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Monday, December 8, 2014

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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.

IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 post-show surveys
If you attended IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 we want to hear from you! Feedback helps us make improvements for future shows. Share your thoughts and you could win a $100 Visa gift card! Exhibitors should complete the Exhibitor Survey, attendees complete the Attendee Survey. Hurry, the deadline is Dec. 12!

Amusement and Theme Parks

New additions, including hotel, coming to Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will add an area based on Marvel's "Iron Man" franchise and a new hotel. The new area opening in 2016 will have "Iron Man Experience," a 3-D simulator attraction, a themed merchandise shop and a meet-and-greet section. The new 750-room luxury hotel based on the world's exotic sites will open in 2017. The Nation (Bangkok) (12/3), The Nation (Bangkok) (12/6)

2015 roller coaster at Utah's Lagoon boosts season pass sales, official says
Dick Andrew, marketing vice president at Lagoon in Farmington, Utah, attributed a recent rise in season passes to "Cannibal," an under-construction 208-foot steel roller coaster. The $22 million ride, which is expected to debut in early April, will travel at a peak speed of 70 miles per hour and include an inverted loop, a diving loop, a vertical lift, a water feature, an underground tunnel and a "beyond vertical drop." Standard-Examiner (Ogden, Utah) (12/5)

Chinese theme park planned for Australia considers options amid site's bushfire risk
Three options are under consideration for Chappypie China Time amusement park in Warnervale, Australia, amid the site's risk to bushfire. The $500 million park could add a fire-resistant wall, create landscaping or a car park that could act as a fire buffer or clear land surrounding the site. "A fire-resistant wall is certainly expensive, but it's the easiest from a planning perspective," said John O'Grady, the park's project manager. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (12/5)

Walt Disney World Resort in Florida faces lawsuit over 2013 carousel incident
Walt Disney World Resort in Florida has been sued by a guest who allegedly suffered brain damage after falling from a carousel horse in 2013. The lawsuit claims the park was negligent because the ride failed to provide anti-slip features. "We believe the lawsuit is without merit and we will respond to it in court," said Disney spokesman Bryan Malenius. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)/Brinkmann on Business blog (12/5)

Other News
Praise Wave events to launch in February at Florida's SeaWorld Orlando
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)/Theme Park Rangers blog (12/5)

Legoland Florida's Lego Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony held over the weekend
The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.)/Tourism Talk blog (12/4)

Theme park tickets sold online are covered by new service charge cap in Maharashtra, India
The Economic Times (India)/Press Trust of India (12/5)

Delays push construction of Muharraq Grand Garden in Bahrain to 2015
Gulf Daily News (Bahrain) (12/2)

1965 video announcing Walt Disney World Resort is presented to mark Walt Disney's 113th birthday
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (12/5)

Water Parks

Water parks part of 2 new resort cities of Sentoria in Malaysia
TA Research found that Sentoria Group Bhd is already seeking approvals for its two Malaysian resort cities: Morib Bay Resort City (MBRC) and Bandar Samariang Resort City (BSRC). TA Research said the projects would officially open by June. MBRC's first phase will cost RM580 million and it will offer a RM80 million water park. The first phase of BSRC will be RM540 million, featuring a RM40 million water park. Borneo Post (12/3)

Splash water park to open in Hogansville, Georgia
Aqua Dynamics will create a splash water park in Hogansville, Georgia, after winning a $343,865 contract from the Troup County Commission. The park's main feature is a "Tsunami" water-dumping bucket. Aqua Dynamics' proposal was chosen over a less expensive plan because it was larger and had more features. LaGrange Daily News (Ga.) (12/3)

Other News
Pennsylvania's planned Living Treasures Safari Resort could add a water park
Allied News (Grove City, Pa.) (12/5)

Man arrested Saturday after allegedly stealing from Lacassine, Louisiana, water park
KPLC-TV (Lake Charles, La.) (12/6)

Family Entertainment Centers

Trampoline Zone to debut next week in Bellingham, Washington
A Dec. 18 launch is planned by owner Rajiv Malhan for the Trampoline Zone in Bellingham, Washington. The 18,000-square-foot park will offer a dodgeball court, foam pits, an area for dunking balls, a children's area, a ninja course with a rope swing and a wall and four party rooms. Malhan said that the facility will post a detailed list of rules to ensure safety and that equipment will follow ASTM International standards. The Bellingham Herald (Wash.) (12/6)

Other News
Northern Ireland council decides to shelve renovation of complex with bowling alley
BBC (12/1)

Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

Museum dedicated to Kindertransport will launch in Vienna, Austria
The Memorial Museum "Für das Kind," or "For the Child," will open Wednesday in Vienna, Austria. The museum will highlight the Kindertransport, in which people helped roughly 10,000 children escape the Holocaust. The museum will include 23 posters of suitcases with artifacts from the surviving children. The Jerusalem Post (free registration) (12/8)

Investigation offers insight into 2013 tiger attack at Australia Zoo
An investigation by Workplace Health and Safety found that a handler's teasing of a tiger at Australia Zoo resulted in the handler's injuries during a show in 2013. "[Handler Dave] Styles admitted that he overly excited [the tiger] on this occasion which encouraged the tiger to play rougher than usual," the report said. The investigation said that no further legal action was needed and that Styles has gone back to work. The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Australia) (12/8) 

Man attacked by lions after entering enclosure at Spain's Barcelona Zoo
A man was taken to the hospital Sunday after he entered a lion's enclosure at Barcelona Zoo in Spain. The man is in a serious but not life-threatening condition after being bitten by three lions. Crews were able to rescue him after using power hoses to scare the animals away. "The security system makes it impossible for a person to fall into the enclosure. It cannot have been by accident, to enter (the enclosure) you have to want to go in," said Hector Carmona, chief firefighter of the Bomberos de Barcelona. The Daily Mail (London) (12/8), ABC News/The Associated Press (12/7)

Other News
Shedd Aquarium in Illinois suffers minimal damage from washroom fire Saturday
WGN-TV (Chicago) (12/6)

Related Industry News

Couple complains about lights at Burgplatz Ferris wheel in Germany
The Bruch family said it would turn off the lights of their Burgplatz Ferris wheel in Germany by 10 p.m. after a couple complained about it. The wheel, which has been lit up for the past three years, offers a 340-meter-long LED-light chain. The city will decide on the issue once it takes light measurement at the complainants' home. TheLocal.de (Germany) (12/5)

Video shows ride swings collide at Winter Wonderland in Wales
No one was injured Friday when two swings of the "Sky Swing" at Cardiff's Winter Wonderland in Wales collided, as shown by a video. An empty swing collided with another due to a sudden gust of wind. Operator Sayers Amusements said there was no error in the ride. "No one was hurt as the safety system was working correctly at all times, and a full explanation was given to everyone on the ride, and they were all given a full refund, and all stayed onsite for a while afterwards," Sayers Amusements said. BBC (12/7) 

Other News
Walt Disney Co. sets debut of Imagicademy learning-app brand
TechCrunch (12/4)

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