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Goddard Group to Showcase Current Projects at IAAPA 2012

Magic World Russia.  Courtesy MIG 2000.

Hollywood, CA, USA (October 17, 2012) — In conjunction with IAAPA 2012, the Hollywood, CA.- based Goddard Group, (currently celebrating its 10th Anniversary Year,) and its Founder/Chairman/CEO Gary Goddard, have announced the slate of new projects in which the company is currently actively engaged. The Goddard Group will be exhibiting during IAAPA 2012 in Orlando, FL, at Booth # 1347. Mr. Goddard made these announcements:

Following on the heels of the immensely successful GALAXY MACAU, which opened in Macau, China, in May of 2011, The Goddard Group has been engaged for the last year in creating and developing the concept and design for another, upcoming, mega-casino in Macau, this one for a major Macau-based gaming entertainment company. While no details can yet be provided at this point, the project promises to become the next major new iconic destination resort in Macau.

Goddard’s work has also been the subject of public acclaim elsewhere in China during October, when “Shenfu New Town,” an entirely new, 22 square kilometer city in China (with 2 square kilometers located in the heart of the city) planned and designed by Goddard and his team, previewed its new themed monument, the “Ring of Harmony”. This new global icon was created as a fitting symbol for this new city, representing the harmony between man and nature, between family life and working life, and between suburbia and urban life.

“The Ring of Harmony,” over five hundred feet high, stands at the edge of a central lake located at the heart of the new town, and provides an inspirational symbol which can be seen from every part of the city. Reflected in the lake, the “Ring of Harmony” image creates a perfect figure “8,” a symbol of good fortune throughout China and most of Asia.

Early October saw the opening of the first attraction in a multi-project deal between South Korean theme park Lotte World and Goddard Group. The children’s ride, named “Jumping Fish,” combines a Zamperla Flying Tigers ride system with a lavishly detailed undersea environment, to create one of the most uniquely-themed flat rides in the world. This combined effort between the Lotte World team and Goddard Group’s designers has resulted in a highly original and popular children’s ride and is already a signature experience for small children and their parents.


The Goddard Group is currently in development on an upcoming musical attraction dubbed “Broadway 4D,” which will debut in New York City in the early Spring of 2014. Landlord New 42nd Street has signed a long-term lease with  Broadway 4D Theatres, formed by a group of entertainment industry veterans that will take over the site at 217 W. 42nd Street in Manhattan.
At the core of Broadway 4D is its creator Gary Goddard, Tony Award winning Broadway producer and the pioneering creator of what is now known as “4D Attractions” – shows that place people in an immersive world of 3D film and synchronous “in theatre effects” creating a truly unique theatrical experience – Goddard is heading up a team of highly skilled talents to bring this new production to life. Joining Mr. Goddard as partners in the project are Beverly Hills entertainment lawyer Robert Kory (owner of KR Capital and manager of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen😉 and two Hollywood mainstays as executive producers – producer/director Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, Superman Returns) and former CBS and Sony top executive Jeff Sagansky, who most recently backed The Smurf Movie, and Adventures of Tintin and other projects as a film financier. Working with Goddard in the development and production of the show will be Forbes Candlish, who serves as the head of the live entertainment division at GGE. 

BROADWAY 4D is slated to launch at the Times Square Theatre by Spring of 2014. Songs from musicals by the likes of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many other composers will be performed by an array of the greatest stars of the musical theatre in a show unlike any other.
In its continuing role as the lead design company for “Magic World Russia,” slated to be built outside Moscow, the Goddard Group, building upon the approved conceptual design, has now moved into the Master Plan process, expanding from its role during the initial park concept phase. Over the past several years Goddard has been working in close collaboration with Moschanko Investment Group 2000 (MIG 2000), a partner of the Russian Corporation, Central Family Park Magic World. MIG 2000 has assembled a team of industry leading professionals who will be providing the requisite operating, technical and logistic support for “Magic World Russia.”

As currently planned, “Magic World Russia” will encompass several different theme parks. At the center of it all will be “Park Russia,” the site’s flagship theme park, which will celebrate the past, present and future of Russia. Included within “Park Russia” will be a number of themed “Zones.” The connective tissue of “Park Russia” that will thematically tie all of its various “Zones” together will be the incorporation of famous iconic Russian architecture, as well as fantasy-like iconic geographic areas that make up modern Russia. 

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Currently celebrating its 10th Anniversary Year, The Goddard Group and Gary Goddard are among the most sought after designers of mega resort and themed entertainment projects in the world. If you’ve ever been to New York’s Times Square, Las Vegas, Macau, Tokyo, Sydney, Cape Town, Jakarta, Hollywood, Shanghai or the Philippines, chances are you’ve personally experienced one of the themed entertainment attractions, hotels, resorts, aquariums, retail outlets or visitor centers designed and produced by Gary Goddard and The Goddard Group.

Specializing in concept, master planning, design, project management and media production services, The Goddard Group provides turn-key services for entertainment-based projects of every size and scope in America and throughout the world.

With a reputation for excellence, Gary Goddard and his team are true leaders in the architectural design and leisure industry, continually creating many of the World’s Greatest Attractions. Recent design projects by the Goddard Group include The Galaxy Macau Integrated Resort in Macau, Hershey’s Chocolate World in Times Square, the Georgia Aquarium, and, most recently, the urban planning for Shenfu New Town’s City Center, two square kilometers of retail, entertainment, mixed use and residential areas, all anchored with “The Ring of Harmony”, the iconic symbol of the city that stands at over five hundred feet.

Historically, Goddard has been responsible for a wide array of internationally recognized theme park, resort & casino destinations, and major attractions having led the teams that created “Universal’s Islands of Adventure”, “Terminator 2/3D”, “The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man”, “The Forum Shops” at Caesars Palace/Las Vegas, “Caesars Magical Empire” and the long-term ten-year Master Plan for Caesars Palace itself, as well as creating the original concepts for Sheldon Adelson’s “Venetian” in Las Vegas, for Sol Kerzner’s “Atlantis” in the Bahamas,” and the Concept and Master Plan for the “Montelago Resort at Lake

Goddard and his firm have grown to become one of the most successful and most respected independent entertainment design firms working in the industry today. They are known for, and continue to be dedicated to, “Creating the Greatest Attractions in the World.”

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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