It used to be The Coaster. Now, it’s Thunderhawk. And this week, the classic Dorney Park ride — almost a century old — will receive historical recognition a year overdue.
The group American Coaster Enthusiasts will visit the South Whitehall Township amusement park on Thursday when the wooden track will be bestowed the title of Roller Coaster Landmark.
ACCORDING TO WYDAILY A NEW BUILDING PERMIT HAS BEEN FILED TO THE JAMES CITY COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION BY SEAWORLD PARKS & ENTERTAINMENT. THE BUILDING WILL BE 32,500 SQUARE FEET AND BE LOCATED ON THE FORMER PLOT OF LAND THAT WAS ONCE HOME TO DRACKEN FIRE.
Coney Island’s newest attraction, The Phoenix roller coaster, will soon open at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, where it will serve as the latest addition to the neighborhood’s skyline.
“The Wonder Wheel is 101 years old and this is right next to it,” said Dennis Vourderis, whose family owns and operates the storied amusement park, “so we got the best of the old and the best of the new.”
UPPER MARLBORO, MD
A brand new ride that debuted at Six Flags America in early May is currently shut down due to safety concerns, according to a statement provided by the park.
"The safety sensors on one of our attractions stopped the ride mid-cycle," marketing and public relations manager Joseph Pudlick wrote 7News via email when asked about the ride.
A popular ride at Mountain Creek Waterpark was heavily damaged by a fire on Tuesday, days before the Vernon attraction was slated to open for the summer, a park spokesperson said.
The fire on the High Anxiety ride was reported around 7:30 p.m. and captured the attention of residents near and far who watched as the gray smoke billowed from the mountaintop. No injuries were reported and the park was closed as it had not yet opened for the season, according to Mountain Creek's Brian Lowe.
JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ
A group of Six Flags Great Adventure customers were evaluated by first aiders and two were taken to a hospital on Sunday after a malfunction happened on the park's Log Flume attraction, a Six Flags spokeswoman said.
"Our First Aid staff assisted several guests who were in a Log Flume boat that did not complete its cycle," spokeswoman Kristin Fitzgerald said in an email.
Six Flags Great Adventure announces opening of triple world record-shattering ‘Jersey Devil Coaster’
JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ
Six Flags Great Adventure, the World’s Ultimate Thrill Park, today announced that its highly-anticipated Jersey Devil Coaster will preview to press June 10 and debut to the public June 13. Jersey Devil Coaster will rank as the world’s tallest, fastest and longest single rail coaster—towering 13 stories, flying at speeds up to 58 miles-per-hour, and propelling riders single file through the dark and foreboding woods over 3,000 feet of track. Inspired by infamous New Jersey mythology, the cutting-edge coaster will feature five intense elements, including three dramatic inversions.
It was recently announced that the online retail behemoth Amazon has signed a deal to purchase MGM for $8.45 billion. Now, let that sink in for a moment. $8.45 billion…that’s more than Disney paid to buy Marvel and Lucasfilm combined. According to the experts, that purchase includes the rights to over 4,000 movies and about 17,000 hours of TV programming.
Cedar Point says number of applications return to pre-pandemic levels after increasing pay to $20 per hour
When Cedar Point opened for the 2021 season last month, some guests turned to social media with complaints about park operations due to limited staffing.
"Like businesses in our area, in Ohio and across the country, Cedar Point is not immune to hiring challenges," Cedar Point's Tony Clark told 3News after opening weekend.
One week later, Cedar Point announced they were increasing seasonal and part-time pay for all positions to $20 an hour – a 100% increase compared to 2020 wages.