t’s been 24 years since the perilous water park shut down. But somehow, this is shaping up to be the summer of Action Park.
Like scars, injuries and deaths that cannot be erased, the place has lived on in the memories of those who dared to enter.
Several recent projects have tapped into those memories, resurrecting both the mythic grandeur of careless summers in the ‘80s and ’90s and the dangerous reality of the Vernon water park, which has alternately been billed as America — or the world’s — most dangerous amusement park.
Michigan's Adventure will not open its amusement park this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but the WildWater Adventure waterpark at Michigan's Adventure is scheduled to open next week.
According to the company, the waterpark will open to passholders on July 16 before opening to the public on July 17.
Daily ticket sales begin Wednesday, and reservations are required for all guests.
GRAND ISLAND, NY
Don't wave the white flag over Fantasy Island just yet.
The future of the landmark amusement park, which was closed by Apex Parks Group in February, is expected to come into focus Thursday.
That's when a group of businesspeople operating under the name 'Empire Adventures' will announce plans to team up with STORE Capital Real Estate Investment Trust Company to reopen the park.
With most Americans still at home, Disney’s quick move to add Hamilton to streaming service Disney+ was a genius move, but many fans are now asking Disney to embrace the once-in-a-generation Broadway historical phenomenon in a far more tangible way.
It’s no secret that the company has had issues with its Hall of Presidents attraction at Disney World's Magic Kingdom park. After years of heckling from the crowd, Disney added ornamental spikes to the edge of the stage and additional security. That still wasn’t enough to stop hecklers from disrupting the show in a video that went viral just days after the Trump animatronic was unveiled in early 2017.
Cedar Point: 'We need our guests and our associates to play by those rules so we can stay open'
Two months past due, Cedar Point will open for its 150th season on Thursday, taking extreme precautions to keep guests safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
Visitors have to purchase tickets online in advance or passholders have to make reservations. That is because the park is limiting capacity to comply with social distancing.
Days before Kings Island will reopen to the general public, a statement from the amusement park said one of their associates tested positive for the coronavirus.
Kings Island, which has been open for season pass holders since July 2, confirmed the positive test in the statement released to FOX19 NOW.
The park’s statement did not say when the associate last worked.
The area of the park where this person worked will be sanitized, according to the statement, and won’t be open to workers or guests until cleaning has been completed.
SANTA CLAUS, IN
It’s hard to argue when people call Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari the water coaster capital of the world.
This weekend, the Santa Claus, Indiana theme park debuted another water coaster – Cheetah Chase. They’re calling this one the world’s first launched water coaster. You sit in a boat, and right when you leave the station, a water-powered system launches you up the first hill. I’m told the ride hits a top speed of 30 feet per second. If my math is correct, and please give me some grace with that, it comes out to about 20 miles per hour.
It was a big weekend for new attractions at theme parks across America. And now we've got another one.
This one's not official yet — it's just a soft opening. But fans are getting their first rides on the new Mystic River Falls at Silver Dollar City. The park has posted a couple of sneak peeks - including a look at the ride's unique, 82-foot, four-platform rotating elevator lift tower.
The world’s oldest wooden roller coaster is returning to action for the first time in years, and it's at a park right in our back yard.
Leap the Dips has stood at Lakemont Park for 118 years.
The wooden coaster has been closed for almost four years, but starting Friday, park visitors can ride this piece of history once gain.
Two months after Kings Island's original opening date and three months since COVID-19 threatened to keep the park closed all year, the Mason, Ohio, theme park is finally opening for the 2020 season.
And the highlight is Orion, the coaster that the park started teasing in summer 2018 and called "Project X" during its planning phase. It's now Kings Island's longest, fastest and tallest steel coaster.