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Theme Park Pulse: News and Notes for Week of Jan. 21, 2016

Entertainment | Donald Wood | January 21, 2016

Theme Park Pulse: News and Notes for Week of Jan. 21, 2016

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Six Flags Begins Construction on Amusement Park in China
Six Flags Entertainment and partner Riverside Investment Group have announced that the construction on its $4.6 billion theme park and resort has started in China. The facility is expected to open in 2019.

REPORT: Amusement Park Industry Boom to Continue
With many new rides and attractions being added over the coming years and construction taking place at almost all of the top theme parks in the United States, the Orlando Sentinel is reporting that the industry will continue to grow in the coming years.

Sony Pictures Building Indoor Entertainment Center in Minnesota
Sony Pictures has teamed with a Minnesota development group to build a Hollywood-themed indoor family entertainment center in Albertville. Early estimates place the price tag for the "mall of entertainment" at around $115 million.

Disney World and Universal Orlando Adding Security Employees
In an age of terrorism, the Orlando Sentinel is reporting both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando are hiring additional security employees. While the exact totals were not revealed, the number of expectant hires will be “large.”


In New Jersey, the indoor amusement park iPlay America announced a $2.5 million expansion that will add 28,000 square feet of space to the facility.

A Lithuanian designer has created plans for a death roller coaster that will provide a euphoric way for people to kill themselves. The extreme g-force of the ride will be what actually kills the passengers.

England’s Alton Towers amusement park is adding a huge new attraction, a virtual reality roller coaster dubbed The Galactica. The ride is set to open in April.

Thorpe Park in Chertsey, England, announced that the Derren Brown inspired virtual reality Ghost Train ride will be opening in the spring.


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