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Top Ten Things We'd Like to See at the 2013 IAAPA

The team over at Coaster101 wrote a great post about what they’re hoping to see at IAAPA this year.  Here’s an IAAPA 2013 Wishlist: The big IAAPA convention is kicking off soon. This yearly conference for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Aquarium is a colossal expo where industry professionals are on hand to buy or sell the latest theme park rides and technology, an...

American Coasters by Thomas Crymes | Book Review

My last roller coaster photography book is more than a decade old now, so I was excited to check out Thomas Crymes new book: American Coasters: A Thrilling Photographic Ride. I was provided a copy of the book for this review. American Coasters covers roller coasters at 12 major American theme parks. They are: Cedar Point, Knoebels, Six Flags New England, Carowinds, Six Flags America, Kennywood, Bu...

TPS Report – The Smiler Accident, The Bat, & More News

Theme Park News Update – Late October/Early November I’ve been away from the blog for quite some time. So, I thought that I’d share some of the biggest news stories of the past couple of weeks. In a good old TPS Report (TPS = Theme Park Syndicate), here’s what’s been happening in the theme park world: Accident on The Smiler: Riders Hit By Debris (Guide Wheels) In what...

Legoland Considers Theme Park in Stafford, Virginia

Local government officials in Stafford, Virginia are in early talks with Merlin about a possible Legoland Theme Park. If built, it would be only the third Legoland park in the United States. The other parks are: Legoland California (Carlsbad, CA) and Legoland Florida (Winter Haven, FL). It is all very early . More here: Legoland Considers Building Theme Park in Stafford County The proposed locatio...

Flying Turns Finally Opens | POV Video & Reviews

After more than 7 years of construction, Knoebels opened Flying Turns earlier this month. I’m sure the queue (pictured to the right) was quite a beautiful sight for the many that have waited for this ride’s opening.The roller coaster is a throwback to the wooden bobsled coasters and was inspired by similar coasters by the same name from the 1930’s. Flying Turns was built in-house...

New Video of FireChaser Express at Dollywood

Dollywood released an animated video of their new roller coaster, FireChaser Express last week. The family ride, which is scheduled to open in March 2014, will have the distinction of both a forward and backward launch. Here’s a new animated video of FireChaser Express coming to Dollywood in 2014: FireChaser Should be a Blast! I’m impressed. Not only does this family roller coaster loo...

Riders Stuck on Rip Ride Rockit

Earlier this week, 12 riders were stuck on Universal Studio’s Rip Ride Rockit. The train had stopped near the top of the ride’s 90-degree vertical lift some 150 feet in the air. Firefighters rescued the riders nearly 3 hours after the incident began. Here’s a news story including the 911 call:video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player There are no details on the ac...

The Cleanest & Friendliest Theme Parks

Amusement Today’s 2013 Golden Ticket Awards were announced last month. If you’ve been following them for a few years, then you’ll already know most of the results. You may not know the winner, but you’ll likely know much of the top 5 for each category. Year after year most of the same theme parks and rides are chosen. They just shift in order a bit. Having said that, I̵...

Outlaw Run Interview with Brad Thomas Part 2

While I was at Silver Dollar City, I had the chance to interview Brad Thomas. He’s the General Manager of the Branson, Missouri park. I wanted to learn more about Silver Dollar City and also gain insight into how Outlaw Run came to be. It was great to get the chance to sit down with him. Part 1 focused on some great details about what makes Silver Dollar City special as well as the research ...

Ragin' Cajun Roller Coaster Coming to Six Flags America

Washington DC-area theme park Six Flags America will be getting a new roller coaster in 2014. Ragin’ Cajun will be a spinning roller coaster with cars that spin 360 degrees during hairpin turns. Ragin’ Cajun will be the park’s ninth roller coaster. This fast-track roller coaster twists, turns, tilts, and rotatesaround a 1,378-foot-long zigzagging track. The unique four-passenger train spins ...

Plans for Carowinds' 300 Foot Tall Giga Roller Coaster Surface

Earlier this week, a Charlotte Business Journal article revealed details of a closed session between Carowinds and the local government. The Charlotte, NC area theme park is seeking about $922,000 in incentives for its planned expansion. We knew the expansion included a three year $53 million dollar investment by parent company Cedar Fair. We learned two weeks ago that 2014’s plans include t...

Thoughts on Cedar Point's New Rides for 2014

After a World-record setting wing coaster in GateKeeper, it’s only natural that Cedar Point’s going to focus on families for 2014. The park will be adding two new flat rides in Pipe Scream and Lake Erie Eagles. They’ll also be relocating and re-theming a few kiddie rides. Appropriately, Cedar Point had the Faile family announce the 2014 plans: A Coaster-ish Flat Ride Pipe Scream ...

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