Sega to Open Theme Parks in Middle East

Video Game Company Looks to Expand Theme Park BusinessSega has plans to open an indoor theme park in Dubai according to an article from GamesIndustry. It will be similar to Sega’s Joypolis centers in Japan. The park will be part of the 76,000 square foot Dubai Mall and also the site of the world’s tallest tower, the amazing Burj Dubai. On a side not, check out this diagram of the world...[Read More]

Most Popular Theme Park Web Sites

Most Popular Theme Park Web SitesAlexa is a web site that gathers the browsing behaviors of people who have installed the Alexa toolbar. It’s not the most accurate way of measuring the traffic, but unlike other panel-based traffic monitoring services like Hitwise and comScore, Alexa’s rankings are free. I entered five web sites that I figured were the most popular: ThemeParkReview, Thr...[Read More]

Cedar Fair Changes Names of Several Coasters

Cedar Fair’s Re-Branding of Former Paramount Parks ContinuesThe signs of Cedar Fair’s takeover of Paramount Parks have been gradual, but apparent. Aside from all of the parks being named “Paramount’s”, many of the rides and coasters were themed after Paramount movies like Top Gun, Wayne’s World, and Italian Job. I noticed this season at Kings Island and Carowind...[Read More]

2007 Theme Park Year in Review

Now that 2007’s in the history books, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories of the year. Six Flags Sold Seven ParksIn an attempt to reduce debt, Daniel Snyder (Washington Redskins owner and Chairman of the board at Six Flags) sold seven Six Flags theme parks. The seven parks were: Darien Lake (Buffalo, NY), Elitch Gardens (Denver, CO), Frontier City and White Water Bay (Oklahom...[Read More]

Man Dies After Riding Expedition Everest @ Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Man Dies After Riding Roller Coaster at Walt Disney WorldToday, a man died after riding the Expedition Everest roller coaster at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. The 44-year-old man was unresponsive when the ride was over. He was given CPR and pronounced dead at a hospital. Apparently, he had no visible signs of injury. An autopsy will be conducted to see if the man had pre-existing medic...[Read More]

Sold: Kennywood, Idlewild, & Lake Compounce

Kennywood = SoldKennywood and its sister parks were sold to theme park operator Parques Reunidos. Kennywood Entertainment oversees Kennywood (Pittsburgh, PA), Idlewild & SoakZone (Ligonier, PA), Sandcastle Waterpark (West Homestead, PA), Lake Compounce Theme Park (Bristol, CT) and Story Land (Glen, New Hampshire). Kennywood Entertainment has been a closely held family business since F.W. Henni...[Read More]

Six Flags Season Pass Promotion

Six Flags 2008 Season Pass Deal This is a weird time of year to be talking about season passes, but I came across a deal that might interest some of my readers. If you buy a 2008 Six Flags season pass before December 31st you get a free 32 ounce Sports Bottle. Not only that, but you get a day of unlimited free refills. After that, you get 99 cent refills all season long with the bottle. It’s...[Read More]

Roller Coaster Museum Proposed for Geauga Lake

Two Possible Fates for Geauga Lake’s FutureNewsPlusNotes has posted an ad showing the parcels of land for sale in and around Geauga Lake. The blue area in the center of the map labeled “Not Available” is for Wild Water Kingdom. If things continue as planned it will be the only thing left of the park. Meanwhile, the American Coaster Enthusiasts are trying to save the Big Dipper an...[Read More]

Scattered Ashes Found on Disneyland Rides

Human Remains Found on Disneyland Rides So it’s a slow news week in the coaster world, but this story caught my eye on TMZ. Apparently, some park guests are scattering the ashes of loved ones on several Disneyland attractions. Last Friday, security cameras caught a woman dumping a white powder into the water on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. According to Al Lutz, who runs MiceAge, this h...[Read More]

New Plans Unveiled for Coney Island’s Future

Coney Island Amusement Park Revitalization Plans Last week New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg unveiled plans for the new Coney Island: “Coney Island’s fabled beach front area would become home to America’s largest urban amusement park, about 4,500 new apartments and a bunch of major retail establishments under a grand plan unveiled today by Mayor Bloomberg. The goal of the rezoni...[Read More]

For Sale: Big Dipper, Villain, & Raging Wolf Bobs

The Geauga Saga Continues | Wooden Coasters For SaleWooden roller coasters Raging Wolf Bobs, Villain, and ACE Coaster Classic Big Dipper will not be relocated to other Cedar Fair parks like the steel coasters. Instead they are up for sale. Martin & Vleminckx Rides are handling the relocation and sale of the coasters. See the listings for yourself at their site. Anybody want to start speculatin...[Read More]

Mitch Hawker’s Wooden Coaster Poll

A Non-biased Coaster Poll, Not for the Faint-Hearted Fan BoyIt’s the time of the year again for Mitch Hawker’s Roller Coaster Polls. The polls are lengthy and complicated enough that Robb Alvey from ThemeParkReview.com created an Idiot’s Guide. Hopefully, the amount of time and effort it takes will weed out the blind homers and fan boys that just want to vote for their home park&...[Read More]

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