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(5/6/21) South Korea's Planned Paramount Theme Park Delayed Again (MORE...)
(5/5/21) UK - Concept Art and Details About Proposed Blackpool Central Indoor Park (MORE...)
(4/16/21) Japan's Seibuen Park Adding World's First Godzilla Themed Ride (MORE...)
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(3/22/21) Germany To Open Hologate World Later This Year (MORE...)
Australia - (2/13/21) An interesting article from Insurance Business Australia reports that a small amusement attraction called Barra Fun Park has been forced to close their doors for the time being after 20 years of operation, simply because their insurer has refused to renew their public liability insurance policy. The owners of the park have attempted to get insurance coverage from many different insurance brokers, but none are currently willing to offer them the coverage they need to operate.
While the current website for the park only shows the note about being closed, an online search show an attraction on a small body of water covered by a series of inflatable islands with numerous climbing obstacles and sliding areas to enjoy.
According to the article many insurers either raised the price of their premiums to unaffordable levels or stopped selling coverage to many small businesses in reaction to the 2019 summer bush fires. Many small businesses now report that they have been denied coverage or forced to pay premiums that have often tripled in cost since then. Add on the financial difficulties from 2020’s COVID-19 shutdowns, and we may begin seeing more stories like this begin to appear across Australia.
The Bahamas - (4/3/20) The Atlantis resort soon won't be the only waterpark attraction on Nassau in the Bahamas. The Baha Mar resort, located about a 20 minute drive west of the Atlantis resort is currently building a $300 million expansion to the resort that will include a new waterpark attraction along with other entertainment offerings and improvements to the beachfront resort.
According to a local news update, the waterpark expansion is still on track to open in 2021, despite the current issues around the globe from the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently the resort is closed due to government orders, and the shutdown does include a pause in the construction on the project. Currently the attractions in the Bahamas are hoping to reopen around May 15 or as soon as the their government says it is safe to do so.
Canada - (7/29/19) FlyOver Canada will soon have a sibling as adventure travel company, Pursuit, has signed a deal to build a second FlyOver Canada flying theater attraction in Toronto, next to the famous CN Tower. While it will share the same name as the attraction in Vancouver, the ride film to be shown in the new Toronto location will be entirely brand new. According to the teaser video, we can expect it to open in 2022, with construction on the new building to house it to begin sometime in 2020.
China - (3/14/21) Want to stay in a hotel within feet of some fierce wild animals? The Harbin Polarland theme park in China may have you covered, as they opened their new Polar Bear Hotel on Friday which features 21 guest rooms, all of which offer non-stop viewing into anindoor Polar Bear habitat. The indoor space is only part of the overall Polar Bear habitat on site, which they say does include a large outdoor section as well as the temperature controlled indoor area. The estimated cost to stay in the Polar Bear Hotel is between $290 - $350 per night.
Unfortunately, based on the video clips I’ve seen, the environment is hardly well themed, especially if you had the chance to see other polar bear habitats elsewhere. It is rather sterile and free from any realistic decor, so animal rights groups have been quick to slam the new addition. Also based on the videos, guests staying at the hotel appear to have just as good of a view of the other guest rooms as they do of the bears below… so take that for what you will.
(2/16/21) We don’t know all the details yet, but a ride described as the “Flying Chairs” at an amusement park in Shaoyang in Hunan province suffered an accident that injured 16 people when part of the ride suddenly collapsed. Fortunately no one was reported as being killed in the accident.
(1/20/21) According to this article Hong Kong’s Keystone Group is planning to build a Hello Kitty theme park in Hainan, China. The project is estimated to cost $620 million and would open sometime in 2024 featuring rides and attractions based on the various Hello Kitty family of characters from Sanrio.
(12/20/20) A larger coaster construction update showcasing many park and coaster projects across Asia, with a heavy focus on the parks in China, has been posted to TheCoasterKings this week. This includes a look at Jinan Sunac Cultural Tourism City, Forest World, Window of the World Changsha, Hainan Ocean Paradise, Chinelong Marine Science Park, Hong Kong Disneyland, Universal and more.
(11/28/20) A collection of interesting construction reports on seven different theme park projects across China has been collected at The Coaster Kings this week. They take a look at the Dragon Valley park under construction and now looking to open in 2022, Fantasy Valley, Forest World, Visionland, Chongqing Sunac Land, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom / Chimelong Marine Science Park and Hong Kong Disneyland. There are many new coasters on the way at these parks, some of which are well under construction already.
(3/3/20) Yet another Happy Valley theme park is being planned by China’s OCT Group. According to AmusementToday they have tapped Legacy Entertainment to design this 9th Happy Valley theme park which will be located in Zhengzhou and feature an entirely original design.
There are currently seven Happy Valley theme parks open in China with the eighth park slated to open in Nanjing later this year.
(11/6/19) According to BlooLoop, Puy du Fou is about to sign a contract with China to create a Puy du Fou attraction in China at the foot of the Great Wall that will feature a nighttime spectacular show, a themed restaurant, themed hotel and an ancient village setting. Currently they are still working on the concept design.
Dominican Republic - (9/18/19) Falcon’s Creative Group has announced a new partnership with Katmandu Group to create a series of Katmandu branded attractions, starting with a “dynamic new entertainment venue in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.” The initial plans right now include two attractions from Falcon to be built within the Katmandu, Punta Cana project to open in late 2020.
The “signature” attraction will be something called “Quest for the Multiverse”, while sounds like it will be the premier of Falcon’s new “Suspended Theater”, used to provide an all new flying theater style experience that will be both family friendly, and yet thrilling. The other attraction is said to be a cutting-edge dark ride experience themed around “The Legend of Katmandu”. Other attractions within the development will include a 36-hole Expedition Golf course with highly themed holes that wind around a “mountainous Nepalese landscape”, along with future plans to add other interactive rides and theater-based attractions, as well as a “ninja playground” climbing and obstacle course. Of course it wouldn’t be a major attraction without a spattering of highly themed restaurant experiences and some special nighttime entertainment offerings added into the mix as well.
For reference, the Katmandu Group already has one themed attraction open in Mallorca, Spain where it is tied to a resort property. In addition to the planned expansion to the Dominican Republic, they are also working on another development for Tenerife, Spain.
Germany - (3/22/21) A massive new VR attraction is planned to come to Germany later this year and will be called Hologate World. The 1,200 square meter facility will include numerous VR attraction systems as well as XR Escape Rooms and an ESports Arena along with a bar, restaurant and various leisure areas to relax in with friends. On the Hologate tech side of things, the attraction will feature some never-before seen new attractions as well as their cutting edge ARENA and BLITZ systems.
Look for Hologate World to open this September in the FLAIR marketplace in Furth, Germany.
Hong Kong - (4/16/21) Hong Kong now has a new attraction with the opening of the Nissin Foods Cup Noodles Museum in the city, the first such attraction built outside of Japan. The museum will give guests the chance to create their own noodle cup with personalized packaging, feature interactive exhibits combined with facts about Nissen Foods products.
(11/28/20) A massive new development worth HK$20 billion called 11 SKIES has been announced to be built at the Hong Kong International Airport. The massive 11 SKIES development is said to feature 800+ shops, 120+ dining locations along with several attractions that will all vie to the attention of the millions of travelers who pass through the airport each year.
Amongst the attractions planned so far will be a KidZania location, a Flying Theater, a SkyTrack indoor/outdoor go-kart attraction as well as several digital media and immersive experiences. 11 SKIES is planned to open in phases between 2022 and 2025.
India - (2/13/21) According to this report, business at amusement parks in India like Wonderla and Imagicaa is on the rise as guests seem intent to flock back to the amusement parks for rides as well as an increase in multi-day bookings as they see an increase in linked resort-stays. Despite the threat of COVID-19, groups are seeking out the theme park resorts as the location for mini-vacation trips rather than just a day-trip.
Japan - (5/7/21) Yukendoit is back with a new report from a unique attraction in Japan called the Mother Farm. He describes it as a large working farm located about an hour outside of Tokyo in Chiba on a mountain that has been open since 1960. The unique attraction features a 150-sheep stampede experience, where the sheep are herded only by sheep dogs, a sheep shearing show, animal encounters, a bungee jump, zip line and some good food options. Check it out in the video below!
(4/16/21) The world’s first Godzilla ride is said to be opening this year at Japan’s Seibuen park, located near Tokyo. The new Godzilla themed ride is currently set to open on May 19, 2021 and will open under the full name as, “Godzilla the Ride: Great Kaiju Decisive Dominance Battle” and will feature a fight between Godzilla and King Ghidorah.
(3/24/21) It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from our pal Yukendoit in Japan, but he is back and went on a new adventure to visit “Country Farm Tokyo German Village”, a unique attraction just outside Tokyo.
(1/31/21) A new roller coaster is on the way to Japan for 2021 at the Shimizu Marina Circus outside of the S-Pulse Dream Plaza shopping center. Based on the artwork this appears to be a small figure-eight coaster layout, not unlike the SBF-VISA style of family spinning coasters. At this time no details are available as to the maker and exact style of coaster this will be.
(10/31/20) Yukendoit is back with a new video report from a new attraction that opened in Japan this year called Small Worlds. This isn’t a full size theme park… it’s actually the opposite, a world all about miniature things, featuring an assortment of miniature displays. The mini displays include a Saturn 5 rocket, the Osaka airport (where the planes take off and land), and even fictional stuff like a future moon base, some fun anime references to Sailor Moon and Evangelion. The assorted displays are pretty neat to see and feature tons of animated features as well. The attraction is located very close to where a section of the Tokyo Olympics will take place, so I imagine it will get more popular next year when the games start.
(10/10/20) Just as seen in concept art a couple of years ago, a massive 75 foot tall Godzilla head themed attraction has now opened on Aqaji Island in Japan, off the coast of Kobe that has ziplines that race towards towards Godzilla and into his open mouth. You can catch a POV video of it below.
(8/19/20) BlooLoop has confirmed that the new Harry Potter themed attraction coming to Tokyo will indeed be “Warner Bros Studio Tour Tokyo - The Making of Harry Potter”. Look for the new attraction to open in the first half of 2023 on the site of the former Toshimaen theme park. Follow the link to see more details about what you can expect to find inside this new attraction and how it will differ from the London original.
(7/23/20) According to a report from BlooLoop, a new major theme park is being planned for Yokohama, Japan that will have involvement from a major Hollywood studio. The early reports say it will be close in size to Tokyo Disneyland, located on a 242 hectare site formerly used by the US military before being returned to Japanese government control in 2014.
Mexico - (12/8/20) According to various reports the Montana Rusa wooden coaster at La Feria Chapultecpec Magico in Mexico is not expected to reopen whenever the park reopens. The coaster first opened back in 1964 and is one of only a handful of “mobius” coasters, where the two tracks are actually just one long continuous track, so trains that depart on the left side will return to the station on the right side.
The Netherlands - (12/31/20) Lagotronics Projects has sent us details about their latest project, an update to the “Stalen Monsters” (Steel Monsters) dark ride at the Railway Museum in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The dark ride is described as “An adventure ride on real rails in a cart through the dark”. “Discover the secret of a very special attic. Take a blood-curdling trip in the dark under, between and above steel monsters as they hiss, whistle and clang. Hold on tight, here we go!”
The original Stalen Monsters dark ride was introduced to The Railway Museum 15 years ago and was in need of a major upgrade. Lagotronics was tasked with not only bringing the ride up to date, but also asked to “renew and optimize the total experience of the dark ride.” In the end the entire show control, audio control and lighting systems were replaced and modernized.
(6/16/20) According to this report Amsterdam is planning on building some kind of ‘Willy Wonka style’ chocolate factory attraction that will include a roller coaster. The attraction is coming from a popular chocolate maker in Amsterdam, Tony’s Chocolonely, and will be called “Tony’s Chocolonely Chocolate Circus”. They hope to open the new attraction by 2024 at a cost of around €100 million.
Qatar - (3/9/21) According to a press release from Extreme Engineering, they have finished the installation of their Cloud Coaster at the Doha Oasis park in Qatar called Fly with Flap. According to the release, Doha Oasis is planning on being ready to open sometime in Q2 2021. The indoor park has been under construction for quite some time and will also include Dragonfire, an indoor Premier Rides launched coaster with two inversions and a twisting vertical spike track that the train launches into backwards.
New construction pictures from Doha Oasis showing off the new Fly with Flap coaster can be found at ThemeparX this week as well, so do check those out and be sure to keep scrolling down to get a look at other areas and rides installed inside this unique new attraction. Other major attractions at this park will be Wings of Destiny (said to be Dynamic Attraction’s first 3D flying theater), Oryx Express (A Vekoma Junior Coaster), an enclosed drop tower ride and much more. From what I’ve seen of the photos, it looks like theming inside the attraction will also be very top notch looking and unique.
(12/28/20) A new water and adventure park is nearly ready to open, this time in Qatar. The park is named Desert Falls Water & Adventure Park and will be part of the Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas in Qatar. I don’t see much information on the official website yet, but according to this article the new park will open for special previews starting on December 30. Based on the description, it appears to mostly have typical waterpark style slides and attractions, but they do also mention an upcharge laser tag arena as well for the previews.
Future attractions expected to open later include go-karting, a themed rock climbing attraction said to combine the adventure of rock climbing with ‘water activities’ and the Oasis Marine World Diving Experience that will offer themed snorkeling and scuba diving adventures.
(2/24/20) It has been quite some time since we’ve seen anything new about the Doha Oasis park in Qatar, but we finally get a look at the progress taking place INSIDE the actual indoor park space as themed structures and buildings are being finished up along the pathways. The latest update also includes a look at a park layout map and even a look at the Premier Rides launched coaster.
(1/17/19) Some new pictures of the Doha Oasis park in Qatar can be found at ThemeparX as they prepare to finish things up and hopefully open sometime in 2019. The park has even posted an animated teaser video that appears to show off how the park’s secret Dragonfire coaster will work, backing up out of the station up into that large spike track before dropping down through the station again and into the main spaghetti-bowl of twisted-trackwork that makes up the majority of the ride experience. No word on if there will be effects in there, or if riders will take it on in complete darkness.
(6/16/18) In development and construction for a long time, a layout drawing for the Dragonfire coaster from Premier Rides going into Qatar's Adventure Island indoor / underground theme park were posted to Facebook (See below). From the look of things the coaster will enter onto launch track section and after a quick track switch, it will be launched backwards at high speed up into a vertical twisted spike track, which is apparently enclosed within a visible glass enclosed spire that shoots up from the ground above the park. There are actually two such spires over the park, so I'm not sure what will be inside the other one, unless it is perhaps a drop tower ride of some kind.
A great shot of the park down below showing off the tangled mess of red coaster track for Dragonfire can also be found at ThemeparX.
(11/11/17) An interesting attraction concept has been slowly... very slowly... under construction in Doha, Qatar that has been going by the name Adventure Island I believe for some time. I think I first heard about it back around 2014 or so, then I heard it appeared that construction had kind of begun in 2016. Jump ahead to the present day and new photos of the site have appeared on ThemeparX showing that things have progressed quite far on the project... though there is still a long way to go on it.
As you can guess by the location, this will be a sort of mini indoor and underground theme park experience, but one that is supposed to topped out with a large Premier Rides launched shuttle coaster called Dragonfire that will include a large spike(s) section of track enclosed in a giant glass air-conditioned tower structure. While we can't see any sign of the coaster track, you can clearly see a pair of towers on site that match up to what was described so long ago.
From what I'm told the Adventure Island park is mostly going to be in an underground enclosed environment in the center of that circle of buildings. I'm not sure if the name still holds, but the surrounding building complex was to be called the "Doha Oasis" and even "The Eclipse" at one point, and would be a mixed-use complex containing retail, a hotel and some residential units. Last word was that they were pushing to complete it by 2018, but looks like there is still a lot of work left to do to make that timeline.
Saudi Arabia - (7/9/20) BlooLoop has posted an update regarding the Quddiya project in Saudi Arabia that will be home to the continent's first Six Flags theme park. They discuss the planned construction project during the age of the Coronavirus, sustainability for the project and more amid the local climate and how it ties into “Saudia Arabia’s Vision 2023” plan.
(11/7/19) Triple Five is now working with Saudi Arabia through their American Dream subsidiary to develop “the world’s largest mixed-use entertainment and shopping center in Riyadh”. The project comes with an estimated price-tag of $5 billion that will feature theme parks, water parks and other entertainment and sports related activities as well as dining, retail and hospitality opportunities.
(8/13/19) According to Building Design + Construction the Qiddiya project that has started in Saudi Arabia is much more than the proposed Six Flags Qiddiya theme park. They refer to this as a “Giga-Project” that is expected to become the local “Capitial of Entertainment, Sports, and the Arts” for the region.
The overall Qiddiya resort plan will feature four gates attractions to be built around a central retail/dining/entertainment hub that will also feature hotels. This “Resort Core” area will feature large performance venue as well as skating and even skiing facilities.
There will also be an “Eco Core” area that will feature attractions themed to nature and wildlife, including a golf course, horse riding and a resort / spa.
Motion Core is all about experiences that a driven ‘by the science and technology of people in motion.”
There will be a “Speed Park” area, themed around motorsports, including a race track, drivers club a “Race” themed resort and more.
And finally there will be the Six Flags Qiddiya theme park, which is slated to open in 2022 and part of the Phase 1 roll-out of the Qiddiya resort project. Following this they also are planning to add a waterpark resort project as well in the future, but no word on if this will be Six Flags branded or not.
Follow the link to read the article breakdown of the entire resort project, as well as get a sneak peek at some of the resort concept art.
Spain - (10/10/20) A new Dinosaur themed attraction park is now set to open in Spain in 2021. According to a post by AttractionsMagazine the new attraction will be built in Malaga and seems to have one of the longest attraction names I’ve ever seen, “Rincón de la Victoria Dinosaur and Zip Line Theme Park”. Yep, that’s certainly a mouthful!
According to the description it will feature 35 dinosaur figures, with over half to be built to life-sized scale, and 16 of them will be animated. The 68,000 sqm park will eventually feature a zipline and hiking trail as well as science displays and exhibits. Only Phase 1 with the dinosaurs will be ready by 2021 with the zipline phase not expected to be open until at least 2024.
South Korea - (5/6/21) While work was last slated to begin on the planned Paramount Theme Park project as part of the Inspire Korea resort project in 2022 with a planned 2025 opening, this timeline is now looking to be delayed due to COVID. According to this update, Mohegan is reviewing their plans and timelines with South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, who have already approved a small extension to the plans to open the first phase of Inspire Korea to 2023. This will now push back the later phases and developments, as the Paramount theme park was part of Phase 2. How long of a delay has yet to be determined, so when we find out more, we’ll let you know.
(11/6/19) According to a new article the Paramount theme park in Korea is still in development as part of the Inspire IR complex. They claim that attention to the storytelling being done in the park will set it apart from the competition. The first phase of Insprie IR is set to open in 2022 and will feature a five-star hotel, arena, convention center and casino. The Paramount Korea theme park is expected to follow this and be ready to open in 2025 and be followed by other new attractions, developments and evn a waterpark by 2031.
They promise new attractions will be in the park themed to popular Paramount properties: Mission Impossible, The Italian Job, Tomb Raider, Star Trek along with a Korean themed K-Pop themed area that will feature a “water roller-coaster” with on-board audio to be called Idol.
Sweden - (3/14/21) A reader sent in some great updates regarding the theme parks in Sweden. According to the report Swedish theme parks, amusement parks and zoos will now be allowed to open for the 2021 season starting April 11 if the current COVID infection predictions hold true. This is very welcome news to the theme parks, especially Skara Sommarland and Liseberg, who were both forced to remain closed for all of 2020. Attendance will be limited however, and we’ve been told that the current guideline isn’t based on capacity but rather on the size of the property, with the current proposal is set to limiting it to just one person for every 20 square meters.
The really odd thing about this limit however is that the same rule set is allowing for museums to have one guest for every 10 square meters of space, but with a max limit of 500 guests at a time, no matter the size. Considering museums are indoor and amusement parks are outdoor, this sounds a bit backwards, so there there is some pushback from the amusement parks over this limitation. Where theme parks get the better deal over museums however is that they have no hard guest limit like the museums do, they are only limited by their size and the 20 square-meter space per guest limit.
Currently Liseberg has not set an opening date but is expected to be looking at an early May date. Grona Lund is planning on April 24, Skara Sommarland on June 5, Furuvik on May 13 and Kolmarden, classified as a zoo, falls under different rules and will reopen April 2.
Switzerland - (9/15/20) If you happen to be in Switzerland anytime soon, world famous chocolate company, Lindt, is opening a chocolate museum attraction in Kilchberg called Lindt’s Home of Chocolate. One of the big visual draws will be the world’s highest free-standing chocolate fountain that will hold 1,000 letters of melted chocolate flowing down into a giant Lindt chocolate ball.
UAE - (6/18/20) According to BlooLoop the Al Qana complex in Abu Dhabi is on track to be finished by the end of 2020. The “National Aqurarium” project that is part of Al Qana is already said to be 90% finished at this point. The list of other attractions to be included at the waterfront complex will include VR Gaming, an outdoor skate park and numerous new dining locations.
UK - (5/5/21) Some new concept art has been released for the proposed Blackpool Central, an indoor theme park project. The project would see the former Blackpool Central Station site transformed and repurposed into a new themed entertainment facility. Follow the link to see the art and learn a little more about the project at ThemeParkPortal.
(3/15/21) The demolition of the former Camelot Theme Park in the UK continues and this week Theme Park Portal has posted some new aerial shots of the park as seen by a drone.
(2/24/21) At last the theme parks and attractions in England have been given some new guidelines as to when they can reopen for the 2021 season. These new guidelines are being set in relations to certain other conditions being met regarding vaccinations, declining inflection rates and so on, but starting April 12th, 2021 outdoor attraction should be able to reopen. Indoor attractions will have to wait a while longer, with an expected opening date of May 17, 2021.
While the major theme parks will be able to reopen April 12th, any park with their own hotel will not be able to open their hotels until the May 17th date.
(1/24/21) According to this article, plans for a new £300 million theme park project in the Blackpool area are starting to shape up. The unknown 17 acre attraction would feature an indoor theme park attraction themed around various “unsolved mysteries” involving aliens and pyramids, ancient cave paintings, the monliths of Easter Island, and some of the theories presented in the works of author Erich von Däniken. The project would also include a retail and dining center, an indoor adventure sports center as well as a resort hotel and events facility.
(12/10/20) While the Camelot theme park in the UK has been closed since late 2012, many sections of the park have remained standing over the years that followed. This all changed this week as Theme Park Portal reports that full scale demolition of the remaining sections of Camelot have now begun. Apparently the site was purchased by a home builder who is now preparing the site for future redevelopment, through an exact plan has yet been been approved.
(12/1/20) Our friends at BlooLoop have confirmed that a new attraction called Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein will open in Bath in Spring 2021. According to the post, this will actually be the world’s first attraction devoted to Mary Shelley and her famous novel, Frankenstein. The attraction will actually feature the story of Mary Shelly herself and the life events that shaped the author to create the famous novel. You can visit the official website to sign up for more information about when it will open and how to visit.
(9/21/20) The world famous Pinewood Studios in the UK has announced a £450m expansion plan that will include a new “Pinewood Studio Experience” attraction. The details are slim at this moment, but I can only imagine that they hope to offer a quality attraction experience along similar lines to the popular “Warner Bros. Studios Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter” attraction.
(7/31/20) BlooLoop talks with the creators of the new Judge Dredd Uprising attraction coming to London in 2021 about the creation of the attraction, and their own experience in developing other live action and immersive attractions leading up to Dredd.
(7/3/20) I was a bit surprised to see this, but a new Judge Dredd themed attraction is coming to London in 2021 from the creators of The Crystal Maze. The new attraction is called “Judge Dredd Uprising: The Live Experience!” where guests will experience the chaos and action of Brit-Cit 2143. The description on the website claims it will be a two hour experience that sounds like it will mix the adventure of navigating a highly themed environment, an escape room style experience to get out of the Iso-Block, and a laser tag battle in the Cursed Earth before experiencing ‘the grand finale in the New Old Bailey”.
Check out the teaser video and some concept artwork of the experience layout in the tweets below.