Friday August 19, 2016

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Association News

Opening a ride in 2017? Build the buzz at IAAPA Attraction Expo 2016
It's never too early to build the buzz for a new ride. Consider holding a press conference at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016 and take advantage of the worldwide gathering of 30,000 attractions industry professionals and maximize your exposure to more than 200 consumer and trade media. Register here. Deadline is Sept. 1. Space is limited.

Webinar: Intellectual Property Issues in the Live Entertainment Show Development Process, 1 p.m. ET Aug. 24
Register for this IAAPA webinar and learn useful strategies to adopt during the show development process. Music lawyer Tamera H. Bennett looks at IP rights as they apply to concept development, production, rehearsal and performance phases of live entertainment and show production. Participation in the IAAPA webinar program can earn 1 credit toward IAAPA Certification. Webinars are free to IAAPA members, registration required.

Amusement and Theme Parks

Dorney Park in Pennsylvania plans 2 new attractions in 2017
A "Kaleidoscope" spinning ride is one of two new attractions coming to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom in Pennsylvania next year. The other, a "Dodgem" bumper car experience, has been a much-sought-after attraction since the closure of "Krazy Kars" in 2010, said Public Relations and Communications Manager Caitlin Stibitz. The park also recently unveiled the refurbished "Thunderhawk" wooden roller coaster and plans to launch a catering pavilion and live shows featuring Cirque Imagine next season.
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

Kings Island in Ohio to revive WinterFest celebrations next year
The monthlong WinterFest celebration that was last held 12 years ago at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, will be returning in 2017, park officials announced Thursday. The festival's offerings will include the park's Eiffel Tower transformed into a 315-foot Christmas tree, ice skating on the royal fountain and a winter village on International Street. There will also be new attractions, such as Christmas train rides, Mrs. Claus' kitchen, Santa's workshop and a reindeer petting area. WLWT-TV (Cincinnati)

2017 will bring 4 new rides, Winterfest to Carowinds in the Carolinas
Carowinds in the Carolinas will kick off the third WinterFest holiday event in its history in November 2017. The festival will include live performances, a reindeer-feeding area and meet-and-greets with the Sugar Plum Fairy. The park will also open a new county fair-themed section in spring that will have four classic rides and vintage food and experiences. The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.)

"Patriot" floorless coaster opening in 2017 at California's Great America
California's Great America in Santa Clara unveiled a floorless roller coaster called the "Patriot," which will open in early next year. The ride, which will be a reconstruction of the "Vortex" standup roller coaster, will feature a 91-foot drop and a 360-degree loop as it travels at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. A "Last Stand" event for the "Vortex" will be held Sept. 5. East Bay Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.)

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Water Parks

Water park at Ohio's Cedar Point to be revamped as Cedar Point Shores
The Soak City water park at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, will undergo a remodeling and expansion in 2017 and will reopen as Cedar Point Shores, park officials announced Thursday. Among the new attractions at the 18-acre water park will be "Point Plummet," a vertical free fall body slide standing six stories tall; "Starboard Surge & Portside Plunge," a pair of five-story-tall tube slides with numerous turns and drops; and "Lakeslide Landing," a zero-depth splash playground with 12 kiddie slides. The park also announced the transformation of its Breakers Express hotel into Cedar Point's Express Hotel and the debut of the Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center in 2017. MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration

Possible cryptosporidium infections prompt closure of Minnesota water park
Health officials from Minnesota are investigating at least five cases of possible cryptosporidium infections in people who were believed to have visited River Springs Water Park in Owatonna, Minnesota. A water park official said they have decided to shut down for the season several days early to accommodate the investigation.
SouthernMinn.com (Northfield, Minn.)

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Family Entertainment Centers

Fireshark entertainment space debuts in Omaha, Nebraska
Fireshark Gaming, which owns a high-tech entertainment facility in Wichita, Kansas, has expanded with a modular platform inside The Mark family entertainment center in Omaha, Nebraska. The attraction, which is composed of four projectors and one computer inside an 8-foot-by-12-foot room, lets 16 guests play while watching the action on the floor and the room's four walls. Silicon Prairie News (Omaha, Neb.)

The Hub FEC planned in Michigan to feature "fowling" venue
Plans will be submitted next month to convert a shuttered brewery building in Auburn Hills, Michigan, into a family entertainment center called The Hub that will feature a 16-lane football-bowling, or "fowling," alley. The space will also include two bars, two banquet rooms, an open-display kitchen and a disc jockey on weekends.
MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration)

iBounce trampoline park in England plans expansion, adds VR experience
A virtual reality (VR) gaming experience recently debuted at the iBounce indoor trampoline park in Newton Abbott, England. The game uses the Vive VR system, allowing users to play games or engage in educational experiences in a virtual world. The park's owners are also expanding with a new location in Cornwall and looking at potential spaces in Torquay and Exeter. Local World (U.K.)/Torquay Herald Express

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Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

Dubai Safari Park in United Arab Emirates to avoid animal performances
Animals living inside the Dubai Safari Park in the United Arab Emirates will not carry guests or perform and instead will be allowed to roam and engage in their natural behavior, Technical Director Timothy Husband said. There will still be educational shows featuring birds or small mammals that will be ethically treated, he added. Husband said he is hoping for the park to debut late this year or early next year.
The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

Nebraska National Guard Museum opens exhibit dedicated to airborne soldiers
An exhibit dedicated to airborne soldiers in the military was dedicated Aug. 16, National Airborne Day, at the Nebraska National Guard Museum in Seward. The exhibit, which was funded through several donations, features a re-creation of a soldier performing a combat jump from a C-130 Hercules aircraft. 
KOLN-TV/KGIN-TV (Nebraska)

Theft, slaughter of horse at Venezuelan Zoo under investigation
Zookeepers at the Caricuao Zoo in Venezuela found the head and bones of a rare horse inside its enclosure after thieves broke in and butchered the animal the previous night. An environmental prosecutor is investigating the incident, which is not the first of its kind amid a wave of food shortages in the country: Some sheep and Vietnamese pigs were reported stolen from the zoo some weeks previously.
Independent.ie (Ireland)

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Related Industry News

Experts: Ride incidents are often the result of breaking safety guidelines
Engineering professor Kathryn Woodcock and other amusement park industry experts from Canada say mechanical errors are rarely the cause of roller coaster incidents. Most ride incidents are, instead, caused by riders standing up or raising their arms, which "violate the designer's assumptions about what position the rider's body will be in," Woodcock says. The Technical Safety and Standards Authority reports that rider behavior is linked to 94% of ride incidents in Ontario, Canada. Roger Neate, a TSSA director, advises the guardians or parents of children to read ride safety instructions and ensure that their children follow them. CTV.ca (Canada)

Rum Village Aerial Adventure Park in Indiana debuts Saturday
The Rum Village Aerial Adventure Park in South Bend, Indiana, is slated to open to the public Saturday. The park features ziplines and various elements composed of ropes and wood planks that require good balance and agility. The courses are color-coded from yellow, the easiest courses, to green and then blue for the moderate to difficult challenges. South Bend Tribune (Ind.) (tiered subscription model)

Work progresses on playground revamp in Boca Raton, Florida
Renovation of a science playground at Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton, Florida, is progressing with an opening set for Nov. 19. The $1.8 million project will add several interactive features such as a dinosaur dig, a large xylophone and experiences simulating space travel and chasing the fastest animals on the planet.
Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

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