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PETA Plans to Protest at the Home of New SeaWorld CEO

SeaWorld responds

April 17, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Less than two weeks after taking on the post of chief executive of SeaWorld Entertainment Inc., Joel Manby can expect a harsh welcome from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The animal rights group, which has been criticizing SeaWorld's treatment of trained killer whales, plans a protest in front of Manby's Georgia home Saturday. The group plans to carry signs that say, "Joel Manby Runs Orca Prisons" and "The World Is Watching: Release Orcas to Sanctuaries." SeaWorld called PETA's planned protest a "new low" for the animal rights group, saying it should instead spend time trying to rescue and rehabilitate animals. Continue article...

Cedar Fair Plans Dark Rides for All Its Amusement Parks

What park will be next?

April 15, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Best known for its collection of behemoth steel roller coasters, a chain of regional amusement parks plans a concerted push into immersive dark rides long considered the exclusive domain of Disney and Universal theme parks.

Cedar Fair — the parent company of Knott's Berry Farm, Cedar Point and Canada's Wonderland — has already introduced a pair of interactive dark rides and plans a portfolio of future attractions under the banner of Amusement Dark.

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Holiday World Unveils New Thunderbird Ice Cream

Will be sold in 27 states

April 13, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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PRESS RELEASE: With only two weeks remaining until the new Thunderbird roller coaster opens at Holiday World, an edible version is rolling into grocery stores in 27 states. “Thunderbird Ice Cream is a fun collaboration between Holiday World and Prairie Farms,” said Holiday World Vice President Eric Snow in a press release. “We sampled a lot of creative flavor combinations and ultimately decided Thunderbird Ice Cream should be a delicious combination of vanilla ice cream with loops of caramel and spicy ‘scorched’ pecans.” Thunderbird Ice Cream will be available at Holiday World this season, plus in half-gallon cartons at grocery stores that carry Prairie Farms Ice Cream in the midwest, east coast and south. Continue article...

Avengers Theme Park Ride Unveiled at Dubai Comic Con

3D media blended with physical sets

April 13, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Developers of the IMG Worlds of Adventure theme park gave comic fans a sneak peak of a brand new ride at Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC) 2015.

Developers of the 1.5 million-square-foot development, set to be the world’s largest themed entertainment destination when completed later this year, unveiled a teaser of its ‘Avengers: Battle of Ultron’ ride at the exhibition in Dubai at the weekend.

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Six Flags Keen on Malaysian Entry

Six Flags could be one of fifty parks by 2020

April 13, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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MPI, whose main function is to bring in foreign investment into Malaysia’s real estate, had in its latest Property Quotient Issue 3, 2015, highlighted Six Flags’ interest in having a presence in Malaysia. Six Flags, said to be the world’s largest regional theme park company with a revenue of US$1.2 billion (RM4.39 billion), offers world-class coasters, family rides, animal encounters and water parks. The business is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. “We are matchmaking them,” MPI general manager Veena Loh said when contacted by The Edge Financial Daily. She added that MPI was approached by a Six Flags representative less than a month ago. Continue article...

Owners Tearing Down What's Left of Joyland

Plans to sell some rides

April 13, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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What's left of one of Wichita's most memorable landmarks is coming to an end. Joyland Park owners say they are tearing down what's left of the park, and hope to do so as soon as possible. Demolition efforts are well underway as Joyland Park is now covered with several piles of debris that used to be rides and buildings. Monique Kennedy grew up in Wichita and was back in town for the weekend. She stopped by Joyland to take one last look. "It's sad to see it in this state," she said. "I've seen on Facebook they were trying to revive it over the last couple years and obviously haven't had much luck doing that. Continue article...

Lamborghini Crash Kills 1 at Exotic Driving Experience at Disney

36 year old man

April 12, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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A driver was injured and a 36-year-old passenger from Davenport was killed Sunday in a crash at the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Speedway, according to a report from WKMG.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the driver of a Lamborghini failed to maneuver the car through the course and lost control of the vehicle. The right side of the car struck a guardrail.

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Take Flight Onboard Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey at Universal Studios Singapore

World’s First Puss In Boots Suspended Roller Coaster launched today

April 10, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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PRESS RELEASE: Hola Amigos! Universal Studios Singapore debuted today Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey, the world’s first suspended roller coaster themed after the franchise. Guests embarked on a larger-than-life adventure with everyone’s favourite feline, Puss In Boots. The launch of the new ride headlines the theme park’s fifth anniversary celebrations, with more exciting events coming up in the year. At the Far Far Away themed zone, the Giant’s Castle sits ruined, entwined within a giant beanstalk. The quest, nine lives in the making, begins here as Puss In Boots and Kitty Softpaws go in search of the precious golden eggs in a bid to save San Ricardo’s Orphanage, which has fallen on hard times. Continue article...

Orlando Sets Tourism Record

Most visited city in US

April 10, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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More than 62 million visitors came to Orlando last year, making the theme-park mecca the most-visited tourist destination in the U.S., city tourism officials said Thursday.

The 2014 visitor count sets a new milestone for the U.S. tourism industry and was a 5 percent increase from the previous year, according to local tourism agency Visit Orlando.

In a statement, U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow called passing the mark of 60 million visitors a year "a significant achievement for Orlando and the U.S. travel industry."

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Bringing New Magic to Matterhorn Bobsleds and Peter Pan’s Flight at Disneyland

Two classic rides will get overhaul

April 10, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Here at Disney Parks, we’re always looking for new and innovative ways to enhance our storytelling. For example, updating beloved classics allows us to – if I may quote Walt Disney – “keep molding and shaping” the guest experience. As we look forward to celebrating the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, we also have exciting changes coming to two of our classic attractions this spring.

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