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NXT Superstar Leads Charge in the Polar Plunge at Aquatica

Fundraiser to support the Special Olympics

February 14, 2016 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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On Saturday, supporters of the Special Olympics and NXT Superstars joined forces to take the Polar Plunge at Aquatica in Orlando. If you are wondering how a "polar" plunge can happen in sunny and warm Orlando, the waterpark chills down its pool to a much colder temperature for this fundraiser. Plungers participated by raising a minimum of $100 and received access to the waterpark and a special event shirt. At this year's event, NXT superstar Jason Jordan led the charge into the chilled waters. He was joined by fellow superstars Chad Gable, Peyton Royce, Dana Brooke and Liv Morgan. The event also had other fun activities like dancing and a costume contest. Continue article...

Cedar Point Tearing Down Shoot the Rapids

No official word from the park on the reason

February 12, 2016 - Dwain Sponseller

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Cedar Point’s Shoot the Rapids is coming down. Sources have told the Register the amusement park operator started to tear down the water ride Tuesday. Cedar Point is not confirming the removal or what will come next. “Our focus is on the construction of Valravn, our record-breaking dive coaster. We have not announced any changes regarding our current ride lineup,” wrote Tony Clark, director of communications, in a statement. The ride was designed by Intamin, which also designed Top Thrill Dragster and Millennium Force. The ride, which debuted in June 2010 on Frontier Trail, suffered its share of problems. FULL STORY Continue article...

Supreme Scream at Knott's Will Glow Pink For Miles This Valentine's Day Week

Part of the Knott's for the Cure campaign

February 11, 2016 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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PRESS RELEASE: This Valentine’s Day week through March 18, Supreme Scream, visible for miles - towering over 312 feet in the air, will be transformed into a monumental beacon of hope as it is lit pink in honor of the third annual Knott’s for the Cure partnership with Susan G. Komen Orange County. The brilliantly lit Supreme Scream will join the famous Calico Mine Ride, which rises more than seven stories high and currently glows pink in support of the partnership. The Knott’s Berry Farm for the Cure program, running now – March 18, will help raise money for breast cancer awareness, screening, treatment, and support in Orange County and fund groundbreaking research. Continue article...

Six Flags to Open New Hurricane Harbor in Mexico

Chain is renovating an already existing park

February 9, 2016 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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Six Flags Entertainment Corp. (NYSE: SIX) is expanding its international footprint with a new water park in Mexico. The Grand Prairie company, which operates 18 theme parks in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, plans to open a 67-acre Hurricane Harbor water park in Oaxtepec, Mexico. Six Flags first approached the water park’s owner, Mexico’s national social security entity, two years ago about acquiring the facility. Six Flags plans to spend between $16 million to $18 million renovating the property, which has been shuttered for roughly five years. Improvements will include new rides, upgraded food areas and retail facilities and infrastructure that will make the park run smoother. Continue article...

Morey’s Nor’Easter coaster getting makeover for 2017

90% of track being switched out

February 6, 2016 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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In 2017 the Great Nor’Easter rollercoaster at Morey’s Pier will get a makeover.

“Ninety percent of the track is being completely moved and replaced with the newest bending technologies that will make it very smooth,” said Jack Morey, co-owner of Morey’s Pier. “It’s being made right now in Holland as we speak.”

The company in the Netherlands making the new tracks, Vekoma, has an extensive resume making coasters.

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Global search by 'ride pickers' nabs vintage thrills for Cedar Fair

Carowinds and Worlds of Fun to benefit

February 6, 2016 - Andrew Rybarczyk

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A team of scavengers scouring the globe for vintage thrill rides to bring back to Cedar Fair amusement parks in the United States hit the mother lode in Europe and plans to continue the search in Japan. The transcontinental trek took Monty Jasper and a small crew of Cedar Fair maintenance coordinators to Scotland, Holland, Italy, Switzerland and Germany where they collected seven classic flat rides — industry-speak for spinning thrill rides that travel near the ground and/or rise up into the air. “To be honest, I was surprised at all we found,” said Jasper, a 42-year industry veteran and chief ride curator for Cedar Fair’s chain of 11 amusement parks. Continue article...

Islands of Adventure: Hulk Roller Coaster on Its Way Back Up

Segments of rail are in place for the enhanced version of the Incredible Hulk coaster at Islands of Adventure

February 6, 2016 - Daniel Westfall

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The Incredible Hulk roller coaster is being rebuilt, and theme-park visitors now can see parts of the bright green rail being put back into place inside Universal's Islands of Adventure. Some elements of the thrill ride can be seen going into place from the nearby Storm Force Accelatron ride and from over the wall that surrounds the construction site. The chute that encased the Hulk's lift hill stands empty. Construction activity can also be spotted from outside the park along Hollywood Way, a street that connects Universal Boulevard and Turkey Lake Road and runs along the back side of IOA's Marvel Super Hero Island. Continue article...

Dollywood Gives Peek at New Coaster

Pete Owens, director of communications at Dollywood, shows cars for the new Lightning Rod roller coaster on Wednesday

February 4, 2016 - Daniel Westfall

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When Dollywood kicks off its 2016 season March 18, it will do so with a new roller coaster that's like nothing park visitors have ever seen. Lightning Rod will not only be the world's fastest wooden roller coaster, but the world's first launching wooden roller coaster as well, said Pete Owens, Dollywood's director of communications. The coaster, which will have a drop of 165 feet and a length of about two-thirds of a mile, has a wooden structure, but some advanced features designed to improve the ride, Owens said. He described the experience as riders start up for the first hill. Continue article...

Schlitterbahn: World's Tallest Water Coaster Coming To Galveston

The new ride, MASSIV, will be 926 feet long.

February 4, 2016 - Sam Natcher

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As Schlitterbahn Waterpark gets ready to celebrate 10 years in Galveston, the company has announced the construction of the world's tallest water coaster on the island. Called MASSIV, the German word for "massive," the water coaster remains a bit of a mystery since its opening day has not been set and its exact height won't be announced until spring, the company said Wednesday in a news release. But this much is certain: MASSIV will be 926 feet long, twice as long as any waterslide already in the park, according to the statement. A water coaster is more varied than a traditional, gravity-based water slide and has the feel of a roller coaster, the company said. Continue article...

Universal Acknowledges $130 Million Property Purchase

Comcast Corp. revealed the purchase in an earnings report released Wednesday morning.

February 3, 2016 - Daniel Westfall

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Universal Orlando's corporate owner says it paid $130 million for property that appears to be a large tract of land near International Drive and the Orange County Convention Center. Comcast Corp. revealed the purchase in an earnings report released Wednesday morning. Comcast has other Universal theme parks, including another in Hollywood. Executives did not say which city the property is in but the timing and the size – 475 acres – indicate that it's the same Orlando tract that an LLC closed on in December. The property was transferred through a simple quitclaim deed Dec. 18 to the obscure Delaware company and the price was not revealed at that time. Continue article...

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