A car from the former Rocky Springs Park Jack Rabbit roller coaster in Lancaster County, and a restored model of the Knoebels Phoenix roller coaster have been donated to the National Roller Coaster Museum in Texas.
According to the museum, the Jack Rabbit roller coaster was at Rocky Springs Park in West Lampeter Township from 1918 until 1927. The car was donated by Jim Bowen and John Hayek of the American Coaster Enthusiasts.
The general manager of Kings Dominion in Hanover County is planning to retire after nearly a half-century with the theme park and its parent company.Tony Johnson announced Tuesday that he will retire in January from Kings Dominion, which is one of Virginia’s biggest tourist attractions in a typical year. The park employs up to 4,000 seasonal employees each year, making it one of the state’s largest employers.
PIGEON FORGE, TN
One of the historic steam engines of the Dollywood Express train caught fire over the weekend.
A Dollywood spokesperson said Engine 70 was in a maintenance area about 8 p.m. Sunday when a small fire started from grease on the left side of the engine.
The County Fair area of the park and the Rockin’ Roadway attraction were closed as a precaution.
If there are silver linings to find during the global pandemic, one would be the opportunity for creative people to think outside the box.
The engineers and management at S&S Worldwide knew this was an ideal time to offer something new, but also be cognizant of park operators’ financial challenges during the health crisis.
“With the devastation caused by the pandemic, I challenged our team to come up with an attraction that our customers could offer their guests,” said Tim Timco, president and CEO. “It had to be something that was exciting but didn’t break the bank. I think our guys knocked it out of the park. I am beyond excited to bring this attraction to the market.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday that new guidelines on theme parks and team sports events are coming tomorrow.
“We are going to break up the theme parks,” the governor said in his COVID-19 and wildfires update this afternoon. “Not just one or two brands, it is many different parts of the theme park industry.”
Teasing out the results that Bob Iger and Jeff Shell have been seeking for months, Newsom said that the state’s Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly will reveal the new guidelines on Tuesday at noon PT.
As if this year couldn’t get spookier, Busch Gardens Williamsburg has added more dates to their Halloween Harvest limited capacity event.
The event replaces the renowned Howl-o-Scream event. But whereas Howl-o-Scream lasted through the month of October, Halloween Harvest now stretches into November.
The newly added dates are as follows:
The future Legoland New York is steadily progressing toward a 2021 opening, even as the park’s parent company negotiates with regulators over new penalties for serial pollution and the pandemic wallops its finances.
Workers have erected all of Legoland’s main buildings and its 250-room hotel, while interior and façade work are being done, road work on a new Exit 125 for state Route 17 is nearing completion and rides are being installed, Legoland New York spokesman Matt Besterman said Thursday.
SANTA CLARA, CA
California’s Great America officials were hoping to unveil the Santa Clara theme park’s new water park area to visitors earlier this year, but then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and resulted in the entire 2020 season being canceled.
Instead, water park fans will have to wait until 2021 to experience South Bay Shores, which takes the place of the park’s old Boomerang Bay. On Wednesday, however, officials gave the Bay Area News Group an exclusive first look at the progress being made on this major new attraction, which officials estimate is approximately 75 percent complete.
t’s been a summer of silence at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee. Seven months after their normal opening date, the theme park has been granted approval to open to guests.
Great America will reopen on November 27th with their third season of Holiday in the Park. They are calling this year’s festivities “Holiday in the Park Lights” – and it will be a bit different this season.
“Due to Illinois safety guidelines, rides won’t be operating at Holiday in the Park Lights,” Caitlin Kepple, Six Flags Great America’s Communications Manager, says. “It’s strictly a holiday lights experience.”
Darting around the pool as a group of swimmers stands in the shallow end, the dolphin looks much like those that jump through hoops and perform acrobatics at theme parks.
But this marine creature is a robot.
“When I first saw the dolphin, I thought it could be real,” said a woman who swam with the remote-controlled creature.
Edge Innovations, a U.S. engineering company with an animatronic and special effects division in California, designed the dolphin, which cost $26 million.