Hard Rock Park For Sale, Future Uncertain

Hard Rock Park for Sale, Several Companies Interested According to MytleBeachOnline, Hard Rock Park is up for sale in hopes of finding a new owner. In addition, ScreamScape recently reported that there are: "no less than three other qualified operators are taking a serious look at buying Hard Rock Park."   Even with all of the venom on the 'Net for this park and expert...[Read More]

Celebration City Closes For Good

Branson’s Celebration City Closes Celebration City in Branson, Missouri closed its doors for good on Saturday. The park was purchased by the owners of the nearby Silver Dollar City. Celebration City was supposed to be the companion park to Silver Dollar City as guests were to visit SDC during the day and Celebration City during the night. Park owners, Herschend decided to close the park citi...[Read More]

New Transformers Ride, Terminator Coaster & More

Recent Theme Park News Stories – Transformers, Terminator, & MoreSince I’ve been busy working on Coaster Portal, I’ve missed a few news stories. Here’s a recap of the biggest stories from the past month or so: Gravity Group Launches Blog & Podcast – GravitycastThe Gravity Group, acclaimed wooden roller coaster designers, recently launched their blog and podcas...[Read More]

Saw: The Ride Coming to Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park Announces Saw: The Ride for 2009 Thorpe Park recently announced the name and theme of its 2009 Gerstlauer Eurofighter. It will be themed after the popular horror movie series, Saw. The ride will feature a 100′ climb and a beyond vertical drop of 100 degrees. Saw may be in the same vein as Dollywood’s Mystery Mine which was also a custom Eurofighter. I didn’t know that...[Read More]

Top 10 Amusement Park Halloween Events

Top Halloween Amusement Park EventsIt’s October. The weather’s cooler, the crowds are smaller, and when the sun goes down theme parks transform into Halloween wonderlands. Park guests are running from ghouls and hockey-masked crazies as they make their way through dark, creepy, mazes. HauntWorld, the self-proclaimed ‘international headquarters of the haunted house and Halloween i...[Read More]

Hard Rock Park Closes, Declares Bankruptcy

Hard Rock Park Closes Early, Files BankruptcyIn its first season of operation, Hard Rock Park has closed its doors with hopes to reopen in 2009. As the saying goes, the writing has been on the wall. Word that the park was not hitting the attendance numbers it had hoped for having been swirling around the ‘Net for months. Many in the theme park community point to the $50 ticket price as the m...[Read More]

Hurricane Ike Blasts Kemah Boardwalk

Hurricane Ike’s Storm Surge Floods Kemah BoardwalkObviously the safety of the people of Texas and their homes comes to mind first when you see the devastation on that Hurricane Ike left on the Texas coastline. Hurricane Ike also destroyed countless businesses. The Kemah Boardwalk is located on the Galveston Bay between Galveston and Houston. Kemah was hit with a devastating 17 foot storm sur...[Read More]

Media Misreports Coney Island Closing

Despite Reports, Cyclone & Wonder Wheel to Remain OpenMany media outlets have been reporting that the entire Coney Island amusement area is now closed for good after a deal was not met this week to save the park. This is only partly true, as Arthur Levine from About Theme Parks has written an article to help set the record straight. In his article, Levine explains that New York’s Coney I...[Read More]

2008 Golden Ticket Awards Announced

Golden Ticket Awards – The Oscars of the Amusement IndustryAmusement Today’s annual Golden Ticket Awards were recently announced. Holiday World’s The Voyage & Six Flags New England’s Superman Ride of Steel both retained their Golden Ticket Award titles for another year. This is Superman Ride of Steel’s 3rd consecutive year and The Voyage’s second year in a r...[Read More]

Fright Fest, Halloween Haunt, & More

Theme Parks Gear Up for Halloween 2008 TransformationsThis month, theme parks across the country will begin their transformation for Halloween-themed events like Six Flags’ popular Fright Fests. Typically on weekends in the month of October, parks will take on a whole new look with spooky decorations, haunted houses, fog, and strange and disturbing performers roaming around the park. Hallowe...[Read More]

Holiday World Announces Pilgrims Plunge

Holiday World’s Pilgrims Plunge – World’s Tallest Water Ride Holiday World has been teasing their new attraction both on their blog, The Holiblog, and through Twitter messages sent to their 300 plus followers. Hints including ‘world’s tallest’ had the coaster community abuzz. I even signed up for the park’s Twitter messages. With my phone buzzing at random...[Read More]

What is a Stand-Up Roller Coaster?

What is a Stand-Up Roller Coaster? Stand-up roller coasters are steel roller coasters designed so that the riders stand during the course of the ride. Riders straddle a bicycle-like seat that adjusts for the riders height and are restrained by over-the-shoulder restraints. They are very similar to seated looping coasters and some roller coasters designed for sit-down trains have also added stand-u...[Read More]

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