If you lived in North Jersey in the 1980s, you probably have an Action Park story.
Maybe you suffered a bloody nose after your cart careened off the Alpine Slide. Or you collided with a friend sliding down Surf Hill. Or one of the gigantic waves in the Wave Pool knocked your bathing suit off.
Whatever your tale, you won’t have as many Action Park stories as Andy Mulvihill, who is out with a new book filled with his memories of the Vernon amusement park that brought joy, laughter and the occasional concussion to so many thrillseekers. “Action Park: Fast Times, Wild Rides, and the Untold Story of America’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park,” written by Mulvihill and Jake Rossen, hits bookstores Tuesday.
JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ
The Jersey Devil will have to wait a little longer before taking flight over Six Flags Great Adventure.
A new thrill ride honoring the Garden State's homegrown cryptid, the Jersey Devil Coaster, was announced by the park in August 2019 and had been expected to welcome riders this summer. The ride is now set to open in 2021, the park announced Tuesday.
"Due to the pandemic, most construction projects were delayed or halted all together," reads a statement on the Six Flags Great Adventure website. "For this reason, Six Flags is making plans to debut Jersey Devil Coaster in 2021. We look forward to sharing more construction updates as we complete this record-breaking scream machine."
See you next year, Dragon Coaster.
For the first time since Rye Playland amusement park opened in 1928, it will be closed for an entire season, which includes World War II, fires and natural disasters.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer said the park would've been closed for the two most profitable days - Memorial Day and July 4 - and the health concerns greatly outweigh the benefits.
In some states and counties, people are required to wear masks in public and practice social distancing. But even in those areas, some businesses simply do not enforce the rules. On the other hand, many have praised theme parks, like Universal Orlando Resort, for their safe practices and extensive cleaning processes, including taking the temperature of every guest — something most grocery stores don’t do. We asked you, our readers, what you thought about safety measures in theme parks and at essential grocery stores.
Universal Studios is now rolling out “The Bourne Stuntacular,” a multimedia stage show, to its theme-park visitors. Although its status is “technical rehearsal,” the attraction appears to be on track to be the first major Orlando park debut in the post-coronavirus-shutdown era.
What audience members will see: a gigantic screen — it’s 130 feet wide and 28 feet tall — plus a mix of real and virtual actors (masks are one clue), fistfights, bursts of flames, chase scenes, gunplay, dangling from the ceiling and more for about 20 minutes. The choreography of effects is tight, and the action appears expertly rehearsed.
Hersheypark is finally opening for the summer 2020 season this week, and when it does, it will also be opening the park’s tallest roller coaster ever.
Candymonium, the long-awaited new addition to the chocolate-themed amusement park, will finally open on July 3. The ride was originally planned to open for the start of the 2020 summer season, along with the new Chocolatetown expansion at the park’s entrance.
However the coronavirus pandemic and following state-wide shutdown of non-essential businesses led to an early end to the Springtime in the Park season for Hersheypark, as well as a postponement of the opening of their summer season.
SAN DIEGO, CA
At Mission Beach, it seemed like a mostly normal day with people enjoying Belmont Park and even hopping on the popular roller coaster. But there's a problem: that's not allowed yet in the State of California.
The Giant Dipper rollercoaster at Belmont Park had people riding Friday evening, just hours after officials with the city of San Diego had shut it down. Multiple visitors told NBC 7 they tried other rides in the park, too.
The closure news came as a surprise to Arizona tourists Elizabeth Sravensky and Kyle Kisthardt who had just stepped off the ride.
Dorney Park will open on July 8 to season pass-holders only, park officials announced Friday.
The park will open to daily ticket-holders on Saturday, July 11.
Numerous requirements will be in place including:
Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen claims of the dangers of wearing masks and the dangers of not wearing masks. One of the main claims against face coverings, other than discomfort, is the lack of oxygen guests may receive while being at a theme park all day. I took a pulse oximeter to the Universal Orlando Resort to see true results of what our oxygen levels were throughout the day.
With Florida reaching nearly 9,000 cases of COVID-19 in a day, many counties have mandates that the public must wear masks in public except when eating or drinking. Even though this is now the case in Orange County, most theme parks around the world are already making masks mandatory, including Universal, Disney and SeaWorld.
We recently wore a mask all day in the heat at Universal Orlando to see how uncomfortable it would be, and determined it’s not ideal, but doable with some of our tips. Since we know it’s doable, we also wanted to make sure wearing face coverings in the heat is also safe.