Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Tag: theme parks

UK theme parks safe as houses, says BALPPA data

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A number of high-profile injuries on roller-coasters belie the benign reality of UK attractions, suggests the findings of one new survey. A BALPPA survey..

Legoland Movie fails to impress but Merlin’s portfolio keeps the profit wand waving

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The release of a second Lego Movie had “limited momentum” on Legoland ticket sales, according to operator Merlin Entertainment.

Ministers move to improve disabled facilities at theme parks

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A ministerial consultation is to be launched in 2019 that could potentially see theme parks required to install Changing Places toilet facilities for those with severe disabilities. Current regulations only recommend that these should be in place at large venues,but new proposals - brought forward by Rishi Sunak MP - seek to amend this to include all new large publicly-accessible...

Parents ready to spend on kids this summer, says new research

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A new study has shown that British parents spend more than £2,600 a year keeping their children entertained, with theme park’s being kids favourite pastime. According to research which polled 2,000 parents, the average family will pay up more than £400 on trips to soft play centres, while more than £600 each year is spent on meals out. The study also...

Construction to start on £35m Gulliver’s Valley theme park

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Construction is set to start on the 240-acre Gulliver’s Valley theme park in Rotherham, which once completed will dwarf the combined size of the operator’s three other premises.   The £35m Gulliver’s Valley theme park project in Rotherham is to start an initial phase of construction after more than a year of site preparation. The development will be the largest ever...

Bourne Leisure makes Sunday Times list

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Butlin’s owner Bourne Leisure has made it to the Sunday Times Best Big Companies to Work for 2018 list. Bourne, which also owns Haven and Warner Leisure Hotels, was ranked sixth out of 25 companies, and made the list for the 11th year running.   “Ranking sixth place makes us incredibly proud and it’s fantastic to see our culture and work...

Irish theme park to install £20m solar farm

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Ireland’s only theme park, Tayto Park, is set to be powered by one of two new solar farms after approval was granted by Meath County Council.   The development, proposed by Tayto Park owner Raymond Coyle, will see a 35MW farm with over 120,000 panels installed on land adjacent to the theme park in Ashbourne, with a reported price tag of...

Gulliver’s recruitment drive: theme park filling places for summer

Owners of the Gulliver’s Kingdom theme park have gotten ready for the busy season early embarking on a late-February recruitment drive.   Opening its doors on 17 March, the park is to celebrate its 40th anniversary with its biggest season to date, bringing a breadth of celebratory events, rides and attractions all to feature heavily throughout the period. The family-run business in...

Difficult summer tradings hits Merlin forecasts

  Leisure giants, Merlin Entertainment, has downgraded its full-year profit expectations, and in turn sent share prices tumbling down some 20 percent as the full scale of a difficult summer trading period becomes apparent.   An unfavourable weather conditions throughout the country and high-profile terrorist attacks in central London bred a difficult operational environment over summer and even Merlin Entertainment was unable...

First VR technology show set for Las Vegas

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The first conference to focus on the advent of VR to amusements, arcades and theme parks is taking place in Las Vegas, on 13- 14 September.   Billed as “the first event focused on the business opportunities presented by immersive technology”, The Future of Immersive Leisure 2017 will include a technology showcase and seminars from a wide range of technology and...

Majority of Brits want to go cashless at theme parks

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Cash is king, but for how long? The customer is saying they want more cashless in theme parks, according to a recent survey of visitors.   Sixty percent of British visitors at theme parks have said they would like use cashless payments when next visiting, according to a new survey. Omnico’s Theme Park Barometre interviewed 677 respondents from the UK - along...

Mario could get go-kart ahead at Universal

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Fans of the popular Nintendo go-kart racing game, Mario Kart, may be able to hit the tracks for real according to reports about an attraction at Universal theme parks.   News from the wider Asian region, the Orlando Weekly is reporting that a trademark filed last week by video game giant Nintendo Co has hinted at the possibility of Mario Kart...