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IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 registration update
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 registration update (as of 3 p.m. Nov. 20): qualified buyers 19,100; total registration 30,000 (Details)

Expo News and Show Daily Headlines
Expo attendees can get a copy of Show Daily Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings at the round publication bins at the top of each escalator in the North and South Halls. Those unable to attend can read highlights from Show Daily at www.IAAPA.org and follow the real time conversation @IAAPAHQ or #IAE14.

Register now for the IAAPA Institute for Executive Education
Don't miss your opportunity to learn from an accomplished industry leader at this year's IAAPA Institute for Executive Education, Jan. 25-30 in San Diego, California. Al Weber, former CEO of Palace Entertainment and chief operating officer of Six Flags Theme Parks, will serve as CEO of Apex Parks Group. Register today -- space is limited!

Amusement and Theme Parks

Theme parks to bring gains to Village Roadshow, chairman says
Village Roadshow Chairman Robert Kirby said the company's theme parks would drive revenue growth this fiscal year. "The critical summer trading period for the theme parks is ahead of us and, of course always weather permitting, we are confident of earnings growth this financial year," Kirby said. "Theme Parks is our biggest division and will be one of our key engines for growth in the years ahead." The Daily Telegraph (Australia)/Australian Associated Press (11/20)

April 11 opening set for "Fireman's Landing" at Silver Dollar City in Missouri
"Fireman's Landing," an $8 million area, will debut April 11 at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. The area will feature 10 attractions including "Fire Spotter" balloon ride; "Fire Wagon Frenzy" and "Roundabout" bouncing rides; "FireFall" fire tower free-fall drop ride; and children's rides "Up The Ladder" drop ride; and "Fireman's Flyers" swing ride. The Harlem Globetrotters will also perform at the park next year, while Herschend's Showboat Branson Belle will add a new show. Neosho Daily News (Mo.) (11/17)

Standard Amusements reveals plans for Rye Playland in New York
Standard Amusements, one of two firms seeking to manage Rye Playland in New York, said it would invest $25 million in the first five years of the contract and pay $6 million in cash. The other firm vying to be operator is Central Amusement International, a Zamperla subsidiary. Nicholas Singer, Standard's executive managing director, said it would conduct improvements in infrastructure and aesthetics as well as update rides and add a few new attractions. WestfairOnline.com (White Plains, N.Y.) (11/20)

Florida winners of 2014 IAAPA Brass Ring Awards recognized during IAAPA Attractions Expo
Two Florida theme parks were given Brass Rings Awards during the IAAPA Attractions Expo. The "Build a Mini" program of Legoland in Winter Haven won an award for excellence in games and retail. The "Angels of Peace" and "Kinetix 2014" shows of Busch Gardens in Tampa were also recognized. In addition, accesso's Passport eCommerce solution won as best new product. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)/Theme Park Rangers blog (11/20)

Walt Disney Co. disputes rumors over an Egypt amusement park
Walt Disney Co. countered claims that it would build a theme park in Egypt. "While Egypt is an attractive market, we have no plans for the region at this time," the firm's spokesperson said. "At Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, we continually look for ways to grow our business and as part of that process we have conversations with many different entities." Ahram Online (Egypt) (11/20)

Other News
US Thrill Rides founder discusses "Skyscraper" roller coaster opening in Florida
American City Business Journals/Orlando, Fla./The Buzz blog (11/20)

Ride inspection procedure for "Wild Eagle" at Tennessee's Dollywood is highlighted
WVLT-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.) (11/20)

Holiday light attractions in the U.S. are featured
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)/Taking the Kids (11/20)

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment CEO works to protect brand from negativity of "Blackfish"
Bloomberg Businessweek (11/20)

Expedition 720 Degrees begins at Santa Monica Pier in California
KCBS-TV/KCAL-TV (Los Angeles) (11/20)

Water Parks

Fun-Plex in Omaha, Nebraska, to expand water park
New attractions are coming to Fun-Plex in Omaha, Nebraska, as part of a $5 million, four-year plan. "Makana Splash," a 40-foot-tall, multi-level water play ground with four slides created by WhiteWater will open at the park by Memorial Day weekend. Other planned attractions are a tower with three twisting tube slides and a six-lane "mat racer" water slide. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (11/21)

Aquatica Marina Waterworld opens in Pangasinan, Philippines
Aquatica Marina Waterworld launched at El Puerto Marina resort in Pangasinan, Philippines. The water park include pools, huge buckets making waterfalls, water slides of varying size and picnic huts. Owner Flor Verzosa noted that the park would add a "raging river." Philippine Daily Inquirer (11/16)

Lake Delton, Wisconsin, passes ordinance requiring video surveillance at wave pools
Two ordinances requiring video surveillance at wave pools and night clubs were approved by Lake Delton, Wisconsin. However, Doran Carrell, Noah's Ark water park's general manager, aired concern over liability in videotaping the pools. Nick Laskaris, owner of Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, noted that the exact number of cameras needed for sufficient video coverage wasn't included in the ordinance. Wisconsin Dells Events (Wis.) (11/14)

Family Entertainment Centers

Raceway Indoor Sports Entertainment coming to Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Raceway Indoor Sports Entertainment, or RISE, will debut on New Year's Day in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The 37,000-square-foot facility will feature go-kart racing, a rock climbing wall, an arcade, a mini-golf course, batting cages and a children's play area. KELO-TV (Sioux Falls, S.D.) (11/19) 

Chuck E. Cheese's at Cool Springs, Tennessee, closes after woman crashes car into facility
Chuck E. Cheese's at Cool Springs, Tennessee, remains closed after a woman drove her car into the window of the family entertainment center Thursday. Police said the woman, who was taken to the hospital after suffering minor injuries, mistakenly hit the gas while trying to park. Firefighters rescued the woman and her 4-year-old grandchild from the crash. WSMV-TV (Nashville, Tenn.) (11/20)

Other News
Manassas, Virginia, to get Sky Zone trampoline park
Patch.com/Manassas, Va. (11/19)

Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

$61 million California Trail project at Oakland Zoo in California gains city approval
Oakland Zoo in California can proceed with its California Trail exhibit after receiving approval from the city council. The $61 million project was criticized because it would take eight acres from Knowland Park. The exhibit, which could start construction in 2015, will offer outdoor exhibits, an aerial gondola, a campground and a building with a gift shop, a classroom, an interpretive center and a restaurant. KPIX-TV (San Francisco) (11/19), KQED.org (11/19)

Other News
California's San Diego Zoo introduces baby Francois' langur
KFMB-TV (San Diego) (11/20)

Virtual ski jump among new exhibits at Alf Engen Ski Museum in Utah
The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (11/20)

Museum dedicated to Tenderloin neighborhood to open next year in San Francisco, California
KNTV-TV (San Francisco) (11/20)

Related Industry News

Damian Rogers Architecture, Arup propose floating surf park in Australia
Damian Rogers Architecture and Arup seek to unveil a floating surf park in Melbourne, Australia. The 16,000-square-meter facility would include a wave pool with height-controllable waves, a beach, beach soccer, kayaking, shopping and food options. "This surf park concept would create a beach lifestyle in the heart of the city," developer Damian Rogers said. Gizmag (11/17)

Other News
Parking garage launches at Downtown Disney in Florida
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (11/20)

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