Theme Park, Amusement Park and Attractions Industry News

Heimo diversifies

Heimo is now offering an expanded range of services to its clients. While it continues to design and build theming and animatronics, a newer and busier area of the business right now is in the design and planning of complete parks and attractions.

The new service came about by default rather than design (no pun intended) following requests from customers keen to exploit the company’s many years in the attractions business. Its employees are also stationed from time to time in real amusement facilities, such as Europa-Park.

In Iran, Heimo has two projects on the go, both in the capital city of Tehran. Donyapolis will be an “iconic” eight-storey building (pictured) combining retail and entertainment. A signature feature will be Heimo/Huss Park Attractions’ King Kong ride, placed on the sixth floor terrace for maximum impact. The thrilling experience will be complemented by a 60-metre freefall tower in the centre of the building and a 152-metre sky tower offering unique views over the city. The amusement park part of the project will also feature themed food and beverage areas.

Covering a 7-hectare site, Donyapolis is expected to become a major attraction both for domestic and foreign visitors to Tehran. Heimo is designing the project form scratch and hopes to have it completed by 2013.

Elsewhere in the city, the company is working on a compact Atlantis/lost empire theme park. Located in the heart of the capital, the park will feature attractions for all ages based around this enduring theme. As well as a playground and thrill rides there will also be a domed restaurant. Completion is scheduled for the beginning of 2011.

Located in Alexandria, Egypt, the Suzanne Mubarak Family Garden (named after the country’s first lady) is due to open a jungle-themed restaurant featuring an indoor/outdoor rainforest covering 2,600 square-metres before the end of this year. Animals, special effects and ever-changing sound and light displays will create a friendly, inspiring atmosphere for diners.

Closer to home, Heimo has been asked to redesign an old indoor fun park at Weissenhäuser Strand near Hamburg. Covering two halls and approximately 300 sq m, the new-look facility will be called Jungle Land and is set to open next month (October). Featured include a fun house, themed jungle, play area, rope course, gold digging and two restaurants.

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