Park News

Dreamland ready for Christmas


reamland will be hosting a festive extravaganza this December – Winterland Margate – with seasonal entertainment and

rides running on selected days throughout the month, and a brand new grotto experience for families. Guests can expect dazzling fairy light walks, a

winter market with festive food and drinks, yuletide crafts, free festive film screenings, Christmas trees, wreath making, and more. A selection of seasonal rides will also be running during open days, including Double Decker, Gallopers, Speedway, Chair-O-Plane and Austin Cars. There will be a special giant Snow Globe that guests can climb inside (for an extra fee), and dogs will also

be allowed on the park with their owners throughout the festive period. Frosted FM will be in full swing at

the Roller Disco, playing Christmas classics from 1pm to 5pm on Winterland Margate open days. Tickets have already been released for one of the

most exciting Christmas features the park has ever had – the Winterland Grotto Experience. The huge 1hr walk-through grotto includes a variety of

activities and photo ops for families, including: make your own all-natural reindeer food to take home for Christmas Eve; see Santa’s Elves in their workshop and help them make it snow;

Disney makes changes

Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Bob Chapek has announced new leaders for both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Effective in November, Josh D’Amaro, who

previously led Disneyland Resort, will take on a new role as president, Walt Disney World Resort. D’Amaro is to be succeeded at Disneyland

Rebecca Campbell

Resort by Rebecca Campbell. Campbell comes to Anaheim with 20-plus years of Walt Disney Company experience, most recently leading operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. George A. Kalogridis, who has led Walt

Josh D’Amaro

Disney World Resort since 2013, will take on a new role as president, Disney segment development and enrichment. In this new position, he will be responsible for developing strategic and operational business initiatives while developing and scaling best practices across sites and lines of business. He will also lead the Disney Institute, and serve as strategic advisor to park operators, leveraging his nearly 50 years of experience to help address challenges and pursue opportunities. George was a Cast Member

on Walt Disney World’s opening day in 1971, and is uniquely qualified to help welcome the world to Orlando as the official Global Ambassador for Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. “This is one of the most exciting times in the history of Disney parks, and I am

thrilled that these dynamic leaders will be at the helm of Disneyland and Walt Disney World during this period of unprecedented expansion,” said Chapek. “Josh and Rebecca bring broad-based experience, enthusiasm, and a keen understanding of the importance of the Disney Difference to our Guests. George’s 48 years of experience put him in a perfect position to share best practices across the organization, and serve as a key advisor to leadership.”

12 take a photo with The Ice Maiden in an alpine-

themed selfie zone; meet Father Christmas and receive a premium gift, photo and certificate; personalise your gift from Santa at the Teddytastic workshops. Dreamland CEO Eddie Kemsley said: “We are

rounding off our best year ever at Dreamland with our best ever Christmas experience. 2019 has been an incredible year for us already, and we want to give people an amazing festive experience that the whole family can enjoy again and again.”

World’s deepest SeaTrek at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, recently introduced the world’s deepest Sea Trek– Aqua Trek Extreme. From Sub Sea Systems, the experience takes place in the Ambassador Lagoon within The Lost Chambers Aquarium at a depth of 32 feet (9.8 m). The world-famous Ambassador

Lagoon is a 2.9 million gallon (11 million litre) habitat that ranks in the top ten largest aquariums in the world. That’s enough water to fill 4.5 Olympic-sized swimming pools. The main viewing window into the Lagoon

is 33 ft (10 m) long and the acrylic is 28 in (70 cm) thick. The aquarium’s residents include groups of schooling and shoaling fish, white tip reef sharks, black tip reef sharks, and many different species of rays. Sea Trek participants descend into

the aquarium using a custom- fabricated ladder, themed to look like ruins from the “Lost City of Atlantis.” At the bottom, Trekkers meander around ancient-looking artifacts, while curious sea life swim all around and spectators wave from the other side of the acrylic.


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