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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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Association News

IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 Gold Sponsors
Thank you for your support: Allied Specialty Insurance, Best Lockers, BRC Imagination Arts, CNL Lifestyle Properties, CORE Cashless LLC, Falcon's Treehouse LLC, Flagship Carpets, Garner Holt Productions Inc., Guangzhou Zisen Animation Technology Co. Ltd., Holovis International Ltd., International Play Company, JRA, MACK Rides GmbH & Co KG, Pax Company Ltd., Picsolve, POLIN Waterparks & Pool Systems, The ACTIVE Network Inc., The Producers Group and Vekoma Rides Manufacturing B.V.

M&S News
Simuline and Specular to Unveil New Unreal Engine 4 Based Interactive Motion Ride www.simuline.com/sub03/sub02.php

Amusement and Theme Parks

Openness to ideas, financial incentives, bring in theme park developers to Dubai, UAE
Dubai, UAE's openness to ideas and financial incentives attracted theme park developers to the city. One such investor is Reef Worlds, which will open Pearl of Dubai, a five-acre underwater Atlantis-themed park, after being rejected by Caribbean properties. Other theme parks being built in the city are IMG World of Adventure, Legoland, Hollywood-themed Motiongate Dubai and a Bollywood-themed park. CNN (11/5)

Walt Disney Co. disputes rumors of a theme park in India
Walt Disney Co. countered rumors that it would open an amusement park in Vishakhapatnam, India. "We continually look for opportunities to grow our business and while India is an attractive market, we currently have no plans for a theme park here," the firm said. "Our businesses are dedicated to creatively developing, marketing and distributing the best branded entertainment for Indian consumers across ages." OneIndia (11/10)

Puxton Park in North Somerset, England, explains admission ban on single adults
Puxton Park in North Somerset, England, defended its policy of not allowing access for male or female adults not accompanied by a child to thwart pedophiles. A male guest, who wanted to visit the park's falconry, complained that this ban wasn't effectively disseminated by the park. "We have done our research and in line with all other parks we don't let single men or women in. ... It is in the leaflet. I think if I did a survey of 100 of our customers they would agree that we are doing the right thing," said Alistair Mead, the park's managing director. Western Gazette (U.K.) (11/8)

Other News
Ammolite, The Lighthouse Restaurant in Europa Park in Germany, is recognized by Michelin's 2015 red guide
The Malay Mail (Malaysia)/Agence France-Presse (11/7)

Walt Disney Co. theme parks in U.S. to offer "Disney Parks Frozen Christmas Celebration" parade
Central Florida News 13 (Orlando, Fla.) (11/10)

Dollywood in Tennessee begins Smoky Mountain Christmas festival over the weekend
WVLT-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.) (11/7)

Walt Disney Co., Mylan partner to promote anaphylaxis awareness, preparedness at attractions
FoxNews.com (11/10)

Okinawa theme park plan by Universal Studios Japan Co. has the support of the government
The Japan Times/Jiji Press (11/10)

Hong Kong Disneyland increases ticket prices by more than 10%
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) (free registration) (11/11)

Amusement park being built in Yeongwol, South Korea, is stalled by feasibility, contract issues
The Korea Times (Seoul) (11/4)

Water Parks

Brazil's Wet 'n Wild showcases new attractions at Gramado Tourism Festival
Wet 'n Wild in Sao Paulo, Brazil, displayed its new "Vortex" water slide and announced a new Christmas attraction coming to the park at the Gramado Tourism Festival. The "Vortex," which debuted at the park last month, stands 24 meters high and spans 1,600 square meters. From Nov. 28 to Dec. 28, the park will offer the "Magic Lights" Christmas light show. Panrotas.com.br (Brazil) (Portuguese-language content) (11/7)

1st phase of water park expansion at Pennsylvania's Waldameer Park will finish in June
A water park expansion at Waldameer Park & Water World in Erie, Pennsylvania, may increase park attendance by 10% to 15% next year, owner Paul Nelson said. The $25 million project's first phase, which will be finished in June, will add a wave pool designed by Aquatic Development Group Inc., new lockers, lounge chairs and revamped dressing rooms. The project's second phase, which will begin construction after next season, will feature a children's water slide complex with six to eight slides and a 40-foot-high tower with tipping bucket. Erie Times-News (Pa.) (11/8)

Planned water park in Dodge City, Kansas, could get funding from special sales tax bonds
Wright Park's planned water park in Dodge City, Kansas, could have roughly $1 million freed up from its $10 million budget if it can avail itself of special sales tax diversion bonds. The $1 million was supposed to fund relocation of drainage ditches. However, the new funding doesn't guarantee that the park will add features, Dodge City Manager Cherise Tieben, noting that the project's construction management company hasn't determined a "guaranteed maximum price" yet. Dodge City Daily Globe (Kan.) (11/7)

Other News
Water park in Werribee, Australia, closes indefinitely after several guests slipped and were hurt
The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (11/7)

Family Entertainment Centers

Bowlero to debut Thursday in San Antonio, Texas
Bowlero, a retro-modern-themed family entertainment center, will be unveiled Thursday in San Antonio, Texas. The 47,000-square-foot facility will offer blacklight bowling, floor-to-ceiling video screens, a full-service kitchen, vintage arcade games, billiards, shuffleboard, a gravity ropes course and more. San Antonio Express-News (11/7)

HeyDay Entertainment in Norman, Oklahoma, completes $6 million renovation
HeyDay Entertainment in Norman, Oklahoma, recently opened after finishing a $6 million revamp. The renovated family entertainment center includes 42,000 square feet of indoor space, a two-level bowling alley, an outdoor landscaped miniature golf course, arcades, a ropes course, laser tag and a laser maze. The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (11/5) 

Other News
Punch Bowl Social in Detroit, Michigan, will launch on Dec. 10
MLive.com (Michigan) (free registration) (11/10)

Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

Pennsylvania's Pittsburgh Zoo says use of dogs in elephant enclosure is for staff safety
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium in Pennsylvania defended its use of dogs to herd elephants following a complaint from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. "To advance and improve the care that we provide for our elephants, we introduced two Australian cattle dogs into our elephant program three years ago. Both the dogs and elephants are working well together, and the dogs have been a wonderful addition to our program," zoo spokeswoman Tracy Gray said. "The primary reason the herding dogs are working with our team is for the safety of our staff." The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reviewing the matter. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (11/10)

Other News
Mother's Wax Museum debuts in Kolkata, India
DNA (India)/Press Trust of India (11/10)

Related Industry News

accesso Technology purchases VisionOne for $33 million
VisionOne, an online ticketing solutions company, was bought by accesso Technology for $33 million. "[This] acquisition will further extend our reach outside of theme parks and deeper into the leisure sector, as well as permit both our teams to chase revenue and customer opportunities that, alone, would not be open to us," accesso CEO Tom Burnet said. The deal will allow accesso to penetrate new leisure markets and increase cross-selling opportunities through VisionOne's ShoWare online ticketing product. ProactiveInvestors.co.uk (U.K.) (11/10)

New glass floor offers dizzying views at Tower Bridge in London, England
Tower Bridge in London, England, installed glass floors on its walkways, offering views from 42 meters above ground. The west walkway opened today, while the bridge's east walkway will be unveiled next month. Evening Standard (London) (11/11)

Other News
River's Edge in Davenport, Iowa, adds a human foosball game
Quad-City Times (Davenport, Iowa) (11/10)

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