It was a nice ride, Firehawk.
Kings Island officials made a highly-anticipated announcement Thursday morning that the park would bid farewell to its "flying coaster." Final rides will begin this weekend; Firehawk's last flight will be Oct. 28.
"While still popular with many guests, park officials state the ride has simply reached the end of its service life," officials said in a statement.
There’s a date for the opening of Infinity Falls. Well, sort of.
The news media are invited to ride Infinity Falls, SeaWorld Orlando’s new rapids raft ride at a grand opening event scheduled for Oct. 4. The invite hinted that SeaWorld will make additional announcements on why 2019 will be “the best year ever” at the Orlando theme park.
However, Infinity Falls could potentially have a soft opening sooner than Oct. 4 for the general public, although that’s uncertain right now, said SeaWorld spokeswoman Lori Cherry on Monday.
Walt Disney World Resort Introduces New Online Destination For Vacation Planning, Date-Based Tickets
At Walt Disney World Resort, we are constantly looking for new ways to deliver the best experience possible for our guests – from the moment they book their vacation through the very last attraction they visit in the theme parks.
With all there is to see and do in our parks, we know guests are increasingly looking for easier ways to plan a vacation with personalized options that fit their individual needs. Beginning Oct. 16 on DisneyWorld.com, guests will be able to access our new online vacation-planning destination and purchase tickets priced by the date of visit. These changes are designed to simplify the booking experience, give guests an enhanced way to purchase theme park tickets and help them more easily plan the Disney vacation of their dreams.
The new online vacation-planning destination features park offering overviews, travel tips from Disney Parks Moms Panelists and customized suggestions based on each guest’s personal preferences – helping guests make more informed decisions.
Valleyfair closes early; Shakopee police respond to park after large number of fights
A large number of fights late Saturday at the Valleyfair amusement park led Shakopee police to close the park early, authorities said.
No injuries were reported, police and park officials said early Sunday via social media. Three people were cited for minor offenses.
Witnesses and others on social media reported a chaotic scene and confusion. Shakopee police characterized the scene Saturday night, the first night of the park's Valleyscare events, this way: "The number of individuals running throughout the park increased substantially and was difficult to control."
Universal Orlando Resort is making eating in the parks easier, thanks to the recent addition of mobile ordering to their official theme park app.
Guests can now order ahead of time from The Burger Digs in Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and pick up their food with no wait!
JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ
KDC Solar announced that it has begun construction on a 23.5-MW solar photovoltaic system in Jackson, New Jersey. This system will supply Six Flags Great Adventure with clean renewable energy and virtually all its electrical load at the park. When completed, the project will be the largest net metered solar installation in the State of New Jersey.
The solar facility will produce approximately 30 million kilowatt hours of clean electricity in the first year. Additionally, the environmental benefits of the project will be equivalent to providing power for 2,787 homes for a year or removing approximately 108,000 cars from the road.
Alan Epstein, president and CEO of KDC Solar said “we are very pleased and proud to have been selected by Six Flags Great Adventure for this groundbreaking solar project. We also want to recognize and thank our partners, GoldenSet Capital Partners and Seminole Financial Services, for providing the necessary capital to build this project.”
Visitors could be seeing virtual reality rides at Universal’s theme parks. Four patents filed by Universal point toward virtual reality and augmented reality on theme park rides.
Boardwalk Times says augmented reality -- or AR -- overlays the real world with the digital world, rather than replacing it in the way VR does.
The patents range from riders wearing headsets to a device that guests could split control of the vehicle, meaning each rider would be able to operate different aspects or cooperate to complete tasks.
Professor Roller Coaster
“I’ll be honest with you,” Martin Lewison, 52, told his students on the first day of class on Tuesday. “One of the reasons I took this job is that there’s a theme park across the street.”
This might seem like an odd way to kick off the semester, even if Farmingdale State College does sit directly across Route 110 from Adventureland Amusement Park on Long Island.
But for Mr. Lewison, an amusement park enthusiast obsessed with roller coasters, there is no ignoring the fact that Turbulence — Adventureland’s bright green, plunging, spinning coaster — can be seen from the university’s business school.
The 57-acre property near Pawnee and Hillside that for decades was the home for Wichita's Joyland Amusement Park, goes up for auction Nov. 7.
McCurdy Auction says a new chapter for the former amusement park begins as it's set to auction the Wichita landmark.
"This is a familiar property, just about everyone has a favorite memory of Joyland,” Braden McCurdy, CEO and auctioneer of McCurdy Auction said in a news release on the company's website “This is a rare opportunity to acquire 57 acres with such strong visibility and accessibility."