Man Dies After Being Hit by Roller Coaster at Cedar Point

On Thursday evening a man died after he was struck by a roller coaster at Cedar Point. After riding the Raptor, James Young, jumped over a fence to retrieve his cell phone. Here are details from the park and police, via CNN: Young, a 45-year-old special-education teacher, had been at the park with friends when he hopped on the Raptor around 5 p.m., Sandusky Assistant Police Chief Phil Frost told r...[Read More]

Kentucky Kingdom Announces Storm Chaser, New RMC Roller Coaster

Kentucky Kingdom’s rebirth rolls on with yesterday’s announcement of their 2016 roller coaster, Storm Chaser. The Rocky Mountain Construction roller coaster will use the steel supports left by the defunct Twisted Twins dueling woodie. It’ll be just a bit on the small side for an RMC coaster (2,744 feet long, 100 feet tall), but will have a lineup of exciting elements. The most no...[Read More]

Poll: Should the American Dream Miami Mall & Theme Park Be Built?

Last week, plans for a multi-million dollar mall and indoor theme park complex were released. The developer, which owns the Mall of America and the West Edmonton Mall, announced plans to build American Dream Miami, a 200-acre mall and theme park in northwest Miami-Dade. The project, touted as one of the largest malls in the world. – South Florida Business Journal A Ski Slope in South Florida...[Read More]

The Latest on Houston’s Grand Texas Theme Park

Maybe I ‘m a bit jaded after covering proposed parks over the years that never came to be, but it looks like the Grand Texas Theme Park project might be the real deal. The Houston-area theme park is scheduled to open in New Caney, Texas in the summer of 2015. AstroWorld’s Greezed Lightning Will Not Be Returning to Houston Recent updates include news that AstroWorld’s Schwarzkopf ...[Read More]

Valleyfair Adding Route 76 – A New Area & Family Ride

Valleyfair will be opening a new family area in 2014 called Route 76. It will be located near Steel Venom and it will incorporate a relocated rides like an Antique Autos car ride, Tilt-a-Whirl, and Scrambler. The signature ride of the area will be a new family ride called Northern Lights. Similar to Cedar Point’s Pipe Scream that was announced a few weeks ago, Northern Lights is a Zamperla f...[Read More]

2013 Theme Park Year in Review

Here’s a wrap up of 2013 including the state of roller coasters and some of the biggest news stories of the year. The Year of the Wooden Coaster Comeback If 2012 was the year of the wing roller coasters, then 2013 was definitely the year that wooden roller coasters made a comeback. We saw genre-bending roller coasters with wooden coaster characteristics, but elements like loops and other inv...[Read More]

Silver Dollar City's Old Time Christmas Event

When I interviewed Brad Thomas, he shared that nobody does Christmas like Silver Dollar City. Apparently, with over 5 million lights (350 miles worth!) he wasn’t kidding. Here’s an excerpt from a press release about Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas: One of the nation’s most acclaimed Christmas festivals, Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas presents tw...[Read More]

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...[Read More]

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...[Read More]

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...[Read More]

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 ...[Read More]

Six Flags Great Adventure to Boast World's Tallest Drop Ride

Last week, Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, New Jersey) announced that they will be building the World’s tallest drop ride in Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom. Zumanjaro will be attached to towering roller coaster Kingda Ka, much like sister park Magic Mountain attached Lex Luthor Drop of Doom to their Superman coaster a few years back. Zumanjaro will utilize the structure of the tallest roller co...[Read More]

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