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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


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


A new permanent immersive light and spatial audio installation at St. Michael’s Cave will boost the Rock’s visitor experience in time for Summer 2021


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


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


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


A 4D dome experience at the National Center of Meteorology has opened its doors to the public as part of an engagement strategy that helps audiences understand weather data and meteorological research


The Gruffalo Spotter 2 app combines augmented reality with animated versions of Julia Donaldson’s beloved characters


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


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


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


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


Coming to the hotly-anticipated Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser hotel experience, Disney has unveiled what looks like the most realistic lightsaber ever created


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


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


YouTuber CoasterWriter has built a gargantuan rollercoaster entirely out of K’nex, with the mega ride filling his entire back garden


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


Merlin has offered a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the giant Lego Sky Lion for its upcoming Mythica attraction at Legoland Windsor


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


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


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


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


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


Zoo Guardians is available now on Android and iOS


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


Don Lessem has gone from advising on Jurassic Park to building enough robotic dinosaurs that he could fill an entire zoo. In part one of our interview, we get a peek into the life of ‘Dino Don’, who talks about everything from Steven Spielberg to the real-life dinosaur that’s been named after him


The CultArm3D has been developed to help museums digitise their collections


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


The experience will feature memorabilia and memories curated by Def Leppard


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


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


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


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


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


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.


Gundam Factory Yokohama makes its official debut later this month


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


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


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


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



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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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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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


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


Stunning immersive show transforms the Rock of Gibraltar
A new permanent immersive light and spatial audio installation at St. Michael’s Cave will boost the Rock’s visitor experience in time for Summer 2021


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


Self-driving electric boats are currently being trialled in Amsterdam’s canals
The trend for autonomous vehicles continues to grow, with Amsterdam currently testing the use of self-driving electric boats in its waterways


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


New 4D theatre for UAE as National Center of Meteorology launches Science Dome
A 4D dome experience at the National Center of Meteorology has opened its doors to the public as part of an engagement strategy that helps audiences understand weather data and meteorological research


New AR app brings The Gruffalo to England’s forests
The Gruffalo Spotter 2 app combines augmented reality with animated versions of Julia Donaldson’s beloved characters


Launch of Europa Park’s underwater VR experience imminent pending relaxation of COVID restrictions
Snorri Snorkling VR at Europa Park’s Rulantica is ready to roll, though the launch has been slightly delayed thanks to local restrictions


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


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


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


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


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


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


WATCH: Theme park fanatic CoasterWriter fills entire back garden with giant K’nex rollercoaster
YouTuber CoasterWriter has built a gargantuan rollercoaster entirely out of K’nex, with the mega ride filling his entire back garden


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


WATCH: Building the Lego Sky Lion at Legoland Windsor
Merlin has offered a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the giant Lego Sky Lion for its upcoming Mythica attraction at Legoland Windsor


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Part One: Meet ‘Dino’ Don Lessem - The man who advised on Jurassic Park and has his own army of robotic dinosaurs
Don Lessem has gone from advising on Jurassic Park to building enough robotic dinosaurs that he could fill an entire zoo. In part one of our interview, we get a peek into the life of ‘Dino Don’, who talks about everything from Steven Spielberg to the real-life dinosaur that’s been named after him


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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...


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


© Kazoo 5 Limited 2021