LEGOLAND Florida Resort Set to Unveil Massive LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens MINILAND Model Display

By | May 1, 2018

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — On May 4, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens MINILAND Model Display will take its final landing place in the center of LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s  outdoor LEGO display area of the theme park. Created by a team of Master Model Builders, the giant display will feature memorable moments from Episode VII of the popular Star Wars saga enhanced with lights, sound effects and animation. The model addition includes the 16-foot-long Star Destroyer Finalizer, made of more than 350,000 LEGO bricks.

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens MINILAND Model Display includes six exciting scenes set on the planet of Jakku, from Star Wars: The Force Awakens which include: Kylo Ren’s capture of Poe; Rey’s rescue of BB-8; Poe and Finn’s escape from the Star Destroyer Finalizer; The wreck of Finn and Poe’s TIE Fighter; Rey, Finn and BB-8’s escape from Niima Outpost; and the escape from the Starship Graveyard.

Just in time for the installation of LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens MINILAND Model Display, a brand new character has arrived at LEGOLAND Florida Resort. The fearsome First Order Stormtrooper of the blockbuster Star Wars™ film franchise, LEGO Captain Phasma was spotted inspecting the model to ensure perfection ahead of its installation.  The giant new model is the highlight of LEGO Star Wars™ Days.  This exclusive LEGOLAND event begins May 5 and runs for three consecutive weekends – more event days than ever before.  All activities are included with all forms of park admission. No extra ticket or Jedi mind tricks required for the only LEGO Star Wars theme park event in Central Florida.

Kennywood’s 120th Season Begins Saturday, April 28

By | April 26, 2018

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. — There’s no denying it’s been a long and lonely winter. But with May on the way in, Kennywood returns to brighten life up!

Kennywood begins its 120th Anniversary Season at 11 a.m. on April 28, part of a Season Passholder-exclusive preview weekend before fully opening to the public on Saturday, May 5. Daily operations begin on May 24.

The anniversary party kicks off early with a special admission price of $18.98 on Sunday, May 6 in recognition of the year of Kennywood’s founding. The month of May will also include two new special events: a Ribs & Blues Festival over Memorial Day weekend (May 27-28), and Thunderbolt Week (May 28-June 3) in honor of the 50th anniversary of the opening of The King of Coasters. Admission for guests age 50 and older will be $19.68 throughout that time period, marking the year Thunderbolt opened.

“Even in a park full of beloved, classic rides, Thunderbolt stands out,” says General Manager Jerome Gibas. “We’re excited to celebrate this epic coaster and look forward to its next 50 years of thrills.”

Along with celebrating the past, Kennywood plans for the future. Construction on new themed attraction, Thomas Town™ at Kennywood, continues along for its planned summertime opening. And after test runs last fall during Phantom Fright Nights, Sky Rocket’s virtual reality (VR) add-on is ready for rides from a wider audience.

Sky Rocket’s riders will be able to choose between the thrilling coaster known for launching from 0 to 50 miles per hour in three seconds, or enhancing the ride experience by donning VR headsets to enter a lifelike world painstakingly programmed to match the sensations produced by the roller coaster.

“While we put great value on history, tradition and nostalgia here at Kennywood, the ability to innovate and deliver the newest thrills is critical to our continuing success,” says Gibas. “Both Thomas Town and Sky Rocket VR show ways we look to stay on the cutting edge.”

Four riders per train (which seat 12 guests) can upgrade to experience the ride while donning a Samsung Gear VR headset.

Steel Vengeance Makes its Media Debut

By | April 26, 2018

SANDUSKY, Ohio — Steel Vengeance, the world’s first “hyper-hybrid” roller coaster, received its first challengers this morning – invited members of the media to share their inaugural ride experience with their readers, viewers and listeners.

Steel Vengeance is a roller coaster unlike any other on Earth with unmatched intensity through a series of dynamic movements. Riders board one of three trains and climb 205 feet above FrontierTown. Once they crest the lift hill, they stare straight down a 90-degree initial drop and a 200-foot dive to the ground. Multiple airtime hills follow, including the world’s fastest airtime hill ever created on a hybrid roller coaster, and a 116-foot-tall outer-banked hill placing riders on an outward tilt while moving forward.

Steel Vengeance also features the world’s first “Twisted Snake Dive,” snaking the train through a half-barrel roll, holding it upside-down for a brief moment and then twisting it back into the direction of travel, not completing a full roll. Multiple airtime hills, twists, dives and overbanked turns follow in this 2-minute, 30-second journey.

An entirely new classification of roller coaster has been defined in Steel Vengeance – the “hyper-hybrid.” It combines the hybrid construction of smooth steel track set atop a wooden structure, but also reaches a height of over 200 feet – the defining feature of a “hyper-coaster.” It marks the fourth classification of roller coaster introduced by Cedar Point as the park’s ever-higher roller coasters have needed new categories to define them. In total, Steel Vengeance shatters 10 world records, including tallest, fastest and longest hybrid roller coaster.

Prior to the park’s opening day on Saturday, May 5, guests have several opportunities to ride Steel Vengeance:

Steel Vengeance First Rider Benefit – This fundraiser for the LeBron James Family Foundation gives guests the opportunity to ride Steel Vengeance on the evening of Friday, April 27. Tickets are $50 per person with all proceeds going to the LeBron James Family Foundation. A limited number of tickets will be sold for this event at cedarpoint.com/events.

Season Passholder FrontierTown Hoedown – During this event, exclusively for all 2018 Season and Platinum Passholders, Steel Vengeance will be open for three nights, April 30, May 1 and 2. Additional rides will be available in FrontierTown, along with food sampling, entertainment and more. This event is free to attend, but tickets are limited and must be claimed at cedarpoint.com/events.

Cedar Point and Steel Vengeance will open to the public during Steel Vengeance World Premiere Weekend, May 5 & 6. In addition to special giveaways and live entertainment, guests can enjoy the first rides of the season on Millennium Force, Power Tower, Camp Snoopy, the Cedar Point & Lake Erie Railroad and more.

Three More Six Flags Parks Coming to China

By | April 26, 2018

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX), the world’s largest regional theme park company, and its development partner, Riverside Investment Group Co. Ltd., today announced continued growth in the China market with the planned addition of three new branded parks. The parks will be located in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province and the second largest city in the East China region. Six Flags Nanjing will offer guests a full range of world-class experiences with a theme park, waterpark, and an adventure park. The first phase of the multi-million dollar entertainment complex is expected to open in 2021.

“This is another exciting step for Six Flags and Riverside as we introduce our unparalleled brand of innovative thrills to even more of China’s population,” said Six Flags International Development Company President, David McKillips.

“Six Flags is a fantastic partner, recognized the world over for its groundbreaking roller coasters, rides and attractions. Nanjing is a major center of culture and tourism, and the perfect location for these three new parks,” said Riverside Investment Group Chairman Zhe Li. “We look forward to having visitors throughout Chinaexperience the thrill of Six Flags and create lifelong memories with family and friends.”

The theme park and waterpark will boast state-of-the-art roller coasters, rides, waterslides and attractions along with elaborately-themed sections celebrating time-honored Chinese and American traditions. The theme park will also feature live performances along with exclusive, limited time only special events. Both parks will offer an extensive collection of culinary and retail locations.

For the most daring enthusiasts, Six Flags Adventure Park, another of which is being built in Chongqing, will be the region’s top destination for high adrenaline, action-packed thrills. From motocross bicycle races along rugged terrain, to whitewater rafting and zip lining or rock climbing high above the ground, guests will have the opportunity to reach beyond their comfort zone and take on new challenges in a beautiful, natural environment.

“Six Flags and Riverside have a shared vision to develop multiple parks throughout China, with offerings tailored to every member of the family,” added McKillips. “The Nanjing parks, like their sister properties in China and North America, will have a distinctive look and feel with one-of-a-kind experiences that will only be available at those locations. In addition, Nanjing’s close proximity to Zhejiang will add tremendous value for Season Pass holders in the Yangzi River Delta region.”

Record Start to 2018 at Six Flags

By | April 26, 2018

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX), the world’s largest regional theme park company, today announced that revenue for the first quarter of 2018 increased by $29 million or 30 percent from the first quarter of 2017 to a record-high $129 million. The revenue growth resulted primarily from a 27 percent increase in the number of guests visiting Six Flags parks, and the success of both the company’s pricing strategy and international licensing program. Attendance at Six Flags properties grew by 0.5 million to 2.4 million guests. This increase was driven by additional operating days from Six Flags Magic Mountain moving to a 365-day calendar; Hurricane Harbor Mexico being open in the first quarter, while not open in the first quarter of 2017; adjustments to park operating schedules due to the earlier timing of the Easter holiday; and additional attendance due to the company’s higher Active Pass Base, which represents the total number of guests who have purchased a season pass or who are enrolled in the company’s membership program.

“We are firing on all cylinders as we made excellent progress in the quarter against each of our five growth initiatives,” said Jim Reid-Anderson, Chairman, President and CEO. “With our record-high Active Pass Base, ongoing price increases across all ticket and culinary programs, growing dining pass penetration, new water park openings and new international licensing agreements, we are poised to deliver another record year of financial performance in 2018. We remain laser-focused on exceeding $600 million of Modified EBITDA1 in 2018 and continue to work toward our long-term aspirational goal of $750 million of Modified EBITDA by 2020.”

Since most of the parks were not scheduled to be open during the first quarter, the company had a net loss during the quarter of $62 million. The loss per share for the first quarter of 2018 was $0.74 compared to a loss per share of $0.63 in the first quarter of 2017, primarily due to a reduced tax benefit in the quarter because of federal tax reform. Adjusted EBITDAfor the first quarter was a loss of $19 million, an improvement of $16 million over the prior year period primarily due to the 27 percent increase in attendance and higher guest spending per capita. Modified EBITDA for the twelve months ended March 31, 2018, was $574 million, an increase of $41 million or 8 percent compared to the twelve months ended March 31, 2017. Modified EBITDA margin for the 12-month period improved to a new industry high of 41.4 percent.

The company’s Active Pass Base increased 10 percent year-over-year to a new all-time high for the first quarter. Increasing season pass and membership penetration is a key tenet of the company’s growth strategy, providing a platform of recurring revenue and the ability to further grow attendance as the company expands its network of parks. Season pass holders, and especially members, are the company’s most loyal and valuable guests, generating more recurring revenue and cash flow for the company than a single day guest. Season passes and memberships also provide an excellent hedge against inclement weather throughout the season.

Deferred revenue of $182 million as of March 31, 2018, increased by $25 million or 16 percent from March 31, 2017, primarily due to a higher level of season pass, membership and all season dining pass sales for the 2018 season.

Total guest spending per capita for the first quarter of 2018 was $46.07, an increase of $1.78 or 4 percent compared to the first quarter of 2017. Admissions revenue per capita increased $0.66 to $28.15 and in-park spending per capita increased $1.12 to $17.93. Favorable foreign currency rate translation accounted for $0.59of the increase in total guest spending per capita, although it had a negligible impact on Modified EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA.

In the first quarter of 2018, the company invested $42 million in new capital projects. The company also paid $66.0 million in dividends, or $0.78 per common share, and repurchased 1.3 million shares of its common stock at an aggregate cost of $81 million, leaving 83.5 million shares of stock outstanding as of March 31, 2018. The authorized share repurchase amount available as of March 31, 2018, was $262 million.

Net Debt3 as of March 31, 2018, calculated as total reported debt of $2.18 billion less cash and cash equivalents of $33 million, was $2.14 billion, representing a net leverage ratio of 4.0 times Adjusted EBITDA.

Coney Island Kicks Off 2018 Season by Taking PLAY to New Heights

By | April 25, 2018

CINCINNATI, Ohio — May 26 marks the opening of the 132th season at Coney Island and there is a lot of new fun to be had at Coney this summer!

Coney Island is thrilled to be kicking off the summer by bringing North America’s largest mobile Ferris wheel-style ride to Cincinnati. The Island Wheel will open for 6 weeks on May 26. This exciting 155-foot ride will take families soaring above and beyond, giving 360-degree views of Coney Island, the Ohio River, and more. At night, the wheel comes alive with more than a half million LED points of light, visible for miles around. The Island Wheel will be located adjacent to the park’s popular Sunlite Water Adventure area, towards the Riverbend Music Center. Families can take the massive Island Wheel for an unforgettable spin from May 26 through July 8. Wheel admission per rider is only $5.

New for 2018, Coney Island is partnering with ThinkTV and CET to create a “beyond broadcast” experience that incorporates popular PBS Kids characters with a “play and learn” environment. Included will be interactives that have been chosen specifically to align with the PBS Kids mission of building imagination and curiosity. Starting with the new PBS Kids Backyard, a playground area for kids to climb, slide, play, and learn. When it’s time to cool down or calm down, parents and kids can head to the new PBS Kids Quiet Time area. PBS Kids Quiet Time area allows moms and their little ones a cool quiet place to step away from the sun and crowds for a needed break. The room is equipped with two private breast-feeding stations, changing tables, private restroom, and a quiet space for kids to relax. This new space is equipped with PBS Kids “quiet time” videos to aid in calming little ones and perhaps help foster nap time. Also, be sure to look for a very special lunch event with Daniel Tiger on Memorial Day weekend!

Guests of all ages are sure to have a fun-filled summer at Coney with the addition of new live shows, renovated mini golf course, and new paddle boats on Lake Como. Families will love taking in one of the three new live shows: the Circus Mojo, where kids can join the cast for a chance to perform a few circus tricks, a new Country music show, Love My Country, that will keep toes tapping with contemporary and patriotic county hits, and a 90’s Mixtape show, with all of the greatest hits. Nothing says summer fun with the family like playing putt-putt together at the newly renovated mini golf course featuring nine famous Cincinnati landmarks, like the Brent Spence Bridge. Floating on Lake Como will be new paddle boats that kids will be in awe of – graceful Swans and daring Dragons! These new paddle boats will be a sight to see and even more fun to ride around the lake.

“Since last year’s renovations at Sunlite Water Adventure were so well received by our guests, we’ve brought that same sense of excitement to the Rides & Attractions side of the park.” says Sally Derrick, VP of Marketing. “Our guests will see new theming, bright colors, fresh paint, and new signs creating a playful atmosphere for families to enjoy together.” Many rides have been updated including the popular rollercoaster, The Python, which will have a brand-new look that will have kids and adults alike excited to ride through the jungle.

Be sure to mark your calendar for all the Coney Island Special Events this summer! Lots of family favorite events are returning.

This Mother’s Day, May 13, guests can treat their moms to an unlimited brunch buffet in historical Moonlite Gardens which also includes a carriage ride around Lake Como, admission to Coney Island and to the Appalachian Festival. Coney will also offer a second buffet option in Moonlite Pavilion which includes admission to Appalachian Festival. Visit coneyislandpark.com/event/mothers-day-brunch-2018 for more information.

On Memorial Day weekend, celebrate the official kick off of the season with the opening of Sunlite Water Adventure, Coney’s Rides & Attractions, and the Island Wheel.

The annual LaRosa’s Balloon Glow will be held on July 3. Hot air balloons of every color illuminate the night skies at dusk followed by a spectacular Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks display over the banks of Lake Como to end the evening. Families can spend that day at the park visiting Sunlite Water Adventure and Rides & Attractions.

Countries from around the world will be competing in Coney Island’s annual international firework competition, Fire Up the Night on September 22. Three countries will compete for international bragging rights and Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks will end the evening with a fantastic finale over Lake Como. This fun night out includes live entertainment, Coney’s Rides & Attractions and more.

Fall-O-Ween returns the first three weekends in October (Oct 6,7,13,14,20,21). This fun fall event features rides, shows and pumpkin throws. Families can enjoy activities together including a Trick or Treat trail, hayrides, pumpkin launching, Apple Pie School, live shows, petting farm, pony rides, mini golf and more! Coney’s rides will also be open during the event.

Moonlite Garden Dance Parties are the place to be on Fridays in the summer!

MediaMation, Inc. Expands MX4D Esports Theatre Network To Chicago

By | April 25, 2018

TORRANCE, Calif. —  MediaMation (MMI) and Hollywood Esports will open a second hybrid-esports theatre at Cinemas Entertainment Lawndale 10 in downtown Chicago to compliment the flagship MX4D Esports Theatre location at the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, CA.

The new MX4D Esports Theatre in Hollywood was designed to convert between “Cinema Mode” and “Esports Mode” in under one hour, allowing cinema operators to enjoy dual revenue streams from MX4D films and then the quick conversion of the theatre to support the specialized needs of esports tournaments and events. “We are honored to be partnering with Cinemas Entertainment to build and operate this leading-edge esports theatre in downtown Chicago,” said Robert K. Laity, CEO of Hollywood Esports.

Mr. Henry Leong, President & CEO of Cinemas Entertainment commented, “Cinema owners are exploring new ways to appeal to our customers and as esports continues its rapid expansion in the US, cinemas have a unique ability to host weekly events and tournaments through Hollywood Esports utilizing MediaMation’s innovative esports venue technology. We look forward to offering players, spectators and fans in Chicago a unique and immersive place to enjoy esports events in our new MX4D Esports Theatre.” The Chicago metropolitan area is home to a population of more than 9.5 million people and has a number of highly successful esports organizations and enthusiasts.

The first Hollywood Esports MX4D Esports Theatre location is located at the iconic TCL Chinese Theatres. It was completed in late 2017 and opened with the launch of Wargaming’s World of Tanks North American Championship esports event in November. Through Hollywood Esports, the TCL Chinese Theatres has been hosting a weekly series of tournaments, events and viewing parties during the weekdays. Alwyn Kushner, President & COO of TCL Chinese Theatres, said “Hollywood Esports has built a loyal following of fans, players, and spectators who are attending weekly events primarily during Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We have seen our theatre attract a crowd of over 100 enthusiasts coming to the theatre on weekday nights to participate in events. It’s nice to see the fans, many of whom are driving more than 30 miles, come to these events to both spectate and play.”

MMI has been building immersive high-tech theatres for over 25 years. Dan Jamele, Co-Founder and CITO explains, “MMI’s MX4D Esports Theatre starts with the company’s motion and special effects technology and adds an innovative package of patent-pending features that are designed to support esports.”

“This is one of the most advanced and innovative movie theatres I’ve ever seen. It creates an interactive experience that brings the esports content and audience together through the use of motion and special effects. This takes being an esports spectator to the next level,” said Kevin Winston, editor of Digital LA, a well-known technology blogger covering a range of advances in innovation. As spectators and gamers watch a tournament, a “game jockey” animates the entire auditorium with motion and special effects in response to the tournament action on the screen. Spectators enjoy over a dozen special effects that punctuate key points in the game play.

“Hollywood Esports adds value to our expanding network of MX4D Esports Theatres by developing and managing tournaments and events that appeal to the gaming community. Our focus is to create esports events with game publishers and tournament organizers that we can scale across the network of MX4D Esports Theatres and manage along with our cinema partners,” added Mr. Laity. “Most importantly, we want to create a sense of a home town community of gamers who come together at weekly events to compete, spectate and socialize. We want to create a network of locations that becomes the place for gamers to meet and share their passion for gaming, tournaments and spectating. We want a place they feel belongs to their local gaming community. The common technical infrastructure that MMI has built creates consistency across the planned 50 MX4D Esports Theatre locations and allows cities and locations to host events easily at low cost.”

SeaWorld San Diego is only place to see Sesame Street-themed parade in California

By | April 25, 2018

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The Sesame Street Party Parade, a colorful, musical, show-stopping parade, will kick off at the San Diego marine park starting Saturday, May 5. The parade, which is the only one of its kind in California, will feature 10 larger-than-life themed floats including iconic Sesame Street favorites such as Mr. Hooper’s Store and Count’s Castle. Elmo and his furry cast of friends will join more than 20 dancers, who will engage with guests during this highly energetic, 20-minute experience. The toe-tapping good times will roll through SeaWorld this summer every Saturday and Sunday starting May 5, 2018.

The Sesame Street Party Parade includes a pair of impressive interactive show stops. The first includes performers jumping rope, hula hooping and grooving with their favorite furry Sesame Street friends. The second stars Rosita, a favorite Sesame Street character who likes to play the guitar and is fluent in English and Spanish. The parade is the latest Sesame Street addition to SeaWorld San Diego. The park’s Sesame Street Bay of Play area is celebrating its 10th year in 2018.

“We are beyond thrilled to bring this brand new, engaging and endearing experience to visitors, especially those with young children and grandchildren,” said Marilyn Hannes, president of SeaWorld San Diego. “Our partnership with Sesame Street fits nicely with SeaWorld’s mission to educate and entertain.”

The Sesame Street Party Parade is included with park admission. VIP parade seating is available for $24.99, and Dinner With Elmo & Friends is $25 for ages 10 and older and $20 for children ages 3 to 9. The best way to experience the parade is with an Annual Pass, which costs $109.99 and includes 12 months of unlimited admission, free general parking, in-park discounts and invitations to members-only events. With an Annual Pass, visitors can be among the first to experience San Diego’s tallest and fastest roller coaster—Electric Eel, slated to open May 10, as well as enjoy all the exciting seasonal events the park has to offer. For more information, visit www.SeaWorldSanDiego.com.

The New Electric C.P. Huntington Made Its Debut at Landry’s Downtown Aquarium in Houston

By | April 25, 2018

WICHITA, Kan. — The new Electric C.P. Huntington Train from Chance Rides made its public debut last weekend at Landry’s Downtown Aquarium in Houston, TX.  Our 400th C.P. Huntington Train manufactured in the Wichita, KS facility will now operate in Houston as the Electric Eel Train and it will take guests on the Shark Voyage.  The Downtown Aquarium also hosted a Party for the Planet in honor of Earth Day.  This made a fitting debut for the Electric Eel Train as it is a zero-emissions, lithium-ion battery powered train.  The specially designed coaches have clear tops so you can see the fantastic array of sharks as you enter the shark tunnel.  It is a unique train experience and we are so proud that they can now do this with our Electric C.P. Huntington Train.  The Downtown Aquarium is making a statement to their guests about their commitment to the environment with the addition of this attraction.

Dick Chance, CEO and Aaron Landrum, President and COO were on hand for the unveiling before an excited crowd of Houstonians.  The Downtown Aquarium offered free rides to all their guests for two hours following the unveiling.  You can now enjoy the Electric Eel Train seven days a week!

Experience the space adventure Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets on Eurosat Coastiality

By | April 24, 2018

Europa-Park and star director Luc Besson are once again joining forces following ARTHUR ‒ In the Minimoys Kingdom. Over the course of the extensive renovations to the French themed area, the upcoming virtual reality experience on Eurosat Coastiality will be playing Besson’s space blockbuster ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’. In order to make this special riding pleasure possible, a separate station with track switches is being integrated into the dark rollercoaster for the first time. Thus, from summer 2018, with the classic Eurosat ‒ CanCan Coaster and the innovative VR ride, there will be two attractions within one ride, using the same route ‒ a world first.

Gigantic sets and spectacular visions of the future ‒ that’s what French film producer Luc Besson is known for, among other things. After the successful cooperation with the themed ride ARTHUR ‒ In the Minimoys Kingdom in 2014, Michael Mack, Managing Partner of MackMedia, is looking forward to continuing to work together. “I cannot imagine a better partner for the Eurosat Coastiality project. The combination of Luc Besson, the French star director, and Valerian’s sensational space story is a perfect fit for us”, said Europa-Park’s Managing Partner after signing the contract. “I am happy to be able to pick up on the popular space theme ‒ as previously with the cult rollercoaster Eurosat and the ‘Mission to Space’ flight ‒ and offer it once again to our visitors.”

In Paris in mid-April, Luc Besson, Chairman of French motion picture company EuropaCorp, also added: “‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ on Eurosat Coastiality will be both exceptional and exclusive. With ARTHUR, the Mack family and I created a fantastic attraction through great respect for each other. This has since developed into a great friendship. When Michael Mack approached me after the movie ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ and said that it should become an attraction, I immediately felt a great deal of trust and appreciation.”

The joint realisation of this innovative project is both a prime example of a visionary, cross-border cooperation and a successful Franco-German partnership that will inspire people from all over the world at Europa-Park.

A world first: Two stations in one attraction

Since September 2015, visitors to Europa-Park have been able to enjoy the innovative VR experience of Alpenexpress Coastiality. This summer, MackMedia will be creating another spectacular rollercoaster thrill using VR glasses in the redesigned French themed area with Eurosat Coastiality. There is one peculiarity here: in order to make this special riding experience possible, a separate station with track switches is being integrated into the dark rollercoaster for the first time. Thus, with the classic Eurosat ‒ CanCan Coaster and the innovative VR ride, there will be two attractions within one ride, using the same route ‒ a world first.

Together with the startup VR Coaster, the media company of Europa-Park with Managing Partner Michael Mack will be responsible for the technical realisation of the Eurosat Coastiality attraction. Likewise, MackMedia will produce the futuristic 360-degree content from ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ which will eventually be featured on the VR headset. A lift will also provide convenient access to the train station.

French Tradition and Modernity united at Europa-Park

With the extensive redevelopments and redesigns in the French theme area, Europa-Park offers its guests the highest degree of authenticity and French zest for life. The entire façade of the Eurosat ‒ CanCan Coaster has a new and lively look, presenting to visitors an attractive design rich in culture and based on the well-known ‘Moulin Rouge’ ‒ the Parisian trademark for fun and entertainment since 1889 and a remarkable piece of French history. With the new partnership, Europa-Park is the world’s first theme park collaborating with the traditional Moulin Rouge. Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ stands for modernity à la française and visionary future scenarios that can be experienced in an innovative way on Eurosat Coastiality. As part of the conversion, another attraction can be found by the entrance to the cult sphere: a traditional Alsatian souvenir and curio shop named Madame Freudenreich Curiosités that will sport a characteristic half-timbered look. The house for huge dinosaur fans embraces the tradition of the popular French border region of Germany’s largest theme park and creates a wonderful experience for the whole family.