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The power of partnership: could animal rights...

In reflecting on 2017’s AZA Annual Conference, what stood out the most to me personally was the reaction from zoo and aquarium community members to keynote speaker Wayne Pacelle, CEO & President of one of...

“Bad taste costs no more” – hard fun and the...

Legendary artist and Disney illustrator Herbert Ryman stressed the importance of doing in-depth research when it came to the creation of immersive worlds, something that is a hot topic these days with VR, AR...

Winterville, London’s winter wonderland for...

Before Christmas, I explored Winterville, a new(ish) attraction based in trendy Clapham Common in South West London. By Ella Baskerville Winterville markets itself as the ‘alternative festive...

A great big, beautiful tomorrow? Malls, MAPIC and the...

Cannes' annual MAPIC conference is primarily focused on the retail property market. However, recent years have seen its leisure division grow rapidly. In November a session highlighted the continued rise of...

Welcome to our St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station Blog

Work has started on a major new attraction in St. Louis, Missouri – the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station. Part of the $160 million family entertainment complex at the city’s National Historic Landmark...

Why there’s no place like home as the Field...

I was fascinated to read about Field Station: Dinosaurs, the new dinosaur-themed park due to open near Wichita Kansas. It is the second Field Station: Dinosaurs theme park to be opened by founder, Guy Gsell...

Thoughts on the (accidental?) art of theme parks

There have been lectures and much discussion as to theme parks and themed design being considered “an art form.” So what defines art? Here’s one take. By Eddie Sotto, President of SottoStudios/LA. ...

How to make your IAAPA media event stand out from the...

IAAPA week is one of the craziest times of the year for the attractions industry. In addition to being a busy time, there is news coming from all corners of the convention center. By Adam Sandy (right),...

Stan Lee’s L.A. Comic Con panel considers Future...

I live in Downtown Los Angeles. And for the past few years I have enjoyed walking by the convention center when Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con is in town. By Sam Gennawey Imagine thousands of people dressed as...

Gary Goddard – the 5 E’s of creating...

The Goddard Group will celebrate its 15th anniversary at IAAPA 2017.  It has created some of the world's most iconic destinations, rides and themed attractions. Here, founder and CEO Gary Goddard looks at what...