Panelists Announced for 2024 Themed Attraction Student Showcase

The Themed Attraction Student Showcase returns again with a stellar panel of judges. Our goal at Themed Attraction and the TEAAS (Themed Experience & Attractions Academic Society) has always been to build a bridge from the academic world to industry. To that end, we’ve put together this panel to help you make real connections with…

Lisa Jey Schanley Joins JRA as Director of Business Development

Cincinnati, Ohio – April 2, 2024 – JRA, part of RWS Global has announced the hiring of Lisa Jey Schanley as its new Director of Business Development. Schanley currently serves on the Themed Entertainment Association Board of Directors, Western Division, and is the co-chair of the Communications Committee. In her new role, Schanley will spearhead…

New Magical Care Bears™ Experience Unveiled

International themed attraction design company, Katapult, has partnered with children’s entertainment studio, Cloudco Entertainment, to create a new Care Bears™ family entertainment centre concept. The attraction is a ticketed play cafe experience where guests can explore a range of themed zones, before enjoying a super sweet Care Bears treat. Aimed at the ever-growing ‘tweens’ market who…

Global Experiential Planning and Design Firm BRC Imagination Arts Announces New President

Recognizing decades of leadership and expertise, the independent strategy, design and production company has named Carmel Lewis President, unleashing a new era of experiential imagination, innovation, and leadership at BRC   LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bob Rogers, Chairman and CEO of BRC Imagination Arts (BRC), a global experiential planning and design firm, has announced that Carmel Lewis,…

ted Announces Partnership and opens RWS Global Studios London

ted, part of RWS Global, Announces New Partnership with Luxury Cruise Line Cunard As It Launches RWS Global Studios London NORTHAMPTON, UK – ted, part of RWS Global, recently announced a four-year partnership with Cunard, elevating and modernizing onboard entertainment for the luxury cruise line. Through this collaboration, ted will produce and manage a custom-created…

IDEAS Brand and Experience Design Announces Joining The Summit and Expanding Leadership Team

ORLANDO, FL (November 30, 2023) —   IDEAS, The Orlando-based brand and experience design firm – is building on a 20-year history of creating branded immersive experiences around the world. From new, imaginative destinations to better healthcare, IDEAS is poised to grow its abilities to innovate the future of storytelling with two new announcements. In…

Sub Sea Systems in Collaboration with SottoStudios

Sub Sea Systems and SottoStudios have joined forces to create the “perfect storm” of leading-edge attraction design Jim Mayfield, President & CEO of California-based Sub Sea Systems and Eddie Sotto, founder and President of SottoStudios, announce their collaboration to bring state-of-the-art “submersible” storytelling and innovation to the growing water theme park industry. Sub Sea Systems…

Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Symposium is coming

The 6th Annual Themed Experience and Attractions Academic Symposium is coming on Friday, November 17th, 2023 to the Orange County Convention Center. TEAAS 2023 is the only academic event that brings together academic scholarship on themed experiences and attractions in an exciting one-day symposium featuring presentations from a variety of academic fields. This year’s Symposium theme, “The…

Chris Herschend headlines Prayer & Networking Breakfast at IAAPA

For the past six years, industry veterans have gathered to hear industry leaders speak about the role that faith plays in their lives. Past events have included leaders like Sea World CEO Joel Manby, former Disney Imagineers Theron Skees and Dave Durham. Last year the event featured former Sea World chief creative officer Anthony Esparza.…

Former FORREC Executive Matt Dawson Joins JRA, part of RWS Global,

Matt Dawson as Vice President of Business Development Dawson & Other Key Hires Reflect Expansive Growth of JRA Cincinnati, Ohio – October 10, 2023 – JRA, part of RWS Global and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, has announced the hiring of former FORREC executive Matt Dawson as its new Vice President of Business Development. Dawson’s…

Theme and guests announced for the Legends 2023 Panel at IAAPA EXPO, Orlando

LEGENDS 2023 PANEL AT IAAPA EXPO: UNIVERSAL BEIJING RESORT – THE UNTOLD STORY OF TRIUMPH OVER TRYING TIMES; COVID, LOCKDOWNS, QUARANTINES, AND MORE Theme and guests announced for the Legends 2023 Panel at IAAPA EXPO, Orlando ORLANDO, FLORIDA (October 10, 2023) — Each year for 26 years, the Legends Panel at IAAPA EXPO, moderated and…

Surf Park Central Announces Winners of the Annual Surf Park Summit Awards

San Diego, California – Sept 21, 2023 – Four winners were announced at the annual Surf Park Summit event held in San Diego this past weekend. The event, hosted by Surf Park Central, is the premier event for surf park developers, operators, and industry professionals and took place September 18th – 20th, 2023. Held annually…

‘Game changing’ themed resort design projects announced by Katapult

This year at IAAPA Europe Expo in Vienna, international themed attraction design company Katapult, will be showcasing their themed resort design expertise. For over 10 years, the UK-based team has worked on both new-build and existing themed resort projects, helping to bring a magical guest experience to destinations around the world. As well as designing…

Theme Park Designer Rick Bastrup shares stories behind beloved attractions in new book

What’s behind your favorite regional park attractions? Rick Bastrup, forty-year veteran of the theme park industry, reveals all in his new book Adventures of a Theme Park Designer. Very few park-goers realize how their favorite rides and attractions actually got there—they just know they love ’em and miss them terribly when they’re gone. So how…

Themed entertainment veteran releases new book on creative leadership & production

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE– Kile Ozier, an admired leader in the themed entertainment industry, has finally put to paper the techniques and philosophies behind his decades of show and spectacle production in his new book Creative Catalyst: Empowering Experience Design Teams From Ideation to Production. Prodded by colleagues to spell out how he works his…

Zeitgeist Presents The Spirit of the Time Zoomcast with Tony Baxter Part II

PASSENGER 25 – Part II: Forty-seven-year Disney Imagineer, Disney Legend, Thea Lifetime Achievement recipient, and Main Street Window honoree responsible for creating some of Disney’s most beloved parks and attractions, Tony Baxter. How do you time travel to all of the milestone moments in Tony Baxter‘s nearly five-decade career in one hour? You don’t. Join…

Katapult and Aardman to launch new themed attraction at IAAPA Asia

International themed attraction company Katapult and award-winning animation studio Aardman, are set to launch a new themed attraction concept featuring the studio’s much-loved characters. ‘The World of Aardman’ is a hands-on, fun visitor attraction concept that aims to empower creative talent in every guest. The turnkey concept features a studio experience, interactive elements, themed cafe,…

ZEITGEIST DESIGN + PRODUCTION’S ‘SPIRIT OF THE TIME ZOOMCAST’ KICKS-OFF YEAR 3 WITH DISNEY LEGEND TONY BAXTER

“World’s most famous theme park designer” will board the time machine to travel back through career highlights and discuss the closing of his Splash Mountain attractions in California and Florida at 12pm PST on Friday, June 16, 2023 Pasadena, CA – The world’s preeminent experiential design agency, Zeitgeist Design & Production, will launch its third season and…

Katapult completes work on LEGO® Creative Club

International themed attraction company Katapult has completed a new experience for The LEGO® Group and Merlin Entertainments. LEGO® Creative Club will become a brand new area across new openings of LEGO® Discovery Centres, after a successful launch at their Brussels location. Guests are encouraged to explore their imagination with a new play experience – which…

Kituwah, LLC breaks ground on ‘Smoky Gap’ Entertainment District at The 407: Gateway to Adventure

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. – April 11, 2023 – Kituwah, LLC began the development of “Smoky Gap” today, a unique entertainment district located within The 407: Gateway to Adventure in Sevierville. Smoky Gap will be the first of several phases of development and is expected to open in 2025. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is funding…

tiNiWorld Entertainment Center Celebrates an extra 2,500 players with the opening of SPREE Interactive’s X6 kid-friendly VR Arena

Munich, Germany, 5th April 2023: SPREE Interactive, brings tailor-made multiplayer virtual reality for the lucrative 6-12 demographic to tiNiWorld activities center in Vietnam. The highly successful installation of the X6 Arena in the Asian market is a proven success story for the SPREE Arena, delivering over 2,500 players for tiNiWorld in the last month and…

SPREE Interactive and Amusement Services International (ASI) Partnership Proves Success with Multiple Sales of the VR Playground at the Deal Expo 2023

Nuremberg, Germany, 29th March 2023 – SPREE Interactive, a leading provider of virtual reality gaming experiences for location-based entertainment, and Amusement Services International (ASI), a leading and award-winning supplier of amusement arcade attractions and games, are pleased to announce the successful partnership in selling multiple systems at the recent DEAL Show 2023.   The partnership…

SPREE Interactive Partners With ASI to Launch the New VR Playground at the DEAL Expo

SPREE Interactive Launch New Multiplayer VR Arena with ASI at DEAL Expo 2023   Dubai, UAE, 7th March 2023: SPREE Interactive, a leading manufacturer of VR attractions for Family Entertainment Centers and Trampoline Parks, is excited to announce the release of a new multiplayer VR attraction, the VR Playground, accompanied with the new kid-friendly VR…

Fun Spot America Atlanta Announces Opening Date for ArieForce One

Highly Anticipated Steel Roller Coaster Ready to Soar in Georgia on Friday, March 31 Fayetteville, GA. (March 6, 2023) – It’s official! On Friday, March 31 anyone who has ever felt the need for speed will have the opportunity to soar over 3,400 feet of red and blue track as Fun Spot America Atlanta debuts…

RWS Entertainment Group to Produce Thea Awards Gala

Themed Entertainment Association Selects RWS Entertainment Group to Produce the 2023 & 2024 Thea Awards Gala RWS Creative Team to Re-Envision Show as Part of TEA’s New INSPIRE Week  New York, NY, USA – January 30, 2023 – The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), the international non-profit association representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers, and…

Former Disney Imagineer Patrick Brennan Joins UCF Themed Experience Program Faculty

After a 32-year career with Disney Imagineering, Patrick Brennan will join UCF’s Themed Experience graduate program as a visiting instructor. Brennan previously worked as an adjunct instructor in the program but will transition to a full-time teaching role for the next year while a search is conducted for the permanent position. Students in the themed…

SPREE Interactive gains further industry recognition by winning the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at MAPIC 2022.

Further industry recognition by winning the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at MAPIC 2022 – For the third year, SPREE has more than doubled its revenue.

Martin & Vleminckx coaster debuts at Sea World Gold Coast

Newest Martin & Vleminckx coaster at Sea World Gold Coast features record-breaking crossovers, top speed of 85km/h, and custom theming Mont-Royal, Quebec, December 2nd, 2022- Sea World Gold Coast today announced that it will open its newest family thrill ride, ‘Leviathan’ on Friday, December 2nd at its theme park in Gold Coast Australia. The coaster…

SplashBotix SplashValve Proportional Flow Control Diverter Valve Receives UL Listing

SplashBotix, a leading supplier of aquatic controls and submersible mechatronics to the show fountain, aquatic play and themed entertainment industries, today announced that its SplashValve, the fountain industry’s first diverter valve flow control device, has been UL listed for use with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spas, and interactive fountains.

Triotech and Lotte World Announce New Project in Seoul

PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS I.P. to be Centerpiece of Custom-Designed Walkthrough Triotech, market leader in interactive attractions, just announced a new major project with LOTTE WORLD. Set for opening in Spring 2023, the innovative walkthrough attraction will be called “BATTLEGROUNDS WORLD AGENT” and will be set in the universe of PUBG: BATTLEGROUNDS, KRAFTON’s widely popular I.P. Triotech…

SPREE Interactive Rejects Industry Narrative that VR isn’t for Kids

Pretty much every virtual reality headset manufacturer recommends their product to be used exclusively for those 13-and-over. But SPREE Interactive has spent the last 4-years successfully building games and attractions for families with kids aged 4-12. The SPREE Arena has been installed in over 50 global sites with more than 75 already scheduled over the next 12-months. 

SPREE Interactive expands its Family-Friendly and Multiplayer VR Game Library with Festive Seasonal Release, Christmas Crunch

SPREE Interactive, specialists in multiplayer free-roam VR attractions for the location-based entertainment market, launches  a seasonal addition to its family friendly game pack where players must team up to save the Christmas holiday — Christmas Crunch. 

Something Wicked (Fun) has Appeared at the Sally Dark Rides Exhibit for IAAPA Expo 2022

Globally Recognized Dark Ride Creator Reveals Details about “Haunted Hotel” attraction to Debut at Funtown Splashtown in 2023 JACKSONVILLE, FL (November 14, 2022) – Today, live from the tradeshow floor of IAAPA Expo 2022, Sally Dark Rides, the globally recognized leader in creating family dark rides and attractions, lifted the veil on its latest attraction.…

Martin & Vleminckx Acquires Patent Portfolio of Industry Innovator, Bill Kitchen

    Mont-Royal, Quebec, November 7th , 2022 – Martin & Vleminckx is thrilled to announce the acquisition of the patent portfolio of Bill Kitchen. Mr. Kitchen’s historic contributions to the industry have included the invention and formation of iFly (originally Skyventure), the inventor of Skycoaster, and most recently, a series of game-changing attractions as Founder/CEO of US Thrill…

Kings Island to Add Themed Area “Adventure Port” for 2023 Season

Kings Island to Add Themed Area“ Adventure Port” for 2023 Season Re-imagined area to feature new family rides and coaster enhancements MASON, OH – Adventure will take center stage at Kings Island in 2023 when the amusement park debuts its newest themed area, Adventure Port. Located between Coney Mall and Action Zone, the area will…

ROARR! partner with Katapult to bring Gigantosaurus Land to the UK

Katapult are working in partnership with ROARR! and Cyber Group Studios to open a brand new four-acre interactive play-themed area based on the internationally renowned Netflix, Tiny Pop and Disney+ hit series, Gigantosaurus.

JRA and Partners Create Dallas Mavericks Interactive Experience

JRA – Part of RWS Entertainment Group in partnership with the Dallas Mavericks, Dimensional Innovations (DI), Heritage Werks and DI Build, is proud to announce Mavs Vault, presented by ShiftKey — an immersive, public exhibition highlighting the organization’s 42-year history through never-before-seen artifacts, archival footage, merchandise, memorabilia and more. Located within the Hall of State at Fair Park at this year’s State Fair of Texas, the exhibit is open to fans now through October 23rd.

Legends 2022 at IAAPA Orlando: Epcot; 40 Years in a State of Becoming

Theme and Guests announced for Legends 2022 at IAAPA Orlando: Epcot; 40 Years in a State of Becoming Each year for 25 years, the Legends Panel at IAAPA Expo, moderated and curated by Bob Rogers, Founder & Chairman of BRC Imagination Arts, has shared the otherwise-lost wisdom and methods of the industry’s great achievers, in…

Meet the Story Leaders: Tyler Thornberg

Executive Producer Tyler Thornberg brings a wealth of theatrical, film, TV, and themed entertainment expertise to the Storyland team. He’s a pro at taking projects from concept through completion, from themed attractions to experiential marketing campaigns. 

Ride Entertainment to Represent Longfish Leisure

A new partnership brings a unique revenue-share attraction to the Ride Entertainment family of companies. STEVENSVILLE, MD – Ride Entertainment, the Gold Standard in the attractions industry for sales and support, is excited to announce a new partnership with Longfish Leisure for all North American sales. The agreement brings the company’s Minisafari cars to Ride…

Surf Park Central Announces Speakers list for Summit 2022

OCTOBER 16-18 in SAN DIEGO Surf Park Summit is the most exclusive and largest networking and insider event for the booming surf park industry, with a heavy focus on the latest wave technologies, park developments, and the future of surfing. This year, the event runs from October 16-18 at Scripps Seaside Forum in San Diego,…

SPREE Interactive VR attraction proves to be a big hit

Munich/Nuremberg, Germany, September 1, 2022:    TELUS Spark Science Centre in Calgary, Canada, boasted a successful start to the summer with SPREE Interactive’s 6-player Arena as one of its newest educational attractions. The 6-Player SPREE Arena is filled with educational and family-friendly virtual reality interactive games, complementing the science centre’s existing experiences by taking the…

SPREE Interactive Is Expanding Into the Metaverse

SPREE Interactive Enters the AR Market in Partnership with Deutsche Telekom Tech Incubator – hubraum and Qualcomm’s SPACES programme. Qualcomm is investing $100 million into Metaverse Technologies incl. AR Among hundreds of companies worldwide, SPREE Interactive has been one of 17 to be selected for the joint Deutsche Telekom and Qualcomm Augmented Reality Program “Snapdragon…

SPREE Interactive Enters the AR Market in Partnership with Deutsche Telekom Tech Incubator – hubraum and Qualcomm’s SPACES programme. Qualcomm is investing $100 million into Metaverse Technologies incl. AR

Among hundreds of companies worldwide, SPREE Interactive has been one of 17 to be selected for the joint Deutsche Telekom and Qualcomm Augmented Reality Program “Snapdragon Spaces” in efforts to drive metaverse growth with leading XR companies. The Snapdragon Spaces program, accredited in the millions, supply’s access to futuristic technology including high-quality AR glasses, exclusive business networks, and funding opportunities for the most innovative ideas. 

As the only location-based entertainment supplier chosen in the Snapdragon Spaces program, SPREE Interactive, German-based developers of proprietary patented sensor fusion XR technology, will utilise hubraums proven trust to develop a range of new products featuring AR technology and plans to commercialise AR into future product offerings & attractions. 

New Dinosaur Experience Opens At UK Adventure Park, Designed By Katapult

The Katapult team has collaborated with visitor attraction, ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure in the UK, to create a new experience, Valley of the Dinosaurs.

Sally Dark Rides Debuts Signature Attraction at Iowa’s New Theme Park

VOLKANU – Quest for the Golden Idol, Now Open at Lost Island Themepark Sally Dark Rides Debuts Signature Attraction at Iowa’s New Theme Park JACKSONVILLE, FL: Sally Dark Rides, a leading creator of family ride experiences around the globe, has just opened their latest attraction VOLKANU: Quest for the Golden Idol, a dark ride experience…

TEA Master’s Spotlight: Joe Falzetta

The TEA Master’s Spotlight series highlights the themed entertainment industry’s most renowned and respected leaders. This time the TEA Western Division will virtually welcome Joe Falzetta–who has spent 38 years as a Principal Show Lighting Design at Walt Disney Imagineering–on Wednesday, June 29 at 4PM PT/7PM ET! Joe, who is truly a “sorcerer of light,”…

In-Person Open House Mixer at Technifex

About this event It’s the TEA’s 30th Anniversary and what better way to celebrate than with the Founder of the TEA, Monty Lunde. Technifex, his company of 38 years, is hosting an open house and mixer to celebrate – IN PERSON! Technifex Open House Thursday, June 23, 2022. 6-9pm 25261 Rye Canyon Road, Santa Clarita,…

Premier Parks Acquires Canadian Resorts and Water Parks

Premier Parks, LLC, North America’s largest independent operator of visitor attractions and experiences, led by former Six Flags Chairman and CEO Kieran Burke, today announced the acquisition of operations of Valcartier-Calypso Group. The acquisition includes an all-inclusive four-star resort hotel with upscale spa and indoor water park, two premium outdoor water parks, a large destination campground, a unique ice hotel, and the largest winter games center in North America. These latest acquisitions increase Premier Park’s profile to fifteen properties.

Ideas Tapped to Re-Imagine the Port of San Juan Experience

IDEAS has been tapped by local developer Bahía Urbana Redevelopment, LLC to re-imagine the Port of San Juan destination experience at Bahía Urbana in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Katapult and The Eden Project collaborate to reimagine city living

Themed attraction and experience design company, Katapult, has collaborated with The Eden Project to support a nature-based urban regeneration organisation to bring to life their vision for city living.

RWS Entertainment Group Acquires “ted”

RWS Entertainment Group Acquires “The Experience Department” – Europe’s Largest Entertainment, Audio Visual, Fitness, and Custom Merchandise Company, Becomes World’s Largest Leisure and Attraction Experience Provider ted’s award-winning team will leverage their creative expertise and global network to deliver new immersive experiences for Halloween, holiday, and seasonal event New York, NY – April 21, 2022…

Lakemont Park’s Skyliner Receives $10,000 Donation

Lakemont Park’s Skyliner roller coaster, an American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) Coaster Classic is due for a makeover. Shawna Gailey of Lakemont Park approached ACE for assistance from ACE’s Preservation Fund, donations set aside to ensure parks have the needed funds to guarantee the continued operation of historically significant coasters.

Storyland Studios Selected to Master Plan and Design All-New Sports Illustrated Resorts

Storyland Studios has been selected to master plan and design the latest addition to the world of immersive experiences- Sports Illustrated Hotels and Resorts, which are set to begin rolling out worldwide as early as 2023.

IDEAS AND YORTH GROUP EXPLORE THE FUTURE OF TRANSFORMATIVE DESIGN AT GREENLOOP 2022

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, April 11 – IDEAS, an Orlando-based brand and experience design firm, will join respected circular economy consultancy Yorth Group to present Circular Economy and Net-Positive Development in Themed Entertainment at the greenloop attractions conference on April 19 at 11am EDT. The presentation will feature IDEAS Chief Storytelling Officer Bob Allen and Yorth Group…

Prayer Networking Event on the West Coast during TEA Summit!

RSVP for the first Themed Entertainment Christian Networking Event on the West Coast at the Disneyland Hotel on 5/21/2022.

Medici XD announces new Corporate Headquarters in Nashville

NASHVILLE, TENN. – April 4, 2022 – Medici XD, based in Los Angeles with a media division formerly known as “Mousetrappe”, announced today that it selected Nashville as the location for building its new Corporate Headquarters to supplement its Los Angeles/Hollywood creative studio. The company is investing more than $7 million in the new facility…

Crayola Experience Debuts Crayola’s First Fully Animated Theater Show Attraction; Introduces New-To-The-World Crayola Characters

“Chaos & Creativity” peels back the wrapper to show kids the colorful chaos of running the most creative place on earth—Crayola Experience. The new 2022 attraction at Crayola’s premier family entertainment venue captures the antics of Periwinkle and Cat—two new Crayola characters. Join them for a little bit of chaos and a lot of creativity behind the scenes at the Crayola Experience Command Center in Crayola’s first fully animated theater show featuring the brand’s iconic crayon characters.

Storyland Studios Selected to Design Film City in Lagos, Nigeria

Storyland Studios has been selected to master plan and design a film city and entertainment industry campus in Lagos, Nigeria.

Katapult & Simworx create unique Ferrari midway attraction concept

The Ferrari concept is a media-based attraction, featuring immersive simulator rides, an esports adrenalin hub and exclusive themed dining experiences for all the family to enjoy. 

First Ubisoft Entertainment Center to open at Studios Occitanie in France

“We’re proud to be designing a truly next-generation concept that will allow those who grew up in the digital media age to experience Ubisoft’s diverse worlds through three-dimensional immersive storytelling,” said Ben Thompson, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Clients at Storyland Studios.

SPREE Interactive Press Conference @ IAAPA Orlando – Today

Calling all journalists and press! You are invited to an exclusive SPREE Press Conference @ IAAPA Orlando – Booth 3040

Join us in a panel with I.E. PARK S.R.L. SOLI BUMPER CARS and Sala Entertainment for the latest news on future installations in the GCC region and for a teaser on the newest VR Bumper Car project. Moderated by VR industry leader Bob Cooney.

Orlando-Based Fine Ink Studios Selects Storyland to Create America’s First Franchised Luxury Tattoo Experience

“It will be a complete luxury experience, from the time you walk in to get your tattoo art or body piercing, to the aftercare,” said Matt Ferguson, Chief Innovation Officer at Storyland Studios.  

IDEAS to Revitalize Miami’s Historic Jungle Island Park

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, November 9 –IDEAS, an Orlando-based brand and experience design firm, has been selected to redesign the historic Jungle Island animal park in Miami, Florida. The firm is guiding the overhaul of the iconic, 84-year-old destination with a dynamic new guest experience that includes adventurous family attractions, showstopping entertainment, and WILD animal encounters. Originally…

TRIOTECH SHOWCASES BRAND NEW ATTRACTION AT IAAPA EXPO 2021

Doubling down with its largest booth ever at the show Montréal, November 2nd, 2021 – Triotech is thrilled to announce its participation to IAAPA Expo 2021 in Orlando with the biggest booth in the company’s history. Covering 3,600 sq.ft, the leader in interactive media-based attractions will showcase several of its attractions directly on the show…

Gerstlauer to Build One-Of-A-Kind Infinity Roller Coaster in the United States

STEVENSVILLE, MD (October 20, 2021) – Gerstlauer Amusement Rides, GmbH, a proud partner of Ride Entertainment, has signed an agreement to manufacture a one-of-a-kind Infinity roller coaster for a soon-to-be-named customer in the United States. The attraction, which is scheduled to open in late 2022, will be formally announced in the Gerstlauer booth (#4831) at…

IDEAS Brings Experience Design Expertise to Regional Workforce Systems with New Engagement Tools

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, October 25 – For more than 10 years Orlando based IDEAS, a brand and experience design firm has created highly effective brands and workforce system solutions. Their new innovative slate of workforce development tools provides a new level of inspiration and development in a simple subscription-based offering for workforce regions. CareerVerse is an…

Join us at the Family Attraction Expo 2021!

We are back this year with our 2021 edition of the Family Attraction Expo, taking place at the NEC Birmingham on the 10th and 11th of November. 

2021 Prayer Networking Breakfast during IAAPA

We are excited to invite you to attend the 2021 Prayer Networking Breakfast during IAAPA! It is on November 18th and features guest speaker David Durham, Executive, Creative Ride Engineering, Walt Disney Imagineering. About this event We are excited to be back at the Orange County Convention Center and host this event live. This will…

Grand Prize Winner and Finalists Announced in International Storyland Design Challenge

“The sheer talent among creatives in our space is staggering,” said Ben Thompson, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Clients at Storyland Studios. “We were thrilled with the astounding response to the challenge, and excited to present the winner and finalists with their well-deserved awards.”

‘This Is How We Roll’ Documentary To Tell The Story Of Fred Grubb And Rocky Mountain Construction (Out Oct 8)

On October 8, 2021, a brand new documentary from YouTube powerhouse Coaster Studios will debut worldwide. This Is How We Roll will pull back the curtain to reveal a never-before-seen look into the twenty year history of one of the most remarkable stories in themed entertainment- Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC).

IDEAS to Lead Port Experience Design Workshop at Seatrade Miami

IDEAS will host cruise industry leaders in a first of its kind experience design workshop at Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami on September 27

SAVE THE DATE Prayer Networking Event during IAAPA 11-18-2021

Save The Date for the Prayer Networking Event during IAAPA – Thursday, November 18, 2021

JRA and Cortina Productions Team Up on Design of TheZone

Located within the Northwest Arena in Jamestown, New York, TheZone will be an interactive play space for children ages 2 through 12 that builds upon the Arena’s 20 years of successful stewardship of youth recreation and athletics.

Designed by Jack Rouse Associates and Cortina Productions, both world-renowned firms who design displays for museum, sport, and entertainment venues including the National Comedy Center, TheZone will be colorful, fun, and inviting, from the LED marquee that welcomes you in, to the five zones of diverse, dynamic activities inside.

TheZone features a fully ADA-compliant design! All kids can expect to experience play in a way meaningful to them, from designing a sports uniform to testing their speed against real and simulated rivals, climbing, throwing balls, jumping, and simply having fun creating their own play in an enriching, age-appropriate space.

With support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and public resources, TheZone expects to be welcoming guests during summer 2022. For more information, visit https://funatthezone.org

Katapult collaborates with The LEGO® Group and Merlin Entertainment to create LEGO® DOTS Festival Experience

Themed attraction designers, Katapult, have unveiled a new experience at 11 LEGOLAND® Discovery Centres celebrating LEGO® DOTS.

Katapult complete REBUILD THE WORLD, PLANET LEGOLAND® experience across 8 LEGOLAND® Parks

A new experience at 8 LEGOLAND® Parks worldwide has been designed and rolled-out by international themed attraction designers, Katapult working in collaboration with The LEGO® Group and Merlin Entertainments. 

IDEAS to Design Next Generation Space-Themed Destination

Pale Blue Dot Ventures has partnered with Orlando-based experience design firm IDEAS to design an all new space-themed entertainment and education destination in coastal Santa Barbara County, CA.

Storyville Gardens Theme Park Announced for Middle Tennessee

Immersive, interactive theme park to feature stories from cultures around the world. Storyland Studios, the experience design and production studio with offices in the US and Europe, has been selected to design Storyville Gardens, an interactive, story-driven theme park based in Middle Tennessee.    Storyville Gardens’ mission is to inspire a renewed love for reading…

Steampunk Western Storypark Finds Home in Northern Arizona

Acorn Entertainment Group is excited to announce that we have made an offer to build Jackalope Junction™, the world’s first Steampunk Western Storypark™, in the heart of Historic Williams, Arizona, the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon” on a prime 77 acre parcel, part of a future planned community development by Kansas Development LLC. Teaming up with Acorn Entertainment Group…

Madame Tussauds Blackpool Commissions Custom Aroma For New Figure

Madame Tussauds Blackpool has launched a new wax figure of YouTube gamer DanTDM—with a brand new sensory dimension! For the first time ever at Madame Tussauds Blackpool, a specially bespoke scent has been designed to accompany a celebrity figure. AromaPrime was commissioned to concoct the essence, designed to enhance immersion for fans meeting their idol.…

Storyland Studios Welcomes Veteran Imagineer Jim Clark As Newest Executive Director

Storyland Studios is proud to welcome veteran Walt Disney Imagineer Jim Clark as their newest Executive Director. Clark’s 27-year tenure with the Walt Disney Company included work at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Tokyo Disneyland, with two decades at Walt Disney Imagineering. Most recently, he served as Senior Creative Producer for the Tokyo Disneyland Expansion,…

Storyland Studios to design four new location-based entertainment concepts for leading Latin American tourism operator Grupo Cataratas

Lake Elsinore, CA, April 27, 2021 – Storyland Studios has been appointed to design a series of new location-based entertainment concepts for Grupo Cataratas, the largest tourism operator in South America. Grupo Cataratas currently operates six sites in Brazil, with more in development. In 2019 alone, the group welcomed nearly six million guests. The group champions conservation,…

Raven Sun Creative—The Transformational Experience Firm—Launches New Website Featuring Global Brands and Industry Insights

“We have our eye on the future of the guest experience, insisting that we not accept what is before us—that we rise up to do it better.” —Louis Alfieri, Principal & Chief Creative Officer

Omnico Group appoints new US General Manager and CRO, Keith Dunphy

Leading global transaction and engagement technology provider, Omnico Group, has appointed Keith Dunphy as its new US General Manager and Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). Keith will lead the organization’s go-to-market strategy in North America and continue revenue growth across the US as he takes responsibility for Omnico’s global sales and marketing teams. 

Luci Creative Welcomes New Senior Exhibit Designer Carrie Moise

Full-service experience design agency Luci Creative is excited to announce the addition of Carrie Moise as Senior Exhibit Designer to its team. Moise joins Luci Creative having spent over 10 years working in museum exhibit design. Moise’s background in architecture and love of graphic design combine naturally in her passion for exhibit and experiential design.…

History of Kings Island theme park chronicled in new book

In 1972, one of America’s favorite playgrounds opened with great fanfare. Inspired by the post-Disneyland theme park boom, operators of a small amusement enterprise near Cincinnati realized they needed to go bigger—or go home. They chose big, and so they proceeded to design and build a magnificent property in conjunction with Taft Broadcasting, owners of…

Orange Block Creative – The Proof of Concept Company for Themed Entertainment, launches in Orlando, Florida.

A fresh, fast, and diverse design firm, Orange Block Ceative has officially launched in Orlando, Florida.

Storyland Studios Launches $20K Int’l Design Challenge to Themed Entertainment Freelancers

Lake Elsinore, Calif. – Experience design and themed entertainment firm Storyland Studios is excited to announce its inaugural Storyland Design Challenge, an all-new, international concept design competition for freelance designers working in the themed entertainment industry. Freelance designers seeking to make their name in themed entertainment are invited to pitch their design concepts for immersive,…

Announcement of selection of Executive Search Firm for TEA’s Executive Director position

February 25, 2021 BURBANK – The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) is looking to hire a visionary Executive Director to lead the organization through this period of opportunity, innovation, and strategic growth. In order to find the best person to fill this crucial role, TEA has selected an executive search firm, Vetted Solutions, to lead the…

Jason Surrell Lands at Storyland Studios

Experience design and themed entertainment firm Storyland Studios is excited to welcome Jason Surrell to their rapidly expanding team as Executive Creative Director. Surrell, a veteran of both Walt Disney Imagineering and Universal Creative Group, brings a wealth of experience in themed entertainment and storytelling to Storyland. Most recently, Surrell served as Senior Creative Executive…

Falcon’s Creative Group Reveals ON!X™ Theater

Falcon’s Creative Group has announced another addition to their expanding list of patent and patent pending product offerings with the introduction of ON!X™ Theater. This innovative, first-of-its-kind attraction system combines action-based gameplay with responsive real-time feedback and dynamic special effects to reimagine the traditional 4D interactive theater experience.

Katapult launch “Become A Theme Park Designer” Workbook for Kids

Themed attraction and experience design company Katapult have launched a new homeschooling workbook for children, to inspire creativity and consider a career in the leisure and attractions industry in the future.

Mad Systems Inc. Adds Toni Losier to Business Development Team

Mad Systems Inc. Adds Toni Losier to Business Development Team The new hire will extend the audio-visual design and integration company’s reach to cover East Coast clientele.  ORANGE, CA (January 18,2021) – Mad Systems Inc. is delighted to announce the addition of Toni Losier to their growing team. Losier will be representing the award-winning Audio-Visual…

Experiential Entertainment Leader to Speak at Museum Conference

“We are at the dawn of a new period in human existence. Faced with challenges great and small, how can we assist cultural institutions in breaking through the fractured transmedia landscape to grow their audience, make a difference in the world, and ensure their financial viability.” – Louis Alfieri

Five Things Your Marketing Team Wants in a New Attraction

Picture this: You’ve just endured countless hours (or has it been weeks—months, maybe?) of creative charrettes, late nights of design revisions and updates to the proposal for your next big guest experience project—and now you’re ready to get organizational buy-in. One of your key stakeholders—and most critical partners—is the marketing team. Sure, it’s their job…

ATRAX & THE HAPPY CITIES PLATFORM

ATRAX & THE HAPPY CITIES PLATFORM As the Turkish business platform for a global industry offering huge investment potential and providing solutions for the increasing demand for attraction, game and sports facilities and parks and recreational areas as a result of increasingly active life styles of urban people, ATRAX EXHIBITION will be opening its doors…

ITTT Showcase featuring UltraLeap! December 2nd at 12:45pm

Join us tomorrow December 2nd @ 12:45pm for the ITTT Showcase featuring Ultraleap. Invitation To Tomorrow Today (ITTT) was founded by TEA Master Roberta Perry, NormaLynn Cutler, Susie Ogihara and Heidi Hirsch.  We present monthly virtual series, on Zoom to showcase people and /or companies with innovative market ready solutions targeting known or unknown challenges…

Wiegand.waterrides GmbH receives the European Star Award for SlideWheel at Aquapark in Reda, Poland

The awarded slide is located at Aquapark Reda in Poland and was put into operation on January 10, 2020.The team of Aquapark Reda named the slide Aquaspinner. The SlideWheel – developed by wiegand.waterrides – is a combination of a Ferris wheel and a water slide offering a unique dimension of sliding which is not comparable to any other existing slide.

Sally Dark Rides’ Attraction Receives Global Recognition For Outstanding Achievement

Partner PortAventura World Honored by TEA Thea Awards for Dark Ride Sesame Street: Street Mission JACKSONVILLE, FL:  Sally Dark Rides, a leading creator of family ride experiences around the globe, today announced its partner PortAventura World was awarded the prestigious Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement for dark ride Sesame Street: Street Mission. Named by the…

RENEWED THE DATES OF ATRAX!

ATRAX 2021 to be held 8-10 April in Istanbul Tureks International Fairs Co. has announced news dates for ATRAX-International Amusement-Attraction, Parks-Recreation Exhibition which will be held on 8-10 April in Istanbul, Turkey. The reason for postpone is in order to offer a healthier and more effective event experience. With this update made with the goal…

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