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Thursday November 17, 2016

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IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016 registration update
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016 registration update (As of 3 p.m. 11/16/2016): qualified buyers 21,600, total registration 33,300 (Details)

2016 IAAPA Attractions Expo Digital Show Daily

IAAPA Foundation establishes a memorial fund in memory of Alexander (Al) Weber Jr., Ph.D.
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Amusement and Theme Parks

Bollywood Parks Dubai in United Arab Emirates debuts today
Bollywood Parks Dubai, part of the Dubai Parks and Resorts complex in the United Arab Emirates, opens to the public today. Themed around popular films in the Hindi movie industry, the park covers 1.7 million square feet and features five zones, 16 rides and attractions, live shows and various dining venues. The 850-seat Raj Mahal theater and its first production, the 120-minute operatic performance "Jaan-e-Jigar," are set to debut next month. Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)

Wanda City project unveiled for Shaanxi province in China
Less than a week after announcing plans to build a 50 billion yuan Wanda City and several Wanda Plaza malls in China's Hunan Province, Dalian Wanda Group Co. has unveiled a similar project to rise in the Shaanxi province. The 103 billion yuan development will include a Wanda City theme park complex in Xi'an, the province's capital, and 19 Wanda Plaza malls in 10 cities. Bloomberg

England's Alton Towers unveils offerings at CBeebies Land Hotel
Alton Towers in Staffordshire, England, has released details about its CBeebies Land Hotel, which is scheduled to open in next summer. Each of the hotel's 76 rooms will be themed around Cbeebies franchises such as "In the Night Garden," "Postman Pat," "Something Special" and "Swashbuckle." Rooms will have a separate space for parents, while children's spaces will feature themed play items. The hotel will also offer five rooms designed for those with special needs. Birmingham Mail (U.K.)

Escape room attraction coming to Universal Studios Japan in Osaka
Universal Studios Japan in Osaka has unveiled an upcoming escape room experience based on the "Detective Conan" manga. Slated to open early next year, the attraction will have guests solving puzzles in a battle against a criminal syndicate. The attraction will require a separate ticket and be available from Jan. 13 to May 28 as part of the park's Universal Cool Japan 2017 event.
Nikkei Asian Review (Japan) (tiered subscription model)

Kanha Fun City in India fined over 2011 ride incident
Kanha Fun City in India is required to pay a fine of Rsn1.21 lakh over an incident in 2011 that injured two guests. The operator of the park's swing ride allegedly activated it while the two were boarding, causing them to slip off and receive numerous injuries. The operator is also being fined. The Times of India

Other News

Water Parks

Expansion approved for Squaw Valley Ski Resort in California
Squaw Valley Ski Resort in California has received approval for a nearly $1 billion development that would add 300,000 square feet to the facility. The 25-year project will add a 90,000-square-foot Mountain Adventure Camp that will feature an indoor water park, a skydiving simulator, bowling and rock climbing walls. The plan also calls for construction of new hotel and condominium buildings, the restoration of two bodies of water, the creation of new wetland areas and various other upgrades.
San Francisco Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

Aquatic facility coming to De Pere, Wisconsin
Plans have been approved to build an aquatic facility with features including water slides and a zero-depth entry area in De Pere, Wisconsin. The facility, which is expected to cost from $4 million to $5 million to build, will replace two existing swimming pools that are in need of repairs.
Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.) (tiered subscription model)

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Family Entertainment Centers

Bowlero FEC in Naperville, Illinois, to open Saturday
A Bowlero location is set to open Saturday in Naperville, Illinois, after a more than $1 million renovation. The former Brunswick Zone XL now features a 40-lane bowling alley, a laser tag arena, a Bowlero game called Ballin', bumper cars, billiards and around 50 arcade games.
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)/Naperville Sun (Naperville, Ill.)

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games in Florida unveils Triotech-made dark ride
At the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida, Andretti Indoor Karting & Games revealed two attractions that will open at its location when it debuts in July. The first is a 7-D dark ride manufactured by Triotech, where "riders compete against each other for the highest score using their laser blasters to battle on-screen enemies." The other attraction is a unique curved zipline that will be part of its ropes course attraction.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Orlando, Fla.

Jump 360 Hartlepool in England to debut in January
Trampoline firm Jump 360 has announced a location set to open in January in Hartlepool, England. The facility will offer more than 100 trampolines as well as foam pits, tumble tracks and basketball lanes. There will be toddler sessions, fitness classes and Jump Late sessions with music and lighting.
The Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

American Museum of Women's History proposed in Washington
Plans have been unveiled to build an institution dedicated to women in the US and their contributions to the country. A congressional panel has received a commission report proposing a facility at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington covering 75,000 square feet to 90,000 square feet. Construction or renovation of an existing facility that will house the American Museum of Women's History is expected to cost up to $180 million, which would be provided by private donors.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)

San Antonio Zoo in Texas plans upgrade to its jaguar exhibit
The San Antonio Zoo in Texas has unveiled a plan to build a catwalk at its jaguar habitat. Expected to cost from $1 million to $2 million, the expansion will allow the cats to engage in their natural behavior and connect two of the habitat's spaces.
San Antonio Express-News (tiered subscription model)

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Related Industry News

Developer says "Skyscraper" roller coaster in Florida will have VR option
The "Skyscraper" roller coaster at the Skyplex leisure complex planned in Orlando, Florida, will include an optional virtual reality (VR) headset for riders, according to developer Joshua Wallack. The headsets will provide multiple themes, he said, such as surfing or flying on a jet airplane. Orlando Weekly (Fla.)

Ski resorts in Vermont are diversifying their offerings
New, non-snow-related attractions have allowed ski resort operators to draw from a wider pool of potential guests and stay profitable in mild weather. For example, Jay Peak Resort offers its Pump House indoor water park, which features an action river, a surfing attraction and four water slides. Okemo Mountain Resort has a mountain coaster operating year-round, as well as an ice mat, tubing, fitness classes and indoor golf. The Hartford Courant (Conn.)

Roswell, Georgia, gets a new playground
The Sweet Apple Elementary Community Playground in Roswell, Georgia, will open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday. The $160,000 playground will feature a gravity rail attraction, a generation swing that allows an adult and a child to sit together and traditional equipment such as monkey bars and slides.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content)

Other News

Clarifications

An article on the Themed Entertainment Association's (TEA) awards should have said that TEA announced the awards at IAAPA Attractions Expo.

A headline on Florida's Busch Gardens Tampa should have said that the park won the Liseburg Applause Award. Read the updated story here.

IAAPA News Flash regrets the errors.