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?
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
What do you get if you combine ATPM students with winter an a theme park visit? The annual trip to Phantasialand WinterTraum! 29 ATPM students from all academic years went together with a bunch of alumni to Phantasialand last Friday. This event took place for already the third time. The perfect way to end the first half of this academic year! You can see … Continue reading Phantasialand WinterTraum
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!
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
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
Projects barely started when we went for a trip in the third week of Attractions & Theme Park Management. The group of ATPM students was almost complete with over 50 people from all academic years. On Monday all of us checked in at hotel Aurapark Sud in Barcelona, where we stayed for the rest of the trip. Students could decide themselves to fly earlier and … Continue reading Euro Attractions Show 2016
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
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 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