Tuesday, August 23, 2016

ITPS Leisure News 08/23/2016

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1.  S. Korea's Universal Studios plan hits snag over funding

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.

2.  Theme Parks Begin to Sprout in Persian Gulf Countries

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.

3.  The horror of alligator attack on boy at Disney World resort is detailed in new reports

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.

4.  Disney Resort update: Walls are taking shape around 'Star Wars' land

Concrete walls are shaping up at Disneyland for the "Star Wars" land project at Disneyland, as construction crews look to be preparing much of the land for building foundations.

5.  Universal patent hints at 'video game ride' using wands

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.
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6.  Toothsome Chocolate Emporium opens at Universal Orlando's CityWalk

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.

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7.  5 Brands That Successfully Use Augmented Reality - And One is a Theme Park

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.

8.  Disney World's Top Rival Wants You to Spend the Night

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. 

9.  The Mouse Goes Luxe

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.

10.  Three charged at Dorney Park after stuffed bulldog theft

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.
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11.  There's a rumor Disney will build another 'Bay Lake Tower' Vacation Club Wing at the Contemporary

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.

12.  New Dubai theme park eyes 4.5m visitors in first year

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.

13.  Epcot to close two attractions, including one of its most popular thrill rides

Epcot has a number of rumors regarding updates to Future World, but while rollercoasters and '80s music may be on the horizon,in the meantime, it's more gloom and doom for the community of tomorrow.  

14.  Margate Dreamland continues regeneration despite debt

Work has started on the second phase of the regeneration of the troubled amusement park, Dreamland.

15.  Items stolen from military families at Six Flags

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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16.  Jurassic bark! Brave service dog goes up against a velociraptor inside a dinosaur theme park

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.

17.  A look back at 100 years of Luna Park, Australia's oldest amusement park

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.

18.  World's Largest Roller Coaster To Be Built In Dubai

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.

19.  Kings Island offering free admission to fire, police personnel

MASON — Kings Island is honoring those who protect the community this weekend by offering free admission to all active fire and police personnel.

20.  Wild Adventures hosts barbecue competition

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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1.  Police report: Wild Waves lifeguard didn't believe kids who reported body in pool

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.

2.  'It's terrifying for people' - Family favourite waterpark hit by armed robbers

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.

3.  Crypto victims suffering severe effects weeks after infection

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.

4.  Aquatic center in Lake Wylie not opening Labor Day weekend

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.

5.  Winnipeg mom calls for provincial waterslide inspections after preschooler's toe injury

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.

6.  Indoor 'ocean' lures Chinese to world's largest building

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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1.  Cincinnati Zoo deletes Twitter account after online Harambe abuse

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.

2.  OdySea Aquarium inches closer to grand opening

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."

3.  A New England Aquarium Northern fur seal died after swallowing toy

Commander, the Northern fur seal that charmed New England Aquarium visitors since his arrival in 2015, unexpectedly passed away earlier this year, the aquarium announced in a statement Monday.

4.  The Belle Isle Aquarium needs your help post-flood

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. 

5.  Two star tortoises rescued, aquarium owner fined 25K

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.

6.  King Penguin Promoted to Brigadier at Scottish Zoo

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.

7.  10-Year-Old Girl Bitten by Virginia Zoo Camel Awarded $155,000 Settlement

The family of a 10-year-old girl who was bitten by a camel at a drive-thru zoo in Natural Bridge, Virginia, has settled their law suit with the facility for $155,000.

8.  Micke Grove Zoo to reap $500K windfall from state budget

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.

9.  Melbourne Zoo's pygmy hippopotamus Petre dies after brain haemorrhage

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.

10.  New food options at MN Zoo

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 
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1.  Europe's first over-water Ferris wheel opens in the Netherlands

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.

2.  Glenn Straub threatens to walk away from re-opening former Revel Casino in Atlantic City

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.

3.  Dave & Buster's hopes to set up shop in Wayne

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.

4.  Basildon trampoline park Gravity Force closes after six months

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.

5.  Morecambe trampoline park scheme clears final hurdle

A new trampoline centre in Morecambe has been granted planning permission.
Lancaster city councillors today approved the plans for the new indoor facility on the Winter Gardens car park.

6.  Utah man almost done with yearslong rebuild of antique carousel

PETERSBORO, Cache County — When you're working with a relic, Vean Woodbrey has learned, sometimes you have to make do with what you can find.

7.  New mini golf course in Brooklyn

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.

8.  Judge says California museum can keep Nazi-looted art

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.

9.  Heroes Hall, the veterans museum project at OC Fair site, is taking shape

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.

10.  'The Scream' and 'Madonna' paintings were stolen at gunpoint from the Munch Museum in 2004

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.


Chicago Public Schools students will be able to get into the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and Adler Planetarium for free next week, as summer break comes to an end.

12.  The Academy Movie Museum That Time Forgot Digs Toward 2018, Or Beyond

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.

13.  Security Guard Files Lawsuit Against Metropolitan Museum of Art After Being Fired for Vandalism

Former security guard James Smith has filed a complaint against New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, saying he's not the one who marked up a pair of ancient Egyptian statues.

14.  After Unveiling $56 Million Renovation, Speed Art Museum Lays Off 7 Employees

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.
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1.  Proxy raises $1.6 million to kill the card key, and make the internet of things more accessible

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.

2.  Paris loses €750 million as tourists shun city after terror attacks

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.

3.  I-Drive's Tourism District is becoming a hot spot for locals to live

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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