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Monday August 22, 2016

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Amusement and Theme Parks

Planet Snoopy section at Kings Dominion in Virginia getting 3 new attractions
Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia, unveiled expansion plans Saturday for its "Peanuts"-themed Planet Snoopy children's area that will add three family rides and an events area and enhance its food-and-beverage stations. The three new attractions are the "Peanuts 500" race-car-themed ride, the "Sally's Sea Plane" ride and the "Kite Eating Tree" tower attraction. The park also unveiled the new Pre-K Pass, available through online registration, that grants free access to children ages 3 to 5 for the whole of the 2017 season. Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.)

2 new rides, WinterFest event to debut in 2017 at Missouri's Worlds of Fun
Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri, announced two new rides slated to open next year as well as a Winterfest event starting in Nov. 24, 2017. The first new ride, called "Falcon's Flight," will open at the Europa section and will spin up to 50 riders around while rising nearly 100 feet in the air. The second ride, called "Mustang Runner," is composed of three spinning arms, each carrying seven gondolas that will also be spinning. The six-week WinterFest will feature reindeer petting, ice skating, live shows, light displays and walk-around characters, among others.
KMBC-TV (Kansas City, Mo.)

Marijuana-related arrests rise at Pennsylvania's Dorney Park
Pennsylvania police officers and security personnel at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom have arrested 120 people this summer on charges related to marijuana, compared with 79 arrests during the 2015 peak summer season. The police credited Dorney Park security's vigilance against marijuana possession inside its grounds for the rise in arrests. The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

Woman hit with object during ride at New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure
A woman riding the "El Toro" roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey was injured Friday after an unknown object hit her in the face. State inspectors cleared the ride to reopen the same night after a full inspection, but park officials opted for an additional daytime inspection by in-house experts and reopened the ride Saturday. 
Asbury Park Press (Neptune-Asbury Park, N.J.) (tiered subscription model)

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Water Parks

"TornadoWAVE" attraction coming to Funfields park in Australia
The Funfields amusement park in Whittlesea, Victoria, Australia, will launch a new "TornadoWAVE" water slide in the summer of 2017. Manufactured by ProSlide Technology, the four-person raft ride takes riders through a loop, down a tunnel and then up a wall before ending in a pool. The park is also undergoing an expansion that will add a toddlers' water play area, a revamped go-kart track and other amenities.
Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia) (tiered subscription model)

Wildwater Kingdom in Aurora, Ohio, to shut down
Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. officials announced Friday that this will be the final season for the Wildwater Kingdom water park in Aurora, Ohio, and the park will close Sept. 5. Cedar Fair said in a press release that it plans to "redevelop the entire property into what will best benefit the surrounding communities" in cooperation with the City of Aurora and Bainbridge Township. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

33-year-old man drowns at Wild Waves in Washington
A 33-year-old man drowned Saturday at Wild Waves Theme Park in Federal Way, Washington. Wild Waves officials said that CPR was administered by lifeguards and first responder teams but that the man did not survive. The park is assisting in an ongoing investigation. KOMO-TV/KOMO-AM (Seattle)

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Family Entertainment Centers

Family fun park in Killen, Alabama, to open in the spring
A new family fun park in Alabama called Killen Time Mini-golf and Adventure Park is now aiming for a spring opening instead of this summer because of construction delays. The park will feature a 44-foot lighthouse, two themed mini-golf courses, a section housing exotic animals and an ice cream shop. Future expansions could include ziplines, laser tag, batting cages and go-karts. Times Daily (Florence, Ala.)

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Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

Brazil's Museu do Amanhã partners with Britain's Science Museum Group
Museu do Amanhã in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has announced a partnership with the Science Museum Group of Great Britain. The Science Museum Group controls a variety of science museums across Great Britain, including the London Science Museum, the National Media Museum in Bradford, and the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. Over the next five years, the institutions will share scientific information, techniques, and experiences, and exchange temporary exhibits. Museum professionals will be able to participate in professional exchanges between the two areas. Discussions about the partnership began two years ago before the Brazilian museum opened its doors. Globo.com (Brazil) (Portuguese-language content)

Buttonwood Park Zoo in Massachusetts to incorporate former Explorium exhibits
The Buttonwood Park Zoo in Massachusetts unveiled five new exhibits Thursday that were created partly from exhibits at the former Ocean Explorium facility. The exhibits will feature a poison dart frog, box fish, pufferfish, clownfish, anemone and corals. The Explorium's "Science on a Sphere" exhibit is also set to open at the zoo later in the year. Several more exhibits from the Explorium and a revamped Aquatic Environment Center are expected to debut next year.
The Standard-Times (New Bedford, Mass.) (tiered subscription model)

12-year-old child's death by lion mauling in South Africa under investigation
A 12-year-old boy has died after being mauled by lions inside their enclosure at the Otavi Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa. The boy was able to enter the animals' enclosure because a worker allegedly stole the keys and led him inside. The incident is under investigation. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model)

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Related Industry News

Group seeks closer monitoring of ride injuries at Canadian amusement parks
The Canada Safety Council says the amusement park industry could develop improved best practices for ride safety if it adopts stricter tracking and reporting of park injuries. "For industry professionals, it would definitely be useful to have a compilation of injuries, injury reports and fatalities, because it's based on that that we can see what's working, see what's not working and address the problem so that they're no longer problem issues," spokesman Lewis Smith said.
CTV.ca (Canada)/The Canadian Press

Tragedies lowered tourism numbers, theme park attendance in Florida this summer
Attendance at theme parks around Orlando, Florida, was slightly diminished this summer despite strong projections at the start of the season as a result of several incidents in June including the shooting of singer Christina Grimmie, the shootings at the Pulse nightclub and the death of a child in an alligator attack at Walt Disney World Resort. Some theme parks have offered discount promotions and lifted summer blackout dates while looking forward to the Halloween season for better attendance numbers. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

Atlanta, Georgia, to get its first iFly indoor skydiving attraction
Construction is underway on the first iFly indoor skydiving facility in Georgia. The attraction, which will be in Cobb County, will offer a free-fall skydiving experience through a vertical wind tunnel. A unique design had to be developed for the Georgia facility because of the county's refusal to waive its 50-foot building height restriction, which also caused a delay in its construction. 
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content)

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