Survey Markers for Carowinds Rumored 2012 Ride

Today Screamscape reported a survey marker sighting at Carowinds for a rumored 2012 ride near Intimidator, but no one had photos. So I went down to the park after work and saw a number of markers in the grassy field next to Intimidator. They have “HUSS GF” written on them which likely means the park is getting a Huss Giant Frisbee ride. I have to imagine the park wasn’t trying to...[Read More]

Man Dies on Darien Lake’s Ride of Steel Roller Coaster

There was sad news out of the Buffalo, New York area yesterday as an Iraq war veteran died while riding Darien Lake’s Ride of Steel roller coaster. Apparently, the man, Sgt. James Hackemer, was a double amputee as he lost both legs in a roadside bombing in Iraq. Ride of Steel (formerly Superman – Ride of Steel) is nearly identical to Six Flags America’s Superman – Ride of S...[Read More]

Six Flags America Removes Skull Mountain for 2012 Attraction

As I reported today on Gadling, Six Flags America (near Washington D.C.) is removing their unique Intamin water ride known as Skull Mountain. I remember it as the Typhoon Sea Coaster when the park was in its Adventure World days. The ride’s like many water flume rides, but it also incorporates roller coaster-like elements. In addition, it had these sections (or just one section, I can’...[Read More]

Enthusiasts Mourn the Closing of the Dania Beach Hurricane

I remember landing for a connecting flight at the Ft. Lauderdale airport once. I looked out of the window and I swore I saw a roller coaster in the distance. I thought my hobby was finally getting out of hand and that I was seeing coaster mirages. At the time I hadn’t mapped out Southern Florida’s amusement parks and I wasn’t aware of Boomers. No, I wasn’t hallucinating, th...[Read More]

Bon Temps Theme Park Proposed for Louisiana

A reader submitted a story about a new proposed theme park for Louisiana. Developers are hoping to open Bon Temps Family Theme Park in the Houma, LA area which is about an hour away from New Orleans. It’s very, very early, but I’m always excited to see even the possibility of a new theme park. Especially with all of the comments readers have left on the Katrina/Six Flags New Orleans an...[Read More]

Donate to Theme Park Change

CoasterRadio Launches a Charity for Theme Park Fans Mike Collins from the popular CoasterRadio podcast sent me some information about a great charity that he’s set up for theme park fans. Here’s more about the program: Theme Park Change encourages amusement park fans to give up one thing they would normally enjoy during a trip to the park and donate the cost of that item to a worthy ca...[Read More]

Worker Dies After Accident at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Sunday afternoon, a 52-year -old maintenance worker was killed while working on The Primeavil Whirl, a lightly themed, mild, spinning roller coaster at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The cause of the accident is not known, but The Orange County Seriff Department (of Florida) knows that he died from a blow to the head. The worker’s name was Russel Sherry Roscoe. Supporting Link: More at: Fox ...[Read More]

Earthquake Strands Thousands at Tokyo Disneyland; Liquefies Parking Lot

While only minor injuries have been reported the massive earthquake that rocked Japan has stranded thousands of guests at Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea. Park employees have been supplying guests with humanitarian aid including blankets, food, and water. There’s also a report that the parking lot has been liquefied due to water from the coastline mixing with the soil as Tokyo Disneyland &#...[Read More]

Disney’s AquaDuck Water Coaster: Not a Coaster But Still Very Cool

Disney Dream’s AquaDuck Coaster Looks Fun I don’t cover a lot of Disney attractions on this blog and I hardly ever give water rides much attention, but Disney’s AquaDuck water coaster looks really cool. I originally covered its announcement back when I launched Theme Park Syndicate well over a year ago. Last month, as Disney’s new cruise ship Disney Dream took its maiden vo...[Read More]

A Michael Jackson Theme Park & Elvis’ Favorite Coaster to Reopen

The King and The King of Pop are still making the news. Albeit, theme park news this time. Elvis’ Favorite Roller Coaster – Zippin Pippin to Reopen in WI Allegedly, Zippin Pippin was at the top of Elvis’ Top 10 Coasters List. The Gravity Group, acclaimed designers of The Voyage & Ravine Flyer II are helping Bay Beach Amusement park in Green Bay Wisconsin re-build the Zippin P...[Read More]

Rides: How Kentucky Kingdom Died & Will Be Reborn

Ever wonder why Kentucky Kingdom was the black sheep of the Six Flags chain? I have. A new video posted by the new developer of the park charts the immense attendance growth that the park saw in its initial 9 years as notable and World-record setting (yes, WORLD) were added. And then its shows the sad decline after Premier Parks and then Six Flags managed the park. Basically, when Kentucky Kingdom...[Read More]

The Coaster Critic Joins Gadling + Recent Theme Park News

Recently, I became a blogger at AOL’s popular travel blog, Gadling. I hope to add more general theme park and roller coaster news to the site’s already very rich content. Because Gadling has such a wide audience the posts there may be a little more general while my posts here will be a bit more for the enthusiasts. For example, I’ll probably save the geeking out about Texas Giant...[Read More]

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