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Thursday, November 20, 2014

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IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 registration update
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 registration update (as of 3 p.m. Nov. 19): qualified buyers 18,600; total registration 29,200 (Details)

Expo News and Show Daily Headlines
Jim Pattison Jr. Reveals How Ripley Entertainment Took Flight
Four Industry Leaders Honored with IAAPA Service Awards
2014 IAAPA Brass Ring Awards Honor Industry's Best and Brightest Exhibitor Awards
2015 IAAPA Chairman Gerardo Arteaga Balances Passion with Good Business Sense
Disney Legends Share Memories from 1964-65 World's Fair
From the Floor -- Airstage, Merlin
In Brief

Expo attendees can get a copy of Show Daily Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings at the round publication bins at the top of each escalator in the North and South Halls. Those unable to attend can read highlights from Show Daily at www.IAAPA.org and follow the real time conversation @IAAPAHQ or #IAE14.

See why these new members joined IAAPA
The IAAPA New Member Spotlight, appearing in each month's edition of Funworld magazine, highlights select new members and explains why joining IAAPA made sense for their business. See why these new members joined the world's leading trade association for fixed-site amusement parks and attractions and find out how your business can benefit as well. Stop by IAAPA Central (booth 3831) at IAAPA Attractions Expo to join IAAPA or renew your membership. www.IAAPA.org/news/funworld/new-member-spotlight

Amusement and Theme Parks

New attractions showcased at the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Florida
The IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 in Orlando, Florida, is currently under way showcasing new attractions coming to theme parks. Among the announced attractions are "Voyage to the Iron Reef" dark ride at Knott's Berry Farm in California to be created by Triotech; "Batman: The Ride" by S&S Sansei technologies for Six Flags Fiesta Texas; Oceaneering's "Justice League: Battle For Metropolis" at Six Flags St. Louis in Missouri and Six Flags Over Texas; "Slide Boarding" at Wet'n'Wild parks; and the Honolulu Hot dog food option. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.)/The Associated Press (11/19)

Merlin Entertainments gives updates on its attractions in Florida
Merlin Entertainments revealed new details about its attractions in Florida during the IAAPA Attractions Expo. The group unveiled a Lego model of the "Orlando Eye" that will eventually be displayed in Legoland Florida. Progress on the Winter Haven park's hotel was also shown. The firm also announced that Sea Life would include a 360-degree viewing tunnel. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)/Theme Park Rangers blog (11/19)

Macau, China, resort to launch Planet J role-play theme park
Planet J, a live-action role-play amusement park, will open next summer at the Sands Cotai Central resort in Macau, China. Guests as the MOP1 billion park will go through themed areas and challenges while using a personalized mobile device. "Planet J is a truly new revolutionary model-breaking out from entertainment offered by conventional theme parks," said Damon Chan, chairman of developer Jumpin Gym Digital Entertainment. "We have the vision for Planet J to become a leading global chain of interactive themed destinations." Travel Daily Media (11/17)

Grants, tax breaks approved for Huck Finn's Playland in New York
Rides from the closed Hoffman's Playland in New York will be moved to new amusement park Huck Finn's Playland after gaining approvals and receiving grants and tax breaks from government authorities. The park, which seeks to open in the spring, will receive roughly $61,000 in sales tax breaks, a $150,000 grant from Albany County, a $250,000 grant from the state and another $250,000 grant from the National Grid. "We want people to know it's time to start talking about Ferris wheels and roller coasters," owner Jeff Sperber said. Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) (11/19)

Other News
Developer of Skyplex attends the IAAPA Expo seeking attractions for the upcoming Florida complex
Central Florida News 13 (Orlando, Fla.) (11/19)

Dutch Wonderland in Pennsylvania to begin Dutch Winter Wonderland this weekend
LancasterOnline (Pa.) (11/19)

"Clyde & Seamore's Sea Lion High" will open next spring at SeaWorld Orlando in Florida
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (11/19)

Australia's Luna Park Sydney files developmental application for tower ride after approval issue
The Daily Telegraph (Australia)/Mosman Daily (11/18)

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment to showcase "Waves of Conservation" float in Macy's parade
Reuters (11/19)

Water Parks

Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in China is recognized by TEA
Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in Zhuhai, China, was given the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) Award for Outstanding Achievement during IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida. "The most important criteria we looked at are the quality of the service, the tourists' experiences and the creativity," TEA President Monty Lunde said. Chimelong Tourist Resort in China also was nominated for the Applause Award. China Daily (Beijing) (11/19)

Water park among features of £450 million resort proposed for Scotland
A £450 million resort was proposed by EIF for the 610-acre site of the former Loudoun Castle Theme Park in East Ayrshire, Scotland. The project would feature an indoor subtropical water park, 450 luxury lodges, a lake and leisure development and a new Loudoun distillery. The development could start construction in 2016 and launch its first phase in 2018. BBC (11/19)

Other News
Wilderness at the Smokies in Tennessee to start holiday activities on Thanksgiving Day
WVLT-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.) (11/19)

New spray water feature at the Wave Waterpark in California to be funded by park fee increases
San Diego Union-Tribune (11/18)

Family Entertainment Centers

Corner Alley coming to Cleveland, Ohio
Corner Alley will officially debut Dec. 3 at University Circle in Cleveland, Ohio. The 22,838-square-foot entertainment center will include 17 bowling lanes, lounges, dining areas and bars. The facility will have a soft opening on Nov. 28. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (11/19)

Other News
Developer balks on bowling alley proposal in Harrisonburg, Virginia, after failing to find a partner
WHSV-TV (Harrisonburg, Va.) (11/13)

Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

Liberty Science Center in New Jersey to launch "Infinity Climber"
High-wire artist Nik Wallenda will be the first to try "Infinity Climber," a suspended climbing play space debuting Saturday at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. The 21,000-pound structure is cantilevered to the wall of the center's atrium and includes 64 platforms. "The climber's physically challenging environment uses sensorimotor learning to encourage guests to exercise their bodies as well as their imaginations," President and CEO Paul Hoffman said. The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.) (11/19)

Vote on Hawaii county bill regulating aquarium fish transport delayed
The Committee on Agriculture, Water and Energy Sustainability of the Hawaii County Council said more scientific information was necessary to approve a bill regulating aquarium fish transport. The bill, which the Association of Zoos and Aquariums opposes, would ban the withholding of fish food for more than one day and require each fish to be moved in at least 1 gallon of water. A new council is likely to discuss the matter again once it convenes in December. West Hawaii Today (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii) (11/19)

Keeper injured by rhino at Whipsnade Zoo in England
A male zookeeper was taken to the hospital Wednesday after being attacked by a male Asian rhino inside an enclosure at the Whipsnade Zoo in England. The keeper, whose condition is serious but stable, suffered chest, pelvic and abdominal injuries after he was stomped on and head-butted by the rhino. "An investigation into exactly what happened has begun," said David Field, zoological director. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (11/19)

Other News
Elephant program to end at Woodland Park Zoo in Washington
KOMO-TV/KOMO-AM (Seattle)/The Associated Press (11/19)

Related Industry News

Exhibitors discuss exposure provided by the IAAPA Attractions Expo
The IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 provides exposure that goes beyond theme parks, said Alan Fulmer from exhibitor Chalk Twins. "It's all about growing their business and expanding their network," said Colleen Mangone, IAAPA's media relations director. Another exhibitor, Edward Wilcox from Daniel's Wood Land Inc., reported that the company acquired roughly 100 contacts in the first four hours on the Expo's opening day. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (11/19), American City Business Journals/Orlando, Fla./The Buzz blog (11/19)

Marion Knott, former owner and director of Knott's Berry Farm in California, passes away
Marion Knott, the daughter of the founders of Knott's Berry Farm in California and the park's former director of design, planning and entertainment, died last week at 92. The park's second themed area Fiesta Village and "Montezooma's Revenge" roller coaster were added under her leadership.
Editor's Note: Knott was a member of the IAAPA Board of Directors. The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (free content) (11/19)

Other News
Ferris wheel proposed for Mumbai, India
Reuters (11/18)

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