January 30, 2013
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  Amusement and Theme Parks 
  • Infrastructure nearly complete at Shanghai Disneyland
    Infrastructure and support facilities for Shanghai Disneyland are nearly complete, officials said this week. They expect the installation of major structures this year, said Zhou Xianqiang, assistant director of the Shanghai International Tourism and Resorts Zone Management Commission. The park is expected to open in 2015. Shanghai Daily (China) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Disney criticizes Rep. Markey's assessment of tracking program
    Disney called a lawmaker's remarks -- that its MyMagic+ tracking program is a privacy infringement -- "ludicrous." In a Jan. 24 letter, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, criticized the program and its possible effects on children. Disney CEO Bob Iger responded, writing, "We are offended by the ludicrous and utterly ill-informed assertion in your letter ... that we would in any way haphazardly or recklessly introduce a program that manipulates children, or wantonly puts their safety at risk. Had you or your staff made the slightest effort, you would have found most of the answers to your questions already existed and were publicly available online." The Washington Times (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Oklahoma City's White Water Bay to expand with 2 rides
    White Water Bay in Oklahoma will open this season with two new rides -- "Pipeline Wave" and "Cannon Bowl." Both are two-person rides with 41-foot drops. The new rides are White Water Bay's largest expansion in 20 years. "Our loyal guests were ready for a new ride and we are excited to offer them two. We're long overdue," General Manager David Riddles said. The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Zoos, Aquariums, Science Centers, and Museums 
  • Portland's Oregon Zoo approved to move ahead with improvements
    The Oregon Zoo received approval from the City of Portland to move forward with improvement projects that include a new conservation education facility and improved exhibits for polar bears, rhinos and primates. A $125 million bond passed by voters in 2008 will fund the projects, which are expected to take up to eight years to finish. The Oregonian (Portland) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Museum of Science in Boston takes advantage of river location
    The Museum of Science in Boston will build a $21 million gallery that overlooks the Charles River. The gallery will include an outdoor garden and interactive exhibits on the ecosystem. "These renovations will totally upgrade our image and make the gallery space more state-of-the-art and exciting. We want to re-orient the museum gradually so visitors understand the natural world, and the human-made world, as well as how they are connected and interdependent," said Ioannis Miaoulis, president of the museum. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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