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New Kinzel bio reveals how famous roller coasters were created

Insights include a 300 foot coaster instead of GateKeeper

November 25, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

Thank heavens a now-forgotten Walt Disney manager decided that Richard "Dick" Kinzel wasn't good enough for Disney. Cedar Point might never have gotten the roller coaster king. Kinzel's rejection by the Mickey Mouse empire is one of the revelations of "Dick Kinzel: Roller Coaster King of Cedar Point Amusement Park" by Tim O'Brien, a new authorized biography written with Kinzel's cooperation. Anyone looking for a holiday gift for a serious Cedar Point fan should keep the book in mind. I'm not touting it for the National Book Award, but it is interesting throughout with a surprising tidbit on nearly every page. Continue article...

'Human error' caused Alton Towers crash

Official press release by park

November 24, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

Two women needed leg amputations after the Smiler ride crashed into an empty carriage in front of it on 2 June. The safety control system was manually overridden without the proper protocols being followed, an investigation concluded. No technical or mechanical issues were found with the ride itself. The ride, which has been closed since, will reopen next year.

"A ride shutdown message was misunderstood by staff at the ride," an Alton Towers spokeswoman said. "This led to a decision to manually restart the ride, overriding the control system without appropriate safety protocols being followed correctly."

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Alabama Splash Adventure Adds New Rides, Amenities

Family flat rides lead the way

November 19, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

Alabama Splash Adventure on Wednesday announced it will implement capital improvements to increase guest comfort in 2016. Two new rides will be added to the park, including a Drop Zone that will raise up to six guests of all ages nearly 30 feet in the air, the company said in a release. The park will also add a Tea Cups ride that allows guests to sit in super-sized teacups as the ride spins in multiple directions. Both the Drop Zone and Tea Cups were manufactured by Zamperla – an Italian-based amusement ride manufacturer. The park will also partner with Buffalo Rock and Pepsi to construct the new Pepsi Oasis. Continue article...

Busch Gardens Reveals New Particulars About Cobra’s Curse Coaster

The new attraction is scheduled to open 2016.

November 18, 2015 - Sam Natcher

Busch Gardens unveiled new details for its latest roller coaster, Cobra’s Curse, which is scheduled to open next year, at the International Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo in Orlando this week. The family friendly roller coaster which twirls and has a 70-foot vertical lift has been under construction since January. Busch Gardens revealed a replica model of the roller coaster at the theme park industry conference. "Busch Gardens Tampa is Florida’s thrill ride leader," Brian Morrow, Busch Gardens’ attraction creative designer, said in a release. "And, with Cobra’s Curse, we’re expanding the family thrill ride offerings. The multi-directional spins on Cobra’s Curse will provide excitement and fun for guests of all ages." FULL STORY Continue article...

IAAPA Expo In Orlando Opens With New Innovations

New technology promises to change the amusement park industry.

November 18, 2015 - Sam Natcher

Bright, tall and with new ideas that are going places. "This has never been done with any other dark ride in the world," shares Julie Estrada, Legoland Spokesperson just moments before announcing details of a new ride. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) annual Expo opened Tuesday with innovations changing theme parks around the world and at home. "This is an exciting movement for Merlin Entertainments," Julie says of the new "NINJAGO The Ride." With the introduction of the ride that combines video game elements, the Legoland collection of parks group is going high tech. Canadian game designer Triotech introduced technology they call "Maestro." Like an orchestra conductor, moving your hands creates action on screen. Continue article...

Legoland Resorts Announces New Ninjago The Ride

The ride will be built in Legoland California Resort.

November 18, 2015 - Sam Natcher

Legoland Resorts announced Tuesday that a ride based on the Lego Ninjago toy line and cartoon series will be built in Legoland California Resort. Ninjago The Ride will open in California in spring, and Legoland Billund in Denmark and Legoland Malaysia next November, said Hans Aksel Pedersen, managing director of Legoland Parks. The announcement was made at the annual International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions expo at the Orange County Convention Center. "It's actually quite exciting for us," said Pedersen. Pedersen wouldn't say if the ride would eventually come to Legoland Florida, but teased it was a possibility. "Who knows?" Pedersen said. Continue article...

Knott’s Celebrates Ghost Town’s 75th Anniversary With New Entertainment and the Re-launch of GhostRider

GhostRider will be completely retracked by GCI

November 15, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

PRESS RELEASE: In 2016, Knott's Berry Farm’s Ghost Town will celebrate its 75th anniversary with two major offerings next summer. The centerpiece of the summer 2016 celebration is the interactive entertainment experience, Ghost Town Alive!, which immerses guests in new stories and adventures in the familiar town of Calico. The west is about to get even wilder when GhostRider returns from a major restoration project with all new trains that will gallop along over 4,500 feet of new wooden track. In summer 2016, Ghost Town Alive! will allow guests young and young at heart to live the west through inventive new ways to interact with characters and environments as each day, a different story will unfold throughout all of Ghost Town. Continue article...

Universal Studios Hollywood Employees Volunteer During the 11th Annual "Day of Giving"

Minions, Minions and More Minions from the Popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” Ride Join Hundreds of Universal Studios Hollywood Employees to Volunteer at Six Charitable Projects across Los Angeles In Support of Theme Park’s 11th Annual “Day of Givi

November 15, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

PRESS RELEASE: Hundreds of Universal Studios Hollywood’s employee volunteers and a medley of Minions from the theme park’s popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” ride will band together to pay it forward and give back to six LA-based non-profit community organizations as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. marks its 11th annual “Day of Giving” on Thursday, November 12, 2015. The inspirational “Day of Giving” event is Universal Studios Hollywood’s yearly tradition designed to connect employees with diverse community organizations, many of which are beneficiaries of the company’s philanthropic foundation, Discover A Star, whose mission is to empower individuals and families to lead more productive and fulfilling lives. Continue article...

Season of the Force Begins November 16 at Disneyland Park in California

New experiences will be from all the films

November 15, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

Here at Disneyland park in Southern California, we’re preparing to celebrate the excitement around all things Star Wars with brand-new themed experiences in Tomorrowland beginning November 16. Season of the Force will take guests to a galaxy far, far away with special experiences: Star Wars Launch Bay This new area will offer opportunities to visit with favorite Star Wars characters, special exhibits, peeks at the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens and much more. Choose Your Destiny with Special Character Experiences •Dark Side – Encounter one of the most iconic villains from Star Wars, Darth Vader. •Light Side – Fly casual at this makeshift Rebel base, and meet the most famous co-pilot in the galaxy, Chewbacca. Continue article...

The Road to the 2016 Thrilling 32 Starts Now!

November 9, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

If you enjoyed playing this year's bracket challenge, here's your chance to get involved with the very first step in the process. Voting for the 2015 COASTER-net Poll which determines what rides will be entered into the 2016 Thrilling 32 is now open! As a special offer, we are giving away a few prizes to those who participate! First for European entrants, one of you will win an exclusive track piece from! Any American who participates will be entered into a raffle for a 2016 COASTER-net calendar! Don't wait to participate, these exclusive prizes wont be around past Christmas! Continue article...

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