brother George.
May 9 2014
Kolmarden Zoo in Sweden is planning to open an entire new area dedicated to the popular Swedish cartoon character Bamse in 2015.

Set to coincide with the park's 50th anniversary celebrations, Bamse's World will be spread over 20,000sq.m.
April 10 2014
Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is preparing the full roll-out of MyMagic+, the innovative solution that is set to revolutionise the guest experience.


MyMagic+ is reshaping the Walt Disney World Resort vacation experience in ways that will make it more customised and easier than ever for guests to create lasting memories with their families and friends.
March 28 2014
Tourism photography company Magic Memories has introduced its full service personalised storybook solution to visitors to the National Zoological Garden of South Africa - better known as Pretoria Zoo - in conjunction with the Happy Snappy Photo Company.
March 14 2014
An indoor surfing simulator, a high-speed slide and wave pools will be among the 13 attractions that will be on offer at Ocean Park's new water playground, which is set to open in the summer of 2017.
February 7 2014