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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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Association News

Euro Attractions Show 2016 taking place in Barcelona
From Sept. 20-22, join leisure, tourism and attractions professionals in Barcelona for Euro Attractions Show 2016. Enjoy unique networking opportunities and special events in PortAventura World, Tibidabo, Barcelona Aquarium and Illa Fantasia Waterpark. At the Fira Barcelona Gran Via, be part of the most extensive education program and the biggest show floor in the history of EAS. Register here.

IAAPA Operators Forum: Accessibility and Guest Experiences, Oct. 3, Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania -- Registration now open!
Don't miss this unique and highly immersive one-day program that pairs expert-led seminars with a unique hands-on experience at one of the county's most recognized parks, Hersheypark. Experience firsthand what a person with physical or cognitive challenges encounter, in this one-of-kind exercise. Register today.

Amusement and Theme Parks

"Hershey Triple Tower" attraction unveiled at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania
Hersheypark in Pennsylvania announced Tuesday that a new drop-tower attraction called "Hershey Triple Tower" is set to open in the spring. The new thrill ride is composed of the 80-foot-tall "Hershey's Kisses Tower," the 131-foot-tall "Reese's Tower" and the 189-foot-tall "Hershey's Tower." The two smaller towers will feature double shot elements, which involve rapid ascents to the peak followed by gentle, bouncing descents, while "Hershey's Tower" will feature the space shot and turbo drop elements. The attraction was designed by Utah-based S&S Worldwide/Sansei Technologies. Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pa.)

"Suicide Squad" experience coming to Six Flags Magic Mountain in California
Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, said it will introduce a new attraction based on the "Suicide Squad" movie to its lineup of scare zones for this year's Fright Fest Halloween event, which will run Sept. 17-Oct. 30. "Suicide Squad: The Six Flags Fright Fest Experience" will feature digital imagery and other special effects to depict a battle in Midway City with characters from the film. Among the seven mazes at this year's Fright Fest will be the 40,000-square-foot "Aftermath 2: Chaos Rising," featuring nomad warriors hunting inside a post-apocalyptic city.
American City Business Journals (subscription required)/Los Angeles

Tourism organizations join forces to promote parks across Brazil
The Brazilian Tourism Institute (Embratur) and the Integrated System of Parks and Tourist Attractions (Sindepat) have launched a committee dedicated to enhancing Brazilian theme parks and tourism destinations to 11 countries in North and South America. The Discover Brazil Committee includes representatives of travel agencies, hotels, airlines, operators and travel insurance representatives located in Brazil and will focus on promoting to Spanish-speaking, Portuguese-speaking, and English-speaking audiences. The committee has announced plans to launch the multilingual "Theme Parks in Brazil" website this September.
Brasilturis.com.br (Brazil) (Portuguese-language content)

Park employee injured in fall at Poços de Caldas, Brazil, park
A 17-year-old employee of an amusement park in Poços de Caldas, Brazil, was injured after he fell 1.5 meters from a roller coaster platform. The teen was rescued by local firefighters and sent to a hospital for observation. A fire department spokesperson said the coaster was not to be considered a factor in the teen's fall.
Globo.com (Brazil) (Portuguese-language content)

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Water Parks

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon in Florida unveils plans for "Miss Fortune Falls" raft ride
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon in Florida said a family-friendly water raft ride called "Miss Fortune Falls" will open in the spring. The ride, to be built on a 2-acre section of the water park, will feature a two-minute journey across the collected treasures of Capt. Mary Oceaneer. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)

Midwest Health Aquatic Center in Kansas to open Friday
The new Midwest Health Aquatic Center in Topeka, Kansas, will debut Friday. The $9.25 million water park features a slide tower with five water slides including four racing slides, a bow-tie wave pool, a rock climbing wall and a zip line.
WIBW-TV (Topeka, Kan.)

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Family Entertainment Centers

Andy Alligator's Fun Park in Oklahoma joins charity program
Andy Alligator's Fun Park has partnered with Give Kids The World Village, a charity resort dedicated to aiding children with life-threatening illnesses. For all of August, the fun park will offer a special golf ball for every $2 donation, which will go toward helping give vacations to the ailing children and their families. The Norman Transcript (Okla.)

Renovated bowling alley reopens as Hollywood Bowl in Basingstoke, England
The Hollywood Bowl bowling alley, formerly the Bowplex in Basingstoke, England, has reopened after a £300,000 makeover. The facility offers 26 revamped bowling lanes, a game center with retro and modern games, billiards tables, an American-style bar and a Hollywood diner that serves hotdogs, hamburgers and shakes.
The Gazette (Basingstoke, England)

Trampoline operators offer safety tips amid rise in injuries
A newly published study has found that the number of trampoline-park-related incidents requiring emergency-room aid rose to nearly 7,000 in 2014, from below 600 four years previously. The increase coincides with a rise in the number of trampoline parks in the US, from 25 in 2010 to more than 350 four years later, according to the International Association of Trampoline Parks. The group and park operators offered some tips to ensure the safety of children, including training, adult supervision and practicing safe jumping such as jumping one at a time and avoiding flips. WHTM-TV (Harrisburg, Pa.)

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Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

National Aquarium of New Zealand could get a submersible tank exhibit
A proposal by the Napier City Council in New Zealand calls for a 25-meter-deep aquarium with a glass elevator that can be submerged into the waters with guests inside and that can also accommodate snorkelers and researchers. The tank will feature three different ecosystems, a glass-bottomed boat on a freshwater stream and a viewing tunnel. Stuff (New Zealand)

New art museum in New York to feature billionaire's private collection
A new museum is set to open in the fall of 2017 in New York City featuring the private art collection of J. Tomilson Hill, the vice chairman of private equity firm Blackstone Group. The museum, which will occupy 6,400 square feet of space in the city's new Getty condominium building, will feature works by noted artists such as Andy Warhol, Christopher Wools and Francis Bacon, among others.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers)

Video included: Hearing held in Aracaju, Brazil, to address city zoo concerns
A hearing was held Friday in Aracaju, Brazil, to address concerns over the City Park zoo. The hearing was result of a civil lawsuit filed by federal and state prosecutors to prohibit the space from operating. During the hearing, animal activists presented a report listing 30 individual concerns that should be improved to benefit the animals.
Globo.com (Brazil) (Portuguese-language content)

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Related Industry News

TreeTop Adventures in Massachusetts is now open
The new TreeTop Adventures course in Canton, Massachusetts, has opened to the public, joining about 35 similar parks built by Outdoor Adventures across the US. The course offers 10 trails set up to 60 feet above the ground, with increasing levels of difficulty and connected by 140 bridges, zip lines and platforms.
The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.)

Rise in theme park, fair incidents in the UK could lead to review of legislation
The UK's health and safety executive, at the request of MP Jim Shannon, reports that 489 people were injured at fairs and amusement parks in the UK in 2014-2015, 100 more than the number reported in 2013-2014 and 10 more compared to the 2012-2013 period. Shannon said the trend "indicates there is still a problem to be addressed" and recommended a review of legislation to determine if regulations need to be tightened.
Belfast Telegraph (Northern Ireland)

Tennessee's Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster closed over weekend incident
The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, has been closed after an incident over the weekend that injured a female rider. The ride's owners said another rider was responsible after he disregarded instructions, braking his car frequently and causing a collision among riders behind him. The ride has been cleared by a third-party inspector but still requires state approval before it can reopen.
WBIR-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.)

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