Project Description

Time Machine Restaurant, Concept Design

AIDAnova, 2018

Leisure Expert Group was closely involved with the AIDAnova project from the start of the concept development. Together with the talented team of AIDA, we were responsible for the storyline, the conceptual design of the restaurant and the production of the full content for the dinner show. As all designs were completed and the content was produced, we also took the responsibility of the art direction for all scenic elements and we show-directed the live performance together with the live entertainment crew of AIDA. As a result the passengers aboard off the AIDAnova can indulge themselves in a dinner show of medical proportions as Professor Tempus will take them on a time traveling adventure into the depths off the ocean. 

Concept Design
  • Experience design

  • Artist impression

Schematic Design
  • Elevations

  • Dimensioning

  • Floorplan

  • Materialization & Color Coding

  • AV Design

Detail Design
  • Operation specification

  • Facility integration

  • Signage and wayfinding

  • Printfiles

Content Design
  • Show script

  • Story board

  • Video production

  • Soundtrack

Art Direction
  • Show direction

  • On-site art direction

Artist impression of the Time Machine Restaurant at AIDA
Artist impression of one of the world travelled through at the Time Machine Restaurant at AIDA
Design of the seats at the Time Machine Restaurant at AIDA

Storyline of the Time Machine Restaurant

Guests are invited to enter a mysterious elevator that is somewhat hidden on board of the ship. The elevator will take them down to the ship’s machine room where they will meet Professor Tempus, an eccentric inventor. Tempus and his crew will take them on an exciting time travelling adventure inside his time machine. During their journey, guests will face sea creatures such as whales and jellyfish as they take part in Tempus his quest to find the sunken city of Atlantis.

Schematic design of the different walls at the Time Machine Restaurant at AIDA
3D overview of the Time Machine Restaurant at AIDA
Photo of the Time Machine Restaurant at AIDA
Photo of the jukebox at the Time Machine Restaurant at AIDA

New leisure concepts

We see a trend in cruise ships becoming more important than the destination to which it is sailing, these large vessels are turned into small floating theme parks with immersive environments. Thinking about it, a cruise ship nowadays has basically the same ingredients as any major theme park resort: experiences, F&B and lodging. Therefor our knowledge as guest experience designers for the theme park industry adds a lot of value to the overall guest experience while these ships get developed more as a leisure concept.

Photo of the Time Machine Restaurant at AIDA
Photo of the Time Machine Restaurant at AIDA





Yummy is a Haunted House designed and produced by Leisure Expert Group.




Since 2012 Europa-park had been teaming up with Leisure Expert Group for the development of the haunted houses for their Halloween event. In the initial years this event was called Halloween Horror Night, but continued as "Traumatica" in 2017.


Escape: The Grimm


In 2019 Leisure Expert Group celebrated their 6th edition as Insomniac’s official design partner with the development of the Escape Festival in Southern California. For this Halloween themed event, a new masterplan was produced based on a newly written story line and from there the festival was made into a successful reality.


Wolf Spirit Mainstage

Untold Festival

In collaboration with TWOFIFTYK, Leisure Expert Group has been responsible for the stage design and production of the main stage, Wolf Spirit Stage, at Untold Festival 2018.


EDC: Kinetic Love


The EDC Las Vegas mainstage always tells a new and exciting story. For the fifth consecutive year we have been responsible for the EDC Mainstage design. Together with Insomniac the theme Kinetic Love was created. For this particular stage Love was the main subject and was displayed by two giant 30 meter (90ft) high statues sharing one heart. The stage was built as a safe and sacred space where life should be celebrated together.


Góralsko Dżungla


The Jungle Mountain was the first step in the process to develop the amusement park 'Rabkoland' into a theme park with multiple themed worlds.


Randy & Rosie Show Stage

Slagharen Theme park & Resort

Leisure Expert Group has created a new show venue for the Randy & Rosie show at Slagharen Theme park & Resort.



Movie Park Germany

Leisure Expert Group rethemed the 1998 built rapid river ride from the Mystery River into Excalibur.




The design on the new dueling racing coaster 'Tweestryd' flows into the zoo environment and brings an educational element to its riders.



City Leisure Group

From the heart of Amsterdam, THIS IS HOLLAND presents a unique flying experience that will show you the Netherlands from a whole new perspective. Leisure Expert Group was closely involved with this project from the very start. Together with the client, we developed the concept, schematic and detail design of the attraction. During the construction and installation were also responsible for the in-field art direction as well as the technical production.


The Drain

Chimelong Paradise

The Drain was the first Halloween project outside of Europe for Leisure Expert Group and was established in cooperation with Chimelong Group.


EDC: Kinetic Gaia


As Insomniacs design partner for four consecutive years, Leisure Expert Group designed and produced the mainstage for the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas once again with this years theme the Kinetic Gaia.


Pirate Area

Djurs Sommerland

Leisure Expert Group design and developed the refurbishment of the Pirate area as part of their 15 years masterplan.


Halloween Horror Nights


For five continuous years, Europa-Park has teamed up with Leisure Expert Group to design and produce haunted houses as central pieces for their Halloween Horror Nights.


EDC: Kinetic Temple


For the third year collaborating with Insomniac, Leisure Expert Group has been closely involved in the creative interpretation of America's largest dance festival EDC together with Insomniac's creative team.