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November 17, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Robot Land, a $600-million theme park celebrating famous science fiction cyborgs and motion picture androids, is expected to open in South Korea in 2013. > Photos: Robot Land theme park rides and attractions Located about an hour west of Seoul in the coastal city of Incheon, Robot Land would feature 11 rides, seven attractions and eight shows on 190 acres. Dubbed the world's first robot theme park, the oft-delayed Robot Land would compete for visitors with the world's 10th busiest theme park ( Everland )
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November 17, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Robot Land, a $600-million theme park celebrating famous science fiction cyborgs and motion picture androids, is expected to open in South Korea in 2013. > Photos: Robot Land theme park rides and attractions Located about an hour west of Seoul in the coastal city of Incheon, Robot Land would feature 11 rides, seven attractions and eight shows on 190 acres. Dubbed the world's first robot theme park, the oft-delayed Robot Land would compete for visitors with the world's 10th busiest theme park ( Everland )
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May 4, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Billed as the world's tallest water ride, the $26-million Divertical at  Italy's Mirabilandia theme park will combine a shoot-the-chutes flume and a roller coaster track with an offshore powerboat racing theme. PHOTOS: Divertical water coaster at Mirabilandia Debuting June 16, the Divertical water coaster will feature an innovative elevator lift system that carries the 10-person boats to the top of the 197-foot-tall ride. From there, riders will descend a 45-degree water flume at speeds topping 65 mph. After a tidal wave-like splash, the train will continue along a coaster track over air-time hills and hairpin turns before dropping into a second splashdown pool.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1994 | BERT ELJERA
The City Council, acting as the Redevelopment Agency, has agreed to pay for half the cost of a study on the possibility of building a theme park in the city. Council members last week voted 4 to 1 to allocate $17,500 for the preliminary study, which will be conducted by U.S. Entertainment Centers Inc. and its design partner, Battaglia and Associates.
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June 2, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
China's Jurassic Dream is racing toward a 2013 grand opening with plans to double the size of the dinosaur-centric indoor theme park within three years of the fast-tracked debut. PHOTOS: Jurassic Dream theme park in China Designed by Burbank-based Thinkwell Group, the 20-acre theme park will be located in Daqing, a petroleum-rich city of 3 million people in northeast China that has been the site of numerous dinosaur fossil finds. "Kids all over the world love dinosaurs, but in China they have an emotional connection to dinosaurs because they are right in their backyard," said Thinkwell creative director Dave Cobb.
BUSINESS
February 29, 1988 | JESUS SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
On a large construction site near Seoul, South Korea, workers and machines are racing to finish a fantasy land complete with a 15-story fairy tale castle and a 60-foot-long fire-breathing dragon. Welcome to Lotte World--a $750-million project with indoor and outdoor theme parks, a 350-store shopping mall and a 500-room hotel--that is scheduled to open in time for the Summer Olympics in Seoul.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2010 | By John M. Glionna and Ethan Kim, Los Angeles Times
It was a bold, in-your-face corporate strike underscoring the bad blood between South Korea's two biggest retail titans. In an Asian version of the old Macy's versus Gimbels death match, Shinsegae Group last year opened its latest luxury department store on the home turf of archrival Lotte Group. Not just any new branch, this was a monster retail space that eclipsed Macy's New York City flagship store in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest department store.
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December 26, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The theme park industry will take a deep breath in 2013 after the launch of several landmark attractions and with more groundbreaking projects on the horizon. The last few years have seen several theme park additions that have altered the industry landscape and set attendance records -- from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure to Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure. The future promises even more theme park innovation in the form of Shanghai Disneyland in China and Avatar Land at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida.
MAGAZINE
September 5, 2004 | --MARGARET ASTON
Production designer Ron Volz got an early start on his flair for props as well as his obsession with pirates. As a child growing up in Cincinnati, Volz "dreamt of seeing the ocean and finding a treasure of jewels and gold doubloons." By age 4 he was hoarding seashells brought back by neighbors from Florida and making clipper ships out of carved tree limbs and his grandmother's hatpins.
NEWS
December 16, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
It already seems that 2014 is shaping up as a great year for water park fans around the world, as a number of new parks teeming with body slides, wave pools and lazy rivers are planned for the United States, Europe and Asia. Photos: Best new water parks for 2014 Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap at domestic and international water parks. As is often the case, some projects may get delayed and new ones announced. Since it is still early, I'll update my top 14 over the coming months as new projects are announced.
BUSINESS
November 5, 1991 | CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County consulting company has been selected to design a $362-million theme park and resort on a hilltop near Taipei, Taiwan. The World Adventure Resort Complex is the latest of several Asian theme parks being planned by Battaglia Associates Inc., which will also perform engineering work on the Taiwan park. "It's the happening market," said Sandra Parmley, a vice president at the Irvine firm. "The Pacific Rim is where the money is."
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