North America Quick Takes | September/October 2021
Crystal Lagoons Island Announces Mattel Adventure Park in Arizona
Crystal Lagoons Island Resort has entered into an agreement with Mattel Inc. for a new entertainment destination slated to open in late 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. The one-of-its-kind Mattel Adventure Park will feature branded experiences like a Hot Wheels roller coaster and multiple go-karting experiences. The park will also offer a Thomas & Friends indoor theme park with a life-size Thomas the Tank Engine electric-battery-powered passenger train, immersive dining, and retail.
Crystal Lagoons Island Resort develops mixed-use resort destination venues in cities across the United States and promises more details will be forthcoming on the hotels, restaurants, and entertainment brands that will join the Mattel Adventure Park.
Warner Bros. Unveils Embellished Studio Tour in Hollywood
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood in Burbank, California, welcomed guests back for the summer with new experiences to get visitors “behind the lens” of moviemaking. The tour returned from a 15-month hiatus with new features and experiences that include a “Storytelling Showcase” and a new interactive grand finale, “Action and Magic Made Here.” The studio says the tour takes guests on a journey through its history, shows how stories are brought to life in movies, and celebrates the DC Universe and Harry Potter’s Wizarding World.
In the “Storytelling Showcase,” visitors witness the extent of Warner Bros. film, TV, and animation titles and the technological innovations over the studios’ nearly 100-year history in becoming one of the world’s largest entertainment companies. Guests get to take photographs alongside a replica of the studio’s famous water tower as they journey along an aerial tour of the studio lot. In the “Action and Magic Made Here” grand finale, guests experience the universe of DC superheroes and supervillains and go behind the scenes of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films.
They’ll also enter Batman’s secret lair and explore the all-new Batcave, where they’ll see the authentic Batmobile from Tim Burton’s original “Batman,” the Tumbler from “The Dark Knight,” and numerous other props from the superhero movies. Studio Tours cost $69 for guests 11 and older and $59 for kids 5 to 10.