SANTA CLAUS, IN
Courtney Budelman visited Holiday World a couple of weeks ago as part of our Indiana Great Escape. Holiday World is a giant amusement park that is a great summer and fall destination! The park is open for Happy Halloween weekends from September 21 - October 27, 2019. There is a lot of fun for the family happening just in time for Halloween! Don’t worry, it is not too spooky.
The park will be a fall wonderland that includes exciting rides, corn mazes, hay rides and a lot of activities perfect for the kids! Next year, they are adding their third water coaster called Cheetah Chase, which will be a new racing water coaster slide.
While you wait for the water park to open next season, come visit and enjoy the Halloween vibes and fun rides! Wanting to go before September? There is Kids World going on where you can enjoy all the rides, magic shows, a bubble zone, places where kids can rock out on percussion instruments and a scavenger hunt! For more information on fun things to do in Indiana, head to their website, or you can also check them out on social media- @VisitIndiana.
9 haunted mazes coming to Knott’s Scary Farm plus all the scare zones and shows
BUENA PARK, CA
Knott’s Scary Farm 2019 will let you join ghost hunters in a demonic sanitarium, go on a zombie killing spree and flee crazed carnies on an abandoned amusement park ride as the venerable haunted event returns to the fog for another Halloween season.
Halloween Haunt returns to the Buena Park theme park with nine haunted mazes, four scare zones and four shows, Knott’s Berry Farm announced Thursday night.
Perfecting the inversion
Turning riders upside down on a roller coaster is not just a development of the mid-1970s, although that’s what most recall. As early as 1901, loops were built in roller coasters at amusement parks, fairs and expositions; most notably Loop the Loops and Flip Flap Railways. In most cases, more people watched than rode as the vertical loop was completely circular, exerting intense g-forces due to the tight radius. Fast forward to 1976 when Anton Schwarzkopf successfully revived the vertical loop element. This is a clothoid-based design that resembles an inverted tear drop. His version provided a smoother, more enjoyable experience. The prior year, Arrow Development did their variation on a theme with the introduction of the corkscrew element. The 1980s and ‘90s saw the introduction of the boomerang, bat wing, bowtie, barrel roll, Immelmann loop, cobra roll, inline twist, pretzel loop, zero-gravity roll and more.
However, the inversion innovations seldom evolved at the same rate as restraint design or transition understanding, so often these rides first came with restraint systems that weren’t comfortable for all and/or were hindered by poorly timed transitions which caused undue stress.
For those reasons, I am not always a fan of inversions. That is why when attending media day at Kennywood for The Steel Curtain, I thought nine inversions could be a “one and done” ride. However, I was incredibly mistaken. S&S Worldwide is joining other manufacturers to engineer inversions that flow and easily transition from one to the other seamlessly, without discomfort and the use of the dreaded over-the-shoulder restraints. On top of that, the ride had all the other criteria needed to make a good roller coaster: smooth track, good speed, plenty of airtime, continuous action and rerideablility...
Record-Breaking Coasters, State-of-the-Art Waterslides and Immersive Family Thrills Headed to Six Flags Parks in 2020
August 29, 2019
2020 Season Passes and Memberships now on Sale
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE:SIX), the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, today announced an expansive lineup of innovative roller coasters, family rides, waterslides and thrilling attractions for the 2020 season. The company is also adding the Hurricane Harbor name to three more of its waterparks as it makes massive renovations to provide a signature Six Flags experience.
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“This is our biggest and most diverse lineup in the company’s history, featuring world-class thrills for the entire family including high-tech waterslides utilizing futuristic, AquaLucent technology, record-breaking roller coasters, and first-in-the-industry family attractions. Six Flags is committed to delivering remarkable experiences in every park, every year,” said Six Flags Chairman, President and CEO Jim Reid-Anderson. “Additionally, three of our newest waterparks—Magic Waters, White Water Bay and Darien Lake’s Splashtown—will be rebranded to Six Flags Hurricane Harbors in 2020 as we make major investments in these properties with impressive, new water attractions and extensive upgrades, giving our Members and Season Pass Holders even more value and more reasons to visit our incredible portfolio of parks.”
Six Flags is unveiling an unparalleled roster of exciting new offerings for the 2020 season:
From August 29 through September 2, guests will receive a free upgrade to a Gold Combo Season Pass with every Pass purchased. Gold Combo Season Passes include admission to any Six Flags park, as well as free parking and special admission offers for friends.
During the Flash Sale, guests who sign up for a Membership receive three free months and a Golden Ticket to bring a friend free almost any day for the rest of the 2019 season. Launched last year, the Six Flags Membership program offers guests a wide range of valuable benefits such as preferred parking every visit; unlimited soft drinks; 50% off almost all food and merchandise in the park; and exclusive perks that are only available to Members. Members who sign up for Six Flags Membership Rewards, the company’s new loyalty program exclusive to Members, earn points for almost everything they do at the park. Points can be redeemed for free food, merchandise, and special experiences.
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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 26 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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Busch Gardens’ newest — yet still mysterious — attraction is in the works, and Federal Aviation Administration documents show the park chipping away at the permitting process.
Busch Gardens has submitted a notice with the FAA to build a 355-foot structure that would reach a peak of 435 feet above sea level, according to the FAA’s obstruction evaluation case management system.
Any structure more than 200 feet above ground level is required to be evaluated by the FAA under the Code of Federal Regulations. Other factors that play into the evaluation are the structure’s proximity to an airport, location and frequencies emitted from the structure.
Called Project 2021, Busch Gardens first publicly proposed the attraction when it asked the James City County Board of Supervisors for a 355-foot height waiver, which would be required to build the project.
The height waiver was approved in June and is the tallest granted to-date.
Busch Gardens officials have released very few details about the attraction, but said the highest point would be a spire-shape and about 10-feet-wide at the peak.
Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) on Monday unveiled the design for Six Flags Qiddiya, one of the key entertainment facilities in a new city that is being built just outside Riyadh, and is destined to become the Kingdom’s capital of entertainment, sports and the arts.
“Our vision is to make Six Flags Qiddiya a theme park that delivers all the thrills and excitement that audiences from all over the world have come to expect from the Six Flags brand, and to elevate those experiences with authentic themes connected to the location. As a place that will create indelible memories and moments of delight, telling stories that resonate with our guests is a central notion that will be evident throughout Qiddiya,” said Michael Reininger, Chief Executive Officer of QIC.
Six Flags Qiddiya will be one of the key entertainment features in Qiddiya’s first phase when it opens in 2023. The rides and attractions found in each land have been designed exclusively for Qiddiya and include many that will set world records.
New Concept Art, Official Name Revealed for TRON Lightcycle Run Roller Coaster at the Magic Kingdom
At tonight’s D23 Expo 2019 media preview, guests were treated to a floor full of concept art, Cast Member costumes, and attraction insights. As far as the TRON Roller Coaster that’s been under construction at the Magic Kingdom, we now know its official name: TRON Lightcycle Run, which is slightly different from its Shanghai counterpart.
Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Shares First of Many Exciting Announcements to Be Unveiled at D23 Expo 2019
As many of you know, this weekend’s D23 Expo 2019 will showcase dozens of exclusive reveals and announcements for Disney parks and resorts across the globe. And to kick things off, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek shared exciting news from Anaheim tonight as a preview of what’s to come this weekend!
An all-new Star Wars vacation experience is coming to Walt Disney World Resort!
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will be a new, first-of-its-kind vacation experience where guests will check in for a two-night adventure aboard a glamorous starship. Once onboard, guests will interact with characters and become active participants in stories that unfold around them on their galactic journey.
Judge refuses to end Standard Amusements' bankruptcy, keeps Playland contract in place for now
A judge has refused to dismiss Standard Amusements' bankruptcy case, including its lawsuit seeking to block Westchester from ending the company's contract to run Playland amusement park.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain ruled that the contract would remain in effect while the bankruptcy case continues.
The contract to run Playland was reached in 2016 with then-County Executive Rob Astorino and Standard was scheduled to begin managing the park this November. But when George Latimer took office last year, he railed against the deal, setting in motion what eventually was the county's decision in late April to end the contract.
It took firefighters 30 minutes to rescue three people from a ferris wheel at La Ronde Wednesday.
It happened at 7 p.m. at the amusement park.
Officials say two cabins flipped upside down as they hung about seven metres off the ground. First responders used a ladder to get to the three ride-goers.