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Fire at Keansburg Amusement Park after Gravitron Explosion.

An electrical fire has destroyed the interior of a popular ride on the Keansburg Amusement Park boardwalk.

August 24, 2015 - Sam Natcher

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A ride caught fire at an amusement park in New Jersey Monday afternoon, sending billowing black smoke into the air.

The fire broke out on the Gravitron ride at Keansburg Amusement Park in Keansburg just before 2 p.m. Monday.

Katie Johnson, spokeswoman for the park, said the ride operator was testing the ride as they were opening the park, smelled something burning and immediately shut the ride down. When a fire started, the ride operator notified a mechanic and the fire department was called.

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Workers Quizzed Over Human Error in Smiler Accident

Engineer turned off automatic safety lock then operator let truck slam into stalled carriage

August 23, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Two staff from Alton Towers are under investigation over the horrific Smiler ride crash that seriously injured four people, including two young women who each lost a leg. The Mail on Sunday has learned that human error and a failure to follow basic safety procedures led to the devastating accident. An engineer overrode an automatic safety lock, allowing the ride operator to send the carriage full of people careering into an empty vehicle that had ‘stalled’ further down the track. Our revelations – particularly the fact that staff are able to perform manual overrides at all – will raise disturbing questions about the safety features on the Smiler and other rides. Continue article...

Six Flags Magic Mountain Unveils Fright Fest 2015 Mazes

"Unleashed" to replace "Total Darkness" maze.

August 22, 2015 - Sam Natcher

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Six Flags Magic Mountain will push the pause button this Halloween as it rolls out fewer haunted mazes, a repurposed show and a relocated scare zone along with a host of recycled offerings for Fright Fest 2015. The last few years, the Valencia amusement park's annual Fright Fest event has shown incremental growth and consistent improvement as Magic Mountain rose up to meet the twin threats of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood and Halloween Haunt at Knott's Berry Farm. But for Fright Fest 2015, Magic Mountain has opted for more of the same. "Unleashed," Magic Mountain’s newest Fright Fest offering, is essentially a repurposed version of the park’s regular season cirque-styled “Kwerk” show with aerial acts, trapeze artists, contortionists and a blood-covered ringmaster. Continue article...

Welcome to Dismaland

A First Look at Banksy’s New Art Exhibition Housed Inside a Dystopian Theme Park

August 21, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Inside the walls of a derelict seaside swimming resort in Weston-super-Mare, UK, mysterious construction over the last month—including a dingy looking Disney-like castle and a gargantuan rainbow-colored pinwheel tangled in plastic—suggested something big was afoot. Suspicion and anticipation surrounding the unusual activity attributed to fabled artist and provocateur Banksy has reached a Willy Wonka-esque fervor. Well, if Banksy’s your bag, continue fervoring. If not, there’s more than a few reasons to continue reading. The spectacle has since been revealed to be a pop-up art exhibition in the form of an apocalyptic theme park titled Dismaland (“The UK’s most disappointing new visitor attraction”) that will be open to the public for five weeks. Continue article...

Prepare to Take Flight in 2016 on Skyhawk and Flying Eagles

New flats rides set to debut at Canada's Wonderland in 2016

August 21, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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PRESS RELEASE: Canada’s Wonderland is taking guests to new heights for 2016 with the addition of two new rides that will capture the imagination of both families, and thrill-seekers, as they take flight in an interactive flying experience. Skyhawk, the first ride of its kind in North America, will take riders to a new level of adventure when the park opens for its 35th season in 2016. Riders will take control of their own cockpit, showcasing their flying abilities as they maneuver through 360 degree turns, and challenge themselves to engage in multiple inversions at 135 feet (41m) in the air. Continue article...

5 New Family Rides Joining an Expanded Planet Snoopy in 2016

Thrills come in all sizes at Worlds of Fun

August 21, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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PRESS RELEASE: Families can glide, fly and launch into 2016 at Worlds of Fun with the addition of five new family rides coming to Planet Snoopy next season: Woodstock Gliders - Young guests control their own flight with movable stationary wings. Flying Ace - Get your aviator glasses ready for a high-flying adventure with Snoopy Snoopy Space Buggies - Defy gravity and bounce to the moon and back Linus Launcher - Experience the sensation of weightlessness through flight with feet dangling Snoopy Junction - All aboard! Snoopy the conductor leads kids on a railroad adventure “Thrills come in all sizes,” says vice president and general manager Frank Wilburn. Continue article...

Delirium Thrill Ride to Replace Shockwave at Kings Dominion

New ride being added to Candy Apple Grove

August 21, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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A thrill ride that looks like a giant Frisbee swinging in a pendulum motion while spinning in a clockwise rotation will be coming to Kings Dominion next spring. The Delirium ride will replace the Shockwave roller coaster, the Hanover County theme park announced this morning. The Shockwave stand-up coaster carried its last passengers on Aug. 9. Delirium will send 40 outward-facing riders on a continuous ring with their legs dangling free in the air - spinning at the bottom of a giant arm that swings back and forth up to 115 feet in the air at a maximum 120-degree arc. Continue article...

Seven-Story Water Slide Complex Coming To Kings Island In 2016

Tropical Plunge & a new toll entranced announced.

August 19, 2015 - Sam Natcher

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PRESS RELEASE: Kings Island announced Wednesday a major expansion to its Soak City Waterpark for the 2016 season with the addition of Tropical Plunge, a complex of six different water slide experiences towering nearly seven stories. Three of the slides on the 65-foot tall complex will start with guests climbing inside an Aqua-Launch chamber where they will wait anxiously for the floor to drop out from underneath their feet, sending them into a high-speed, almost vertical free fall through a series of flat loops and S-curves in a translucent flume. Tropical Plunge also features a slide that will send riders twisting and spiraling through an enclosed chute featuring four intense 360-degree loops across 449 feet of slide before they’re released out into a pool of water and dueling 337-foot long tube slides that zip riders through an enchanting series of drops and turns. Continue article...

Knott's Plans Makeover of 17-Year-Old GhostRider Wooden Coaster

Details of who will perform the work are still unknown.

August 19, 2015 - Sam Natcher

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Knott’s Berry Farm plans a full restoration of the aging GhostRider wooden coaster as part of a 75th anniversary celebration of the Ghost Town area of the Buena Park theme park.

The few details released by Knott’s left many unanswered questions: Who will do the makeover? Will any inversions be added? When will GhostRider reopen?

The most obvious contender for the makeover is Rocky Mountain Construction, which has added corkscrew inversions and overbanked turns to a number of wooden coasters in recent years to the delight of ride enthusiasts.

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SeaWorld Begins Installation Of New Roller-Coaster

The hyper-coaster track started arriving this week.

August 19, 2015 - Sam Natcher

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The first piece of SeaWorld Orlando's new 200-foot-tall hypercoaster surfaced this week as it travelled from the production facility in Ohio to its new home in Orlando. Mako will be Orlando's tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster, and will reach speeds of 73 mph along 4,760 feet of steel track when it opens in summer 2016. The giant piece of indigo and blue coloured track will travel on an open flatbed truck nearly 1,000 miles to its destination in Florida. As the track arrives at SeaWorld Orlando, the team will begin to create one of the world's few true hypercoasters – a group of roller coasters known for high speeds and steep drops, and hills that create a feeling of weightlessness or 'air time'. Continue article...

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