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Power Park Investing Heavily in New Roller Coaster

According to CEO Mikko Kiviluoma is the Power Park's single largest investment to date.

March 28, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Ground works are already underway in Alahärmä - it could Mikko Kiviluoma thank the mild weather for. It is not a question any ordinary roller coaster. This climb is not only high, 40 feet in the air, but also travels several meters down under the ground, in the dust present at the amusement park.

Roller coaster coming from Germany in 70 trucks. "There is something completely new, not only for the Nordic countries but for the whole of Europe," says CEO Mikko Kiviluoma.

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Six Flags Great Adventure Plans to Go Green with Solar Power

Plans to replant lost trees

March 28, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Six Flags Great Adventure plans to clear more than 18,000 trees to build a 90-acre solar farm capable of meeting virtually all of the theme park's electrical needs. At 21.9 megawatts, the facility would be the largest of its kind in New Jersey, generating enough energy to power about 3,100 homes. The ambitious project, which Bedminster-based KDC Solar LLC will construct, operate and own, is aimed at making Great Adventure the largest self-powered theme park in the U.S. "We are continually searching for new ways to operate more efficiently and enhance our role as good stewards of the environment," the park's president, John Fitzgerald, said in a prepared statement. Continue article...

Preserving the Past at Knott's Berry Farm

Honoring the legacy while moving forward

March 27, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Matt Ouimet, the CEO of Knott’s parent company Cedar Fair, lied. Or at least he told the facilitator of focus groups to fib – Knott's was closing, they were told.

"People had reactions like, 'What will we do without it?' 'I want to take my daughter there,' ” a chuckling Ouimet recalled about guests' emotional attachment to the park. “It might have been a little cruel."

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Metal Detectors Installed on Rip Ride Rockit Coaster at Universal

In place to stop loose articles from being taken on ride

March 27, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Universal Orlando on Wednesday began testing the use of metal detectors for roller coaster passengers to ensure rider safety, according to the theme park.

The park said one metal detector was put into use Wednesday morning at the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster at Universal Studios. If the test runs smoothly, the park said it will consider putting stand-alone detectors at other attractions.

The metal detector is located in an area just before the loading platform of the ride. If a potential passenger activates the metal detector, a wand is used to determine what specifically triggered the mechanism.

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First Rider Auction Announced for Thunderbird

To Benefit Give Kids the World

March 26, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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The nation’s first launched wing roller coaster opens to the public in just over a month, and Holiday World officials have launched a charity auction for the very first public rides.
Holiday World’s auction, ending on April 8, will have 20 winners who will each claim a pair of seats on Thunderbird’s first public rides.

“For these historic first rides on our new roller coaster, we decided to auction the specific seats to the highest bidders. Thunderbird’s First Flight Auction will benefit a very special organization, Give Kids The World,” says Holiday World president, Matt Eckert.

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Fury Delivers the Fury on Media Day at Carowinds

New ride opened on 3-25

March 26, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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The states of North and South Carolina were a big buzz today as Carowinds unveiled their world record breaking coaster Fury 325. Media and coaster enthusiasts arrived to a beautiful scene as Fury 325 wound its way across and under the new entrance area of the park. The new entrance garners a new and refreshing entrance for guests as they arrive glancing into the eyes of the riders on the coaster. As you walk across the bridge, you can watch the train dive under you into a tunnel and come out behind you as it races back to the station. Continue article...

Live Coverage of Fury 325 Media Day at Carowinds

Updates throughout the day!

March 25, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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The day has finally arrived! After months of anticipation, speculation and construction viewing, Fury 325 finally opens to the media today! We have correspondents on site and will be updating you throughout the day with their thoughts and observations of the event! Be sure to refresh this page to get the latest updates! Also please join our forum topic to discuss all the day's events! CAROWINDS FORUM THREAD Dwain: Let the day begin! Wake up Fury! Cloudy day here at Carowinds. But the train is waiting for riders Dwain: A big splash has been promised for 2016 which hints at a waterpark expansion and possible rebranding! Continue article...

Welcome to the New COASTER-net

March 24, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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As you may have noticed, COASTER-net over the last two years has undergone a number of changes. First, we introduced flat rides, water rides and all sorts of attractions to our Ride Gallery pages. Next, we introduced Hauntoverse that expanded our coverage to the ever popular Halloween themed events at theme parks across the world. This year, we jumped into the YouTube arena with a lineup of shows and features including COASTER-net Uncut, Beat the Beast and The Thrilling 32. We could not be any happier with the support we have gotten on all of these new projects. Today, we took another step forward. Continue article...

Carowinds Pushes for Drone Restrictions After Fury Flyby

Has support of York County

March 22, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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A frightening run-in at hundreds of feet in the air is exactly why Carowinds is pushing York County lawmakers to create drone restrictions. Recently a drone weaved through a coaster at the theme park and the flight caught the attention of county council.

"A wrong button move and it crash right into you and your life is gone," said Cory Williams of Charlotte.

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Tempesto Announced for 2015 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Will open April 25th

March 21, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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PRESS RELEASE: Busch Gardens’ newest thrill attraction, Tempesto, debuts April 25 at Busch Gardens. Park President Carl Lum announced the launch coaster’s name, its key features and its opening date during a special pass member preview day held March 21. Tempesto’s three launch experiences propel riders forward and backward through the ride’s station house, speeding past waiting guests at more than 60 miles per hour. Riders then climb 154 feet in the air for Tempesto’s signature loop-the-loop inversion. “Guests waiting to experience Tempesto will certainly feel its power as the coaster train races past them at highway speeds,” said Larry Giles, Busch Gardens’ vice president of engineering. Continue article...

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