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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 registration update
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 registration update (as of 3 p.m. Nov. 17): qualified buyers 17,700; total registration 27,400 (Details)

Expo news and Show Daily headlines
GKTW Inspires Attractions Industry
New IAAPA Chairman Gerardo Arteaga Looks Ahead to an Exciting 2015
Mario Mamon Looks Back on Fulfilling Year as IAAPA Chairman
Balancing Act
Facility Security: A Team Effort
Staff Training, Social Media Strategies Highlight FEC Education
Innovative Ideas, Success Stories Drive Water Park Sessions
Faith and Family Drive 'Safe -- Clean -- Fun' at Fun Spot
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.

Plus, clips from press conferences held each day at IAAPA Attractions Expo will be available to view at IAAPA's YouTube channel.

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Manufacturer and Supplier News
Exciting IAAPA New Game Line Up for LAI Games

Amusement and Theme Parks

Skyplex in Orlando, Florida, showcases "Skyscraper" roller coaster
During the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014, Mango's Tropical Cafe and US Thrill Rides presented a video of "Skyscraper," a 570-foot-tall roller coaster opening at the Skyplex complex in Orlando, Florida. "The unique design of the coaster means more incredible, heart-pounding inside and outside loops, dives, spirals and inversions in a vertical area than riders have ever before experienced," said Bill Kitchen of US Thrill Rides. Construction will start next year and should conclude in 2017. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)/Theme Park Rangers blog (11/17), American City Business Journals/Orlando, Fla./The Buzz blog (11/17)

"House of Nightmares" coming to Gröna Lund in Sweden
Gröna Lund in Stockholm, Sweden, will unveil "House of Nightmares" next year. The attraction, created by Sally Corp., will offer animatronic characters, live-wire illumination, CGI and video projection. "The attraction is a complete redevelopment of a classic walk-thru haunted house," said John Wood, Sally Corp.'s CEO. American City Business Journals/Jacksonville, Fla. (11/17)

St. Louis, Missouri's Union Station may become home to amusement park
Lodging Hospitality Management, owner of Union Station in St. Louis, Missouri, is requesting $18.5 million in tax increment financing for a $70 million amusement park. The park will be the second phase of a redevelopment for the landmark. The park would span 26 acres and include a 200-foot Ferris wheel and other rides as well as shops and restaurants. KSDK-TV (St. Louis) (11/13), KTVI-TV (St. Louis) (11/13)

Guest sues Knoebels Amusement Park in Pennsylvania over 2012 ride injuries
Joseph and Suzette Tomcavage filed a lawsuit against Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, Pennsylvania, over injuries Joseph incurred in 2012. The suit said Joseph fell roughly 10 to 20 feet when his seat on the Italian trapeze ride broke away. The plaintiffs claimed the park was negligent and are seeking more than $50,000 in damages. The News-Item (Shamokin-Mount Carmel, Pa.) (11/17)

Other News
New Jersey's Keansburg Amusement Park creates online store to raise funds for historic landmark
Patch.com/Matawan-Aberdeen, N.J. (11/17)

Legoland Malaysia hosts event to celebrate World Children's Day
New Straits Times (Malaysia) (11/18)

Dollywood in Tennessee holds Light the Way 5K fundraiser
WVLT-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.) (11/13)

Dubai Parks and Resorts in UAE partners with Emirates Airline for marketing expertise exchange
Gulf News (United Arab Emirates) (11/16)

Water Parks

Rp 170 billion water park debuts in Bekasi, Indonesia
Go!Wet Water Park Grand Wisata was launched by Sinar Mas Land in Bekasi, Indonesia. The Rp 170 billion, 7.5-hectare park offers water rides, a meeting hall and a cafe. "Go!Wet Water Park is a new prestigious project of Sinar Mas Land developed in Grand Wisata [township] offered for Indonesian families who seek for leisure and enjoy water-themed entertainment," said Ishak Chandra of Sinar Mas Land. Jakarta Globe (Indonesia) (11/17)

Panel to discuss compensation issue at Great Wolf Lodge in Massachusetts
A subcommittee formed to review claims that Great Wolf Lodge in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, broke rules for tax relief will meet today over the possible repeal of the water park's $17.2 million tax benefit. The New England Regional Council of Carpenters wants the state to rescind the tax benefit after the project hired contractors not covered by workers compensation insurance. Tax relief has been repealed before due to failure to hit job targets but not over workers compensation rules. American City Business Journals/Boston (11/18)

Other News
Fort Smith, Arkansas, to discuss trade contracts for $10.9 million water park
Southwest Times Record (Fort Smith, Ark.) (11/17)

Entertainment project in Foley, Alabama, expected to add an indoor water park, hot air balloon ride
AL.com (Alabama) (11/14)

Family Entertainment Centers

Bowling alley part of plan for One Seaport Square in Boston, Massachusetts
A bowling alley operated by Kings Bowl is among offerings planned for One Seaport Square, a commercial and residential development in Boston, Massachusetts, that broke ground Friday. Other tenants of the project's 250,000 square feet of retail space are Kerasotes Showplace Theatres' 10-auditorium movie theater and Equinox's luxury gym. The $600 million development will open in 2017. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (11/14)

Woodland Park, Colorado, could get an FEC, pool next year
A family entertainment center, a pool and three-story lofts are planned for Woodland Park, Colorado. The facility will span 21,700 square feet and include an arcade, laser tag, a bowling alley with 12 lanes, a sports bar and two party rooms. The High Country Messenger (Woodland Park, Colo.) (11/15)

Other News
Utah facility housing Hollywood Connection Family Fun Center will become a call center
KSL-TV (Salt Lake City) (11/14)

Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

$80.5 million renovation to take place at Canada Science and Technology Museum
The Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa will undergo a $80.5 million, two-year renovation. The project will create additional exhibit space, replace the museum's roof and refurbish the interior. When the facility reopens in 2017, it will "showcase Canadian innovation and offer world-class exhibits and a fully digital experience to thousands of visitors every year," Heritage Minister Shelly Glover said. Ottawa Citizen (Ontario) (11/17), CBC.ca (Canada) (11/17)

Dudley Zoo in England to unveil Castle Creatures at Easter
Next Easter, Dudley Zoo in England will open the Castle Creatures exhibit. The £250,000 attraction will showcase how people from the past lived closely with bats and rats. "Visitors now expect lively interactive displays and immediate facts at their fingertips and we hope this installation will bring the Dudley Castle experience closer to our core visitors while uniting castle and zoo life," said Peter Suddock, Dudley Zoo Group's chief executive. The Express & Star (U.K.) (11/17)

Other News
Winter Light Spectacular holiday event begins at Lehigh Valley Zoo in Pennsylvania
The Express-Times (Easton-Bethlehem, Pa.) (11/14)

North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro mourns passing of 26-year-old polar bear
WRAL-TV (Raleigh, N.C.) (11/17)

Related Industry News

GamesURide product line to be presented by Skyline Attractions
Skyline Attractions LLC will highlight its GamesURide product line during the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 this week. The line includes "Strike-U-Up," which involves chairs that rise to the top of a 20-foot tower depending on a button hit by a hammer, and "Spin-U-Win" where players will spin around a light-up pole as they try to lift the lights to the pole's top. The Republican-Herald (Pottsville, Pa.) (11/17)

NBC Universal opens office in Beijing, China
Comcast and Universal officials visited China to launch NBC Universal's Beijing office. The office will help in the development of the firm's $2.5 billion Universal amusement park as well as oversee Universal's consumer products group and create strategic goals for the group. "[China is] a very defined, organized market that a lot of strong companies are participating in. I actually think it's a more exciting market than it is a difficult market," said Jeff Shell, Universal Filmed Entertainment chairman. The Hollywood Reporter (11/17)

Other News
Ski Apache resort in Alto, New Mexico to launch new season this month
KFOX-TV (El Paso, Texas) (11/12)

"When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stone-cutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before." -- Jacob Riis, Danish-American social reformer