Four people were killed at Australia's largest theme park Tuesday when a ride malfunctioned, police said. Two men, ages 35 and 32, and two women, ages 42 and 38, were pronounced dead by police following the incident on the Thunder River Rapids Ride at the Dreamworld theme park in Queensland. Police were called to the site after reports that "a number of people had been injured by a conveyor belt."
"One of the rides had sustained some sort of malfunction, causing two people to be ejected from a ride, another two people were caught inside the ride," said Gavin Fuller, acting senior operations supervisor for Queensland Ambulance Service. Fuller said the victims had sustained injuries that were not survivable, adding that "a number" of staff from the ambulance service had been "deeply affected by this terrible incident."
Inspector Tod Reid of the Queensland Police told reporters that an investigation is under way and police are trying to contact the victims' families.
AURORA, Ohio -- Goodbye, Big Dipper.
The historic wooden roller coaster will be demolished in the “next few weeks,” according to Bainbridge Township trustee Jeffrey Markley.
“It really is very sad,” he told WKYC.
Big Dipper, an out-and-back scream machine, first debuted in 1925, making it one of the world's oldest existing roller coasters.
After decades of thrills, it has since been sitting in silence after Geauga Lake closed its gates forever in September 2007.
On Saturday, Cedar Fair Entertainment, which owns the property, released a statement confirming the demolition:
"Cedar Fair Entertainment Company has announced that the demolition of the Big Dipper roller coaster will begin in the coming weeks. We have worked cooperatively with the City of Aurora and Bainbridge Township to preserve select artifacts from the ride. There are no other plans to sell, relocate or salvage the structure at this time. Cedar Fair will continue to work with Aurora and Bainbridge on the positive future development of the property."
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The beloved parade that features waving Disney characters and floats with more than 500,000 lights will make its farewell run at Magic Kingdom on Sunday.
The final parade is scheduled for 11 p.m.
The parade, which typically runs nightly, is on a limited schedule because of Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The parade is scheduled to run at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Since its debut in 1977, the Main Street Electrical Parade has entertained millions of guests and has become a tradition for many as a way to end the night at the theme park.
The Main Street Electrical Parade, led by Tinkerbell, features floats that honor some of Disney's favorite characters from “Alice In Wonderland,” “Cinderella” and more.
Disney announced it would pull the plug on the parade back in August. Disney officials haven’t said what, if anything, will replace it.
After its last run here at Magic Kingdom, the parade will travel across the country to Disneyland in California for a limited-time engagement starting early next year.
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Blackfish, the documentary released in 2013, was highly critical of keeping whales in captivity. It generated plenty of attention about the plight of orcas, especially those under the care of the SeaWorld parks. Backlash from the film combined with other factors caused the marine life theme parks to take on water. Attendance and revenues plunged, while PR headaches rose.
In April 2015, SeaWorld brought in a new captain, Joel K. Manby, to right its listing ship. Prior to becoming president and CEO, he led the theme park and entertainment company, Herschend Enterprises. Among the parks under Manby's guidance wereDollywood in Tennessee and Wild Adventures in Georgia.
After trying unsuccessfully to wage a proactive PR campaign and maintain the status quo, Manby and his SeaWorld team decided to halt their orca-breeding program and make changes to the whale stadium shows, moving from an entertainment focus to an educational one. The struggling company made the about-face announcement in March 2016.
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