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PW-JAN20-06-News.qxp_News 04/02/2020 11:33 Page 6


Park News


A new Nickleodeon Adventure in the UK


Lakeside in Thurrock, Essex – the first of its kind in the UK. Part of a new £150 million leisure complex that sits


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alongside the long established intu Lakeside shopping mall, the 2,000 capacity Nickelodeon Adventure Park is the product of a multi-million pound investment from Spanish operator Parques Reunidos. The first of its kind in the UK, Nickelodeon Adventure


encapsulates an indoor space of 50,000 square feet. The park is built around four themed play zones, each


of which features key characters from the Nickelodeon portfolio, including PAW Patrol, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and SpongeBob SquarePants. A 4D cinema, private hire party suites, costume characters, café and gift store complete the park,


creating the perfect Nickelodeon-themed day out for families to enjoy.


aturday 15th February will mark the official opening of children’s indoor adventure experience Nickelodeon Adventure at intu


James Eels, UK director at Parques Reunidos, says:


“We are thrilled to be opening in the Quay – intu Lakeside’s leisure quarter. As more and more consumers seek experience alongside their shopping trip, we hope to capitalise on the many families that have made intu Lakeside their shopping destination of choice. “Beyond the existing audience, we’re working closely


with intu Lakeside to strategically promote the park and the wider leisure development. Our aim is to bring a new range of visitors from across the South East and beyond who will shop and play in one location, whatever the weather.” Gerald Raines, senior vice president, location based


experiences for Viacom International Media Networks and Nickelodeon, said: “A key goal of ours remains bringing Nickelodeon’s much loved brands to life and enabling fans to interact with their favourite characters and shows, so we’re thrilled to open the UK’s first permanent indoor Nickelodeon play experience. We know fans are going to love it.”


Leadership change at accesso


accesso Technology Group, a leading solutions provider for attractions and venues worldwide, has announced a renewed focus on its strategic objective of delivering revenue and experience-enhancing solutions through the company’s array of proprietary technology. To support this effort, Steve Brown has returned to accesso as chief executive officer, replacing Paul Noland. “We are thrilled that Steve has decided to return to the leadership


role as the CEO. His understanding of the company’s core business along with his vision and passion for accesso are unparalleled. We look forward to working with him as we re-energise the group, our clients and the marketplace and move forward with our on long-term growth plan,” said Bill Russell, executive chairman of accesso. Steve Brown founded the company’s namesake accesso business in


2008, which became part of what is now accesso Technology Group when it was acquired from Brown in 2012. During a period of rapid expansion between 2013 and 2017, the company acquired Siriusware, ShoWare, Ingresso and TE2. Brown served as president and CEO from 2016 until 2018 when he departed the company. He steps back into the CEO role to reinvigorate the company’s strategic plan to fully leverage the range of assets within its portfolio and deliver value-enhancing solutions to the marketplace. “Accesso has an incredible team of


talented professionals, a vast array of innovative technology and a global reach that is unmatched by any other company in our industry. I look forward to reacquainting myself with our clients and the accesso team as we regain the momentum of this truly unique company,” said Brown, chief executive officer of accesso.


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Legacy Entertainment projects to debut


Legacy Entertainment is to debut two high- profile projects this year. First to open will be the Chimelong


Marine Science Park, a hybrid indoor aquarium and theme park that will begin welcoming members of the public in May. Colossal in scope and scale, not only will the submarine-inspired design radically transform the landscape of the southern Chinese city of Zhuhai, but with a size of nearly 4,000,000 square feet (370,000 square meters), it will also claim the record for World’s Largest Indoor Theme Park. “Under the guidance of Su Zhigang,


Chimelong has become the standard- bearer for domestic theme parks in China, both in terms of quality and safety,” said Barry Kemper, Legacy’s chief operating officer. “We believe this latest undertaking will secure Chimelong’s place at the forefront of location-based entertainment, not just in China, but for the world.” 2020 will also mark the opening of


Legacy’s first project in Vietnam, when The Sea Shell premieres on the island of Phú


Quôc’s Vinpearl Land resort in July. Boasting a sleek turtle-inspired motif suggested by Vietnamese folklore, this 300,000 square foot (27,500 square meter) marine life experience will take visitors on a journey through five richly-themedgalleries. Speaking of the dramatic exterior


design, Taylor Jeffs, Legacy’s President & Chief Creative Officer, says, “Our primary goal has been to create a signature icon for the island of Phú Quôc and for our client, Vinpearl – something wholly-unique that will capture the attention of potential visitors from all around the globe.” Looking ahead to 2021, a late Spring


debut is anticipated for the all-new Lotte Magic Forest park in Busan, Korea. Designed by Legacy and developed by the parent company of Seoul’s signature Lotte World theme park, the new project will take a markedly different tact with its offering of primarily-outdoor facilities, inspired primarily by Europe’s most-popular theme parks.


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