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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


A happy holidays and a quick thank you from us


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


Read the top stories from Planet Attractions this week


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


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


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


Gundam Factory Yokohama makes its official debut later this month


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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...


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.


‘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




Industry insights



Effective operations within a storied environment




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Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry to celebrate 80 years of Marvel when it reopens in March

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Meet the theme park fan who creates immersive experiences and rollercoaster game shows in his back garden

 
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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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”


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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...


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: 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.


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


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


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


Welcome to Planet Attractions
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.


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


© Planet Attractions 2020