Roll up, roll up … Tickets went on sale today for Britain’s oldest amusement park. Dreamland Margate will reopen on 19 June, 10 years after it closed and following an £18m refurbishment that has seen some original rides restored and the addition of a host of retro-style amusements harking back to Dreamland’s 1960s heyday.
The centrepiece of the new park is the original Grade II-listed scenic railway, which was damaged in arson attacks in 2008 but has been restored piece by piece. The 17 rides, evoking the old-fashioned fun of the traditional British seaside, include a replica helter skelter, a vintage pedal car roadway, a Wedgwood teacup ride, dodgems and a ferris wheel. A roller disco, Punch and Judy show and Messhams Wall of Death motorbike show will add to the nostalgic atmosphere.
Universal Orlando on Wednesday began testing the use of metal detectors for roller coaster passengers to ensure rider safety, according to the theme park.
The park said one metal detector was put into use Wednesday morning at the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster at Universal Studios. If the test runs smoothly, the park said it will consider putting stand-alone detectors at other attractions.
The metal detector is located in an area just before the loading platform of the ride. If a potential passenger activates the metal detector, a wand is used to determine what specifically triggered the mechanism.
The states of North and South Carolina were a big buzz today as Carowinds unveiled their world record breaking coaster Fury 325. Media and coaster enthusiasts arrived to a beautiful scene as Fury 325 wound its way across and under the new entrance area of the park. The new entrance garners a new and refreshing entrance for guests as they arrive glancing into the eyes of the riders on the coaster. As you walk across the bridge, you can watch the train dive under you into a tunnel and come out behind you as it races back to the station.
Fury 325 opened with speeches from the VP and GM of Carowinds welcoming everyone, a speech from Rob Decker explaining how the ride came about and finished up with the ribbon cutting ceremony. Fireworks and a confetti shower opened up the ride as the first rider auction winners boarded the first train. The ride was an instant hit as riders were screaming for joy and thumbs were raised high in the air.
The day finished up with rides on Intimidator and the new Slingshot and a dinner with all the new items the park will be offering this season. Fury 325 is sure going to be a dream for coaster enthusiasts and will be a boom for the Carolinas.
Busch Gardens’ newest thrill attraction, Tempesto, debuts April 25 at Busch Gardens. Park President Carl Lum announced the launch coaster’s name, its key features and its opening date during a special pass member preview day held March 21.
Tempesto’s three launch experiences propel riders forward and backward through the ride’s station house, speeding past waiting guests at more than 60 miles per hour. Riders then climb 154 feet in the air for Tempesto’s signature loop-the-loop inversion.
“Guests waiting to experience Tempesto will certainly feel its power as the coaster train races past them at highway speeds,” said Larry Giles, Busch Gardens’ vice president of engineering.
Work on Tempesto began in fall 2014. The construction team bolted the final piece of track in place in late January. The construction phase will come to an end in the next few weeks and the the park’s operations team will begin ride testing.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the expression on our guests’ faces when they watch Tempesto in action,” said Park President Carl Lum. “The speed of this launch coaster, combined with its compact footprint will make for an exhilarating ride.”
SeaWorld Entertainment named a longtime entertainment and theme park executive as its new chief executive officer Thursday.
Joel Manby, 55, was appointed to the top position in an announcement to the entertainment company's board of directors. He will fill the role beginning April 7.
Manby has more than 20 years experience in the entertainment and theme-park industry.