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    (9/23/22) National Roller Coaster Museum Makes Two Major Acquisitions This Month
    (9/23/22) Did You Know There is a Theme Park Trivia Show?!
    (9/6/22) MSC Cruises - ROBOTRON Video and More Mew Attractions For the MSC Seascape (MORE...)
    (9/5/22) So How Did The North American Park Chains Perform This Summer?
    (9/4/22) New Avatar and Jurassic World Attractions Confirmed
    (9/4/22) MSC Cruises Adding First Robocoaster Style Attraction At Sea (MORE...)
    (8/22/22) Carnival Celebration Preparing To Enter Service This November (MORE...)

 

Theme Park Attendance Reports - (9/25/21) Ready for a report like no other? The 2020 TEA/ AECOM attendance report has been released, showing off the shocking result that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the global theme park industry. The effect of pandemic was particularly hard on parks in California that were shut down in March and were unable to open until mid 2021 with extensive attendance restrictions.
    Attendance at Disneyland was down 80.3%, Disney California Adventure was down 80.5%, Universal Studios Hollywood was down 81.4%, Knott’s Berry Farm was down 80.9% and Six Flags Magic Mountain was down 81%.
    The decline in Florida was only slightly more forgiving, with the decline at the four Walt Disney World theme parks between 65 to 70%  and the two Universal Orlando parks reporting a 64.2% decline at Universal Studios Florida and 64.9% at Islands of Adventure. SeaWorld Orlando also reported similar results, with a 65.6% decline, and 69.2% at sister park, Busch Gardens Tampa. 
    Globally the attendance decline was bad for everyone, with the Top 25 theme parks in the world collectively down 67.2 in 2020, seeing their combined attendasnce drop from 253.6 million in 2019 to just 83.1 million in 2020. Breaking down the global regions, North America saw a  72.3% decline in attendance in 2020, Latin American was down 71.4%, Asia-Pacific parks were down 57.9%, and the combined  Europe/Middle East/Africa region was down 65.6% compared to 2019.
    Click here to download your own PDF copy of the 2020 report. You can also view past editions of the report going back to 2006 by visiting here.

 

icon_STOPGeneral News - (9/5/22) It’s Labor Day here in North America, which marks the traditional end to the summer theme park season. So with that in mind, let’s recap how things went for all the big North American theme park chains this summer. We look over their financial performance reports as well as what actions they took during the Pandemic to see who plotted the best course to navigate their company through these troubling times.
 
    (8/20/22) In an interesting development, it seems that the long-time rights holder for the J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings IP has now sold it all to the Embracer Group video game company. While this wouldn’t negate any already existing deals, it could open the door to any new potential licensing deals for the properties, including for theme park development. The issue of exactly what Embracer has the rights to and what they don’t is a bit complicated however, and still ripe with questions, but Polygon has done a good job addressing a number of the various asterisk points in the deal.
    Embracer Group is a Swedish company that owns the rights to a number of popular video game IPs, such as Borderlands, Tomb Raider, and Deus Ex, along with ownership of some publishing companies, including Dark Horse Media, the parent company of Dark Horse Comics who was behind a number of popular comic properties over the years including Hellboy, Sin City, Umbrella Academy, 300 and more.
 
    (8/18/22) While they existed before, one thing that saw a rise in popularity over the pandemic was the arrival of temporary but very large holiday light displays. Many started off as drive-through attractions at first during the pandemic, but depending on the venue, many now also are offered as large walk-through attractions, along with assorted other options like retail market stands, festive holiday food treats, cocktails, musical performances and more.
    One such event is “Enchant” Presented by the Hallmark Channel, who promotes itself as “The World’s Largest Christmas Light Spectacular”. The event features displays with 4-million lights, a walk-thru maze, 100 foot tall holiday tree, ice skating trail, Santa visits, a shopping market, treats and more. Tickets go on sale online Sept. 15th with the returning to several previous locations this season, as well as add several new locations:
    Washington, DC @ Nationals Park
    St. Petersburg, FL @ Tropicana Field
    Nashville, TN @ First Horizon Ballpark
    Dallas, TX @ Fair Park
    Las Vegas, NV @ LV Ballpark
    Scottsdale, AZ @ Salt River Fields
    Sacramento, CA @ Sutter Health Park
    San Jose, CA @ PayPal Park
 
|    (8/3/22) A while back I questioned Screamscape readers on Social Media to name their most missed attraction. The results were interesting to say the least. While I expected a godo showing from a few specific lost Disney rides, the answers sent in went above and beyond that. Check out the lists of the most missed roller coasters and other theme park attractions in my latest article on BlooLoop.
    After all, who doesn’t have a favorite lost attraction they would do anything to have back?
 
    (7/26/22) Theme park stock prices have been in decline so far this summer and analysts believe that attendance and performance figures may be lacking once we get the next set of reports. In my latest article for Blooloop I look into what may be causing the biggest problems for the biggest theme park chains in North America.
 
    (7/25/22) Following the successful opening of the immersive “World of Barbie” attraction in Canada this month, they will be moving forward on their plans to take the attraction experience on the road throughout North America. According to a previous update, stops are planned so far for New York, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles.
 
    (7/14/22) Amusement Today has confirmed that after a two-year absence a live Golden Ticket Awards event is set to return this year on Sept. 9th and 10th in San Antonio, Texas. The first night’s reception will take place at Morgan’s Wonderland and Six Flags Fiesta Texas will host the Saturday Night event, including the awards ceremony itself.
 
blooloop-50-200    (6/22/22) BlooLoop is now accepting nominations for the Blooloop 50 Museum Influencer List, the all new Blooloop 50 Zoo & Aquarium Influencer List as well as the Blooloop 50 Theme Park Influencer List. This will actually be the 5th year for the Theme Park Influencer list.
 
    (5/30/22) While attractions so far seem to be performing better in terms of hiring this season than last year, staffing is still a primary issue of concern for many attractions who simply have been unable to get their operations fully staffed like they used to do. A great article at Blooloop goes over the reasons why this is still happening in our post-COVID world and what attractions can do about it to make working there more attractive to today’s potential workforce.
 
    (5/29/22) Stranger Things fans, not only has the first half of Season 4 dropped on Netflix, but a new interactive, walk-through attraction, ”Stranger Things: The Experience” has opened locations in New York City, San Francisco and London, with many more cities expected to open their own pop-up portals inside The Upside-Down in the future.
    Guests start the experience by getting checked out in Hawkins National Laboratory to see if  you have any powers of your own that they can ‘unlock’ and use along the 1-hour long adventure experience. 
 
    (4/30/22) So is Space Tourism just a plaything for the wealthy, or is this the next adventure frontier for us all?  I know when I was a kid, being an astronaut was the first thing I decided I wanted to do when I “grew up”, but sadly it was never meant to be. But the way things are starting to unfold, the opportunity to visit the stars may slowly become a reality for more and more of us.
 
    (4/23/22) According to this report RWS Entertainment has now officially acquired “ted”, also known as The Experience Department. According to RWS founder, ”The synergy between ted and RWS Entertainment Group opens opportunities for our team and our clients to achieve the ultimate immersive experiences on land and at sea.” RWS has been in a period of growth lately, as the company also acquired design group JRA just last year, with their efforts now setting them up as a “full-service provider of guest experiences and attractions.”
    Themed Attraction and Technology group mergers have been a hot topic over the past year as we’ve witnessed TAIT Group acquiring both Thinkwell and ITEC, and just the other day the merger of The Hettema Group and Themespace was just announced as well to form a new company now known as “THG”.
 
    (4/17/22) The era of space tourism has arrived it seems. It was just in September 2021 that Space X sent a crew of four passengers, none with formal training for space flight for a 3-day trip around the Earth. This week SpaceX sent up the Ax-1 Mission featuring three paying passengers to visit the International Space Station. The race to space is on again, at least for many Billionaires, looking to book trips beyond the Earth’s atmosphere on SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin and some other early adopters out there.
    Another interesting option comers without the fire and blasting sound of rockets, called Space Perspective. This variation of the space tourism concept has unveiled what they are calling the world’s first “Space Lounge” built within the Spaceship Neptune capsule. Passengers will be lifted to the upper edge of space through the use of a giant balloon, where they can relax in the Space Lounge featuring reclining seats, mood lighting and a 360 panoramic window view. The first passengers for Space Perspective are slated to take off in late 2024, rising to the edge of space where they will “safely glide” for two-hours, enjoy a unique dining experience and take all the pictures they want, before descending back down to land in the ocean where they were be retrieved by a ship. According to reports, Space Perspective has already pre-sold the first 600 tickets, effectively booking up their first year of operations, at a price of $125,000 per person. (And you thought the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser was expensive…)
    This is all just the beginning it seems, as other new concepts for Space Tourism are being released, including Voyager Station, the first proposed “space hotel” that could be ready for the first guests in 2027. 

 

icon_STOPInternet Finds - (9/23/22) I don’t know how I missed this until now, but did you know there was a Theme Park Trivia Show? At least there on YouTube. Drop in to the latest episode to catch a couple of good friends of Screamscape going head to head: E.B. from CoasterRadio vs Arthur Levine from AboutThemeParks.

 
    (8/20/22) Theme park fans, have I got a treat for you! Screamscape was notified about an amazing new items that is now up for sale on Amazon that would make the perfect gift for your favorite theme park and roller coaster fanatic.
    Introducing “Theme Park Crossword Puzzles”, which to the knowledge of the creator, is the first book of crossword puzzles dedicated to theme parks, roller coasters and more. Follow the link to find it on Amazon, for sale in paperback form for jst $9.99 featuring 50 unique crossword puzzles and 4 bonus word searches. The puzzles were clearly created by a park and coaster enthusiast as they feature themes such as, “Wooden Coasters: Ride them before they are RMC’d” and “Defunct Rides Again: Don’t Know What You Got Till It’s Gone”

 
    (8/13/22) A unique new attraction has opened at Zip World Llechwedd in North Wales. The attraction features a Deep Mine tour along with activities like Zip lines, a subterranean trampoline adventure and new this summer, the world’s first underground adventure golf course located in a cave.
    You heard that last part right, this hidden golf course is tucked away 500 feet underground in a disused slate mine that can only be reached by riding Europe’s steepest cable railway. The 18-hole golf course is set across four different levels and should take you about 90 minutes to complete while going on a journey through the cave’s history and completing a series of interactive challenges. The look is surreal with guests playing mini-golf with safety helmets, as seen in the IG clip below.

 
    (7/4/22) The organisers of the UK Theme Park Awards have announced this year's full list of nominees, with the public able to vote from 22 July at ukthemeparkawards.com. This is the third year that the British public will be able to vote for their favorite parks and attractions.
 
    (6/25/22) Just about every theme park fan has probably come across one of those 3-point shot basketball game challenges at your local theme park. The challenge is to shoot a series of balls from three different positions from around the court, shooting from behind the three-point line. Prizes are given out based on your performance, with bonus points typically for making the 4th shot at each of the stations, marked by shooting the darker colored basketball.
    Keep in mind this is a carnival game… and the key sound to remember is “carny”, because most Carny games are inherently rigged in some fashion to favor the house. This is usually done by making what looks to be an average challenge far more difficult than it would seem. In this case it could include subtle changes to the size or weight of the balls, slight changes to the size, shape and bounce of the basketball rim, and possibly even the height the rim is hung in the air.
    Here to prove this point perfectly is current basketball legend Steph Curry who attempted to win the 3-point challenge game at California’s Great America the other day. Keep in mind that not only was Curry just awarded the the NBA Finals MVP award last week, but the man broke the in-game 3-Point Record for the NBA in 2016 (which was then broken again by 2018 by Klay Thompson, but that’s a story for another website).
    Based on the video posted to Twitter, Steph Curry made just 5 of the 12 shot attempts (but at least he made all three of the “money balls”). Given his professional shot record and how tuned-in his muscle-memory has to be to make shots on an official NBA court setup, this is perfect proof of the “Carny” design effort that has been going into these style games for decades.

 
    (6/4/22) One of the more fascinating new attraction categories we’ve been documenting over the past few years has been the rise of incredible immersive art exhibits that serve as either a stand-alone attraction or a collection of mini attractions together. Blooloop has just posted a great list of “the world’s top 12 immersive art experiences” that includes some you may have heard of before such as Area 15 or Meow Wolf, but so many more you may have never heard of before. Check it out, there may be one closer to you than you think.
 
    (5/29/22) In an interesting announcement video, it seems the “Star Wars Sphere” is coming. Some kind of deal from the simulator arcade game developer Motion Sphere has been signed to allow them to create an official Star Wars branded themed flight simulation game experience that they’re just calling, Star Wars Sphere.
    I’ve seen a ton of video games in my life, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything from Motion Sphere before, but based on the videos they’ve posted to their YouTube channel, they have created some pretty incredible looking motion simulator games with impressive visuals using their unique “Motion Sphere” simulation platform.
    With the cabinet concept art showing off a TIE Fighter theme, it would seem to imply this could be a space flight combat simulator, but I’m also intrigued by a video showing off their Yamaha Racing motorcycle simulator system. This could be a fun way to create a Speeder Bike or Pod Racing simulator concept as well.


 
    (5/2/22) Over the years, we’ve had many friendly talks with our good buddy Arthur Levine who formerly wrote theme park articles for About.com. Arthur is trying something new with his passion for the industry and is starting a substack newsletter called “Arthur’s About Theme Parks”. You can check out his first post and subscribe to the new newsletter there.
 
    (1/20/22) Theme Park Tourist has posted details about what is being referred to as the world’s first “Eco Theme Park and Resort”, planned to open in the MidWest United States. According to the update the plans appear to call for a 1000+ acre resort property that will feature an indoor waterpark, a convention center facility, an indoor Entertainment District, and more. The plan is a bit complex, but does seem to feature a number of attractions and rides, but also a heavy educational aspect as well. For now they are planning to open a early preview sections in late 2024 and the main park in Summer 2025, but you know how timelines go, especially for something that is still just a proposal right now. Quite a bit about the project is still a mystery, including the actual location of the park, which alone can make or break a project, so stay tuned until we hear more.

 

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- (8/22/22) Carnival Celebration, the second cruise ship to feature the BOLT powered roller coaster ride, will open to guests later this year, starting with a Transatlantic cruise from London to Miami on Nov. 6th. From there it looks like it will homeport in Miami for at least the next year or so, offering 6, 7 and 8 night voyage options around the Caribbean. The Carnival Celebration is the sister ship to the Carnival Mardi Gras, which was the first ship to offer the BOLT roller coaster experience at sea.
 
    (8/1/21) I’ll start this off by saying that I’m not a big cruise line person. Not that I’m opposed to them, I just haven’t had the opportunity to do them myself very often. In fact, I’ve been just one time, a little over a decade ago, when we took a Carnival Cruise for my wife’s birthday. My wife on the other hand has at least taken a couple more since then and tried a different cruise line.
    I say this, because I’m probably a bit out of touch about what happens on the ships and the cost of certain things, because other than alcohol and gambling, every other thing I did on the ship was included. Now consider me surprised when I just learned that on the new Carnival Mardi Gras, if you want to ride the highly promoted new “Bolt” coaster, they are going to charge you $15 for the opportunity to ride this micro-coaster that probably takes less than 30 seconds to make a lap.
    That’s a pretty steep cost in my opinion for such a small ride. Under normal circumstances, in a location where not everything is included, I can see why you would add a charge just for capacity’s sake. Doing the math, I’m sure there is no way every guest on a ship that large is going to be able to take a ride over a 3 or 4 day cruise when each of the two cars can only hold 2 riders at a time.
    Still… $15 bucks to ride Bolt? As I said, my one and only cruise was on a small ship that did not have any of the newer ‘amusement’ style amenities that I’ve been seeing pictures of like rock climbing, mini-golf, go-karts, observation platforms, surf waves and now roller coasters. So maybe an extra charge for these activities is a normal part of cruising these days. I guess I need to get out and experience a modern cruise line again one of these days.
    Regardless, congrats to Carnival for launching the maiden voyage of their new Mardi Gras yesterday afternoon.

 

icon_STOPCityNeon / Victory Hill - (9/4/22) A little over two years ago Cityneon / Victory Hill Exhibitions announced that they had signed a licensing deal to create attractions based on James Cameron’s AVATAR films, and would be working with DIsney Location-Based Experiences, James Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment group in order to bring these to life world-wide.
    The first such attraction from this new deal has been announced as “Avatar The Experience”, coming soon to Singapore’s Cloud Forest in Gardens by the Bay. You can visit the official website to sign up for more information about the experience and when it will open. According to a post on Facebook, “early bird’ tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Sept. 5th.
    I have to admit, I’m surprised that Disney hasn’t jumped on this concept yet as a replacement they could put inside the failed NBA Experience in at Walt Disney World’s Disney Springs area. Located right between their resident Cirque du Soleil show (Drawn to Life) and a massive AMC Theater complex, I would think that opening a similar Avatar exhibit around the time when the next Avatar film hits theaters on December 16th would be an ideal situation.
    In other related news, the Cityneon’s popular traveling Jurassic World: The Exhibition will end its run in Denver tomorrow. From there the Dinosaurs will be packing their swim trunks for the trip to their next home in San Diego, California, for a limited-time from October 21st through to at least April 16, 2023. That’s going to be a fun location, as you may recall in the climax of Jurassic Park: The Lost World a T-Rex got loose and went on a rampage in San Diego.


 
    (12/18/21) CityNeon has announced a new partnership that will allow them to create new branded experiences based on Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment properties at locations around the world. The first attractions based on this new deal are already in development with the first being ready to launch in late 2023. From the sound of things, the deal will most likely involve new attractions based on DC Comic characters as well as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter universe.
    CityNeon and through the use of their Victory Hill Exhibitions group and Animax have already created world renown attractions themed to Marvel’s AVENGERS, Transformers, Jurassic World, The Hunger Games and Avatar. The ability to now tap into Warner Bros. impressive vault of IPs should yield some fantastic new creative projects for sure.
 
    (11/17/21) CityNeon Group has announced “Marvel Avengers Station Evolution”. While the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. experience first launched in New York in July 2014 and has since made appearances in 23 cities across the world (including Paris, London and Las Vegas), it is now time for a big change.
    Opening in April 2022, the experience will be updated to include “key moments from all 4 phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe”, including WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Black Widow and more. The first opportunity to see this updated experience will be in Japan at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Tokyo in April 2022, followed by Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art in July 2022.
    “The exhibition consists of 7 sections where guests will experience the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a journey through this high-energy facility. Here, they can explore their favorite characters, discover the weapons, vehicles and technologies of the Avengers, learn inspiring real-world science, and experience interactive challenges and simulations. In addition, guests will get an up-close look at original costumes, props and film footage straight from the big screen while surrounded by the landscapes and worlds where these stories take place.”
 
    (10/29/21) CityNeon and Victory Hill Exhibitions have announced a new attraction called Transformers: The Experience will have a world debut in North America in Summer 2022, ahead of a tour of China locations that will soon follow. According to the announcement  guests will pick a side in the battle between Autobots and Decepticons and experience various hands-on interactive and immersive exhibits that will bring the world of Transformers to life like never before.
    The exact location of the premier in North America has not been announced yet, but when it opens in China in Q4 2022 it will actually be a ‘second unit’ and not a moving of the exhibit in North America.
    City Neon / Victory Hill is known for their various attractions around the world, especially a good collection of them that reside in Las Vegas. The group has major deals in place with high profile IPs such as Jurassic World, Marvel’s Avengers, Transformers, Hunger Games, Avatar and more. In the US, they have also opened a Jurassic World: The Exhibition attraction in Dallas, Texas that has extended their run through to Jan. 2, 2022.
 
AVATAR    (7/1/20) Cityneon Group / Victory Hill Exhibitions who has numerous walk-through attractions around the globe themed to popular film IPs (such as The Avengers, Jurassic World, Transformers and Hunger Games) have announced that they have signed the licensing rights to create new attractions themed to James Cameron’s AVATAR films. Cityneon will be working with Disney Location-Based Experiences, James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment in order to bring these new experiences to life for audiences worldwide.
    This move comes just as the first of several planned sequels to the original film is set to be released by the end of 2021. The first planned AVATAR exhibit is planned to open somewhere in Las Vegas sometime in 2021, ahead of the next film’s release. They are also planning to create a state-of-the-art touring exhibition that will “feature numerous interactive, multi-sensory segments where guests can explore the fascinating wonders of Pandora”.

 

IAAPA - (1/15/22) IAAPA is back in 2022 and has announced a full slate of events for the year in locations all around the world. This includes all the big IAAPA EXPO events:
    IAAPA Expo Asia 2022 - Hong Kong - June 7 to 10
    IAAPA Expo Europe 2022 - London - Sept. 12 to 15
    IAAPA Expo 2022 - Orlando - Nov. 14 to 18

 

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- (9/6/22) We’ve got an exciting animated video showing off the new ROBOTRON that will be a featured attraction on the new MSC Seascape later this year. The excitement for high-tech thrills will not end here however, as I’ve been told that the MSC Seascape will also include:
    VR 360 Flight Simulator - The ultimate virtual motion experience of flight with VR headgear through various worlds of your choice.
    VR Motorcycles - Feel the need for speed with a ride on the Seascape’s new VR Motorcycles to race against other players complete with wind and water effects.
    MSC Formula Racer - Climb into the driver's seat for a high speed racing simulation game.
    Immersive XD Cinema - Put on your 3D glasses and enter a variety of alternate worlds where you can battle zombies, fight skeleton warriors and much more to see who can get the highest score.

 
    (9/4/22) MSC Cruises is joining the list of cruise lines adding an amusement park style attraction to their latest ship. According to this article the line’s next flagship, MSC Seascape, will feature ROBOTRON, a Robocoaster style attraction where riders are strapped to seats attached to the business end of a giant robotic arm. With the exception that this art will be stationary, mounted to the deck of the ship rather than moving on tracks, this is similar to the ride hardware used on Universal’s Harry Potter for the Forbidden Journey attraction. In this case riders will be spun around to have a 360 view of the oceanscape around them, be hung over the side of the deck, flipped upside-down and more. Riders will also be able to select in advance just how thrilling a ride they want to experience, raging from a mild family-friendly ride to a high-intensity adventure. Rides can also customize the experience by selecting music tracks and lighting preferences.
    Look for ROBOTRON when the MSC Seascape takes the inaugural voyage on November 19, 2022 from Rome to New York City. From there it looks like the MSC Seascape will relocated to use Miami as her main home port for future 6, 7, and even 14 night itineraries around the Caribbean and Bahamas.

 

icon_STOPNational Roller Coaster Museum - (9/23/22) The National Roller Coaster Museum team has announced a couple of major new additions this month. If you didn’t catch the post on our Facebook page, earlier this month the team was graced by a truely historic donation from Knott’s Berry Farm that included a couple of the original cars from Montezooma’s Revenge, a section of the ride’s inversion track and the serpent creature that hung from the attraction entrance.
    Then earlier this week the team announced that they were receiving the actual corkscrew inversion from Canobie Lake Park’s retired Canobie Corkscrew coaster. Before the Arrow coaster was set up at Canobie, it started out as the “Chicago Loop” at Old Chicago, where it was built in 1975 as one of the very first wave of Arrow Corkscrew coasters that opened in 1975, following the introduction of the first version of the Corkscrew at Knott’s Berry Farm earlier that year.

 

Park Beyond - (8/30/21) A brand new theme park simulator game is on the way, this time from Bandai Namco. The group posted the announcement trailer for the new project called “Park Beyond” the other day, which will add the concept of creating new theme park attractions with the concept of “impossification”, adding impossible feats to ordinary rides that will shatter your concept of what is possible. Another important component of the game is also the ability to add fantastic theming throughout the park experience, to transform old and plain amusement parks of the past into all new theme park concepts “beyond” your wildest imagination. Add in a deep set of park management operations controls and it looks like there could be something for everyone to enjoy here, as long as you don’t mind having rides able to break the occasional laws of physics.
    Park Beyond will release sometime in 2022 to Playstation 5, Xbox Series X/S and on Steam. Check out the trailer below!

 

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - (3/5/22) Royal Caribbean has launched the new ‘World’s Biggest Cruise Ship” this week, named the Wonder of the Seas. She set off on her maiden voyage yesterday, departing from Florida, and taking over the title for being the largest cruise ship from a sister Royal Caribbean vessel, Symphony of the Seas.
    While Carnival made headlines last year with the launch of the Mardi Gras featuring the first roller coaster at sea, Wonder of the Seas has a very full array of attractions of its own to offer passengers. Featuring eight ‘neighborhoods’ on board, the Wonder of the Seas also features a small waterpark along with the Ultimate Abyss slide, which is now the tallest dry-slide at sea. Other features include a FlowRider stationary surf wave machine, rock climbing walls, the Wonder Playscape playground, a 10-deck tall zip line, a cantilevered bar, an outdoor movie screen, mini golf, an aqua-theater show, plenty of pools, spas, bars and more.

 

UBISOFT - (11/19/21) Storyland Studios and Ubisoft have announced the development of the first ever Ubisoft Entertainment Center will take place at Studios Occitanie Mediterranee on France’s Mediterranean coast, in 2025. This is supposed to be the first of many venues where guests can immerse themselves in the various worlds from Ubisoft games.
    The first location will also be home to a film studio and feature many other entertainment and retail opportunities, and happens to also be “in the region of Montpellier, home of the Ubisoft studio that created our iconic characters Rayman and the Rabbids.” The attraction will feature some all new entertainment concepts as they push forward with all new gamification technology.
    Also still in the works between Ubisoft and Storyland Studios are plans to eventually create a full scape Ubisoft theme park project. I think the development of this smaller attraction does represents a big step forwards to the goal of eventually opening a full scale park, but testing the waters of the various Ubisoft IPs, as well as being a creative sandbox to test out ways to interact with new innovative attraction concepts.

 

 

 
 
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