A woman was critically injured and her husband and child were also hurt when a water log ride at a California amusement park malfunctioned and flipped over, throwing them from their seats, officials said.
The incident occurred at Castle Park in Riverside on the Log Ride, which, according to the park's website, features a 48-foot drop.
Riverside Fire Department officials said they were called to the park at 4:37 p.m. and said three members of one family were tossed into the water after something went haywire with the log they were riding in and overturned.
A photo depicting the decapitated head of a missing Walt Disney World animatronic surfaced on Twitter amid an investigation into the figure’s widely publicized disappearance.
Disney blogs were buzzing when clothing items belonging to Buzzy, the star animatronic of the since retired Cranium Command theater show in the now closed Wonders of Life pavilion at Epcot, were reported stolen from the abandoned theater. Disney claimed the stolen items, which included Buzzy’s bomber jacket, green hat, and headphones, were worth an estimated $6,814.
The entire 300 pound figure was later reported missing.
Clever theme park. Universal Studios has managed to get the original actors to reinhabit their roles from the mega-sized Jurassic World franchise, for the reimagined Jurassic ride (we don't call it the Jurassic Park franchise anymore, sorry). The ride formerly known as Jurassic Park (we see you, Prince) is set to reopen sometime this summer.
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and BD Wong (sorry, Jeff Goldblum fans) are all back for the ride. They'll be part of what Universal says is an original storyline that takes visitors through the Jurassic World theme park when they visit Universal Studios Hollywood (and Florida).
New dinosaurs include the movie's Indominus rex and the aquatic Mosasaurus. The Mosasaurus will be seen inside a dinosaur Aquarium Observatory. The new experience even shifts from day to night and responds to inclement weather, meaning you'll get a different experience if you manage to visit on one of the few days Hollywood isn't sunny
The U.S.-China trade war is making for one long bumpy ride at S&S Worldwide.
Executives at North Logan’s S&S, one of the largest amusement park ride manufacturers in the country, say the company has had just one Chinese developer reach out to purchase a ride this year. Usually, Preston Perkes, executive director of administration, says China makes up half of the company's annual business.
Perkes traces the discrepancy back to last September, when Beijing imposed a retaliatory tariff on American-made ride parts, hiking up the duty from 10 to 25 percent.
“All of our returning customers that usually want to buy rides from us are talking to us about this,” said Perkes. “They aren’t signing contracts.”
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Thinking about a Kennywood trip this weekend? You may want to buy tickets online before heading out to the park.
Kennywood is offering a buy-one-get-one-free ticket deal for Sunday, May 26.
The offer is only available through Kennywood.com, and only while supplies last. As noted on the website, it is a "limited time offer."
It was July 22, 1996, and Morey's Piers had overextended itself.
The owners had spent years pouring money into buying the tallest, fastest coasters, but in the process strayed from what made the company great to begin with: its carefully crafted kitschiness.
So Jack Morey, who now oversees the second-generation business with his brother Will, sought guidance from Steven Izenour, a world-renowned designer behind the Philadelphia Zoo who was studying the Wildwoods and its disappearing doo-wop architecture.
Hersheypark is preparing to unwrap yet another new ride on Memorial Day weekend.
The ride, Reese’s Cupfusion, is an indoor ride where park guests can compete for high scores via a laser shooting target game. As the ride moves, guests can use the laser pointers to tag both stationary and moving targets as well as interactive characters on video screens to earn points.
The ride is also the first at Hersheypark to feature a story. Guests are welcomed as special agents for a secret mission by Commander Cup, an anthropomorphic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup tasked with protecting the Reese’s factory and its power source, the Crystal Cup. The League of Misfit Candies, led by Mint the Merciless, are out to steal the cup, and riders must zap the sugary rascals before they can abscond with it.
Pennsylvanians have a lot of options when it comes to roller coasters. Here in the Harrisburg area, there are 14 at Hersheypark alone, with even more options at Knoebel’s Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster and Dorney Park near Allentown.
But when it comes to our state’s legacy of roller coasters, it’s hard to top Leap The Dips at Lakemont Park in Altoona.
And that’s because it is the oldest roller coaster still in operation. Not just in Pennsylvania, or even just in the United States: Leap The Dips is the oldest still-operational coaster in the world.
The coaster was built in 1902, and was in continuous operation until the 1980s. It was heavily refurbished and re-opened for use in the 1990s, and was added to the registry of National Historic Landmarks in 1996 by the National Park Service.
Carowinds is in the running for three national awards, including best water park, best entertainment and best roller coaster.
The 400-acre park, located off Interstate 77 in Charlotte, is home to 14 roller coasters, the Carolina Harbor water park (admission included in ticket price) and dozens of other rides and attractions.
Three Carowinds attractions are nominated for USA Today's "10Best" awards, the park announced Wednesday. Those include:
Carowinds' Seasons of Cirque, a live show of aerial stunts, choreography and visual effects, will compete against shows like Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot, Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom, Ghost Town Alive at Knott's Berry Farm and Celtic Fyre at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va.
Cedar Point visitors still have to wait a few more days to experience its latest attraction, Forbidden Frontier, which opens to the public on Saturday.
Reporter Hannah Drown was live on cleveland.com’s Facebook page twice today to show what visitors can expect and to find out more. You can see the videos above and below or, to leave your own comments and reactions, access the videos directly on Facebook.
The attraction, being described as an immersive choose-your-own-adventure experience, is suitable for visitors of all ages and adds to the offerings available for those who can’t or don’t want to ride the famed roller coasters.
Walking through the town, characters situated throughout help explain the story’s plot and even ask visitors to help out themselves by delivering messages and objects to those they come across.
There are also attractions along the way, like a rope-led raft, a treetop adventure course and an audience-inclusive show.