Tuesday August 9, 2016

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Association News

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Amusement and Theme Parks

IAAPA emphasizes low statistical risk of ride injuries after Kansas water park death
IAAPA maintains that the amusement park industry's positive safety record likely wouldn't be improved by reinstating federal oversight on the industry, saying there's only one chance in 16 million "of being seriously injured on a fixed-site ride at a US amusement park." The issue of there being no federal-level regulatory body overseeing US theme parks nor a uniform law regarding parks' safety standards was raised again after the death of a 10-year-old boy Sunday on the "Verrückt" water slide at Schlitterbahn in Kansas City, Kansas. An autopsy ruled the child's cause of death as an unspecified neck injury he received as the ride was ending. NBC News

More "Wizarding World" elements coming to Universal Studios theme parks
NBCUniversal has secured the rights to air movies from the "Wizarding World" franchise owned by author J.K. Rowling, including the new film "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" on its cable channels and broadcast network. The deal with Warner Bros. also gives the company exclusive rights to add characters and elements from the new movies to its Universal Studios theme parks.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

VR upgrade coming to "Skull Mountain" at New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure
Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, unveiled an impending virtual reality (VR) upgrade to its "Skull Mountain" roller coaster. The new "Rage of the Gargoyles" experience will let riders 13 years and up shoot at gargoyles through head movements while wearing VR headsets. The launch date of the new element has not been specified. NJ.com (Morristown, N.J.)

Cedar Point in Ohio closes "Top Thrill Dragster" after cable detached
A representative for Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, said a launch cable on the park's "Top Thrill Dragster" roller coaster became detached mid-ride Sunday night. Two riders required medical evaluation and were later released. The ride was shut down Monday for a full inspection and is expected to resume operation today.
WJW-TV (Cleveland)

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Water Parks

"Stingray" surf machine debuts at Aqua Park Qatar
A "Stingray" half-pipe surf machine has opened at Aqua Park Qatar, increasing the park's number of attractions to 15. The machine, which costs QR5 million, is the first of its kind in the country. The park plans to launch a surfing club and surfing classes to promote the new ride. The Peninsula (Qatar)

Planning approval given to water park project in Coventry, England
Construction of a £36.7 million leisure center and water park on the site of the Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre in England is expected to begin in the spring after councilors gave developers planning approval for the project. Slated to open in late 2018, the facility would include a water park with a 25-meter pool, water slides, a climbing wall, a gym, a day spa, a dance studio and squash courts. Coventry Telegraph (U.K.)

Water Works Park in Denton, Texas, to get wave pool, other upgrades
Water Works Park in Denton, Texas, will open next summer with a new wave pool and a concession stand. Work is expected to begin after the park ends its season Labor Day weekend. The park has also received approval to increase prices of daily tickets, season passes and fees for private rentals and cabanas.
Denton Record-Chronicle (Texas)

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Family Entertainment Centers

Motion Entertainment FEC in New Zealand plans November opening
A November debut has been set for the new Motion Entertainment family entertainment center in Rotorua, New Zealand. The facility will include Megazone Laser Tag, Dialled Indoor Tramp Park, Strike Zone Tenpin Bowling, Lumberjax Mini Golf, Escape Masters, Timezone and a conference center. It is the first phase of a $13 million Lynmore Junction project planned on 2.7 hectares of land. The New Zealand Herald

Humble, Texas, to get a Main Event FEC
Main Event Entertainment will add a location in Humble, Texas, with construction expected to begin in the fall. The facility will include a laser tag arena, a bowling alley and a dining venue. Community Impact Newspaper (Pflugerville, Texas)

Putters Paradise in Delaware to open this week
A mini-golf course called Putters Paradise is slated to open this week in Middletown, Delaware, after a final inspection by town officials. The course offers 18 holes designed by New Jersey-based Harris Golf and features paradise-themed decorations such as fountains, streams and plants. A clubhouse will serve food and drinks.
Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times (Smyrna, Del.)

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Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

National Museum of Industrial History in Pennsylvania opens its doors
The National Museum of Industrial History in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has opened to the public after a nearly 20-year development. The museum, which was first proposed during the 1990s, was the first facility to be granted a Smithsonian affiliation. Its more than 200 displays trace the evolution of the US from an agrarian to an industrial economy, including the first piece of steel manufactured in the city, machinery and items from the propane and silk-making industries.
The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.)/The Associated Press

Lion attacks worker at Quebec's Granby Zoo
A worker at the Granby Zoo in Quebec, Canada, was mauled by a lion while she was inside the animal's enclosure Monday morning. Another zoo employee was able to drive the lion away and rescue the woman, who received a cervical fracture and a number of cuts. The zoo said that it has quarantined the lion and that the worker is reportedly in stable condition. Global News Online (Toronto)/The Canadian Press

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Related Industry News

Malls turning to entertainment options to drive visits
As online shopping continues to grow in popularity, some malls have begun leasing to entertainment facilities in a bid to provide experiences and increase foot traffic. In Pennsylvania, the Plymouth Meeting Mall is set to open a new Legoland Discovery Center next year, while the Exton Square Mall is building an entertainment complex on the former site of a JCPenney store and the Monroeville Mall opened a Steel City Indoor Karting facility in June. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Fairgoers experience electric shock at carnival in El Salvador
Two fairgoers were treated for injuries after experiencing an electric shock at a carnival set up near Estadio Cuscatlán in San Salvador, El Salvador. A 28-year-old man was transported to a local hospital for treatment of first-degree burns. Another person refused to be transported and was treated at the scene for unspecified injuries. The cause of the incident is under investigation.
El Diario de Hoy (El Salvador) (Spanish-language content)

France tourism promotion on the way amid declining visitor numbers
The French government is planning a million-euro campaign to promote its tourist destinations in a bid to shore up declining hotel occupancy rates in Paris. The fall in visitor numbers is a result of two terrorist attacks in the country since November that killed more than 200 people and weakened tourists' confidence in the country's security measures. Hotels in Paris saw occupancy decline to 32% in the second half of July, from 77% a year ago. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model)

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