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Friday December 16, 2016

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Amusement and Theme Parks

Developer offers $3.26 million for site of former Six Flags in Louisiana
The New Orleans Industrial Development Board said it has received an offer from developer TPC-NOLA Inc. to purchase the site of the former Six Flags New Orleans theme park in Louisiana for $3.26 million. The company had earlier proposed a Jazzland amusement park on the 224-acre site. A representative for the firm said it is looking to refurbish two of the park's roller coasters and hope to have a number of elements open in 2018, including a $120 million mixed-use facility.
The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

Entrance fees at Hong Kong Disneyland to rise for fourth consecutive year
The single-day admission fee at Hong Kong Disneyland will increase starting today to HK$589 for adults and HK$419 for children. The increase brings the price 48% higher than it was in 2013. The park earlier unveiled a HK$10.9 ­billion expansion plan and is slated to open an Iron Man Experience in January.
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)

Integrated resort reportedly planned for Cambodia
A $30 million integrated resort is being planned for Cambodia, sources say. Its casino and theme park would be in a province near Cambodia's border with Vietnam.
Macau Business Daily

World monuments to be showcased at planned park in Tlalnepantla, Mexico
Iconic structures from across the globe will be celebrated at a new theme park in Tlalnepantla, Mexico. The park will feature five pavilions that showcase such structures as France's Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty in the United States, Brazil's Christ the Redeemer Statue and the Great Wall of China, as well as monuments around Mexico. Each of the park's 38 replications will be built at scales between 1:25 to 1:60. A spokesperson for the park says the facility will allow children to learn about monuments found around the world and closer to home. Panels with information about each of the structures will also feature QR codes that will be linked to Google Maps and will show guests where the original structure is located. The 38,343-square-meter park is expected to open in 2017.
ElUniversal.com.mx (Mexico) (Spanish-language content)

Ocean theme park in Hainan, China, slated for 2017 opening
Construction is underway on an ocean theme park on China's Hainan province, scheduled to open next year. The park will feature a 1-kilometer-long roller coaster, a sightseeing tower, an aquarium and other attractions spread across 133 hectares. Developer R&F Properties said it now intends to spend 15 billion yuan on the project, up from the initial 6.5 billion yuan. China Daily (Beijing)

Amusement park could rise on former landfill in West Covina, California
Singpoli Group and the city council of West Covina, California, have entered into a negotiating agreement for a possible amusement park on a former landfill area. The park, which could cover up to 200 acres, could include an entertainment facility with a zipline, virtual reality (VR) experiences, hotels and dining venues.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune (San Gabriel, Calif.)

Fire breaks out at Ferrari Land in Port Aventura, Spain
A fire erupted Thursday evening at the Ferrari Land theme park in Port Aventura, Spain, around the replica of Italy's San Marco in Venice. The fire was put out after more than an hour of work by firefighters. Marca (Spain)

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Water Parks

Typhoon Texas to take over Hawaiian Falls water park in Pflugerville, Texas
The Pflugerville City Council plans to reopen Hawaiian Falls water park in May 2017 under the management of Typhoon Texas, which operates a water park in Katy. Typhoon is expected to spend $4.5 million in renovations to the park and other management expenses. Planned changes include new attractions and cancellation of water cooler fees. Austin American-Statesman (Texas) (tiered subscription model)

Aquatopia Water Park in Sydney, Australia, is now open
The $7.5 million Aquatopia Water Park in Sydney, Australia, has opened to the public. Among the park's attractions are an aqua tower, a toddlers' pool and giant water slides. The park will open its second phase of development next year, adding more attractions such as a Stingray surfing simulator. The Daily Telegraph (Australia)

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Family Entertainment Centers

NasKart FEC in Oakdale, Connecticut, to debut soon
The $7 million NasKart Indoor Kart Racing & Trampoline Park in Oakdale, Connecticut, is preparing to open sometime this month. The 110,000-square-foot family entertainment center will feature a pair of multilevel go-kart tracks and a trampoline area. The quarter-mile tracks can carry up to 16 riders, who will be using electric go-karts going at up to 45 miles per hour.
The Day (New London, Conn.) (free registration)

Fun Shack to expand in Newcastle, England, with kids' play center
A £2.5 million children's play area and a trampoline park are set to rise in Newcastle, England, and will be the third location for operator Fun Shack of Seaham. The planned Jump 360 trampoline park will feature 60 trampoline beds, while the Fun Shack will have snake slides, a giant slide, net climbs and other play elements; a laser tag arena; dodgems and a high ropes course. The Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

National WWII Museum to build $41M hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana
The National WWII Museum has decided to build a new $41 million, 234-room hotel and conference center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Executive Vice President Stephen Watson said visitors have been asking for an onsite hotel for years, and it is especially important considering that almost 85% of the museum's visitors come from outside the state. The Advocate (New Orleans)

SeaQuest aquarium debuts in Las Vegas, Nevada
A SeaQuest aquarium has opened in Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring interactive exhibits depicting environments such as a Caribbean seashore and the Amazon Rainforest. Visitors can swim with the tropical fish inside a 45,000-gallon tank, feed stingrays or go inside an aviary. KSNV-TV (Las Vegas)

Woodland Park Zoo in Washington evacuates some animals amid fire
A fire that broke out Thursday afternoon at the Night Exhibit at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington, has been contained. Two firefighters were injured, while reptile and amphibians at the nearby Day exhibit were evacuated with no reported injuries. The Night exhibit had been closed for remodeling.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model)

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Pedestals to be installed at $590M observation wheel
Crews will soon install four giant pedestals for the $590 million, 60-story-tall observation wheel being built on New York's Staten Island. EarthCam shows views of ongoing work. Staten Island Advance (N.Y.)

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