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South Korea is facing rough sailing in its ambitious plan to build a Universal Studios theme park south of Seoul due to a row over how to bankroll the big-budget project, sources said Tuesday. Korea Water Resources Corp. (K-Water), the state-run water resource management company, is pushing to build the amusement park in Songsan Green City, an industrial complex being developed on its own land in Hwaseong, about 60 kilometers south of Seoul, by 2020.
DUBAI—In the 1980s, Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari were among the few teenagers from Dubai who could afford to visit Disneyland in California. Some three decades later, the brothers' family business plans to open a $1 billion indoor theme park featuring Spider-Man and The Hulk, part of several similar ventures aimed at inducing now deep-pocketed Emiratis to stay at home and foreign tourists to visit.
Lane Graves bent over to scoop wet sand into his small plastic bucket when the alligator struck. The 2-year-old boy wanted to build a sandcastle on the beach at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa after stormy weather canceled a scheduled outdoor movie.
The minds behind Universal Parks & Resorts' attractions are looking to merge the theme park ride with video games — possibly with a Harry Potter theme. At least that's what a patent dubbed Video Game Ride from NBCUniversal subsidiary Universal City Studios LLC is trying to do.
Universal Orlando's newest restaurant opened to the public today. The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen might be a mouthful to say, and the desserts it is serving certainly are a mouthful to eat.
Augmented reality (AR) is a combination of real life and a super-imposed image or animation, using the camera on a mobile device or special headgear. Although the use of this technology has been around for several years now, the idea has reached worldwide recognition thanks to the hit mobile game Pokémon GO.
You probably don't want to face off against Universal Orlando parent Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) in a game of Monopoly. All it does is keep building hotels. The theme park operator filed updated plans with the county last week for what would be the resort's sixth hotel, according to an Orlando Sentinel article.
From buckets of buttery popcorn to king salmon with sun-kissed melon, Walt Disney World offers quite the range of culinary offerings and experiences. The average Disney vacation is filled with family time, iconic attractions and the occasional Mickey Mouse ice cream bar. However, there's a side of the mouse that goes beyond character dining and endless queue lines. It's a magical world filled with luxurious hidden gems. If you're looking for a theme park experience sprinkled with high-end pixie dust, be sure to add one of these experiences to your Orlando agenda.
SOUTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP — Three New Yorkers were arrested Saturday at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom after a woman allegedly stole a stuffed dog prize from one of the carnival games at the park, according to court records.
Disney Vacation Club, the timeshare division of the company, is rumored to be building a second large tower near the Contemporary Resort. DVC already has a presence near the Contemporary with the Bay Lake Tower resort. That 295-unit tower shares the same theme and check-in area with the Contemporary. The plans for the new tower are still in the works with no official indication on when or if the tower will be built.
The new 1.5 million-square-foot theme park, which is gearing up to open in Dubai on August 31, is targeting tourists that come from countries that don't have large-scale theme parks, says its chief executive, Lennard Otto.
Cobb County police are looking for teens suspected of breaking into lockers and stealing from military members and their families Saturday during Military Appreciation Day at Six Flags Over Georgia.
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You don't want to go up against a man's best friend at the best of times, let alone a loyal service dog. So a dinosaur inside an Orlando theme park didn't stand a chance when it met a very protective pooch inside Universal's Island of Adventure.
MELBOURNE'S Luna Park has been laughing at passers-by for more than 100 years. It's the oldest theme park in Australia and the only one in the world completely enclosed by a roller coaster — the famous Great Scenic Railway.
his is one for the adrenaline junkies. If roller-coasters are your thing, you're in luck. American theme park giant Six Flags have announced their plans to build the world's biggest roller-coaster ride in the soon-to-be theme park mega complex Dubai Parks & Resorts.
VALDOSTA — Wild Adventures Theme Park guests had the chance to participate in more than just rides Saturday during the inaugural BBQ Country.
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Wild Waves Theme Park officials expressed their condolences Monday to the relatives of the man who drowned at their water park in Federal Way on Saturday and said they are helping authorities investigate his death.
The incident happened at the Funtasia Waterpark in Drogheda just after 6pm on Sunday. Gardaí said four masked men held up the premises, with one of them carrying a firearm. The waterpark was busy, with many children and parents there at the time.
Victims of the Crypto outbreak in Arizona are finding the painful effects last more than two weeks. Health officials believe more than 100 people contracted the parasite in Phoenix-area pools and water parks earlier this month.
At the school board's May meeting and at recent new school openings, Superintendent Dr. Marc Sosne said the YMCA building fitness center and two indoor pools were expected be finished by Labor Day weekend. The outdoor pool and water park will be finished later, and ready for use in spring 2017.
A Winnipeg mother is calling on the province to inspect waterslides regularly after her preschooler was injured at Fun Mountain Waterslide Park. Jennifer Hoare said her four-year-old daughter went feet first down one of the kids slides at the water park on Aug. 17.
BEIJING, Aug 23 ― Claiming to be the world's largest building by floor space, the 1,760,000 square metres of the New Century Global Center are a monument to growing Chinese consumer power, packed with shoppers ― and beach bathers a thousand kilometres from the coast.
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The Cincinnati Zoo called it quits on Twitter late Monday after Harambe sympathizers refused a trolling cease-fire. The zoo's disappearing Twitter trick did not escape the watchful eyes of followers and inspired only more scathing remarks.
It's the moment we can all relate to when you move into your new home and inspect every nook and cranny. "Asian otters are extremely curious, and they're just checking everything out, including our camera man," said Jessica Peranteau, director of animal care and education at OdySea Aquarium. "They're very tactical, so they want to touch everything that they can."
Last Tuesday Belle Isle Aquarium staff and volunteers were taking part in a "clean up" effort when they discovered, much to their horror, a significant amount of water — and water damage — within the aquarium's majestic stone walls.
COIMBATORE: Two star tortoises were rescued from an aquarium in Papanaickenpalayam on Monday. The owner was fined 25,000, but not arrested by the forest department. Forest department officials said they recently received a tip-off that an aquarium in the city was trading in star tortoises.
When Sir Nils Olav, newly minted brigadier of the Norwegian Royal Guard, surveyed his troops on Monday, he didn't see much more than their shins. That's because Brigadier Sir Nils Olav is a penguin living in a Scottish zoo.
Micke Grove Zoo may soon fix some of its aging infrastructure after $500,000 was earmarked for repairs and exhibits at the zoo in the 2016-2017 state budget. "It means a lot to the zoo," said Parks Administrator Duncan Jones.
A female pygmy hippopotamus has died at Melbourne Zoo after suffering partial paralysis following a cerebral haemorrhage. Melbourne Zoo official Marcia Salverson said anything over 20 years old was regarded as old for that species and Petre was 32.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. - Good news for visitors at the Minnesota Zoo -- there are now more options to satisfy your hunger. Several new dining options at the zoo were announced Monday, including Erbert & Gerbert's sandwiches, Pranzo Pizza, Aldo's Burgers and Mix'd Greens (a fresh new salad
It's hardly the first Ferris wheel to open in Europe. But developers of the Skyview observation wheel in The Hague, Netherlands, are pitching it as the first in Europe to be built on a pier over water. Standing more than 40 m high, the attraction features 36 air-conditioned gondolas, including a VIP gondola with a glass bottom.
Straub has had a number of plans for the property which included opening a smaller sized casino, turning it into a shelter for Syrian refuges, developing a genius academy and creating a rope course. He wanted to partially open the property to the public on June 15 but was unable to do so as Polo North was unable to acquire all the necessary permits required to open the property.
WAYNE — Following a change in state law allowing alcohol to be sold where amusement games are played, fans of the popular Dave & Buster's franchise will no longer have to travel far now that a location will be setting up shop at Willowbrook Mall.
A popular trampoline park in Basildon has closed its doors suddenly, just six months after opening. Gravity force, at Festival Business Park, took to Facebook yesterday (Monday, August 22) to announce the closure.
NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - A new golf game is in town! Welcome to Shipwrecked, an 18-hole indoor mini golf course in Brooklyn. Based in a warehouse in Red Hook, golfers are taken through a theatrical adventure. Ryan Powers is one of the co-owners. He says they wanted to find a way to mix theater and miniature golf.
The Norton Simon Museum in California will be able to keep two paintings originally stolen by the Nazis. The court's decision is a departure from previous rulings concerning looted art from the period.
COSTA MESA - The tiles that will make up a giant decorative memorial modeled after the Congressional Medal of Honor were gently lowered by construction crane Monday and guided by workers onto the courtyard of the future site of a veterans museum at the Orange County Fairgrounds.
Brazen armed robbers snatched Edvard Munch's masterpiece "The Scream" off the walls of a lightly guarded Norwegian museum yesterday in broad daylight. It was the second time in a decade that a version of the Munch masterpiece - there are four in all - has been stolen.
As we enter the waning part of 2016 (yes, really), 2018 suddenly doesn't seem so far away. For half the country, give or take, that might be a scary thought; by 2018, we'll be well into the presidency of a Trump or a Clinton II, either of whom is going to make someone unhappy. At least we can look forward to the Film Academy's new movie museum, which is set to open late that year.
According to Elizabeth Kramer in the Courier-Journal, seven employees have been laid off at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, while two more have been shifted from full-time to part-time roles. The museum still has a large roster of staff members, with seventy-eight full-time and thirty-nine part-time workers.
Proxy's cofounders Denis Mars and Simon Ratner said they were inspired to create their technology, in part, by the overwhelming number of IoT devices seen in recent years at industry trade shows from smart home appliances to building management systems. A better user experience was seen in the Disney MagicBand, the data-transmitting wrist band that allows guests at Disney World to get right to the rides, food and other "experiences" they pre-order, without paper tickets, long lines, or waiting to get a server's or a cashier's attention.
Terrorist attacks, strikes and floods saw Britons and other foreign tourists shun Paris, with officials calling for a "relief plan" after the region suffered €750 million (£644 million) in lost revenue in the first half of the year.
The tourist district is seeing plenty of growth with new hotels, attractions and shopping complexes in various stages of development, but what was once a place steered clear of, is quickly becoming a legitimate place for locals to live, work and play.
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