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Guests at Legoland Florida can park for free starting Wednesday through the month of August, the amusement park announced Tuesday.
Visitors are also encouraged to bring new and unopened school supplies to donate to homeless students at Polk County Public Schools, through the Homeless Education Advocates Restoring the Hope program.
“Every donation will help make a difference in the lives of more than 4,000 students identified in a homeless situation in Polk County,” the company said in a statement.
One day after the great flood, seated two by two, riders descended the Phoenix’s wooden tracks.
The roller coaster, a standby of Knoebels Amusement Park, buzzed back to life Friday after a week of intense rain and flooding forced staff to close the 92-year-old park for three days this week.
As campers peeked from their tarp-covered tents and families lined up for slices of hot pizza, workers hosed the remaining mud from the park’s low-lying areas, reassembled Italian ice machines, drained river-churned water from Crystal Pool. They put the final cleanup touches on the Elysburg, Northumberland County, amusement park that serves as the highlight for countless families throughout the summer.
The Walt Disney Company is set to eliminate single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at all its owned and operated locations across the globe by mid-2019, the company announced Thursday. This includes all parks with the exception of Disney Tokyo.
That elimination amounts to a reduction of more than 175 million straws and 13 million stirrers annually, the company said.
The move comes on the heels of an announcement from Starbucks earlier this month that would phase out single-use plastic straws from its more than 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020.
A woman got more thrills than she bargained for at Six Flags Over Georgia when she unexpectedly gave birth to her baby at the park.
The woman, who’s been identified only as Crusita, was reportedly at Hurricane Harbor with her daughter on Monday, when she went into labor, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.
Crusita went to the first aid area and told the employees she felt she was in labor, the station reports. Emergency responders were then dispatched and helped Crusita deliver her baby, a boy named Mathew.
In honor of his birthday, the park gifted Crusita and Mathew with Diamond Elite Memberships, which guarantees them free entry to any Six Flags park for the rest of their lives.
A new neighborhood development could sprout up along the South Platte River in Denver near Elitch Gardens Amusement Park. The beloved theme park will likely be forced to move to make way for riverfront parks, towering apartment complexes, a school and more. The Elitch development is part of a trend across Colorado and the country to build upwards in the city core and not outward into the suburbs.
Denverite reporter Andrew Kenney, who's been following this story, talked to Colorado Matters about the impact of the new neighborhood. The mile of what city officials are calling "South Platte River improvements" could take more than two decades of development. The Elitch Gardens plot is prime real estate now, and with not many other theme park-sized plots of lands available in Denver, the death of the park may be inevitable.
Despite Universal still not officially confirming the new park on their recently purchased southern property, we now know what the name of the theme park may be.
Last month Universal trademarked the name "Fantastic Worlds" for use in amusement parks. Around the same time, a supposed guest survey was sent out by the company asking respondents, “Which of these names for a theme park is most likely to belong to Universal?” The options included Fantastic Worlds, Epic Worlds, Legendary Worlds, Legendary Lands and DreamPark.
On a recent episode of the Disney Dish podcast, industry insider Jim Hill indicated he was leaning toward the DreamPark name, since the new park will likely include multiple DreamWorks franchises. But other industry experts, including Josh Young of Theme Park University and Alicia Stella of Orlando Park Stop, both known for the accurate reporting of recent Universal rumors, point to the Fantastic Worlds name.
We're closing in on the most important earnings season of the year for Six Flags (NYSE:SIX) and Cedar Fair (NYSE:FUN). Six Flags reports on Wednesday morning. Cedar Fair follows next week.
There's a lot of seasonality in the amusement park industry, and it all boils down to the peak summer period, when attractions are open for teens, young families, and thrill seekers of all ages looking for something to do while school is out. The second quarter that ended in June won't be as potent as the current period, which includes the busy months of July and August, but how the park operators started off the season and how they see it play out make the next few days of reports critical for Six Flags and Cedar Fair investors.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg's "Escape From Pompeii" water ride will be closed indefinitely after a fire on the ride's roof Saturday night.
Ron Vample, a spokesperson of the amusement park, says the ride was not operating at the time of the fire and there were no park guests in the area at the time.
James City County firefighters were able to put out the fire quickly, said Vample.
We live in a data-driven age in which just about everyone is walking around with a super computer in their pocket, disguised as a smartphone. Phones today can cost well in excess of $1,000. So why would anyone want to risk the chance of smashing it into pieces?
Cedar Point is now enforcing a rule: Cellphones will no longer be allowed with you in line for Steel Vengeance. The rule states cellphones must be left in a locker or with a non-rider.
"Similar to the rider safety policies on other thrilling rides at Cedar Point, loose articles, including cellphones, are not permitted on Steel Vengeance,” Cedar Point spokesman Tony Clark said.
The previous protocol left the securing of a personal cellphone device to the discretion of the guest. While no loose articles are allowed in the line, if you had pockets with buttons or zippers, it was an acceptable means of locking up the device before riding.