3D Live adds Kang Ahn and Christian Dieckmann

Entertainment and theme-park industry veterans Kang Ahn and Christian Dieckmann have joined 3D Live’s management team. Christian had been head of technology and entertainment at Cedar Fair, including Knott’s Berry Farm, where he helped bring VR technology to a venerable theme park. Kang had been at RealD, one of the world’s leading providers of 3D […]

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Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates the Year of the Dog

Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates the Year of the Dog

The all-new Lunar New Year event will take place in L.A. from Saturday, February 10 to Sunday, February 25, 2018 in Universal Plaza, a polygon-shaped piazza that sits at the heart of the theme park. Under a curtain of customary red Chinese lanterns and plum blossom Wishing Trees, guests will see the 12 zodiac animal […]

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Epic Waters opens

Epic Waters opens

Epic Waters, Grand Prairie, Texas’ new $88 million indoor waterpark facility, has opened its doors to the public, as guests from all over Dallas-Fort Worth poured in to experience the one-of-a-kind facility. The waterpark, which spans 80,000-plus square feet (7,432+ sq m) and stands as the largest indoor waterpark under a single custom curved retractable roof […]

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Hong Kong Disneyland’s multi year expansion

Hong Kong Disneyland’s multi year expansion

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) has commenced a multi-year transformation of the park, featuring new attractions and entertainment experiences. The first to open next year under this expansion project will be a Moana-themed entertainment venue in Adventureland. “We are thrilled to create amazing first-of-a-kind experiences based on some of Disney’s best brands, including Marvel and […]

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Is this the most sophisticated animatronic human face ever?

Is this the most sophisticated animatronic human face ever?

Created by themed attraction designer and animatronics creator Garner Holt Productions, Inc., the figure is a shoulders-up bust of a 19th century-style Dickensian character endowed with more than forty individual axes of motion. The character is part of what GHP calls its Living Faces of History, an all-new line of animatronic characters featuring incredibly lifelike faces […]

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Valleyfair’s North Star placed in US travel awards

Valleyfair’s North Star placed in US travel awards

The newest ride at Minnesota amusement park Valleyfair (owned by major operator Cedar Entertainment) placed fourth in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for Best New Amusement Park Attraction. The 230-foot-tall Starflyer (by Funtime) named North Star made its debut at Valleyfair in 2017. It spins riders more than 20 stories above […]

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Dreamworld’s flying start to 2018

Dreamworld’s flying start to 2018

Australia’s biggest theme park Dreamworld has announced it will be home to the Southern Hemisphere’s first flying theatre, in a partnership between parent company Ardent Leisure and leading simulation company Brogent Technologies Inc. The Gold Coast theme park is set to launch an Australian-themed i-Ride flying theatre in late 2018. It will be housed in […]

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The Producers Group names Todd Hougland general manager

The Producers Group names Todd Hougland general manager

Todd Hougland, former executive director at Ocean Park Hong Kong, will run the new Producers Group Orlando office as general manager. This new Florida location will give TPG a direct presence in the busy Orlando theme park environment, expanding The Producers Group’s existing network from Los Angeles to Dubai and Shanghai. As an IAAPA Certified […]

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Simworx to theme Immersive Tunnel for Amikoo, Mexico

Simworx to theme Immersive Tunnel for Amikoo, Mexico

UK-based dynamic media attractions specialist Simworx has announced that it is to provide a brand new version of its Immersive Tunnel attraction for the first phase of the new Amikoo Resort Destination Theme Park (Amikoo), located on the Riviera Maya between Cancun and Playa del Carmen in Mexico. The concept behind Amikoo is based on […]

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Alton Towers coaster theme revealed: Wicker Man

Alton Towers coaster theme revealed: Wicker Man

Alton Towers Resort has announced its latest thrill attraction set to open in Spring 2018 – Wicker Man. Wicker Man is the UK’s first new wooden rollercoaster experience in 21 years and comes with a globally unique twist – bringing together wood and fire for the very first time. A Wicker Man structure standing at 57.57ft (17.55m) tall – […]

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