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Beech Bend Ride Topples

Minor Injuries Reported

July 26, 2015 - Dwain Sponseller

A swing ride at Beech Bend Amusement Park toppled over Saturday evening resulting in injuries to multiple people, none of whom is critical. The Warren County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the park at 6:18 p.m. along with The Medical Center Emergency Medical Services ambulances to evaluate the injured. Eight people were taken by ambulance to the ER at The Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Glenda Chu said. The emergency room Saturday was preparing to receive up to 10 more patients who were expected to arrive in private vehicles. "We responded with EMS, fire and emergency management to Beech Bend Park for the swing ride ... Continue article...

Universal Hollywood Opens Their Own Raptor Encounter

New meet & greet experience capitalizes on success of Jurassic World

July 22, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

PRESS RELEASE: The ferocious predatory Velociraptors that gained notoriety in the Jurassic Park blockbuster movies and sprang to life in “Jurassic Park—The Ride” at Universal Studios Hollywood will be unleashed in an all-new exciting “Raptors Encounter” experience at The Entertainment Capital of L.A. that pits guests in a daring face-to-face standoff with these terrifying, now free-roaming carnivores. Tipping the scales at a hefty 750 pounds, towering 15 feet in height and 13 feet from tail to snout, the aggressive Cretaceous-era dinosaurs will each succumb to highly skilled handlers who adeptly guide them to within feet of guests in a specially themed area of the park, located adjacent to “Jurassic Park—The Ride.” Highly intelligent creatures, Raptors—short for Velociraptors—are notorious hunters, who in recent years have undergone intense training by adept handlers as part of these unusual guest interactions. Continue article...

ZDT’s New Wooden Roller Coaster to Set World Record

Grand Spike will be steepest on any wood coaster

July 22, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

Attention all roller coaster enthusiasts: ZDT’s Amusement Park’s newest ride should thrill adrenaline junkies as it’s on schedule to set a new world record for the steepest wooden coaster with an incline at 87 degrees. Following an announcement on the park’s Facebook page, owner Danny Donhauser said not only will The Switchback be the first modern wooden shuttle coaster, it will set a new world record for steepest incline which currently is 85 degrees. “It’s always good to have a world record,” Danny said. “It is especially neat for a small park like us because world records are really hard to achieve for coasters.” FULL STORY Continue article...

Shanghai Disney Trading Main Street for the Garden of the Twelve Friends

New park release amazing concept art

July 22, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

Walt Disney Co. will roll out attractions based on “Star Wars” and Marvel superheroes at its new Shanghai theme park when the $5.5-billion facility opens next year, Chairman and Chief Executive Bob Iger said here Wednesday as the company kicked its publicity efforts for the long-in-the-making resort into high gear.. After stumbling with the launches of California Adventure in Anaheim in 2001 and Hong Kong Disneyland in 2005, the company is out to prove that it has learned from past mistakes such as building less ambitious parks and failing to understand the cultural and culinary habits of its customers. Disney has spent handsomely to expand and upgrade Hong Kong Disneyland and California Adventure since their openings. Continue article...

Tayto Park: Over 100,000 ride New Cooden Coaster in Just 7 Weeks

Cú Chulainn Coaster also a big hit

July 22, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

Europe’s largest wooden rollercoaster, which travels at speeds of over 100kph, was opened on June 7 and since then tens of thousands of people young and old have travelled from all over the world to give it a whirl. Figures released from Tayto Park show that over 2,100 people ride the coaster every day, with one person riding it over 30 times in a single day. The oldest person to ride the coaster so far was 83, and the furthest away someone travelled to go on the rise was from Tasmania (17,757 km away from Co Meath). Tayto Park General Manager Charles Coyle said that he was delighted with the success of the ride. Continue article...

SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Take Home Trip Advisor Awards

Orlando, Texas, San Diego, Tampa and Williamsburg all rank

July 22, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

PRESS RELEASE All three SeaWorld parks in Orlando have won a 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award for amusement parks in the United States. The 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ awards are based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for amusement parks worldwide over a 12-month period. Discovery Cove won 2nd place, Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark won 4th and SeaWorld Orlando was ranked 10th. Each park connects guests with the sea in a different way, yet all three blend up-close animal encounters with world-class entertainment to inspire guests to care for and conserve nature. Families interact with animals in unique ways, whether it is walking among a colony of hundreds of penguins in their 32-degree snowy habitat at SeaWorld Orlando; floating in a lazy river past a grotto of colorful fish at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, or sharing a swim with an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin at Discovery Cove. Continue article...

Kentucky Kingdom Unveils Plans for Storm Chaser

Fifth roller coaster will be added in 2016

July 20, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

Kentucky Kingdom unveiled plans for its fifth roller coaster on Monday, a behemoth that will stand 100 feet tall at its highest point and incorporate parts of a former coaster, Twisted Twins, that has sat dormant at the Louisville amusement park for years. The $15 million Storm Chaser, with a track length of 2,744 feet and a maximum velocity of 52 mph, will make its debut in spring 2016, according to a news release. It will be the fifth roller coaster at the park and the second new roller coaster at Kentucky Kingdom since it reopened last year after a five-year absence. Continue article...

Simworx Acquires Robocoaster


July 20, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

PRESS RELEASE: Simworx, one of the world’s leading suppliers of turnkey advanced media-based theme park attractions, has completed the acquisition of RoboCoaster, the game-changing innovator behind some of the world’s most successful theme park rides. Simworx has worked with RoboCoaster during the course of the last 2 years under a highly successful Teaming Agreement and this new development was seen as a natural progression for the two companies. Founded by Terry Monkton and Andrew Roberts, Simworx has built up an impressive product portfolio of media based attractions that includes 4D Effects Cinemas, the Stargazer and Cobra dynamic motion simulation rides, the Immersive Tunnel and more recently in a collaboration with Dutch based Mondial, one of the leading amusement ride manufacturers , the 360° Flying Theatre. Continue article...

Final Days Counting Down for Thunder Road

Carowinds iconic wood racer will close July 26th

July 20, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

The final days for the Thunder Road roller coaster are approaching without much fanfare. Soon Carowinds will remove the ride for what is expected to be an expansion of its water park. The lines for the final rides haven’t been long, but the enthusiasts have been running to Thunder Road’s station to get the best seats – the two in the front car and the two in the back car. The front seats provide the best view and the last seats have a little more “air time,” riders say. These faithful supporters – old and young – are proof, though, that Thunder Road still has the magic. Continue article...

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Closing Roar

Future plans not confirmed

July 20, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

After 16 years of stomach-churning drops, crossovers, reversals and turns, the Roar roller coaster in Vallejo will coast into retirement.

The Six Flags Discovery Kingdom theme park announced Thursday that the ride will close at the end of National Roller Coaster Day, Aug. 16.

The wooden coaster, named for the roar of a California sea lion, made its debut in 1999. Since then, an estimated 11 million guests have gasped and shrieked their way through this 10-story-high ride’s 22 crossovers, 17 turns, 12 drops and 6 reversals — at 55 mph.

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