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Thursday August 18, 2016

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Amusement and Theme Parks

Branded lands have become the norm among theme parks
Theme parks' practice of launching single rides based on a popular franchise has given way to opening massive lands that allow guests to immerse themselves in the work's universe. Some point to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida as the attraction that kick-started the trend. Now, Disney's California Adventure has Cars Land, Universal Studios Singapore has "Madagascar" and "Shrek" themed areas, Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida will launch an "Avatar" land and "Star Wars" lands are coming to Walt Disney Co.'s resorts in Florida and California. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Police link electrical charge from "Octopus" to injuries at Connecticut theme park
A police investigation at Ocean Beach Park in New London, Connecticut, found that an electrical charge passing through the "Octopus" ride and out to its rails and on the outside of the "Scrambler" ride was responsible for an electrical shock that injured five guests Tuesday. One adult and four children received treatment at a hospital for minor injuries and were released. Inspectors cleared all of the park's rides to reopen Wednesday. WVIT-TV (Hartford, Conn.)

Rapid descent of ride at Spain's Tivoli World leads to injuries
The "Torre de Caida Libre" ride at Tivoli World in Benalmadena, Spain, reportedly experienced a fault with its upper anchorage, causing it to descend more rapidly than usual. An emergency brake successfully halted the ride, and park employees came up to assist the stranded riders, 12 of whom reportedly received minor injuries. The ride has been shut down indefinitely as the incident is being investigated.
The Olive Press (Spain)

Fallen tree injures campers at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Pennsylvania
A section of a tree on the campground at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Pennsylvania fell onto a group of campers Tuesday. One of the four who were injured remains in critical condition. The park has closed that part of the campground during the investigation. WNEP-TV (Moosic, Pa.)

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Water Parks

Knott's Soak City in California names 2 new water slides
Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, announced the names of two water slide towers coming to its Soak City water park next summer. The first, called "Shore Break," puts riders in a vertical free fall from a trapdoor with numerous twists and turns, while "The Wedge" features a curving flume that riders go down aboard a six-person raft. The attractions are part of an expansion project that will add 1.8 acres to the property's developed area and include cabanas, a revamped shade area and a refurbished restaurant. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Development begun on water park resort at Deira Islands in United Arab Emirates
Work has begun on a AED900 million water park and resort project on Deira Islands in the United Arab Emirates. Developers Nakheel of Dubai and Spain-based RIU Hotels & Resorts have hired Dar Al Handasah to supervise the resort's development and are expected to release a construction tender by year's end. The project, which includes an 800-room resort and a water park that covers 10% of the property's total area, is slated to open in the second half of 2019.
ArabianBusiness.com (United Arab Emirates)

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Family Entertainment Centers

Hawaii's Ala Moana Center to get a Lucky Strike FEC
Lucky Strike Entertainment plans to open a more than 25,000-square-foot family entertainment center at Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The facility, set to open in the summer of 2017, will include a four-lane bowling alley, a 250-square-foot video wall, an arcade with more than 120 games, a full bar and a live music space.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser (subscription required)

Indoor trampoline center in New Rochelle, New York, opens to the public
An indoor trampoline park under the Sky Zone franchise opened its doors Saturday in New Rochelle, New York. The facility offers an open jump area, basketball hoops, a dodgeball court, a tight rope, a foam pit and a cafe. Work is underway to add an "American Ninja Warrior"-style obstacle course.
The Journal News (White Plains, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model)

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Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

Entertainment complex with museums planned near Graceland in Tennessee
Plans were unveiled Monday for a $45 million entertainment facility opposite Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. Called "Elvis: Past, Present, Future," the facility will cover 200,000 square feet and include a 20,000-square-foot museum on Elvis Presley, an automobile museum with a 200-seat theater and more than 20 vehicles, exhibits on Presley's life, a 2,000-seat live music venue and an American-style diner.
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free content)

SeaWorld Orlando in Florida opens Shark Touch Pool
An educational shark exhibit has opened at a space adjoining the "Wild Arctic" ride at SeaWorld Orlando in Florida. The Shark Touch Pool lets guests touch the tank's resident sharks, which include a brownbanded bamboo shark, a white-spotted bamboo shark and an epaulette shark, and includes educational signs about the animals.
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)

Northern Ireland's Exploris aquarium emerges from 2-year renovation
The Exploris aquarium in Northern Ireland has completed a £2 million renovation project and reopened to the public with new attractions, including new marine enclosures and a two-year-old Nile crocodile. General Manager Ann Moreland also pointed to a tropical experience and an outdoor otter habitat as new features expected to draw guests. BBC

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Related Industry News

Horror attraction coming to Skellow, England
A horror-themed attraction called the Fear Factory Halloween Scream Park will debut Oct. 22 in Skellow, England, and be open until Oct. 31. The attraction will include two scare zones -- "The House That Drew Breath" and "The Dig," which will offer scares through a combination of special effects, live actors and psychological tactics.
Doncaster Free Press (UK)

Company driving development of inclusive playgrounds in North Carolina
North Carolina is set to receive 29 new all-inclusive playgrounds in 24 counties through a program by Trillium Health Resources. The Play Together grant so far has funded construction of new playgrounds in Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach and Hampstead, among others. Common features include a motorized swing for children using wheelchairs, soft padding and double-wide ramps and equipment that blocks noise for children with autism. Star-News (Wilmington, N.C.)

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