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Friday, December 5, 2014

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Amusement and Theme Parks

Genting Malaysia president touts outdoor theme park coming to Resorts World Genting
Datuk Seri Lee Choong Yan, president and chief operating officer of Genting Malaysia Bhd, talked about 20th Century Fox World, an outdoor amusement park opening by 2016 at Resorts World Genting. "We aim to bring the rich storytelling by Fox to a whole new level with an interactive theme park. The theme park will also open up job opportunities as we will need at least 1,500 people to take up stage and public performance jobs for the park," he said. The park will include activities, rides and characters based on 20th Century Fox movies including "Ice Age," "Rio," "Epic," "Alien vs Predator" and "Planet of the Apes." Star Publications (Malaysia) (12/5)

Six Flags New England in Massachusetts highlights transformation of "Cyclone" coaster
"Wicked Cyclone," a wood-steel hybrid roller coaster coming to Six Flags New England in Massachusetts, will offer several changes to the original "Cyclone" wooden coaster. The ride, which will be renovated by Rocky Mountain Construction, will be faster at 55 miles per hour and have three new inversions, 14 negative-G airtime hills and a steeper first drop. The coaster will debut in the summer. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/4)

Treetop obstacle course coming to England's Alton Towers
Alton Towers in Staffordshire, England, seeks to add a 13-meter-high treetop obstacle course that includes platforms, zip wires and bridges. "It has been sensitively designed to ensure it will not detrimentally impact the character and appearance of the surrounding landscape and will complement the new enchanted village lodge development as the course will lead adventurers around the woodland adjacent to it," said Mark Kerrigan, resort development director. The project will also create a cafe, an office, a storeroom and bathrooms. The Sentinel (U.K.) (12/4)

Spain's PortAventura, Cirque du Soleil sign 5-year agreement
PortAventura and Cirque du Soleil have signed an agreement to make the Spanish theme park a summer base for the Canadian company over the next five years. The agreement states that Cirque du Soleil will feature its shows in the park during successive summer seasons. The first will be "Amaluna," which makes its European debut in 2015. The collaboration between PortAventura and Cirque du Soleil began last summer with the show "Kooza," which attracted more than 100,000 spectators in only two months in 2014. ElPeriodico.com (Spain) (Spanish-language content) (12/2)

Walt Disney Co. to pay $1.15 per share dividend next month
Stockholders of Walt Disney Co. will receive an annual dividend of $1.15 per share following the firm's record sales and profits in 2014. The dividend, which will be paid on Jan. 8, is 34% higher than last year's 86 cents. Bloomberg (12/3)

Other News
Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is top geotagged location on Instagram
The Hollywood Reporter (12/3)

Final track piece now in place on "Fury 325" coaster at Carowinds in the Carolinas
The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.) (12/4)

3 new Holidays Around the World experiences debut at Epcot at Florida's Walt Disney World Resort
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (12/4)

Star Wars Weekends will begin in May at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)/Theme Park Rangers blog (12/3)

Amusement park is planned at Bandra Reclamation in India
The Times of India/TNN (12/4)

Water Parks

3 water slides to debut next year at Wild River Country in Arkansas
Wild River Country in North Little Rock, Arkansas, will add three new water slides. The "AquaLoop Slide," "Free Fall Plus Slide" and "Speed Slide" will launch when the water park opens May 16. KATV-TV (Little Rock, Ark.) (12/4)

Boy is hospitalized after falling off slide at Outback Splash in Australia
A 5-year-old boy suffered serious head injuries Sunday after falling off a slide at Outback Splash in Bullsbrook, Australia. The boy, who is now in a stable condition in the hospital, rode the park's blue slide with his father. "WorkSafe have been notified and a review will be conducted into the incident. The slide related to the incident will be closed until further notice," park management said. Yahoo/West Australian, The (12/3), WA Today (Australia) (12/3) 

Other News
Government may cancel water park plans in Thanneermukkom, India, amid fishermen's opposition
The New Indian Express (India) (12/4)

Family Entertainment Centers

"The Track" gets OK from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, board
A proposal to create "The Track" in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was approved by the Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board. The plan, which was a rethinking of a previous proposal, includes electric go-karts, two tracks and an arcade building. The project will plant shrubs and trees around the 6-acre site to act as a shield. The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) (12/4)

Jump trampoline park to open in Albemarle County, Virginia
Jump will debut a 20,000-square-foot trampoline facility by year's end in Albemarle County, Virginia. The attraction will include basketball hoops, a dodgeball court, a foam pit, food choices and party areas. Bounce-n-Play, a family entertainment center in nearby Charlottesville, added a laser tag attraction. The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va.) (11/30)

Other News
Magic Bowl in Idaho to add eatery, dancing and karaoke
The Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho) (11/29)

Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

Albuquerque BioPark in New Mexico to add security cameras after Tasmanian devil death
Several security cameras are now installed at Albuquerque BioPark in New Mexico following the death of a Tasmanian devil there in October. The camera system, which should cost roughly $200,000, will monitor the zoo's Tasmanian devils, great apes and polar bears. Gilbert Montano, the mayor's chief of staff, also said that investigators have yet to determine if the animal's death was malicious or an accident. KRQE-TV (Albuquerque, N.M.) (12/4) 

Rodent disease kills tamarins at Hutchinson Zoo in Kansas
Three cotton-topped tamarins at the Hutchinson Zoo in Kansas died last month after contracting a disease commonly found in rodents. The zoo suspects the monkeys may have eaten an infected mouse. "Cotton-topped tamarins are so small and they can't tell you they're sick. There's no known treatment, and typically they are too far along to recover. We can give them antibiotics and fluids, but in many cases it's fatal for tamarins," said John Wright, the zoo's director. The Hutchinson News (Kan.) (12/3), KWCH-TV (Wichita, Kan.) (12/4)

Other News
Colombia's Matecaña Zoo to close April 30, animals to be transferred to new theme park InfiPereira
LaTarde.com (Colombia) (Spanish-language content) (12/3)

Artwork made of ocean trash on display at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut
WNPR (Connecticut) (12/2)

Related Industry News

Galasys' online platform links travel agencies to amusement parks in China
Galasys has unveiled its CLOTA middleware product, which directly links travel agencies and amusement parks' ticket systems and allow sales of tickets online through agents. CLOTA currently links eight parks and five agencies in China. "This is a significant step by Galasys into the online sphere and is part of our planned transformation to correlate our revenue and growth more closely to the number of visitors to our installed sites," CEO Sean Seah said. "We will continue to grow our CLOTA platform by signing up more parks and OTA partners in the coming months." London South East (U.K.)/Alliance News (12/3)

Other News
IAAPA Attractions Expo panel features creations of Walt Disney Co. for the 1964 world's fair in New York
About.com (12/2)


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