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First Rider Auction Announced for Thunderbird

To Benefit Give Kids the World

March 26, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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The nation’s first launched wing roller coaster opens to the public in just over a month, and Holiday World officials have launched a charity auction for the very first public rides.
Holiday World’s auction, ending on April 8, will have 20 winners who will each claim a pair of seats on Thunderbird’s first public rides.

“For these historic first rides on our new roller coaster, we decided to auction the specific seats to the highest bidders. Thunderbird’s First Flight Auction will benefit a very special organization, Give Kids The World,” says Holiday World president, Matt Eckert.

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Fury Delivers the Fury on Media Day at Carowinds

New ride opened on 3-25

March 26, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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The states of North and South Carolina were a big buzz today as Carowinds unveiled their world record breaking coaster Fury 325. Media and coaster enthusiasts arrived to a beautiful scene as Fury 325 wound its way across and under the new entrance area of the park. The new entrance garners a new and refreshing entrance for guests as they arrive glancing into the eyes of the riders on the coaster. As you walk across the bridge, you can watch the train dive under you into a tunnel and come out behind you as it races back to the station. Continue article...

Live Coverage of Fury 325 Media Day at Carowinds

Updates throughout the day!

March 25, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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The day has finally arrived! After months of anticipation, speculation and construction viewing, Fury 325 finally opens to the media today! We have correspondents on site and will be updating you throughout the day with their thoughts and observations of the event! Be sure to refresh this page to get the latest updates! Also please join our forum topic to discuss all the day's events! CAROWINDS FORUM THREAD Dwain: Let the day begin! Wake up Fury! Cloudy day here at Carowinds. But the train is waiting for riders Dwain: A big splash has been promised for 2016 which hints at a waterpark expansion and possible rebranding! Continue article...

Welcome to the New COASTER-net

March 24, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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As you may have noticed, COASTER-net over the last two years has undergone a number of changes. First, we introduced flat rides, water rides and all sorts of attractions to our Ride Gallery pages. Next, we introduced Hauntoverse that expanded our coverage to the ever popular Halloween themed events at theme parks across the world. This year, we jumped into the YouTube arena with a lineup of shows and features including COASTER-net Uncut, Beat the Beast and The Thrilling 32. We could not be any happier with the support we have gotten on all of these new projects. Today, we took another step forward. Continue article...

Carowinds Pushes for Drone Restrictions After Fury Flyby

Has support of York County

March 22, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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A frightening run-in at hundreds of feet in the air is exactly why Carowinds is pushing York County lawmakers to create drone restrictions. Recently a drone weaved through a coaster at the theme park and the flight caught the attention of county council.

"A wrong button move and it crash right into you and your life is gone," said Cory Williams of Charlotte.

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Tempesto Announced for 2015 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Will open April 25th

March 21, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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PRESS RELEASE: Busch Gardens’ newest thrill attraction, Tempesto, debuts April 25 at Busch Gardens. Park President Carl Lum announced the launch coaster’s name, its key features and its opening date during a special pass member preview day held March 21. Tempesto’s three launch experiences propel riders forward and backward through the ride’s station house, speeding past waiting guests at more than 60 miles per hour. Riders then climb 154 feet in the air for Tempesto’s signature loop-the-loop inversion. “Guests waiting to experience Tempesto will certainly feel its power as the coaster train races past them at highway speeds,” said Larry Giles, Busch Gardens’ vice president of engineering. Continue article...

Couple Discovers Their Paths Crossed at a Waterpark as Children

Family video shows the two at Sesame Place

March 20, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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A New Jersey couple were shocked when they discovered they had crossed paths 16 years before they had even met.

Jourdan and Ryan Spencer were watching Jourdan’s childhood home videos of her family’s July 1988 trip to Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pennsylvania a few years ago when something surprising came across the TV screen.

“I was kind of joking around and said, ‘Wow, that looks like me,’” Ryan, 40, told ABC News. “And sure enough, that was me.”

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Joel Manby Selected as New CEO of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

Leaving Herschend Family Entertainment

March 19, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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SeaWorld Entertainment named a longtime entertainment and theme park executive as its new chief executive officer Thursday.

Joel Manby, 55, was appointed to the top position in an announcement to the entertainment company's board of directors. He will fill the role beginning April 7.

Manby has more than 20 years experience in the entertainment and theme-park industry.

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Film Crews at Joyland Shoot Trailer for Zombie Project

Needed a park in disrepair

March 16, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Film crews from Georgia were at Joyland Amusement Park on Thursday and Friday shooting a trailer for an upcoming zombie project, Joyland owner Margaret Spear confirmed.

Spear said she was initially contacted by the group because it was looking for an amusement park “in bad shape, because it was to be a horror film.”

“They wanted an amusement park that had folded,” Spear said. “We talked about it and I said, yeah, they could do that.”

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Movie World Green Lantern Ride Checked Twice Before Mishap

Manger makes statement after accident

March 16, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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The Green Lantern ride at Movie World on the Gold Coast was checked twice on Sunday morning before it malfunctioned, forcing 13 people on two separate cars to be rescued, Movie World general manager Greg Yong says.

Movie World has launched an investigation into what caused "an issue with a wheel" on the ride just before 12.45pm Sunday, trapping six people on board for three hours and another seven for about an hour.

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