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Monday November 21, 2016

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Amusement and Theme Parks

Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to launch "Avatar" land next summer
The "Avatar"-themed land rising at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, is expected to be ready for guests next summer, said Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek. He also unveiled new construction photos and concept art for the area, called "Pandora: The World of Avatar," including a character set to appear on the "Na'vi River" attraction.
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)

Chinese firm to proceed with A$400M theme park in Australia
China-based Songcheng Performance Development has secured permission from its board to continue a A$400 million investment on a new theme park in Queensland, Australia. The company said in a statement that the Australian Legendary Kingdom park, to feature a Mysterious Orient land, an Aboriginal Cultural Village and a stage performance called "Wild Australia," will seek to attract Chinese tourists in Australia. The company plans to spend $66 million on land acquisitions and $300 million on the park's design and construction. The Australian Financial Review (free content)

VR roller coaster coming to Lotte World in South Korea
Lotte World theme park in South Korea will launch the country's first virtual reality (VR) roller coaster Tuesday. Riders on the "French Revolution2 VR" roller coaster will wear a VR headset that will display scenes matching the movements of the ride. The theme park plans to apply the technology to its "Gyro Drop" tower attraction next month.
JoongAng Daily (South Korea)

Universal Studios Singapore achieves world record with indoor light display
Universal Studios Singapore at Resorts World Sentosa received recognition Thursday from the Guinness World Records for its Universal Journey holiday light display. The attraction, which is the centerpiece of the park's annual Santa's All-Star Christmas celebration, features 824,961 lightbulbs arranged into eight themed zones. The event, which will also feature fireworks, musical shows and snow, will run Dec. 1 to Jan 2.
ChannelNewsAsia.com (Singapore)

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Water Parks

City officials select developer for planned splash park in Châteauguay, Canada
The city of Châteauguay in Québec, Canada, has selected bidder Vortex Aquatic Structures International as the developer of a splash pad it hopes to see open by next summer. The company's bid was 1 cent more than its competing bidder, Simexco, but it received a higher score on an assessment by city experts.
Global News Online (Toronto)

Polin Waterparks offered VR preview of its rides at IAAPA Attractions Expo
Polin Waterparks gave attendees of last week's IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida, a preview of its attractions through a virtual reality (VR) movie. Among the products the company displayed were an enclosed flume slide with music and other effects and a "Splash Cabin" 4-D video game set inside a hula hut in which guests shoot water guns at a screen and get soaked in return. 
Bay News 9 (Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.)

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Family Entertainment Centers

Fritz's Adventure FEC in Branson, Missouri, is now open
An indoor family entertainment center called Fritz's Adventure opened to the public over the weekend in Branson, Missouri. The 80,000-square-foot facility includes a rock climbing wall, a laser maze, a ropes course, a parkour area and an urban jungle climbing area with a water tower. Branson Tri-Lakes News (Mo.)

Funplex in New Jersey opens upgraded FunTron laser tag arena
The FunTron by Lasertron laser tag arena has debuted at Funplex family entertainment center in East Hanover, New Jersey. Three times larger than the facility's original laser tag attraction, FunTron features a glow-in-the-dark set and smoke effects, and players are equipped with OLED display phasers and advanced vests with sound effects.
Daily Record (Morristown-Parsippany, N.J.)

Airborne Trampoline Park debuts in Cheltenham, England
The Airborne Trampoline Park has opened in Cheltenham, England, offering 30 trampolines. The facility also offers toddler sessions, battle beams, a ninja warrior course, a performance trampoline, a reaction wall and trampoline basketball.
Local World (U.K.)/Gloucestershire Live

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Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

Work progresses on "Lost Kingdom" exhibit at Oklahoma's Tulsa Zoo
Construction continues on the Lost Kingdom exhibit slated to open in May at the Tulsa Zoo in Oklahoma. The exhibit will display animals native to Asia, such as red pandas, binturong, Komodo dragons and Siamang monkeys, inside a 5-acre facility decorated with faux vines and rock sculptures. The exhibit is designed to offer views of the animals in an immersive setting, with indoor and outdoor views. Tulsa World (Okla.)

Sherlock Holmes exhibit opens at Pacific Science Center in Washington
The Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington, has opened the "International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes," featuring artifacts and interactive displays on the fictional detective. Four zones make up the exhibit, highlighting the life of Holmes' creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; life in 19th-century London, England; a replica of the character's home with an interactive murder mystery; and a section on the character's influence on popular culture. The exhibit will be available through Jan. 8.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model)

Capital of Texas Zoo updates wallaby exhibit in response to animal deaths
The Capital of Texas Zoo in Bastrop County has installed an additional fence around its wallaby exhibit under instructions from the US Department of Agriculture in the wake of the deaths of three of the animals last August. The three wallabies had been frightened by dogs outside the exhibit fence and ran until they died of heat exhaustion. The wooden fence will serve as a visual barrier to protect the remaining wallaby. The zoo also corrected other issues highlighted by the agency during its inspection.
Austin American-Statesman (Texas) (free content)

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Related Industry News

Japan property gets Guinness nod as first robot-run hotel
Guinness World Records reportedly has designated the Henn-na Hotel in Nagasaki, Japan, as the world's first robot-staffed hotel. Hideo Sawada, president of the Huis Ten Bosch theme park, which is home to the hotel, said plans are to add 100 such properties within five years. The Japan Times/Jiji Press

IDEAS to open "Future Flight" attraction at Super Bowl Live event in Texas
A "Future Flight" experience will be among the attractions at the Super Bowl Live fan festival in Houston, Texas, next year. To be created by IDEAS of Orlando, Florida, the attraction will feature a virtual reality (VR) experience simulating a journey to Mars, which includes a drop experience from a 90-foot tower. The attraction will also include exhibits highlighting the development of space-exploration technology.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Orlando, Fla.

Playground construction to move forward at Overlook Adventure Park in Illinois
A playground will soon rise at Overlook Adventure Park in Decatur, Illinois, after the Decatur Park District board of commissioners approved the acquisition of equipment. The project will cost $146,000, which will be paid in part through grants. The playground's features will include a ropes course and other climbing equipment, slides and a musical attraction. Herald & Review (Decatur, Ill.)

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