October 2015

Splash Decision

The October edition of Funworld highlights how Pennsylvania's Camelback ski resort is using the combined attractions of the Camelback Lodge and Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark to strengthen its year-round appeal. In Europe, Slagharen Theme Park & Resort has similar ambitions for its new Aqua Mexicana indoor/outdoor water park. 

September 2015

Gröna Lund’s Best Nightmares

In the September edition of Funworld, ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus reveals that the new “Mamma Mia! The Party!” themed restaurant show is coming to Gröna Lund in 2016. This year, the Swedish amusement park unveiled a new attraction that is scaring and delighting visitors in equal measure. Funworld Extra finds out more.

August 2015

Summer Hits

As the August 2015 edition of Funworld celebrates the year’s new rides and attractions, Funworld Extra highlights new projects at Scandinavia’s summer parks. 

July 2015

Super-Powered SuperPark

The July 2015 edition of Funworld profiles Level 257, Namco’s new Pac-Man-inspired family entertainment centre (FEC) in Chicago’s suburbs. In Europe, SuperPark is one of the rising stars in the FEC sector. SuperPark CEO Juha Tanskanen shares the thinking behind the fast-growing Finnish group.

June 2015
Braking News

In these days of increasing automation and driverless vehicles, there are amusement parks in Europe that still use an old-fashioned, hands-on solution to keep their retro roller coasters on track. Here, Funworld Extra highlights two parks that are keeping the tradition of onboard brake operators alive. 

Funworld’s May issue focuses on the future of the attractions industry as it asks IAAPA members worldwide where they think the business is going by 2020. Here, Funworld Extra—Europe Edition continues the conversation with Roland Mack, owner of Europa-Park in Rust, Germany; Mark Fisher, chief development officer at Merlin Entertainments PLC;, and Miikka Seppälä, chief executive of Särkänniemi Adventure Park in Tampere, Finland.

Funworld’s April edition shows how Parks & Resorts Scandinavia’s owners are saving money to spend on the sexiest attractions possible. Now Funworld Extra focuses on another Scandinavian success story. Håkon Lund, CEO of Kongeparken in Norway, explains why the park opted for a wholesome, farming attraction rooted in the region’s history.

March 2015
Fear Should Be Fun

This month's article focuses on how to keep guests and employees safe during a Halloween event. Haunted attractions are proving so popular, we asked designer Steven Putzeys, who worked on Walibi Belgium’s event in 2014, about his thoughts on Halloween and trends in haunted fun.

February 2015

Here is a look at how Halloween is growing at a handful of European parks, and what safety measures they’ve put in place as a result. 

January 2015

With the Universeum located right next door to Liseberg in the center of Gothenburg, collaboration with the amusement park is one of the ways Universeum has expanded its audience, becoming “Scandinavia’s most visited science centre by far,” says Universeum CEO Carina Halvord.

November 2014
European Executive Roundtable: How do you handle peak attendance days?

Owners and managers from Liseberg (Sweden), PortAventura (Spain), Walibi World and Heineken Experience (The Netherlands) explain how they handle days with extremely high demand in visiting their facility. Learn more on how they set capacity limits and how they try to find a balance with guest satisfaction.

October 2014
Homegrown IPs

Following on from our September story, which looked at a theme park (Drayton Manor) that brought in an outside IP, Funworld Extra focuses on two European parks that have developed IPs internally.

September 2014
Steam Ahead

Drayton Manor Park CEO Colin Bryan reveals the story behind Thomas Land and his plans to expand the themed area for Thomas’s 70th—and the park’s 65th—birthday in 2015August 2014.

August 2014
Danish Debuts

From Viking adventures, to friendly ghosts and record-breaking flumes, Funworld Extra finds innovation in Denmark this year.

July 2014
The Millionaire Clown

The July 2014 edition of Funworld profiled family entertainment center (FEC) operators from across Europe. Now 28-year-old British FEC entrepreneur James Sinclair, who is writing a book called “The Millionaire Clown,” shares his business story.