Adventureland raft had been repaired on day of deadly accident, but took on water when family boarded
The raft carrying Michael Jaramillo when an accident on Adventureland Park's Raging River ride fatally injured him July 3 temporarily had been pulled from service earlier in the day because of a deflated air bladder, according to public records obtained by the Des Moines Register.
It was one of several rafts that had been taken out of service because the bladders that keep them afloat had deflated, state amusement ride safety investigators said in a previously unreleased report.
Fresno city and development officials “rolled out the red carpet” to court a big-time Los Angeles investor interested in potentially developing an amusement park, indoor water park, revitalized arena, hotels, student housing, and more.
Fresno City Councilmember Miguel Arias confirmed to The Bee that representatives with Sonnenblick Development visited the city earlier this year and made offers to purchase city property and develop other projects in downtown and along Highway 99 in south Fresno.
LeeAnn Eager, president and CEO of the Fresno Economic Development Corporation, also confirmed Sonnenblick’s interest in Fresno.
After months of delays, Kings Island's luxury resort and campsite is open.
The amusement park posted on social media that as of Thursday, Camp Cedar is open and taking reservations.
The $27 million resort was initially slated to open on June 14 and had even begun booking reservations before the opening date was then pushed back to June 24. It was then delayed again to an unspecified date before Thursday's announcement.
Intamin is proud to present the completely upgraded version of our “Surf Family” coasters: The Surf Rider 2.0 – available in two sizes – and their bigger sibling with an enhanced ride experience: The Ultra Surf. All “Surf Family” members come with a significantly increased capacity and are powered by the most powerful LSM launch system available on the market. They’re packed, and we really mean packed, with weightlessness and airtime moments.
After talking to our customers, Intamin decided to make important upgrades to the ”Surf Family” portfolio: We kept the fun ride concept and added improvements which are bound to satisfy both park owners and ridership alike.
The new, bigger, state-of-the-art free-spinning gondolas – now with 20 seats instead of 12 – allows us to achieve nearly double the ride capacity per hour. Due to the use of cutting-edge lightweight construction methods and materials we were also able to substantially reduce the weight of the moving masses at the same time.
GRAND ISLAND, NY
Fantasy Island of Western New York is reopening under a new name.
WIVB reports new operator, IB Parks & Entertainment, is rebranding the amusement park as Niagara Amusement Park & Splash World. The waterpark, now known as “Splash World,” will reopen in July and the amusement park will aim to reopen in the spring of 2022 with several new attractions being added.
A new website and social media presence will be launched in the coming days.
Halloween is more than three months away but you won’t have to wait that long to be scared. Universal Studios Hollywood and the Disneyland Resort will kick off the celebration of the holiday long before the first “trick or treat’ is shouted.
The annual “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood have featured attractions based on popular horror TV shows and films. “Halloween Horror Nights 2021” will include a scary stop based on the Netflix series “The Haunting of Hill House.”
A newly-released incident report details some of the challenges firefighters faced in the response to the accident at Adventureland's Raging River ride.
One of the rafts flipped over Saturday, killing 11-year-old Michael Jaramillo. The boy's 16-year-old brother, David Jr., remains in the hospital in critical condition.
The report from the Altoona Fire Department includes first-hand accounts of firefighters as they attempted to get into the park and ultimately stage their equipment near the Raging River.
JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ
In the second known mishap involving a ride at Six Flags Great Adventure this month, the Jackson theme park’s El Toro roller coaster appears to have suffered a minor derailment, as seen in a video posted on YouTube by a park guest.
There were few things Ethan Lindenberger didn’t like about his part-time job. Working in the arcade at an amusement park in Ohio, the college student played virtual reality games on his breaks and bonded with coworkers, some of whom are now his closest friends. He excelled at communicating with customers, selling passes, and repairing the machines, especially when they ran out of tickets.
Once, he said, the park introduced a friendly competition among employees to encourage guests to post Facebook reviews of the arcade — workers were offered a small monetary reward for each review they prompted — and so many of the reviews could be attributed to him that management limited his payout, which would have totaled $800. Within a few months of starting the job in fall 2019, Lindenberger, 20, was promoted and began training other new hires. “I was really, really good at my job,” he told BuzzFeed News, “and really enjoyed it.”
This is one slide that's not an official attraction at the Six Flags Great Escape water park in Upstate New York.
A Springfield woman is suing Six Flags over a 2019 incident where she slipped on a hill covered in "geese feces" and broke her ankle, according to a lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court.
The woman was visiting the Queensbury, N.Y., resort with her family in July 2019 when she was injured. While enjoying the indoor water park, the woman asked a Six Flags employee for directions to the outdoor water park, which is located across a local highway from the Great Escape hotel. The employee directed her out an emergency exit leading to a small, grassy hill, the lawsuit says.