The park released the following statement on Thursday to KY3 regarding the employee’s death:
“It is with great sorrow that we share the loss of a Silver Dollar City employee following an incident that occurred while working late yesterday afternoon. He was a dedicated and passionate member of our Silver Dollar City family, having worked in maintenance and construction since 2017.
Our prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. Out of respect for their privacy, we are unable to provide any further information.
Today, Canada Post released an enchanting set of stamps to celebrate the wonder and playfulness of vintage carousels in Canada.
The vibrant stamps spotlight five historic carousels located across the country. The featured carousels are each known for their elaborately carved and beautifully painted animals. They also showcase the craftsmanship and mechanical ingenuity that were impressive for their era.
Southern California's Knott's Berry Farm amusement park will begin implementing a chaperone policy for underage guests after a series of fights between park goers over the weekend resulted in the facility shutting down early.
Beginning Friday, guests 17 and younger will be required to have a chaperone who is at least 21 to be admitted into the park. The chaperone must present valid identification with a date of birth, the park said.
Hersheypark has announced that Wildcat will close forever on July 31st this summer on social media. The coaster world immediately started speculating what will become of this once loved, but well worn ride. Wildcat has a sentimental place for more than Hersheypark as it was Great Coaster International's, or GCI for short, first coaster. GCI's very own Clair Hain Jr. recently gave an interview to news radio WKOK. He had this to say about Wildcat, "There was competition with myself and another competitor on redoing what they have with a new type of track, the steel track. I felt pretty positive I was going to get the project but I was told I did not get the job. It’s sad. These are part of my children the way I look at it. But this isn’t the first time this has happened to me.”
Titan Track is a new maintenance product from GCI that can replace wooden track with a weld-less steel track. It has been used on White Lightning at FunSpot, The Predator at Darien Lake, and Wolverine Wildcat at Michigan's Adventure. It's use is limited so far, however It was designed to refurbish or redesign entire layouts. GCI claimed that the Titan Track and Infinity Flyer could be paired to add inversions and element not possible before.
Reflecting on Mr. Hain's quote about losing out to a competitor, and it not being the first time this happened could be a reference to Rocky Mountain Construction, RMC, getting the green light to redesign old GCI wood coasters. Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa, and Roar at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom had both previously been converted into steel coasters by RMC. This seems like a logical jump since Hersheypark mused with a tease, "Any suggestions on what we could do with 3,100 feet of wooden track?" This teasing statement at the end of their message led their fans to believe the track would go away but not the structure, a hint that it will be redesigned into something new. Not to miss a beat RMC responded to their message with, "We have a few ideas..."
Whatever happens to Wildcat based on what we know so far, I'm interested.
SAN ANTONIO, TX
Six Flags Fiesta Texas, The Thrill Capital of South Texas, will debut the world’s steepest dive roller coaster — Dr. Diabolical’s Cliffhanger — on July 30, 2022. This exhilarating new dive coaster features a cliffhanger hold, which suspends riders as they face straight down a 95-degree, beyond-vertical drop, then releases them moments later into a terrifying 150-foot dive.
The cat has officially been tamed.
Hersheypark’s second oldest wooden roller coaster, The Wildcat, is set to close on Sunday, July 31.
According to Hersheypark’s social media outlets. the ride is set to close permanently at the end of the day on Sunday.
Constructing a thrilling experience that's set to break records, even before it officially opens?
That's going to take oodles of effort, outsized creativity, and plenty of planning, too.
Wonder Woman, as any fan knows, possesses such extraordinary skills, and then some.
The superhero displays ingenuity, can-do, and dedication in every fresh challenge she confronts, so you can bet that any attraction inspired by the DC comics icon will take time, flair, and innovation to come together.
Especially when the ride will be "the tallest and longest single-rail coaster in the world" at the time of its much-anticipated debut.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO
Colorado is now home to the highest looping roller coaster in the country.
A grand opening celebration for the new Defiance coaster will be held Saturday, July 9 at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs.
Built into the side of Iron Mountain above Glenwood Springs, Defiance features a 102.3 degree, 110-foot freefall drop, which is the steepest freefall drop in the western United States, according to the park.