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  1. Universal just put in a patent application for a totally new type of ride which sounds interesting and could be Wizarding World related.





    "The interactive game ride may also provide the benefit of a dynamic narrative that changes in response to interest from the game players. For example, if a family with small children is participating in the ride, the game may receive input on the player ages to select appropriate game environments. Alternatively or additionally, the player interactions with the game may also influence the game to provide feedback. In one example, the game is a series of puzzle rooms, and the actions that the players take within each scene or puzzle change the environment and allow different paths to be activated or different physical effects to take place," said the patent.
    The patent uses the example of a "wizard-themed game" that could have riders use different wands associated with characters and use those wands at specific moments to score points, competing with opposing teams or to accomplish a joint goal. "In certain embodiments, the score input may include input from external sensors that capture player motion, such as wand motion, and provide the motion characteristics as input to a score determination algorithm. If the wand motion is associated with a particular spell that is an effective spell for the game, the player's score may be updated to indicate a successful 'freezing spell' or other spell has been cast," said the patent.
    Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/blog/2016/08/universal-patent-hints-at-video-game-ride-using.html

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    SW8 project at Alton Towers, UK is confirmed as a new wooden rollercoaster to take the place of the ageing logflume.



    Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of the plans is the indication that there will be a 140 second pre-show just prior to the main station, however there is no indication as to exactly what this pre-show will entail.




    If this latest application is successful, it is anticipated that construction could begin as soon as September 2016 with an anticipated completion date of December 2017, a schedule which would suggest a target opening date of the start of the 2018 season.
    Source: http://www.towerstimes.co.uk/blog/2016/05/31/wooden-rollercoaster-confirmed-for-secret-weapon-8/

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    Now renamed Ain Dubai (probably due to legalities around the Eye brand) the wheel has now been realigned and spindle is in its final place.

    Construction is being slated for the end of 2016 but there still looks to be a long way to go.


  4. LEGOLAND Florida is building a new Beach Retreat to open in 2017


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    Looks like we could be getting a Marvel land at California Adventure sooner than expected!

    Re-routing plans for the monorail.



    Then/Now of the reroute for the Disneyland Monorail, makes way for Marvel expansion and new guest bridge.
    Source: https://twitter.com/kolbykonnection/status/763573011488178176

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    Sfx coaster test - ferrari world abu dhabi


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    Land of Legends is now open in Antalya, Turkey.



    Located in Belek, Antalya, 27km from Antalya International Airport, Land of Legends offers the world’s first musical boat feast, according to Rixos, and the "Kingdom", Turkey’s first hotel specially designed for children.
    It also incorporates the Water World, the Tower of Legends and the Water Coaster – 43 metres high on which passengers hit speeds of up to 86kph. There is also a "5D cinema", where guests enter with their swimsuits on (quite why is not revealed by the operators), as well as surf and wave pools, while there are also regular shows performed by original characters specially designed for the park.
    Still, despite the attractions, the park has some significant hurdles to overcome. Tourist arrivals to Turkey fell 40.8 per cent year-on-year in June, with 2.44 million people visiting during the month, data from the tourism ministry showed. That was the biggest drop on record, according to the data, which goes back to 1994.

    The previous record fall was set in May, when tourist arrivals dropped by 34.7 per cent. Tourism has been hit hard by tensions with Moscow after Turkey shot down a Russian jet over Syria last year. While Ankara and Moscow have recently started to rebuild ties, tourist arrivals from Russia dropped 87 per cent in the first six months of the year, the data showed.
    Source: http://www.thenational.ae/business/economy/turkeys-biggest-theme-park-opens-at-a-difficult-time

  8. Hub Zero indoor gaming theme park by Meraas opened in Dubai last week:




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    http://gulfnews.com/xpress/news/destination-hub-zero-unique-indoor-video-game-park-opens-in-dubai-1.1858066

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    Reign of Kong is now officially open at Universal Orlando










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    Could we be expecting another expansion at the Hollywood Universal Studios for 2024? It would seem they are making way for another expansion and could be making an announcement soon.

    Universal Studios is embarking on a new five-year plan that will reorient many of its production soundstage facilities to the east near its backlot, as it makes way for additional space to expand its theme park.
    In the first phase of its expansion plans, Universal and its parent Comcast invested $1 billion in the lot and theme park, including the recently opened “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” as well as extensive upgrades to its infrastructure, such as a bridge over Lankershim Boulevard to accommodate visitors coming with the Metro, a new parking structure and new and widened ramps along the Hollywood Freeway. Two new soundstages are under construction and are scheduled to be completed later this year.


    A new theme park attraction, located near “Transformers: The Ride” in the lower part of the theme park, is expected to be announced soon.
    Source: http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/universal-studios-hollywood-soundstage-theme-park-expansion-1201795566/

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