February 2023

By | January 30, 2023

The February 2023 issue includes:

  • 2023 IISF Trade Show preview
  • Australia’s Sea World unveils Leviathan
  • Hersheypark, RMC partner on new-for-2023 Wildcat’s Revenge
  • Funtown-Splashtown, Sally partner for Haunted Hotel
  • Palace Playland, Preston & Barbieri jumping into 2023 
  • Wisdom Rides introduces multi-national company: Noble Rides, LLC
  • Altitude Park is bouncing into new Arizona location
  • 2022 State Fair of Louisiana attendance dips
  • Western Fairs Association announces HOF, Barham recipients
  • Two iconic slides from ProSlide highlight Warner Beach expansion
  • Farm tourism businesses adding entertainment, amusement rides
  • Nichols retires after more than 40 years in the industry
  • Silver Dollar City investing in employee housing by Holtz Builders
  • Great Coasters completes wooden coaster rehab at Arnolds Park
  • Baynum Solutions working on multiple industry coastal projects
  • Universal announces attractions for Las Vegas and Texas … and much more!

Themed Entertainment Association selects RWS Entertainment Group to produce 2023 & 2024 Thea Awards Gala

By | February 3, 2023

NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), the international non-profit association representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers and producers of compelling places and experiences, has selected global Emmy Award-winning experience company RWS Entertainment Group to provide full creative and production services for its 2023 and 2024 Thea Awards Gala. The 2023 Thea Awards Gala will take place Saturday, April 15th at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California.

TEA’s Thea Awards have become internationally recognized as a symbol of excellence, bringing recognition to achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. As Producer of the Thea Awards Gala and a TEA Premier Global Partner, RWS’ services will include scripting; stage design; media, graphic and video elements; entertainment; technical, production and stage management and oversight of AV, lighting, sound, construction, rigging and engineering.

New for 2023, the Thea Awards will serve as the culmination of TEA INSPIRE Week. Other events throughout the week will include the TEA INSPIRE Leadership Forum, which offers executive level networking and knowledge sharing, and the TEA INSPIRE conference, which features a deep dive into each of the TEA Award recipient projects.

“We are honored to be entrusted with such a high-profile, globally recognized event as TEA’s Thea Awards Gala,” said RWS Founder and CEO Ryan Stana. “For the next two years, not only will we have the opportunity to inspire gala attendees as part of TEA’s new INSPIRE Week, but we will also have the great privilege of producing an event that celebrates the immense talents of our clients, colleagues and friends.” 

“TEA is thrilled to be embarking on this multi-year partnership with RWS Entertainment Group,” said Lindsey Nelson, TEA Executive Director. “As both a long-time member and dedicated global partner of the TEA, RWS understands the TEA membership and what the Thea Awards Gala represents to the global themed entertainment industry. Because of that wealth of industry knowledge, they also recognize the untapped potential of the Theas and will utilize their expertise as a world-class event producer to help TEA elevate and grow this global brand.”

Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show ready to set sail for fifth season in Pigeon Forge

By | February 2, 2023

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — When visiting the Smokies in 2023, the first step in charting a course for adventure and fun begins at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show. This swashbuckling show brings guests close to the exciting exploits of pirate legends and lore as its fifth season sets sail on Friday, February 10. The always daring and dramatic tale features pirates, mermaids, high seas escapades and romance, complemented with a captain’s feast to fuel the epic voyage.

From the show’s Buccaneer Bay, a colorful and fearless crew of characters combine acrobatics, pyrotechnics, animals, music and all things pirate for a treasure chest of memories. The uniquely-exciting Pirates Voyage showcases the thrill of sword fights, cannons blasting and pirates scaling high above two full-sized pirate ships in a “fight” to win Davy Jones’ coveted sunken treasure. Beautiful mermaids gracefully perform high above the water in Buccaneer Bay, while a couple of castaways that include a “Salty” sea lion win a battle with Captain Blackbeard through clever antics and pirate wit. An adventurous crew of characters then combines heroics and high-flying fun that will have guests cheering and experiencing thrills around every corner in an epic battle for lost treasure on land, on deck, and in the water of the show’s 15-foot-deep indoor lagoon.

“The entertaining elements of our Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show really put our guests into the action, as Captain Blackbeard and the entire crew navigate an adventurous journey that our visitors will certainly remember long after they leave,” said Jeff Thomas, General Manager of Pirates Voyage. “Families tell us how much they love experiencing all of these unique elements that are part of our show – the pirate ‘battles’ and acrobatics, amazing mermaids, cannons and pyrotechnics, the antics of our sea lions and dog, and a feast fit for a captain!”

As visitors enter the hideaway lagoon for this Dinner and Show spectacular, guests are served a hearty four-course feast straight from Captain Blackbeard’s galley that makes Pirates Voyage the most unique place to eat in the Smokies. The meal begins with voyager creamy vegetable soup and buccaneer bread. The feast fit for a pirate – or mermaid – continues with the crew’s secret recipe cracklin’ pan-fried chicken, swashbucklin’ sugar-cured ham, buttery corn on the cob and an herb-basted potato. Walk the plank specialty dessert and unlimited Coca-Cola® products, tea or coffee complete the meal. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals are available by request.

Show times and reservations are available by calling (865) 505-2469 or visiting www.piratesvoyage.com.

Universal Orlando Resort launches epic ticket offer

By | February 2, 2023

ORLANDO, Fla. — Universal Orlando Resort invites U.S. and Canada residents to take advantage of its “Get 2 Days Free with a 3-Day, 2-Park Ticket” offer. Starting as low as $234.99 per adult, plus tax, this epic offer allows guests to enjoy five days of access to some of the world’s most thrilling theme park experiences across Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure for the price of a 3-Day ticket. And for just $35 more, guests can upgrade their ticket to include access to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park, a tropical oasis that offers the perfect balance of thrills and relaxation.

With more than 60 exhilarating rides and attractions across the award-winning theme parks, plus the upcoming summer debut of the all-new Minion Land and Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast – an interactive blaster game experience where guests put their villainous skills to the test – this is the perfect offer for guests to explore all that Universal Orlando Resort has to offer. Guests can also use this incredible offer to enjoy seasonal festivities across the destination that are included with theme park admission, including Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval – which runs daily February 4 through April 16, 2023 at Universal Studios Florida and features mouthwatering cuisine inspired by global Carnaval celebrations from New Orleans to Brazil to Belgium and beyond, a spectacular parade filled with vibrant floats where partygoers can catch beads by the handful, and live concerts by top names in music on select nights.

Exclusive U.S. and Canada Resident Offer

Buy a 3-Day, 2-Park Ticket for as low as $234.99 + tax per adult and Get 2 DAYS FREEIncludes the following benefits:Five days of access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure with purchase of a 3-Day Base or Park-to-Park ticketFor $35 more, add access to Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme parkThis offer is valid for any five (5) calendar days during an eight (8) consecutive calendar day period which commences on and includes the date selected.

Get ready to party beyond The Bayou and let the good times roll!

By | February 2, 2023

ORLANDO, Fla. — Universal Orlando Resort guests can let the good times roll and party beyond the bayou starting this Saturday, February 4 during Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval. The fan-favorite event returns to Universal Studios Florida with a dazzling parade, mouthwatering cuisine inspired by global Carnaval celebrations and star-studded live concerts on select nights.

Running daily through April 16, this year’s festivities invite guests to:

  • Enjoy eight live performances by top names in music like Sean Paul, Maren Morris and Goo Goo Dolls at the Music Plaza Stage on select nights (see below for full concert lineup)
  • Catch beads by the handful during this year’s dazzling “Mythical Realms of Mardi Gras” parade – featuring six new floats inspired by fantastical creatures like dragons, phoenixes, unicorns and more that will join Universal’s traditional lineup of New Orleans-inspired floats – such as the iconic, two-story Riverboat and nearly 50-foot-long King Gator. Plus, guests can take the celebration to the next level and be part of the festivities by tossing beads to fellow partygoers by purchasing the new Mardi Gras Float Ride and Dine Experience, which includes a 3-course meal at one of four participating restaurants and one Mardi Gras parade float rider reservation.
  • Taste the mouthwatering flavors of global Carnaval celebrations from New Orleans to Brazil to Belgium and beyond with an expansive menu featuring more than 50 tasting-sized items. Plus, guests can enjoy more for less with the purchase of the Universal Orlando Resort Food and Beverage Card by paying $65 for a $75 card, and Universal Orlando Passholders have exclusive access to a $150 card for only $120.
  • Stock up on the latest Mardi Gras merchandise at this year’s Mardi Gras Tribute Store, located in an all-new space in the Hollywood area of the park. The highly immersive retail location is themed to represent an international jazz celebration that leads to the traditional alleyways of New Orleans and ultimately into a speakeasy where the Mardi Gras festivities continue.
  • Keep the party going at Universal CityWalk with special Mardi Gras menu items at select restaurants, including a new Masquerade Milkshake at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, along with food kiosks located throughout the complex featuring delicious menu items that offer a taste of the Mediterranean, the Islands and popular Mardi Gras fare. Plus, guests can attend a Mardi Gras After Party at Pat O’Brien’s on select nights and enjoy special entertainment and theming at the Red Coconut Club – which will transform to the Cursed Coconut Club for the Mardi Gras season.
  • And more!

Access to Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida or with an Annual or Seasonal Pass (blockout dates apply). Florida Residents can take advantage of a new offer to partake in the festivities that gives them two days of free admission to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure with the purchase of a 2-Park, 2-Day ticket (valid for use through June 29, 2023; blockout dates apply) – and for just $25 more, they can add one day of admission to Universal’s Volcano Bay.

Sharon Parker joins Gateway Ticketing Systems, Inc. as senior manager of marketing

By | February 1, 2023

GILBERTSVILLE, Pa. — Gateway Ticketing Systems, Inc., the world leader in ticketing, admission control and revenue-generating solutions within the attractions industry for more than 30 years, is happy to welcome Sharon Parker as its Senior Manager of Marketing. Her expertise in the attractions industry will be a great addition to the Company as it continues to grow its branding and marketing footprint.

Before joining Gateway, Sharon spent 15-years at Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor serving in various roles, more recently General Manager. She also served as the Director of Marketing and Entertainment, as well as Manager of Communications. While there, Sharon managed the development and execution of all aspects of marketing the Six Flags brand for the original theme park location, developed short and long-term marketing plans and oversaw all aspects of external communications. As General Manager, she was responsible for leadership and execution of strategic park operations.

Prior to Six Flags, Sharon was External Communications Coordinator of The Fort Worth Independent School District, where she was the primary spokesperson. In addition, Sharon brings 10 years of on-air news anchor, general assignment reporting and editing experience from her tenure at KWTX-TV. Those familiar with Gateway may recall the Company’s International Women’s Day discussion last year where Sharon gave impressive insight and contribution.

Gateway’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Peter Wolf, shares his excitement about the newest member, “Sharon’s impressive marketing experience in the attractions industry will most definitely be a boon to Gateway’s continued success. Even more so, her compassion and positivity will add much to Gateway, both internally and with customer satisfaction and dedication.”

Of her new role, Sharon says, “It is an honor to join a premier brand such as Gateway Ticketing Systems. It has been the leader in technology development for customers throughout the world. I am thrilled to be able to join my passion for marketing and communications with this beloved brand.”

At Gardaland laying the first of over two thousand plants that will give life to the attraction Jumanji – The Labyrinth

By | February 1, 2023

Preparations are in full swing for the new attraction coming 2023: Jumanji – The Labyrinth, a thrilling adventure to be experienced in the heart of Gardaland. Visitors will challenge themselves as they explore and are completely immersed in the fantastic and untamed Labyrinth of Jumanji, where they will become protagonists of the adventure and create their own personal experience inside.

In the spirit of Sony Pictures’ box office hit film series, four cosplayers, Doctor Smolder Bravestone, Ruby Roundhouse, Professor Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon and Franklin “Mouse” Finbarplanted the first of the Labyrinth’s many plants.

The film characters, who travelled to Gardaland by the iconic jeep, brought plants from some of Italy’s best nurseries. The Strelitzia Augusta planted today officially marks the entry point of the long labyrinth which challenges any adventurers brave enough to enter it.

More than 2,000 Mediterranean plants – belonging to over 30 different species – will create the wild and mind-teasing labyrinth that forms the backdrop for the heroes’ adventures in the land of Jumanji. Inside the complex and intriguing trail – made up of broad-leaved trees, bushes, palms and tree ferns – courageous visitors will come up against detours, junctions, dead ends and surprising effects. Thanks to the Acanthus mollis and the Bletilla striata, with sharply contrasting colours of their white flowers with shades of pink and purplish-red, the labyrinth will be full of color and enchant visitors of all ages.

The maze’s intricate layout will be made even more impressive thanks to the towering heights of the plantsselected to bring to life the all-new multi-sensory adventure Jumanji – The Labyrinth, based on the box office hit film series from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The company ready for Live at Liseberg 2023

By | February 1, 2023

Since its inception in 2019, the company has positioned itself as one of Sweden’s most popular music groups. This summer, it’s time to meet the Swedish audience and embark on their biggest tour to date. On June 15, they take the Big Stage at Live in Liseberg.

The Swedish music group Bolaget has had a given place on the dance floors since its inception in 2019. With the hit song “Kan nte gå” which was streamed nearly 40 million times, they broke new records and became the summer’s chart topper. Now the company is planning a big tour of Sweden, with the Stora Scenen at Liseberg in view.

“The company has taken up the Swedish pop genre and it has proven to be a winning concept. It is a matter of course to welcome them to Stora Scenen this summer,” says Per Alexanderson, artist booker at Liseberg.

The group, which started in a bachelor’s hostel in Falun, has taken Sweden by storm. With hits such as “Dum”, “Fingarrna i halsen”, “Nykter” and “Fem komma twoan”, the group fills the dance floors and continues to set audience records around the country. On June 15, the Company occupies the Big Stage in Liseberg.

Liseberg celebrates its 100th anniversary
In 2023, Liseberg celebrates 100 years as an amusement park. For a century, Liseberg has been Gothenburg’s heart and pride and the Gothenburgers’ most beloved meeting place. A magical place where people experience joy together, in ever new generations. The anniversary celebration begins with a grand premiere in April with the new attraction Luna and not least the new hotel Liseberg Grand Curiosa Hotel. It will be a year lined with joy, warmth and lots of celebration in all its forms!

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood is now open

By | January 31, 2023

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen at Universal CityWalk is now open. The innovative, original concept restaurant serves an extensive menu of brunch, lunch and dinner items along with sumptuous milkshakes, desserts and delectable confectionary treats, and is hosted by character ambassadors and world travelers Penelope and Jacques, to deliver an entirely new take on culinary inspirations for the entire family.

This uniquely inspirational restaurant is reminiscent of a Victorian steampunk chocolate emporium. Its interior is adorned with a collection from Penelope’s archives of chocolate research and various steampunk gadgetry and inventions complete with L.A.-based artisans’ paintings of steampunk airships journeying through the sky atop the interior dome. The dynamic exterior façade features a giant clockwork marquee and towering 97-foot smokestacks.

Within the eclectic space, guests can enjoy a full-service restaurant, a Dessert Foundry for grab-n-go over-the-top milkshakes and a Candy Smith counter to experience a cornucopia of sweet treats, including 30 different flavors of macarons, truffles and an expansive offering of deliciousness, along with unique apparel and themed collectibles.

Executive Chef Carlos Garcia sits at the helm of The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen orchestrating a symphony of exquisite meals and desserts, prepared fresh to order within its two behemoth kitchens under the watchful eye of the restaurant’s skilled Sous Chefs.

From crisp salads and hearty soups to tasty burgers, flatbreads and steaks, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen caters inspirational fare to every member of the family.

Sample tempting menus items include signature Chocolate Almond Bread, Avocado Bruschetta, Truffle Fries, Pork Belly Sliders, Coffee and Chocolate Stout Wings, Waldorf Chicken Salad, Toothsome Niçoise, French Onion Soup, Forest Mushroom Flatbread, Classic Margherita Flatbread, Southern Fried Chicken BLT, Chicken Cordon Blue sandwich, Red Ruben sandwich, Fork & Knife Ribeye Steak Sandwich, Croque Monsieur, Tour de France Burger, May Contain Bacon Burger, Brisket Burger, Teriyaki Burger, Wild Mushroom Chicken Risotto, Shrimp Macaroni & Cheese, Grilled Teriyaki Salmon, Brisket & Wild Mushroom Meatloaf and Toothsome Signature Beef Tenderloin…to name but a few.

Brunch features such mouth-watering options as: Nutella & Banana Crepes, Apple Pie Crepes, Beef & Mushroom Crepes, Berries and Cream Waffles, Banana Foster Waffles, Chocolate Brioche S’mores French Toast and several quiches.

Jacques Specialty Milkshakes include Red Velvet, Brownie, Cookie Jar, Espresso Buzzzz, Key Lime Pie, Heavenly Hazelnut, Marshmallow Crisp, Strawberry Cheesecake, That’s Mint and Pineapple Upside Down.

Sweet Sundaes and Desserts include Brookies, Cookies & Cream, Apple Pie, Banana Cream Pie, Strawberry Shortcake, and Chocolate Brownie Bark, Chocolate Crème Brulee, Classic French Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Potted Cream, Flourless Chocolate Gooey Cake, and Triple Chocolate Bread Pudding.

A kid’s menu and vegan Beyond Burger® options are available.

Hand-crafted libations include a Chocolate Old Fashioned, Spresso ‘tini, Cacao Nut Margarita and more are available for diners 21 years or older with valid photo ID.

Reservations can be made by visiting the website, and valet parking validation is available for diners.

More than just an eclectic restaurant, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen features an entertaining backstory whose origins are as enticing as the food. Unlike most dining establishments, the eatery is hosted by two highly regarded steampunk ambassadors, Penelope and Jacques.

As the story goes…the love of chocolate is at the core of Penelope’s family. Penelope, an innovator at heart, created Jacques, her trusty robot and confidant, to travel and explore the world. Upon returning to her small cottage home in London, England, after an extended trip abroad, Penelope discovered that her parents ventured out on a quest to find her, leaving a simple message – “We have set out to join you in your adventures. Surely the world isn’t so big that we can’t find you. We shall look for you wherever chocolate can be found.” 

Thus, Penelope knew what she had to do. Armed with the insight she had on all things chocolate, Penelope created The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. Her mission to share her passion and love of the sweet treat with the world was also grounded in the hope that one day her parents would find her.

Spectacularly dressed in Steampunk attire, Penelope and Jacques frequent The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen to await her parents’ arrival and to share their adventures and innovations with guests.

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is exclusive to Universal Parks & Resorts and is one of three worldwide locations, including Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Beijing Resort. The arrival of the restaurant coincides with the 30th anniversary of Universal CityWalk and is located adjacent to the popular Universal Cinema, an AMC theater.

Universal Citywalk Orlando hosting exciting special events and offerings beginning this February

By | January 31, 2023

This spring, Universal CityWalk guests can delight in numerous special events and experiences to add even more excitement to their visit, including enjoying a special birthday celebration for music icon, Bob Marley, keeping the Mardi Gras festivities going during Pat O’Brien’s Mardi Gras After Party, exploring the mysteries of the Cursed Coconut Club and more.

See below for an overview of the events taking place at Universal CityWalk this spring: 

Bob Marley’s Birthday Jam: On Saturday, February 4 from 3 p.m. – 1 a.m., guests can celebrate the reggae icon, Bob Marley, during Bob Marley’s Birthday Jam at Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom. Guests will enjoy a variety of special entertainment – including performances by live bands, steel drummers, a DJ, stilt walkers and more – as well as exclusive food and beverage offerings. While admission is complimentary, reservations are encouraged by calling 407-224-3663.

Pat O’Brien’s Mardi Gras After Party: Guests can keep the festivities going all night long during Pat O’Brien’s Mardi Gras After Party – taking place from 4 p.m.- 1 a.m. on select nights during Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval (running February 4 – April 16). This party includes live DJs, stilt walkers, exclusive food and drink offerings and more. While admission is complimentary, reservations are encouraged by calling 407-224-3663.

Cursed Coconut Club: This Mardi Gras season, the Red Coconut Club will transform into the Cursed Coconut Club – the ultimate Mardi Gras lounge experience. On select nights February 4 – April 16, guests can explore the mysteries of the venue’s highly-themed, bayou-inspired atmosphere and enjoy incredible entertainment, exclusive drink offerings and more. Guests can check the Official Universal Orlando Resort App for dates and hours of operation.

Super Bowl LVII Experience at NBC Sports Grill & Brew: NBC Sports Grill & Brew is proud to host the 7th annual Super Bowl dining experience, with more than 100 HD screens streaming live Super Bowl coverage on Sunday, February 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Guests can experience the Super Bowl like never before with live entertainment, special characters, exclusive food and drink options – including more than 100 beers on draft and in bottles, along with a house-designed and locally-made IPA – and more. Table reservations are required and will be accommodated on a first- come, first-served basis.

Pat O’Brien’s Fat Tuesday Celebration: On February 21, Pat O’Brien’s will host its annual Fat Tuesday celebration from 4 p.m. – 1 a.m..  After catching beads by the handful and savoring incredible food at Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval, guests can head over to the venue and enjoy live entertainment – including a dueling piano set – and exclusive food and drink offerings. While admission is complimentary, reservations are encouraged r by calling 407-224-3663.

Pat O’Brien’s St. Patty’s Day Celebration:  Guests can enjoy a special “St. Patty’s Day” celebration at Pat O’Brien’s on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 from 2 p.m. – 1 a.m. Guests will enjoy exclusive food and drink options, as well as incredible live entertainment, such as a DJ, band, stilt walkers, and a dueling piano set. While admission is complimentary, reservations are encouraged by calling 407-224-3663.

In production: new action blockbuster with Germany’s largest quarter pipe! Movie Park Germany is working on a new live stunt show for the 2023 season!

By | January 31, 2023

BOTTROP-KIRCHHELLEN — Squealing tires, explosive scenes and daredevil stunts are once again on the Movie Park Germany production schedule in 2023! For the 2023 season, Germany’s largest movie and theme park is working on a new live stunt show for its guests. For this purpose, the popular Folco Stunt Team, which has been providing action in the park like in a real movie since 2016, will slip into new roles and drive across the set at full throttle again. The new concept not only includes a completely new storyline in Los Angeles, but also new backdrops and a movie-like set design. In this way, the park motto “Hollywood in Germany” will be brought even more to the fore and a record will also be set: Germany’s largest quarter pipe to date will enrich the new set. In addition to spectacular biker stunts, the extraordinary car driving skills of the Folco Team will once again be integrated into the show.

But as you would expect from fast-paced racing scenes in a real Hollywood movie, not only the driver himself plays a leading role with so much action going on: Strong partners will be in the passenger seat and support the Movie Park team for the stunt show project in terms of conceptual design and set remodeling.

“With the redesign of the stunt show, we are giving one of our most popular attractions an upgrade,” says General Manager Thorsten Backhaus. “Our goal is to offer our guests a new, spectacular family experience while further strengthening our identity as a movie park.” The new stunt show thus seamlessly ties in with Movie Park’s approach of further positioning and establishing the Movie Park Studios as a brand in the area of storytelling.

Movie Park’s creative teamIMAmotion and Folco Stunt Team lead the way for the new show and jointly designed the ideas and concept.

The team of IMAmotion is responsible for the media content creation of the new stunt show and at the same time celebrates an important premiere: The conceptual design and constructional implementation of the new show is the first project of this magnitude for the Paderborn-based company. The team has been expanded in recent months to include experienced construction engineers, show technicians as well as technical drafters, who from now on will contribute their expertise and complement the portfolio of the creative team. In total, 10 experts are working on the new stunt show at Movie Park, with the support of numerous trades. Music and sound design will be handled by IMAscore, who have already been commissioned for numerous attractions at Movie Park, most recently for the “Movie Park Studio Tour” in 2021 or for the “Halloween Horror Festival” in 2022.

In cooperation with the Folco Stunt Team, creative ideas and suggestions for new stunts were already put on track in advance, to make sure they offer spectacular action like in a real Hollywood movie. Movie Park Germany can rely on the stuntmen and stuntwomen’s many years of cinematic and TV experience, who performed stunts in the James Bond blockbuster “Quantum of Solace” or in the movie “Inferno” with Hollywood star Tom Hanks, among others. The park has specifically incorporated the ideas of the team from Italy into the show. For instance, Germany’s largest quarter pipe to date will be built on the new set to spark the right blockbuster atmosphere.

The audience took on a leading role as well. The opinions of park visitors were specifically included into the concept of the show: A total of around 10,000 people took part in a visitor survey, which presented various concepts and ideas. Movie Park Germany is now working closely with entertainment industry experts to create the most immersive guest experience possible. The Petro Art Production team is handling the set design and facade construction for the new show. The company already acted globally, themed extensively for the Dubai Parks and Resorts. Chris Lattner of The Room Labs is a pioneer in immersive escape rooms and specialist in theme design. He provides creative direction and coordination for a team of painters. This also includes the professional aging and sculpting of the buildings. The experienced painters were already commissioned for successful series and film productions such as “Dark”, “Uncharted”, “Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Monuments Men”. The company Höhenwerk contributes its know-how in the field of scaffolding to the project and has attracted attention in the past with spectacular actions such as the removal of a church spire at a height of almost 100m using scaffolding preassembled on the ground. The team is supported in static questions by the engineering office Tomshöfer & Partner, which is able to contribute its experience from various scenery scaffolds, e.g. for soaps like “Alles was zählt” or “Unter uns”.

Demolition work on the former stunt set had already begun on November 1, 2022, shortly before Movie Park Germany headed into the off-season. The construction of the new set will now be in full swing over the next few weeks, and Movie Park Germany will be sharing the progress made with its guests on its social media platforms. The premiere of the new show is estimated to be scheduled for June 2023. More detailed information on the storyline will follow in the next few weeks.