Today, SeaWorld Orlando revealed the first of 15 custom rafts for its new Infinity Falls river rapids attraction opening summer 2018. The 8-passenger raft features custom theming and décor resembling supplies found on real white-water rafting expeditions. The circular raft design puts riders face-to-face and allows friends and family to enjoy this exhilarating attraction together.
Aboard the raft, riders will embark on an adventure through a lush rainforest environment inspired by some of the world’s most incredible freshwater ecosystems. The new attraction will feature the world’s tallest drop on a river raft ride and allow visitors to experience the feel of exhilarating rapids. The ride will also feature an innovative elevator lift designed to transport the rafts to the top of the ride’s 40-foot drop.
Infinity Falls will be the first attraction at SeaWorld to tell a story beyond the ocean and share a message of water conservation through the adventure of a white-water river expedition. This is just one example of the park’s new “Park to Planet” initiative, a mission to help guests understand some of the challenges facing the planet and inspiring them to help.
The new attraction will be the centerpiece of a newly themed area designed to resemble the basecamp of explorers and scientists. After riding Infinity Falls, the entire family can explore the village and take part in interactive experiences that combine play with education to create a positive impact on freshwater ecosystems, reinforcing “Park to Planet” in real time. SeaWorld’s Animal Ambassadors will also provide up-close encounters with animals native to South America.
The inventors and designers of Silver Dollar City’s ground-breaking roller coaster Time Traveler today revealed the ride’s first vehicle, which will make its much-anticipated debut at the Branson, Missouri-based theme park in Spring 2018.
Before continuing its journey to Branson, the vehicle made a stop on the show floor of the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA) Expo in Orlando, which each year draws more than 32,000 attendees from around the world for the amusement industry’s largest convention. Reflecting the global nature of the event, a huge crowd of media and industry leaders gathered at the Mack Rides booth. Representatives from the German-based manufacturer and the American-based theme park together pulled back a curtain to unveil the vehicle, which dramatically emerged from a cloud of fog and was met with cheers and applause.
The Time Traveler vehicle is part of an innovative project currently underway at the 1880s-themed park, which will present the “World’s Fastest, Steepest and Tallest Complete-Circuit Spinning Roller Coaster” in a few short months.
The vehicle, which is the first of four cars that will be positioned on each of three trains, resembles a time-traveling machine. The highly stylized Time Traveler features gears, cogs and other industrial components as part of its décor. Beyond its specialized look, the most cutting-edge feature of the vehicle is its 360-degree adjustable magnetic spin control.
“The car is the most advanced roller coaster car in the industry, featuring a free-spinning rotation on a launched roller coaster,” said Christian von Elverfeldt, CEO of Mack Rides, the ride’s manufacturer. “For the utmost comfort, an on-board magnetic brake limits the rotation speed to allow the most enjoyable ride experience for all ages.” Riders will need to be at least 51 inches tall, which opens the ride to a multitude of ages and allows it to complement Silver Dollar City’s commitment to entertaining the whole family.
The game-changing vehicle allows riders to experience two simultaneous thrills: a roller coaster car moving along a track, but also a spinning component that provides a different ride each time … and does not result in the whirling sensation some riders feel on a standard “teacup ride.”
At an investment of $26 million, Time Traveler is Silver Dollar City’s biggest attraction ever. “The interest in Time Traveler has been monumental from the perspective of guests, coaster enthusiasts and the industry,” said Brad Thomas, President of Silver Dollar City Attractions. “Our goal is to make a global statement with a ride like no other.”
The custom-designed Time Traveler will break several world records:
S&S Worldwide, Inc. is pleased to announce the return of a classic Arrow Dynamics ride, the Steeplechase Coaster. Although the very first Steeplechase Coaster appeared at Steeplechase Park in New York in 1896, the Arrow remake of the Steeplechase Coaster first debuted as a cycle themed ride in 1976 at Knott’s Berry Farm. The second Steeplechase Coaster opened just a year later as a horse themed ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in the U.K. and is still in operation 40 years later, and is as popular today as the day that it opened.
S&S Worldwide, Inc. purchased Arrow Dynamics in 2002 and coaster enthusiasts have long inquired
as to if S&S would ever revive the classic Arrow brand and bring back some of the vintage Arrow
coasters. Depending on the response from parks, the Steeplechase Coaster is the first of what could
be the rebirth of the Arrow Dynamics product line.
Director of Sales, Pete Barto said, “The market is ready for the return of classic family rides, ones that
bring an entire family together to have fun and one that provokes memories of times long gone in this
fast-paced digital world.” Staying true to the original ride experience was paramount to the re-launch
of Steeplechase, but updating the restraint system to today’s standards and designing it in a way that
would allow the most guests to enjoy the ride safely was critical.
Having an opportunity to review the original design plans and then see the ride in operation at
Blackpool Pleasure Beach proved helpful. Using today’s technology, many modifications and
updates were made to the new Steeplechase Coaster design to provide a smooth and reliable ride for
all guests. With a 42” (1.1m) minimum rider height, the relaunch of the Steeplechase will allow many
more guests to enjoy than the original ride. Other enhancements to the new Steeplechase Coaster
include a Mobius loop layout with a station bypass to allow for increased load/unload times while not
impacting hourly capacity, multiple vehicle theming options, and some patent-pending changes to the
President and CEO of S&S Worldwide, Inc., Tim Timco, said “The Steeplechase Coaster is really
about the evolution of a classic. There is not another ride on the market that can match the benefits
and wide appeal to a park that this ride can offer. We are confident it will be a hit!”
A new attraction is coming to Darien Lake, but the mystery and excitement that builds while in line for a roller coaster is accompanying the project.
Darien Lake General Manager Chris Thorpe told the Genesee County Economic Development Center Thursday that the theme park is “purposefully not disclosing what the ride will be at this time,” citing the need for it to be approved within the company and with the Town of Darien.
“It’s very hard for me to not come out of my skin in excitement, to talk about what we want to do,” Thorpe said. “We believe this ride, and the investment level into its size, scope and family thrill level will entice families from all over the northeast and into southern Ontario and Canada. People will reap the rewards of visiting Darien Lake and see what Genesee County has to offer.”
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SeaWorld Entertainment shares jumped nearly 4 percent after a report said the company is exploring a sale.
Shares surged 9 percent at one point after hours. In the regular session, they gained 4.6 percent. SeaWorld's stock has fallen nearly 26 percent this year. It hit an all-time low of $11.10 on Aug. 8. SeaWorld declined CNBC's request for comment.
The aquatic theme park company has faced scrutiny and public outcry since 2013 when the "Blackfish" documentary criticized SeaWorld's handling of its orcas. Just months before the documentary premiered, SeaWorld's stock hit an all-time high of $39.65.
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A family of three was hospitalized Saturday after being attacked by an adult and eight teens at Six Flags Great America after members of the larger group apparently cut in line and were using foul language when the family exchanged words with them, according to Gurnee police.
Gurnee police Officer Daniel Ruth, the incident's lead investigator, said the family members — a 51-year-old man, 50-year-old woman and a 12-year-old boy — all were transported to an area hospital by a Gurnee Fire Department ambulance with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Police arrested Gregory Battle, 18, of Waukegan, who was being held on $20,000 bail on charges of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, mob action and aggravated battery in a public place, Ruth said.
The other eight juveniles, ranging in age from 15 to 17, were named in juvenile petitions for mob action, a class 4 felony, and taken to the Robert W. Depke Juvenile Complex Center in Vernon Hills.
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At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, workers at Silver Dollar City operating cranes and lifts laid the final track for the Branson-area theme park's new roller coaster, park officials said.
Laying the final track means that the coaster, dubbed Time Traveler, is "about 50 percent" complete, Silver Dollar City spokeswoman Martha Hoy Bohner told the News-Leader.
"We hope we'll have it ready when the park opens next year" at the beginning of the 2018 season, Bohner said.
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A fixture of Kennywood for more than 40 years, the Log Jammer, will make its final plunge Sunday. The West Mifflin amusement park announced Thursday that the amusement park ride, which allows riders to sit inside a hollowed out log that floats along a water-logged chute, will make its last, thrilling drops down its trademark 53-foot chute as Kennywood's season end.
The Log Jammer opened in 1975. It was billed as the park's first million-dollar attraction.
"It is a bittersweet decision, but one that in time will create some exciting opportunities for our guests," Kennywood General Manager Jerome Gibas said in a statement. "While no final decisions have been made regarding what will replace the Log Jammer, Kennywood is committed to enhancing our guests' experiences while preserving our signature balance of modern thrills and traditional family favorites."
Early this morning, Jim Reid Anderson has returned to make all of the announcements for 2018! Before he got to the announcements, though, he said that Six Flags is making a renewed effort that this and years into the future will feature something new for every park in the chain. He then went on to announce the following:
Twisted Cyclone at Six Flags Over Georgia - An RMC Iron Horse at Six Flags Over Georgia
World's Largest Super Loop at Six Flags Great America (presumably named Hurricane Force 5 but because of the hurricane in Texas, was held off)
Cyborg Cyber Spin at Six Flags Great Adventure & Harley Quinn Spinsanity at Six Flags Over Texas - A Tourbulon Cube style flat ride
Pandemonium at Great Escape - A new flat ride that spins and twists
CraZanity at Six Flags Magic Mountain - the world's largest frisbee flat ride
Harley Quinn Spinsanity - Giant Discovery frisbee flat ride
Wonder Woman Coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain - Latin America's first 4D free-fly
Carnivale en Folie at La Ronde - a small flat ride package
Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster - previously announced RMC single rail
Harley Quinn Crazy Coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom - The first Skywarp from Skyline attractions (also a single rail coaster)
Splash Water Island at Waterworld Concord - a new water play area with a bucket
Typhoon Twister at Six Flags St. Louis - a Proslide water slide similar to Colossal Curl
Wahoo River at Six Flags America - a new adventure river
Legoland California Resort introduces a New Ride in 2018, Single Largest Investment Yet for a Legoland Park
Legoland California Resort’s General Manager Peter Ronchetti announced at today’s press conference that 2018 will be a year of enormous growth! In January, a new 4-D movie launches, followed by the opening of Legoland Castle Hotel in the spring and, just announced, LEGO City Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride is opening in the summer! LEGO City Deep Sea Adventure is Merlin Entertainment’s single largest investment in any Legoland Park and will take passengers aboard a real submarine where they will be submerged underwater and immersed in an ocean habitat.
“I’m extremely excited for our guests to experience LEGO City Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride,” said Ronchetti. “For the first time in the United States, we are bringing our guests onboard a real submarine where they’ll go underwater to discover a truly amazing world filled with more than 2,000 different real sea animals, including several species of stingrays and a variety of exotic sharks.”
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