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


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


We spoke to Triotech’s Ernest Yale and Nol van Genuchten about Knott’s Berry Farm’s iconic Bear-y Tales dark ride, which has been reimagined for a brand new audience more than three decades later


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


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


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 COVID tide begins to turn, the recreation sector looks set to bounce back with a new report suggesting the market could be worth as much as US$1.92tn by 2025


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


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


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


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


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


The 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


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


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


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


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


"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...


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


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


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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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 both publications and associations, here is your latest edition of From the Industry from Planet Attractions


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


In part two of our exclusive interview with the man who advised on Jurassic Park and has his own army of robotic dinosaurs, ‘Dino’ Don Lessem returns to talk everything from the business of dinosaurs to the world-famous Trump Toilet


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Build your own soap bottle droid with Imagine from Home


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Viewist delves into the history of Six Flags’ Monster Mansion


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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





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


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


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





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


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


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


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


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


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


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.



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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Should we interfere with heritage to improve the visitor experience?




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Behind the Attraction: New Disney+ series takes a look at some of Disney’s most iconic attractions

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Thirty-four years in the making: How Triotech took a classic dark ride attraction and brought it into the 21st century

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


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


Thirty-four years in the making: How Triotech took a classic dark ride attraction and brought it into the 21st century
We spoke to Triotech’s Ernest Yale and Nol van Genuchten about Knott’s Berry Farm’s iconic Bear-y Tales dark ride, which has been reimagined for a brand new audience more than three decades later


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 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


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


Global recreation market set to soar to US$1.4tn in 2021 following COVID-hit 2020
As the COVID tide begins to turn, the recreation sector looks set to bounce back with a new report suggesting the market could be worth as much as US$1.92tn by 2025


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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...


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Part Two: Meet ‘Dino’ Don Lessem - The business of dinosaurs, the Trump toilet and the future of robotics
In part two of our exclusive interview with the man who advised on Jurassic Park and has his own army of robotic dinosaurs, ‘Dino’ Don Lessem returns to talk everything from the business of dinosaurs to the world-famous Trump Toilet


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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...


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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: Looking back at the legendary career of Joe Rohde


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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