WEST MIFFLIN, PA
A western Pennsylvania amusement park announced new security measures Wednesday following a shooting that wounded three people, including two teenagers.
Kennywood Park officials said the measures would include more police, more security along perimeter fences, limits on bag sizes and masks covering faces, and require adult chaperones for all juveniles at all times during the park's Phantom Fall Fest, scheduled to run until mid-October.
SAN ANTONIO, TX
SeaWorld San Antonio today announced the construction of a NEW water flume coaster, Catapult Falls, coming in 2023. The first-of-its-kind ride combines the thrill of a launched roller coaster, the excitement of a vertical lift elevator that lifts riders above the theme park, and a water flume ride with the steepest drop, to produce multiple rushes of adrenaline as well as moments of exciting splashes to cool guests down.
“Catapult Falls will be the perfect addition to our already fantastic line up of family rides,” said Byron Surrett, SeaWorld San Antonio President. “Not only will it provide thrills for those wanting the exhilaration of a coaster-type ride, but being a water ride, it will give guests one more way to cool down in the hot Texas temperatures. It will be the perfect family adventure ride.”
World’s First Launched Flume Coaster and Steepest Drop in a Flume Attraction
Guests will experience the world’s first launched flume coaster! Eleven boats, each with eight riders, will catapult through the launch at speeds of 30 feet per second, allowing riders to feel the rush of a coaster while experiencing the rocking and swaying of riding on a track of water. Once at the peak of the ride, guests will experience the world’s steepest drop in a flume attraction! Angled at a staggering 53 degrees, the chute plummets riders into a watery splashdown at over 37 miles per hour. The duration of this one-of-a-kind attraction is in excess of five minutes, making for a wonderful family adventure.
North America’s Only Vertical Lift Flume Coaster
After winding through a series of twists and turns, Catapult Falls uses a state-of-the-art elevator, the only one on the continent in an attraction of this kind, to lift guests up seven feet per second to reach a height of over 55 feet. The breathtaking views don’t last long as the ride prepares guests for the ultimate plunge!
Catapult Falls makes its debut in 2023 joining an impressive collection of thrill rides including the Great White, a floorless inverted coaster; the Steel Eel, a hyper-coaster that takes guest through a series of gravity defying camelbacks; Texas Stingray, the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Texas; Wave Breaker: the Rescue Coaster, where guests board jet ski-like cars and join SeaWorld’s Rescue Team to help an animal in need; and Tidal Surge, the world’s tallest and fastest ride of its kind.
Best Way to Play
Be among the very first to brave the all-new adventure on Catapult Falls – Pass Members will have the unique perk of being among the first to ride this exciting new attraction, plus experience unlimited thrills time and time again with a SeaWorld Season Pass or Annual Pass. For a limited time, guests who purchase a Season Pass will get unlimited admission for all of 2023, the rest of 2022 for free, and a free Aquatica 2023 Season Pass all for as low as $94.99! This incredible deal also includes free parking and discounts on in-park offerings. For even more unbeatable benefits, guests can upgrade to a SeaWorld Annual Pass for as low as $6.99/month. With an Annual Pass, guests will enjoy 12 months of visits with special benefits like free parking, free guest tickets, access to special VIP events, savings on merchandise and more!
Theme park enthusiasts can take advantage of these unbeatable offers that allow for fun at the biggest and best theme park in Texas. Admission to popular events like Howl-O-Scream, Christmas Celebration, and the Seven Seas Food Festival are included when guests purchase an Annual or Season Pass! These amazing deals on Annual and Season Passes can be purchased now at SeaWorldSanAntonio.com.
DarKoaster, the World’s First All-Indoor Straddle Coaster, Debuts in 2023 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
WILLIAMSBURG, VA. (September 6, 2022) – DarKoaster™, the world’s first all-indoor straddle coaster, will open in 2023 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The new attraction is the park’s tenth coaster and an unprecedented, family-friendly addition to Busch Gardens’ thrill ride portfolio. The new coaster will be housed in the iconic Curse of DarKastle building, paying homage to the previous ride with subtle theming nods for loyal park fans.
King Ludwig’s abandoned fortress resurfaces as strange weather patterns have been recorded near the cursed castle grounds. Only the bravest souls will embark on snowmobiles in this dark expedition to discover the mysterious phenomenon. A supernatural force is imminent as explorers discover that they are evading more than just a raging storm.
Escape the storm on the ALL-NEW DarKoaster™, the world’s first all-indoor straddle coaster, launching in 2023 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Traveling on snowmobiles across 2,454 feet of track, daring explorers race through total darkness while changing course to avoid the elements. As the weather strikes, riders encounter four accelerating launches and speed through the storm on this family-friendly dark ride experience.
“DarKoaster will be an exciting and unique addition to our world class lineup of coasters,” said Kevin Lembke, Busch Gardens Williamsburg Park President. “As an indoor attraction, DarKoaster complements our collection of thrill rides and offers a new experience to enjoy throughout the year. Plus, with only a 48-inch height requirement, DarKoaster is a ride for the whole family to conquer together.”
Manufactured by Intamin Worldwide, Busch Gardens’ newest family thrill is a steel coaster design with four launches and over 1,400 feet of track. Riders will experience a total of 2,454 feet of track.
NEW 2023 Membership Plans Feature Unlimited Visits & Unbeatable Benefits
Busch Gardens is launching another incredible year for Membership as the BEST VALUE annual theme park pass in Virginia with monthly rewards and amazing benefits, ranging from unlimited admission, FREE parking, FREE guest tickets, in-park discounts and exclusive Member events. Plus, Busch Gardens Members will be among the first to ride DarKoaster in 2023!
Membership is organized in easy-to-use tiers and includes one-park and two-park Busch Gardens and Water Country USA® Memberships. Busch Garden's sister park, Water Country USA, is a seasonal water park with over 40 state-of-the-art water slides, kids' play areas, lazy rivers and a mega wave pool. With a two-park Membership, visitors can enjoy thrills at the world’s most beautiful theme park and fun in the sun at Virginia’s largest water park, Water Country USA. The flexibility allows guests to choose the Membership, benefits, and parks that are the best fit. Membership plans are as low as an affordable $12.25 per month, plus tax, with no down payment required. For a full overview of the Membership lineup, visit: buschgardens.com/williamsburg/annual-pass/
NEW Amazing Monthly Rewards
Busch Gardens shows appreciation and love to our Members year-round with extra rewards every month like bonus tickets, early access and FREE exclusive merchandise. In addition to all the amazing benefits and rewards, Members also have access to special monthly discounts and offers throughout the year. For a preview of upcoming 2023 offers, visit: buschgardens.com/williamsburg/annual-pass/monthly-offers/
Events All Year Long
With an event-filled lineup throughout the year, Members have countless reasons to visit Busch Gardens and Water Country USA at the end of 2022 and throughout 2023. The park’s 2023 event calendar features family-friendly offerings from January to December, from Summer Celebration and Christmas Town to fan-favorites like Howl-O-Scream, Food & Wine Festival and Bier Fest. Plus, enjoy expanded experiences during Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, the park’s newest events. For a calendar of upcoming 2022 and 2023 events, visit: https://buschgardens.com/williamsburg/events/
Busch Gardens Williamsburg was voted one of the best theme parks of 2022 by USA Today. To be the first to know about event details and specials, follow Busch Gardens Williamsburg on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
More than a year after a woman was struck by a piece of metal that dislodged from the Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point, the amusement park announced the popular ride will retire.
The coaster, which was the tallest and fastest at the park, opened 19 years ago.
More than 18 million people rode the dragster over time.