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What is your most popular ride or attraction and why? in association with

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Niels Jørgen, Fårup, Denmark

Our most popular ride this season has definitely been our new Vekoma

Paul Callander, chief strategy officer, Dreamworld,

experience, Slither’s Slides, the maze of slides and tunnels, and an incredible Underwater VR Experience, among others.

colouring in pages for our guests to print at home that will both keep them engaged with our brand and keep our brand front of mind.

• Use honesty to create impactful social content – Our park has wildlife that needs care even in a lock-down situation, so we’re telling and showing our guests how we’re continuing to do this.

• Find aspects of your business to make virtual –We have set up live stream filming of some of our wildlife so that guests can watch them from home and keep having “Dreamworld” experiences.

ride ‘Saven’! The new family boomerang is already a guest-favourite and the fact that it is a coaster for the whole family is a big part of its success. With the 95 cm as height limit it is a great family coaster – and a stepping stone for the small children getting ‘ready’ for the larger rides. Children all the way down to two and three years have tried it – and the station-run- through effect where you travel at high speed through the station building makes it fun and surprising for the older audience as well.

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• Bring your product or service into the homes of your guests – Our SkyPoint business is working on how-to videos for menu items and cocktails that guests can create at home.

Coen Bertens, theme park

director, Efteling: Thrill seekers can still experience the adrenaline rush of riding a roller coaster through our series of on-ride videos available on the

Efteling YouTube channel, which are filmed from the front carriage on rides at Efteling. For Example, viewers can experience the tale of De Vliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman) and the jaw-dropping Baron 1898 dive coaster – which plunges 37.5m into a mineshaft at

Alhasan Kaboos Alzaabi, Farah Experiences, Abu Dhabi

Yas Theme Parks and attractions offer a wide variety of record-breaking experiences for guests of all ages and preferences.

At Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, we house several attractions which are unique to the Park. These include Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster, the Family Zone, which encompasses four all-new attractions designed exclusively for younger guests and the recently launched Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Roof Walk and Zip Line experiences.

TEA Digital launches The Themed Entertainment

Association (TEA) has launched TEA Digital to use the

platforms and online channels to support its membership with education, professional development, discussion and networking. The program will support online discussion threads, webinars, watch parties, virtual mixers and more – including an online job fair.

Additionally, Yas Waterworld is home to state-of- the-art experiences including six one-of-a-kind rides such as Dawamma, the world’s largest six-person tornado water coaster, Cinesplash, the 5D cinematic

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The custom design theming additionally contributes very positively to the overall experience, and tells the story of an old abandoned Saw-mill deep in the woods. On a good day you can easily see all the way to the beach and the ocean from the top of the lift, so perhaps the view contributes to the popularity as well!

On the other hand, at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, we have the spinning coaster; The Riddler Revolution, the flying theatre experience Green Lantern: Galactic Odyssey, The Flintstones Bedrock River Adventure and the recently launched Dynamite Gulch Mining Co. for youngsters and adults alike. Finally, CLYMB Abu Dhabi houses two record- breaking attractions; the indoor skydiving flight chamber, and the indoor climbing wall, otherwise known as The SUMMYT. These two incredible experiences each earned a Guinness World Record earlier this year.

recently opened attraction, Fabula as well as three different journeys through the magical Syymbolica: Palace of Fantasy.

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Alongside this, users can get Efteling tips from Efteling employees, behind-the-scenes access and sneak peaks of the new double family roller coaster,Max &Moritz.

Pia Adlivankin, CEO,

Linnanmäki Amusement Park: During this exceptional time we want to keep our guests close and still offer them fun and joy with amusement park -like

Julie Dalton, Gulliver’s Theme Park Resorts, UK It’s a close contender for the most popular ride at our newest park, Gulliver’s Valley, in South Yorkshire. Water rides are always a hit and Apache Falls is no exception, taking families in their own private boat on a thrilling western rapids ride, with surprise splashes guaranteeing a laugh around every corner. The Gyrosaur is also a popular choice, surrounded by animatronic dinosaurs and spinning riders 360 degrees. It’s aimed at older visitors, so not all of our audience can ride this – but it’s something for our younger guests to aspire to on a future visit!

experiences through our multiple channels. For children who are being homeschooled right now, we offer joy in thhe form of free-of-charge learning materials on our website related to Linnanmäki Amusement Park and also current topics such as learning media skills.

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Across our popular social media channels we offer amusing content such as many quizzes, fun things to do, challenges and funny contests to keep the younger-ones entertained. Also, Linnanmäki has enchanting material throughout its 70-year-old history, so we have brought photographs from our archives to our social mediaa cchhaannnneels for people to marvel and to refresh their good amusement park memories.

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In addition, this spring we will launch our very own amusement park boardgame, featuring a range of fun tasks that will challenge their intellect. This game will enable our guests to enjoy Linnanmäki Amusement Park while at home.

Smurfs theme park re-opens in China After a long period of closure, Smurfs theme park ‘Dream City’ in China has opened its doors again for the public. One of the main attractions is Lagotronics Project’s recently installed GameChanger dark ride, ‘Swamp Adventure’,

which is completely themed in Smurfs style.

Clark Kirby, Warner Bros. Movie World, Australia As the tallest, longest and fastest HyperCoaster in the Southern Hemisphere, the DC Rivals HyperCoaster is the most popular attraction at Movie World. The DC Rivals HyperCoaster takes guests on a thrilling ride where they experience speeds of up to 115km/h as they navigate the 1.4km long track. The ride features an array of different

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experiences including a non-inverted loop, a menacing 89 degree drop from the height of 61.6metres, plus the back two seats are reversed providing guests with the opportunity to do it backwards. The ride is also themed around the most iconic rivalries in the DC Universe including the Batman and Joker.

Suzanne Smagala-Potts, public relationsmanager, Ripley Entertainment:With so many families staying at home and looking for ways to keep their children

entertainned, we have created a way for our guests to engage with Ripley’s virtually.

Ripley’s Aquariums at Home and Outside the

“Symbolica: the Palace of Fantasy, is our most popular ride featuring the magical jester Pardoes and it is the first attraction to feature him as the star of the show. It is our most innovative dark ride, a classic where nothing is quite as it seems and new wonders greet guests at every corner. Stepping on board six-seater trackless vehicles, passengers are invited to rediscover their imagination with three different tours, all of which are 360 themed lasting seven minutes each. It’s a great ride for families to enjoy together, there’s so much to see, you have to do it again and again!”

Odditorium can be used as hubs for a schedule of live Facebook events, downloadable educational materials, arts-and-crafts, and more.

Coen Bertens, Efteling, Netherlands

Be sure to follow us to tune in for events like Story Time Live!, Champs & Chumps with Dustyn, and even live readings ofMoby Dick… on toilet paper!

These sites will be continuously updated with additional lesson plans and activities throughout the week.

Following advice from health officials to practice social distancing, our Ripley’s Believe It or Not! attractions and Ripley’s Aquariums are temporarily closed, but we are thankful for the opportunity to deliver free, family-friendly entertainment and educational Ripley’s programs directly to your homes.

Covid-19: IAAPAprovidesadditional resources Visitors to the IAAPAMember Resource Center can learn more about the support in their region and take advantage of free IAAPA resources, including Covid-19 webinars, a Crisis Communications Plan Template, the IAAPA Security Advisory Program, Covid-19 Educational Series and more.

Sky Voyager is Dreamworld’s newest and most popular attraction, offering a unique, family-friendly experience unlike any other in the Southern Hemisphere. This indoor flying cinema attraction offers a multi-sensory experience, including special effects such as wind, sound, light, must and scents, with the opportunity to showcase various films, each offering a new and unforgettable experience. At Dreamworld, guests can currently travel across the USA with no passport required, plus soar over incredible Australian landscapes, all in the same day. Dreamworld looks forward to continuing to introduce new and exciting films that will continue to transform the Sky Voyager experience for the park’s guests!

TessaMaessen, Communications Manager, Toverland:We keep our guests entertained through our social media channels.We share our park shows and on ride videos of our main

attractions.We also provide games to play at home and ask our followers to share their best Toverland memories with us.


Karla Judge, Dreamworld, Australia


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