Wednesday November 30, 2016

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Association News

IAAPA Webinar: Understanding the Four "P's" that Provide Profit in the Theme Park and Attractions Industry
1 p.m. ICT Wednesday, Dec. 7. Register for this ASIA Pacific Region IAAPA webinar and examine the four P's that are the proven essential ingredients for successful businesses in this industry. Participation in the IAAPA webinar program can earn 1 credit toward IAAPA Certification. Webinars are free to IAAPA members, but registration is required.

IAAPA Webinar: Pay Day: How to Manage Labor Costs at your Family Entertainment Center
1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Dec. 14. Register for this IAAPA webinar to learn from successful FEC operators steps to manage labor costs, stay fully operational and provide outstanding guest service. Participation in the IAAPA webinar program can earn 1 credit toward IAAPA Certification. Webinars are free to IAAPA members, but registration is required.

Amusement and Theme Parks


Universal Studios theme parks to add Nintendo-themed areas
Comcast Corp. and Nintendo Co. have unveiled plans to develop immersive venues based on Nintendo video game franchises over the coming years at Universal Studios theme parks in Florida, California and Osaka, Japan. These lands will feature Nintendo-themed stores, dining venues and attractions designed to appeal to guests of all ages. The three parks are expected to make announcements offering more details on their respective themed areas. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) 

New thrill ride coming to Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville
Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville has announced that a new attraction called "Eye of the Storm" will open next year. The ride will feature a seven-story loop carrying a 24-passenger train car that will perform forward and backward movement, inversions and continuous rotations. Two kids' rides are also set to open next year, while the classic "Thunder Run" wooden roller coaster will receive a more than $500,000 makeover that will include track upgrades and a new train. The park will also receive several other upgrades including a new entrance to the Hurricane Bay water park and additional shade structures, tables and seating. WDRB-TV/WMYO-TV (Louisville, Ky.)

South Korea's Samsung Everland revives Ferris wheel via VR
Samsung Everland in South Korea used virtual reality (VR) technology to reopen the "Universe Big Wheel" last weekend. Guests were able to board four of the ride's carriages while wearing VR goggles, which allowed them to experience the ride as if it were operating. The "Universe Big Wheel" ran for 28 years before closing in August 2010. The Korea Times (Seoul)

Spa amusement park planned for Beppu, Japan
Japan announced plans to open a spa amusement park in Beppu, a city in southern Japan noted for its hot springs. A video shows hypothetical amusements, including bubble-bath roller coasters and steam-room trolley rides. Time.com

Dreamworld in Australia to host charity weekend at Dec. 10 reopening
Dreamworld in Australia announced it would reopen Dec. 10 after a six-week closure following the deaths of four guests on the "Thunder River Rapids" ride. The park will donate $25 from every entry ticket, prepaid ticket and annual pass purchased for opening weekend to the Red Cross and to people affected by the incident through an independent distribution committee. A number of the theme park's rides will be open, while all attractions at WhiteWater World will be operational. ABC (Australia)

Wildfires cause extensive damage around Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee
Wildfires at Great Smoky Mountains National Park prompted evacuations Monday night from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and caused severe damage to numerous homes and tourist attractions around the region. At least three people were killed and 12 people received fire-related injuries during the incident. Dollywood was shut down and some guests inside cabins and rooms at the park's DreamMore Resort were evacuated, though a spokesman later said that the theme park was not affected and that damage was limited to a number of cabins. The park plans to focus on aiding the community in the wake of the incident and is scheduled to reopen Friday.
WBIR-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.)

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Water Parks

Proposed inflatable water park in Osoyoos, Canada, receives public support
Residents of Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada, have responded positively to a survey proposing a Wibit park, prompting the town council to begin a request for proposals process. The council set the park's location at Legion Beach as it was the one most favored by survey respondents. Several business operators have expressed an interest in opening an inflatable water park in Osoyoos, a town planner has said.
Osoyoos Times (British Columbia)

Whitewater West to replace attraction at Australian water park
The "AquaSphere" water slide at the Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre in Australia will be torn down and replaced with a new attraction, CEO Tim Gledhill said. The new raft slide is set to open in early 2017 with manufacturer Whitewater West shouldering all construction costs. The ride will undergo stringent testing after construction and include cameras and lights for safety monitoring.
Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia) (tiered subscription model)

Family Entertainment Centers

Bengaluru, India, to get a KidZania FEC
KidZania will open its third facility in India in Bengaluru. The KidZania franchise in India, owned by ImagiNation Edutainment India, opened locations in Mumbai in 2013 and in Delhi in 2016. A KidZania India marketing executive said the company plans to explore the possibility of opening smaller-format facilities after the launch of the Bengaluru location. The Economic Times (India)

Flip Out trampoline park launches in Chatham, England
A Flip Out indoor trampoline park has opened in Chatham, England. The £1 million, 18,500-square-foot facility offers 70 interconnected trampolines, a free-running area, a tumble track and a dedicated bounce area for children under 5. 
Local World (U.K.)/Kent Live

Suburban malls hope to entice shoppers with entertainment venues
As they face losing customers to online shopping, many suburban malls are looking to entice visitors with more than department store offerings. Suburban malls have begun filling vacancies with entertainment venues such as movie theaters and adult arcades.
Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.)

Suburban malls hope to entice shoppers with entertainment venues
As they face losing customers to online shopping, many suburban malls are looking to entice visitors with more than department store offerings. Suburban malls have begun filling vacancies with entertainment venues such as movie theaters and adult arcades.
Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.)

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Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums

Madame Tussauds Delhi in India to open in 2017
A mid-2017 launch has been set for a Madame Tussauds museum in Delhi, India. The facility will rise in a two-story building at Regal Cinema and feature wax figures of Bollywood celebrities and other world-famous personalities. The museum will also offer opportunities to interact with the figures. The Hindu (India)

Animal rights lawyers investigate zoo in Santarém, Brazil
Members of the Order of the Animal Rights Committee of Lawyers of Brazil investigated the zoo in Santarém, Brazil, considering complaints of animal mistreatment. Complainants posted photos on social media that they said supported their allegations that animals at the facility lacked space and adequate food. The investigators said they were troubled by the size of some of the animal enclosures. Zoo officials say the animals receive proper veterinary care, enrichment and nutrition and plans are underway to make further strategic improvements to the privately funded site.
Globo.com (Brazil) (Portuguese-language content)

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Related Industry News

IAAPA's move to Florida expected to boost amusement industry
IAAPA's relocation of its headquarters to Orlando, Florida, could be part of an influx of amusement-based firms into the Central Florida region -- owing to the number of operators already there and its supply of experienced employees -- that could lead to greater advancements in the industry, according to this article. Colleen Mangone, director of media relations for IAAPA, says that moving to Orlando, the "epicenter of the industry," would allow the association to boost its educational initiatives and host more in-person events. Ride manufacturer Dynamic Attractions also targeted Orlando for its expansion, opening a design and creative center there this year.
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model)

Reports arise of teen falling from fair ride in Peru
A 13-year-old girl reportedly fell from a moving ride that had been installed at the Artisan, Agricultural and Tourist Fair in Lima, Peru. She did not suffer any injuries and walked away on her own. As eyewitness reports of incident vary, local authorities have launched an investigation to determine how the accident and determine corrective action. Should it be verified that the girl fell from the ride, the head of the Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism Pasco says the ride will be closed immediately. Diariocorreo.pe (Peru) (Spanish-language content)

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