Parques Reunidos acquire Wet’n’Wild Sydney with $40m investment

Parques Reunidos acquire Wet’n’Wild Sydney with $40m investment

Spanish leisure park operator Parques Reunidos have acquired the Village Roadshow Wet’n’Wild, located in Sydney. The investment is the first step in a planned expansion throughout the southern hemisphere, strengthening geographic diversification and contributing to reducing revenue seasonality. Wet’n’Wild Sydney will bring along a platform to grow in Australia through future acquisitions and Indoor Entertainment […]

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! partner with Nitro Circus to celebrate 100th anniversary

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! partner with Nitro Circus to celebrate 100th anniversary

  Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is reenergising its history with a two-year touring, digital content, and publishing partnership with action sports entertainment brand Nitro Circus. As a category exclusive partner, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will be featured throughout Nitro Circus’ live shows and the Nitro World Games. Utilizing athlete ambassadors, the two brands […]

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2019 target for UAE Virtual Reality boom

2019 target for UAE Virtual Reality boom

Virtual Reality (VR) has been a revelation for the entertainment and leisure industry in UAE and the rest of the GCC region, allowing theme parks to present new and exciting experiences to their visitors. Industry experts such as International Expo Consults, organisers of DEAL – the largest exhibition for the entertainment and leisure industry in […]

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16 Taiwanese theme parks roll out preferential admission to returning customers

16 Taiwanese theme parks roll out preferential admission to returning customers

Amusement parks in Taiwan are implementing new deals to increase visitor footfall this summer, and 16 of them have taken a step further – collectively agreeing on a deal to charge lower admission fees to those guests who had visited another partnering amusement park during the season.

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Toverland celebrates its largest expansion ever

Toverland celebrates its largest expansion ever

Toverland presented Port Laguna, a new entrance, and a new themed area called Avalon on July 5 2018. Guests were able to enjoy a number of new attractions, including the rollercoaster Fēnix, water attraction Merlin’s Quest, and an interactive magic show performed in a magical warehouse called Magiezijn.

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Aquatopia voted nations #1 waterpark by USA Today

Aquatopia voted nations #1 waterpark by USA Today

The Poconos’ Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark has been named Best Indoor Waterpark in the country by USA Today. The park was selected from hundreds of American waterparks to secure the winning spot in USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice travel award contest for the second time since opening its doors in 2015.

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Jessica McNaull appointed as VP of business development at ITEC Entertainment

Jessica McNaull appointed as VP of business development at ITEC Entertainment

ITEC Entertainment Corporation, a provider of worldwide entertainment solutions, has hired Jessica McNaull as the vice president of business development. Jessica brings over 18 years of combined experience working in themed entertainment and development industries. Her amusement park industry expertise includes collaborating with intellectual properties (IPs) and brands, fostering integration, creating successful retail initiatives, and […]

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Ohio on course for a bumper $2b entertainment park in 2019

Ohio on course for a bumper $2b entertainment park in 2019

Developers have announced plans for a $2b entertainment park outside of Columbus, Ohio. The new destination, which is being billed as the “ultimate entertainment experience” according to developer David Glimcher, is also touted to dwarf Disney Land by 265 acres, measuring in at a total of 350 acres.

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Toy Story Land Opens

Toy Story Land Opens

Actor and comedian Tim Allen (centre, left) and Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, experiences and consumer products, were joined on June 30 by a flurry of characters from Pixar Animation Studios’ Toy Story films to mark the opening of Toy Story Land. The new area, located in Walt Disney World Resort, lets guests shrink down […]

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John Hallenbeck named vice president of North American operations by IAAPA

John Hallenbeck named vice president of North American operations by IAAPA

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attraction announced John Hallenbeck has joined the association’s team as vice president of North American operations. Hallenbeck will lead the IAAPA North American office, based in Orlando, and oversee membership engagement, growth, and service of the association largest region, representing more than 3,500 members.

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