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South Korea’s integrated Paradise City resort will reopen two key attractions next month, more than a year after closing both due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Operator Paradise Co said on Wednesday that the European-inspired art spa CIMER and the indoor Wonderbox theme park will both reopen on July 16, after undergoing a renovation when they were forced to close in the event of a pandemic.

The two will also be hosting special preview events at each attraction later this month with a capacity limited to 50%.

CIMER is described by Paradise as a “European-inspired art spa giving a new twist to Korea’s jjimjilbang culture, entertaining its guests with weekly poolside parties and themed facilities.”

Wonderbox indoor theme park.

Wonderbox is an indoor family-friendly amusement park built on the concept of a nightlife fair, offering rides and shows.

“Amid the growing anticipation of travel due to the expansion of COVID-19 vaccination, the reopening of ‘Cimer’ and ‘Wonderbox’ will be a signal to seriously target demand for domestic travel,” a representative said. from Paradise.

“We will do everything we can to ensure safety and so that people can have fun with confidence.”

Paradise Co – which also operates Paradise Walkerhill in Seoul, Busan Casino and Jeju Grand – recently reported a loss of KRW18.20 (US $ 16.1 million) in 1Q21, following a fiscal 2020 loss of KRW 109, 85 billion (US $ 98.4 million) to the impact of the pandemic on international visits.

Paradise City is 55% owned by Paradise Co and 45% owned by Japanese company Sega Sammy Holdings, the latter currently part of a consortium alongside Genting Singapore and others aiming to develop an integrated resort in Yokohama, Japan.

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Toshimaen rides, attractions continue in amusement parks nationwide https://tune-yokohama.com/toshimaen-rides-attractions-continue-in-amusement-parks-nationwide/ https://tune-yokohama.com/toshimaen-rides-attractions-continue-in-amusement-parks-nationwide/#respond Sun, 23 May 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://tune-yokohama.com/toshimaen-rides-attractions-continue-in-amusement-parks-nationwide/

The historic Tokyo Toshimaen Amusement Park may have closed for good, but its rides and attractions endure in theme parks across Japan, which acquired them after they were sold.

Toshimaen, who pioneered large recreation facilities in Japan, completed his 94-year run in Tokyo’s Nerima district in August 2020.

In March of this year, Sendai’s Yagiyama Benyland hosted Toshimaen’s yellow-painted Corkscrew roller coaster, an American double-loop thrill ride.

Yagiyama Benyland had introduced a corkscrew in 1980. But the one from Toshimaen offers better safety and usability as it was updated in the early 1990s.

“It would be such a waste if he was eliminated. We also wanted to resume the legendary Toshimaen ride,” said the director of Yagiyama Benyland, Mitsuyuki Yagi, explaining why he decided to buy the attraction.

Benyland’s first corkscrew has since found a new home at an amusement park in Hokkaido.

Part of the great wooden maze of Toshimaen, used in the park for four years before it closed, was again in action at the Lina World amusement park in Kaminoyama, Yamagata prefecture on April 29.

The park is considering renaming it and said it will ask the public for suggestions.

Because the attraction is still new, it has been split into two parts, half of which moved to Lina World and the other half to Nasukogen Rindoko Family Bokujo Park in Tochigi Prefecture.

The labyrinth of Lina World is 12 meters wide, 14 meters deep and 9 meters high.

Getting out of it, said a park official, “requires intelligence and energy. Even adults should be prepared to spend 20 minutes to reach the goal at the top.”

The park has also transferred owned three attractions at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, according to Seibu Railway Co., a subsidiary of which ran Toshimaen.

The company added that it plans to find other park operators willing to take over Toshimaen’s iconic El Dorado carousel, one of the world’s oldest rides, and its most popular attraction, the Cyclone roller coaster and d ‘other facilities.

(This article was written by Hideaki Ishibashi, editor, and Norikazu Miyake.)

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Hakkeijima sea paradise in Yokohama is known to be an ideal attraction for children. The park is divided into two main areas: the amusement area called Pleasure Land and Aqua Resorts, which is an aquarium home to around 120,000 sea creatures including dolphins, penguins and sharks. It also has its own hotel, shopping mall, and plenty of restaurants, so it’s a great family day trip from Tokyo.

Photo: Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

Pleasure Land is undergoing a big expansion with Shita’s Dream Island, a brand new area inspired by the mascot of Shita-kun Park. This new area will have two new attractions: the Bubble Shooting and the Butterfrider. The Bubble Shooting is a shooting range with water guns, while the Butterfrider, as you can probably guess, is designed to look like butterflies in flight. The merry-go-round has pedals in each compartment, which take you up and down as it spins.

In addition to Bubble Shooting and Butterfrider, you can also expect Flight Eagle in the main area of ​​Pleasure Land; it’s a bird-shaped ride that takes you 10 meters above the ground.

All of these three attractions were popular rides at Tokyo’s beloved Toshimaen amusement park, which closed last year to make way for the new Harry Potter Themed Warner Bros Studios Tour. The rides have all been redesigned and will open at Hakkeijima Sea Paradise on Tuesday, April 27.

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That’s not all. Bay Market, the park’s souvenir shopping area, also has its own indoor game center on the second floor. Called Western Game House, it features 12 different American Carnival-style games, which cost around 200-500 each.

If you plan to visit during Golden week, we recommend that you book your tickets in advance to avoid the queue on the site.

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Driving concerts, attractions highlight fun despite the virus https://tune-yokohama.com/driving-concerts-attractions-highlight-fun-despite-the-virus/ https://tune-yokohama.com/driving-concerts-attractions-highlight-fun-despite-the-virus/#respond Sat, 05 Sep 2020 07:00:00 +0000 https://tune-yokohama.com/driving-concerts-attractions-highlight-fun-despite-the-virus/

When the DJ called spectators at a recent event near Tokyo, the response was more visible than audible – with a few car horns, a snap of blinkers and hazard lights, and the flash of pens behind the windows. of the car.

Welcome to the world of the drive-in concert, one of the ways entertainment involving large crowds adapts to the coronavirus pandemic.

Photo provided shows fireworks set off during the final of the two-day drive-through music festival in Chiba Prefecture on August 23, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Afro & Co.) (Kyodo)

The event at the end of last month on the outskirts of Nagara City in Chiba Prefecture was hosted by a party maker with experience of pioneering avant-garde gatherings and was one of the biggest concerts drive -in never organized in Japan.

Riichiro Nakama, popularly known as Afromance, said he started thinking about the event as early as mid-March, when the impact of the pandemic on the arts and entertainment began to be felt.

“I heard news every day of events canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus, and I wanted to give artists and fans a place to perform,” said the CEO of Afro. & Cie Inc.

“Are everyone having fun! One of the DJs asked, leading the audience up to the parking lot of Longwood Station, normally a movie set and event venue.

Music exploded from a pop-up scene, but a dedicated FM radio wave was also available to plug into the car’s interior.

In an instant, the parking lot transformed into a club music stage, filled with lights and special stage effects. Fireworks were set off during the final of the two-day festival, where some 220 cars and around 550 participants came.

Photo provided shows spectators watching a concert at a music festival drive in Chiba Prefecture on August 23, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Afro & Co.) (Kyodo)

“The idea (of this drive-in concert) is not to think that you have to accept the fact of being stuck in a car, but that it is fun precisely because you are in a car”, a declared Afromance, 35.

The pioneer of events such as the ‘Bathtub Cinema’ where guests watch movies on the big screen while bathing in private tubs and ‘Maguro House’, which combines a tuna net show and house music, has said he hopes above all that people “will have a great experience.”

A music festival is “not just listening to music, but going out to experience the vibe of a festival live,” he said.

Not everyone was in their car all the time, but the space was defined by social distancing. A voiceover reminded the audience to wear face masks outside their cars, use hazard lights rather than cheering, and use the LINE messaging app to check if the washrooms are crowded.

Before entering the concert hall, the organizers carried out temperature checks and guided people to their respective parking spaces. Drivers were asked to turn off their engines and keep their distance from other cars.

A drive-in music festival pictured in Chiba Prefecture on August 22, 2020 (Kyodo)

After the festival started around 6 p.m., participants got in and out of their cars, standing or dancing outside their vehicles in a designated area, away from other cars.

“Usually in music festivals we are so close to each other, but here there is distance and yet I can feel a festival. It is a whole new experience to enjoy a festival”, 40-year-old Yuya Yanagita said. -old seller.

Another participant, Osamu Sakai, 42, felt he had the best of both worlds. “I could get out of the car in the cleared space and move around, and when I was tired I could just go back to my car.”

Participants receive a Spotify playlist in advance, and to minimize contact with staff, food can be ordered through the LINE app. Staff on roller skates delivered from stalls serving light meals and drinks. At night, their roller skates light up, as if to blend in with the colorful lights of the stage.

In a subsequent email interview, Shinichi Osawa, a musician and DJ who is part of the Mondo Grosso Project, described his performance as the “most physical” he has had since the coronavirus ended. many of his public performances and other events.

Echoing his sentiments, music producer and DJ Taku Takahashi of block.fm. Takahashi, who is also part of the famous Japanese trio “m-flo”, wrote in a separate interview: “I reaffirmed how great it is to perform – in any form – in front of an audience.”

As challenges such as profitability loom, Afromance, which has shared its know-how beyond Tokyo in organizing such events, sees promising prospects for drive-thru concerts and hopes to inspire others to follow suit. not.

“People can personalize the way they enjoy a music festival like never before,” he said. “I hope this could be a movement for people (in our industry) to look to the future.”

Cast members acting as “ghosts” crowd into car windows during a haunted house drive-through protest at a garage in Tokyo’s Minato district on August 18, 2020 (Kyodo)

Just as music festivals are a summer staple in Japan and elsewhere, so are spooky ghost themes. With virus and social distancing guidelines restricting traditional haunted house operations, a Tokyo-based company producing horror entertainment has come up with a creative twist: what it touts as the world’s first haunted house.

“Since you are in a car, there is no way out. It makes the whole setup even scarier,” said Daichi Ono, a Kowagarasetai staff member, which pretty much means a “scary squad”. .

Ono explained that based on current social distancing guidelines, “ghosts” must wear masks and be more than 2 meters from customers and visitors cannot shout – which would seem to a large extent to thwart the purpose of being afraid in a haunted house.

Cast members acting as “ghosts” lean against the car windows during a haunted house drive demo at a garage in Tokyo’s Minato district on August 18, 2020 (Kyodo)

Since they started providing entertainment in July, 40 to 50 groups have come. The attraction costs 8,000 yen per car for those bringing their own vehicle and 9,000 yen for those wishing to borrow a four-seater.

Demand is high and many are on the waiting list. Ono said: “Many visitors told us it was more terrifying.”

Rather than feeling safe in a car, people are starting to find the confined space oppressive, he said, separated from the “horrors” by just one window.

The location of the show – in a dark and secretive “garage” in Tokyo’s Minato district – is not revealed until a reservation is confirmed.

Once the visitor stops the car and turns off the engine in dark, ominous darkness, a voice begins to tell a horrific story that happened in a garage.

The terror is amplified by the sounds of someone banging on the car as well as a “ghost” or “zombie” suddenly appearing in the side window or in front of the windshield for nearly 20 minutes of spectacle.

“As long as there is a car, we can do it anywhere. That’s our strong point,” said Ono.

An actor cleans a car covered in “fake” blood during a haunted house driving demonstration at a garage in Tokyo’s Minato district on August 18, 2020. (Kyodo)

The pandemic also spurred a revival of drive-ins that were popular in Japan in the 1990s until they eventually died out in part due to an increase in movie complexes.

Do it Theater reopened drive-ins in 2014, several years before the pandemic, but the virus had given more momentum.

“With less entertainment since April, we wanted to provide a place where everyone can have fun and take a break,” said Daichi Ito, CEO of Do it Theater.


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Global attractions industry responds to coronavirus outbreak https://tune-yokohama.com/global-attractions-industry-responds-to-coronavirus-outbreak/ https://tune-yokohama.com/global-attractions-industry-responds-to-coronavirus-outbreak/#respond Fri, 21 Feb 2020 08:00:00 +0000 https://tune-yokohama.com/global-attractions-industry-responds-to-coronavirus-outbreak/

by Joe Kleiman, Editor-in-Chief of InPark News

ABOVE: Tokyo, host city of the 2020 Summer Olympics. Courtesy of the International Olympic Committee.

International travel restrictions

As mainland China prepared to celebrate its New Year, a deadly virus began to spread throughout the country. The attractions and tourism industry was immediately hit [see InPark online article “China’s attraction industry feels impact of viral outbreak”]. One response has been to shut down all public spaces where crowds congregate, including theme parks, zoos, aquariums, museums and other attractions. It remains to be seen how things will develop operationally and financially in the longer term.

Shortly after the Chinese tourism industry shut down, the World Health Organization announced a name for the novel coronavirus outbreak – COVID-19. A number of countries have imposed travel restrictions on China, with the US State Department raising its travel advisory level to its highest level on February 2 – “Do not travel”.

As a precaution, a number of international conferences, festivals and sporting events planned in China, Macau and Hong Kong have been postponed, canceled or moved to other countries, including the Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. , the PGA Tour China, Art Basil Hong Kong, Hong Kong International Film Festival and Beijing Attractions Expo of the China Amusement Park Association.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has moved a boxing qualifying event for the Olympic Games from Tokyo to Amman, Jordan. The event was originally scheduled to take place in Wuhan, China, believed to be the source of COVID-19. The IOC is also monitoring the virus and its potential impact on the next two Olympic Games, Tokyo in 2020 and Beijing in 2022.

In addition to those from mainland China, travel restrictions have also been imposed by a number of countries on visitors to the autonomous regions of Macau and Hong Kong, with Taiwan instituting a travel ban on arrivals from the three territories. At midnight on February 20, exactly the same time a mandatory 15-day closure of its casinos was lifted, Macau instituted a mandatory quarantine at two newly operational facilities for visitors to areas infected with COVID-19. In Hong Kong, the border with mainland China remains open, although all passers-by are subject to a 14-day quarantine. In a recent development, the Walt Disney Company agreed that vacant land adjacent to the Hong Kong Disneyland theme park be used for the construction of new quarantine facilities. Disney has determined that the long-term closure of its parks in Hong Kong and Shanghai will result in a loss of $ 320 million for the current quarter.

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Diamond Princess in Yokohama. Courtesy of Princess Cruises.

Near Tokyo, the Diamond Princess cruise ship, owned by Carnival Society was quarantined at the port of Yokohama due to an outbreak of COVID-19 on board. The situation was closely covered by the mainstream press. There are concerns about what an outbreak in Japan could mean not only for residents of the country, but for athletes and guests competing in the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, which are slated to begin in July. With a cost of over $ 25 billion, the economic impact of the Games is also threatened.

Elsewhere within the cruise community, World Dream, operated by Dream Cruises, a subsidiary of Genting Resorts World, underwent a four-day quarantine in the port of Hong Kong after three former passengers tested positive for the virus. . Holland America’s Westerdam ship, which left Hong Kong on February 1, docked in Cambodia after being turned away from ports in Thailand, the Philippines, Japan and Taiwan.

In light of recent incidents on cruise ships, the International Association of Cruise Lines (CLIA), which represents twenty-seven of the world’s largest cruise lines, has issued the following guidelines:

CLIA Members must deny boarding to all persons who have traveled, visited or transited through airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days of boarding.

• CLIA members should deny boarding to all persons who, in the 14 days prior to boarding, have been in close contact with, or assisted in treating, anyone suspected or diagnosed as having COVID-19. , or who is currently under medical surveillance for possible exposure to COVID-19.

• CLIA members must complete the pre-boarding checks necessary to implement these preventive measures. Reinforced screening and initial medical support should be provided, as needed, to anyone with symptoms of suspected COVID-19.

Theme parks and international attractions

Various international parks and attractions, particularly in Asia, have put in place a number of different approaches to deal with COVID-19 threats. In Japan, the Oriental Land Company’s Tokyo Disney Resort has required cast members to wear face masks since late January. At Resorts World Sentosa, headquarters of Universal Studios Singapore, a casino employee tested positive for the virus in early February. Since then, the resort has implemented a number of precautionary measures, including increased sanitation, thermal monitoring of guests at casino and attraction entrances, and temperature monitoring of every resort employee at least once a day. day.

Although not all countries or international parks are directly affected by the COVID-19 virus, the impact is visible on the fiscal front, with a sharp decrease in visits from Chinese travelers. malay The Association of Amusement Theme Park & ​​Family Attractions (MAATFA) reports that attendance at its member attraction is down 80% for the first twenty days of February.

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) has made resources on the coronavirus available to its members, including a webinar on COVID-19 protocols for tourist attractions. The association will decide in March whether it will organize the IAAPA Expo Asia, scheduled for Macau in June, or change location.

Disney Executives and Shendi meet with TEA Executives at TEA SATE Asia 2019 – Shanghai. Courtesy tea.

The Theme entertainment association (TEA), which has many members based and working in China and across the Asia-Pacific region, is also closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. In a prepared statement, International Board Chairman Michael Blau and COO Jennie Nevin said:

Together with the TEA International Board of Directors and TEA Headquarters staff, we are working to determine how TEA – as an international membership association – can best meet and serve the needs of members and the organization. industry as the situation continues to unfold. We stay up to date on information shared by the World Health Organization. We are in regular communication with our leaders and members around the world. We are committed to responding appropriately and sharing relevant information in a timely manner.

Over the next few weeks and months, we will continue to facilitate networking and dialogue as much as possible, in a safe and accessible manner. During this difficult time, fostering communication between member companies and preserving the networking opportunities, international goodwill and collaborative team spirit that are at the heart of TEA’s culture and mission will help strengthen TEA’s culture and mission. strength of our global business community.

Hainan reopens

Among the first governments to declare a health emergency is the island province of Hainan. On February 20, China Duty Free Group (CDF) reopened its luxury duty-free stores in Hainan, including its flagship CDF Mall (above), the world’s largest duty-free store. At the same time, the shops, restaurants and hotels of the Atlantis Sanya Resort have reopened, although the resort’s water park, aquarium and dolphinarium remain closed.

While the COVID-19 outbreak will have long-term implications for the Chinese and global economies, especially in the tourism sector, it will also have short- and long-term ramifications for the operation of attractions. Just as the response to the events of September 11, 2001 permanently altered the transportation landscape and instituted new safety measures for the global attractions industry, we will begin to see a reassessment of how we approach public health in the world. long-term tourism environments. .

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As the government launches an aggressive plan to contain and defeat the coronavirus before the summer, China has announced the temporary closure of most of its tourist attractions in the country. The Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Potala Palace are among the attractions that are closed, and as Chinese tourists have been urged by their government to stay at home, destinations popular among this demographic like Japan, Australia and Thailand are also feeling the sting.

The World Health Organization also reported that it is still too early to confirm whether the coronavirus – which has affected more than 28,200 people worldwide and killed 563 in China, one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines – reached its peak. However, the WHO reported that Wednesday (February 5) was the first day that the total number of new cases in China declined.

“There has been a steady increase in cases in China’s Hubei province, but we haven’t seen the same acceleration in provinces outside of Hubei,” WHO spokesperson Mike Ryan said.

In Hubei province, the death of ophthalmologist Li Wenliang sparked public outcry. Li allegedly tried to issue a warning about potential viruses occurring in a Chinese province to spread uncontrollably. According to numerous media reports, in early January he was summoned by both medical officials and police and forced to sign a statement denouncing his warning as an unfounded and illegal rumor.

“[Dr Li] had the misfortune of being infected during the fight against the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic, and all efforts to save him failed, ”Wuhan City Central Hospital said on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo, the Chinese social media service. “We express our deepest regrets and condolences.”

As for the cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama, the Diamond Princess is expected to be held for two weeks in port, preventing the 3,700 people on board from disembarking and spreading the virus. Sky News reports that many passengers have been consigned to their cabins, with one passenger likening the experience to a ‘floating prison’ – small groups of passengers are allowed access to a controlled deck area for some sun, fresh air and exercise, but are not allowed to gather in groups or come within three feet of each other.

At the time of writing, a total of 61 passengers have been diagnosed with coronavirus.

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In an effort to attract more American tourists, Japan touts New York travel show attractions https://tune-yokohama.com/in-an-effort-to-attract-more-american-tourists-japan-touts-new-york-travel-show-attractions/ https://tune-yokohama.com/in-an-effort-to-attract-more-american-tourists-japan-touts-new-york-travel-show-attractions/#respond Sat, 25 Jan 2020 08:00:00 +0000 https://tune-yokohama.com/in-an-effort-to-attract-more-american-tourists-japan-touts-new-york-travel-show-attractions/

Japanese travel agencies and local governments gathered at the New York Times Travel Show on Friday in hopes of attracting more American tourists to the country ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

However, the rapid spread of a new coronavirus which is believed to originate from the central city of Wuhan in China is a major concern, with some expressing concern that the disease could discourage travelers to Asia.

Kanagawa Prefecture and its prefectural capital Yokohama were one of the exhibitors attending the annual show for the first time.

The port city hopes to attract tourists before and during the Olympics, as some sporting events such as football and baseball will take place there.

“America is probably the next China, it’s a huge market for Japan,” said Toshikazu Yazawa, a representative of the National Tourism Organization of Japan in charge of the city.

Yokohama will offer two locations for non-ticket holders to watch the Olympic competitions live.

Nagano Prefecture was another exhibitor to promote its region to American tourists.

The prefecture, which hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics, is known for its ski resorts and macaques that bathe in their own hot spring bath.

“Last year we had 40,000 American tourists,” said Yu Yamagishi, JNTO director in charge of Nagano Prefecture. “Most of them visited the snow monkeys and went skiing. We are therefore promoting the winter season.

Yamagishi said the prefecture hopes to attract 2 million foreign tourists this year. To hit the target, Nagano is shifting its focus from Asian consumers to North American and European tourists.

At the travel fair, Tobu Railway Co. highlighted the attractiveness of two major tourist sites – Nikko, known for its nature and Shinto shrine, and only two hours from central Tokyo, and Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower. broadcasting from the world.

JNTO says that while the Japanese government is taking action against the spread of the coronavirus, such as analyzing the temperature of passengers at airports, local governments and businesses have yet to take specific action to keep the virus away. .

According to the JNTO, the total number of foreign visitors to Japan was around 31.88 million in 2019, up slightly from 31.19 million the previous year, while the number of American tourists increased by 13 % to hit a record 1.72 million.

The three-day travel fair is one of the largest trade and consumer conventions in North America.

Last year, the number of participating companies and organizations reached a record 747 representing 176 countries.

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Upcoming attractions: 2019 Thai Motor Expo shows what’s coming to PH https://tune-yokohama.com/upcoming-attractions-2019-thai-motor-expo-shows-whats-coming-to-ph/ https://tune-yokohama.com/upcoming-attractions-2019-thai-motor-expo-shows-whats-coming-to-ph/#respond Tue, 03 Dec 2019 08:00:00 +0000 https://tune-yokohama.com/upcoming-attractions-2019-thai-motor-expo-shows-whats-coming-to-ph/

There really are several kinds of auto shows.

There are auto shows that can range from a local gathering of enthusiasts or even a larger auto show type event involving aftermarket stores or businesses. There are also big auto shows that involve big industry players like you will find in Detroit, Geneva, Paris, Frankfurt or Tokyo. These Big Five auto shows are exhibition type trade events where you would typically see the debuts of futuristic concept cars or brand new global models.

There is, however, a huge gap between the two. And that’s where you’ll find something like the Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS), the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), or the one we visited recently: the Thailand International Motor Expo just outside of Bangkok.

Auto shows and exhibitions in Thailand are unique in the global auto show circuit as they “sell shows” versus purely on display events such as the Big Five. The UFI-approved Thailand International Motor Expo is now in its 36th year and is proud to contribute significantly to the country’s auto sales volume to the tune of over THB 50 billion (approximately THB 1.65 billion). dollars). One lucky car buyer among the estimated 50,000 customers will even have a chance to win a brand new Mini Countryman.

This year’s Motor Expo saw virtually no concept cars, at least for the futuristic type. Automakers have decided to sell hard this year by presenting their latest offerings to car buyers. They practically pledged to support sales to end the year on a positive note despite a slowdown in the third quarter of 2019.

With some of the new models launching a few weeks or days before the show, potential buyers would have had ample time to prepare and have their checkbooks ready.

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Headlining this year’s event are small cars such as the Honda City which debuted on November 25. The new City has a newly defined look and comes with a variety of improvements over previous generations, such as a 1.0-liter VTEC Turbo engine.

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Mitsubishi introduced the revised Mirage and Attrage; the latter being the Thai name of the model we call the Mirage G4. While there haven’t been any major mechanical changes, these new Mitsubishi now have the signature Dynamic Shield look, albeit in an eco-car package.

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Nissan was also in force with the Almera as they looked to replace the model they had been selling for most of this decade. All of these models were launched recently and represent a major overhaul of the hotly contested “green car” segment.

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But pickup trucks will forever be the major force in the Thai automobile industry. Thailand actually manufactures almost all models for the ASEAN market as well as for several markets around the world.

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The major public launch of the show was certainly the all-new 2020 Isuzu D-Max pickup. The new model sports a very defined look, a long list of technical and technological improvements and better capabilities.

Chevrolet, Ford, MG, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota don’t want to be left out with special editions and variations of their respective pickup offerings.

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Some car manufacturers have also chosen the event as a platform to launch new products like the Porsche Cayenne Coupé, the BMW X3 M and the Volvo V60.

Organizers said this year’s event spans more than 100,000 square meters of exhibits for 34 auto brands, 26 motorcycle brands, numerous accessories companies and motorsport-related exhibitions.

Organizers hope to attract a total of 1.6 million visitors to this year’s event. Part of their intensive promotional campaign includes convenience improvements for visitors, such as shuttles from major transportation hubs and digital tickets with QR codes. Visitors to the show will also have the chance to win an MG 3 hatchback by simply purchasing an entrance ticket to the event. Visitors who download the Motor Expo app will also have the chance to win a Samsung Note 10.

To occupy the youngest, they have also created a space with activities adapted for children and introduced interactive features using digital technology. Much like the Los Angeles Auto Show we attended recently, we were very relieved to see so many cars on display.

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Auto accessories, detailing and lifestyle items are also sold in the salon. To encourage visitors to buy more, a Suzuki Celerio is raffled off for those who buy at least 3,000 baht of merchandise.

But perhaps the most significant indicator of Thailand International Motor Expo is that it shows us what are the next attractions in the Philippine market. The successor to the Honda City and the Nissan Almera is very significant, as well as the new design of the Mitsubishi Mirage models. We are also looking forward to seeing the D-Max on the roads of the Philippines as it represents a remarkable improvement over the current model in our market.

The Thailand International Motor Expo takes place until December 10 at the Impact Challenger in Muang Thong Thani.

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THE number of investment businesses and attractions in Clark Freeport continues to increase, making it the leading investment and tourism destination in the Philippines today.

In a briefing with Qatar-based media, Clark Development Corporation’s vice president of business development Eva Tejada said the number of investors and locators had increased, given Clark’s advantage.

“Clark is not just a free port. It has an international airport that serves as a positive factor. It caters to both businessmen and tourists,” Tejada said.

She said there are now 1,123 foreign and local businesses that have located their businesses and Clark.

Locators include industry leaders such as Texas Instruments, Samsung, Posco E&C, Mercedes Benz, SM Prime Holdings, and Yokohama Tires, among others.

These companies employ a total of 135,114 workers, while their real investments amount to 4.85 billion US dollars.

Clark International Airport (CRK) has also increased its number of domestic, regional and international flights. There are now 246 international flights per week to 12 destinations while domestic flights total 488 flights to 28 destinations.

CRK will also have a new passenger terminal next year that can accommodate 8 million passengers per year. This year, the number of passengers using CRK is expected to reach 4.5 million.

On the tourism side, Clark has also attracted big names in the hotel industry like Marriott and Hilton. The opening of more attractions like the Aqua Planet, a 10 hectare water theme park with 38 slides and attractions and other recreation sites have supported tourist arrivals.

Clark is also considered a Mice destination (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) with its growing number of hotel rooms, conference venues and exhibition centers.

While Clark was conferred as the Sports Tourism Laureate, he received a big boost with the construction of a 20,000-seat world-class athletics stadium and aquatic center in New Clark City.

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10 Tokyo Disneyland attractions that no longer exist https://tune-yokohama.com/10-tokyo-disneyland-attractions-that-no-longer-exist/ https://tune-yokohama.com/10-tokyo-disneyland-attractions-that-no-longer-exist/#respond Thu, 26 Sep 2019 07:00:00 +0000 https://tune-yokohama.com/10-tokyo-disneyland-attractions-that-no-longer-exist/

Tokyo Disney Resort, located in Urayasu Town, Chiba Prefecture, Japan, is home to a handful of hotels, shops, and restaurants, as well as two incredible theme parks. The first of these parks to open, Tokyo Disneyland, welcomed visitors to explore all the magic in 1983. With 36 years since its inception, the theme park has seen its fair share of changes.

Today we take a look at some of the rides, walking attractions, stage shows, and short films that once found their home in Tokyo Disneyland. For the sake of simplicity, we will not focus on parades or nightly shows. Everything else is a fair game.

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That said, it’s time to go back to the early days of this Japanese Disney destination. Here are 10 Tokyo Disneyland attractions that no longer exist.


ten Mickey Mouse Review

This animatronic-filled stage show had Mickey Mouse conducting an orchestra of Disney characters. Winnie the Pooh, Dumbo, Scrooge McDuck and other characters have played an instrument in songs like “I’m Wishing” by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” from Cinderella, and “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” by Southern Song.

It was an opening day attraction at Tokyo Disneyland in 1983, having been cloned from Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. While the show is full of happy Disney entertainment, it closed in 2009 to make way for the movie Mickey’s PhilharMagic 4D.

9 Mystery tour of Cinderella’s castle

This guided tour located inside the iconic Cinderella Castle Park was perhaps the scariest attraction Disney has ever created. Opening in 1986, guests entered the tour with a guide who briefed them on Disney’s greatest heroes. However, the Magic Mirror of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs quickly appeared and turned the paintings of the good guys into pictures of the bad guys.

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The guests were then taken on a spooky journey through the tunnels under the castle where they would eventually meet an animatronic of the horned king of The Black cauldron, who would threaten to kill the guests. However, visitors would make it out alive because good always triumphs over evil.

Today, the attraction has been replaced by a much more upbeat one known as Cinderella’s Fairytale Hall.

8 Meet the Word

This 19-minute show dived head first into Japanese culture and its impact on the rest of the world. The story was led by a young girl and boy from Yokohama as well as an animated crane.

Meet the World was set inside a revolving theater like the one used for the Progress Carousel, and the story came to life with the help of the animatronics and movie screens surrounding them.

Although Meet the World debuted alongside the park, it closed in 2002. Today, Monsters Inc. Ride & Go Seek remains in its place.

7 Star throws

Still operating at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom, this rocket attraction known in the United States as the Astro Orbiter takes guests on a cruise through the skies.

Tokyo Disneyland’s version of this speedy ride opened when the park did so in 1983. It copied the design of the Magic Kingdom and was even raised despite the lack of a PeopleMover ride to float.

While Star Jets has had a long life, it was shut down in 2017 and is set to be replaced by The Happy Ride with Baymax, a whip ride based on Great hero 6.

6 The eternal sea

This opening short film explored the relationship and connection of humans to the ocean throughout history. Along with Meet the World, it was one of the few attractions to showcase the country of Japan.

The film was screened in a room at 200 degrees like the one where Impressions de France is being played at Epcot.

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The Eternal Sea didn’t last very long, however, and was closed a year after it opened in 1994. It was replaced by Magic Journeys.

5 Magical journeys

This short-lived 3D film opened at Epcot at Disney World in 1982. It made its way to other Disney parks, including Tokyo Disneyland a few years later in 1985.

The 16-minute film explored the wonders of children’s imaginations, as viewers saw the world through children’s eyes. It also featured two songs by the Sherman brothers, who are famous for writing tunes like “It’s A Small World” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee”.

While the movie is cute, it didn’t go well and closed in 1987 to make way for Captain EO.

4 Grand Circuit circuit

This racing car attraction, known as Tomorrowland Speedway at Magic Kingdom and Autopia at Disneyland, invited guests to board their own personal cars and step on the accelerator as they made their way to the arrival.

The attraction opened at Tokyo Disneyland when the park did so in 1983 and featured an eight-shaped track. It hasn’t seen many changes during its operation and was eventually closed in 2017 to make way for a site that has yet to open. The beauty and the Beast Region.

3 Air route

This gondola attraction has been featured at Magic Kingdom and Disneyland in addition to Tokyo Disneyland, but all have been closed.

The Skyway transferred guests between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland at Tokyo Disneyland, giving them a bird’s eye view of the park.

The ride was finally closed in 1998 to make way for Pooh’s Hunny Hunt at Fantasyland Station. Tomorrowland station was then replaced by a confectionery.

2 Super Duper Jumpin ‘Time

This scenic show was presented at Westernland from 2005 to 2018. It had a host and two monkeys from The jungle Book welcome participants before inviting Mickey and his friends on stage to dance and present a puppet show.

The performances have varied over the years, with the characters first telling a story about friendship. In 2009, the show’s plot began to revolve around bad weather, and during holidays like Halloween and Christmas, the story changed as well.

Super Duper Jumpin ‘Time finally ended in 2018.

1 Disney drawing lessons

We end our line of extinct Tokyo Disneyland attractions by watching one that taught guests how to draw their favorite Disney characters.

If this sounds familiar, you may have heard of (or even tried) the now closed Animation Academy attraction at other Disney parks around the world. Disney Drawing Class was the almost identical Japanese version.

This course ran continuously for most of the day and was led by a real Disney animator. It was located in the Disney Gallery at World Bazaar, although it closed in 2016 to make way for the Bibbidi Bobbidi boutique.

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