attractions industry

What's going on at Marineland?

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For months now, there have been stories of mistreated animals and awful conditions for them at Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

It started with a Toronto Star investigation that interviewed former employees, and even included some videos and photos of the problems. From bad water to lack of sufficient staffing to take care of the animals, the list of issues goes on. Continue reading

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada Construction Update

Construction has been progressing a bit faster at the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada site in downtown Toronto. A few weeks ago, they began to install the acrylic panels for the walk-through shark exhibit. It looks as though everything is on track for the Spring/Summer 2013 opening. Check out a few photos and facts below: Continue reading

Canada's Wonderland 14th in attendance for North America

The Themed Entertainment Association has released its Global Attendance Report for 2011, and we’re happy to share that Canada’s Wonderland is in 14th place for North American attendance. They had 3,481,000 visits in 2011, up 3% from 3,380,000 in 2010.

Believe it or not, Wonderland beat King’s Island, Cedar Point, Busch Gardens Williamsberg, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Seaworld Texas. A few of these have year-round operations! Way to go Wonderland! A big thanks to Cedar Fair for making the park better each year!
If you’re interested in seeing the full report, Check it out here.

HP Wand prototypes, Art of Animation details & more!

Howdy Howdy Howdy- The other night I had the most INCREDIBLE experience I have had since arriving. I made the realization that our next door neighbour here in Davenport is an INCREDIBLE artisan to say the very least. Now I knew Brian was creating some pretty impressive stuff currently for the Art of Animation Resort at Walt Disney World but as I found out during a cocktail party, he is involved with SO MUCH MORE! Continue reading

The Making of IOA: Marvel Super Hero Island

You could be forgiven for thinking that Marvel Super Hero Island has come to us from another planet. Though not as mysterious as the goings-on at Hangar 13 in Roswell, some of the early creative work on the project took place in a “secret, abandoned” warehouse in Burbank, CA. The island was designed to suggest that it was a ship that had landed on a lagoon in the middle of Orlando. The Marvel universe, with heroes and villains ranging from Thor to Doctor Doom to the Incredible Hulk, is certainly more alien than the family-friendly crew assembled over at Disney–or any other theme park, for that matter. And the island’s centerpiece, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, with its seamless blend of motion-based and 3D technology, is unlike any other attraction on the planet.

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D23 Expo returns to Anaheim in 2013

The D23 Expo is set to take over the Anaheim Convention Center again in 2013. We’ve never been to the event, but we will not miss this round as we hear it’s spectacular, amazing and magical. It brings the best of The Walt Disney Company under one roof. A Comic-Con for Disney Fans if you will. The last event was in 2011, and previewed many of the great new attractions and movies in store for the coming years. For those of you that want to join the fun, tickets go on sale August 9. Continue reading