The United States Patent & Trademark Office published five patent applications from Universal today, led by a proposal for a flume ride where the ride vehicle can point to the side as well as straight ahead.
Direction-changing vehicles on thrill rides seems to be one of the big trends in attraction design right now. At the IAAPA Attractions Expo and Destination D event in Orlando earlier this month, Disney Parks chairman Bob Chapek made a big deal of how the roller coaster cars on Epcot's new Guardians of the Galaxy ride will be able to turn to face in multiple directions. Chapek called the ride a "story-telling coaster."
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Herschend Enterprises co-owner JoDee Herschend.
JoDee passed away on Sunday, November 25 surrounded by her loving family following a courageous 24-year battle against cancer. She was deeply loved by her family, friends and thousands of Herschend employees blessed to know her. We all feel a tremendous loss.
JoDee Remien grew up in Springfield, MO and took a job at Silver Dollar City in the summer of 1962 while a student at Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State). At SDC, JoDee worked in the General Store and also was a street performer playing the role of “Sarey Ellen” alongside a young Peter Herschend. Their street performances led to true love and eventually marriage. Over the next 50+ years they worked together to build Herschend Enterprises and raise five children.
Beyond her work with the family, JoDee founded The Caring People, an international ministry to single mothers. More than two decades after its founding, The Caring People has grown to serve single moms in more than 30 locations in four states and in Central America.
GREEN BAY, WI
Bay Beach Amusement Park is one step closer breaking ground on a new waterfront project.
This comes as the project receives the first of many grants toward the construction.
Back in 2009, the city created a Master Plan for construction at Bay Beach. Parks Director Dan Ditscheit says, "overwhelmingly," people were hoping for more access to the beach.
Chance Rides is extremely eager to announce its latest achievement. The company was nominated and won the first ever Innovation of the Year Publisher's Pick Award.
On Saturday September 8th, at the Golden Ticket Awards in Branson Missouri, Dick Chance proudly accepted the Innovation of the Year award. Chance Rides was nominated for its advanced green technologies applied to The Electric C.P. Huntington Train. This reinvented train is making a huge impact on the industry and pushing it in a clean, Eco friendly direction.
Since 1961 the C.P. Huntington has set the industry standard for quality and we continue to raise the bar with the latest evolution of the Electric C.P. Huntington train. After many years of manufacturing the C.P. Huntington train we knew it was time to take a step above the rest and started creating plans for the first ever all electric zero emissions train. The Electric C.P. Huntington was displayed at IAAPA last year in Orlando and caught the attention of many.
Disney, Busch Gardens and other theme parks roll out holiday parties and lights
Florida’s attractions have once again upped the eye-popping spectacle of parades, fireworks and Christmas decorations. Being surrounded by thousands of lights and falling “snow” makes for a great family photo.
But here’s the real trick: Don’t go anywhere near these places the week of Christmas or the week after. It is by far the busiest time of the year. Disney has even closed the gates and declared itself “at capacity” many times during Christmas week, not letting anyone in until people start to leave.
That’s why Floridians have the perk of proximity to check out the holiday foods, concerts, parades and lights when crowds are more scarce in early December. Here’s our guide to what you will find.
What's on the horizon for Carowinds? GM talks past successes, future possibilities
Five years ago, as Carowinds executives sought $1 million in incentives from local government in return for a $50 million investment, the goal was to bring 2.5 million visitors to the amusement park each year. The execs also promised to add 15 full-time jobs and 270 seasonal workers.
That was in 2013. A general manager at Carowinds at the time talked about creating a regional destination for vacationers.
Cedar Point has only been closed for a couple of weeks — and guests are already missing that summer feeling of spending time riding roller coasters, enjoying the beach, and having fun with friends and family.
Details for the annual Winter Chill Out event have been announced with tickets going on sale this Wednesday at cedarpoint.com.
Tickets for the 2018 Winter Chill Out sold out within a matter of hours due to the overwhelming excitement of Steel Vengeance. So be ready to buy when tickets go on sale at noon this week.
Of all the new theme park technology and concepts on display at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) expo, few generated the kind of buzz — and encouraged as much unrestrained speculation — as the “Duel Power Coaster” introduced by Dynamic Attractions.
A combination of a motion simulator platform and a roller coaster, Dynamic’s new ride tech is capable of everything from inversions to racing-like features such as drifting, airtime, spinouts and having two cars “dueling” on separate tracks.
“Most coasters are all about the track,” said Dynamic Attractions President Hao Wang. “That is only half of the excitement in this ride, where the cart itself is powered and moves, creating racing sensations never possible before on a roller coaster.”
The technology earned the IAAPA’s Brass Ring Award for Best New Product Concept introduced at the show. For those who saw the Dynamic Attractions presentation, the ride system sparked the same question: Is this Mario Kart?
Hundreds of coats donated to Six Flags' coat drive for families in need of warmth
It's the holiday season and, Sunday night, Six Flags partnered with Square One to help local families.
With the temperatures dropping, Six Flags wants to make sure that local families in need are able to stay warm.
That's why on Sunday night they held their first-ever Holiday in the Park coat drive.
POINT PLEASANT, NJ
A brand new family roller coaster is on the way to Point Pleasant Beach!
This new ride, called "Tidal Wave," (beach and surf themed!) and the folks at Jenkinson's Boardwalk say it will hold 20 people at a time and spins for about 2-minutes each ride at a top speed of approximately 20 mph!
It's about 20 feet high and will take the place of Flitzer, which was part of the Jenkinson's Amusement Park for over 20 years.