Get ready for more thrills at Hersheypark.
A new roller coaster under construction will be the fastest, tallest and longest at the park. It just may be the sweetest, too.
During an announcement Wednesday, park officials shared more details about Candymonium, the anticipated coaster due to arrive for the 2020 season in tandem with the park’s $150 million expansion.
Nearly 500 season pass holders joined to hear the announcement at the Chevrolet Music Box Theatre at the amusement park.
Candymonium will feature a lift height of 210 feet, a maximum speed of 76 mph and a track length of 4,636 feet. It will span seven acres and run for a length of two minutes and 26 seconds. Only guests 54-inches and taller (Twizzlers height requirement and above) will be allowed to ride Candymonium.
“We felt the coaster was a key ingredient to the entire Hershey’s Chocolatetown. Our guests constantly ask for more water and more steel. So we brought water, so now we’re back to bringing more steel,” said John Long, CEO of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company.
The name Candymonium is the perfect combination of sweet and thrilling, he said.
Busch Gardens is going on 20 years of fear. Howl-O-Scream is back again to bring more terrifying houses and bring fear to another level in Tampa Bay.
And even though it’s only July, Busch Gardens is giving residents an early Halloween treat.
They are currently offering Howl-O-Scream 2019 tickets up to 75 percent off. Prices start at $25. That will give you access to all of the haunted houses and the parks most popular rides.
The offer ends tonight.
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Over the past twelve years, Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson has imported dozens of animals, from antelopes to tigers to zebras, sometimes through donation and sometimes through outright purchase, to support its popular safari.
But at least nine of those imports may have been illegal, according to federal communications and records, because the park operated without a valid Captive Bred Wildlife (CBW) permit.
A CBW permit is required for the interstate trade of exotic animals listed as endangered or threatened in the wild, and born in captivity in the United States, according to David Favre, who teaches animal law at Michigan State University. The permit, issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act, allows the park to specifically buy and sell African elephants, Siberian tigers and red lechwes, a type of antelope known for their long, spiraled horns, as long as the trade is done for the survival of the species.
A Disney World tourist didn’t have a FastPass to Tower of Terror, so she punched an employee and started pressing buttons
A Chicago tourist who was angry she didn’t have a FastPass to Tower of Terror ended up punching a Disney World cast member in the face and began pushing buttons, which the employee warned could have affected the ride, according to a sheriff’s report.
The 23-year-old woman wasn’t charged -- the Disney worker didn’t want to press charges, said the Orange County Sheriff’s Office report.
The attack began in the evening of July 13 when the Chicago woman and her group were upset their FastPasses weren’t valid for the popular ride at Tower of Terror that often draws a long wait at Hollywood Studios.
The incident did not happen in the elevator shaft portion of the ride but in the pre-show area where visitors are ushered into the creepy library to watch “The Twilight Zone” host Rod Serling’s introduction.
Six Flags Magic Mountain opened its doors to the media Friday for a behind-the-scenes look at the on-going construction of the theme park’s latest roller coaster, West Coast Racers.Attendees were given a tour of the former Cyclone Bay area of the park, being redesigned into a new themed area.
“We are completely transforming this section of the park,” said Sue Carpenter, Public Relations Manager for Six Flags Magic Mountain.
The coaster is expected to be an anchor to the new Los Angeles urban-themed area, titled The Underground, near the wooden roller coaster Apocalypse:The Ride, according to officials.
The construction of the new coaster has only affected the operation of two nearby attractions, Apocalypse: The Ride and Jetstream. Apocalypse is expected to re-open coinciding with the 2019 Fright Fest season and it’s adjoining maze Aftermath, according to Carpenter.
When Universal Studios Hollywood closed its aging Jurassic Park ride in September for an overhaul, the park’s research and development team wanted to inject the same big-adrenaline scares and state-of-the-art magic seen in its latest blockbuster dinosaur movies.
But the team also had to rush to finish the ride in time for this year’s peak summer tourist season.
Jurassic World — The Ride, as it’s officially called, opened last week after several days of testing with almost no fanfare. The ride has been met with huge crowds, queues up to two hours long and mostly positive reviews from riders.
American Humane, the country's first national humane organization and the world's largest certifier of animal welfare and well-being, announced that Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif., has earned the Humane Certified™ seal of approval for its animal encounters and attractions, demonstrating the good welfare and treatment given to the animals in its care. This includes dolphins, sea lions, alligators, sharks, tigers and many other incredible species.
"Congratulations to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom for their certification achievement," said Robin Ganzert, Ph.D., American Humane president and CEO. "With Americans increasingly concerned about the treatment of animals, it's vital to bring all zoos, aquariums and parks to higher levels of animal welfare and to recognize those that are upholding these standards."
"As a unique combination animal and thrill park, it is incredibly special and important to receive this designation from American Humane," said Dianne Cameron, animal care director, at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. "This certification further establishes our commitment to providing the highest standards of care for the animals at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom."
Two of Playland Park's most famous rides will be restored. The county Board of Legislators unanimously approved financing Monday for the restoration of the Derby Racer and the Grand Carousel.
The approved work includes a complete overhaul of the park's 104-year-old Carousel, whose roof was damaged in a 2017 fire.
Also approved was the reconstruction of the building that houses the Derby Racer, which was built in 1927.
Both of the rides are on the National Register of Historic Places.
A popular attraction at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom will be getting a makeover for the 2020 season.
The multilevel Island Water Works, a featured fun spot at the summertime recreational destination since 1998, will be replaced this winter with an updated version, Vice President/General Manager Mike Fehnel said during the Board of Commissioners meeting Wednesday in South Whitehall Township.
“It is time to renew it,” he said.
Commissioners granted the amusement park’s request to waive land development review requirements for replacing the attraction, which takes up 0.3 acres of the property at 3830 Dorney Park Road.
We already have the answer to a burning question for the 2019 edition of Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. Who ya gonna call? “Ghostbusters.”
The 1984 film will be the basis for one of the 10 haunted mazes for the event, which kicks off at Universal Studios on Sept. 6, the theme park announced Wednesday.
Scenes from the film — think New York Public Library, the firehouse, the Temple of Gozer — will be featured in the house, along with spirits, specters and “ectoplasm-dripping phantasms,” Universal says.
Also on hand: The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, who appears, big time, in the film’s climactic scene.
The comedy stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson as jumpsuited fighters of the paranormal. Others in the cast include Signourney Weaver, Annie Potts and Rick Moranis.