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Monday, November 17, 2014

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Association News

BIG starts Monday, Nov. 17 with IAAPA Connects at New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park
You do not want to miss this special event! Purchase your ticket now for exclusive access to the new "Seven Dwarfs Mine Train" for a rip-roaring adventure in a "swinging bucket" vehicle that sways with every twist and turn of the coaster track. There are a few more surprises in store that are sure to delight!

IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 registration update
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 registration update (as of 12 p.m. Nov. 14): qualified buyers 17,003; total registration 25,946 (Details)

BIG Stats and Facts about IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014
Five Days. 27,000 attendees. 1,000 exhibitors. $39.5 billion industry. This is BIG. http://bit.ly/1xdrFA7

Show Daily highlights key activities at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014
Expo attendees can get a copy of Show Daily Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at the round publication bins at the top of each escalator in the North and South Halls. Those unable to attend can read highlights from Show Daily at www.IAAPA.org and follow the real-time conversation @IAAPAHQ or #IAE14.

Amusement and Theme Parks

New details revealed about Shanghai Disney Resort in China
Shanghai Disney Resort in China will offer six themed lands when it launches next year. The almost $5 billion resort developed by the Walt Disney Co. and Shanghai Shendi Group will include "Enchanted Storybook Castle," "Garden of the Twelve Friends," pirate-themed "Treasure Cove," an 800-room Toy Story Hotel and a 420-room Shanghai Disneyland Hotel. "Shanghai Disney Resort will provide a world-class tourism destination for Chinese guests, offering the same spirit of shared family entertainment that Walt Disney first introduced nearly 60 years ago" in California, park General Director Philippe Gas said. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/13)

AECOM: Theme park competition in China to boost park quality, services
An increasing number of theme parks opening in China will force facilities to offer better quality and services, according to Chris Yoshii, an executive with AECOM. Shanghai Disney Resort and Universal Studios in Beijing are two highly anticipated parks coming to China. "Local projects with lower-than-expected services and programs will find it difficult to get repeat customers," Yoshii said. China Daily (Beijing) (11/17)

California's SeaWorld San Diego touts saltwater restroom system
SeaWorld San Diego in California will feature the state's first saltwater bathrooms. "It's a really big deal to us here. It's 1.3 million gallons of water saved -- that's especially important during the severe drought here in California," said park President John Reilly. "The new facility that's under construction will open this spring, and we have a second facility that's under planning and development right now." KFMB-TV (San Diego) (11/16) 

$1.95 million settlement reached over shooting incident at New Jersey's Wild West City
A nearly $2 million settlement concluded a lawsuit over a shooting incident in 2006 at Wild West City in Byram, New Jersey. The victim became partially paralyzed after being accidentally shot in the forehead with live ammunition during a show. Cheyenne Corporation, owner of the park's site, and Arizona Territorial Rangers, a group of performers at the park, will pay the settlement. FoxNews.com/The Associated Press (11/15)

Other News
Drayton Manor Theme Park in England hosts 2 charity walks in 1 weekend
Loughborough Echo (U.K.) (11/15)

Classic U.S. roller coasters featured
MentalFloss.com (11/14)

Krishna temple complex with religious theme park coming to Guntur, India
Deccan Chronicle (India) (11/17)

Promotions for Orlando, Florida, theme parks, attractions are highlighted
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (11/14)

Amusement park may be built near Dandenong, Australia
The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (11/13)

Water Parks

Groundbreaking ceremony held for Nacogdoches, Texas, water park
Splash Kingdom water park broke ground Friday in Nacogdoches, Texas. The $6 million facility is under a private-public partnership; the city's contribution is $2 million for the land. The park, which aims to debut in June, will begin dirt work next week. KTRE-TV (Lufkin, Texas) (11/14)

Waterworld Central to launch in Sydney, Australia
OFA Showstar will unveil Waterworld Central portable water park next year at Blacktown International Sportspark in Sydney, Australia. The park, which will run Jan. 3-26, will include paddle boats, a tropical pool, a crocodile slide, an octopus slide, a giant hippo and giant twin slides. "It's a really fun concept with inflatables and water slides," said Britt Osborne, the park's director. The Daily Telegraph (Australia)/Blacktown Advocate (11/13)

Complex with water park proposed for mall in Matteson, Illinois
Developer Ronnie Culver seeks to create a sports and entertainment complex at the Lincoln Mall in Matteson, Illinois. The mall will close in less than two months. The project, which would cost up to $100 million, would include an indoor-outdoor water park, a bowling alley, a movie theater, an ice rink and a hotel. "It's a win-win situation for everybody. This will be a grand tourism destination spot," Culver said. The SouthtownStar (Chicago) (11/13)

Other News
Water park, hotel could open at former plant site in Marysville, Michigan
The Voice (New Baltimore, Mich.) (11/15)

Low revenue could prompt Minnesota city to categorize River Springs as general fund expense
SouthernMinn.com (Northfield, Minn.)/Owatonna People's Press (11/13)

Family Entertainment Centers

2 Ryze trampoline parks coming to Scotland
Ryze plans to launch two trampoline facilities before Christmas in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland. The Glasgow site originally was to be called High Heaven, but it was renamed after the success of the firm's Ryze facility in Hong Kong. The parks will offer a fidget ladder, basketball and dodgeball courts, foam pits, parkour boxes and open jump space. STV (Scotland) (11/11)

Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

Discovery Cube Los Angeles launches in San Fernando Valley, California
Discovery Cube Los Angeles debuted last week in San Fernando Valley, California. The 71,000-square-foot science center is in a Hansen Dam Recreation Center facility that was built in 2007 but never used after the project's partner went bankrupt. The center's operator is Discovery Science Foundation, which also manages the Discovery Cube Orange County in Santa Ana. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (11/13)

Cetacean breeding ban at Vancouver Aquarium in Canada could be repealed
The majority of the park board commissioners of Vancouver, Canada, are now from the Non-Partisan Association party, and they promise to repeal a ban on breeding cetaceans at the Vancouver Aquarium in Canada. "I think it's an emotional issue, and I think we recognize that the aquarium provides a lot of good in terms of research, conservation and education programs and we want to see that work continue," said Sarah Kirby-Yung, a newly elected commissioner from NPA. The ban was imposed in July, but the aquarium has filed a lawsuit challenging the park board's ruling. CTV.ca (Canada) (11/16), CBC.ca (Canada) (11/16) 

Other News
Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, to unveil restored carousel from Euclid Beach Park
WKYC-TV (Cleveland) (11/14)

Yesterday's World museum in England to auction off its artifacts, equipment
Eastern Daily Press (U.K.) (11/15)

Related Industry News

IAAPA Attractions Expo begins today in Orlando, Florida
The IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 will start today, expecting roughly 27,000 attendees at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Several firms are expected to make announcements during the expo, which will run through Friday, including Merlin Entertainments, Unicorp National Development and Six Flags Entertainment with Oceaneering Entertainment Systems and Sally Corp. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (11/17), American City Business Journals/Orlando, Fla./The Buzz blog (11/14)

TreeTop Adventure Park in Ourimbah, Australia, unveils Crazy Treetop Rider
The Crazy Treetop Rider zipline attraction launched Sunday at TreeTop Adventure Park in Ourimbah, Australia. The attraction includes a 350-meter-long Pioneer line and a 1-kilometer-long Xtreme line. "It's a twisty, curly, thrilling ride in the tree tops and we're proud to offer something truly unique and ground breaking to Australian eco-tourism," co-owner Sandrine Gaymard said. The Daily Telegraph (Australia)/Central Coast Gosford Express Advocate (11/17)

Other News
Singapore casino authority cites Marina Bay Sands, Resorts World Sentosa
Today (Singapore) (11/14)

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