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Monday August 8, 2016

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Amusement and Theme Parks

Six Flags Great America in Illinois to revamp "Demon" coaster with VR experience
The "Demon" roller coaster at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, will receive an upgrade over the weekend with the addition of virtual reality (VR) headsets. Riders on the "Demon," which launched in 1976, will try to save humanity in a battle with evil creatures as they take on the new experience, called the "Rage of the Gargoyles Virtual Reality." The attraction opens to the public Saturday after a Friday preview for season passholders and guests who own Samsung phones.
Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.)

Resort with theme parks, hotels to rise in South Korea's Yeongjong Island
Plans for a $5 billion integrated resort complex on Yeongjong Island in South Korea moved forward with a deal signed by Inspire Integrated Resort and Incheon International Airport Corp. The project's first phase will include theme parks including a park featuring Paramount movies, restaurants, a foreigner-exclusive casino, a convention center and two hotels. The completed resort is expected to begin operations in 2020. The Korea Times (Seoul)

Company to invest Rs218 crore on Alakananda Riverfront complex in India
A deal has been reached for a Rs218 crore tourism development in Andhra Pradesh, India, called the Alakananda Riverfront. Developer G&C Global Consortium's project calls for an integrated mixed-use infrastructure area covering 310 acres and featuring amusement parks, riverfront activities, a family entertainment center, a mini-golf course, a sports and leisure club, dining venues, a hotel and serviced apartments.
The Hindu (India)

Legoland Florida steps up anti-Zika-virus response efforts
The emergence of the Zika virus in Miami, Florida, has prompted Legoland Florida in Winter Haven to implement an information program through park staff to ease guests' concerns. Park spokesman David Brady said attendance has not been hit significantly by the news of the virus spreading into the state. The number of cases in Florida as of Friday stood at 16 that were locally acquired and 351 contracted from out-of-state.
The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.)

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Water Parks

10-year-old boy dies during incident on "Verrückt" slide at Schlitterbahn in Kansas
The son of Kansas state Rep. Scott Schwab, 10-year-old Caleb Thomas Schwab, died Sunday in an incident on the "Verrückt" water slide at Schlitterbahn in Kansas City, Kansas. A park representative said that an investigation is ongoing and that the ride would remain closed indefinitely, while the park will be closed through today. Rafts on the 17-story "Verrückt" can travel at 60 to 70 miles per hour, and several safety measures are in place, including a system of straps and two weighing stations.

IAAPA Member Alert: This incident may cause increased media inquiries to water park operators. Please view IAAPA's current statement here, and if you need any assistance with press inquiries, contact the IAAPA Press Office at 1-703-836- 4800 or PressOffice@IAAPA.orgThe Kansas City Star (Mo.)

Soft launch held at Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash in Canada
The Sylvan Lake Aqua Splash inflatable water park on Sylvan Lake in Alberta, Canada, recently held a soft opening. The Wibit-manufactured floating obstacle course is set to officially open to the public in May or June next year. Sylvan Lake News (Alberta)

US water park projects on the rise
Water park development is surging in the US, driven by indoor water park projects, which saw an 84% increase in the past decade, Hotel & Leisure Advisors reports. Currently, 19 outdoor and 12 indoor water parks are set to rise across the US, eight of which are slated to open in Texas this year. TheFiscalTimes.com

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Family Entertainment Centers

5 Wits puzzle experience challenging visitors at Palisades Center in New York
An attraction called 5 Wits, which opened to the public in July at the Palisades Center in West Nyack, New York, offers visitors an adventure with challenging puzzles to solve. The 11,000-square-foot facility uses computer-generated imagery to offer a number of themed adventures and hires guides with backgrounds in performing arts for extra theatrical touches. 5 Wits also has a location in Foxboro, Massachusetts, and one in Syracuse, New York, with another location slated to open in Albany, New York, next year. NorthJersey.com (Woodland Park, N.J.) (free registration)

Kochville Township, Michigan, welcomes trampoline park
A 20,000-square-foot Sky Zone Trampoline Park debuted Friday in Kochville Township, Michigan. The facility features open jumping, a Ninja Warrior Course, a foam zone area, fitness classes, dodgeball, toddler play times, group events and birthday parties. MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration)

The EDGE in Belleville, Illinois, plans FEC, 4-D movie theater
An expansion project has been proposed for the EDGE movie complex in Belleville, Illinois, that would include a 33,500-square-foot building with a 4-D movie theater and various entertainment offerings. The $3.36 million project would include renovating the existing bar and adding a four-lane bowling alley, bumper cars and an indoor go-kart track. The project has received $201,105 in tax breaks and is expected to be finished in early 2017. Belleville News-Democrat (Ill.)

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Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

GPS tracking for big cats suggested after lnyx's escape from UK zoo
The British Big Cats Society is calling for a law requiring big cats in zoological facilities across the UK to be fitted with a GPS tracking device. The recommendation comes after Flaviu, a lynx at the Dartmoor Zoo, escaped and eluded capture for three weeks. Ben Mee, owner of the Dartmoor Zoo, said zoo animals would be encumbered and subjected to health risks if outfitted with devices similar to those used on animals in the wild. BBC

2 lions from Iowa's Cricket Hollow Zoo transferred as part of settlement
The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado has taken delivery of two lions from the Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester, Iowa, as part of a settlement deal by the zoo in a lawsuit filed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. A US District chief judge earlier found that the lions were under "threat of immediate and irreparable injury" and ordered the zoo's owners to let a veterinarian examine them. Billings Gazette (Mont.)

Twycross Zoo in UK announces birth of rare leopard cubs
Authorities at the Twycross Zoo in Atherstone, England, have announced the birth of two rare Siberian leopards. The cubs' birth marks the second time Siberian leopards were born at the zoo; the first occurred in 2014. Siberian leopards are critically endangered, with fewer than 70 animals living in the wild and just over 200 cats in zoos around the world. Glamour (Brazil) (Portuguese-language content)

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Related Industry News

"7D Dark Ride Adventure" opens at Orlando's I-Drive 360 in Florida
An attraction called "7D Dark Ride Adventure" has opened at the main terminal building of I-Drive 360 in Orlando, Florida. Operated by Arcade City, the attraction offers a 3-D movie experience with full-motion seats and sound, light and wind effects for up to eight visitors at a time. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)

"Panlong Cliff" skywalk in Hunan, China, is now open
A glass-bottomed skywalk attraction has opened on the side of Tianmen Mountain, 300 meters above the ground in China's Hunan province. The "Panlong Cliff," or "Coiling Dragon Cliff," skywalk at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park measures 100 meters long and 1.6 meters wide. The New Zealand Herald

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