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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 registration update
IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 registration update (as of 3 p.m. Nov. 18): qualified buyers 18,200; total registration 28,500 (Details)

Expo news and Show Daily Headlines
Cassata, Knoebel Join IAAPA Hall of Fame
Sally and Oceaneering Help Six Flags Join the "Justice League"
From the Floor - Quassy, Zamperla
From the Floor - S&S-Sansei Technologies, CNL
From the Floor - Triotech, Rocky Mountain
From the Floor - Picsolve, B&M
CEOs Speak: "It's About the People, Stupid!"
From the Floor -- Pictures

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Amusement and Theme Parks

Vue at 360 to feature "Star Flyer" swing ride
Unicorp National Developments announced that it would open "Star Flyer," a swing ride at Vue at 360, formerly known as Gooding's Plaza, on International Drive in Orlando, Florida. The ride will be 420 feet tall and spin a maximum of 24 guests at a time for up to four minutes. The attraction could open in 12 to 18 months. Bay News 9 (Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.) (11/18), Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (11/18)

Sally Corp. touts animatronics of "Justice League" ride to open at 2 Six Flags parks
Animatronics and a vehicle with laser-style weapons for the "Justice League: Battle for Metropolis 4D" offered a glimpse of what will debut at two Six Flags theme parks in the U.S. During the IAAPA Attractions Expo, creator Sally Corp.'s CEO, John H. Wood, touted how interactive the dark ride would be. The attraction will launch at Six Flags St. Louis in Missouri and Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)/Theme Park Rangers blog (11/18)

"Lori's Magical Flight" will be unveiled at Florida's Give Kids the World Village
This month, Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, Florida, will debut "Lori's Magical Flight," a spinning ride accessible to guests with disabilities. The butterfly-themed ride, which was announced at the IAAPA Attractions Expo, was donated by Zamperla. "This literally wipes out all the limitations. Hopefully, this is an inspiration for many more parks to adopt this," said Pam Landwirth, president of Give Kids the World. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (11/18)

Thea Awards given during IAAPA Attractions Expo in Florida
The Themed Entertainment Association recognized several theme parks and attractions through their Thea Awards during the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Florida. Among awardees are the "Hogwarts Express," "Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts" and interactive wands of Universal Orlando Resort in Florida; "Wilderness Explorers" at Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World Resort in Florida; "Bistrot Chez Remy" at Disneyland Paris and "It's a Small World" in Disneyland Resort in California. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (11/18)

Lawsuit against Six Flags Over Texas over 2013 fatality ends in a settlement
A settlement concluded a lawsuit filed against Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington after the death of Rosa Esparza, who fell from a roller coaster at the park in 2013. Settlement details between Six Flags, ride-maker Gerstlauer and Esparza's family remain confidential. "Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers will forever be with the Esparza family. We are thankful that all parties could reach an agreed settlement," said Six Flags President Steve Martindale. American City Business Journals/Dallas (11/18)

Other News
"Switchback" roller coaster coming to ZDT's Amusement Park in Texas
The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise (Texas) (11/18)

Dubai Parks and Resorts in UAE will be connected to trains
Emirates Business 24/7 (United Arab Emirates) (11/19)

Morey's Piers in New Jersey to host The Wild Half Marathon in May
The Philadelphia Inquirer (11/14)

Guest marks 2,000th time riding "Radiator Springs Racers" at Disney's California Adventure
KGO-TV (San Francisco) (11/17)

Walt Disney Co. may create amusement park in Egypt
Ahram Online (Egypt) (11/18)

Water Parks

The Beach Waterpark in Mason, Ohio, to launch "Beach Mountain" on Friday
"Beach Mountain," a $300,000 winter attraction, will debut Friday at The Beach Waterpark in Mason, Ohio. The attraction, which will run through March 1, will offer snow-tubing down a 400-foot-long mountain, a 10,000-square-foot snow play area, smaller hills for younger children, outdoor fire pits and a heated polar pavilion. The Cincinnati Enquirer (tiered subscription model) (11/18)

Howe, Texas, seeks to open water park despite financial impediments
Howe, Texas, will continue working to feature a Hawaiian Falls water park even though the city has encountered funding problems. Howe officials initially wanted to use bonds for the planned $14 million, 20-acre park but learned the project wouldn't qualify as a public purpose. KXII-TV (Ardmore, Okla.) (11/18)

Other News
Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas, applies for incidental take permit for endangered fish
The Herald-Zeitung (New Braunfels, Texas) (11/18)

Family Entertainment Centers

Play family entertainment center to debut in Mayfield Heights, Ohio
Play will open in late December at the former Boneyard Beer Farm and Mesquite Grill in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, after undergoing a $750,000 renovation. The family entertainment center will include a 9,000 to 10,000 square foot arcade, a small bowling alley and an 85-seat dining room and bar area. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (11/18)

Other News
Lanes on 20 in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, offers 36 new synthetic lanes
The Journal Times (Racine, Wis.) (11/16)

Vandals damage Mount Isa Family Fun Park in Australia
The North West Star (Australia) (11/17)

Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

Early childhood exhibits being revamped at Kentucky Science Center in Louisville
The Kentucky Science Center in Louisville will unveil the first part of its $3.3 million renovation this month. The revamp covers the whole first floor of the center, which features early childhood exhibits. The project will merge the center's KidZone gallery with its Science in Play exhibit. WDRB-TV/WMYO-TV (Louisville, Ky.) (11/18) 

National Children's Museum in Maryland to move to Washington, D.C.
The National Children's Museum at Maryland's National Harbor will move to a new site in Washington, D.C. The museum said its decision was based on the expenses, limited opportunities for growth and poor accessibility it experienced at the Maryland site during its two-year stay. The Gazette (Gaithersburg, Md.) (11/14)

Other News
Attleboro Arts Museum in Massachusetts debuts "Faces You Walk By" exhibit
The Sun Chronicle (Attleboro, Mass.) (11/17)

Panther becomes first patient at new hospital of Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida
WTSP-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (11/14)

Related Industry News

IAAPA Attractions Expo in Florida showcases the newest attractions
The newest and most innovative water slides, rides, games, food and other attractions are the stars of the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 in Orlando, Florida. The weeklong event, which boasts more than 28,000 attendees, is likely to have a $51 million impact in the city. Among new attractions featured are WhiteWater's "Slideboarding," an interactive water slide game. WESH-TV (Orlando, Fla.) (11/18)

Donald E. Burkholder, assistant director at New Jersey's Morey's Piers, dies
Donald E. Burkholder, ride maintenance assistant director at Morey's Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey, passed away Oct. 28. Burkholder was a respected member of the theme park industry. Among his other employers was Universal Studios Florida. The West Orange Times (Winter Garden, Fla.) (11/13)

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