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Submit education session proposals for IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015
Submit a proposal to present a seminar as part of the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015 education program. IAAPA Attractions Expo is the largest gathering worldwide of amusement and attractions professionals. Both members and nonmembers are eligible to submit a proposal. Deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 16.

Hone your leadership skills in 2015
Broaden your business acumen, strengthen strategic thinking skills and expand your professional network at IAAPA Institute for Executive Education, Jan. 26-30 in San Diego, California. The curriculum combines classroom instruction with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to some of San Diego's leading attractions! Register now.

Amusement and Theme Parks

Legoland amusement park to be built in Chuncheon, South Korea
Merlin Entertainments will create a Legoland theme park in Chuncheon, South Korea. The 300 billion won park will launch in 2017. "South Korea offers both a developed theme park market and strong Lego brand recognition," CEO Nick Varney said. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/28), Reuters (11/28)

Hello Kitty Park will launch in Anji, China
Sanrio Co. will officially open Hello Kitty Park on Jan. 1, 2015, in Anji, China. The roughly 95,000-square-meter park will offer rides, restaurants, musicals, parades and hotels. "Hello Kitty Park is both a festive playland and a natural park, where children learn about the environment through imaginative, hands-on activity," designer Hettema Group said on its website. The Asahi Shimbun (Japan) (11/30), The Daily Mail (London) (11/29)

Early 2015 reopening set for "Battlestar Galactica" at Universal Studios Singapore
Resorts World Sentosa announced that "Battlestar Galactica" dueling roller coaster would reopen early next year at Universal Studios Singapore. The ride has been closed for more than a year for an extensive review. An exact launch date is expected soon. When the coaster reopens it will include two-seat vehicles instead of four-seaters. "It will be as if every rider has their own window seat," said John Hallenbeck, RWS' attractions vice president. The Straits Times (Singapore) (free content) (11/28), Channel NewsAsia (11/28)

Turner Classic Movies to update "Great Movie Ride" at Florida's Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney Co. and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) entered a deal that will refurbish the "Great Movie Ride" at Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The update, which will finish in the spring, will involve the ride's pre-show and finale. The deal will also allow TCM to air classic Disney programs beginning Dec. 21. Central Florida News 13 (Orlando, Fla.) (11/26), Variety (11/26)

Resort with theme park coming to Yeongjong Island, South Korea
Paradise City resort will be unveiled by Paradise Sega Sammy in March 2017 on Yeongjong Island, South Korea. The 1.3 trillion won, 330,000-square-meter integrated resort will feature an indoor theme park, a foreigner-only casino, two hotels, a convention center, restaurants, a luxury spa and the hallyu-themed K-Plaza. The Korea Times (Seoul) (11/27)

Other News
Construction of "Wicked Cyclone" under way at Six Flags New England in Massachusetts
WGGB-TV (Springfield, Mass.) (11/24)

Etisalat to provide smart technology to Dubai Parks and Resorts in UAE
ArabianBusiness.com (United Arab Emirates) (11/29)

High School Journalism Day to take place Dec. 10 at Florida's SeaWorld Orlando
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (12/1)

Florida amusement parks, facilities feature events for Christmas season
The Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (11/26)

Designer at Silver Dollar City in Missouri discusses costumes for holiday events
Branson Tri-Lakes News (Mo.) (11/27)

Water Parks

The Epic complex is proposed for Grand Prairie, Texas
The Epic, a recreation and water park facility, plans a May 2017 debut at Central Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. The $75 million complex will include up to 60,000 square feet of indoor water park space, up to three acres of outdoor water park space and roughly 120,000 square feet for indoor recreation. The Dallas Morning News (free content) (11/28)

"Aqua Climb" debuts at Tennessee's Kingsport Aquatic Center
Kingsport Aquatic Center in Tennessee officially launched "Aqua Climb" on Friday. Guests enjoyed the attraction's two angled plastic panels offering foot and hand holds. "Aqua Climb" is the second new attraction the center launched since opening in spring 2013. Kingsport Times-News (Tenn.) (11/26)

Other News
Girl loses consciousness in water Saturday at Schlitterbahn in Galveston, Texas
The Galveston County Daily News (Texas) (11/30)

Family Entertainment Centers

Chuck E. Cheese's will debut this month at Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
Chuck E. Cheese's will unveil a 14,000-square-foot family entertainment center Dec. 22 in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. The facility will include arcade games, rides, tubes, slides and climbing equipment. "As one of Tennessee's fastest-growing communities, Mt. Juliet is experiencing an exciting period of development, and we're thrilled our newest Chuck E. Cheese's location is part of this," said Michelle Chism, corporate communications director with Chuck E. Cheese's. Main Street Media (Lebanon, Tenn.)/Wilson Post (11/25)

Rush Air Sports trampoline park in California launches late due to permit issue
Rush Air Sports trampoline park in Bakersfield, California, opened late Wednesday after failing to obtain a building permit earlier in the morning. The delay was due to unfinished stair and ramp handrails. Despite the holdup, guests were able to enjoy the 40,000-square-foot facility's jumping court, basketball hoops, dodgeball courts and foam pit beginning around 5 p.m. The Bakersfield Californian (11/26)

Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

3 holiday shows to be offered at Florida's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
This month, three shows will celebrate the holiday season at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Choreographed music and light show Holiday Rocket Garden Light Show begins Tuesday. A 3-D projection mapping presentation will start Dec. 22 and the Holiday Laser Light Spectacular will debut in Dec. 26. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)/Theme Park Rangers blog (11/28)

Report recommends update of gorilla exhibit at San Francisco Zoo in California
A report recommends that San Francisco Zoo in California improve its equipment and practices following the death of a young gorilla last month. The recommendations include updating the gorilla exhibit's 30-year-old doors, installing a backup generator, hiring a full-time gorilla specialist and requiring two keepers to oversee the transfer of animals to their night quarters. San Francisco Chronicle (free content) (11/26)

Other News
National Zoo in Washington, D.C., opens annual Zoo Lights attraction
WUSA-TV (Washington, D.C.) (11/30)

Assiniboine Park Zoo in Canada finishes repairs of polar bear exhibit's underwater viewing tunnel
CBC.ca (Canada) (11/28)

Related Industry News

Open air trampoline is planned in London, England
The Architecture for Humanity charity plans to install an open air trampoline along a street in London, England. "The Bounceway will be the world's longest urban trampoline. This iconic and inclusive new public space in the heart of London will boost fitness and fun, and provide a novel form of transport where the journey is the main event," said a spokesperson of supporter Transport for London. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (11/26)

Other News
BeaverTails Inc. exhibits at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 as it looks to expand
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (11/27)

Girl rescued after trying to stand up causes her to fall out of Ferris wheel car at Bhrikuti Mandap in Nepal
The Daily Mirror (U.K.) (11/27)

"Bring ideas in and entertain them royally, for one of them may be the king." -- Mark Van Doren, American poet and scholar