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Regional Updates - October 2016

Captain Nemo Woos Visitors at Water Park in Henan, China

The Yinji Xinmi Waterpark, which is reported to have made the largest order of water park products and attractions in the history of the industry, has opened the doors to its 42-acre attraction in Henan, China, just 13 months after the groundbreaking ceremony. Yinji spent more than US$34 million on WhiteWater products, including three wave pools, two large AquaPlay structures, dueling Master Blasters, and a stationary LatiTube surf wave. “This ranks among the best parks in Asia,” says WhiteWater CEO and President Geoff Chutter, “and is a significant addition to the Chinese tourism and leisure industry.” The park’s theming is based on the classic novel “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”; each of the park’s four zones features the adventures of Captain Nemo.


Fun City Expands in Gurgaon, India

The Landmark Group’s Fun City has opened its largest Indian Play Zone yet inside the Ambience Mall in Gurgaon, a city with a population of about 2.3 million people. The family entertainment center features Zamperla’s first-ever indoor DiskO’16 ride, which positions riders on a motorcycle-like pedestal seat on a vehicle that spins up and down slight hills, as well as Embed’s “touch-and-tap” revenue management systems.


Chimelong Launches Bird Park

Chimelong has converted its crocodile park outside Guangzhou into a bird park, which company officials hope will become the site of “the most powerful” avian research and scientific education center in China. The park has already successfully bred 88 golden pheasants and five red-crowned cranes. The recently re-christened park is home to more than 10,000 birds and 100 species.


Siam Park Makes a Splash in TripAdvisor’s Top Water Parks

Siam Park in Tenerife, Spain, has scooped the number one spot in TripAdvisor’s 2016 list of the top 25 water parks in the world. Park vice president Christoph Kiessling—who developed Siam Park with his father, Wolfgang—said it was “an honor for Siam Park to receive the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award for the third consecutive year.”

Kiessling said the award recognized Siam Park’s teamwork and showed that their “dedication to service and detail are valued by visitors from around the world.” He emphasized his commitment to continue working for “excellence every day.”

Siam Park, together with its sister park Loro Parque, is one of the Canary Islands’ most important tourism destinations. Highlights at the Thai-themed water park include ProSlide’s “Singha” water coaster—which combines RocketBLAST and FlyingSAUCER technology—and the “Tower of Power” plummet slide. 


Parc Astérix Gives 2016 Its Best Shot

Parc Astérix has come up with a typically humorous tribute to the Olympic Games. A discus-shaped “Discobélix” ride from Zamperla has a prominent place in the park’s Greek world. Guests will experience firsthand what it feels like to be thrown on a giant, spinning discus by the comic book character Obelix.

Thierry Bourgeois, project manager and artistic consultant, said the park wanted guests to feel “as though they’ve been dropped straight into one of René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s comics.” Riders will swoop past the columns of a Greek temple and over water while a six-meter-tall Obelix keeps a close watch. Parc Astérix’s team also included scenographer Julien Bertévas and project managers Jean-Pierre Sarazin and Mickael Dalencourt.

The new ride is full of nods to the comics, especially in the queuing area. The build required the project team to squeeze “Discobélix” between two existing attractions and drain half the lake to install the rails.


Museo de los Niños Goes Medieval

Costa Rica’s Museo de los Niños (Children’s Museum) opened its “United Dragons” exhibit, which leverages advanced technology, fantasy characters, and a medieval theme to create an interactive experience for patrons of all ages. The attraction features eight large animatronics dragons that can move their heads, claws, and torsos, and even release puffs of smoke as a real dragon might. Visitors are treated to eight distinct areas of reality devices, hanging bridges, armor, interactive projections, fantasy characters, ice caves, and “medieval selfies.”


Baby Jaguars Born at Reino Animal

Mexico’s Reino Animal (Animal Kingdom) park celebrated the birth of three baby jaguars—two males and one female—earlier this year. The park, located in Teotihuacan, Mexico, is focused on the conservation of the species, whose populations are highly threatened due to urban growth and logging. The baby jaguars are the result of the park’s breeding program to help boost the population.


First-of-Its-Kind Zipline Coaster Opens in Biloxi

Earlier this year, Extreme Engineering opened the Cloud Coaster, the first cartless zipline coaster in the world using conveyor belts or linear motion technology, at Margaritaville Biloxi Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi. The attraction combines the sensations of flying, ziplining, and coastering into one experience, and features smooth turns, uphill racing, and flying around structures. Riders also experience minimal G-forces on the ride. A second Cloud Coaster recently opened at Rockin’ Jump trampoline park in Dublin, California, and a third and fourth will open by the end of 2016 at two other Margaritaville properties—Montego Bay in Jamaica and Grand Turk in Turks and Caicos.


Kids Rewarded for Voting on Favorite of Park’s Commercials

Quassy Amusement & Waterpark in Middlebury, Connecticut, launched an unusual interactive online contest for kids this summer. It gave the more than 4,000 members of its Quassy Kids Club the opportunity to watch five of the park’s television commercials and vote on their favorite. The TV ads dated back to 2011 when the park introduced its popular wooden roller coaster, “Wooden Warrior,” and wrapped up with the 2016 commercial featuring the park’s newest thrill ride, “Reverse Time.” The park said the response was outstanding, with the kids not only picking their favorite ads, but also telling the park why they liked them. Around a dozen winners received Summer Nights passes (a $13 value per pass) to the amusement park, which also gave them access to the water park.