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Glastonbury’s Equinox mini-festival will no longer go ahead, with co-founder Emily Eavis blaming the cancellation on ‘a number of reasons’


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


The Highland Council has appointed Mather & Co to help transform the castle into a world-class attraction


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


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


The 21m structure represents the struggle of the Coronavirus crisis


Major British theatre chain ATG has backed the move to minimise the spread of COVID-19


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


The Smithsonian has received the largest donation in its history with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos donating US$200m for the development of two key projects for the institution


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


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


South Korea’s global contribution to pop culture is set to be explored in a new exhibition from London’s V&A museum


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


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


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


Unesco has said that plans by the British government to build a tunnel beneath Stonehenge will have a ‘highly adverse and irreversible impact’ on the World Heritage site


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


Castles and palaces in Germany are set to receive a huge investment into refurbishing existing tourist 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


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


The Colosseum’s hypogeum has undergone a major restoration allowing visitors to explore the historic passageways for the first time


Just ahead of it coming home, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has announced the opening of a new arts space inside the club’s stadium


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


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


A 66 million-year-old T-Rex has gone on display in Nottingham, marking the first time one has gone on display in England since the early 20th century


Funded in-part by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Manchester Jewish museum has reopened its doors following a multi-million pound redevelopment


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


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


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


The Museum of the Home has been refused permission to remove a statue of Robert Geffrye despite public calls to ditch the controversial work


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


Forced to close for over a year, Cirque du Soleil is finally back, making its first stop in Las Vegas ahead of a return to destinations worldwide


Osborne will join the museum’s board of trustees on September 1, taking up the position of chairman in October


Three British art galleries will present a series of exhibitions and collaborations looking back at the past year to explore the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic


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


Unesco says that COVID-19 will have a significant impact on World Heritage long after the pandemic has been brought under control


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


US$4m has been gifted to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, with the funding being used to explore American history through the ‘all-encompassing lens of food’


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


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


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


The Jean Nouvel-designed Museum of Art Pudong launches July 8 with a partner exhibition from Britain’s Tate


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


A redesign of the former British Golf Museum has been spearheaded by Mather & Co, who worked alongside the museum’s curators to develop a series of interactive digital experiences


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


Belgium will work with the Democratic Republic of Congo to return items looted during the colonial era in the first half of the last century


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


A statue famously felled during the Black Lives Matter protests, is now on display in a Bristol museum


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


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


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


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


A UK-only cruise has been barred from docking in Greenock by the Scottish government


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


Emergency restoration work was carried out on the Megalosaurus after its jaw collapsed last year


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


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


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


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


A museum dedicated to the Jewish refugees who fled Nazi Germany for Shanghai reopened after a major expansion and renovation project. Our contributor in Shanghai, Alice Davis, paid a visit


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


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’


Download boss described the event as ‘the return of the full festival experience we’ve all been waiting for.’


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


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


It’s got a capacity shy of 4,000 but more than a quarter-of-a-million people are eager to be the first on-board the Freedom of the Seas, as Royal Carribean tests the waters for a return to cruising in the US


The gold rosary beads were snatched alongside several coronation cups that Mary gifted to the Earl Marshal


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


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


Endless Surf coming to Germany after plans approved for Surftown MUC


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


Where exactly is the line when it comes to improving the visitor experience and interfering with historic sites?


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


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


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


The US Justice Department says it will work to ensure that the rescued big cats go to animal preserves where they can be ‘safely maintained rather than exploited’


The COVID-safe version of the event will go ahead at quarter capacity with no camping allowed


WAZA CEO Martin Zordan discusses the global disruption caused by COVID-19, the association’s plans during another challenging year and how community has kept the world’s animal attractions going through an unprecedented event


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


The Smithsonian has partnered with cruise operator Ponant to offer educational voyages to a number of destinations worldwide


Fit for a Disney prince or princess, the penthouse suite aboard the upcoming Disney Wish cruise liner is promising to be one of the operator’s most spectacular accommodation offerings ever


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


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


The iconic marmalade loving-bear was inspired by a lone teddy bear in a toy shop close to Paddington station


In addition to the waterpark development, the former Six Flags site will boast theme parks and hotels under Sunac


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


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


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


Atari inventor and Chuck E Cheese founder Nolan Bushnell is the latest name set to appear in the Strong Museum’s ‘Cocktails with the Creators’ Zoom sessions


The National Air and Space Museum’s US$250m transformation continues with one of Star Wars’ X-Wings set to go on display outside the Albert Einstein Planetarium


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


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


Research has revealed that 26% of British festivals have been called off due to a lack of COVID-related cancellation insurance


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


Ticket-holders had to provide a negative COVID test to gain entry


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


The gallery will raise its national and international profiles with a major social media campaign and digital content subscriptions


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


Baha Bay will be one of the Carribean’s top tourist attractions when it opens to guests later this year in July


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


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


The Dundee Cultural Recovery Fund will support cultural institutions through financial difficulties and bring tourists back to the area


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


The 18-pounder Losoya House exhibit features a full-size replica of a cannon used during the Battle of the Alamo in 1836


Royal Caribbean’s Richard Fain is eyeing a careful and considered approach for the return of the US cruise industry following a year long absence


Disney Wish will set sail for the first time in June 2022


The Smithsonian Institute has announced the launch of a new initiative aiming to provide US citizens with information about COVID-19 vaccines


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


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


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


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


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


The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Campus is the latest addition to the zoo’s multi-year masterplan


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


The museum has faced criticism from scientists about its partnership with Shell, which is viewed by its opponents as an attempt at ‘greenwashing’ the brand


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


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


Royal Caribbean’s Richard Fain has hailed positive discussions with the CDC, bringing the US cruise industry a step closer to a return to operations


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


The Mr & Mrs Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum boasts an impressive collection of Impressionist and Classical works


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


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


The Innokind innovation platform from Polin Waterparks is open to anyone interested in creating new solutions for improving the visitor experience


Lithuania’s government is backing plans to transform its famous Lukiškės Prison complex into a multifunctional hub featuring museums, restaurants, hotels and other commercial and cultural spaces


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


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


Life in Stages is a brand-new conversation series from the National Theatre profiling some of the biggest names in British theatre


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


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


Adventure Cove is a nautical-themed land aimed at families


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 Royal Albert Hall has released a short film, narrated by Mick Jagger, to celebrate the anniversary


Egypt has celebrated the long-awaited opening of its National Museum of Egyptian Civilization with a procession of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies through Cairo


The ride will take guests on a madcap adventure with characters from the Flåklypa Universe


In recent years, museums across the US, Europe, Australia and beyond have had to face up to the issue of decolonisation. Cultural institutions possess artefacts historically taken from colonised countries and are now having to face up to that reality. But that’s not all...


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


Cruise ships are no longer welcome in Venice following a ruling by the Italian government


The London venue says the move will widen access to its performances while also enticing an audience fresh out of a national lockdown


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


The historic Chichén Itzá Maya has been closed to the public while Mexican authorities battle an influx of non mask-wearing tourists


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


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


Unesco has revealed the extent of the effects of Covid 19, with only half of the world’s heritage sites fully open to the public


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


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


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 bid was backed by actors Sir Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman


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


‘All Together For Animals’ is happening in aid of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ members


Comments from Boris Johnson aimed at drawing a line under the Elgin Marbles dispute are bound to ignite further controversy with the Greek people


The historic theatre in London will reopen with a series of Shakespeare classics starting in May


Visit Orlando has collaborated with a number of major theme parks for a consumer-facing virtual travel show


The partnership will see the launch of an initiative that aims to facilitate greater representation in the arts.


The long-awaited museum was reported to be ‘96.5%’ complete in August 2020


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


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


The 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


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


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


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


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


The Disney Cruise Line’s Lighthouse Project second port in the Bahamas has taken another step to becoming a reality after passing its environmental impact assessment


The great apes are the first to be vaccinated against COVID-19 following a breakout among the gorilla population earlier this year


Mexico’s famous luchadores are taking a stand against COVID-19, touring Latin America’s largest wholesale food market to promote mask wearing


The actor shared his story to raise awareness for the fund, which supports theatre workers in financial crisis


Zoo Guardians is available now on Android and iOS


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


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


The gallery was originally founded with the hope of bringing art to the working classes


The National Football Museum is telling the story of football and COVID-19 in England through the acquisition of 11 recently-acquired artefacts soon to be added to its collection


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


They might well be playing Jaja Ding Dong at the new Eurovision Museum, coming to Húsavík, Iceland, later this year


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


Fauci was asked to donate a personal item to The Smithsonian’s upcoming ‘In Sickness and Health’ exhibit


Visitors will be able to learn about how Stonehenge was constructed and how it has changed over time


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


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


Isle of Wight festival organisers say that they hope to bring back as many artists as they can for the later dates


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


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


DriveINSIDE Theatre will allow visitors to get a dose of culture right from their cars


‘Songs of England’ explores traditional folk music associated with different heritage sites throughout England


Museum spaces should be a source of joy, debate, learning and fun


Coming to New York City in 2023, the Universal Hip Hop Museum (UHHM) is funding for its new home in the Bronx


Coral bleaching caused by climate change is turning the famous wonder white


Following an ITV documentary last year on Merlin’s world-first beluga sanctuary, John and Melanie Bishop are getting ‘hands on’ with the Sea Life Trust as its new patrons


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


Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes is designed for diehard and casual fans alike



Glastonbury axes mini Equinox event





Mather & Co announced as exhibition design partner for Inverness Castle redevelopment




Lego launches UK touring pop-up experience




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Glastonbury axes mini Equinox event
Glastonbury’s Equinox mini-festival will no longer go ahead, with co-founder Emily Eavis blaming the cancellation on ‘a number of reasons’


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


Mather & Co announced as exhibition design partner for Inverness Castle redevelopment
The Highland Council has appointed Mather & Co to help transform the castle into a world-class attraction


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


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


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


London’s West End theatres introduce COVID status certification as shows move to full capacity
Major British theatre chain ATG has backed the move to minimise the spread of COVID-19


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


Jeff Bezos donates US$200m to Smithsonian
The Smithsonian has received the largest donation in its history with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos donating US$200m for the development of two key projects for the institution


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


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 rapid rise of K-pop to be explored in new V&A exhibition
South Korea’s global contribution to pop culture is set to be explored in a new exhibition from London’s V&A museum


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


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


The 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


Roadworks endanger Stonehenge’s World Heritage status
Unesco has said that plans by the British government to build a tunnel beneath Stonehenge will have a ‘highly adverse and irreversible impact’ on the World Heritage site


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


German government approves €400m plan to restore some of country’s most important castles
Castles and palaces in Germany are set to receive a huge investment into refurbishing existing tourist 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


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


Colosseum’s underground labyrinth opens to the public following €25m restoration
The Colosseum’s hypogeum has undergone a major restoration allowing visitors to explore the historic passageways for the first time


Tottenham to open permanent art gallery within football club’s stadium
Just ahead of it coming home, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has announced the opening of a new arts space inside the club’s stadium


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


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


First real T-Rex to come to England in 100 years goes on display in Nottingham
A 66 million-year-old T-Rex has gone on display in Nottingham, marking the first time one has gone on display in England since the early 20th century


Manchester Jewish museum reopens following £6m renovation
Funded in-part by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Manchester Jewish museum has reopened its doors following a multi-million pound redevelopment


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


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


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


Museum of the Home faces protests as British government prohibits removal of statue with links to slave trade
The Museum of the Home has been refused permission to remove a statue of Robert Geffrye despite public calls to ditch the controversial work


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


Cirque du Soleil comes back to Las Vegas as operator plans return to global stage
Forced to close for over a year, Cirque du Soleil is finally back, making its first stop in Las Vegas ahead of a return to destinations worldwide


Former British chancellor George Osborne named chairman of the British Museum
Osborne will join the museum’s board of trustees on September 1, taking up the position of chairman in October


Art for your health: NHS key workers and young people to curate National Partners Programme exhibitions
Three British art galleries will present a series of exhibitions and collaborations looking back at the past year to explore the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic


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


COVID-19 will impact World Heritage for years to come, says Unesco report
Unesco says that COVID-19 will have a significant impact on World Heritage long after the pandemic has been brought under control


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


The Smithsonian is seeking a curator of food and wine history
US$4m has been gifted to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, with the funding being used to explore American history through the ‘all-encompassing lens of food’


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


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


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


Tate sends its collection to China for debut of major new art museum in Shanghai
The Jean Nouvel-designed Museum of Art Pudong launches July 8 with a partner exhibition from Britain’s Tate


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


British Golf Museum reopens under new name following 18-month redevelopment
A redesign of the former British Golf Museum has been spearheaded by Mather & Co, who worked alongside the museum’s curators to develop a series of interactive digital experiences


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


Belgium’s government reaches deal to return colonial-era relics to Congo
Belgium will work with the Democratic Republic of Congo to return items looted during the colonial era in the first half of the last century


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Toppled Colston statue goes on display in Bristol
A statue famously felled during the Black Lives Matter protests, is now on display in a Bristol museum


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


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


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


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


Domestic cruise ship barred from Scotland over Covid concerns
A UK-only cruise has been barred from docking in Greenock by the Scottish government


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


Crystal Palace Park dinosaur receives ‘Roar-some’ facelift
Emergency restoration work was carried out on the Megalosaurus after its jaw collapsed last year


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


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


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


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


Exploring Shanghai’s Jewish Refugee Museum
A museum dedicated to the Jewish refugees who fled Nazi Germany for Shanghai reopened after a major expansion and renovation project. Our contributor in Shanghai, Alice Davis, paid a visit


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


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’


Download Festival to return with 10,000-capacity mini-event
Download boss described the event as ‘the return of the full festival experience we’ve all been waiting for.’


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


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


More than 250,000 people volunteer for Royal Caribbean test cruise
It’s got a capacity shy of 4,000 but more than a quarter-of-a-million people are eager to be the first on-board the Freedom of the Seas, as Royal Carribean tests the waters for a return to cruising in the US


Mary Queen of Scots’ rosary beads stolen in Arundel Castle heist
The gold rosary beads were snatched alongside several coronation cups that Mary gifted to the Earl Marshal


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


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


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


Disney 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


Should we interfere with heritage to improve the visitor experience?
Where exactly is the line when it comes to improving the visitor experience and interfering with historic sites?


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


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


From 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


US officials seize nearly 70 big cats from ‘Tiger King’ zoo after alleged animal abuse
The US Justice Department says it will work to ensure that the rescued big cats go to animal preserves where they can be ‘safely maintained rather than exploited’


Glastonbury given go ahead for Equinox mini festival in 2021
The COVID-safe version of the event will go ahead at quarter capacity with no camping allowed


‘The situation is still very challenging’ - An unprecedented year for WAZA and lessons learned from the pandemic
WAZA CEO Martin Zordan discusses the global disruption caused by COVID-19, the association’s plans during another challenging year and how community has kept the world’s animal attractions going through an unprecedented event


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


Culture meets cruise: Smithsonian partners with Ponant to deliver sailings steeped in history
The Smithsonian has partnered with cruise operator Ponant to offer educational voyages to a number of destinations worldwide


Luxury at sea: Disney unveils palatial penthouse suite coming to Disney Wish cruise liner
Fit for a Disney prince or princess, the penthouse suite aboard the upcoming Disney Wish cruise liner is promising to be one of the operator’s most spectacular accommodation offerings ever


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


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


‘A Bear Called Paddington’: British Library celebrates six decades of Paddington Bear with summer exhibition
The iconic marmalade loving-bear was inspired by a lone teddy bear in a toy shop close to Paddington station


Major waterpark occupying former Six Flags site coming to Hangzhou Bay in June
In addition to the waterpark development, the former Six Flags site will boast theme parks and hotels under Sunac


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


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


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


Nolan Bushnell latest name to be added to Strong Museum’s ‘Cocktails with the Creators’ series
Atari inventor and Chuck E Cheese founder Nolan Bushnell is the latest name set to appear in the Strong Museum’s ‘Cocktails with the Creators’ Zoom sessions


Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum acquires iconic X-Wing from Lucasfilm
The National Air and Space Museum’s US$250m transformation continues with one of Star Wars’ X-Wings set to go on display outside the Albert Einstein Planetarium


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


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


Britain’s music festival industry in crisis as more than a quarter of events get the COVID-19 axe
Research has revealed that 26% of British festivals have been called off due to a lack of COVID-related cancellation insurance


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


Blossoms headline pilot gig trialling safety of mass gatherings in Liverpool
Ticket-holders had to provide a negative COVID test to gain entry


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


National Gallery at 200: British institution releases five-year strategy ahead of bicentennial anniversary
The gallery will raise its national and international profiles with a major social media campaign and digital content subscriptions


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


New waterpark offering for the Bahamas set to become premier tourist destination
Baha Bay will be one of the Carribean’s top tourist attractions when it opens to guests later this year in July


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


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


Cultural Recovery Fund for Dundee reaches million pound target
The Dundee Cultural Recovery Fund will support cultural institutions through financial difficulties and bring tourists back to the area


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


New outdoor Alamo exhibit recreates ‘iconic’ cannon fired in 1836 battle
The 18-pounder Losoya House exhibit features a full-size replica of a cannon used during the Battle of the Alamo in 1836


Royal Caribbean taking cautious approach when US cruise industry returns, says CEO
Royal Caribbean’s Richard Fain is eyeing a careful and considered approach for the return of the US cruise industry following a year long absence


WATCH: ‘A castle on the sea’ - Disney unveils new addition to cruise fleet
Disney Wish will set sail for the first time in June 2022


Smithsonian launches ‘Vaccines & Us’ initiative to support vaccine education across the US
The Smithsonian Institute has announced the launch of a new initiative aiming to provide US citizens with information about COVID-19 vaccines


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


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


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


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


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


Zoo Knoxville unveils US$18m reptile and amphibian habitat
The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Campus is the latest addition to the zoo’s multi-year masterplan


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


Science Museum Group comes under fire for Shell partnership on new climate exhibit
The museum has faced criticism from scientists about its partnership with Shell, which is viewed by its opponents as an attempt at ‘greenwashing’ the brand


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


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


US cruise industry could resume as early as July, says Royal Caribbean chair following ‘constructive dialogue’ with CDC
Royal Caribbean’s Richard Fain has hailed positive discussions with the CDC, bringing the US cruise industry a step closer to a return to operations


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


Cairo art museum reopens a decade after Van Gogh theft
The Mr & Mrs Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum boasts an impressive collection of Impressionist and Classical works


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


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


Polin seeks innovative ideas from across the sector with launch of new Innokind platform
The Innokind innovation platform from Polin Waterparks is open to anyone interested in creating new solutions for improving the visitor experience


Stranger Things prison complex in Lithuanian capital to be transformed into major culture hub
Lithuania’s government is backing plans to transform its famous Lukiškės Prison complex into a multifunctional hub featuring museums, restaurants, hotels and other commercial and cultural spaces


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


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


Olivia Colman, Adrian Lester and Jessie Buckley among performers set to appear in new National Theatre interview series
Life in Stages is a brand-new conversation series from the National Theatre profiling some of the biggest names in British theatre


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


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


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


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


Royal Albert Hall celebrates milestone anniversary as the iconic London venue turns 150
The Royal Albert Hall has released a short film, narrated by Mick Jagger, to celebrate the anniversary


Egypt holds grand parade as ancient mummies are moved to new home
Egypt has celebrated the long-awaited opening of its National Museum of Egyptian Civilization with a procession of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies through Cairo


WATCH: Simworx partners with Norway’s Hunderfossen Familie Park on new Hyperakselerator attraction
The ride will take guests on a madcap adventure with characters from the Flåklypa Universe


The tough challenge of decolonisation
In recent years, museums across the US, Europe, Australia and beyond have had to face up to the issue of decolonisation. Cultural institutions possess artefacts historically taken from colonised countries and are now having to face up to that reality. But that’s not all...


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


Cruise ships banned in Venice as city aims to protect cultural heritage
Cruise ships are no longer welcome in Venice following a ruling by the Italian government


Battersea Arts Centre adopts ‘Pay What You Can’ model in attempt to reconnect with post-lockdown audience
The London venue says the move will widen access to its performances while also enticing an audience fresh out of a national lockdown


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


Mexican World Heritage site closed over non mask-wearing tourists
The historic Chichén Itzá Maya has been closed to the public while Mexican authorities battle an influx of non mask-wearing tourists


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


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


Nearly a quarter of the world’s heritage sites remain closed due to COVID-19
Unesco has revealed the extent of the effects of Covid 19, with only half of the world’s heritage sites fully open to the public


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


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


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


Celebrity-backed crowdfunding campaign to transform JRR Tolkien house into cultural hub fails to reach goal
The bid was backed by actors Sir Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman


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


AZA to host virtual concert in support of US zoos and aquariums
‘All Together For Animals’ is happening in aid of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ members


Elgin Marbles ‘legally acquired’ says British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Comments from Boris Johnson aimed at drawing a line under the Elgin Marbles dispute are bound to ignite further controversy with the Greek people


Shakespeare’s Globe to reopen in May as iconic venue announces summer season of performances
The historic theatre in London will reopen with a series of Shakespeare classics starting in May


Visit Orlando to host first-of-its-kind virtual experiential travel show
Visit Orlando has collaborated with a number of major theme parks for a consumer-facing virtual travel show


Chanel teams up with National Portrait Gallery to highlight women’s ‘urgent and untold stories’
The partnership will see the launch of an initiative that aims to facilitate greater representation in the arts.


Grand Egyptian Museum welcomes Tutankhamun shrine as it prepares for 2021 opening
The long-awaited museum was reported to be ‘96.5%’ complete in August 2020


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


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


The 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


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


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


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


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


Disney’s Lighthouse Point slated for 2024 after plans pass environmental impact assessment
The Disney Cruise Line’s Lighthouse Project second port in the Bahamas has taken another step to becoming a reality after passing its environmental impact assessment


San Diego Zoo becomes world’s first zoo to vaccinate great ape population against COVID-19
The great apes are the first to be vaccinated against COVID-19 following a breakout among the gorilla population earlier this year


Pro wrestling luchadores take the fight to COVID in Mexico City’s Central de Abastos
Mexico’s famous luchadores are taking a stand against COVID-19, touring Latin America’s largest wholesale food market to promote mask wearing


WATCH: Benedict Cumberbatch shares acting turning point in support of Theatre Artists Fund
The actor shared his story to raise awareness for the fund, which supports theatre workers in financial crisis


WATCH: Smithsonian’s National Zoo launches trailer for new mobile game
Zoo Guardians is available now on Android and iOS


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


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


London’s Whitechapel Gallery reaches milestone as historic institution celebrates 120th anniversary
The gallery was originally founded with the hope of bringing art to the working classes


National Football Museum acquires artefacts to tell the story of English football in pandemic Britain
The National Football Museum is telling the story of football and COVID-19 in England through the acquisition of 11 recently-acquired artefacts soon to be added to its collection


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


Eurovision Museum coming to Húsavík after Iceland’s government awards development funding
They might well be playing Jaja Ding Dong at the new Eurovision Museum, coming to Húsavík, Iceland, later this year


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


Dr Anthony Fauci donates personal 3D printed Coronavirus model to The Smithsonian
Fauci was asked to donate a personal item to The Smithsonian’s upcoming ‘In Sickness and Health’ exhibit


Stonehenge exhibit to open at Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Visitors will be able to learn about how Stonehenge was constructed and how it has changed over time


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


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


Isle of Wight festival pushed to September as Download and Primavera get the axe
Isle of Wight festival organisers say that they hope to bring back as many artists as they can for the later dates


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


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


Brian Blessed to perform at drive-in theatre coming to Manchester in May
DriveINSIDE Theatre will allow visitors to get a dose of culture right from their cars


Exploring English Heritage through song with The Nest Collective
‘Songs of England’ explores traditional folk music associated with different heritage sites throughout England


Young people must be at the heart of museums’ post-pandemic plans, says Museum of London director
Museum spaces should be a source of joy, debate, learning and fun


Universal Hip Hop Museum offers virtual tours as developers seek to raise US$100m in funding
Coming to New York City in 2023, the Universal Hip Hop Museum (UHHM) is funding for its new home in the Bronx


Great Barrier Reef in poor condition as global warming drives bleaching effect
Coral bleaching caused by climate change is turning the famous wonder white


John and Melanie Bishop named first ever patrons of the Sea Life Trust
Following an ITV documentary last year on Merlin’s world-first beluga sanctuary, John and Melanie Bishop are getting ‘hands on’ with the Sea Life Trust as its new patrons


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


Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry to celebrate 80 years of Marvel when it reopens in March
Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes is designed for diehard and casual fans alike


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