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Discovery Destinations and Holovis team up to offer immersive experiences

mission of connecting viewers to take experiences to the next level by adding new dimensions into the multi-sensory and immersive environments. Christine Wacker, vice president of Location Based


Entertainment at Discovery explained: “Through our partnership with Holovis we are aiming to engage all five senses to deliver sensational experiences that have never been done before with our content. The

iscovery Destinations has formed a strategic alliance with technology experience designer, Holovis to further its

solutions to suit each bespoke client environment, whether it’s for a themed entertainment space, hotel, live shows and exhibits or on-board cruise ships. These will feature combinations of complex AV, emerging technologies and intuitive interactivity. Heidi Pinchal, business development at

Holovis commented: “We will also be looking at ways to extend and enhance the experience even further utilising our proprietary software

immersive environments will feature surround, seamless and all-encompassing visuals, spatial audio, SFX including gentle winds and mists, scent to complement the scenes and a fully themed menu, enabling guests to go on spectacular journeys around the world and enjoy authentic cuisine in these stunning environments.” She continued: “This will make the experiences even

more powerful and ultimately memorable. Our guests will be very excited to partake in these events.” Holovis will be delivering turnkey, scalable technical

suites such as HoloTrac. Guests are identified through a powerful attribute recognition engine and their personalised adventures are driven through modules including gesture and object recognition. This allows for frictionless and intuitive interaction with the space to enjoy nonlinear narratives and experiences. “By putting them in control of their own adventure

they can influence the virtual world around them for experiences that are different every time depending on their interests, mood and how they choose to engage.”

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom first theme park on the west coast powered by solar

Toverland gives preview of 2020

Toverland is to extend its opening times in 2020, remaining open until at least 6pm and even 8pm during the summer holiday. Also, more events than ever are on next year’s programme. Visitors can enjoy no less than 12 Midsummer Evenings and 14 Halloween Nights. That’s eight evenings more than in 2019. The theme park will remain open until 11pm during these events, while the summer season will have an extra early start. The second edition of the YOUTUBERSxTOVERLAND event will

takes place on Sunday 17 May, whereby visitors can meet their favourite YouTubers in Toverland. The Midsummer Evenings run in the summer holiday from 15 July until 22 Augustus every Wednesday and Saturday, with extra summer entertainment across six theme areas. The months October and November are all about Halloween, with 19 Halloween Days and 14 Halloween Nights in the period of 9 October until 8 November. The Magical Winter Weeks take place during the Christmas school holiday from 19 December until 3 January.


Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo, California, in partnership with sPower and Borrego Solar Systems, made the official switch to solar power at a special event to kick off the park’s 12th annual Holiday in the Park, the first to be powered by renewable energy. The event included remarks by congressman

Mike Thompson and Vallejo Mayor Bob Sampayan, who flipped the giant, ceremonial switch, officially flipping the park to solar energy, and turning on millions of twinkling lights. Moving forward, 80% of the park’s energy usage will be powered by one of the largest solar carport installations in the country. “We are thrilled to be introducing the

nation’s first solar powered Holiday in the Park events. The marvellous wonder of this special time of year truly comes alive in our parks with a smorgasbord of seasonal delights to see and

experience,” said senior vice president of US Park Operations Tom Iven. “Our elves go all out to deck the largest halls, trim the tallest trees and turn millions of lights on extra bright to welcome our guests to the biggest and most immersive holiday celebration anywhere in the world. No one else but Six Flags could offer beautiful, falling snow on cue, scrumptious treats, dashing thrill rides, and the chance to make special memories with Santa and Bugs Bunny. A visit to Holiday in the Park is on everyone’s wish list this season.” The solar installation is a 7.5 megawatt

solar carport built over the main guest parking lot. It will produce 11.9 million kilowatt hours of energy annually and will offset 8,400 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents each year, which is the same as taking 1,800 cars off the road.

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