They’ll do the monster mash at the 2019 edition of Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. A haunted maze dubbed Universal Monsters will feature Dracula, Dr. Frankenstein, the Wolf Man and other classic movie characters at the event.
The house will include passes through Dracula’s castle and Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory, home of the famed man-made monster, Universal announced Monday. Visitors also will encounter a creature from the Black Lagoon and an ancient Egyptian curse that’s courtesy of an evil mummy.
“They’re coming together to tear you apart,” a Universal promotional video says. In a news release, the characters are touted as being from Universal Pictures, “the movie that invented the horror films.”
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Kennywood may be coming under new ownership, according to a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The Post-Gazette reports a takeover bid worth over $700 million is in the works for the theme park’s current operator, the Madrid-based Parques Reunidos.
The investment vehicle Piolin Bidco reportedly launched a takeover bid Friday valued at $15.59 per share, plus a premium of 29 percent.
The investment vehicle is comprised of three firms: EQT, Miles Capital and Alba Europe. Miles Capital already owns about 44 percent of Parques Reunidos shares, reports the Post-Gazette.
Piolin Bidco made its offer for the remainder of the shares, which would effectively make it Kennywood’s new owner.
Cedar Point is preparing to unleash its newest attraction for 2019...
Welcome to the Forbidden Frontier.
“You’ll have the opportunity to play a role as big or little as you want in this immersive living story, with the power to sway the outcome and the fate of Adventure Island depending on the choices you make,” park officials explain. “From mind-bending challenges and group competitions to secret missions and simple conversation starting – you’ll have to figure out who to side with and who to trust. Or simply sit back, grab some provisions and watch the action unfold.”
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ix Flags hosts its annual Fast Tracks and Food Trucks festival that showcases delectable cuisine from around the world, as well as craft beer on tap. The festival is free with theme park admission and food options are available for an additional fee. Guests can enjoy various dishes such as gourmet Italian street food, empanadas and Cuban sandwiches, or authentic gyros, Belgian waffles with a French touch and much more. The 18 food trucks are located in Movietown May 4 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and May 5 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Seating and live entertainment is available inside the Movietown Arena.
Celebrate American Craft Beer Week at Waldameer with new brews and ride-a-rama.
What could be more Erie than Waldameer Park and Water World, Smith’s hot dogs and local craft beer? You might answer nothing, and that’s exactly what the Lake Erie Ale Trail is counting on.
On Saturday, May 18, the Ale Trail will host the third-annual Beer Coaster event at Waldameer to help celebrate American Craft Beer Week. From 4 to 8 p.m., attendees will sample beers from all 12 of the Ale Trail’s breweries as they chow down on some gourmet Smith’s hot dogs. Attendees are also able to come earlier and purchase a discounted beer tasting and ride-a-rama package.
Last week, a rumour circulated in the theme park industry. It suggested that discussions were taking place within the Six Flags corporate office regarding the possibility of selling off Six Flags over Texas along with up to two other parks in the chain to another established theme park company.A little more light digging revealed that that the established company involved in the talks was possibly Herschend Family Entertainment, the company behind the Silver Dollar City and Dollywood theme parks, along with a portfolio of other known attractions.
As the man behind the Screamscape.com news site for the past twenty years, I was immediately intrigued. I just had to know more. After all, Screamscape has long been famous for our rumour reports; often digging up very juicy information long before the official announcements are made. This wasn’t my rumour however, and was not first leaked by Screamscape. Nevertheless, it had a large group of my contacts also buzzing.
April 27 marked the opening day of Knoebels Amusement Resort, and a new year of visitors means a new list of things to eat, see and ride at the Elysburg amusement park.
For our opening day visit to the park, which offers free admission and free parking throughout the season, we spoke to Stacy Ososkie, director of public relations at Knoebels, about what was new in 2019.
Several new food items are available at Knoebels this year, as well as a few revamped or upcoming rides. Here are our top picks of seven things - five new foods, and two updated rides - for you to try if you visit the Elysburg park this year!
While it may not be debuting a new record-breaking roller coaster this year, Cedar Point will still has plenty new to offer this summer when it opens a week from now.
Perhaps the most notable new attraction at Cedar Point this year is the “Forbidden Frontier on Adventure Island.”
Tony Clark, Cedar Point’s director of communications, described it as an “experiential attraction” and said it is “entirely new venture” for the park.
So what is the attraction exactly? It is a live-action story that unfolds all around you and with you, as you get the chance to be in it yourself as you explore “Adventure Island,” an area previously closed off to visitors, but has “loose connections” to Frontier Town.
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Kennywood Park has received another historical marker for its long-standing history in the Pittsburgh region.
The marker that comes from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission will recognize Frederick Ingersoll, a key figure in the early beginning of rollercoaster and amusement parks in general.
“There’s no better example of our ongoing commitment to modern thrills and classic rides than what’s happening at Kennywood right now,” said park General Manager Jerome Gibas. “As we look ahead to an exciting future with Steel Curtain and Steelers Country opening later this year, we begin the season honoring the great history of amusement parks and rides in the Greater Pittsburgh area through the dedication of a marker to the man who built Kennywood’s first roller coasters.”
Kennywood, alongside the Heinz History Center and American Coaster Enthusiasts, unveiled the marker Saturday morning as the park welcomed their first guests of the summer season.
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Many are eager to see and ride the next big thing at Kennywood Park: the Steel Curtain.
Park visitors will see the final phase of construction when the park opens to season passholders this weekend, but they won't be able to ride it.
Administrators have not announced the date for the debut of the new ride but it will have to flawlessly pass 1,000 test runs, as mandated by the state, before it opens to the public.
"The highest safety, quality, enjoyment; we want to make sure it hits all those goals," said Kennywood spokesman, Nick Paradise.