Souvenir Onride Coaster DVDs Now Available

A Theme Park Staple Gets an UpgradeCameras that take souvenir photos of riders were first mounted on roller coasters about 15 or 20 years ago. For once my coaster knowledge is failing me. I can’t seem to remember the first roller coaster with an onride camera. The next logical step after souvenir photos is a souvenir DVD. While I was at Kings Island last month, I noticed the Flight of Fear (...[Read More]

Girl Falls from Ride at Six Flags America

6-Year Old Girl Falls from Ride | Six Flags America There was yet another accident at a theme park. Last Friday, a child fell from the “Octopus” at Six Flags America in Largo, MD. Thankfully, her injuries were not life threatening. She suffered hip, leg, and head injuries, but is expected to be fine. Apparently the 6-year old girl stood up on the ride just as it was starting to move. P...[Read More]

What is a Shuttle Roller Coaster?

What is a Shuttle Roller Coaster? A shuttle roller coaster is any roller coaster which does not make a complete circuit, but instead reverses and travels the track backwards. Some of the first shuttle coasters were the King Kobra at Kings Dominion (1977 – 1986) and Black Widow at Riverside Park (1977 – 1999). Early shuttle coasters featured a solo vertical loop. Because of their size a...[Read More]

Wild West World Closes After Short Run

Wild West World Open As Long As a Hollywood Marriage After only two months in operation the managing company for Wild West World has declared bankruptcy. Sadly, Kansans will have to look elsewhere for their roller coaster thrills. At least an old wooden coaster reopened last year after being dormant for nearly 60 years. The coaster was renamed Nightmare and is also located in Wichita at Joyland. T...[Read More]

Cedar Fair Seeks Buy Out

Did Cedar Fair Bite Off More Than They Could Chew?After acquiring Paramount Parks last winter, Cedar Fair became the nation’s third largest theme park operator behind Six Flags and Disney. It looks like the 12 amusement parks, six water parks and six hotels might be more than they can handle. According to the New York Post, the company is quietly seeking a potential buyout from many of the s...[Read More]

Cedar Fair Closes Drop Rides

Drop Rides Shutdown at Cedar Fair ParksThe Associated Press has reported that the Drop Zone, a drop tower ride at Kings Dominion has been closed as a result of the accident involving a girls feet being severed on a drop ride at a Six Flags park. Cedar Fair has ordered similar rides closed at the Paramount parks it acquired last year. As a safety precaution drop rides at Kings Island (Cincinnati, O...[Read More]

Girls Feet Cut Off @ Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom

Girls Feet Severed on Thrill Ride at Louisville Six Flags Needless to say, this season hasn’t been without its share of amusement park accidents. This most recent incident is by far the most gruesome. On Thursday, a 13-year old girl had her feet severed while riding Superman Power of Tower at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville. The Power of Tower is a drop ride that stands 177 feet tal...[Read More]

Top 3 Theme Park News Sites

Top 3 Theme Park News SitesTheme park news sites offer the latest coaster-related news. On these sites you’ll find announcements and updates on new attractions, forums buzzing with rumor even video game downloads for theme park games like Roller Coaster Tycoon. Most of them aim to be a one-stop-shop for theme park information. Below, you’ll find links to the best Theme Park News Sites on the Web. ...[Read More]

Crazy Wedding Promotion at Six Flags on 7/7/7

Get Married on the Luckiest Day Ever!I thought the roach eating promotion Six Flags did last season was strange, in a way this promotion is even weirder. Saturday July 7th, 2007 (07.07.07) is thought to be the luckiest day in history by the superstitious. People have been booking weddings for that date for years hoping that the luck would extend to their marriages. Obviously by 2007 that day is co...[Read More]

L.L. Bean Theme Park

Proposed L.L. Bean Theme Park“L.L. Bean plans to develop a 700-acre outdoor adventure center in Freeport, with the goal of creating a national recreation destination. Visitors might hike, bike, play golf or cross-country ski on the site off Desert Road, or go kayaking, seal watching or fishing in nearby Casco Bay. Then they could eat and stay the night on the property. The company also hopes...[Read More]

Harry Potter’s Magic is Coming to Islands of Adventure

Harry Potter Attraction Planned for Universal’s Islands of AdventureWarner Brothers and Universal will be teaming up for a new Harry Potter attraction at Orlando’s Universal Islands of Adventure. It has been described as the world’s first fully immersive Harry Potter themed environment. Also, as a theme park within a theme park. Guests will be able to visit the village of Hogsmeade, th...[Read More]

Roller Coaster Accident at Expoland

Texas Giant Accident For information on the July 19th accident at Six Flags Over Texas involving a woman falling from the New Texas Giant go here: Woman Dies While Riding New Texas Giant [divider_line] 1 dies, 21 injured at Expoland in JapanThe Washington Post reported that there was an accident at Expoland an amusement park in Osaka, Japan. An axle on the Togo Stand Up coaster known as Fujin Raij...[Read More]

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