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Association News

IAAPA Awards call for nominations deadline -- TODAY!
Last chance to get the recognition your company deserves and be recognized as the best in the industry with the 2016 International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Awards. Submit your nomination today for the 2016 IAAPA Brass Ring Awards, IAAPA Service Awards, IAAPA Hall of Fame Awards or IAAPA Young Professional of the Year Award. Deadline is today.

Give Kids The World Expo charity events: Golf, Ride, Run and Walk to raise funds
Three charity events to benefit Give Kids The World Village take place during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016: IAAPA International Charity Golf Tournament, IAAPA Motorcycle Ride, and IAAPA 5K Fun Run and 1K Walk. Register today and learn additional ways to fundraise and contribute at www.IAAPA.org/GKTWatExpo.

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.

Amusement and Theme Parks

Attractions unveiled at Dubai's IMG Worlds of Adventure ahead of opening
IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is preparing for its grand opening Aug. 15, with final tests underway at the more than 20 attractions and rides it will offer. Among the indoor park's attractions are the "Haunted Hotel" horror maze; a 15.5-meter-tall Barosaurus, one of 69 animatronic dinosaur figures at the Lost Valley zone; and a "Ben 10" 5-D movie theater. The park is expected to bring in 4.5 million guests in its first year. The National (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

California's Disneyland to bring back attractions affected by "Star Wars" development
Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, announced that several attractions that were displaced by the construction of the new "Star Wars" land will be returning next year. The company said on the Disney Parks blog that Rivers of America's attractions will resume operation next summer, while the Disneyland Railroad will get a new route offering views of the river's north bank. Other returning offerings include "Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes," the "Mark Twain Riverboat," the "Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island" and the Fantasmic fireworks and light show.
The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (free content)

Work progresses on New Caney, Texas, amusement park complex
Construction at the 632-acre Grand Texas amusement park complex in New Caney, Texas, is continuing after several delays, with some attractions set to open over the coming months. A fall debut has been set for the Speedsportz Racing Park and the Grand Texas RV Resort, while the Big Rivers water park is expected to be ready for guests by spring next year. Work on the Grand Texas Theme Park, which will offer five roller coasters among its attractions, will begin after construction of the water park is finished. Community Impact Newspaper (Pflugerville, Texas)

63-year-old woman's injury leads to scooter ban at England's Drayton Manor park
A 63-year-old woman was hospitalized with a broken kneecap and ankle after an incident July 22 at Drayton Manor theme park in England. The woman was reportedly hit by a 6-year-old child riding an out-of-control scooter. A park representative has said that scooters are no longer permitted at the property and that a review of the park's regulations has taken place. Local World (U.K.)/Stoke Sentinel

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Water Parks

England's Alpamare Scarborough water park is now open
The Alpamare Scarborough water park in England opened to the public Saturday. The £14 million park features four water slides, including the four-person "Snow Storm," which features a 14.2-meter drop; and "Olympic Run," which can accommodate two riders at a time. The park also offers an indoor tidal pool, outdoor and indoor swimming pools and a spa. Yorkshire Post (England)

Plans for aquatic center in Selah, Washington, to change
A parcel of land with an area of up to 54,000 square feet has been approved as the site of an aquatic facility in Selah, Washington. City officials made changes to the initial plans, including shifting the building's alignment and rejecting a proposal for a grass area. The plan by Selah's parks and recreation agency called for a complex with a 25-yard competition pool, a multipurpose pool of the same size, two water slides, a beach-entry play pool, a deck and a pool house. 
Yakima Herald-Republic (Wash.) (free registration)

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Family Entertainment Centers

Rebranded Radio Social bowling lanes planned in Brighton, New York
Owners of the Clover Lanes bowling alley in Brighton, New York, have announced plans to relocate and rebrand as Radio Social. The new 42,000-square-foot facility will include 34 lanes, billiards, bocce, shuffleboard and other indoor games. The center will also offer an outdoor space and cocktails and dining options.
Rochester Business Journal (N.Y.)

Planned Adventure Park FEC in Lubbock, Texas, moves forward
The developer of the proposed Adventure Park family entertainment center in Lubbock, Texas, has secured zoning permission for its target site from the city council. The Adventure Park facility is slated to open in the winter of 2017 at the location of the former Putt Putt facility with a go-kart track, paddle boats and a zipline. The developer has agreed to a number of changes in response to residents' feedback, including using quieter go-karts and installing fencing. KCBD-TV (Lubbock, Texas)

Altitude Trampoline Park in Katy, Texas, has opened its doors
A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of the 33,000-square foot Altitude Trampoline Park in Katy, Texas. The facility offers a main jump area, two dodgeball courts, a tumble track and a rock wall with a foam pit.
Houston Community Newspapers

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Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

Aquarium at Huachipa Zoo in Peru debuts
The Huachipa Zoo in Peru has launched a new attraction: a 1,000-meter aquarium with a diverse collection of aquatic animals, including octopi, stingrays, mollusks and sea urchins. The exhibit features 30 ponds housing various types of marine ecosystems found in Peru as well as a touch area where guests can interact with the animals.
Peru this Week (Peru)

Play structure opens at Niabi Zoo in Illinois
The Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley, Illinois, has opened an outdoor play structure that is double the size of the playground it replaced and features play elements for children with disabilities. The $120,000 space is divided into two: for children ages 1 to 5 and children ages 6 to 12; features a soft rubber base; and includes two double slides, a wiggle wave slide, a pipe wall, a rain wheel and a virtual tunnel, among others.
WQAD-TV (Moline, Ill.)

Zookeepers at Slovakia's Bojnice Zoo kill escaping brown bear
Staff at the Bojnice Zoo in Slovakia were forced to shoot and kill a brown bear named Baloo after they found the animal attempting to escape. A zoo spokeswoman said a tranquilizer gun was first used on the bear during the July 21 incident, but when it failed they decided to kill the bear for security reasons. The bear reportedly showed aggressive behavior since its transfer from the Czech Republic. Metro.co.uk (U.K.)

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Related Industry News

Early Halloween horror festival held in Long Beach, California
The first Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival was held over the weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center in California. The event featured a Museum of Paranormal History manned by real-life ghost hunters, a scare zone called the Hall of Shadows with a number of haunted attractions and more than a hundred vendors and representatives of theme parks that have their own Halloween events.
Los Angeles Daily News

Boulder County Fair in Colorado features a 100-foot-tall Ferris wheel
A 100-foot-tall Giant Wheel is among the attractions at this year's Boulder County Fair in Longmont, Colorado. It launched Friday and will run through Aug. 7. Manufactured by Chance Rides, the new attraction replaces the fair's longtime attraction, which stands 60 feet tall, and offers a larger gondola that can carry eight children or six adults.
Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.)

Ventura County Fair in California installs metal detectors
Visitors to this year's Ventura County Fair in California will be greeted with metal detectors as an enhancement to the event's screening process. Fair CEO Barbara Quaid said the detectors are part of an incremental process of heightening security measures at the fair and was not triggered by a specific event.
Ventura County Star (Calif.) (free content)

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