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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


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


Experts previously speculated that the graffiti was a vandalism attempt


The CultArm3D has been developed to help museums digitise their collections


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


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


The Isles of Scilly Museum is creating a series of pop-up ‘mini-museums’ to showcase its collection of more than 8,500 artefacts


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


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


Build your own soap bottle droid with Imagine from Home


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


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


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


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


The resort will include a 260,000 sq ft water park and luxury themed suites


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


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


What does it take to make it to the elite level of circus performer? Cirque du Soleil veteran Elena Lev reveals all...


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


Lesley the manatee has finally returned home


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


Students on the SEAS programme were tasked with developing two interactive museum exhibits with an emphasis on accessibility


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


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


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


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


The 100-year-old key was posted to English Heritage customer services with a note apologising for the 48-year delay


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


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


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


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


UK lockdown restrictions have left six in 10 museums, galleries and historic houses concerned for their survival post-pandemic


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


Former Sega CEO Tom Kalinske will be the first of the Strong Museum’s guests in its new ‘Cocktails with the Creators’ Zoom series


One of India’s highest security prisons has opened to the public, with educational tours taking visitors inside the place where Mahatma Gandhi was held prisoner for several years


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


Louis Ailot - mayor of the French city of Perpignan and deputy leader of far right National Rally political party - has reopened the city’s museums, claiming that the French need “access to culture”.


Scotland’s animal attractions have been offered some much-needed funding to support animal care and conservation work during the pandemic


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


Geoff Ellis says the vaccine rollouts are ‘encouraging’ for the festival sector, which has been hard hit by the Coronavirus pandemic


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


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


You can now explore the pandemic’s digital history thanks to Twitter and the Museum of London


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


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


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


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


Coachella and Stagecoach will not be able to go ahead due to the ‘dire COVID-19 situation’ in California


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


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


The Utah theme park says the star’s latest album infringes on its trademark


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


After six straight correct predictions, is Nicholas the dolphin the greatest sport pundit in history?


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


New research could change the way plastic is recycled, offering attractions a greener alternative in the future


The zoo says it only has enough reserve finances to last another month


Thomas Becket: Murder and the Making of a Saint has been dubbed a real-life ‘Game of Thrones’


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


Cruise Saudi will develop ports and terminals in several cities and tourist destinations, as well as itineraries that explore Saudi heritage and culture


Are plastic bubbles the future of live music?


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


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


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


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


The platform will help to recoup revenue lost as a result of the ongoing pandemic


In the pandemic world, museums engaging with their audience through digital has become an essential process. Klaus Sommer Paulsen explores this evolution to and asks how it will define the museum of the future


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


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


The 160ft text work was created to shed light on racial inequality and police brutality in America.


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


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


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


Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition has been touring since 2012


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


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


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


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


Set to open in spring 2021, the new museum will make Milton Keynes a hub for sci-fi enthusiasts across the country


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


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


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


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


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


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


Shanghai Disneyland is gearing up for the Chinese New Year


Base camp gallery hopes to raise awareness of Everest trash problem


Saga will now resume operations in May in order to allow its customers enough time to get vaccinated


WhiteWater showcases Jungala Aqua Experience - a luxury waterpark designed to blend in with its surroundings


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


The world-famous Glastonbury music festival will not go ahead in 2021 ‘with great regret’


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


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


Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park ordered to surrender tiger and lion cubs, along with their mothers to the federal government.


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


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


The giant orange effigy of US President Donald Trump is set to be added to the Museum of London’s permanent collection


The renovation is the most significant in the gallery’s 89-year history


IAAPA has moved its annual Asian Expo to Shanghai


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


Oceania Cruises will set sail for a new cruise in their “Around The World In 180 Days” sailings.


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


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


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


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


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


Viewist delves into the history of Six Flags’ Monster Mansion


Comedian Ricky Gervais wants to be fed to the lions when he dies but London Zoo doesn’t seem too keen on the idea...


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


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


Friends of the Animals is seeking an injunction against the the Mystic Aquarium, which is trying to import five beluga whales from Canada’s Marineland


Curators are focusing their acquisition efforts on the National Mall but hope to work with the Capitol Building


Visitor numbers at the world-famous museum have plummeted 72% over the last year


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


The experience will feature memorabilia and memories curated by Def Leppard


Delayed by more than two years, the NOK6.05bn project will become the largest art museum in any Nordic country when it opens


Traditional audiences need to broaden their audiences and generate some much-need income by partnering with big-name IPs


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


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


The second round of NLHF’s Culture Recovery Fund makes £36m available for sites across Britain


The long-awaited museum is now expected to open in spring 2021 after experiencing a number of delays tied to the Coronavirus pandemic


The ‘cinematic’ performance follows the tragic story of poet André Chénier who was executed during the French Revolution


How do you operate a zoo when your customers aren’t allowed to visit? Chester Zoo MD Jamie Christon tells Planet Attractions how the attraction made it through 2020 and what management’s outlook is for 2021


Industry leaders have urged the British government to set out reasonable return timetable for mass gatherings and to introduce insurance policies to provide stability for the country’s music festivals


The UK’s only giant pandas might not be able to stay in Scotland, with Edinburgh Zoo facing a £2m deficit


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


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


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


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


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


Take a look at the Australian Museum’s A$57.5m redevelopment


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


The government has finally greenlit long standing plans from the Smithsonian for an American Latino Museum and a Women’s History Museum


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


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


Wish fulfilled! Disney has offered a first look at the newest ship in its fleet - ‘Disney Wish’


The British institution highlights the challenges COVID-19 has presented to maintain and present the thousands of priceless works in its collection


A happy holidays and a quick thank you from us


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


See the Dickens Museum take its performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ online with actor Dominic Gerrard


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


ELLO, ELLO, ELLO! The former police station will welcome visitors as soon as COVID restrictions allow


Architects PAU will handle the rockin’ expansion for Cleveland-based music Hall of Fame


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


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


Several previous attempts to redevelop the park have all fallen through


The renowned naturalist and documentarian has backed zoos and aquariums for their work in conservation and education


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


A year of programming will build to the UN conference on Climate Change in 2021


Read the top stories from Planet Attractions this week


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


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


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


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


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


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


With attractions forced to close and the public ordered to stay at home, it might not be a surprise that ‘virtual museum tours’ experienced a huge surge in Google searches for 2020.


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


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


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


Europa Nostra has announced which of Europe's heritage sites are most at risk


Tier three is a major blow for London’s theatre venues, which had only just been given permission to reopen a few weeks ago


The US$55m Branson aquarium is home to more than 7,500 sea creatures and a 55ft light up octopus called Aquarius


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


Gundam Factory Yokohama makes its official debut later this month


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


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


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


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


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


Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru comes to the Boca Raton Art Museum in 2021


You can now vote for your favourite influencers and content creators


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


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


The attraction has been in development for three years


Visitors to the US capital will still be able to enjoy the iconic Chinese bears


The zoo has contacted the Bronx Zoo in New York to learn how to treat the animals


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


The Smithsonian doesn’t want you to forget 2020 so quickly, with the institution planning to collect memories of the "awful" year.


Our World Heritage is calling on the general public to save world heritage sites


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



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


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


Make-Up artist Rebecca Butterworth shows you how to get that Ancient Rome shine


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


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


A new set of Accords aim to protect Infinity and Beyond for future generations





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


The theatres might be closed but the British Library is inviting families to make their own at home


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


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


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


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


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


London’s Natural History Museum has once again opened, with its long-awaited Fantastic Beasts exhibition not far behind.


Prof Theo Pagel, president of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and director of Germany’s Cologne Zoo, looks back at a year of turmoil for his community, while also looking at the future for visitors, biodiversity, education and animal protection.


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


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


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


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





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


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


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


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


Join Rey, a young African penguin, on her adventures, as she gets a private tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


Lego has turned Rome’s historic colosseum into a 9,036-piece construction, which is now available to buy


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


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


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


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


The Museum of London want to hear about your nightmares, night-time fantasies and the outright weird dreams you’ve had since restrictions came into place


Viewers from all around the world will be able to marvel at the annual Stonehenge winter solstice





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


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


The Federation of Music Festivals of Wallonia-Brussels has written a letter to the Belgian health authorities, offering its services to assist with the country’s coronavirus vaccination campaign


The Australian Museum was closed for 15 months while works took place


Multiple names take up positions on the corporate side of Carnival’s business


Pixar artist, Tim Evatt, joins the Norman Rockwell museum for a deep dive into the work that made the animation studio famous.


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


The NASA Astronaut came live from the International Space Station on December 3 to talk about his experiences


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


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


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


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


Star studded line-up has paid homage to rock legends


The Channing Tatum-produced show returns after a long COVID hiatus


The museum is on track for its mid-2022 opening


‘greenloop’ will look at sustainability issues across the visitor attractions sector



The Week: Joe Rohde shoots for the stars, restrictions lifted and Peppa Pig’s new Florida home





From The Industry: Underwater attractions, become an astronaut and restoring art from the capitol riots




Stand-alone Peppa Pig theme park coming to Legoland Florida in 2022




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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


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


Edvard Munch revealed to be mystery graffiti artist who wrote on The Scream
Experts previously speculated that the graffiti was a vandalism attempt


New technology creates 3D-scanned replicas of priceless artefacts at the push of a button
The CultArm3D has been developed to help museums digitise their collections


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


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


The museum that beat COVID by going mobile
The Isles of Scilly Museum is creating a series of pop-up ‘mini-museums’ to showcase its collection of more than 8,500 artefacts


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


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


Disney Imagineering partners with ABC for ‘one-of-a-kind’ DIY Disney experience
Build your own soap bottle droid with Imagine from Home


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


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


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


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


Mexico’s first Nickelodeon resort to open in June
The resort will include a 260,000 sq ft water park and luxury themed suites


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


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


WATCH: Learn from a master of the Hula Hoop with Cirque du Soleil
What does it take to make it to the elite level of circus performer? Cirque du Soleil veteran Elena Lev reveals all...


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


SeaWorld releases Lesley the manatee back into the wild
Lesley the manatee has finally returned home


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


Smithsonian partners with Yale students to develop accessible museum experiences
Students on the SEAS programme were tasked with developing two interactive museum exhibits with an emphasis on accessibility


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


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


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


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


Missing key returned to Norman tower 50 years after it disappeared
The 100-year-old key was posted to English Heritage customer services with a note apologising for the 48-year delay


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


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


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


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


UK museums ‘fighting for survival’ warns Art Fund
UK lockdown restrictions have left six in 10 museums, galleries and historic houses concerned for their survival post-pandemic


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


Meet the man who turned Sonic into a global phenomenon with the Strong Museum
Former Sega CEO Tom Kalinske will be the first of the Strong Museum’s guests in its new ‘Cocktails with the Creators’ Zoom series


Indian prison which once held Gandhi opens to visitors
One of India’s highest security prisons has opened to the public, with educational tours taking visitors inside the place where Mahatma Gandhi was held prisoner for several years


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


French mayor flouts Covid restrictions to controversially reopen local museums
Louis Ailot - mayor of the French city of Perpignan and deputy leader of far right National Rally political party - has reopened the city’s museums, claiming that the French need “access to culture”.


Scottish government provides £2.5m in emergency funding for zoos and aquariums
Scotland’s animal attractions have been offered some much-needed funding to support animal care and conservation work during the pandemic


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


‘Too soon’ to axe Scotland’s summer events, says TRNSMT festival boss
Geoff Ellis says the vaccine rollouts are ‘encouraging’ for the festival sector, which has been hard hit by the Coronavirus pandemic


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


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


The Museum of London has curated a collection of lockdown tweets
You can now explore the pandemic’s digital history thanks to Twitter and the Museum of London


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


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


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


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


Public health order cancels Coachella and Stagecoach festivals
Coachella and Stagecoach will not be able to go ahead due to the ‘dire COVID-19 situation’ in California


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


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


Taylor Swift in hot water after Evermore theme park sues singer over album name
The Utah theme park says the star’s latest album infringes on its trademark


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


WATCH: Clearwater Marine Aquarium Dolphin aims to make it six out of six with Super Bowl prediction
After six straight correct predictions, is Nicholas the dolphin the greatest sport pundit in history?


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


Pioneering recycling method could help attractions cut down on single use plastic
New research could change the way plastic is recycled, offering attractions a greener alternative in the future


Greece’s only zoo could close as COVID-19 puts major strain on finances
The zoo says it only has enough reserve finances to last another month


A new exhibition at the British Museum will tell the grisly story of Thomas Becket
Thomas Becket: Murder and the Making of a Saint has been dubbed a real-life ‘Game of Thrones’


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


Saudi Arabia has launched a new company to develop its cruise industry
Cruise Saudi will develop ports and terminals in several cities and tourist destinations, as well as itineraries that explore Saudi heritage and culture


The Flaming Lips use space bubbles to host COVID-safe concert
Are plastic bubbles the future of live music?


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


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


From the Industry: VelociCoaster, Jason Avant’s new business and the 1800s version of virtual tourism
Rounding up all the biggest news from both publications and associations, here is this week’s edition of From the Industry


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


National Theatre launches digital streaming service
The platform will help to recoup revenue lost as a result of the ongoing pandemic


Successful digital transformation of museums
In the pandemic world, museums engaging with their audience through digital has become an essential process. Klaus Sommer Paulsen explores this evolution to and asks how it will define the museum of the future


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


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


Disputed Nick Cave artwork acquired by Brooklyn Museum
The 160ft text work was created to shed light on racial inequality and police brutality in America.


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


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


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


Touring Star Wars exhibition coming to Singapore’s ArtScience Museum for final leg of world tour
Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition has been touring since 2012


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


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


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


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


Works starts on UK’s National Film and Sci-Fi Museum
Set to open in spring 2021, the new museum will make Milton Keynes a hub for sci-fi enthusiasts across the country


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Rubbish becomes art as Nepal gallery highlights blight on Mount Everest
Base camp gallery hopes to raise awareness of Everest trash problem


Everyone travelling on a Saga cruise ship in 2021 must be vaccinated, says operator
Saga will now resume operations in May in order to allow its customers enough time to get vaccinated


WATCH: Exploring Mexico City’s luxury Jungala Aqua Experience
WhiteWater showcases Jungala Aqua Experience - a luxury waterpark designed to blend in with its surroundings


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


Cancelled: Glastonbury gets the axe as Covid continues to decimate festival sector
The world-famous Glastonbury music festival will not go ahead in 2021 ‘with great regret’


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


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


‘Tiger King’ zoo ordered to turn over its lion and tiger cubs, while Joe Exotic does not receive anticipated presidential pardon from Donald Trump
Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park ordered to surrender tiger and lion cubs, along with their mothers to the federal government.


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


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


The Trump Baby is set to go on display at the Museum of London
The giant orange effigy of US President Donald Trump is set to be added to the Museum of London’s permanent collection


London’s historic Courtauld Gallery to reopen in 2021 following major redevelopment
The renovation is the most significant in the gallery’s 89-year history


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


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


Oceania Cruises announces new 180-day cruise starting in 2023
Oceania Cruises will set sail for a new cruise in their “Around The World In 180 Days” sailings.


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


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


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


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


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


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


‘He might be a bit gristly’ - London Zoo turns down Ricky Gervais’ request to be ‘fed to the lions’ after his death
Comedian Ricky Gervais wants to be fed to the lions when he dies but London Zoo doesn’t seem too keen on the idea...


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


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


Mystic Aquarium beluga import on hold following lawsuit
Friends of the Animals is seeking an injunction against the the Mystic Aquarium, which is trying to import five beluga whales from Canada’s Marineland


The Smithsonian is collecting items from Capitol Siege to ‘help future generations remember’
Curators are focusing their acquisition efforts on the National Mall but hope to work with the Capitol Building


Attendance at pandemic-hit Louvre down nearly three quarters
Visitor numbers at the world-famous museum have plummeted 72% over the last year


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


Def Leppard invites fans ‘into the vault’ with new digital museum experience
The experience will feature memorabilia and memories curated by Def Leppard


Norway’s new National Museum set for 2022 launch
Delayed by more than two years, the NOK6.05bn project will become the largest art museum in any Nordic country when it opens


Is The Mandalorian the answer to your museum’s funding problems?
Traditional audiences need to broaden their audiences and generate some much-need income by partnering with big-name IPs


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


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


Crucial funding for British culture and heritage organisations now available through Heritage Fund
The second round of NLHF’s Culture Recovery Fund makes £36m available for sites across Britain


Oslo’s long-awaited Munch Museum set for spring launch
The long-awaited museum is now expected to open in spring 2021 after experiencing a number of delays tied to the Coronavirus pandemic


London’s Royal Opera House to live stream production of Andrea Chénier
The ‘cinematic’ performance follows the tragic story of poet André Chénier who was executed during the French Revolution


Managing a pandemic: How has Chester Zoo handled the Coronavirus crisis?
How do you operate a zoo when your customers aren’t allowed to visit? Chester Zoo MD Jamie Christon tells Planet Attractions how the attraction made it through 2020 and what management’s outlook is for 2021


British music festivals call on government to save COVID-hit sector
Industry leaders have urged the British government to set out reasonable return timetable for mass gatherings and to introduce insurance policies to provide stability for the country’s music festivals


COVID crisis could force Edinburgh Zoo to give up lucrative pandas
The UK’s only giant pandas might not be able to stay in Scotland, with Edinburgh Zoo facing a £2m deficit


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


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


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


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


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


WATCH: See the newly-renovated Australian Museum
Take a look at the Australian Museum’s A$57.5m redevelopment


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


US Congress approves plans for American Latino and Smithsonian Women’s museums
The government has finally greenlit long standing plans from the Smithsonian for an American Latino Museum and a Women’s History Museum


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


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


WATCH: Get a first look at Disney’s newest cruise ship
Wish fulfilled! Disney has offered a first look at the newest ship in its fleet - ‘Disney Wish’


WATCH: How does Tate Modern care for its art during a global pandemic?
The British institution highlights the challenges COVID-19 has presented to maintain and present the thousands of priceless works in its collection


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


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


Scrooge saves Christmas for Charles Dickens Museum with virtual performances
See the Dickens Museum take its performance of ‘A Christmas Carol’ online with actor Dominic Gerrard


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


London’s former Bow Street police station to become museum in 2021
ELLO, ELLO, ELLO! The former police station will welcome visitors as soon as COVID restrictions allow


Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to undergo major US$100m expansion
Architects PAU will handle the rockin’ expansion for Cleveland-based music Hall of Fame


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


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


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


Sir David Attenborough advocates for zoos and aquariums in battle for species survival
The renowned naturalist and documentarian has backed zoos and aquariums for their work in conservation and education


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


Science Museum Group focusing on sustainability in 2021
A year of programming will build to the UN conference on Climate Change in 2021


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Virtual museum tours among 2020’s most popular Google searches
With attractions forced to close and the public ordered to stay at home, it might not be a surprise that ‘virtual museum tours’ experienced a huge surge in Google searches for 2020.


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


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


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


These are Europe’s 12 most endangered heritage sites
Europa Nostra has announced which of Europe's heritage sites are most at risk


Devastation for West End Theatres as COVID restrictions hit London
Tier three is a major blow for London’s theatre venues, which had only just been given permission to reopen a few weeks ago


Eye-catching US$55m aquarium comes to Missouri
The US$55m Branson aquarium is home to more than 7,500 sea creatures and a 55ft light up octopus called Aquarius


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Peru to share its culture with the world with travelling Machu Picchu exhibition
Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru comes to the Boca Raton Art Museum in 2021


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


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


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


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


Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and new panda cub get three more years at Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Visitors to the US capital will still be able to enjoy the iconic Chinese bears


Four of Barcelona Zoo’s lions test positive for COVID-19
The zoo has contacted the Bronx Zoo in New York to learn how to treat the animals


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


The Smithsonian is collecting memories of 2020 to share with future generations
The Smithsonian doesn’t want you to forget 2020 so quickly, with the institution planning to collect memories of the "awful" year.


New conservation organisation aims to protect endangered heritage sites with public support
Our World Heritage is calling on the general public to save world heritage sites


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


Step into the world of Newt Scamander as Natural History Museum launches Fantastic Beasts exhibition


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


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


WATCH: Get the Roman look with California’s Getty Villa Museum
Make-Up artist Rebecca Butterworth shows you how to get that Ancient Rome shine


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


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


Protecting heritage in outer space - NASA wants to preserve the Moon’s historical sites
A new set of Accords aim to protect Infinity and Beyond for future generations


WATCH: Looking back at the legendary career of Joe Rohde


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


WATCH: Build your own toy theatre with The British Library
The theatres might be closed but the British Library is inviting families to make their own at home


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


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


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


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


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


London’s Natural History Museum reopens to the public
London’s Natural History Museum has once again opened, with its long-awaited Fantastic Beasts exhibition not far behind.


WAZA president reflects on a year of turmoil for zoos and aquariums
Prof Theo Pagel, president of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and director of Germany’s Cologne Zoo, looks back at a year of turmoil for his community, while also looking at the future for visitors, biodiversity, education and animal protection.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


WATCH: Inquisitive Monterey Bay Aquarium penguin takes in the visitor experience
Join Rey, a young African penguin, on her adventures, as she gets a private tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


WATCH: Rome’s legendary colosseum transformed into largest ever Lego set
Lego has turned Rome’s historic colosseum into a 9,036-piece construction, which is now available to buy


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


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


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


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


Weird dreams in lockdown? The Museum of London wants to know more
The Museum of London want to hear about your nightmares, night-time fantasies and the outright weird dreams you’ve had since restrictions came into place


English Heritage sets up Stonehenge livestream for the winter solstice
Viewers from all around the world will be able to marvel at the annual Stonehenge winter solstice


Saga becomes first operator to receive crucial COVID accreditation


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


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


Music Festivals offer assistance to Belgium’s mass vaccination campaign
The Federation of Music Festivals of Wallonia-Brussels has written a letter to the Belgian health authorities, offering its services to assist with the country’s coronavirus vaccination campaign


Australia’s oldest museum reopens following A$57.5m renovation
The Australian Museum was closed for 15 months while works took place


Carnival announces several new senior appointments
Multiple names take up positions on the corporate side of Carnival’s business


Norman Rockwell Museum offers behind the scenes look at Pixar with artist Tim Evatt
Pixar artist, Tim Evatt, joins the Norman Rockwell museum for a deep dive into the work that made the animation studio famous.


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


Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum hosts ISS livestream with astronaut Victor Glover
The NASA Astronaut came live from the International Space Station on December 3 to talk about his experiences


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


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


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


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Museum of Pop Culture take Founders Award online to honour Alice in Chains
Star studded line-up has paid homage to rock legends


Magic Mike Live returning to London’s West End in 2021
The Channing Tatum-produced show returns after a long COVID hiatus


Hong Kong Palace Museum building structure completed
The museum is on track for its mid-2022 opening


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


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