EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
American Dream, the entertainment and shopping extravaganza that North Jersey has anticipated for close to 17 years, is finally taking shape ahead of its projected spring opening.
Over the past months, as the pace of construction has moved faster, companies, including officials of American Dream,have turned to social media to share glimpses of their progress. Companies have also given updates of their own for industry insiders eager to keep up. Workers inside the construction site, too, have shared rare glimpses of the site on their social media pages.
Photos on Instagram, geo-tagged to American Dream’s location, showcase what appear to be the skeleton of a multi-level mall and videos of roller coasters twisting through the otherwise-empty complex. Other images show construction workers in hard hats walking through what appears to be the underbelly of some of the project's attractions, and sitting on ski lifts. The photos begin to piece together what the massive mall and its many features will soon look like.
An image was posted on social media potentially showing the layout of a brand new roller coaster at Playland Park in Rye, NY. The new roller coaster is in the plot of land currently occupied by the park's Zamperla Volare Super Flight. The question should be will the park keep their flight theming and revive their classic Airplane Coaster? This classic coaster by Fredrick Church operated from 1928-1957 has been the subject of speculation before since it was well received at the time for its thrilling layout and fast pace. In 2013 noted modern roller coaster builder Great Coaster International cited this coaster as a big influence on their work and produced virtual POV and model based on the Airplane Coaster at Rye. If this information does signal future plans for Playland Park this could breath new life into a classic park on the scenic Long Island Sound with many renovations and improvements noted on the park graphic.
If you’re a fan of Illumination’s Despicable Me franchise and its bumbling sidekick characters the Minions, Universal Studios Hollywood is preparing the ultimate fitness event for you! The park’s 5K Minion Run (the first race in Universal Studios Hollywood’s new Running Universal series) is set to take place this spring, and those yellow mischief makers started getting in shape this morning.
Outside Universal’s front gate, Stuart, Tim, and Tom began stretching, exercising, and even practicing breaking through the finish line tape, all in promotion of the 5K Minion Run, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 11.
WEST MIFFLIN, PA
There are surprises in Rick Sebak’s latest documentary, “That Kennywood Summer,” but the biggest might be this: an interview at the top of the Thunderbolt roller coaster.
The film, culled from more than 40 hours of unused footage shot 31 years ago at the West Mifflin amusement park, is sort of a Part 2 to 1988’s “Kennywood Memories.” That earlier documentary prompted two dozen visits by Mr. Sebak and his film crew and has become a staple of Pittsburgh nostalgia.
“That Kennywood Summer” airs Thursday at 8 p.m. on WQED, with repeat showings Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The one-hour “Kennywood Memories” will also be broadcast that afternoon, at 1:30 p.m..
While kicking around ideas for his “Nebby” series of half-hour docs, Mr. Sebak realized it might be worth taking another trip back to the 1980s.
“It’s interesting to look at the world, 31 years ago,” he said. “It’s been even more fun for me to see how much I don’t remember, like this interview with the guys from the Raging Rapids.”
WQED had boxes of 125 original 20-minute Betacam videocassettes. As he began scrolling, Mr. Sebak said he was “immediately taken by the clothing and hairdos.” It was the era of short-shorts, feathered hair, and not a cellphone in sight.
In the midst of all of this cold air, snow (and recently, rain), there's some impressive work going on.
Our team is doing a LOT, even though you can't see it. We're on conference calls, negotiating interesting deals, planning events, inspecting rides, ordering plush and souvenirs, checking hotel rooms and so much more.
I was made aware of a very cool project happening right now, over at our paint shop. For this particular task, category is: teamwork.
Every year, our ride mainteance team essentially takes ride vehicles down to their frames for inspection. After that's complete, they're rebuilt - unless there's cosmetic work to be done.
Right now, Corkscrew's trains are getting some additional cosmetic love. And I'm not talking foundation and eyeliner - it's love that dates waaaaay back to its early years.
If you’ve flown on an airline recently, you have surely noticed a change in many of the pre-flight safety announcements. Mostly gone are the days of a flight attendant standing at the front of the cabin making monotone announcements about emergency exits, floor lighting and seat belt usage. Instead, airlines have turned to sophisticated, energetic and, yes, even entertaining videos to convey safety information to passengers.
Unfortunately, guest engagement in the attractions industry is often thought of only as a guest service issue. Our employees are trained to be nice to our guests, to anticipate their needs and to ensure that they feel welcome at our facilities. All of that is important, but engagement goes deeper. Just as on an airplane, guests who feel engaged are more likely to listen to safety spiels, onboard instructions and rider warnings. Beyond simple warm, fuzzy feelings, engagement is about making our guests safer.
Why? Because the airline industry has figured out that engaging passengers maximizes the likelihood that they will pay attention to this information. Wouldn’t that also be the case at an amusement ride?
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX) today announced it will release fourth quarter and full year 2018 financial results before the stock market opens on Thursday, February 14, 2019, followed by an investor conference call beginning at 8:00 a.m. Central Time. The call can be accessed through the Six Flags Investor Relations website, investors.sixflags.com, or by dialing 1-855-889-1976 in the United States or +1-937-641-0558 outside the United States and requesting the Six Flags earnings call.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, with $1.5 billion in revenue and 25 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 58 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling waterparks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.
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(Translated from Dutch using Google Translate)
The new rollercoaster of Walibi Holland is not reserved for visitors with a weak stomach. Rollercoaster Untamed, which will be opened on July 1, will be turned over five times. That confirms Walibi director Mascha van Till in conversation with Looopings. Exactly what elements come up, the theme park will announce the coming months.
The old wooden roller coaster Robin Hood will be converted into a sensational hybrid coaster of the American company Rocky Mountain Construction (RMC), with wooden supports and a steel rail. The steel track ensures that Walibi can add violent inversions. Up to now, no hybrid coaster from RMC has more inversions.
PIGEON FORGE, TN
Dollywood's newest expansion, Wildwood Grove, is beginning to take shape as the park prepares for the next season.
The expansion is slated to during the 2019 season.
Dollywood has been providing updates on many of the new attractions currently under construction, such as a suspended coaster called 'The DragonFlier.'
A Vekoma 453m suspended roller coaster will "mimic the flight of a Smoky Mountain dragonfly as it speeds through the terrain in an unpredictable path."
Other upcoming attractions to the new expansion include a Metallbau Emmeln Pony Trek ride named the 'Black Bear Trail' that will allow riders to hop on "friendly bears for a spirited trek through their natural habitat."
The 'Sycamore Swing' is a "leaf boat" ride that will "swing back and forth just like a leaf falling from a giant sycamore tree," made by the company Zamperla.
The 'Treetop Tower' is also made by Zamperla, and will provide guests with views at 40 feet as they ride inside giant acorns and spin around the top of the "tall oak tree" before coming gently back down to the grove floor.
Tired of adulting and just want to be a kid again? Cedar Point can help you out, as the Sandusky theme park has rolled back its adult admission costs to kid prices online.
Cedar Point announced its lowest price of the season in the 2019 pre-season Everyone Pays Kids' Price campaign on Wednesday.
During the promotion, a day pass costs $45 - which is $28 less than walk-up front gate pricing.