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Friday, November 14, 2014

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Amusement and Theme Parks

"Voyage to the Iron Reef" dark ride will open next year at Knott's Berry Farm in California
Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, will unveil "Voyage to the Iron Reef" dark ride next year. The 4-D shoot-'em-up attraction to be created by Art Engineering and Triotech will put guests in a battle to save the park from steam-powered sea creatures including a Kraken octopus queen. The ride will be built on the site of two former dark rides: "Kingdom of the Dinosaurs" and "Knott's Bear-y Tales." Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/13)

I-Bhd looks to build amusement park in rural area
I-Bhd, developer of i-City in Shah Alam in Malaysia, announced it would open a new theme park at a rural area in Malaysia. i-City launched Itsy Bitsy children's theme park Thursday, but the RM100 million leisure park is set to finish by 2018. "We need a larger area for the next theme park and since we have i-City here in an urban setting, the next game plan would be to explore in a rural area," Deputy Chairman Datuk Eu Hong Chew said. The firm is considering Hulu Selangor, but plans are not yet final. Star Publications (Malaysia) (11/14)

Fun Spot America in Orlando, Florida, to launch "SnoSpot"
"SnoSpot" will officially debuted Nov. 21 at Fun Spot America in Orlando, Florida. The temporary snow attraction offers four 160-foot-long lanes, tubing down a 22-foot snow hill, fire pits for s'mores, snowball targets and snowmen building kits. The attraction is expected run until February. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (11/11)

PJAA considers partnership with U.S. theme park operator for adventure park in Indonesia
PT Pembangunan Jaya Ancol (PJAA) said it is looking at a partnership with a prominent U.S. theme park operator for a new adventure park in Bali, Indonesia. PJAA, operator of Taman Impian Jaya Ancol theme park, declined to name its possible partner but said the park would span 200 hectares. The firm also plans to build the New Hotel Putri Duyung Ancol and Indoor Dunia Fantasi in North Jakarta. The Jakarta Post (Indonesia) (11/11)

Other News
Expatriate Lifestyle gives Best of Malaysia Award to Legoland Malaysia
New Straits Times (Malaysia) (11/14)

Giant vegetable grower will be grocer of The Crooked Spoon at England's Alton Towers
Metro.co.uk (U.K.) (11/13)

2 guests complete 1-day challenge to go on all rides at Florida's Walt Disney World Resort
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (11/13)

New amusement park in Albany, New York, gains supporters and critics
Time Warner Cable News/Albany, N.Y. (11/12)

Holiday attractions at theme park, facilities in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, are presented
The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model) (11/13)

Water Parks

Ford County, Kansas, selects building manager for water park
Ford County, Kansas, commissioners approved a construction manager for a water park opening in Dodge City in 2016. McCownGordon Construction won a $1,025,400 deal to become the project's construction manager. STAR bonds will fund "dirt work" for the park, freeing up more than $1 million in its $10 million budget. Dodge City Daily Globe (Kan.) (11/12)

Woman sues Hawaiian Falls in Pflugerville, Texas, for alleged negligence
A woman filed a lawsuit Monday against Hawaiian Falls in Pflugerville, Texas. Her suit claims the park was negligent after her tailbone hit a metal pole while she was riding a park slide. She wants compensation of up to $1 million. KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas) (11/12)

Other News
Appomattox, Virginia, to discuss possible water park plan in January
The News & Advance (Lynchburg, Va.) (11/12)

Family Entertainment Centers

2 Pinstack FECs coming to Texas
Pinstack will open two family entertainment centers in Texas. A West Plano site will open in January, while a Fort Worth facility will launch in early 2016. The facilities will include 28 bowling lanes, a VIP bowling lounge and a full-service restaurant with a patio, a private dining areas and a full bar. The Fort Worth location will also feature a rock climbing wall, a high ropes course, video games and a two-level laser tag arena. American City Business Journals/Dallas (11/12)

Boston Heights, Ohio, gets trampoline facility
A 24,000-square-foot Sky Zone trampoline park recently opened in Boston Heights, Ohio. The facility includes a 1,500-square-foot trampoline area, aerobics classes, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball and three party rooms. Hudson Hub-Times (Ohio) (11/9)

Lawmakers seek repeal of law to allow Dave & Buster's to launch a New Jersey branch
A bill that would repeal a 1959 New Jersey law that prohibits facilities with amusement games that are skill-based or games of chance to serve alcohol has been introduced in state legislature for the benefit of Dave & Buster's. "They have a very strong interest in coming into New Jersey. They're already in New York and Pennsylvania, and a lot of the surrounding states," an attorney for the firm said. However, some critics feel that the firm might hurt shore businesses and that the bill is too broad. The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) (11/10)

Other News
Owner hopes Bowlarena in Brunswick, Georgia, can reopen despite extensive fire damage
The Brunswick News (Ga.) (11/11)

Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

City council considers $29 million in bonds for Powerhouse Science Center in California
The Sacramento, California, city council is looking to authorize $29 million in bonds to build a new location for the Powerhouse Science Center. The science center, which aims to host a groundbreaking ceremony next year, would feature exhibit space and a planetarium. The project, which already raised $20 million through grants, plans a second phase that includes renovation of the PG&E building beside it. Capital Public Radio (Calif.) (11/12)

City to vote next week on California Trails exhibit proposal by Oakland Zoo
Oakland Zoo's California Trails exhibit may finally gain approval after facing criticisms and legal actions from environmental groups, with a scheduled city vote next week. The exhibit would take up 61 acres in Knowland Park and showcase bison, California condors, jaguars, grizzly bears and mountain lions. Opponents called the project public land grabbing, saying it didn't need to use public parkland. San Francisco Chronicle (free content) (11/13)

Other News
2 Andean bear cubs are born at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.)/The Associated Press (11/13)

Parks advocacy group sues Chicago, Illinois, to block Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
CBS News/The Associated Press (11/13)

Related Industry News

"London Eye" in England to feature Frosty Guided Experience
"The London Eye" in England will offer The Frosty Guided Experience as part of its Frostival holiday celebration. The experience, which will begin Nov. 29 and run through Jan. 3, will add a 4-D experience with scent technology. A winter cocktail experience for adults will also be available starting Nov. 27. EventMagazine.co.uk (U.K.) (11/13)

Other News
Oklahoma's Myriad Gardens to offer new rides for Downtown in December
The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (11/11)

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