Busch Gardens has been named the world’s most beautiful theme park by the National Amusement Park Historical Association.
The honor marks the 28th consecutive year Busch Gardens has been named most beautiful theme park, according to a Busch Gardens news release announcing the award Tuesday.
“The award reflects our commitment to ensuring a world class guest experience in a setting that exemplifies beauty and quality which are hallmarks of Busch Gardens Williamsburg,” park President Kevin Lembke said in the release. “Our teams work so hard every day and are dedicated to the beautification of our park.”
GRAND PRAIRIE, TX
On the heels of announcing three new branded parks to be built in Nanjing — Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: SIX), the world’s largest regional theme park company, and its development partner, Riverside Investment Group Co.— today revealed that the Nanjing entertainment complex will have a fourth park, Six Flags Kids World. The first phase of the complex, which will include the Kids World property, is scheduled to open in 2021. Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province and the second largest city in the East China region.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates our growing commitment to a diverse park portfolio in China,” said Six Flags International Development Company President, David McKillips. “There is a huge, untapped audience for the type of innovative, thrilling entertainment Six Flags is known for, and we look forward to welcoming guests from throughout China to experience all of our parks with family and friends.”
“Six Flags is the undisputed industry leader in creating thrills for all ages and we are excited to introduce this best-in-class family brand to future generations,” said Riverside Investment Group Chairman Zhe Li.
Massive Europa Park Fire
Firefighters were scrambled to the blaze at the Europa Park in Rust, Germany.
The theme park is the biggest of its kind in Germany, and second most popular in Europe after Disneyland Paris.
Flames ripped through The Pirates of Batavia attraction and parts of the park were evacuated.
It is described as a “water-dark ride” and is said to be around 400 metres long. Several rides and a warehouse have also been damaged in the fire, according to cops.
Kings Island and Busch Gardens Williamsburg Offering Free Entry for Military Personnel
An Ohio amusement park is offering free admission to active members of the U.S. military and to veterans during Memorial Day weekend.
Kings Island in southwest Ohio says the offer runs from Friday until Monday.
Those who qualify for free admission tickets include active military, retired military, National Guard members, veterans with an honorable or medical discharge and ROTC members with government-issued IDs.
Qualifying military personnel can purchase as many as six reduced-price tickets for family members.
As Memorial Day weekend approaches, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is saluting veterans with free admission.
The U.S. veteran and up to three guests will be get free admission into the amusement park from May 24 through July 4.
“The men and women who serve this country in the U.S. Armed Services are incredibly important, and we’re proud to extend our gratitude to these brave men and women and their families,” said John Reilly, interim CEO of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. “We hope this invitation to all veterans allows them to make incredible memories with their families at our parks.”
Timber Wolf Gets a New Twist
Kansas City, MO
The iconic Timber Wolf roller coaster has reopened at Worlds of Fun with a new track layout. After months of construction and major renovations, the thrill ride now features a new finale that sends riders nearly sideways through an intense 70-degree banked turn.
Timber Wolf's new twisted ending is one of many enhancements the classic wooden roller coaster has received since 2014. Worlds of Fun has now re-engineered approximately 50-percent of the ride's original track, from the first 100-foot drop through the new turn. Investments on the coaster are expected to continue through 2021.
"Since its debut in 1989, Timber Wolf has been a park icon and a long-time staple of Kansas City," said Tony Carovillano, general manager of Worlds of Fun. "These investments ensure the ride continues to deliver an action-packed experience to a new generation of thrill seekers, and the new high-speed finale definitely gives guests a new reason to fall in love with the ride."
Prairie View, TX
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE:SIX), the world’s largest regional theme park company, today announced it has entered into a purchase agreement with affiliates of Premier Parks, LLC to acquire the lease rights to operate five parks owned by EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR). The parks have previously been operated by Premier Parks, LLC of Oklahoma City. These latest acquisitions will expand the company’s portfolio of North American parks to twenty-five.
“Today’s announcement represents another milestone in our strategic North-American growth initiative to seek out park acquisitions that expand our addressable market,” said Six Flags Chairman, CEO, and President, Jim Reid-Anderson. “These are all fantastic properties that complement our existing portfolio and provide tremendous added value and cross-visitation opportunities for our extensive Membership and Season Pass base.”
The parks joining the Six Flags family are:
Hold onto your flip-flops and your trucker hats: Six Flags Great America opened today at 10:30 a.m.
This year, the amusement park in Gurnee, Ill., is introducing its 16th roller coaster, called the Mardi Gras Hangover.
Presumably, the name comes from the intense "hang" time riders will experience rather than the way they'll feel after exiting the ride. The Mardi Gras Hangover is the world's largest loop roller coaster. It propels riders 360 degrees forward and backward and lets them hang upside down for a few moments. You sit facing other riders, so you'll be able to watch your dad curse you for talking him into going on the ride with you.
The roller coaster opens Saturday.
Give Kids the World has announced a limited series of Behind the Themes tours. These special tours will answer the question that amusement parks fans have been asking for years, “how do they that?” The best part is all ticket sales will benefit Give Kids the World Village, a nonprofit “storybook” resort in Central Florida.
Lakeside Amusement Park, a mainstay of Denver summer fun for more than a century, will debut a new roller coaster this season, and judging by early reactions online, a line may already be forming.
The so-far unnamed ride is under construction now at the park, which sits southwest of the junction of Interstate 70 and Sheridan Boulevard next to Lake Rhoda. Lakeside, located in a city of the same name, first opened as White City in 1908.
The coaster will be all metal and is on pace to open sometime in June, Lakeside marketing director Bill Koller said this week. It will be roughly 1/3 the size of park’s marquee coaster — the bone-shaking, all-wood 1940s classic Cyclone — and located on the south end of the park, near the old race track.
Busch Gardens® Howl-O-Scream® may be months away, but the Williamsburg theme park is preparing for the scariest and most exciting Howl-O-Scream yet when it kicks off a New Era of Terror in September. This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the popular fall event and that means more scares than ever before.
With so many new Howl-O-Scream attractions on tap, Busch Gardens will reveal new scares on the 20th day of each month beginning May 20 through Aug. 20 until the full line-up is announced.
New scares coming in 2018 include:
3 Haunted Houses- 7 total
3 Bars- 5 total
2 Terror-tories™- 6 total
2 Party Zones
1 No Escape (Escape Room Experience)- 2 total
Plus more frightening fun
May 20 Reveal – Howl-O-Scream 20th anniversary logo
June 20 Reveal – A haunted house and one Terror-tory
July 20 Reveal – Another haunted house, a second Terror-tory and the No Escape Room
August 20 Reveal – A third haunted house, party zones, bars and other frightening features
Consumers are encouraged to stay tuned and check back on the 20th day of every month for the next haunting Howl-O-Scream reveal. Details can be uncovered at HOWLOSCREAM.COM/VA
Howl-O-Scream opens Sept. 15 and will run on select days through Oct. 28.
The best way to enjoy Howl-O-Scream and other events all year long is through the Busch Gardens Williamsburg Membership Program. Get unlimited visits to Busch Gardens, Water Country USA®, Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town™ for as little as $12 per month. Plus, exclusive discounts and monthly Member Rewards valued at over $250. For more information, visit buschgardens.com/joinBGW.