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(11/12/17) South Korea - Robot Land Attraction Moving Forward Again (MORE...)
(11/11/17) China's Atlantis Resort Nearing Completion and Taking Reservations (MORE...)
(11/11/17) Qatar - Adventure Island Construction Update (MORE...)
(11/10/17) Crazy New Intamin Dueling Shuttle Coaster Concept Going To Wanda Guangzhou (MORE...)
(10/18/17) China Planning Two Highly Detailed Fairtale Theme Parks (MORE...)
(10/6/17) Mexico - Mayan Theme Park To Open in Cancun in 2018 (MORE...)
Belgium - (5/16/17) BlooLoop has posted a follow up article about the new Comics Station Antwerp attraction that just opened in Belgium, featuring an exclusive interview with the founder and CEO, Wim Hubrechtsen. It goes into more detail about the overall attraction itself, the layout, the individual attractions development and more.
(5/4/17) Alterface has created two new interactive attractions for Belgium's Comics Station Antwerp indoor theme park attraction. One is themed to The Smurfs and allows the guests to interact by tracking a magic wand that they hold. The other is themed to Lucky Luke and puts guests in a wagon-styled room facing a screens hidden by sliding doors that open to reveal themselves as the story unfolds. The new indoor multi-story attraction just opened April 9th and you can see a bit more about it in the video below.
Brazil - (8/5/17) While I had assumed that the old Playcenter park from Sao Paulo, Brazil was dead and gone for good, it seems that the owners have been working behind the scenes for a number of years now on trying to find a brand new site in the Sao Paulo area where they can build a new bigger and better theme park with the Playcenter name. From what I'm told they believe they have finally found the right site for the new park, and even have quietly gone through the entire design phase. Now it has come down to getting the financial aspects all the line up to best benefit the project, from the stock market to exchange rates.
Canada - (8/24/17) A great picture of the new Niagara Speedway go-kart track under construction on the Canadian side of the falls was posted to Twitter this week. Check it out below.
(8/14/17) We don't know many details yet, but according to a local news report a 12-year-old girl fell from a carnival ride at a festival in Lac-Megantic in Quebec, Canada on Saturday. The ride isn't named, but was described as featuring "flying chairs". She was taken in for treatment with serious head wounds.
China - (11/11/17) I'm told that room and attraction reservations are now being taken for the new Atlantis resort in China (Atlantis Sanya) for dates starting May 1st, 2018. Meanwhile some photos of the Aquaventure waterpark and of the resort hotel itself can be found posted to ThemeparX. An interesting construction video for the project can also be seen here showing off this unique project, as the resort tower for this Atlantis looks nothing at all like the previous two in the Caribbean and Dubai.
(11/10/17) Some crazy looking two-tone Intamin coaster track has been found at a fabrication plant that is apparently going to Wanda Guangzhou to create a unique new dueling shuttle coaster concept that will feature an Inverted coaster on one side and a standard sit-down train on the other side. Track pictures as well as concept art can be found in the Twitter post below.
(10/18/17) According to BlooLoop, Ideattack, Inc will design and build two Fairytale Theme Parks for Evergrande Group, a Chinese attraction developer as part of a new brand build-up. These will be 'all-season theme parks' built around fairy tales, myths, legendary stories and historic events, aimed at children age 2-15. The parks will feature 33 attractions mixed amongst 6 different themed areas: Splendid China, Magic Europe, Mysterious Kingdom, Adventure South America, Surfing Sea and Space Travel.
Ideattack promises that what will really make these attractions stand out is the very complex and immersive storytelling that they will be creating to help interweave the various lands and attractions.
(9/14/17) According to a news article the Hong Kong Observation Wheel was shut down recently and is expected to be torn down any day now, if it hasn't already. The wheel was running at the site for about 3-years.
(9/9/17) China's largest marine park operator, Haichang Ocean Parks Holdings, has announced that they are looking into plans to build three or four more marine themed parks along China's planned new Silk Road trade initiative that could see the parks built in other countries like India, Africa or in the Central Asia region.
(8/24/17) I saw this unique creation posted on Twitter a bit ago by VHCoasters, showing off an attraction concept I had never seen before anywhere else in the world. Would you believe a 1.3 kilometer long glass-bottom water slide was been built in the Taihang Mountains, essentially a water version of an Alpine Coaster. Check out the pictures in the post embedded below.
(5/15/17) Some fun pictures showing off a unique racing/dueling pair of coasters (Sit-Down vs Inverted) planned for the Wanda Guangzhou park were posted on twitter in a pair of tweets. While the posted wonder if they could be a Premier Rides or Intamin creation, I too have to wonder if they might be something new from Vekoma as well, who previously built a Sit-Down vs Inverted coaster pair for Universal Studios Singapore. Anyone know more?
(5/14/17) According to a news article a new small indoor theme park based around the world of Hello Kitty is planned to open in Shanghai in October 2018, taking over three floors (8, 9 and 10) of the Shanghai Mart Retail Mall.
(5/11/17) Wow, talk about scary. Pictures posted to The Sun show off a high-thrill ride in China called Wild Screams, which appears to be a Skyscraper style high-speed spinning propeller style ride where a few riders are loaded into seats on the far end of the propeller as it spins around. In this extremely frightening case, the say that one of giant propeller like ride SNAPPED in mid-ride, and left the terrified riders dangling in mid air for hours before rescue workers could figure out how to get them down. Seriously, make the jump and look at the photos... I don't know what kept the severed piece of the ride from falling to the ground, it must have been connected by some kind of back-up safety cable system or something.
(4/20/17) IDEATTACK has revealed some design artwork for the new Yangshuo Resorts World in Guangxi, China that include the breathtaking Hotel Vertigo. The resort project will feature a lot of beautiful natural landscape features mixed in with a project that will eventually include a theme park, water park, several resorts as well as cultural and sporting facilities. Hotel Vertigo however has to be seen to be believed, as the plan is to build the hotel onto the top of one of the "karst hills", wrapping it around the top, and down into the rock itself, of the natural landscape. At the peak of the hill, the resort will also have it's own private helipad.
The artwork for the theme park is also quite impressive and features another unique coaster that wraps itself around the mountain shaped landscape of the park. Follow the link to head over to BlooLoop to see it all for yourself.
(3/30/17) Thrillography is back with another report about several of the smaller regional theme parks in China, featuring coverage of Happy Valley Shanghai, JinJaing Action Park, and the Oriental Pearl Tower. Check it out!
(3/17/17) VHCoasters has tweeted out a few more pictures taken inside that new indoor Wanda theme park under construction in Nanning this week.
(3/13/17) VHCoasters posted some great pictures of an interesting new coaster called the Phoenix Adventure going up at the indoor Wanda park in Nanning, China. Looking at the photos, the coaster track and train style kind of look similar to what Premier Rides built for Universal's Revenge of the Mummy coasters, though this could be a knock-off design from a Chinese manufacture. Anyone know for sure?
(1/11/17) InPark reports that construction has begun on a few large projects that will be part of the "Qingyuan Chimelong International Forest Resort" project in China. This will be a resort / park concept with a nature and wildlife theme, with construction starting on the 88-meter tall "Giraffe Castle" structure (seriously... see the artwork of it) along with what is described as being the world's largest aviary (5 hectares). A large 3,500 animal themed hotel building is also under construction that will feature large balconies offering guests a view of real wildlife from their hotel rooms. Look for the first phase to open as early as 2019.
(4/13/16) Our friends at BlooLoop have the scoop on a new theme park design from IDEATTACK for a $225m project for the Chuzhou Theme Park in Anhui Province, China. The article says that the new theme park is slated to open in 2017 and will feature 37 main attractions and shows, divided up into 7 themed zones: Dream City, Colorful China, Space Terminal, Fantasy World, Silk Road, Wandong County, and Chaos.
(2/11/16) BlooLoop has the scoop on the plans for Eontime World, a new indoor theme park planned for Yinchuan City, China. The indoor park, coming in at a cost of $100 million, is designed as a family friendly attraction with three themed zones: A City/Palace zone, Oasis & Water, and Desert & Sky. The three are tied together with a story about how water brought new life to the desert, resulting in a beautiful Oasis-City area in between. They’ve also got the list of nearby two dozen attractions and concept art as well, so make the jump and check it out.
(12/22/15) According to the Hollywood Reporter, Nickelodeon has struck a deal with a pair of Chinese partners to open a Nickelodeon branded attraction in Southern China by 2020, in Shanshui New Town. The new attraction is estimated to cost aproximately $1.85 billion and will feature characters and attractions based on SpongeBob, Dora and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more.
(5/12/15) Construction has begun on the third Atlantis Resort in China. Pictures of the work done so far has been posted to ThemeparX. You can also see a bit more at the official AtlantisSanya.com website.
France - (9/4/17) I really don't know anything about this attraction, but according to an article at Disney & More the Jardin' d'Acclimation park in Paris will be getting a 60 Million Euro upgrade between now and Spring 2018 that will add a Jules Verne steam-punk style theme to the park as well as 17 new rides and attractions. From what I can see the park is very old, with the site being opened as a zoo back in 1860 by Napoleon III before turning into a children's leisure park in the 1930's. Currently the attraction is run by LVMH in a partnership with Compagnie des Alpes (CDA) who just signed a new 25 year contract to continue operating the site through to at least 2041.
Germany - (10/4/17) According to images from Twitter, the Karls Erlebnis-dorf park in Germany will be adding their first coaster in 2018 called K2. This appears to be a new family-friendly coaster design from ABC Rides.
Italy - (9/9/17) Italy is getting ready to open a theme park for Foodies this November called FICO Eataly World. The new attraction will open in Bologna and is being called 'the world's largest agri-food park', filling a 2-hectares site, allowing guests to view fields planted with 2000 different crops, and barns with over 200 animals. The experience will offer six different tour options to work up your appetite for the over 40 restaurants and kiosks allowing you to eat your way through the park, and over 100 shops where you can pick up your favorite items to take home and cook yourself. The $106 million project hopes to attract up to 10 million guests per year.
Japan - (8/14/17) A pair of workers at were struck by an empty train on the Jupiter wooden roller coaster that was making test runs at Kijima Kogen park in Beppu, Japan. The two maintenance workers were said to be checking the coaster track when they were struck by a car and thrown to the ground about 2 meters below, killing one and seriously injuring the other. Operations of the coaster have been suspended for the time being and the park has placed the blame on a lack of communication as track inspections should not have been underway at the time of the incident (around 3:30pm) while the staff were on hand to perform test runs on the coaster in order to add a second train to accommodate the crowds.
(8/9/17) Remember when the Mayor of a small Japanese town went on social media with the crazy idea of a hot springs public bath theme park, along with a wacky concept video? The video went viral and the Mayor said there was enough interest to look into doing it for real... and we figured that was the end of it. Nope!
Looks like the town of Beppu went ahead and opened a real 'Onsen' amusement park concept. Yukendoit has posted his take on it below.
(6/14/17) According to a news article, several official Pokemon themed Escape Room style attractions are expected to open in Japan next year as part of a promotion for a new Pokemon film opening in 2018.
In other news several news articles announced that a Studio Ghibili theme park was in development to open in 2020. Studio Ghibili is the Japanese animation studio behind hit Japanese films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. This wont be a typical theme park experience, but more of an interactive world adventure / experience style attraction, where any kind of video or photography would be banned and guests will have to make a reservation to visit weeks, if not months, in advance.
(12/12/16) I've never heard of this IP before, but it seems a new themed park will open in Japan in 2018 themed to "Moomin", a story and characters that come from Finland. The park will open in phases, with the first land to open in Fall 2018 themed to "Metsa Village" while the second phase themed to Moomin Valley will open in Spring 2019.
The first phase will actually open with no admission fee required, allowing guests to explore and relax in the themed environment, taking in the outdoor activities, enjoy a covered European style market and more. You can read more detail and see some of the beautiful concept art for the project posted at BlooLoop.
Luxembourg - (2/16/17) I don't know much about exactly what is planned, but BlooLoop has posted an interesting article mentioning that a new theme park called Adventure Valley is being planned for Durbury, Luxembourg, the small European country that sits nestled between the Southern end of Belgium and western Germany. According to the report the plan includes a €100 Million park across a 350 hectares site, with hopes to open by 2020. Anyone know more about this project?
Macedonia - (4/28/17) According to this news report a new theme park project is in development for Macedonia (north of Greece) for the capital city of Skopje. Right now they are calling it, "New Luna Park" and it will feature 27 rides, including one coaster, and replace an existing small park. If all goes well, they hope to open it by 2018.
Malaysia - (10/14/16) BlooLoop reports that the Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS) attraction in Malaysia has signed a deal to buy an Intamin 10 Inversion coaster. The park is currently under construction still but hopes to open by December 2016. Meanwhile you can learn more about this new theme park project here.
(9/10/15) I dug up a few more details can be found about that proposed Ubisoft theme park in Malaysia. This will not be a large traditional theme park, but instead will be an indoor 100,000 sqft facility, and while it will feature a few rides, they are also planning on using a lot of virtual reality style gaming experience as well as shows. So how big is 100,000 sqft? That's about the same size as your average Cabela's or Bass Pro Outdoor World megastore, which should give your a better idea of the small scale they are going for with this Ubisoft park.
The project is actually part of Ubisoft’s fairly new Film & TV division, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, and is part of a partnership with Malaysian developer R. Segari Group (RSG) who co-developed the Movie Animation Park Studios attraction under construction in Malaysia, which plans to open in 2016. Look for the Ubisoft park to open as early as 2020.
Meanwhile, the Movie Animation Park Studios attraction, which is also news to me, is a combo indoor and outdoor attraction that will feature a stunt show, a DreamWorks Adventure Zone (with attractions themed to Casper, The Croods, Peabody & Sherman and Megamind), The Smurfs, a giant Starship themed restaurant, a 4D attraction themed to “BoBoiBoy” and towering over it all with be the MegaMind Megadrop themed 20-story tall drop tower ride.
(9/7/15) In today's crazy bit of news, the popular video game developer Ubisoft has announced their intention to open a theme park in Kuala Lampur (Malysia) in 2020 that would be feature worlds and attractions themed around their popular video game titles. While no specific titles were mentioned, Ubisoft is best known for games like Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, Prince of Persia, Rayman, Rabbids, Just Dance and the whole slew of military style Tom Clancy titles like: The Division, Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six and Splinter Cell.
Mexico - (10/6/17) According to this article a new attraction will be ready to open in Cancun (in the “Hotel Zone”) sometime in January 2018. Construction is nearing the final phases for “Parque Maya De Cancun”, also referred to as “Mayan Park”. It will feature a themed park experience with zip lines, a “boat trip through the Nichupte lagoon” with the Museum of Cancun in the front, the Ruins of Rey and offer various tours as well. The article mentions there will be rides as well, but does not go into any detail on what we can expect.
(9/22/17) We’ve got an update on that Amikoo “theme park” announced for Mexico. At first I’m thinking that the phrase “theme park” may not describe the concept properly, as it instantly brought to mind something along the lines of a Six Flags style park and that is not what this will be. This seems to be more of a concept for a highly themed resort complex that will feature hotels, restaurants, shopping… and yes… some themed rides and attractions as well mixed in here and there.
I’m told that the project will be built up in phases, with the first phase set to include a 320-room hotel, the Museum of Archeology and Mayan Anthropology, a flight simulator attraction, an “underwater travel simulator”, the already announced Los Piratas de Bacalar attraction, as well as a shopping/dining area, a convention center, a wave pool and a concert facility… all by the end of 2018.
Based on a video tweeted out (see below) by the President of Mexico the flight simulator will be called “Fly over Mexico” and appears to be part of the Museum area. Based on the video it appears to be using a Brogent I-Ride flying theater setup, which if it ends up anything like the Voletarium attraction just added to Europa Park that I reviewed over the summer, I’d expect it to be quite stunning!
Then there is that underwater simulator attraction, called Mares de Mexico, which is quite a different looking attraction indeed. Based on the brief animation clip, it looks like you will climb into a round cabin that looks more like what you would expect to sit inside on an observation tower ride, except this one will lower down into a mock-underwater style world where you will be surrounded all around a projection screen system for a journey into the world beneath the waves.
Los Piratas de Bacalar will take you through a journey into the world of the Pirates that roamed this area of the world, eventually leading you to climb on board a small pirate ship to go on a water-version of an immersive tunnel style experience ride.
Phase 2, expected to be built up between 2019 and 2020 is expected to see more hotels and restaurants added of course, as well as a more dedicated style actual theme park to the resort that will feature several themed attraction areas. They are calling this “Amikoo Park” with lands named: Maya Discovery, Amikoo Land, Maya Xtreme, and Maya Adventure. Maya Discovery appears to be the more educational side of things (more like Disney’s Epcot) while Maya Xtreme will feature things like Ziplines, Zip Coasters, Ropes Courses and the like along with what appears to be a highly themed river ride where the riders are armed with water cannons. Maya Adventure will be the place for the big traditional theme park style rides… big water splashdowns, flip you upside-down flat rides, a roller coaster and more. Amikoo Land, which sounds like it could be a kiddie land at first, is much more as the artwork shows off an amazing dark ride system that looks to use the same style giant robot-arm style ride hardware that Universal used for the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey dark ride. Another dark ride shown here also appears to use the same dark ride / powered coaster ride system created by Mack Rides for their award winning indoor/outdoor Arthur ride. All together, Amikoo Park is said to feature at least 24 “state-of-the-art rides”.
The question now is… have they started construction on Phase 1 yet? That is still a lot to built in 12-15 months. The entire site for the project is 300-acres, though over 200 of them will be left undeveloped as a preserved nature spot.
(9/20/17) I'm not sure how serious this is, but according to this ABC News story , a new $840 million theme park project called Amikoo has been announced for Mexico on the Caribbean coast just north of Playa del Carmen. According to the article, they say the first phase will open by late 2018, but that sounds a little fast to me, so I need to see and know more about this project before I believe it.
Norway - (3/17/17) BlooLoop reports that a new Norse / Viking themed park is planned for Norway to open in 2020 to be called Thor's Rike. Some neat looking concept art and more details are available if you follow the link.
Philippines - (4/4/17) According to our friends at BlooLoop a new small theme park has broken ground in The Philippines. According to the article it will cost just $12 million and be called Magic Island and located in Barangay Guinhalaran, Silay City. The park will take up a 3.75-hectare site and hopes to open by Summer 2018.
Qatar - (11/11/17) An interesting attraction concept has been slowly... very slowly... under construction in Doha, Qatar that has been going by the name Adventure Island I believe for some time. I think I first heard about it back around 2014 or so, then I heard it appeared that construction had kind of begun in 2016. Jump ahead to the present day and new photos of the site have appeared on ThemeparX showing that things have progressed quite far on the project... though threre is still a long way to go on it.
As you can guess by the location, this will be a sort of mini indoor and underground theme park experience, but one that is supposed to topped out with a large Premier Rides launched shuttle coaster called Dragonfire that will include a large spike(s) section of track enclosed in a giant glass air-conditioned tower structure. While we can't see any sign of the coaster track, you can clearly see a pair of towers on site that match up to what was described so long ago.
From what I'm told the Adventure Island park is mostly going to be in an underground enclosed environment in the center of that circle of buildings. I'm not sure if the name still holds, but the surrounding building complex was to be called the "Doha Oasis" and even "The Eclipse" at one point, and would be a mixed-use complex containing retail, a hotel and some residential units. Last word was that they were pushing to complete it by 2018, but looks like there is still a lot of work left to do to make that timeline.
Singapore - (6/10/17) According to various news sources the Singapore Airport has plans to add a small jungle themed park as an attraction by 2019 that will offer scenic views, slides, a maze and a giant unique waterfall. Follow the link to see some of the unique artwork.
South Korea - (11/12/17) Over the years there has been talk of a sort of odd attraction concept planned for South Korea called Robot Land. It's been sort of an on and off affair for years, and while the project was thought to be dead, it appears it not only may be back on track, but under construction according to a few photos posted to ThemeparX. The project's website is also up and running and up to date with press updates for what they describe as "The center of the Robot Industry in Korea"
Also of interest is a mention in the Zamperla news letter on page 6, which talks about how a Thunderbolt coaster clone is on the way to another park in China, at the very end they confirm that another Thunderbolt style coastrer is also "scheduled to open next year in Mason Robotland, South Korea". This news letter is dated June 2017, so this does seem to confirm there is still life in the Robot Land project yet.
(8/17/17) Lionsgate has announced plans to open an outdoor Lionsgate theme park in South Korea to be called Lionsgate Movie World. The park would be a centerpiece attraction to the Jeju Shinhwa World resort area on Jeju Island. The big surprise is that they claim that construction will start sometime in 2018 and see the park open sometime in 2019, which is a heck of a fast timetable. According to several articles various themed lands will be in the park based on your favorite films including: The Hunger Games, the Twilight Saga, Now You See Me, and even an upcoming Robin Hood film.
Spain - (9/15/17) The world of Westeros from the hit Game of Thrones series on HBO will be brought to life as part of a new 10,000 sqft touring “Game of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition” exhibit this fall. The global tour of the exhibit will begin at the Museu Maritim in Barcelona, Spain on October 28th. The exhibit is full of images and artifacts from the series, allowing fans to get up close and personal with authentic props, costumes and set decorations from the HBO series.
Things begin in Spain and you can pre-order tickets here for dates between October 28, 2017 through to January 7, 2018. Afterwards, the next destination is still a closely guarded secret.
(3/27/17) According to this article, a few attractions have been mentioned for the overhaul of the Tivoli World amusement park, including a mini Formula 1 race circuit, a Everest Expedition attraction and an extreme stunts arena show venue.
(3/13/17) I don't know much about the Tivoli World park in Spain, but a news report claims that developers are planning to spend €300 million to update the park area to include a hotel, cinema, some office buildings, underground parking garage and "the installation of 43 attractions" in the park itself. That sounds like quite alot... like perhaps either an error or they are planing on rebuilding the park from the bottom up... so this may be something to keep an eye out for.
Thailand - (9/7/17) Anyone remember The Marvel Experience? It was a short-lived portable theme park concept themed around the Marvel comics universe, where guests would enter a large dome shaped portable S.H.I.E.L.D. base for superhero training. The Marvel Experience made it to a few early test city sites in Late 2014 to early 2015 (Phoenix, San Diego, etc…) then went dark for some final retooling before arriving at Philadelphia… only to close up shop and end the tour early shortly after in July 2015.
The official explanation was that they were closing down to improve and re-launch the experience, but nothing ever became of it. Then in Spring 2016 I caught word of a story on various Asian news sites claiming that what was left of the Marvel Experience was being packed up and shipped off for a potential tour of South Korea and Japan. Soon afterwards I was contacted by the company behind Marvel Experience and informed that the story was not true, but that they were working on something that would be announced soon.
Jump ahead to today and Hero Ventures has announced that Thailand will become home to “The Marvel Experience: Thailand” in 2018 as part of a deal that awarded a license to run the attraction to a local area company. From the look of the artwork in the background of the photo posted here, it does appear that it will use a similar domed structure for the attraction when it opens in the Bangkok area in Q2 2018.
UK - (4/4/17) According to this article planning permission for a new theme park called Gulliver's Valley Resort has been granted. The new theme park resort aimed at children (age 2-13) is planned to open in 2020 in the South Yorkshire area. Follow the link to learn a little more about the park and what attractions are planned.