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Jungle Island is getting a new identity: an action-adventure park

BY CHABELI HERRERA The first time John Dunlap stood at the lagoon near the entrance to Jungle Island, heat radiating in waves around the murky shallow pool, he put his hands on the brown railings and thought, “I wish I could get in the water here.” No, the former director of the San Diego […]

Rendering of Jungle Island. Inset: John Dunlop

Aventura firm closes on $60M Jungle Island deal, plans new attractions this summer

ESJ will add exhibits, private beach club, water slides and a multi-acre crystal lagoon April 05, 2017 01:30PM By Katherine Kallergis Aventura-based ESJ Capital Partners has closed on the $60 million lease transfer of Jungle Island, and plans to begin soon on its multimillion-dollar renovation of the Watson Island attraction. Bern Levine sold the lease […]


From Ordinary to Iconic

When you think of adventure, animals, discovery, and play, think Iconic. Hi, I’m John Dunlap, President & CEO of Iconic Attractions Group. For me, there is no “typical day” in the office and that’s the way I prefer it. In my current role as President & CEO of Iconic Attractions Group and President of Jungle […]


Jungle Island plans giant transformation

Read the full article in the Miami Herald: By Hannah Sampson Jungle Island is set for a massive transformation designed to boost attendance and give Orlando-area attractions some competition. When John Dunlap walks through Jungle Island, the 18-acre attraction on Miami’s Watson Island that he has overseen for the last year, he can barely […]