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Raptor Encounter Open at Islands of Adventure

New attraction will allow guests to get up close and personal with the dino

May 22, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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I’ve always dreamed of getting up close and personal with a dinosaur. Now my dream has finally come true! Velociraptors have arrived at Jurassic Park in Universal’s Islands of Adventure! That’s right—starting this weekend, you’ll get the chance to see these magnificent creatures face to face in an all-new experience: Raptor Encounter. The encounter is located between Camp Jurassic and the Jurassic Park Discovery Center. Your experience begins when you approach a paddock where the raptor will be contained. You’ll learn some cool facts about the dino that you may not have known—like that an adult Velociraptor can reach upwards of 96 kilometers per hour in the open! Continue article...

82-Year-Old Man To Ride 95-Year-Old Coaster 95 Consecutive Times

Kennywood Amusement Park's Jack Rabbit roller coaster opened in 1920, and will mark its 95th anniversary with help from its biggest fan.

May 22, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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One of the world's oldest roller coasters will celebrate a landmark anniversary in style--with the help of its biggest fan. Kennywood Park's Jack Rabbit, a wooden coaster built in 1920 by legendary designer John Miller, marks 95 years of thrilling riders this season. To celebrate the birthday of the fifth-oldest roller coaster in the world, Kennywood fanatic Vic Kleman will embark on 95 consecutive rides of the Jack Rabbit on Sunday, May 24. Kleman's marathon ride will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. and is expected to take 6-8 hours to complete. Kleman, a native of Pittsburgh, minutes from Kennywood, has kept track of how many times he's flown down the Jack Rabbit's famed 'double-dip' hill since his first ride in 1959. Continue article...

Ferrari Land at PortAventura to Feature Europe’s Highest Vertical Accelerator

PortAventura Resort is investing in the region of €100 million on Ferrari Land, a brand new theme-park dedicated to the world of the iconic Italian racing brand.

May 20, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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The addition of a third theme-park makes the resort unique in Europe and reflects the company's commitment to creating a world-class destination. The new attraction will cover an area of 75,000m2 and is set to include family-oriented offerings and a variety of adrenalin-fuelled Formula 1 inspired experiences. Ferrari Land is, according to Port Aventura, the single most important project in the resort’s history and by far their largest investment to date on a single project. Over 50 companies will be involved and, once opened, the new attraction is predicted to create up to 150 jobs both directly and indirectly. The key destination for F1 fans will be the 112 metres-high vertical accelerator. Continue article...

How Nintendo's Landmark Theme Park Deal With Universal Happened

Satoru Iwata explains why Universal was the right partner.

May 20, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Last week, gaming giant Nintendo and theme park behemoth Universal Parks & Resorts announced a landmark partnership to bring Nintendo's iconic characters to its amusement parks. The announcement paves the way for Mario to sit alongside Harry Potter, The Simpsons, Transformers, and other major media franchises that already have dedicated areas at Universal parks around the world. But how did the major deal come to be? Nintendo chief executive Satoru Iwata offered an explanation during a recent earnings briefing with analysts, the English translation of which was published today. He said discussions with Universal executives began in April 2014, when the theme park first proposed the idea to Nintendo. Continue article...

COASTER-net Uncut Returns with a Cedar Point Opening Day Discussion

May 15, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

Join Danny, Andy and the 2015 Thrilling 32 Bracket Challenge winner Jenny as they discuss all the events of opening day at Ceadr Point. We look at the changes made to Hotel Breakers, the transformation of Mantis to Rougarou and the new soft restraints on Maverick!

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BATMAN: The Ride, World’s First 4D Free-Fly Coaster Opens

Wing Coaster Innovation is the Most Exciting Thrill Ride in the Park’s History

May 14, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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PRESS RELEASE: Six Flags Fiesta Texas is unveiling the ninth and most exciting coaster in the park’s 23-year history — BATMAN™: The Ride, available to guests on May 23, kicking off the park’s anticipated daily summer season. After being lifted straight up a 120-foot hill, this 4D Wing Coaster challenges riders to “face their fears” as they flip head-over-heels from four to eight times along the weightless, tumbling journey. Along the way on this 4th dimension free-fly coaster, thrill seekers experience exhilarating coaster hills and unexpected drops along with an interactive ride experience, making it a different sensation each time guests ride. Continue article...

Springfield is Now Open at Universal Studios Hollywood

Immersive New Themed Land Surrounding “The Simpsons Ride”

May 14, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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PRESS RELEASE: “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite family, The Simpsons, has officially opened at Universal Studios Hollywood, setting up residency in an elaborately immersive land situated adjacent to the theme park’s award-winning mega-attraction, “The Simpsons Ride.” To mark the occasion, Universal Studios Hollywood hosted a festive neighborhood block party attended by special guests Al Jean, Executive Producer of The Simpsons, Nancy Cartwright, the voice of “Bart,” Yeardley Smith, the voice of “Lisa” and Joe Mantegna, the voice of “Fat Tony,” alongside Springfielders – Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa Simpson, Krusty the Clown and Sideshow Bob. The new themed environment captures the spirit of Springfield, immersing visitors and fans in the world of “The Simpsons” like never before. Continue article...

BUSCH GARDENS PREMIERES 40 YEARS OF FUN DOCUMENTARY

Film Documentary Traces Park's History from Hospitality Tour to Premier Theme Park

May 12, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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PRESS RELEASE: Every epic journey has a start. Busch Gardens’ journey started May 16, 1975 and is 40 years in the making. A specially-commissioned 40-minute documentary brings together past and current park executives and some of the park’s most enthusiastic fans to talk about their experiences. The piece explores the park’s humble roots as a hospitality tour and its gradual transformation into a modern theme park with old-world charm. Park guests can see the story of Busch Gardens® unfold during a limited, one-day screening in the park's Globe Theatre on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Limited quantities of the commemorative DVD 40 Years of Fun: The Story of Busch Gardens will be available for purchase at merchandise shops throughout the theme park, including The Emporium, Tempesto™ shop and Das Festhaus®. Continue article...

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Reveals Record Breaking Coaster

Steepest and tallest loop

May 12, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Thrill seekers will soon be able to experience another world record at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Flying Aces is planned to become the world’s steepest steel roller coaster, with a starting hill inclined at 51 degrees, plus it will have the world’s tallest loop, stretching 52 metres. The Yas Island theme park already has the fastest roller coaster in Formula Rossa, which reaches 0-240km/h in just 4.9 seconds. Ferrari World said in a statement that Flying Aces is inspired by Italy’s “ace of aces” Count Francesco Baracca, a famous Italian aviator of the 1900s whose legendary Prancing Horse emblem was inherited by Enzo Ferrari. Continue article...

Proud LeBron Chooses 23 Kids to Ride Rougarou First

$126,000 raised for the foundation

May 11, 2015 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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"Earned, not given." This is the motto LeBron James often repeats to the kids in his Wheels for Education Program and Akron I Promise Network. Students know it means they must work hard in whatever they do, then good things will follow. Students don't expect things to be handed to them. And good things are happening Friday night for 23 AIPN students who've earned the honor to be among the first coaster fans to ride the Rougarou. These students worked hard all year in school, had excellent attendance, displayed leadership qualities and brought pride to their schools. Twenty-three of James' Akron I Promise students will ride Rougarou first at Cedar Point as a reward for their hard work. Continue article...

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