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COASTER-net Uncut Episode 4 - Knoebels & Flying Turns

September 30, 2014 - Andrew Rybarczyk

Check out the biggest debate yet on COASTER-net Uncut. Did Flying Turns at Knoebels really deserve to win the 2014 Best New Ride award? Andy and Danny battle it out to find out if it did!

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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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Amusement Park News

Ohio's Own Midnight Syndicate Rocks Cedar Point

Midnight Syndicate's first live show impresses at Halloweekends

October 1, 2014 - Andrew Rybarczyk

PRESS RELEASE: Guests visiting Cedar Point for HalloWeekends already know about the park’s scream-inducing haunted houses and outdoor fright zones. But this year, guests are screaming just a little louder thanks to the new “Midnight Syndicate LIVE! Legacy of Shadows” show in the Ghoul Time Theatre. Ohio’s own Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka, of Midnight Syndicate, have been delighting fans worldwide with their Halloween music albums for almost two decades. Performing in front of a live audience for the first time ever, they have created a whole new legion of fans thanks to their multimedia horror concert at HalloWeekends. Known for producing “gothic horror fantasy soundtracks for the imagination,” these Halloween music maestros blend instrumental music, sound effects, eerie videos and on-stage adventures, taking audiences on a spell-binding journey that mesmerizes and features an ending that is both unexpected and terrifying.

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Wild Arctic at SeaWorld Unlikely to Get New Polar Bears

Threatened species status makes them harder to obtain

September 30, 2014 - Andrew Rybarczyk

In the last two years, SeaWorld Orlando’s Wild Arctic exhibit/attraction has had major setbacks. During this time period, both of their resident polar bears died. This week, SeaWorld has announced that it is unlikely that they will be adding any new polar bears to the attraction. This decision was ultimately made because polar bears currently have a “threatened species” designation which makes them difficult to obtain. In place of polar bears, SeaWorld plans to redesign the exhibit to feature other animals of the Arctic including harbor seals. The Wild Arctic attraction opened in 1995 and is both animal exhibit and motion simulator.

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Coaster Challenge at Six Flags Great America Raises $49,000

Benefits the Special Olympics of IL

September 29, 2014 - Andrew Rybarczyk

Yesterday, Six Flags Great America hosted the first ever Coaster Challenge marathon event. The event allowed coaster lovers the opportunity to ride a 5k, 10k, or marathon instead of run it. Over the last few months participants raised money and the amount that they raised determined the length of the “race” that they participated in. According to the Daily Herald, $49,000 was raised by over 200 participants. All monies raised benefits the Special Olympics of Illinois. Jennifer Marcello, director of young athletes for Special Olympics Illinois, said about the overwhelming response to the event, "You can't really ask for a better first-time event.” Participants from around the region flocked to the park to get their “race” on.

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Coastin' in the Deep South - Carowinds
Surprises in the Carolinas

East Coast Coasters
Six Flags New England

Conneaut Lake Park: Looking for Tomorrow at the Expense of Today
Why we should let the park close once and for all

Best New Ride of 2014...Kind Of...
Why it's okay that Flying Turns won

What's New for 2015 at Cedar Point? Here's Some Ideas
Dark ride, water park or coaster?

Coastin' in the Deep South - Dollywood
Where Themes and Thrills Collide

Pennslyvania Adventures Day 3 - Dorney Park
Another new park

The Fury of a Swarm of Centurions
Putting Together the Carowinds Teaser Pieces

Coastin' in the Deep South
Six Flags Over Georgia

One Year Ago Blackfish Changed My Mind, Yesterday SeaWorld Changed It Again
Blue World Project has restored my faith in SeaWorld

Predictions: 2015: Part 1
Cedar Fair Parks

Pennsylvania Adventures - Day 2 Hersheypark
Reuniting with some old friends and making some new ones along the way!