SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. — looking to boost profits and attendance following years of public backlash — plans to begin construction on an $18 million attraction at its San Antonio park in August, state records show. SeaWorld San Antonio plans to reveal the new attraction in September, said spokeswoman Lindsey Campbell, declining to elaborate. She provided a 20-second promotional video released in April featuring footage of SeaWorld employees jetting across bodies of water on personal watercrafts and handling dolphins, turtles and other animals.
“Race into action with a new generation of heroes. We need you,” text superimposed over images of roller coaster tracks reads. The video adds that “a new thrill” is coming in 2017.
Six Flags Great America is literally swarming with Pokémon! With three training facilities (gyms) and over 30 different Pokéstop scattered all over the park, Six Flags Great America is one of the best places within a 50 mile radius to find and train all of your Snorlaxes, Jigglypuffs, and Ponytas. To assist you in your Pokémon training efforts, we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you level up as quickly as possible during your visit to the park.
Before You Arrive
SANTA ANA, CA -
Mark Moore, founder and president of the Uremet Corporation, passed away tragically on July 10 at the age of 64.
Mark, a true pioneer in the amusement industry, founded Uremet in 1982. Through his tireless commitment to polyurethane wheel development and the amusement industry, Mark will always be known for his far reaching achievements on roller coasters and amusement rides throughout the world. His unparalleled commitment to quality and service are the foundations that he instilled in the development of the Uremet Corporation, which will always be the driving force behind the company’s ongoing success.
Uremet management issued the following company statement:
“Mark’s presence will be sorely missed at Uremet as well as with all of our amusement customers. Above all else, he was a dear friend to many.
Goliath cable malfunction prompts Six Flags New England to close ride indefinitely
A cable on the Goliath roller coaster malfunctioned on Monday, prompting Six Flags New England officials to close the ride indefinitely.
"Earlier today, there was a minor malfunction with a cable on one of our rides," Jennifer McGrath, a spokeswoman for the Agawam amusement park, told The Republican in an email late Monday afternoon.
The ride, which wasn't in operation at the time, will remain closed until the part that malfunctioned is replaced and a full safety inspection is conducted, according to McGrath.
Bruhl, Germany -
This terrifying rollercoaster has just been launched and it has two big claims to fame.
Taron is said to be the world's fastest multi-launch ride - meaning the ride stops while you're on board, then shoots off again.
And the fastest catapult rollercoaster - which throws you forward at top speed from a standing start.
Unveiled at Phantasialand, one of the biggest theme parks in Germany on Thursday.
And as the footage shows the ride is definitely one for the thrill-seekers.
As the ride completes its full loop and visitors are preparing for the ride to stop, the train suddenly accelerates to its top speed and hits full-throttle through the make-believe village again, in a series of spectacular curves and exhilarating helixes.
What do we know for sure about the new ride coming to Hersheypark in 2017?
So far, not much.
After the initial announcement last month that a new attraction will be coming to the park next year, the amusement park hasn't given out much in the way of direct statements about what's coming.
Movie Park Germany, starting in 2017, will be home to an exciting Star Trek-themed roller coaster called "Star Trek: Operation Enterprise." The new coaster will be the world's first dedicated Trek coaster and, for Movie Park Germany, in Bottrop, it not only will be the second-highest construction in the park, but it will have the rare distinction of having been built in Germany. Company Mack Rides, the largest German manufacturer of roller coasters and amusement park attractions, will construct the coaster.
Orlando, FL & Universal City, CA -
Fans may have thought it was over, but he’s still out there. This fall, Michael Myers will make his return to Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights in an all-new maze inspired by the second film in the classic horror series, “Halloween.”
The iconic horror film sequel continues the story of masked killer, Michael Myers, as he stalks an entire town and relentlessly pursues his victims. Now, his focus turns to guests as Universal joins forces with Compass International Pictures to bring the haunting film’s most suspenseful and terrifying moments to life at Halloween Horror Nights.
At both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, Michael Myers returns in Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield – a maze that’s bigger and filled with more menacing scare-actors than the original, top-rated “Halloween” maze. It will begin with the final scene from “Halloween,” where Michael Myers is presumed dead after falling from a bedroom window – only to disappear from the ground. Guests will dodge Myers’ lethal knife at every turn as they step into iconic scenes from the film – all culminating in a horrifying finale.
Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando and Hollywood to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on anything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.
Additional details about Halloween Horror Nights will be revealed soon. To purchase tickets and find out more about Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26, visitwww.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando. For information about Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood.
The Story Behind The Beast
It is still growling and prowling, after all these years. A legend in its own time, it is the holy grail of wooden roller coasters.
When The Beast opened to the public April 14, 1979, it was acclaimed America’s ultimate roller coaster. It broke all existing records as the longest and fastest ride in the world. It is still listed in the prestigious “Guinness Book of World Records” as the longest wooden roller coaster in the world at 7,359 feet.
The idea for building The Beast actually began as a dream of re-creating one of the Midwest’s most popular old coasters.