An Ohio amusement park is offering free admission to active members of the U.S. military and to veterans during Memorial Day weekend.
Kings Island in southwest Ohio says the offer runs from Friday until Monday.
Those who qualify for free admission tickets include active military, retired military, National Guard members, veterans with an honorable or medical discharge and ROTC members with government-issued IDs.
Qualifying military personnel can purchase as many as six reduced-price tickets for family members.
As Memorial Day weekend approaches, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is saluting veterans with free admission.
The U.S. veteran and up to three guests will be get free admission into the amusement park from May 24 through July 4.
“The men and women who serve this country in the U.S. Armed Services are incredibly important, and we’re proud to extend our gratitude to these brave men and women and their families,” said John Reilly, interim CEO of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. “We hope this invitation to all veterans allows them to make incredible memories with their families at our parks.”
Kansas City, MO
The iconic Timber Wolf roller coaster has reopened at Worlds of Fun with a new track layout. After months of construction and major renovations, the thrill ride now features a new finale that sends riders nearly sideways through an intense 70-degree banked turn.
Timber Wolf's new twisted ending is one of many enhancements the classic wooden roller coaster has received since 2014. Worlds of Fun has now re-engineered approximately 50-percent of the ride's original track, from the first 100-foot drop through the new turn. Investments on the coaster are expected to continue through 2021.
"Since its debut in 1989, Timber Wolf has been a park icon and a long-time staple of Kansas City," said Tony Carovillano, general manager of Worlds of Fun. "These investments ensure the ride continues to deliver an action-packed experience to a new generation of thrill seekers, and the new high-speed finale definitely gives guests a new reason to fall in love with the ride."
Prairie View, TX
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE:SIX), the world’s largest regional theme park company, today announced it has entered into a purchase agreement with affiliates of Premier Parks, LLC to acquire the lease rights to operate five parks owned by EPR Properties (NYSE:EPR). The parks have previously been operated by Premier Parks, LLC of Oklahoma City. These latest acquisitions will expand the company’s portfolio of North American parks to twenty-five.
“Today’s announcement represents another milestone in our strategic North-American growth initiative to seek out park acquisitions that expand our addressable market,” said Six Flags Chairman, CEO, and President, Jim Reid-Anderson. “These are all fantastic properties that complement our existing portfolio and provide tremendous added value and cross-visitation opportunities for our extensive Membership and Season Pass base.”
The parks joining the Six Flags family are:
Hold onto your flip-flops and your trucker hats: Six Flags Great America opened today at 10:30 a.m.
This year, the amusement park in Gurnee, Ill., is introducing its 16th roller coaster, called the Mardi Gras Hangover.
Presumably, the name comes from the intense "hang" time riders will experience rather than the way they'll feel after exiting the ride. The Mardi Gras Hangover is the world's largest loop roller coaster. It propels riders 360 degrees forward and backward and lets them hang upside down for a few moments. You sit facing other riders, so you'll be able to watch your dad curse you for talking him into going on the ride with you.
The roller coaster opens Saturday.
Give Kids the World has announced a limited series of Behind the Themes tours. These special tours will answer the question that amusement parks fans have been asking for years, “how do they that?” The best part is all ticket sales will benefit Give Kids the World Village, a nonprofit “storybook” resort in Central Florida.
Lakeside Amusement Park, a mainstay of Denver summer fun for more than a century, will debut a new roller coaster this season, and judging by early reactions online, a line may already be forming.
The so-far unnamed ride is under construction now at the park, which sits southwest of the junction of Interstate 70 and Sheridan Boulevard next to Lake Rhoda. Lakeside, located in a city of the same name, first opened as White City in 1908.
The coaster will be all metal and is on pace to open sometime in June, Lakeside marketing director Bill Koller said this week. It will be roughly 1/3 the size of park’s marquee coaster — the bone-shaking, all-wood 1940s classic Cyclone — and located on the south end of the park, near the old race track.
Busch Gardens® Howl-O-Scream® may be months away, but the Williamsburg theme park is preparing for the scariest and most exciting Howl-O-Scream yet when it kicks off a New Era of Terror in September. This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the popular fall event and that means more scares than ever before.
With so many new Howl-O-Scream attractions on tap, Busch Gardens will reveal new scares on the 20th day of each month beginning May 20 through Aug. 20 until the full line-up is announced.
New scares coming in 2018 include:
3 Haunted Houses- 7 total
3 Bars- 5 total
2 Terror-tories™- 6 total
2 Party Zones
1 No Escape (Escape Room Experience)- 2 total
Plus more frightening fun
May 20 Reveal – Howl-O-Scream 20th anniversary logo
June 20 Reveal – A haunted house and one Terror-tory
July 20 Reveal – Another haunted house, a second Terror-tory and the No Escape Room
August 20 Reveal – A third haunted house, party zones, bars and other frightening features
Consumers are encouraged to stay tuned and check back on the 20th day of every month for the next haunting Howl-O-Scream reveal. Details can be uncovered at HOWLOSCREAM.COM/VA
Howl-O-Scream opens Sept. 15 and will run on select days through Oct. 28.
The best way to enjoy Howl-O-Scream and other events all year long is through the Busch Gardens Williamsburg Membership Program. Get unlimited visits to Busch Gardens, Water Country USA®, Howl-O-Scream and Christmas Town™ for as little as $12 per month. Plus, exclusive discounts and monthly Member Rewards valued at over $250. For more information, visit buschgardens.com/joinBGW.
For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Singaporeare partnering with Netflix to bring “Stranger Things” to life at this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” events. Fans of the series will get the chance to brave the Upside Down and confront the supernatural as each park debuts all-new mazes inspired by season one of the critically-acclaimed series.
The parallel universe, referred to as the Upside Down that terrorized the small town of Hawkins, Indiana in Netflix’s mega-hit “Stranger Things,” will bring the chittering, predatory Demogorgon to “Halloween Horror Nights” to stalk unwitting guests as they encounter iconic scenes, characters and environments from the mesmerizing series.
Working collaboratively with Netflix, along with the creators and executive producer of the blockbuster series—Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer and Shawn Levy, the mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Singapore will be authentic representations of “Stranger Things,” designed to transport guests into artfully recreated scenes and storylines. From the menacing Hawkins National Laboratory, under the U.S. Department of Energy, to the Byers home adorned with an erratic display of flashing Christmas lights and the eerie Upside Down woods oozing a shower of floating orb-like spores, the chilling new mazes will offer surprising twists and unexpected turns around every corner.
Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” to become victims inside their own horror film. Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows, films and original stories come to life season after season. And, the streets of each park’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing scare-actors lunge from every darkened corner.
Halloween Horror Nights begins Friday, September 14 in Hollywood and Orlando and on Friday, September 28 in Singapore.
Electric Eel—San Diego’s tallest and fastest roller coaster with astounding loops, twists and airtime—opens to the public on May 12! Electric Eel features multiple- launch experiences that propel riders forward and backward as they speed through the ride’s station house accelerating to more than 60 mph in seconds. Riders then rocket skyward nearly 150 feet where they brave an inverted “heartline” roll and a twisting loop for an exciting feeling of airtime as they crest the top before breathlessly returning to the station. Plus, Electric Eel will offer riders the only upside-down view of Mission Bay! With the purchase of a SeaWorld Annual Pass between now and May 12, members can be among the first to ride Electric Eel, and enjoy unlimited SeaWorld admission for a year, all for less than $10 a month.
“Electric Eel will bring a whole new level of excitement to SeaWorld,” said SeaWorld San
Diego’s park president, Marilyn Hannes. “This new, first-of-its-kind coaster at SeaWorld will give
riders the rare opportunity to feel what it’s like to move like an eel, twisting and flipping along
nearly 900 feet of undulating track.” Complementing the coaster are a hypnotic live eel habitat featuring a collection of California moray eels, and an interactive educational experience called Mission: Deep Discovery, which will allow a team of one to four players to embark on a virtual deep sea adventure aboard a manned-vehicle while they encounter the marvels of the deep ocean.
“We always strive to provide new reasons to visit SeaWorld and give our guests experiences
that matter with a blend of exciting rides and incredible animal and educational experiences,” added Hannes. “We want our guests from around the world to not only have a great time, but be
inspired to care about the ocean and the animals that live there.”
Electric Eel will definitely get guests “charged up,” but it’s not the only electrifying
experience at SeaWorld this summer: SeaWorld will debut the all-new Sesame Street Party Parade,
starting May 5 and continuing on Saturdays and Sundays through July 1; and Electric Ocean, the
award-winning nighttime entertainment extravaganza inspired by the bioluminescence of the
ocean, returns June 16 and runs on select dates through Sept. 3.
The Japanese company Sansei Technologies has completely taken over the Limburg roller coaster manufacturer Vekoma Rides. Little will change for the staff of the rollercoasters, let the company know. Vekoma is an important roller coaster who develops, manufactures and installs attractions. The builder has attractions in over forty countries. Examples include the Python, Vogel Rok and Villa Volta in the Efteling, the Condor and Robin Hood in Walibi and the Mine Train in the Slagharen amusement park.
Vekoma has 250 permanent employees and 100 temporary employees. "Nothing changes for them," says a spokesman for the company. "The name remains, the logo remains, the works council remains." Also the number of jobs does not change. However, Makoto Nakagawa, CEO of Sansei, will sit on the Supervisory Board of Vekoma. Vekoma will continue the current activities under the same name and will operate as an independent company, is the promise . The companies do not report a takeover amount.