Thursday August 11, 2016

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Amusement and Theme Parks

Universal Orlando Resort in Florida unveils additional Halloween event details
Five scare attractions, three additional haunted houses and two stage shows have been named for the upcoming Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida. The three haunted mazes, which will join five previously announced themed houses, are "Tomb of the Ancients," "Ghost Town" and "Lunatics Playground 3D." The park unveiled five outdoor scare zones: "A Chance in Hell," "Vamp 1955," "Dead Man's Wharf," "Banshee's Lair" and "Survive or Die;" and two shows: "Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure" and a new production called "Academy of Villains: House of Fear." Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)

Operation to trap mountain lion seen at Colorado amusement park to begin
After repeated sightings of a mountain lion near Santa's Workshop in Cascade, Colorado, officials at Colorado Parks and Wildlife have begun planning to capture the animal with a meat-based lure. Park staff have reported seeing the animal near a pen that houses 22 reindeer. The park has been closing off the path to the pen and the Ferris wheel to keep guests safe. The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Suspicious object prompts closure of train station at France's Disneyland Paris
The Marne-la-Vallée train station near Disneyland Paris in France was closed off Wednesday evening after a suspicious package was reportedly discovered there. A search of the area was conducted by soldiers and local police. Metro.co.uk (U.K.)

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Water Parks

Work on water park in Warner Robins, Georgia, to begin in September
Construction on a water park at Rigby's Entertainment Complex in Warner Robins, Georgia, is set to begin Sept. 8. Plans for the park that were revealed in 2014 call for a speed slide, a triplex slide, a surf stream, a lazy river, a junior size Olympic pool, a zipline, a ropes course and two hotels. The completed facility is slated to open by Mother's Day next year. WMAZ-TV (Macon, Ga.)

Schlitterbahn in Kansas found to be in compliance with state requirements
An attorney for the Kansas Department of Labor disclosed that Schlitterbahn in Kansas City has submitted documents requested by the agency to prove that a safety inspection was conducted satisfactorily on the "Verrückt" water slide June 7. The attorney also said agency inspectors have found the water park to be in compliance with the state's requirements after an audit of the park's records. The park has also requested through its counsel to have the state inspect the property instead of providing records of the park's safety and inspection procedures.
The Topeka Capital-Journal (Kan.)

New York's Zoom Flume Water Park dismisses agency over insensitive casting call
Zoom Flume Water Park in East Durham, New York, has fired casting company Cocca Casting over a racially insensitive Facebook post for a planned casting call. The post said the company was seeking "two well-groomed Caucasian families" for a new advertising campaign for the park. Zoom Flume's owner, Denise Kerrigan, said the park did not authorize the post. 
The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.)/Tribune News Service

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Family Entertainment Centers

Planners discuss Ardmore, Oklahoma, FEC project
Parks and Recreation officials of Ardmore, Oklahoma, have revealed details of a plan to build a family entertainment center. Amenities shown in a site plan include an arcade section, a kids' play area, meeting rooms and a dining area inside a 9,000-square-foot building and outdoor space for activities such as a challenge course, a go-kart track, a mini-golf course and a water wars area. Work on the facility is slated to begin in February, and planners are hoping to have it open by late summer.
The Daily Ardmoreite (Ardmore, Okla.)

Bowlevard at SkyCity Hamilton in New Zealand to receive a $1.6 million makeover
A planned $1.6 million upgrade to the Bowlevard bowling alley at SkyCity Hamilton in New Zealand would modernize the facility's technology, replace the lanes, balls and fixtures and install new lighting and flooring. The facility is expected to close for the makeover in October and reopen during the Christmas season. Stuff (New Zealand)

Urban Air trampoline park could open in Franklin, Indiana
A couple is looking to convert a building in Franklin, Indiana, into an Urban Air trampoline facility and is seeking a tax break from the city. An investment of about $1.3 million has been prepared for the park, which could feature an obstacle course, trampoline basketball and dodgeball like other Urban Air locations.
The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model)

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Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

Myanmar authorities approve aquarium project in Yangon
The Myanmar Investment Commission has approved a $15 million aquarium for Yangon's Kandawgyi Gardens. The project, led by Myanmar Aquariums Co., began construction in May 2014 but was stalled after failing to receive permission from the Yangon City Development Commission to clear trees on the site. The Yangon Ecological Aquarium will be 20,000 square feet and feature a green roof and other eco-friendly amenities. Myanmar Times

African-American museum in Washington, D.C., receives $5 million donation
The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., has renamed the Game Changers Hall at its Sports Gallery to The Michael Jordan Hall after receiving a $5 million donation and an iconic basketball jersey from the sports figure. The museum is scheduled to open Sept. 24. 
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers)

Injuries during transfer lead to death of giraffe at Taiwan's Taipei Zoo
A giraffe called Hsiao-chiu from the Taipei Zoo in Taiwan died while being transferred to the Leofoo Village Zoo in Hsinchu County. An autopsy on the 7-year-old animal found comprehensive hemorrhagic pyogenic pneumonia, an enlarged liver and spleen and kidney-related problems that combined with acute muscle injuries received during the transfer caused the animal's death. Hsiao-chiu was being transferred as part of a breeding program. The China Post

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Related Industry News

Vail Resorts to acquire Canada's Whistler Blackcomb for $1 billion
Vail Resorts has agreed to purchase the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort in British Columbia, Canada, for $1.06 billion. Whistler Blackcomb sits on more than 8,000 acres of land with ski trails, alpine bowls and glaciers and includes a gondola that connects its two mountain peaks. The acquisition is expected to boost Vail Resorts' year-round operations. The Denver Post

Army Corps says proposed "SkyWheel" in Kentucky could weaken levee system
The US Army Corps of Engineers has raised concerns about a proposed "SkyWheel" attraction for Newport, Kentucky, saying developer Koch Development's plans to build the observation wheel on top of the levee system could affect its structural integrity. The Army Corps said in a letter that the wheel's developer should consider building the attraction's foundation separate from the levee embankment or constructing a flood wall section. A representative for Koch Development said the company is modifying its plans to address the Army Corps' concerns.
The Cincinnati Enquirer (tiered subscription model)

Couple injured on Ferris wheel at El Salvador festival
A married couple suffered injuries after they fell from a Ferris wheel that was operating at a festival in Chinameca, San Miguel, El Salvador. The pair, both 20 years old, were stabilized at the scene and transferred to a local hospital for further treatment. The husband said a screw fell out of the carriage he and his wife were riding in. He said he attempted to hold on to his wife before she fell and he followed, dropping about 20 meters. The incident marks another accident during the fair. On Aug. 4, a 36-year-old man needed stitches after falling from a ride and two guests were electrocuted on a ride. La Pagina (El Salvador) (Spanish-language content

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