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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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Amusement and Theme Parks

"Justice League" 4-D ride debuts at Six Flags Great America in Illinois
The interactive "Justice League: Battle for Metropolis" 4-D experience at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, opened to the public over the weekend. Riders are equipped with 3-D glasses and a video game gun that allows them to shoot at objects displayed on large screens. Meanwhile, effects such as mist, fog, water and fire combine with the spins and turns of the car as it travels at about 10 miles per hour.
Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.)

Kentucky Kingdom begins third season with new "Storm Chaser" coaster
Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville launched the "Storm Chaser" roller coaster Saturday as it opened its doors for the third season since its major update. "Storm Chaser" features a twist element in its first drop from a height of 100 feet. The park reports that its season pass sales have surpassed last year's figures.
The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.) (tiered subscription model)

2 rides debut at Luna Park in New York's Coney Island
Coney Island's Luna Park in New York has opened two new rides for the summer. The "Endeavor," an enhanced version of the "Enterprise," lifts riders 60 feet in the air while spinning at 25 miles per hour. The second new ride, the "Convoy," is a train ride designed for children. The park is also set to host a live entertainment series with parties and pop-up concerts starting July 1 and running until Sept. 4.
Crain's New York Business

Fun Spot America to operate rides for Old Town in Florida
Fun Spot America has agreed to transfer some of the rides at its park in Kissimmee, Florida, to the Old Town USA amusement park in the same city. Fun Spot will operate the attractions, namely the carousel, "Crazy Couch," "Tilt-A-Whirl" and "Paratrooper" rides, as well as a new Ferris wheel set to open at Old Town in September. Meanwhile, Fun Spot plans to open SBF Visa Group's "Head Rush 360" spinning attraction June 10 as part of a $1 million park upgrade and expansion.
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)

Walt Disney Co. mulls legal action over Disney look-alikes at China's Wanda City
Walt Disney Co. said it may take legal action in light of news that some performers at the new Wanda City theme park in Nanchang, China, are dressed as characters under Disney's ownership. "We vigorously protect our intellectual property and will take action to address infringement," the company said. The $3 billion Wanda Cultural Tourism City opened Saturday, offering a theme park with rides, an ocean park, a shopping mall, movie theaters, hotels and restaurants. Bloomberg

Dreamland in Margate, England, enters administration
Sands Heritage, the operator of Dreamland in Margate, England, has gone into administration after visitor numbers at the park failed to meet expectations. The park is set to remain in operation as administrator Duff and Phelps searches for a new operator. BBC

US ride regulations and injury reporting questioned
The transparency related to how incidents in the US are tracked and reported is questioned, including whether federal oversight is necessary. This article reviews the history of incident reporting by the industry and whether the current report prepared by the National Safety Council is an accurate portrayal of injury rates. IAAPA is "confident (the data) reflects how rarely incidents occur." Daily News (New York)

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Water Parks

Long Branch Lagoon water park debuts in Dodge City, Kansas
The Long Branch Lagoon water park in Dodge City, Kansas, opened to the public Saturday. Attractions at the $12.27 million water park include "Doc's Plunge"; a "Boomerango" water slide; a "Wrangler Rapids" wave pool; a "Fort Splash" play area; "The Gunslinger" tube slide; a "Cowboy Creek" lazy river; and Chuck Wagon Concessions. The Hutchinson News (Kan.)

Expanded Rock'N River Water Park in Texas unveils new attractions
Rock'N River Water Park in Round Rock, Texas, has unveiled the result of a $6 million expansion that more than doubled the water park's total area and added a number of attractions. New features at the water park include the children-oriented "Splashville" with four water slides and a tipping bucket; "The Quarry," which includes a rock wall and a dive platform; and "The Watering Hole," which includes a swim-up bar, underwater lounge chairs and TV screens. KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas)

"Mummies Oasis" to open soon at Camelbeach Mountain in Pennsylvania
Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark in Pennsylvania opened for the season during the weekend. The water park is getting ready to launch a new attraction called "Mummies Oasis" in two weeks. WBRE-TV (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.)

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Family Entertainment Centers

New store design at Peter Piper Pizza to separate gaming, dining areas
Peter Piper Pizza has unveiled a new design for its existing locations that will reduce the number of games by about 25% and add mini-basketball tosses and other active game offerings. Spaces would also be divided into dining, outdoor, party dining and gaming areas and would include features designed to reduce the noise from the gaming space. The company is preparing to expand into cities including Las Vegas, Nevada; and Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
American City Business Journals (subscription required)/Phoenix

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Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York seeking $25 million for expansion project
The Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York is planning renovations aimed at unifying its architectural design, expanding its exhibit space and creating a glassed-in area to be used for public and educational programs. The museum has unveiled a $25 million capital campaign and a $10 million endowment currently being raised to fund the project and provide financial stability. A 2020 unveiling is planned for the first phase of the project. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers)

Peacock Village in Korea is shut down after bird attack on 4-year-old boy
A peacock inside the "Peacock Village" in Korea's Seoul Grand Park attacked a 4-year-old boy May 15, resulting in cuts to the child's mouth and left eyebrow. The park has shut the village down indefinitely with the aim of altering the village's structure and pathways to prevent a repeat incident. The Korea Times (Seoul)

Silverback gorilla at Ohio's Cincinnati Zoo is killed in rescue of 4-year-old boy
Workers at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in Ohio shot and killed a silverback male gorilla that was holding a child inside the "Gorilla World" exhibit Saturday. The boy, who entered the enclosure by climbing through a barrier, was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Zoo Director Thane Maynard on Monday defended the decision to kill the animal, saying the decision was not made lightly as gorillas are very dangerous animals. The exhibit remains closed while the zoo's safety protocols are being reviewed by officials and the US Department of Agriculture in the wake of the incident. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)

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Related Industry News

Theme park industry in Malaysia continues to grow
Malaysia's economy continues to benefit from growth in its local theme park sector, which has helped establish tourism as one of the country's main exports. A CNN report notes that no fewer than 10 theme park properties are slated to open in Malaysia over the next several years, joining the 16 parks that are currently operating. Meanwhile, local theme park operators are working to expand and elevate the quality of their offerings amid the entrance of foreign companies. The Star Online (Malaysia)

Police determine fallen tree is cause of woman's zipline death
The Utah County Sheriff's Office announced that the death of a 55-year-old woman on May 20 while riding a zipline at the Sundance Mountain Resort was caused by her collision with a tree. The tree had been in "proximity to the zipline" and had been broken by the wind, causing it to fall into the woman's path as she was crossing the line. The sheriff's office ruled that no one was criminally responsible for the accident. KUTV-TV (Salt Lake City)

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