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Plans have been officially unveiled for a US$3.5bn (€3.1bn, £2.3bn) theme park in Fort Worth, Texas, to be opened by multi-media entertainment company DreamVision. The park, tentatively titled

‘DreamVision Mountain, Dreamscape, Texas’, is to be built on 20sq km (7.8sq m) of land in the Fort Worth area. Expected to open in 2020, the

year-round winter wonderland will include shops, restau- rants, a transportation centre, a performing arts centre, an entertainment version of New York City known as Dreamscape Metropolis, a similar Hollywood version known as Dreamscape

Technology developed by Malcolm Clulow promises year-round snow

Tinseltown, Nadia’s Storybook Land and a Wild West experience. Developers say the winter

wonderland will feature one of

the largest indoor snow expe- riences in the world, offering guests winter sports including skiing, snowboarding and

Robot hotel coming to Japanese theme park

Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Nagasaki, Japan, is soon to open a new hotel staffed almost entirely by robots. The 72-bedroom Henn na Hotel is

scheduled to open on 17 July. The robot staff will provide porter service, room cleaning, front desk management and other services in the hotel, which will also include advanced face-recognition technology for room entry. “In the future, we would like to have

more than 90 percent of hotel services operated by robots,” said company president Hideo Sawada. More:


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from Attractions Management 18 FEB 2015 ISSUE 20 Texas to get US$3.5bn winter wonderland park

bobsledding. Park representa- tives have promised that despite the arid Texas conditions, it will snow at the park. Speaking at a press confer- ence announcing the launch, DreamVision’s chief creative officer, Ron Logan, said: “I can put together a team that can do this, that can make it a reality.” DreamVision has also announced a second theme park project to be launched in north- western Alabama. Both multi-bil- lion dollar theme parks will be developed by DreamVision CEO Rick Silanskas, developed in part- nership with Bryan Robinson, CEO of Provident Global Capital. Continued on back cover

Smithsonian plans first international site in the UK

The US-based Smithsonian Institute is working to finalise a deal to open its first international location at the site of the former Olympic Stadium in London. London’s mayor Boris Johnson and

developers for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park site have already secured £33m (US$50m, €44m) in private contributions for the proposed Smithsonian, which would help anchor the new ‘Olympicopolis’ site upon its opening in 2021. The 40,000sq ft (3,700sq m) Smithso-

nian gallery would be part of the Olymp- icopolis educational and cultural quarter being developed at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London.

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“It would be a massive coup to attract the Smithsonian Institution to east London,” said Boris Johnson, who first proposed the collaboration. More:

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