Since 2002 Thorpe Park Fright Nights have been horrifying guests. mazes have come and gone, and it is the time of year when Thorpe Park announces the lineup for Fright Nights 2013. According to Scare Tour, Thorpe Park will be themed as Movie Studios, “a disused cinema where a deranged movie director brings the horror films to life and stages daily ‘casting calls’ amongst our guests to sieve the leading ladies/men from the understudies!”
Fright Nights will be presented with Lionsgate UK, one of the world’s leading global entertainment companies. Jason Wills, THORPE PARK Marketing Director, said “We are hugely excited about this partnership with Lionsgate. Fright Nights promises to be horrifically immersive, yet entertaining. A team of specially-trained scare actors is being recruited to deliver what will undoubtedly be the UK’s premier Halloween event – near London, without the need to go to Florida”
Guy Avshalom, COO, Lionsgate UK, said “We are delighted to be partnering with THORPE PARK particularly following the success of our collaboration on the world’s first horror movie themed roller coaster SAW – The Ride and live action horror maze, SAW Alive. The mix of the Park’s world-class roller coasters and our acclaimed horror films will be a surefire win with thrill seekers and horror fans alike”.
Attractions for Fright Nights 2013 include:
My Bloody Valentine 3D
My Bloody Valentine 3D- Maze: “Ignoring the obvious gimmickness of the 3D, My Bloody Valentine was a decent horror film with some nasty gas masked protagonists. Expect this maze to be dark and claustrophobic and to be a retheme of the existing Experiment Ten containers.”
Cabin In The Woods
Cabin in the Woods- Maze: The genre bending horror film that divided audiences. Will the maze concentrate on the cabin itself or the secret underground facility and the different monsters within?. It is believed this will be sited where Hellgate and The Passing have been in previous years.
The Asylum- Maze: Although not officially announced, we understand that The Asylum will return with a twist. At ScareCon, the park teased us with this Dead Silence image, so might the attraction get a mini makeover to bring these characters to the maze? Apart from a few cosmetic touches, the general experience should be similar to previously.
Saw Live- Maze: The existing Saw Alive maze will return to its current location moored near to Saw The Ride. With the budget and expense with the other mazes it is expected that Saw Alive will remain pretty much the same as previously. We could be wrong though!
Blair Witch Project
Blair Witch Project: The film played on the unknown and the feeling of being lost in a spooky wood. Recently work has started on the old Canada Creek Railway so this attraction is expected to either use the train or be a walk along the tracks.
You’re Next- Roaming Characters: This brand new horror movie opens late August and has a cast of serial killers in animal masks stalking and hunting a large house full of guests. It is believed that these creatures will be roaming around the park looking for their next victims.
The hometown of Superman was supposed to get even bigger in the 1970s with the addition of a super-sized theme park, but it never came to fruition. According to Comicbookresources.com, the city of Metropolis, Illinois was primed and ready for the newest addition to their already growing popularity. The park was supposed to be called The Amazing World of Superman. The place was going to be gigantic with everything dedicated to the Man of Steel.
The proposed layout was made in the early 1970s. The economic times were tough in the area and the park was hopefully going to fix the issue. The little town of Metropolis had already added elements of the comic books like a newspaper called The Metropolis Planet and free kryptonite available in City Hall. According to the article, DC Comics endorsed the idea and even declared the city of Metropolis the “Hometown of Superman” in 1972.
The park layout included a Fortress of Solitude, Bizarro playground, hotels, and a humongous statue of Superman that would act like the Colossus of Rhodes. The price at the time for building the park would have been around $50 million. The park never got off the ground because of the great oil crisis in 1973 that affected the tourist industry everywhere. Metropolis never got the theme park and instead received a river boat casino, museum, and the title of "Hometown of Superman."
The moment that many theme park and coaster enthusiasts had been waiting for all season at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio finally arrived last night at 10 pm with the announcement of the much anticipated new attraction for 2014. Kings Island, in front of hundreds of guests and media personnel, announced Banshee which would be the single biggest investment the park has made in its 41 year history. Crowds gathered in Action Zone hours before the announcement was to happen just waiting to hear and see the news. The park brought in a big video screen and fog engulfed the area as the announcement was made. After the fireworks, park General Manager Greg Scheid stepped to the podium and unveiled what would be world breaking; the longest inverted roller coaster in the world.
The name of the ride will be Banshee as it is the first female character inspired ride in Cedar Fair’s history. According to the park release, the coaster will stand out on the skyline with its deep blue and purple paint scheme and horrifying train station. The roller coaster will jolt 167 feet into the air and leave riders dangling in the grasps of the Banshee as she twists and flips them seven times which ties the most of any inverted coaster in North America. The ride has a maximum speed of 68 mph and will not be met until the ride is in the second half of its 4,124 feet of track. The coaster is designed and is being built by Bollinger and Mabillard and will be the second B&M coaster (Diamondback) inside of the park. The new coaster will feature elements such as two very large vertical loops, one of which will interact with the lift hill and a very unique batwing toward the back end of the ride.
Banshee will mark the 14th coaster to be operating inside the park and will hold the title of second tallest at the park. She will have three trains that have eight cars that will carry four people across. One other unique thing about this new coaster is a brand new seat and restraint system for an inverted coaster. The design is said to be more comfortable and safer than ever. The cost of this project comes in at $24 million and will be the darling child in the park when she opens in April 2014.
Construction began this April after the Son of Beast was completely torn down and according to Scheid, the park is way ahead of schedule right now. “We’re way ahead of schedule at this point,” Scheid said of construction. “We expect test runs of the new attraction to begin early next year.” Fans are excited to see something go up in place of the Son of Beast which was nothing more than a paperweight for many years. “It’s going to be awesome. It looks like an amazing inverted roller coaster,” said William Rose.
Park officials are very excited to see what kind of effect this has on the theme park industry after looking at numbers from their sister park Cedar Point and their new attraction Gatekeeper. “Banshee reflects our commitment to providing the best in world-class thrills and value for our guests and is an investment in the Ohio tourism industry,” said Greg Scheid.
Most of the jobs that we apply for and work in high school are part time and very low earning. The jobs that we take are usually not something that we plan on doing for the rest of our lives. This was not the case for a man who is working at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. According to the Daily Press, Todd Dawkins just celebrated his 30th year at the park as an employee, and according to many, doing a job that most would despise doing day in and day out. Dawkins works at the Trappers Smokehouse, one of the most popular eateries in the park.
Dawkins started out in 1983 working for the park to earn some money to do things he wanted to do in high school. He earned minimum wage which was a mere $3 at that time. He reported to work and was supposed to work in the England territory but was told help was needed in the smokehouse in New France. Dawkins worked the grill as he would turn out the park’s famous beef brisket, BBQ chicken, and pork ribs. The following year, he wanted to be moved to ride operator, but found himself back at the smokehouse. Dawkins wanted to go to college to work on computers but his dad passed away and was unable to afford it so he continued to work at the smokehouse. He has worked himself up through the ranks from grill master to now being the supervisor for the smokehouse.
Dawkins stated that people always ask why he still wants to work in the smokehouse in a theme park and his answer was clear. "It's about the people. There are a lot of people who have worked here for years. It's really a family atmosphere." According to the park’s VP of Human Resources John Harris, there have been many employees who have worked at the park for over 30 years since 1975. "Encouraging people to want to come back is important to us," he says. "We want to create an atmosphere where people enjoy what they're doing or who they're doing it with."
This week water park fans in attendance at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor were treated with a rare appearance by Britney Spears. On Tuesday and Wednesday, she visited the water park with her two sons, Sean, seven, and Jayden, six. She and her sons enjoyed a day at the park while riding the slides. Britney's two bodyguards not only had to keep adoring fans at bay but also carry the trios inflatable rafts from slide to slide. According to the Mail Online, Britney tweeted, "'So much fun spending the day at the water park! My boys had a blast "
While at the park, the internet began to buzz about the 31 year old star's two bikinis that she wore on each day. According to US Weekly, Britney has commented before on her weight changes, stating, "I like it, then again, I hate it. Dieting is tough...because my specialties are spaghetti, brownies, and chocolate chip cookies." From all accounts and pictures, it seems as if her efforts are well worth it and made the scenery at Six Flags much more enjoyable.