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Amusement and Theme Parks

Formal opening of Dubai Parks and Resorts set for Sunday
A special event is set to take place Sunday to mark the official opening of Dubai Parks and Resorts in the United Arab Emirates. Two of the destination's theme parks have not yet opened: Motiongate Dubai, which is slated to open Friday with most of its rides operating, and Legoland Water Park, for which an opening date will be announced soon. Trade Arabia (Bahrain)

More than $157,000 raised for donation as Dreamworld in Australia reopens
Dreamworld in Australia welcomed more than 6,000 guests during its first two days of operation after closing in October following a ride incident that led to four deaths. A portion of the tickets sold, amounting to $157,225, will go to the families of the guests who died. The Age (Melbourne, Australia)

OWA park in Foley, Alabama, starts receiving ride parts
Groundwork is underway at the site of the OWA amusement park in Foley, Alabama, as rides continue to arrive for installation. The park has already taken delivery of the "Aerozoom" ride, and workers are preparing the infrastructure for the signature "Rolling Thunder" roller coaster. The park is set to open to the public during the Memorial Day weekend next year. WPMI-TV (Mobile, Ala.)

"Scenic Railway" at Dreamland in England undergoing repairs
Repair work on the "Scenic Railway" attraction at Dreamland in Margate, England, is in progress. Workers are currently replacing the ride's lift rope and are expected to begin a days-long testing phase afterward. "Once testing is complete we will look forward to announcing the ride's opening date," a park representative said. 
KentNews.co.uk (U.K.)

"Jambo Junction" at Busch Gardens in Florida has been closed
Busch Gardens Tampa in Florida announced the permanent closure of the "Jambo Junction" attraction, a walkthrough exhibit featuring various animals. "As with other attractions that change over time, the closure of any area of the park is considered against a number of factors including its popularity when compared to other attractions," the park said in a statement. The exhibit's animals will be redistributed across the park. WTVT-TV (Tampa, Fla.)

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Water Parks

Friday debut set for Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado
Heavy bookings have prompted an earlier-than-planned opening for the massive Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The resort built by Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Resorts, which features a 311-room hotel and 50,000-square-foot indoor water park, will open Friday. The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Lead architect named for water park project in Decatur, Illinois
The Decatur (Illinois) Park District has selected Architectural Expressions as the lead consultant on the construction of a water park in Nelson Park. An official with the company said that the aquatics center design will be released by early May and that construction will begin around that time with a target opening in the summer of 2018. The board also approved an $11 million alternate revenue bond to finance the project.
Herald & Review (Decatur, Ill.)

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Family Entertainment Centers

Bowl and Social in Hamilton, New Zealand, now open
The former Bowlevard bowling alley in Hamilton, New Zealand, has emerged from a $1.6 million renovation and reopened to the public as Bowl and Social. The facility features 20 modernized bowling lanes, a private functions space and a new kitchen and bar. Technological enhancements allow visitors to play custom games, share their scores on social media and order food directly from the lanes. Stuff (New Zealand)

California's Downtown Disney getting a bowling alley in 2017
Disneyland Resort in California has announced that a Splitsville Luxury Lanes facility is set to open in 2017 at Downtown Disney. Among the facility's offerings are a 20-lane bowling alley, two bars, a 625-seat restaurant and an outdoor patio.
The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (free content)

Lucky Strike FEC coming to Chicago, Illinois
A Lucky Strike family entertainment center will be part of the Addison & Clark mixed-use development in Chicago, Illinois. Set to open in mid-2018, the facility will cover 30,000 square feet and will feature live music acts in addition to its bowling amenities.
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

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Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

Palm Beach Zoo in Florida unveils upgrades
New exhibits have opened at the Palm Beach Zoo in Florida, including a new home for a rescued panther. The female panther Sassy will share the new John and Carole Moran Panther Prowl with the cougar Micco. The park has also unveiled a new habitat for the zoo's white alligator and upgrades to its bald eagle, ibis and roseate spoonbill exhibits. Palm Beach Daily News (Fla.)

St. Louis Zoo in Missouri works to repair windows broken by orangutan
Work is nearly finished on a $198,000 project to replace windows at the orangutan exhibit in Missouri's St. Louis Zoo, and the habitat is expected to reopen this month. The damage was likely caused by a 12-year-old female orangutan that kept banging rocks into the windows to get attention. Zookeepers are working to eliminate this habit through training. St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Possible avian flu outbreak prompts closure of zoo in Nagoya, Japan
Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya, Japan, shut down temporarily beginning Sunday after the death of a cackling goose, the fifth bird death since Nov. 29. Of those five, only one tested positive for avian influenza, but zoo officials decided to shut down the facility to control a possible outbreak. Disinfection measures are underway at the zoo, which is expected to reopen around Dec. 20.
The Asahi Shimbun (Japan)

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Related Industry News

Azul Airlines launches service between Recife, Brazil, and Orlando, Florida
Brazil-based Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S/A has launched service between Recife, Brazil, and Orlando, Florida. Flights will depart from Recife / Guararapes International Airport - Gilberto Freyre on Wednesdays and Sundays. The inaugural flight, an Airbus A330, took off on Wednesday, December 7. Passengers on the first flight were treated to a theme park experience, which included a reception with popcorn, hot dogs, and cake prior to take off. Universal Orlando resort set up a photo backdrop for passengers in the airport featuring Universal Studios' characters and VisitOrlando, which promotes tourism to the city, offered gift bags to all passengers at their seats. Staff at Orlando International Airport also offered passengers slices from a special cake when the flight landed. Azul representatives say they expect Orlando will be a popular destination for Brazilian travelers and the new route could eliminate the need for passengers to connect through Miami, Florida.
Brasilturis.com.br (Brazil) (Portuguese-language content)

Amputation risk prompts recall of Lightning Slides at playgrounds
Playworld Systems has ordered a recall of 1,300 slides of the Lightning Slides variety after it was found that a defect that causes the welds on the slide to separate could lead to finger injury. The company said it has learned of 13 incidents of the welds separating and of two cases of children having a finger amputated.
KXAS-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth)

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