Park News

Luminosa Festival of Lights coming to Jungle Island


ungle Island, Miami, Florida’s popular eco-adventure attraction, has reinvented an ancient Buddhist tradition with a Magic City twist with the debut of Luminosa! Festival of Lights. In partnership with Zigong Lantern Group and China Lantern International, which is the #1 industry leader in Chinese Lantern Festivals worldwide, the park will invite visitors from around the globe to marvel at a nighttime jungle filled with giant lanterns, beautifully hand-crafted out of colorful silk by Chinese artisans, from October 5, 2019 to January 8, 2020. Luminosa will take guests on a memorable journey through light across 13 of the

park’s 18 acres. The journey tells a magical story of the jungle, which begins with an exploration of wildlife, birds, bloom, and the beautiful Biscayne Bay. It then writes a chapter into the future through a story of transformation, rooted in adventure and infused with Miami’s new vibrant urban art identity. “Luminosa! at Jungle Island is certain to be one of the most Instagrammable and

talked about events of the season,” promises Curtis Crider, Jungle Island’s new general manager. “Between the rich history behind the festival and its beautiful pageantry set within a jungle-like setting, this must-see installation will be a celebration of two cultures coming together and the rebirth of an iconic South Florida attraction.” A few of the visual delights will include oversized orchids and flowers, a demure

cassowary and striking silk parrots in the Birds and Blooms exhibit, a sea of glowing jellyfish in the Biscayne Bay display, some of the world’s rarest animals down Jungle Trail, to 100 foot (30 m) wide by 20 foot (6 m) tall panoramic scenes of Miami’s most iconic destinations decked out in Chinese graffiti art in the Miami Style exhibit. All lanterns will be illuminated by environmentally-friendly LED lights and made out of water-proof and fire-resistant materials, reinforced by steel frames. The Chinese Lantern Festival is believed to date back 2000 years ago to the Eastern Han Dynasty when Buddhist monks would light lanterns in the temples. Traditionally, the Lantern Festival marks the end of the Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival. The lanterns are thought to symbolise people letting go of their pasts and celebrating a new future, much like Jungle Island. “Our joint effort with Jungle Island has influenced our design team to create

something truly extraordinary,” adds Justin Corsa, executive director USA, China Lantern International. “Local Miami flair combined with eastern craftsmanship will result in one of our most creative and innovative exhibits to date.”


Holovis and KingJoy unveil Shanghai Innovation Center

Experience designer Holovis and its shareholding partner KingJoy have launched an Innovation and Demonstration Center in the heart of Shanghai. The new five floor complex will feature applications of Holovis’s emerging technologies and complex immersive environments from their entertainment, enterprise and simulation sectors, as well as offices, innovation labs and house development teams for both companies. Visitors are greeted in the Lobby by an AI-driven virtual Concierge which uses speech and facial recognition to recognise, welcome the visitor and summon their host. They are then escorted to the main demonstration area that features an array of solutions allowing them to experience the different specialist technologies Holovis and KingJoy are creating together.

The facility with be managed using

the latest Holovis HoloTrac software and hardware systems, a unique data- centric ecosystem and experiential management solution that underpins the whole experience for staff and visitors. Stuart Hetherington, CEO of Holovis said: “Our operation in China has grown exponentially and having our joint Innovation Center with our partners at KingJoy gives us an amazing ability to demonstrate our solutions and capabilities to our China clients, while continuing to rapidly grow our in- country teams. Alongside our partners KingJoy we are set to deliver a number of high-profile entertainment projects going live in 2020/21 ranging from flagship experiences in major theme parks to more regionalised educational entertainment hubs alongside new transportation networks.”

Today Cafe opens

Today Cafe is now open at Universal Studios Florida. Designed to feel like stepping onto the iconic Today set, the cafe will serve specialty food and beverage options, including fresh in-house baked pastries, salads, sandwiches, and locally-roasted coffee including the

Today Cafe blend, a unique coffee blend made exclusively for the cafe. To celebrate the grand opening,

NBC’s Al Roker and the Today team broadcast live from the Today Cafe. The celebratory moment included a Today “orange carpet” lined with Universal Orlando’s most popular characters and culminated with a pop of orange and white confetti. Al also lent a hand at the cafe by serving specialty menu items to guests, like his first seasonal dish – Al’s avocado toast – as well as the organic acai bowl and the Chinatown chicken salad.

JUNE 2019

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