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Monday, November 24, 2014

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Association News

IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 final registration and press release
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 Registration Numbers: qualified buyers 19,400; total registration 30,500 (Details). Read the complete press release here.

IAAPA News Flash schedule update
IAAPA News Flash will publish Monday, Wednesday and Friday through Feb. 27, 2015; however, no issue will publish this Friday, Nov. 28.

Holiday Picture Contest -- Winner featured on IAAPA's holiday e-card
Submit a holiday picture of your facility and it could be featured on IAAPA's holiday e-card to its worldwide membership. All images will be displayed in a holiday section on IAAPA.org. One photo per company! Images can be from any year but should comply with IAAPA's safe rider guidelines (no hands in the air). Deadline Nov. 25. Submit now.

Amusement and Theme Parks

Attractions use immersion, interactivity to draw guests
Immersion and interactivity in attractions are what attendees of the IAAPA Attractions Expo were looking for to draw guests. Among the coming attractions with these features are "Justice League: Battle For Metropolis" at Six Flags over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis in Missouri, "Voyage to the Iron Reef" at California's Knott's Berry Farm, "Slide Boarding" at some Wet 'n' Wild parks and a customizable interactive dark ride made by Holovis. Skift/The Associated Press (11/21)

Details of "Switchback" at ZDT's Amusement Park in Texas revealed
"Switchback," a wooden shuttle coaster with a locomotive theme, will launch next summer at ZDT's Amusement Park in Seguin, Texas. The Gravity Group LLC-designed ride, which was announced during the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014, will travel at a peak speed of 45 miles per hour and include a 1,900-foot track with a 62-foot drop. "It's going to be a one-of-a-kind coaster here in Seguin," park owner Sarah Donhauser said. San Antonio Express-News (11/21)

Wonderla to invest Rs 300 crore for Chennai, India, theme park
Wonderla Holidays will build a Rs 300 crore theme park in Chennai, India. The 70-acre park will begin construction when the firm finishes its facility in Hyderabad. "About 10% of revenues to our Bangalore park comes from people who travel from Chennai, and we also had a lot of customers asking us to open one in Chennai," said Arun Chittilappilly, the firm's managing director. The Times of India/TNN (11/21)

Kabul City Park brings happiness to Afghans despite ongoing war
Families are enjoying a recently opened amusement park called Kabul City Park in Afghanistan, a country that has been at war for more than three decades. The 10-hectare facility managed by Mufkora is the country's first theme park. It includes a carousel, bumper cars, a Ferris wheel, games and face painting. CBS News/The Associated Press (11/21)

Other News
Bob Cassata, founder of Bob's Space Racers, joins IAAPA hall of fame
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (11/23)

Officials hope holiday event at Six Flags Over Georgia will drive county's economy
The Marietta Daily Journal (Ga.) (11/23)

Christmas event to run through Dec. 31 at SeaWorld Orlando in Florida
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (11/21)

Gordon Hartman expresses appreciation for support of Morgan's Wonderland in Texas
San Antonio Express-News (11/23)

Water Parks

"Riptide" coming to Blue Harbor Resort and Spa in Wisconsin
Breaker Bay Waterpark at Blue Harbor Resort and Spa in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, will unveil the "Riptide" double surf simulator Dec. 17. Construction of the $1.7 million attraction manufactured by Flowrider began in July. The park will also add The Wheelhouse bar, which offers views of the attraction via a glass window. "Sheboygan is an emerging destination vacation spot and we need to reinvent," said David Sanderson, the resort's vice president and general manager. The Sheboygan Press (Wis.) (11/23)

Crews continue to work on Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark in Pennsylvania
The Texlon transparent roof installation is nearly finished at Camelback Lodge & Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark in Tannersville, Pennsylvania. The $163 million project at Camelback Mountain Resort is expected to be completed in March. The development will offer 13 water slides, seven pools and water attractions such as a lazy river, a surf simulator, a wave pool, a water coaster, indoor game space, a hotel, restaurants, retail space and a conference center. Lehigh Valley Business (Bethlehem, Pa.) (11/19)

Other News
Inflatable water park debuts at Kingaroy, Australia, fairgrounds
The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia) (11/22)

Schlitterbahn in Galveston, Texas, to begin Holiday Splash on Friday
Houston Community Newspapers (11/23)

Family Entertainment Centers

Kidzania Manila, Philippines, partners with Cebu Pacific Air
KidZania Manila, which opens in Bonifacio Global City, Philippines, early next year, will feature a Cebu Pacific Air aviation academy. The attraction will teach children about the job of a flight attendant and a pilot. "A lot of kids dream about becoming pilots and flight attendants," said Maricel Pangilinan-Arenas, Kidzania governor and president and CEO of franchise owner Play Innovations Inc. "Cebu Pacific is the perfect partner to introduce these kids to a Juan-of-a-Kind learning experience and the joys of 'traveling' to a new city." Philippine Daily Inquirer (11/21)

Sports park with mini-golf course will open in Brevard County, Florida
The Brevard Field of Dreams Special Needs Sports Park in Florida will launch its first phase in June. The $4 million, 4.8-acre project will receive a $300,000 allocation after gaining the county's tourism council's approval last week. The complex will include a three-hole mini-golf, a basketball court, soccer and baseball fields, playgrounds, a picnic pavilion and a concession building. Florida Today (Melbourne) (tiered subscription model) (11/20)

Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

Bighorn sheep at California's Los Angeles Zoo dies after escape on Saturday
The Los Angeles Zoo in California is trying to determine how a bighorn sheep escaped her enclosure and the zoo Saturday. The female sheep was tranquilized in a Loz Feliz neighborhood but later died, with witnesses saying the animal was hit by a car. A necropsy will be done on the sheep to determine exactly why she died, zoo spokeswoman April Spurlock said. Reuters (11/22), http://cdn.smartbrief.com/images/briefs2/common/sourcelogos/i_video.gifKABC-TV (Los Angeles) (11/22)

Riverside Discovery Center in Nebraska mourns death of zebra foal
Riverside Discovery Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, announced the death of its zebra foal, Olaf. The zoo said the animal died due to a "catastrophic accident" while it was being prepared to undergo castration, a routine procedure for animals not entering a breeding program. "Olaf quickly won the hearts of our guests and staff. We are overwhelmed with grief," Executive Director Anne James said. Lincoln Journal Star (Neb.) (tiered subscription model) (11/23)

Other News
Carousel from Euclid Beach Park debuts at Western Reserve Historical Society museum in Ohio
WKYC-TV (Cleveland) (11/23)

Sea lion rescue in California delayed after SeaWorld staff are harassed by hecklers
KABC-TV (Los Angeles) (11/23)

California's Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute presents video of black seadevil fish
United Press International (11/22)

Related Industry News

2 new Orlando, Florida, firms make an impact at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014
The IAAPA Attractions Expo, which welcomed 30,000 attendees last week, debuted two new companies based in Orlando, Florida. Honolulu Hot Dog featured hot dog inside a Hawaiian sweet bread with relishes and sauces. "It's a luau in your mouth!" said Bill Wydra, the firm's president. Skyline Attractions launched its mallet game and spinning ride at the Expo. Central Florida News 13 (Orlando, Fla.) (11/21)

Avalanche Waterslides presents water slide with 30-foot vertical loop
Avalanche Waterslides showcased its "Skycalibre" water slide. In the attraction, guests will ride an Ultra Raft Vehicle that has a safety screen and safety restraints while they travel through the 90-foot slide that includes a 30-foot vertical loop and a 45-foot free-fall drop. WGHP-TV (High Point, N.C.) (11/21)

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