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Giant K'Nex Theme Park to be Unveiled by RIT Students

May 1, 2016 - Danny Miller

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In May 2015, the upstart Theme Park Enthusiasts Club that had just started a few months earlier at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York prepared to unveil a K’Nex theme park that consisted of 21 rides constructed completely of K’Nex parts. The display was unveiled on Saturday, May 2, 2015 in front of more than 35,000 people and immediately earned accolades as one of the top exhibits at the annual Imagine RIT Innovation & Creativity Festival. COASTER-net Administrator and now RIT alumnus Danny Miller helped co-found the club and assisted with the creation of the exhibit. Aside from the K’Nex theme park, the exhibit included various roller coaster and theme park artifacts, a working control panel set to work with the NoLimits 2 roller coaster simulation program, information on the math and physics behind theme park rides, and tips on how to become involved in the industry. Continue article...

Legoland reinvents interactive gameplay with Ninjago The Ride

Ride Opens to the Public on May 5th

April 30, 2016 - Daniel Westfall

Legoland California this morning previewed its new controller-free interactive dark ride, for reporters and invited guests. Themed to Lego's popular Ninja franchise, Ninjago The Ride challenges visitors to train to become ninjas by learning "Spinjitzu." The first time I walked through the dojo queue to sit in my ride vehicle, I caught myself reaching for a gun that wasn't there. Instead of using a controller to shoot at targets, on Ninjago, you use your hands like a ninja — to launch a variety of blasts at your enemies. This "Maestro" technology, developed by TrioTech, gives Ninjago a different feel than other theme park shooters. Continue article...

Dummies take first test ride on The Joker at Six Flags

The Joker test ride at Six Flags Great Adventure

April 28, 2016 - Daniel Westfall

Theme park officials called the run, which was captured on video, "flawless." Six Flags dummy on Joker ride This dummy, named "Harry", took the first test ride on The Joker - a new 4D, free-fly coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure - on April 27, 2016. (Six Flags Great Adventure) The coaster's first riders were water-filled, plastic dummies that simulated the weight and proportions of human riders. One of the dummies captured point-of-view video of the ride from a chest-mounted GoPro camera. After being lifted straight up a 12-story, 90-degree hill, The Joker will flip riders head-over-heels at least six times along the seemingly weightless journey. Continue article...

World’s Fastest Wooden Roller-Coaster Opens Next Month

Roller-coaster lovers can rejoice.

April 27, 2016 - Daniel Westfall

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Pete Owens with Dollywood amusement park in Tennessee says the world’s fastest wooden roller-coaster is opening in May. According to Owens, crews resumed commissioning of the roller-coaster last Friday. The coaster was originally planned to open in March. The innovative ride uses new technology never used on a wooden coaster and the manufacturer asked for additional time to finish up. It’s the first launched wooden coaster in the world. It will also be the fastest wooden coaster in the world. The coaster’s hot rod themed trains will race down a 165-foot drop reaching a top speed of 73 miles per hour. Continue article...

Six Flags St. Louis Wowing This Year’s Guests With New Coaster

Another Coaster at Six Flags St. Louis, the Coaster Capital of Missouri, Adds to the Thrill of the Park’s 2016 Season.

April 27, 2016 - Daniel Westfall

This year will be the theme park’s longest season since opening in 1971 with new thrills including Fireball — The Ultimate Coaster Loop, The New Revolution Virtual Reality Coaster on Ninja and the brand-new event Holiday in the Park. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the famed Screamin’ Eagle roller coaster. “We are excited to begin our longest season ever in the park’s 45 year history,” stated park President Peter Carmichael. “Not only is it our longest season, but we are introducing three incredible new experiences for our guests this year giving our guests more thrills and an even greater value.” Fireball — The Ultimate Coaster Loop is located in the Illinois section of the park. Continue article...

Dubai to Get Marvel and Cartoon Network Themed Amusement Park

Another major addition to the city's growing amusement park offerings.

April 25, 2016 - Daniel Westfall

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Dubai is quickly becoming the amusement capital of the world, after the three new theme park openings recently were announced. Now action-hero fans can get excited, because a portion of the $1 billion IMG Worlds of Adventure Park will feature a Marvel-themed section per an announcement Sunday. Rides and attractions will include Avengers Battle of Ultron, Hulk Epsilon Base 3D, Spider-Man Doc Ock’s Revenge, Thor Thunder Spin, and Avengers Flight of the Quinjets. There will even be themed dining, like Tony’s Skydeck, Chang’s Golden Dragon, Mama Scano’s Of Yancy Street, and Downtown Shawarma. Local developer Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group also revealed the new 1.5 million square-foot indoor amusement park opening August 15 will have a Cartoon Network-themed area, too. Continue article...

Mike Chance loses battle with depression

Chance Rides President

April 23, 2016 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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In a prepared statement to the amusement industry, Chance Rides, Inc. has announced that company President Mike Chance lost his battle with depression on April 19 at the age of 42. “Yesterday our family and company suffered a tremendous loss. Our son and company president Mike Chance lost his long‐term and well‐fought battle with depression. Mike had suffered from this tough disease for years and had faithfully sought treatment and relief from its effects. Like any other disease that is not yet well understood, depression is often difficult to successfully treat.” said Dick Chance, CEO of Chance Rides and Mike’s father. Continue article...

SeaWorld Officially Cancels Blue World for San Diego

Plans for orca tank expansion formally withdrawn

April 20, 2016 - Danny Miller

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In a letter to the California Coastal Commission earlier this week, SeaWorld San Diego has officially cancelled plans to move forward with the Blue World project, a $100 million dollar project that would greatly expand its killer whale habitat. Last year, the project was approved by the Commission with the stipulation that the park end its breeding program, and condition that caused the park to sue the Commission, claiming that the condition lies outside of the power of the Commission. With the withdrawal of the Blue World plans, the legal dispute is no longer required, as SeaWorld Parks announced last month that all of their parks would cease killer whale breeding. Continue article...

Ferrari Hopes To Open North American Theme Park

Plans for park still a long way off

April 19, 2016 - Danny Miller

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World-renowned automotive company Ferrari reportedly is aiming to open a theme park somewhere in North America, and even though planning and opening could be a long way off, enthusiasts shouldn't be shocked if an announcement were to be made in the near future. Ferrari currently runs Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi, home of Formula Rossa, the world's fastest roller coaster, and will be opening Ferrari Land in Spain in the coming months. There are also plans to open a Ferrari-themed park in China in the next few years. A park in North America would allow to company to run theme parks in all the major markets in which they operate. Continue article...

Derren Brown Ghost Train 'demon' unleashed at Thorpe Park

New park experience will test people's minds and limits

April 19, 2016 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Illusionist Derren Brown has given a terrifying new insight into his forthcoming Ghost Train attraction by unleashing a demon-type creature on the general public ahead of the grand opening coming soon at Thorpe Park. New images and video have given the first hint that the narrative of the new attraction - suitable for ages 13 and over - will indeed be very different from traditional ghost train rides of old. The demon creature will be one of a number of characters in the virtual reality storyline, designed to take visitors on a surreal and head-spinning journey of up to 15 minutes. Continue article...

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