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COASTER-net Uncut LIVE! S1 E3 - Golden Tickets 2014

September 19, 2014 - Andrew Rybarczyk

Join Danny and Andy as they discuss all of the 2014 Golden Ticket Award winners in front of a live audience! Things get a little heated when they get to the "Best Park" award and the discussion turns into a debate over Cedar Point vs Europa Park!

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Mantis Will Become Rougarou in 2015

September 18, 2014 - Andrew Rybarczyk

It's confirmed! Mantis will be converted to a floorless coaster for 2015 and will be called Rougarou!

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2014 Golden Ticket Awards

September 6, 2014 - Daniel Westfall

These are the winners by category. We'll be posting the winners as they come in, so please refresh often to make sure you see all the winners Best Dark Ride: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal's Islands of Adventure Friendliest Park: Dollywood Best Shows: Dollywood Best Carousal: Grand Carousal at Knoebels Amusement Resort Best Funhouse Walkthrough Attraction: Noah's Ark at Kennywood Best Indoor Waterpark: Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Best Marine Life Park: SeaWorld Orlando Best Children's Park: Idlewild & Soakzone Best Seaside Park: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Best Water Ride: Dudley Do Right's Ripsaw Falls at Island's of Adventure Best Water Park Ride: Wildebeest at Splashin' Safari Best Kid's Area: King's Island Cleanest Park: Holiday World Best Landscaping: Busch Gardens Williamsburg Best Christmas Event: Dollywood Best Halloween Event: Universal Studios Orlando Best Food: Dollywood Best Outdoor Show Production: "Illuminations Reflections of Earth" at Epcot Best New Water Park Ride of 2014: Verruckt at Schlitterbahn Kansas City Best New Amusement Park Ride of 2014: Flying Turns at Knoebels Amusement Resort Best Indoor Roller Coaster: Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Orlando Best Steel Roller Coaster: Millennium Force at Cedar Point Best Wooden Roller Coaster: Boulder Dash at Lake Compounce Best Water Park: Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, TX Best Amusement Park: Europa Park Publisher's Picks: Turnstile Award--Hyland Hills Water World in Federal Heights, Colorado Legend Series Award--George Millay Person of the Year--Jeff Pike Persons of the Year--SeaWorld Rescue

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Amusement Park News

Scenic Railway at Dreamland Could Be Reopening in 2015

Oldest coaster in Britain has faced many challenges to get to this point

September 19, 2014 - Andrew Rybarczyk

The oldest surviving roller coaster in Britain, the Scenic Railway has been through a lot. However, there is hope that both the ride and the park that houses it will reopen in 2015. The Scenic Railway at Dreamland opened in 1920 and ran until 2005. After 2005 the ride fell into disrepair and was also the target of an arson attack in 2008. All of these issues has cast doubt on whether or not the old coaster would ever reopen. Plans are in place though to invest £18m into the park where part of the money will be used to completely rebuild the entire wood structure of the Scenic Railway.

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Hotel Breakers also getting a makeover for 2015

September 18, 2014 - Andrew Rybarczyk

PRESS RELEASE: Cedar Point, The Roller Coaster Capital of the World!®, will introduce a dynamically new riding experience when it unleashes Rougarou™ in the spring of 2015! Named after a terrifying werewolf-like creature in French folklore, Rougarou [roo-guh-roo] feeds on screams and lurks in and around the swampy lagoon at the center of the park, shared with other coasters like Iron Dragon and Top Thrill Dragster. Rougarou’s floorless trains will take riders on an epic journey at speeds reaching 60 mph as their feet dangle just inches above the track and the murky waters below. The trains will be manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, Monthey, Switzerland, the same team behind rides like Raptor and GateKeeper, and will transform the ride experience dramatically while utilizing the structure and track of the former Mantis roller coaster.

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Howl-O-Scream Cuts Severed Heads from Haunts and Parks

Decision prompted by online disagreement with having props due to situation in the Middle East

September 18, 2014 - Andrew Rybarczyk

Halloween events at theme parks are no strangers to complaints and controversy. In the past, we've seen issues that ranged from parents being upset about content to activists being worried about the portrayal of groups or events. This year, Busch Gardens Williamsburg was targeted for their use of severed heads throughout its various haunted houses and scarezones. According to BGWFans, the park began removing all traces of severed heads this week in response to a Virginia Gazette article that highlighted the annual Howl-O-Scream event. The article is not what prompted the decision but rather the reader comments online which said that the use of severed heads was insensitive given the recent events occurring in the Middle East with ISIS and journalists being executed.

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