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Park News Parques Reunidos reveals Lionsgate

FEC plans European park operator Parques Reunidos has partnered with Lionsgate to develop as many as 20 “branded leisure centres” in shopping areas within various cities.

Each indoor park/family entertainment centre (FEC) style facilty will feature

themed attractions, dining and retail dedicated to Lionsgate intellectual properties such as The Hunger Games, Saw, Now You See Me, Orange is the New Black and Nashville. Parques Reunidos has already collaborated with Lionsgate at Motiongate, the new movie park in the UAE it is operating on behalf of DXB Entertainments (Dubai Parks and Resorts). By expanding its footprint in the young adult market, the Spanish-based group, which operates in 14 countries worldwide, hopes to diversify and expand upon its strong family audience. It already has plans, for instance, to open Nickelodeon branded FECs at the Thader Shopping Mall (Murcia, Spain), Dolce Vita Tejo (Lisbon), intu Lakeside (London) and Xanadú in Madrid, where it will also open an aquarium within the coming months. The location of the first Lionsgate project will be announced in due course. “This agreement enables us to continue growing by using one of the strongest

tools for international expansion – leisure centres in shopping malls and high traffic shopping areas – and we are doing this hand in hand with Lionsgate, one of the most successful film and television production companies in the world,” says Parques Reunidos CEO, Fernando Eiroa. “We’re excited to be partnering with Parques Reunidos,” says Jenefer Brown (sic), senior vice-president of location based entertainment at Lionsgate. “They have proven success in the leisure market, and we feel they are the perfect partners to help us bring fans closer to the properties they love through these compelling, innovative experiences.”

Owa Alabama A new park for the USA!

The Owa-branded park, exact title to be confirmed, will be part of an eventual 520+ acre (210 hectare) destination resort in Foley, Alabama. Opening in phases over the next five years, the project is being developed by the Poarch Band Creek of Indians as they seek to diversify their business interests beyond gambling. Owa apparently means “big water” in the Creek Indian language. As part of the plans, a 14 acre (5.6 hectare) amusement park will debut next summer (2017), featuring 20 rides including two rollercoasters: Rolling Thunder, similar to Zamperla's Thunderbolt coaster at Coney Island in New York, and an as yet unnamed Twister spinning coaster. Also planned as part of phase one and two of the project, which represents a


$241 million investment, are a 150-room Marriott TownePlace Suites hotel, 14 acre lake, and 154,000 square feet (14,300 sq m) of retail, dining and entertainment space. Future developments cited include an outdoor waterpark, a further four hotels, a luxury RV (recreation vehicle) resort and resort level condominiums. “Owa truly has something for everyone,” says a spokesperson. “Fashionistas, foodies, music lovers and sports fans will come and want to return, time after time!”

Nickelodeon Universe

for New Jersey The USA is to get its second Nickelodeon Universe indoor theme park following the announcement that the Kids TV brand is linking up again with Triple Five to launch a family-friendly facility at the new American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Billed as the largest indoor park in the Western Hemisphere at 8.5 acres (3.4 hectares), it wil open 365 days a year and feature rides and attractions based on Nickelodeon’s popular children's properties including SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and new hits like Blaze and the Monster Machines. “Based on the success we have seen with Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America [Minnesota] we are excited to bring the number one entertainment brand for kids to American Dream,” says Don Ghermezian, president of Triple Five, operator of both those malls. “We’re looking forward to this next step in our partnership with Triple Five that will further expand our recreation portfolio,” adds Sarah Levy, chief operating officer for Viacom Kids and Family Group. “The Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream will give kids and families in the New York Metro area the opportunity to interact with their favourite characters on a grand scale through rides, attractions and Nick-themed party and event spaces.”

12 JANUARY 2017

brand new amusement park will open in the United States next year and it rides will be supplied exclusively by Zamperla.

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