Monday, March 5, 2018

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Association News

Thank you, IAAPA Leadership Conference 2018 sponsors
IAAPA recognizes its sponsors for the upcoming Leadership Conference in Japan! Thank you to: Cumming Corporation; Extreme Engineering; FetchRev; FREEMAN; Gateway Ticketing Systems; GGE Entertainment + Design; Japan Amusement Machine and Marketing Association; ProSlide Technology; S&S Sansei; SEGA; TEJIX; The Nassal Company; Vekoma Rides Manufacturing; and YAOX Entertainment Integration.

IAAPA Job Spotlight: Vice President, North American Operations
IAAPA is searching for a Vice President of North American Operations based in Orlando, Florida. This position is responsible for the acquisition of new members and retention of existing members in North America and the development and implementation of member programs in the region. Learn more and apply here.

Upcoming IAAPA Webinar: Embracing Generational Differences
Hear from Matt Heller, ICAE, Performance Optimist Consulting, 1-2 p.m. ET, March 14, and discover techniques to find common ground among all employees, from entry-level to seasoned professionals. Register today!

 Amusement and Theme Parks

Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia readies "Battle for Eire" for spring debut
The high-tech "Battle for Eire" virtual reality experience is on track to open in the spring at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia. Developed by Falcon's Creative Group, the ride features 4K-resolution VR headsets called "emerald masks" that let riders control the experience based on where they look. Hydraulics-powered motion seats and wind effects help create an immersive environment.
The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) (3/2),  Daily Press (Newport News/Hampton, Va.) (free content) (2/28) 

Kennywood in Pennsylvania releases images of upcoming Thomas Town
Images have been released of the Thomas Town land coming to Kennywood in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. The new land, which will help the theme park celebrate its 120th year, will feature five rides including a rebranded railroad experience, a soft play area, a stage show, shopping and a birthday center.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (3/2) 

Lionsgate pursues brand recognition through location-based entertainment
Theme parks in China and South Korea and a "Hunger Games"-themed land at a theme park in Dubai are part of a campaign by movie and TV studio Lionsgate to develop its brand identity through outdoor attractions. The 237,000-square-foot Lionsgate Entertainment World in Hengqin, China, set to open next year will feature a "Twilight"-themed virtual reality motorcycle ride. On South Korea's Jeju Island, an outdoor theme park opening in 2020 will feature areas based on the "Hunger Games," "Cabin in the Woods" and "Saw."
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (2/28) 

Tickets at Ohio's Cedar Point now cost more at the gates
Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, has raised the price of tickets purchased in person. One adult ticket for the 2018 season bought at the gate now costs $72. The theme park continues to roll out ticket deals online.
Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio) (3/2) 

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Water Parks

Holiday Inn water park resort debuts in Thailand
The 300-room Holiday Inn Vana Nava Hua has opened in Thailand, becoming Asia's first Holiday Inn water park resort. It features an infinity pool, a children's pool, a fitness center and a spa to complement the Vana Nava Hua Hin Water Jungle, which offers 20 water slides and attractions.
Trade Arabia (Bahrain) (2/28) 

Actventure eyes water park destination in United Arab Emirates
Focusing on an expected surge in leisure demand in the United Arab Emirates, Actventure, the developer of a Dh1.2 billion water park resort in Australia, is looking at expansion opportunities in the region. Currently, Actventure has secured approval for the first phase of its Sunshine Coast project, which includes a 6-hectare water park, an adventure tower and a shopping area, and is awaiting approval for phase two.
Gulf News (United Arab Emirates) (2/28) 

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Family Entertainment Centers

Sheffield, England, to get a Lane7 bowling center
Plans were unveiled for a Lane7 bowling facility at The Moor shopping area in Sheffield, England, with an opening expected for 2019. The center will cover 15,000 square feet and feature a bowling alley, gaming arcades, billiards, Ping-Pong and karaoke.
The Star (Sheffield, England) (2/28) 

Island Bowling in Maui County, Hawaii, now open
A 7,000-square-foot bowling alley called Island Bowling has opened in Maui, Hawaii. The space offers three adult bowling lanes, one kids' lane and a video game area.
The Maui News (Wailuku, Hawaii) (2/28) 

West Nyack, New York, to get a Launch Trampoline Park
Work is underway on a Launch Trampoline Park in West Nyack, New York, with a tentative opening in early June. The space will feature trampolines, a ninja obstacle course, dodgeball courts, gymnastics equipment, an arcade, a restaurant and party rooms.
The Journal News (White Plains, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (2/28) 

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Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

Work begins on expansion of Kentucky Derby Museum
A refurbishment and expansion project for the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville will break ground today. The museum will receive an extra 11,000 square feet of space, a new third floor and stable and a covered events space in a project expected to cost $6.5 million and be completed by November.
WAVE-TV (Louisville, Ky.) (3/4) 

Erie Zoo in Pennsylvania reopens with new lion exhibit on the way
Pennsylvania's Erie Zoo has welcomed visitors for the first time since November while also completing work on a $700,000 lion exhibit. Set to open by the end of the month, the outdoor habitat will feature a glass barrier and house two of the zoo's newest lionesses.
Erie Times-News (Pa.) (3/1) 

Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Zoo get sensory-inclusive certification
Nonprofit group KultureCity has certified the Audubon Zoo and the Aquarium of the Americas in Louisiana as sensory-inclusive. Spaces certified as such are equipped with quiet spaces and sensory bags that have noise-canceling headphones, fidget toys and other items to help people with autism.
The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)/The Associated Press (3/4) 

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Related Industry News

VR Park to debut in United Arab Emirates
A virtual reality park called VR Park is set to open in the first half of 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Developed by Emaar Entertainment, the space will feature rides, games and interactive experiences that combine VR, augmented reality and experiential attractions to create immersive experiences, with some giving visitors an opportunity to play as a group.
Al Arabiya (United Arab Emirates) (2/28) 

Work to begin soon on treetop adventure course in Coffs Harbour, Australia
A treetop adventure park is being planned in Coffs Harbour, Australia, with construction expected to start as soon as possible. Attractions at the park will include a ropes course, a roller coaster zipline, walking tracks and a suspended cafe.
Coffs Coast Advocate (Australia) (3/3) 

"Edge the Harukasu" tower experience opens in Osaka, Japan
A new attraction will launch this week at the 60-story Abeno Harukasu building in Osaka, Japan. Called "Edge the Harukasu," the experience lets visitors traverse the observation corridor on top of the building while secured to safety ropes.
Japan Today (2/28) 

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