Wavegarden establishes a strategic alliance with Sener to construct surfing facilities around the world

By | February 19, 2019

SPAIN — Wavegarden, leader in the design, manufacture and supply of wave generation systems and surfing lagoons, and the engineering and technology group Sener have established an agreement to construct and deliver turnkey Wavegarden surfing facilities throughout the world.

Currently, both companies are collaborating on a project in Seoul (Korea), as recently announced by Wavegarden, which will open in 2020, as well as in the engineering and technical support of many other projects under development in Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Brazil and Mexico.

Sener’s Power and Industrial Business Development Manager, Borja Zárraga, said: “For Sener, being able to participate in such a pioneering typology of projects and doing so on a fully international scale is a source of great satisfaction. We are therefore most grateful for the trust Wavegarden has placed in us with this framework partnership agreement, which will ensure a successful joint execution.”

Fernando Odriozola, Wavegarden’s Business Development Director and shareholder, outlined the importance of the relationship with Sener, expressing: “We are at the beginning of a new business sector, that of artificial surfing lagoons, in which we aspire to consolidate our position as world leaders. The strategic alliance with Sener, with their proven professionalism in the execution of very complex industrial projects, allows us to offer our clients a turnkey solution that achieves the quality standards of the most demanding markets.”

The revolutionary Wavegarden Cove technology is capable of producing up to 1,000 waves per hour (more than 2 million waves per year) of different types and sizes. Catering for up to 90 surfers, simultaneously, bespoke waves for all experience levels break in various areas of the surfing lagoon. The Wavegarden system has other advantages such as its easy installation, operation and maintenance and its machinery is modular, energy efficient and adaptable to various lagoon dimensions. Thanks to the strategic alliance between both companies, different construction solutions can be used to integrate Wavegarden’s technology into any geographical landscape.

DP Leisure opens seventh 360 Play at Rushden Lakes

By | February 18, 2019

Following in the footsteps of its six existing venues, DP Leisure (DPL), operator of the 360 Play family entertainment centre brand, opened their seventh UK site on Wednesday 13th February 2019, at Rushden Lakes in Northamptonshire.

Local Mayor of Rushden Cllr David Coleman was on hand to help open the doors to the region’s newest and brightest family attraction last week. Already a well-established and highly successful name within the UK’s children’s entertainment centre sector – with sites in Milton Keynes, Stevenage, Leicester, Basildon, Redditch and Farnborough – the latest addition to the group is located  Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre, a unique venue offering a mixture of retail, lakeside restaurants and cafés and leisure/entertainment options.

The site is owned by the Crown Estate which in conjunction with property development company LXB Properties, which specialises in developing leading, high profile and vibrant new retail and leisure destinations, is working to develop the Rushden Lakes scheme. The addition of 360 Play brings yet another key leisure offering to the venue as it continues to build on its reputation as a fun and entertaining destination for families.

Designed by sister company DP Associates (DPA), the newest 360 Play centre is housed in a 20,000sq.ft. unit spread out over one floor and features the familiar array of fun, active and creative play opportunities the brand has become renowned for.

The newest addition to the 360 Play ‘family’ continues the company’s practice of building venues around children’s development. As a result, the centre features numerous opportunities for young children, from toddlers up to the age of 12, to use their imagination and to enjoy fun, creative and physically active play in a safe, clean environment.

The attractions at 360 Play Rushden Lakes include a multi-level central play frame from SPI Global Play, a dodgem car track and carousel from IE Park/SOLI Bumper Cars and the creative play area 360 Street – a series of play shops and other ‘buildings,’ includes a supermarket, pizza parlour, vets and pets, fire station, garage and more – all designed and built in-house in workshops at the company’s headquarters premises in Milton Keynes. This role play and free play element is designed to stimulate the creativity in young minds, while also providing an opportunity for parents to get involved in play with their children. A party zone and a dedicated toddlers’ area are among many other elements on offer, alongside a family café and comfortable seating areas throughout.

Scruffy Dog Creative opens new home in the Middle East

By | February 15, 2019

LONDON — Scruffy Dog’s creative division takes up residence in the Middle East. Although Scruffy Dog has had a presence in Dubai for over a year, this new office and its full-time local team will allow the company to establish a closer relationship and seamless service with their Middle Eastern clients.

“This was the natural step to take to ensure our valued clients receive the attention their projects deserve,” comments newly appointed Operations Director Tim Hopcraft. “We aim to deliver the regions highest level of creative design with global resources and a local understanding.”

Tim comments further, “We have invested in the satellite studio so our European creative teams have a familiar home when working on regional projects. Where a project allows we now have the ability to move the studio and the team to the client.”

The new studio which includes two private offices, a fully equipped studio with 6 workstations and meeting rooms. It has been functionally designed to work in conjunction with the London and Barcelona studios.

The studio is supported by the Middle Eastern operating partners along with Hopcraft.

The combination of the above allows Scruffy Dog to deliver the Middle East a full turnkey creative service specializing in guest experience, IP creation and integration, master planning, concept design, schematic, detail design and local project specific management.

Gardaland Magic Hotel only three months from the opening and the first rooms are ready

By | February 14, 2019

We are only three months away from the inauguration of the highly anticipated Gardaland Magic Hotel – third wholly themed hotel dedicated to Magic at Gardaland Resort – and the first rooms are already ready. At the rhythm of one room every 36 hours, all 128 rooms,  for a grand total of 512 beds, will be ready for the inauguration on 31st May.

This is thanks to a close-knit team made of professional suppliers, who are making this ambitious project possible. There are more than 80 supplying companies involved, all Made in Italy, for a grand total of almost 600 workers, who are all working on building the three blocks the Hotel will be made of.

A few technical specifications can help us understand the magnitude of the project and the difficulty in getting it completed in record-time: a floor area of approximately 4,008 square metres only for the rooms and the services inside an overall surface, of the three buildings, which will amount to 7,200 square metres and 24,076 cubic metres!

All rooms will be divided in two different areas: one with a double bed on one side and one with two single beds on the other side, allowing the whole family to experience in maximum comfort an enchanted and marvellous stay.

In order to witness first-hand the state of the art of works, the Great Wizard, the host of Gardaland Magic Hotel, showed up at the building site with its long white beard and its great purple hat. While meeting the busy workers, the Great Wizard received the “magic key” that grants access to those rooms which have already been completed.

After moving across the 4,770 square metres of the garden he arrived at the building site of the rooms to admire the scenic 3D elements made in fiberglass and used to setup the various themed rooms, namely Wizard House, Magic Ice Castle and Enchanted Forest.

Hundreds of flying books along with perfect reproductions of the magic purple hat, which seems to come out of the wall and overlook the bed, they are all elements of great scenic impact of the Wizard House themed rooms. Adults will be sleeping under the magic hat while children will be acting like true apprentices of the Great Wizard, enjoying the feeling of making the ancient and secret books fly across the room thanks to magic spells.

Almost a thousand iced stalactites, along with shields, swords, crowns and unicorns decorate the Magic Ice Castle rooms.Adults will be the king and queen of an enchanted realm inhabited by magic creatures while children will be turning into fearless knights defending the ice castle. All Guests will be spending the night surrounded by imposing and comfortable frozen sculptures, immersed in a world where candid winged unicorns and flying dragons sail the skies.

Progressing across the building site, the Great Wizard was able to witness first-hand the extraordinary impact of the 44 trees overlooking the double bed and the 88 giant mushrooms – also made in 3D – present inside the Enchanted Forest themed rooms. Said rooms also promise to turn a night stay into an enchanted experience; adults will be sleeping at the feet of an imposing tree while children will be spending the night surrounded by astonishing giant mushrooms, flowers and amusing vine entanglements.

Gardaland Magic Hotel will be inaugurated next 31st May and it will be offering Guests the most extraordinary magic experience of all time, in an enchanted realm populated by wizards, talking trees and magic creatures.

Merlin Entertainments launches first US Peppa Pig World of Play attraction in collaboration with Entertainment One

By | February 13, 2019

Merlin Entertainments (“Merlin” or “the company”), a global leader in location-based entertainment, has opened its first Peppa Pig World of Play (PPWoP) attraction in the United States, located in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. The roll-out of the indoor play centre concept into the US market follows the successful launch of the inaugural PPWoP in Shanghai last October, which has been enthusiastically received by visitors.

Merlin has an exclusive multi-territory licensing agreement with Entertainment One (“eOne”), owner of the Peppa Pigbrand. It is building and operating the PPWoP attractions, which target the pre-school market, as part of its broader strategy to engage in IP partnerships with some of world’s most popular brands.

The 14,000 square-foot standalone indoor play centre is located in the Grapevine Mills mall, where children and their families will be able to enjoy exploring the world of Peppa Pig as they visit ten immersive play areas. The attraction is designed to encourage development through learning-based play to enhance creative, physical, sensory, roleplay and social skills. It includes themed party rooms for birthdays, a movie theatre/screening room as well as facilities for families to relax.

Commenting on the opening, Merlin’s Group Chief Development Officer Mark Fisher, explained: “We take great pride in producing themed entertainment attractions that are fully immersive and engaging for visitors of all ages. A meticulous level of detail has gone into creating each of the play areas, and together with our partners at eOne, we are excited to use the latest in visual and sensory effects technology to guarantee a truly memorable day out for families.”

Peppa Pig is one of the world’s leading pre-school brand properties with over 1,000 licensees across 60 countries. The popular television programme is broadcast in 180 territories in 40 different languages. China and the US are key markets for the Peppa Pig brand, where broadcast licenses with CCTV and Nickelodeon, as well as significant Video on Demand, are supporting the brand’s exposure.

“The successful launch of the first Peppa Pig World of Play in Shanghai has created a strong blueprint for the opening of future sites around the world and we’re extremely excited to be bringing the attraction to the US,” said Andrew Carley, eOne’s EVP Global Licensing, Family & Brands.

“The partnership with Merlin underlines our own long term strategy of building enduring success for Peppa Pig in the US and we look forward to giving families there an unforgettable day out.”

Merlin also operates a LEGOLAND Discovery Centre and SEA LIFE Aquarium in Grapevine Mills, and Peppa Pig World of Play brings the company’s total attractions in the Americas to 29.

A further site will be opened in Michigan before the end of 2019.

Announcing ‘Road Rage’ at Trans Studio Bali, dark ride designed and produced by Legacy Entertainment

By | February 13, 2019

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Following the November 2018 announcement of two all-new theme parks coming to Indonesia later this year, Trans Studio has revealed details on the first of several signature attractions in the works. ROAD RAGE, the signature dark ride that will serve as an anchor attraction at Trans Studio Bali, is being billed as the world’s first “Stunt Show Dark Ride,” in that it will break new ground with its integration of live performers and high-octane stunts.

To create this highly-ambitious attraction, Trans Studio enlisted the industry’s top talent in all fields, with design and production by Legacy Entertainment, a dynamic ride system from Oceaneering, and capped with a pulse-pounding original musical score by Benoit Jutras, famed composer of Cirque du Soleil and Dragone.

“For the first time ever, visitors to an Indonesian theme park will experience a dark ride that exceeds those in many of the world’s top international theme parks” says Lee Roe, Legacy’s Creative Director for the project. He adds “We love working with Trans Studio because they’re pioneers. They have no interest in rehashing what’s been done elsewhere. Our teams are united by a singular creative challenge- to create the best regional park dark rides ever imagined.”

More details will be released soon, including additional details about Road Rage and the other signature attractions under-development for Trans Studio Bali and Trans Studio Cibubur. 

Experiential adventure Candytopia arrives at Mall of America this March

By | February 13, 2019

BLOOMINGTON, Mn. — Candytopia, the candy-coated experiential adventure that has delighted over half a million guests across the country, is thrilled to announce it will be bringing its confectionery wonderland to Mall of America, the largest shopping and entertainment complex in North America with more than 520 world-class retail stores and restaurants, for a limited-run engagement beginning in early March 2019.

Candytopia features more than one dozen rooms with larger-than-life interactive art installations and full sensory experiences. The marshmallowy mini-theme park launched in 2018 in Santa Monica followed by two successful runs in San Francisco and New York, and just recently opened in Atlanta. All Candytopia locations have attracted long lines with tickets selling out quickly. Candytopia Mall of America will feature the most popular attractions from its past locations along with new elements inspired by local culture and landmarks unique to this location.

For anyone who’s ever dreamed of scoring a Golden Ticket or nibbling their way through Candyland, Candytopia transports guests to an imaginative confectionery wonderland with a one-of-a-kind immersive experience. It has amassed a huge following among guests of all ages and A-list celebrities alike including: Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Biel, Bruce Willis, Adam Sandler, Kevin Durant, Josh Duhamel, Christina Aguilera, James Corden, Wiz Khalifa, Hilary Duff and Alessandra Ambrosio. Guests are treated to candy samples throughout the entire experience including sours and gummies, chocolate treats, nostalgic favorites, and many sweet surprises. 

Candytopia will open at Mall of America in early March 2019. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are expected to sell out quickly. Tickets will be officially on sale to the general public beginning February 19, 2019 at noon CT. For more information and to register for early ticket access, please visit: https://www.candytopia.com.

Candytopia is a peek inside the sweet and twisted world of famed celebrity candy artist, Jackie Sorkin, and it was created in partnership with her co-founders, events and production design expert Zac Hartog, CEO of ZH Productions, and retail veteran John Goodman.

Coasting For Kids event at Quassy to support Give Kids the World Village

By | February 13, 2019

MIDDLEBURY, Conn. —Quassy Amusement & Waterpark is partnering with Give Kids The World Village, a Central Florida-based nonprofit that fulfills wishes for critically ill children and their families, to stage a Coasting for Kids event on Saturday, June 8.

Participants who raise – or donate – at least $100 in support of Give Kids The World Village will receive a special Coasting for Kids pass, giving them exclusive morning ride time on Quassy’s award-wining Wooden Warrior coaster. In addition, the park will operate its classic Allan Herschell Little Dipper steel coaster for exclusive rides, beginning at 10 a.m.

All money raised by participants will help Give Kids The World (GKTW) provide free, weeklong dream vacations to critically ill children and their families. The village is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort located in Kissimmee, Fla., near Orlando’s world-famous theme parks. Since its founding more than 30 years ago, it has hosted more than 165,000 critically ill children and their families.

With Coasting for Kids, Quassy has again united with Give Kids The World to support these brave children and their families. On Coasting for Kids day, park attendees who have raised at least $100 for the nonprofit will also receive a Coasting for Kids T-shirt and be able to enjoy the park’s other rides and waterpark after the exclusive ride times.

Those interested in being a part of Coasting for Kids can sign up at www.gktw.org/coasting.

“We are pleased to have this partnership with Give Kids The World,” Quassy President Eric Anderson said of the project. “The work done at the village for these children and their families is incredible and we have supported their initiatives throughout the years.”  

Give Kids The World President and CEO Pamela Landwirth said partnering with Quassy is a partnership that makes sense for the village.

“We share many of the same goals – bringing happiness and joy to families,” she said.  “We are extremely grateful for all of their support. Coasting for Kids is going to be spectacular.”

Scruffy Dog invests over £1million on production upgrade

By | February 6, 2019

LONDON — Scruffy Dog Group’s production facility in the Midlands, UK has undergone a recent upgrade. The revamping of the facility and its state of the art equipment cost over one million pounds.

Along with the facility and equipment upgrades, the company welcomes a new Production Director Dylan Lardner-Burke. Originally from South Africa, where he achieved his degree in Fine Arts & Entertainment technology, Dylan moved to the Middle East where he played a key role in the delivery of the regions recent large leisure investments including Ferrari World, Atlantis, Bollywood & Motiongate, but most recently Warner Brothers World in Abu Dhabi where Dylan was a principle field art director running teams of over 100, delivering the theming to the award winning Park.

The upgrades to the production facility include a brand new state of the art Solid works design suite and 2 technicians, the world’s fastest 3 axis CNC, upgraded Joinery & Metalwork areas, upgrades to our moulding / GRP suite and additional investments in GRP machines / PU coating, a brand new dedicated 9k square feet finishing facility with 3 spray bakes and an onsite 8k square feet storage space and its own logistics manager.

The investment was made to upgrade the production facility and to be able to take on more global projects.

2019 Gibtown Trade Show opens

By | February 6, 2019