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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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Amusement and Theme Parks

Walt Disney Co. posts 2% rise in Q2 net income over strong parks business
Operating income for the fiscal second quarter at Walt Disney Co.'s parks and resorts arm rose 10% to $624 million on revenue of $3.93 billion, up 4% from last year. Attendance at the company's US theme parks was flat, caused by a modest decline in visitor numbers at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, though per-guest spending rose 8%, driven by higher ticket prices and hotel rates and increased merchandise, food and beverage sales. Overall net income rose 2% to $2.14 billion as revenue increased by 4% to $12.97 billion.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)

SeaWorld Orlando in Florida gives first glimpse of "Mako" ride train, track
SeaWorld Orlando in Florida offered the public its first view of the track, queue area and ride train of the "Mako" roller coaster, ahead of its June 10 debut. Testing of the 200-foot-tall ride is underway. SeaWorld also released details of the new zone that will house "Mako," called Shark Wreck Reef, which will include a Shark Encounter experience, shops, a Sharks Underwater Grill and various shark-themed educational attractions. WESH-TV (Orlando, Fla.)

Thorpe Park in England releases first images of "Ghost Train" vehicle
Thorpe Park in Surrey, England, released new images of its "Ghost Train" attraction, including a first look at the ride's Victorian-style train carriage. The ride will offer a psychological journey with various illusions, special effects, live action and virtual reality (VR) effects through the use of special VR headsets. 
Evening Standard (London)

New attractions coming to Florida theme parks are featured
Several new rides and attractions will greet guests this summer at Florida's theme parks, such as the "Skull Island: Reign of Kong" ride at Universal Orlando Resort and the "Frozen Ever After" experience at Orlando's Walt Disney World Resort. Busch Gardens Tampa will also open the "Cobra's Curse" roller coaster, while SeaWorld Orlando will launch the "Mako" coaster. New shows include two animated films at Legoland Florida in Winter Haven and a "Star Wars"-themed stage show at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The Miami Herald (tiered subscription model)

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Water Parks

Work progresses on water park at Jellystone Park in Oklahoma
Construction of a lakefront water park with water slides and a 40,000-square-foot pool deck at Jellystone Park in Mannford, Oklahoma, is underway. The park's manager said the aim is to open in mid- to late July. Meanwhile, a Wibit inflatable water park is set to debut on Keystone Lake over Memorial Day weekend. KOTV-TV (Tulsa, Okla.)

Construction of Tube Trek Water Park in Thailand is 50% complete
Tube Trek Water Park Co. said work is halfway done on a space-themed water park on 6.4 hectares of land in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The Bt500 million park is set to open in late 2016 and is expected to draw 3,000 guests per day. The Nation (Bangkok)

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Family Entertainment Centers

CJ Barrymore's FEC in Michigan opens "Loop Roller Coaster"
The "Loop Roller Coaster" has debuted at CJ Barrymore's family entertainment center in Clinton Township, Michigan. The 36-foot-tall ride includes a loop and two drops. A zipline and an elevated go-kart track are expected to open at the facility soon as part of a $5 million expansion project, owner Rick Iceberg said. WDIV-TV (Detroit)

St. Peters, Missouri, could get a racing track for go-karts, small bikes
A multipurpose track that can accommodate go-karts, small motorcycles, aerial drones and other vehicles has been proposed for St. Peters, Missouri. Plans call for an asphalt track up to 1.5 miles long and featuring a number of changes in elevation and at least 22 turns. The project's developer said he plans to offer daily rentals of go-karts, from 30 mph vehicles for children to 80 mph, high-performance karts.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Laredo, Texas, gets an indoor trampoline park
A grand opening ceremony was recently held for the Altitude Trampoline Park in Laredo, Texas. The 23,000-square-foot indoor facility features wall-to-wall trampolines, dodgeball, basketball dunking lanes, a foam pit, tumble tracks, a kids' zone and group fitness activities. Laredo Morning Times (Texas)

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Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

Bamboo sharks imported to AquaRio in Brazil from Indonesia
Thirty bamboo sharks that will be showcased at AquaRio in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, arrived in the city via a commercial flight from Indonesia. Aquarium biologist Marcelo Szpilman said the animals were each placed in triple plastic bags with salted water and oxygen, which enabled them to live up to 48 hours during transport. The transport was handled by an importer specializing in fish transport. In addition to the bamboo sharks, the aquarium will showcase at least 10 other species of sharks, with most of the animals originating from waters along the Brazilian coast. The aquarium is expected to complete construction in June and will open shortly after.
Globo.com (Brazil) (Portuguese-language content)

Site chosen for rechristened Santa Monica Museum of Art in California
The Santa Monica Museum of Art in Los Angeles, California, announced that it will change its name to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The museum also unveiled a $5 million fundraising campaign and announced plans to reopen next spring in a new location in downtown Los Angeles. The 12,700-square-foot facility will include a 7,000-square-foot exhibit space, a shop and an "experimental kitchen-cafe."
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Pennsylvania's Philadelphia Zoo opens interactive 3-D mural
A 20-foot-by-20-foot interactive mural has debuted at the Philadelphia Zoo in Pennsylvania. The ground mural features images of various animals and a slide where visitors can sit and pose for pictures. The new exhibit is tied with a campaign in which the zoo will give free entry to one child from an underserved neighborhood for every 50 mural images shared on social media. KYW-TV (Philadelphia)

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Related Industry News

diRoma Resort in Caldas Novas, Brazil, closes water parks for renovations
The diRoma International Resort in Caldas Novas, Brazil, has closed all of the attractions in its water park for a major renovation project. Guests will be compensated with a 50% resort discount and will have access to the resort's amusement park during the water park renovations. The renovation project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. Hotelier News (Brazil) (Portuguese-language content)

Ropes course to rise on Jenkinson's Boardwalk in New Jersey
Assembly of a 36-foot-high ropes course has begun at Jenkinson's Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. The $1 million Adventure Lookout attraction will feature 27 elements. A separate course will open for children.
Asbury Park Press (Neptune-Asbury Park, N.J.) (tiered subscription model)

TreeTop Adventures course in Canton, Massachusetts, to open July 2
Work is underway on a new aerial ropes course at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton, Massachusetts. Called TreeTop Adventures, the course is set to open July 2 and will include 10 "tree trail" challenge courses named after various elements of the Irish culture and obstacles such as ziplines, vine swings, aerial bridges and rolling logs.The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.)

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