Zoos & Attractions: Not If, But How?

This article is written by Timo van Boekel and his vision about hybrid zoos: “There has been a lot of discussion about the idea for a rollercoaster at Wildlands Adventure Zoo Emmen in the Netherlands lately. The main subject in this discussion was about the use of attractions within an environment with living animals. However, the combination between animals and attractions is already well known … Continue reading Zoos & Attractions: Not If, But How?

Minor presentation at Europa-Park

After months of hard work is was time to go back to Europa-Park and show them our findings. 16 students divided over three project groups have worked on a loyalty program, a new themed area and improving the communication tools for the Dutch market. The students left Monday morning to drive to Rust. After the check-in we had a backstage tour. During this tour we … Continue reading Minor presentation at Europa-Park

Phantasialand Wintertraum coming up!

The past 2 years, all Attractions & Theme Park Management students and alumni have organised an unofficial fieldtrip to Phantasialand and its great winter theme: Wintertraum. Each year, it is organised on a day in December. This unofficial fieldtrip is meant to bring all students with a heart for attractions and theme parks together. This year, it seems like there are even more students joining the … Continue reading Phantasialand Wintertraum coming up!

Minor: Storytelling and Consumer Experiences

One of the minors that is offered at the Academy for Leisure is “Storytelling and Consumer Experiences”. In this article I will explain the content and the current projects that we are doing. Changes Since the start of this academic year there were many changes throughout the entire NHTV regarding minors and graduating. The minors changed in length which make it easier to do, for … Continue reading Minor: Storytelling and Consumer Experiences

Plog #2 • Dierenrijk

In today’s plog we have Dierenrijk. Me (Lana), my sister and Mandy visited this zoo during the autumn break. Dierenrijk is a relative new zoo (it opened in 2004) and focuses most on children. This zoo is located in Mierlo near Eindhoven and has around 60 different animal species. The zoo’s slogan is “De kinderdierentuin” (“the child zoo”) and this can be seen throughout the whole … Continue reading Plog #2 • Dierenrijk

The Harry Potter Expo

Harry Potter has been – and still is – an incredibly successful media series. Millions of readers and movie goers have enjoyed the story of the young wizard. New books have been published this year and with a movie coming out this fall, the world of wizards has not yet lost its magic. Children and adults alike have immersed themselves in the content. Recently an … Continue reading The Harry Potter Expo

Operations Management: Toverland

Toverland, a mid-sized theme park in the South of the Netherlands, is our commissioner for the first project of this academic year. It celebrates its 15th birthday this year. The Magic Valley is the newest area, being introduced in 2013, which adds another dimension of magic to the park. The key attraction here is Djengu River, a water attraction seen regularly in other parks but … Continue reading Operations Management: Toverland

ATPM on Tour: Pairi Daiza

ATPM on Tour continues. After hearing and reading wonderful reviews about Pairi Daiza I thought it was time to visit the park. Pairi Daiza is a zoo located in the South of Belgium. The zoo offers eight themed areas which each hosts animals specific for that area. They open new- and are improving older exhibits every year. The zoo is expanding rapidly with 635.000 in … Continue reading ATPM on Tour: Pairi Daiza