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The Joker at Six Flags Great Adventure Succumbs to Technical Problems

The coaster was shut down after multiple error messages during its soft-opening

May 27, 2016 - Daniel Westfall

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The Joker had the last laugh on Thursday when officials at Six Flags Great Adventure were forced to close its newest roller coaster after it succumbed to technical difficulties for several hours during a soft opening. The roller coaster — a thrill ride named for Batman’s arch-nemesis that features about 50 seconds of sheer somersaulting — opened to members of the media and roller coaster enthusiasts in the morning to mark the unofficial kickoff to Memorial Day weekend and the start of the summer season. It was scheduled to open to holders of Six Flags season passes at 3 p.m. Continue article...

Six Flags Great America Opens Justice League Battle for Metropolis

New interactive dark ride opens for media and guests

May 26, 2016 - Andrew Rybarczyk

This morning, Six Flgas Great America opened Justice League Battle for Metropolis. This interactive dark ride has been featured in other Six Flags parks including Six Flags St. Louis, Six Flags Over Texas, and now Six Flags Great America. SPOILER ALERT! Check out these great videos from inside the ride! PRESS RELEASE: Six Flags Great America — in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment — today announced the debut of an all-new 4D interactive thrill ride, JUSTICE LEAGUE: Battle for Metropolis. This game-changing thrill ride received global recognition as the 2015 Best New Product given by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. Continue article...

Disney dominates 2015 Orlando theme park attendance

Theme park attendance is released

May 25, 2016 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Walt Disney World is still the king of the tourism jungle when it comes to visitation, but Universal Orlando Resort is starting to carve out its own territory and SeaWorld stayed positive while entering uncharted waters. Last year, the Orlando home of Mickey Mouse welcomed a whopping near-54 million visitors through the turnstiles of Magic Kingdom (20.4 million visitors), Epcot (11.7 million), Disney's Animal Kingdom (10.9 million) and Disney's Hollywood Studios (10.8 million) combined, said the Themed Entertainment Association and Aecom's Theme Index, an annual research report that calculates attendance. Each of Walt Disney World's parks saw attendance increase, ranging between 4 percent to 6 percent last year — the biggest jumps being seen at the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. Continue article...

Dollywood's New Lightning Rod Coaster Running Rehearsals

The world's fastest wooden coaster to open to the public soon

May 24, 2016 - Daniel Westfall

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After weeks of waiting, the Lightning Rod roller coaster at Dollywood is up and running…sort of. A few lucky visitors had the chance Tuesday to ride the Lightning Rod as part of what park officials called a “technical ride rehearsal.” “Technical ride rehearsal is a best practice in our industry to allow select riders to experience the ride while the attraction's performance is being optimized,” said Wes Ramey, a spokesperson for Dollywood. The ride was supposed to open this season with the park, but was delayed when the manufacturer asked for extra time to “commission the ride.” CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY Continue article...

Voodoo Doughnut to Open its First-Ever California Location at Universal Hollywood

Eclectic Pastry Masters, Voodoo Doughnut Sweetens Up Universal CityWalk with First-Ever California Location Opening in Fall 2016

May 23, 2016 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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PRESS RELEASE: World famous Voodoo Doughnut expands to the Golden State this fall with the introduction of its first-ever California location at Universal CityWalk™, located adjacent to Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A. “We are beyond thrilled to open Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk and share our menu of fabulous, unconventional doughnuts with the world at the top entertainment destination in Los Angeles,” said Voodoo Doughnut owner, Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson. “Our signature and one-of-a-kind doughnuts are the perfect complement to CityWalk’s over-the-top vibrancy.” “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Voodoo Doughnut to Universal CityWalk as we begin to phase in the next evolution of our dynamic CityWalk entertainment complex,” said Morell Marean, Senior Vice President, Food and Restaurant Operations, Universal Studios Hollywood. Continue article...

Great Escape Unveils New Thrill Ride

Greezed Lightnin' sends riders for a loop

May 20, 2016 - Danny Miller

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On Thursday, Great Escape, a Six Flags park near Lake George, New York, unveiled the new "Hot Rod USA" land, the anchor area of the new Thunder Alley cars ride, and the Greezed Lightnin' looping thrill ride. Fourteen members of the Lake George Technology Education Club became the first people to ride. Park President Eric Gilbert says that riders can get varied experiences depending on where they look during the ride, be it up at the loop, at their feet, or off to one side or the other. Greezed Lightnin' is the headlining 2016 attraction at the park, supported by Charley's Saloon, a bar inside the Ghost Town section, and the new virtual reality experience being added to the classic Steamin' Demon coaster, opening June 25. Continue article...

Six Flags guests rename roller coaster 'Blue Hawk’

Former Ninja will reopen in June

May 17, 2016 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Six Flags Over Georgia guests voted to rename the renovated Ninja roller coaster "Blue Hawk."

More than 6,000 votes were cast in the naming poll this month, with "Blue Hawk" receiving more than 50 percent of the votes. "American Eagle" came in second, and "Air Commander" came in third.


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Universal Transitioning To Plastic Passes

Annual pass holders finally get their wish

May 17, 2016 - Danny Miller

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After several years of speculation, the UNiversal Orlando Resort will finally begin giving plastic cards to their annual pass holders instead of paper passes. For years, one of the few complaints from annual pass holders was the lack of a hard, plastic pass that many other theme parks, including Six Flags and Cedar Fair, give to their guests. While Walt Disney World presents its pass holders with plastic cards, the SeaWorld and Busch parks still make use of a paper pass, similar to Universal's current system. Paper passes will be replaced free of charge starting on June 3 for those who desire the plastic cards. Continue article...

Universal Orlando unveils Skull Island King Kong animatronic

New behind the scenes look at the story and Kong himself

May 16, 2016 - Andrew Rybarczyk

The debut of Islands of Adventure’s newest attraction is swiftly approaching, and Universal Orlando is making fans quake with anticipation by unveiling the first footage of Skull Island’s impressive King Kong animatronic.


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Disney's human-controlled robots could replace its theme park mascots

New robot could be upscaled

May 15, 2016 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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"Disney magic" tends to refer more to the company's films and attractions than robotics, but it's genuinely hard to not be amazed - if not a little weirded-out - watching its latest machine move with such accuracy that it could audition for Wall-E 2. Disney's Hybrid Hydrostatic Transmission and Human Safe Haptic Telepresence Robot - which we're just going to call "Jimmy" as per the nametag worn by the bot - uses a transmission made of both sturdy water lines and agile air lines for smooth, measured movements, doing away with the stiff gestures made famous by the namesake dance move, "The Robot." FULL STORY Continue article...

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