Monday November 28, 2016

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Amusement and Theme Parks


Film, TV entertainment park planned in Chongqing, China
A 15-billion-yuan film and TV industry park is set to rise in Chongqing, China, with work expected to begin next year. The park, which will be named after the Chinese government's "One Belt, One Road" initiative, will include a movie studio, a theme park and other tourist attractions. A number of foreign firms have reportedly signed on to the project. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press

Casino Pier in N.J.to open 2 new attractions in 2017
Two new rides are set to open next year at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, N.J. The first, a Gerstlauer-manufactured Euro-Fighter roller coaster, will feature a 72-foot vertical lift, a 97-degree first drop, a heartline roll, an Immelman turn and a vertical loop as it travels at up to 45 miles per hour along a 1,050-foot-long track. The second attraction is a Ferris wheel built by Technical Park that will stand 131 feet tall on the park's expanded pier. Lavallette-Seaside Shorebeat (Brick, N.J.)

Compagnie des Alpes still in talks over stake sale to investors
Discussions are still underway between Compagnie des Alpes and several investors, including China-based Fosun, over a potential sale of stakes in the parks and resorts operator. A spokeswoman for Compagnie des Alpes said the company expects to secure a deal "by the end of the year or early next year." She said a sale to a Chinese investor such as Fosun would involve no more than 10%. Reuters

Spain's Parques Reunidos opens Dubai Bollywood park in the Middle East
Parques Reunidos, based in Spain, has opened the Bollywood Parks in Dubai, one of the largest theme parks in the Middle East. The park features rides and shows based on Bollywood films and joins the company's 62 properties in 14 countries. Dubai Parks and Resorts will share in the day-to-day management of the park.
El Economista (Spain) (Spanish-language content)

Dreamworld in Australia works to address safety inspectors' concerns
Auditors from Australia's Workplace Health and Safety agency have issued several improvement notices to Dreamworld in Australia and three prohibition notices related to the park's "BuzzSaw" roller coaster after completing a state-ordered inspection. The issues identified included an error with staff maintenance procedure and the maintenance of safety harness anchor points on the ride. Park CEO Craig Davidson said none of the issues identified were related to guest safety. The park is currently working to address all of the issues ahead of an expected reopening around the Christmas season.
The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)/Australian Associated Press

Space World in Japan ends "Aquarium of Ice" event after public outcry
Space World in Kitakyushu, Japan, has closed its Aquarium of Ice event after receiving complaints from the public. The event featured around 5,000 dead fish frozen inside a skating rink, which prompted accusations of animal abuse. "We deeply apologize to the people who felt uncomfortable over the 'Aquarium of Ice' event," the park said in a statement. "In accordance, we have stopped the event from today." The Japan Times

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Water Parks

Details unveiled for water park coming to Australia's Sunshine Coast
The companies behind a planned adventure park on Australia's Sunshine Coast have revealed more details regarding the project. The destination's water park will be designed by WhiteWater West and include several of the company's signature attractions, including the "Abyss," the "Constrictor" and "Boomerango Manta," a wave pool, a water-play structure and a slide-boarding attraction. Yahoo7 News (Australia)

Typhoon Texas in Katy launches WinterFest event
The Typhoon Texas water park in Katy opened to the public Friday for its WinterFest seasonal event. The event features an outdoor ice rink, a three-story inflatable slide, a 4-D light show projected over the wave pool, train rides, a petting zoo and Santa's workshop. Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

Child drowns at Brazilian water park
A nine-year-old girl died Nov. 19 after her hair was caught in the suction tube at a pool at the Acquamania Foz do Iguaçu water park in Iguaçu, Brazil. She had been vacationing in the country with her parents from Argentina. Park officials told a local newspaper that the pool where the accident had occurred was not commonly used and was, at the time, closed to the public. Rescue workers extracted the girl from the pool and took her to a local hospital, where she later died. The city's mayor has called for an investigation into the incident, wanting to find out if the park was in compliance with a 2014 law that required the installation of safety devices preventing suction in pools. Park officials are cooperating with the investigation and have provided support to the girl's family. The park will remain closed until further notice.
Infobae.com (Argentina) (Spanish-language content)

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Family Entertainment Centers

Chuck E. Cheese's opens in Guadalajara, Mexico
The Chuck E. Cheese's chain of family-friendly restaurants and family entertainment centers, has opened a location at the Urban Center in Guadalajara, Mexico. The new restaurant is 740,000 square meters and offers 72 video games and games of skill. The center will employ 70 people. This is the fifth restaurant in the country and part of the company's two-year expansion plan to open more establishments around Mexico. The Guadalajara location will be open 365 days a year.
Informador.com.mx (Mexico) (Spanish-language content)

Work to begin soon on Alamogordo Family Fun Center in N.M.
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Dec. 15 for a $5.8 million family entertainment center in Alamogordo, N.M. Actual construction is expected to begin in early 2017 and be completed before the year's end. White Sands Construction will build the facility, which will feature 24 bowling lanes, an arcade, a laser tag arena and a restaurant.
Alamogordo Daily News (N.M.)

Smaaash FEC in Delhi, India, to open go-kart track built for speed
A Sky Karting facility is set to open Dec. 6 at the Smaaash sports and entertainment facility in Delhi, India. The attraction will feature high-tech electric go-karts with speed control and a racing track designed by Protex Karting and featuring a spring barrier safety system. Asian News International (India)

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Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

Vegan group calls for closure of zoo in Povoação, Portugal
Representatives of the Associação Vegana dos Açores sent a petition to lawmakers in Povoação, Portugal, requesting the closure of the city's zoo. Group representatives say the animals living in the zoo were not receiving proper stimulation and are "suffering." The zoo, which has been operated by the city for nearly 20 years, is home to a variety of birds and animals, including peacocks, turkeys and monkeys. To date, authorities have not responded to the group's request.
Acoriano Oriental (Portugal) (Portuguese-language content)

Canada's Marineland responds to animal mistreatment allegations
Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, has rejected five charges of animal cruelty filed by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Among the charges were "permitting a peacock to be in distress," which the park addressed via a check-up by a veterinarian, and fruit and vegetable labels found on food for black bears. "The diet for and the health of the bears has been checked numerous times over the last three years by the OSPCA and each time has been approved," the park said in response to the issue. CTV.ca (Canada)/The Canadian Press

Emu's death from avian flu prompts closure of zoo in Germany
The Ueckermuende zoo in Germany has shut down temporarily after an emu was found to have died of the H5N8 strain of the avian flu virus. Veterinary officials are currently working to protect the rest of the zoo's bird population from the virus, which has not been shown to infect humans. The Associated Press

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