The city lost an appeal in a lawsuit over Playland that pitted Rye against Westchester County government over big changes planned at the amusement park.
Rye’s lawsuit was dismissed in New York State Supreme Court in 2017 and a state appellate court upheld the dismissal on Wednesday.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer, a Democrat, said he was pleased with the decision but said the county would be a “good neighbor” to Rye. Latimer once served on the Rye City Council and lives near the park, which is owned by the county but located within the city.
“My commitment remains strong to the City of Rye and the people who live there,” Latimer said in a statement. “We, the County and the City of Rye, have to work together to do what is best for the people we serve.”
Today, for the very first time, a Copperhead Strike train rolled out onto the track. The train has been at the park for weeks, and it is undergoing a rigorous and methodical testing phase that will continue for weeks. Here’s the video of its first trip out of the loading station, through a Jojo roll and into the launch barn. Next week, we hope to begin testing the first launch. The two other trains just arrived in the Port of Charleston from Germany. We expect delivery at the park within the next week or two.
Roller coasters and their trainloads of screaming passengers hog skylines and get most of the glory. Spinning carousels with their majestic prancing steeds and lively band organs project auras of charm and nostalgia. Towering Ferris wheels, bathed in colored lights, sparkle against night skies.
Bumper cars, however, are housed inside buildings away from the tumult of the midway and typically get lost in the shuffle. The ride may not have the panache of other classics, but bumper cars have been essential attractions from the earliest days of amusement parks to the present. Getting behind the wheel of one is a rite of passage. No visit to a park is complete without landing a good ka-thunk or two.
One of the first bumper car rides may have been the Witching Waves at Coney Island’s Luna Park, according to Charles Denson of the Coney Island History Project. The attraction debuted at the New York amusement mecca in 1907 in a large outdoor oval along the Bowery. The cars were not powered by electricity, but relied on an undulating floor to propel the low-slung vehicles, which passengers steered using levers.
WEST MIFFLIN, PA
Pittsburgh’s iconic amusement park is getting a new ride this summer and photos of the construction are starting to surface.
Kennywood’s The Steel Curtain roller coaster will be the centerpiece of the new Steelers Country section of the park.
An Instagram photo by @coastercertified shows the lift hill rising higher today.
HAGRID’S MAGICAL CREATURES MOTORBIKE ADVENTURE, AN ALL-NEW EXPERIENCE IN THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER, OPENS JUNE 13
For the first time ever, join Hagrid as you fly far beyond the grounds of Hogwarts castle on a thrilling roller coaster ride that plunges into the paths of some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, Universal’s most highly themed coaster opens June 13, 2019 only at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, in Universal Orlando.
Despite remaining silent publicly, behind the scenes Universal is hard at work on their still unannounced third theme park that will be located near Lockheed Martin and the Orange County Convention Center.
With an expected opening sometime in the early 2020s, the new park will be the first to open in Orlando since Islands of Adventure opened two decades ago.
Although its opening is just a few years away, we still know very little regarding this massive project. New documents filed with Orange County, though, confirm some recent rumors while also giving us our first idea of the size for the new park.
Most of us have probably dreamed about living at an amusement park, but now some Lexington residents may get the chance.
Kings Island is offering potential employees a new dormitory housing option that will allow them to live right at the park.
The 364-acre theme park north of Cincinnati is finishing up construction on its new “One Team Village” that will be able to house 400 employees who want to work at the park for $65 per week.
Kings Island is seeking associates for positions in rides, food and beverage, admissions, entertainment, etc.
PIGEON FORGE, TN
Dollywood's new Wildwood Grove was filled with activity Tuesday morning as some 100 construction workers drilled, hammered and operated machinery.
The Pigeon Forge theme park gave members of the media a tour of Wildwood Grove to showcase its progress.
While there is still much to do be done in terms of building and landscaping, several buildings and rides are coming together, including the 453-meter Dragonflier roller coaster, the Till & Harvest restaurant, an indoor play area called Hidden Hollow and others.
SAN DIEGO, CA
Police say more than a dozen people trapped on a ride at SeaWorld in San Diego have been rescued.
San Diego police tell FOX5 News that around six gondolas stopped functioning Monday night after a big gust of wind tripped a circuit breaker on "Bayside Skyride." Authorities had estimated that between 15 and 30 people were trapped, some of them in gondolas suspended above water. Sixteen were actually rescued.
The riders were lowered by harnesses and rescued by lifeguard boats. They were then evaluated by medical crews.
SeaWorld said in a statement that it will conduct a thorough inspection of the ride prior to reopening.