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Wednesday August 10, 2016

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IAAPA Webinar: Intellectual Property Issues in the Live Entertainment Show Development Process 1 p.m. ET Aug. 24
Register for this informative IAAPA webinar 1 p.m. ET Wednesday, Aug. 24 to hear useful strategies to adopt when dealing with intellectual property issues in the live entertainment production. Music lawyer Tamera Bennett guides you through steps to take during the show development process. Participation in the IAAPA webinars is free to IAAPA members and can earn 1 credit toward IAAPA Certification. Registration required.

Amusement and Theme Parks

Walt Disney Co. posts 6.6% higher theme park revenue in Q3
Revenue at Walt Disney Co.'s theme parks division rose 6.6% to $4.4 billion during the quarter as operating income increased by 8% to $994 million. The rise was attributed to stronger guest spending and hotel occupancy amid a 4% attendance decline at Disney's California and Florida resorts. In an interview, CEO Robert Iger said the company saw no significant effect of the Zika virus outbreak on its theme park operations. Disney posted overall profit of $2.6 billion and revenue of $14.3 billion during the period. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Ohio's Kings Island begins construction of "Mystic Timbers" coaster
Work has begun on the 109-foot-tall "Mystic Timbers" wooden roller coaster at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. Set to debut in April, the attraction will be a journey along 3,265 feet of track at up to 53 miles per hour with features including ravines, cliffs, an extreme S-turn and a mysterious "shed," the details of which the park is keeping a secret. WLWT-TV (Cincinnati)

Appraisal values Louisiana Six Flags site at $3.26 million
An appraisal of the 220-acre site of the former Six Flags theme park in New Orleans, Louisiana, by the McEnery Co. was reviewed Tuesday by the city's Industrial Development Board. The appraisal set the main park land's value at $3 million and an undeveloped site adjoining it at $260,000. The board then voted to take the next steps in bringing about a sale of the property, including an initial environmental assessment.
The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)

Euro Disney saw quarterly sales decline 9% after terrorist attacks
Euro Disney said sales at Disneyland Paris in France was down 9% to ‎€327 million during the April-to-June quarter as turnover dropped 13% to ‎€182 million. Visitor numbers declined 11% and average visitor spending fell 2%, which the company attributed to the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium, Paris and Nice and increased operating costs over improvements in security and preparation for the park's 25th anniversary in 2017. Yahoo/Agence France-Presse

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Water Parks

Great Wolf Resorts moves Colorado water park opening to Dec. 26
Great Wolf Resorts has begun taking reservations for its Great Wolf Lodge water park and hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, while unveiling a new opening date of Dec. 26 for the property. The resort's amenities include a 50,000-square-foot indoor water park, a 311-room hotel, a family entertainment center and 20,000 square feet of conference space. The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Conneaut Lake Park in Pennsylvania reopens water park attractions
The "Cliffhanger Falls Water Slide," "Otter Creek Adventure River" and "Connie Otter's Kiddie Cove" water features at Conneaut Lake Park in Pennsylvania reopened to the public Saturday. The park's trustees hope to see continued success with the attractions as they move forward with plans to expand the Camperland area in the fall.
The Meadville (Pa.) Tribune

Schlitterbahn in Kansas City, Kansas, to partially reopen amid investigation
The investigation into the death of a 10-year-old boy at Schlitterbahn in Kansas City, Kansas, continues as the park reopens partially today. The 168-foot-tall "Verrückt" water slide where the boy received a fatal neck injury will be closed for the rest of the season. The Kansas Department of Labor said in a statement that it has requested that the water park present documentation "to ensure all safety requirements have been followed." ABC News

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Family Entertainment Centers

Parques Reunidos eyes Portugal, Spain for Nickelodeon FECs
Parques Reunidos has announced the upcoming opening of two Nickelodeon-branded family entertainment centers in Madrid, Spain, and Lisbon, Portugal, under a partnership with Viacom International Media Networks. The new properties are set to join a Nickelodeon family entertainment center in Murcia, Spain, opening in 2017; a new Nickelodeon Land in Madrid's Parque de Atracciones and Movie Park Germany's newly launched NickLand. Rapid TV News (U.K.)

The Harbor FEC coming to Mercedes, Texas
Developer Kamel Salomon Investments has unveiled plans for a $12 million family entertainment complex called The Harbor in Mercedes, Texas. Plans for The Harbor include a manmade lake for paddle boating, a BigShots Golf driving range, a go-kart track, a trampoline park and a zipline that will run across the lake. The two-phase project is slated for completion in 2018. The Monitor (McAllen, Texas)

Family Fun Park Jugarnia in Sotogrande, Spain, is now open
Family Fun Park Jugarnia at Sotogrande Marina in Spain has opened to the public. The facility offers an arcade, a laser quest, bungee trampolines, ball pits and catering for birthday parties. The Olive Press (Spain)

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Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

St. Louis, Missouri, to get a new aquarium
The owner of Union Station in St. Louis, Missouri, hopes to open a $45 million aquarium in late 2018. The St. Louis Aquarium, which will replace the building's former shopping mall, will cover 75,000 square feet and include a shark tank with a bridge allowing guests to walk over the water. Also on the way are a 200-foot-tall observation wheel and a Train Park dining venue. St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Ripley's Aquarium in South Carolina launches glass-bottomed boat ride
A new ride experience aboard a glass-bottomed boat has opened to the public at Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. The 16-foot boat travels over the 750,000 gallon Dangerous Reef, offering unique views of the marine life beneath through 3 inches of glass. MyHorryNews.com (Conway, S.C.)

Lagoon in Farmington, Utah, responds to petition calling for zoo closure
The Lagoon amusement park in Farmington, Utah, is refuting claims in an ongoing petition that the animals at its Wild Kingdom zoo are being mistreated. Spokesman Adam Leishman said the zoo has been subjected to a number of surprise inspections by the US Department of Agriculture and has received high marks. The zoo also receives animals that have been injured outside the park or those that other animal sanctuaries need to let go of. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

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Related Industry News

New resort near Aqua Park Qatar to open next year
The Salwa Resort and Spa is set to open in 2017 next to Aqua Park Qatar. A first- or second-quarter soft opening is scheduled for the property, which will offer more than 70 guest rooms and nine villas. Guests will receive free admission to the water park, which is expected to undergo expansion by 2019.
ArabianBusiness.com (United Arab Emirates)

Suspected mechanical fault at Tennessee fair Ferris wheel injures 3
Three girls were injured Monday night at the Greene County Fair in Tennessee after the gondola on the Ferris wheel they were riding fell about 25 feet from a 90-degree position. One of the girls was put in intensive care after receiving a traumatic brain injury. An independent inspector reported finding a mechanical issue with the ride that may have caused the incident. Operator Family Attraction Amusement Co. said all rides at the fair are currently shut down until they receive permission from the state to reopen. WJHL-TV (Johnson City, Tenn.)

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