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  1. Threw this together briefly… Setting aside museums, zoos, family entertainment centers, family-owned amusement parks, and also setting aside touristy areas like Myrtle Beach, Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, and Branson, here's a bit of a breakdown of Houston's standing amongst other metro areas and the "chain" attractions they host. (Attraction cities like Orlando and Las Vegas are not included.) Interesting that almost no franchises, or other stand-alone diversions (other than escape rooms) have set up shop in our area.
  2. Big Rivers Water park is finally represented on WhiteWater West's website: https://www.whitewaterwest.com/global-projects/houstons-coolest-destination/ (Interesting that the 'AquaLoop' and 'AquaDrop' products are noted as installed…. Those particular slides are master-planned to be added to the speed slide tower in the future. Hopefully by next season?)
  3. Some good updates from this recent Chron article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-Zoo-eyes-big-changes-in-advance-of-2022-14401938.php
  4. The new Texas Wetlands exhibit opened earlier this year at the Houston Zoo... (May be worth an Admin merging that 'Wetlands' exhibit thread into this one, somehow.) Found some high-res images of the forthcoming 'South America's Pantanal' (opening next year) and 'Galapagos Islands' exhibits (opening in 2022) at a designer's website. Scroll down a bit, here, for those: http://www.studio-hansonroberts.com/on-the-boards
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    Skyline update

    Some photos of the city/skyline from Strato 550:
  6. Was able to go to one of the few soft opening events for Strato 550. Food is tasty. Chef(s) and staff, very friendly. Some snapshots, below. (Views from Strato 550 of the city can be found in the Skyline thread).
  7. AECOM's Themed Entertainment Index for 2018 is now available: https://www.aecom.com/content/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Theme-Index-Museum-Index-2018-2.pdf (^Houston Museum of Natural Science attendance showed meager growth, but still dropped to 10th place amongst museums in the US, and Schlitterbahn Galveston Island remains a decently-attended regional attraction. Worldwide Observation Experiences have been added to this year's report.)
  8. This is news to me…: https://www.aquariumrestaurants.com/downtownAquariumHouston/promos/new-tiger-exhibit/ Am at least glad the animals will be able to get some vitamin D.
  9. The existing La Toretta Resort on Lake Conroe is being renovated to become Texas' first Margaritaville Resort: https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/conroe/news/article/New-Margaritaville-Resort-planned-for-Lake-Conroe-13744316.php https://blog.margaritaville.com/2019/04/margaritaville-resort-houston/
  10. Latest aerial/drone video update of the Big Rivers Waterpark/Gator Bayou Adventure Park site in New Caney: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I80eBs58EE0
  11. Photos of the renovated Cypress Circle Cafe at the Zoo - Saturday, 02/23/19 -
  12. Ooooof... http://komreal.com/listings/3-7-ac-pad-sites-gulf-fwy-texas-city-adventure-pointe-theme-park/ A far cry from the original "Blue Sky" rendering of the park and site...
  13. Latest aerial construction footage from 8/28, including the first large, "family raft" slide having gone vertical. The "grained" mix of colored planks on the tower's walking surfaces look good... Neat enough view, too, of the panel maze. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igi0sTuQ4iY That's the "Storm Surge" and "Comal Crush" attractions' tower: https://c4c5h4b3jv11qq3kf399hf3c-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Low-Res-Big-Rivers-Storm-Surge-and-Comal-Crush-Raft-Rides.jpg
  14. Construction progress for the Texas Wetlands exhibit and the new Cypress Circle Cafe:
  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTBp_5Ne6X8
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