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Friday August 12, 2016

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Amusement and Theme Parks

Dubai Parks and Resorts sets Oct. 31 opening for theme park complex
Dubai Parks and Resorts announced that the first phase of its theme park complex in the United Arab Emirates will open to the public Oct. 31. This phase will include the Motiongate Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai theme parks, the Legoland water park and theme park, a Riverland dining and shopping area and a Marriott-run Lapita hotel. The company posted a loss of Dh59.5 million during the second quarter, compared with a Dh15.5 million loss a year ago. The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

Beto Carrero World executive optimistic, despite Brazilian tourism challenges
Despite challenges facing the Brazilian tourism market in the wake of an economic crisis, Alex Bonareti, sales and marketing manager for Beto Carrero World in Santa Catarina, says park executives are optimistic about a successful year. Speaking at a tourism conference, Bonareti says the park has been established as a destination, incorporating lodging packages at hotels in surrounding towns. He says the park projects to welcome 2.3 million visitors in 2016.
Panrotas.com.br (Brazil) (Portuguese-language content)

Ohio's Cedar Point offers hint for 2017 expansion
Cedar Point in Ohio gave the public a clue to its update plans for 2017 in the form of a flip-flop with the phrase "Something's afoot" written on it, sent to media outlets. The message also promised a follow-up would arrive Thursday. Cedar Point recently announced that the "Mean Streak" wooden roller coaster would be closing soon to make way for updates to the park's FrontierTown section.
The News-Herald (Lake County-Willoughby, Ohio)

Boy injured on coaster at Pennsylvania's Idlewild theme park
A 3-year-old boy was airlifted to a hospital with unspecified injuries Thursday after falling from the "Rollo Coaster" ride at Idlewild & SoakZone in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. The Department of Agriculture, which oversees the amusement park industry in the state, said the wooden roller coaster was among the rides that passed an Aug. 6 inspection by a certified inspector. The ride will remain closed amid the investigation, while the park will operate as normal. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Brazil's Hopi Hari closed for possible employee strike
Employees of Hopi Hari park near São Paulo, Brazil, initiated a strike over late wages, possibly prompting a sudden closure of the park last week. Park officials have not confirmed the strike and a spokesperson said the park was closed for maintenance. The spokesperson said park tickets that could not be honored Aug. 5 would be valid Aug 6. Globo.com (Brazil) (Portuguese-language content)

Roller coaster car failure leaves 3 injured at Lima, Peru, park
A roller coaster car fell more than five meters from its tracks at Play Land Park in the San Juan de Lurigancho district of Lima, Peru, leaving three people -- two teenagers and a 41-year-old man -- injured. The older man and a 17-year-old girl were released from a local hospital with minor bruises, but a 19-year-old man remains hospitalized with several fractures throughout his body and severe bruising on the brain. The cause of the accident is under investigation. 
LaRepublica.pe (Peru) (Spanish-language content)

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Water Parks

Aquatic facility in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, could open Memorial Day 2018
The final design for a planned aquatic center at the Chambersburg Memorial Park in Pennsylvania has been revealed ahead of submission of construction documents Oct 21. Designer MKSD Architects' plan calls for a 5,497-square-foot pool with a lazy river and interactive play elements; a sprayground; a children's pool and a lap pool with three water slides. The facility will also feature a nine-hole mini-golf course, a large picnic area, five smaller picnic areas and a party pavilion. Construction is expected to begin in the spring, and the facility is set to open Memorial Day 2018.
Public Opinion (Chambersburg, Pa.)

Cryptosporidiosis cases rising in central Ohio
Health officials in Ohio have declared a community outbreak of cryptosporidiosis in Franklin and Delaware counties and in Columbus. The three areas have seen at least 107 cases of the disease this year, more than the combined number of reported cases in the past three years. Zoombezi Bay water park, which was linked to 19 cases in July, has stepped up its safety measures, while health officials have contacted all of the area's licensed pool operators to discuss containment measures.
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (tiered subscription model)

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Family Entertainment Centers

Mini-golf course in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, opens this weekend
An 18-hole mini-golf course at the Atlantic Beach Municipal Park in North Carolina opens to the public Friday for a series of preview weekends. Work on the park has been postponed to allow the public to try out the course, and the completed facility is expected to launch next spring. Carteret County News-Times (Morehead City, N.C.)

Topgolf locations could be coming to McAllen, Texas, area
Golf entertainment operator Topgolf is looking to expand into McAllen, Texas, or around the Rio Grande Valley, an official has revealed. Topgolf's 28 existing locations include facilities in Austin, Dallas and Houston, Texas. 
Valley Morning Star (Harlingen, Texas)

Bowling alley proposal for Virginia Beach, Virginia, is revived
A developer who withdrew from a bowling alley project at Pembroke Mall in Virginia Beach, Virginia, last year has returned with an expanded plan for the venue. The planned Uptown Alley facility would be located in a 40,000-square-foot space inside the mall and now would include an entrance with an outdoor fireplace and a dining venue. Expected to open in 2017, the facility would have similar amenities to an existing Uptown Alley location in Chesterfield, which has 38 bowling lanes, HDTV screens and black-light party bowling. The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk)

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Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

New natural history museums built in Endomex, Mexico
A grant of more than 127 million pesos has been allocated to build four natural history museums around State of Mexico, Mexico. The museums are in the cities of Amecameca, Otumba, Ixtapan de la Sal and Atlacomulco and have been funded by the Ministry of Infrastructure of the State of Mexico. The goal of the venues is to provide guests, particularly families and students, the opportunity to learn more about Mexican history, culture and identity, providing space for temporary and permanent exhibitions showcasing biodiversity and paleontology.
Centro Urbano (Mexico) (Spanish-language content)

Mexico's Papalote Museo del Niño reopens its doors after renovations
After a renovation process that lasted several months, the Papalote Museo del Niño in Mexico City, Mexico, has reopened its doors with new educational exhibitions. In addition to a new exhibit in the museum's foyer, the exhibitions at the Papalote Museo del Niño cover the human body and the ecosystems of Mexico and offer guests the opportunity to conduct science experiments in a lab that has been doubled in size. Horacio Correa, the museum's director of design and communication experience, said the new, interactive content is designed to help younger guests think, experiment and apply what they've learned through the exhibits.
Agencia Informativa Conacyt (Mexico) (Spanish-language content)

Brazil's Zoológico de Varginha welcomes new animals
The Zoológico de Varginha in Varginha, Brazil, has added 14 animals to its population. The animals are 12 red macaws, a python and a Moorish cat. With the addition of these animals, the total zoo population increases to 400. The zoo reopened in February 2015 after being closed since 2009. Globo.com (Brazil) (Portuguese-language content)

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Fort Edmonton Park in Canada plans aboriginal exhibit
A $150 million expansion being planned at Fort Edmonton Park in Alberta, Canada, would include an interpretive center called the Indigenous People's Experience, focused on the history of the area's aboriginal people. The $42 million facility would include a year-round indoor space and an amphitheater and villages, with the whole space to be designed to mimic the environment during the time of the First Nations. The park is also investing in an expansion to its midway area to accommodate new rides. The Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

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