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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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Amusement and Theme Parks

U.S. amusement parks will be required to post calorie content in menus
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released new rules Tuesday that require several businesses including amusement parks to disclose calorie content in menus. The regulations are applicable to businesses with 20 or more branches and have a November 2015 deadline for compliance. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the rules aimed at fighting obesity.
Editor's Note: For more information on the final rule, please visit IAAPA's web site. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review/The Associated Press (11/24)

Europa-Park in Rust, Germany, announces new conveyance feature, other attractions for 2015
Roland Mack, president of Mack Rides and Europa-Park in Rust, Germany, announced that a new conveyance system that picks up guests in the Europa-Park parking lots and transports them to the front gate will debut in 2015. The park will also unveil a new parade and a revamped 4-D attraction as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. Badische-Zeitung.de (Germany) (German-language content) (11/22)

Construction progress at Dubai Parks and Resorts complex in UAE is showcased
Dubai Parks and Resorts' $2.9 billion theme park complex in UAE is on schedule to debut in late 2016, said Brian Machamer, the firm's theme park operations senior director. The complex will include Legoland Dubai, Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, the Riverpark entrance plaza and the Polynesian-themed Lapita hotel. The project has finished 35% of overall infrastructure work, 45% of utility services and 40% of power substation work. Gulf Business online (United Arab Emirates) (11/24)

Merlin among firms calling on U.K. chancellor to cut tourism tax
Merlin Entertainments is part of the Cut Tourism VAT campaign that wants the U.K. chancellor to proclaim a reduction in tax on tourism during the Autumn Statement. "The current rate of 20 per cent makes Britain uncompetitive internationally, punishes Britain's tourism sector, which is losing market share to rivals, and penalizes Britons who want to holiday at home by making it more expensive than going abroad," CEO Nick Varney said. "A cut to 5 percent would create 120,000 jobs, boost GDP, attract more international visitors, and give Brits a greater incentive to holiday in the U.K." The Gazette (Blackpool, England) (11/25)

Good Time Theatre to close at Cedar Point in Ohio
Good Time Theatre at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, will be closed this winter. "We're clearing that space for future use," park spokesman Bryan Edwards said. However, he didn't specify whether it was for a 2015 or 2016 attraction. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (11/25)

Other News
MunaTo Yesterland will debut Thursday in Sarangani, Philippines
Minda News (Philippines) (11/20)

Winter Market to launch Friday at Alton Towers in England
The Ashbourne News Telegraph (U.K.) (11/19)

Preliminary work now ongoing at Huck Finn's Playland in New York
American City Business Journals/Albany, N.Y. (11/20)

28 individual suits filed against Walt Disney Co. over access policy for guests with disabilities
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)/Brinkmann on Business blog (11/24)

Water Parks

WhiteWater acquires worldwide operations of LatiTube wave simulation device
The worldwide operations of LatiTube, a flexible wave simulation device, were acquired by WhiteWater Industries in Canada. The deal excludes Australia and New Zealand. WhiteWater, which won IAAPA's best new product award for "AquaPlay RainFortress," made attractions for the upcoming Vana Nava Hua Hin Water Jungle in Thailand. The firm's attractions at the park include "Wave Rider," "Double FlowRider," "AquaCourse," "MasterBlaster," "Abyss" and "AquaLoop." The Daily Courier (Kelowna, British Columbia) (11/25)

Uniland becomes preferred developer for Wonder Falls project in New York
Niagara Falls, New York, and the USA Niagara Development Corp. selected Uniland Development as the preferred developer for the Wonder Falls resort. The $150 million project is expected to include a roughly 60,000-square-foot indoor water park, a 300-room hotel, a "daredevil adventure center" carrying the name of high-wire artist Nik Wallenda, themed restaurants and a spa. The resort would refurbish the defunct Rainbow Centre mall. The Buffalo News (N.Y.) (11/24)

Tathra Beach Family Park in Australia unveils water park, beach houses
A water park was launched over the weekend at Tathra Beach Family Park in Australia. The park also added luxury beach houses, pedal kart races, balloon sculpting, face painting, live music and more. About 1,000 guests visited the park during the Sunday grand opening. Bega District News (Australia) (11/24)

Other News
Hawaiian Falls Water and Adventure Park in Pflugerville, Texas, gets additional $1.5 million loan
Community Impact Newspaper (Pflugerville, Texas) (11/19)

Family Entertainment Centers

Greenville, South Carolina, panel OKs The Alley FEC
The Alley family entertainment center gained approval with conditions from the Board of Zoning Appeals of Greenville, South Carolina. The conditions include putting up signs and working with a neighboring restaurant to address parking issues. The facility will include a boutique bowling alley, a music venue, a classic arcade, a sports bar, a beer garden, outdoor and indoor dining space and event space. The Greenville News (S.C.) (tiered subscription model) (11/22)

Other News
Greendale Tavern and Lanes in Pennsylvania is ravaged by fire hours after robbery
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/The Associated Press (11/25)

Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

Paignton Zoo in England touts cost savings from electricity monitoring system
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in England installed The IMC Group's Hanwell energy monitoring system, allowing the zoo to save money on energy costs without compromising enclosure conditions. "This project has been so successful that we have now installed the Hanwell system at Newquay Zoo and plan to introduce it at Living Coasts in Torquay," said Peter Morgan, the zoo's environmental officer. The zoo also plans to put up systems that will monitor its gas and water consumption. Local World (U.K.)/Western Morning News (11/24)

Assiniboine Park Zoo in Canada mourns drowned seal
A male seal drowned Monday in his pool at Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, Canada. "We don't know exactly what happened. We do know that seals are very investigative. They're always poking around and we suspect he poked around and got stuck [to an underwater drain]," said Brian Joseph, the facility's zoological operations director. "We try to keep our animals safe in every way we can but sometimes we're unable to protect them from things that they do." The zoo has permanently closed the drain's valve. National Post (Canada)/The Associated Press (11/25)

Other News
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida to display center's retired countdown clock
WESH-TV (Orlando, Fla.) (11/24)

Dolphin Discovery, Delphinus y Selvatica receives three IAAPA Brass Ring Awards
Sipse.com (Mexico) (Spanish-language content) (11/21)

Related Industry News

Adventure park in Sochi, Russia, launches 558-foot swing ride
Skypark AJ Hackett Sochi Adventure Park in Russia features SochiSwing, the world's highest swing. The attraction, which can carry a maximum weight of 507 pounds, offers a ride across a 1,640-foot-wide ravine at 558 feet above ground. Guests will also walk across the SkyBridge, a 1,440-foot-long suspension footbridge, before riding SochiSwing. The Daily Mail (London) (11/24) 

Tower Bridge in London, England, replaces glass walkway piece damaged on Friday
Crews have replaced a part of a glass walkway at Tower Bridge in London, England, after it was damaged Friday. Chris Earlie, who is in charge of the bridge, said sacrificial glass shattered because a catering team member dropped an empty beer bottle. "We should have said no glass on the glass section of the floor. It was a bit shortsighted of us," he said, adding that the attraction is safe. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (11/24)

Other News
New innovations presented during the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 in Florida highlighted
Orlando Weekly (Fla.) (11/26)

"Jurassic World" trailer features attractions appearing to honor theme parks in Orlando, Florida
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)/Theme Park Rangers blog (11/25)

North Wildwood, New Jersey, former mayor and tourism advocate Anthony Catonoso dies at 97
Shore News Today (Seaville, N.J.) (11/25)

"Courage is the capacity to confront what can be imagined." -- Leo Rosten, Russian-American teacher and writer