Disneyland will begin operating the second track on the Matterhorn roller coaster today after crews repaired a section of rockwork plaster that broke off from the faux mountainside in August.
Disneyland officials confirmed that both sides of the Matterhorn Bobsled attraction will be in operation again beginning on Thursday, Nov. 21.
A new virtual reality experience is coming to Hersheypark next summer.
Hersheypark made the announcement Wednesday with the founder of the multi-player virtual reality experience, Pennsylvania-based MajorMega.
The experience, known as Hyperdeck, will consist of two, 300-square-feet Hyperdecks that “create a dynamic virtual world featuring a full-motion floor and multi-sensory effects like strong winds, heat, and earth-rattling movements,” Hersheypark said.
Every year the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions—the main trade group for the amusements and attractions industry—holds a convention in Orlando. The IAAPA Attractions Expo is ground zero for the future of fun, as amusement parks and attraction designers reveal their hottest and newest upcoming works. If you’re at all into rides and attractions, it’s pretty much the best place to be the week before Thanksgiving.
So here’s a new coaster from SBF-VISA Group. It’s a spinning coaster, which right there gives me pause. But not only does it spin, but the first car in the train loops throughout the ride. Two folks strap themselves inside of that big circle and then it just loops and loops as the train rockets around the track. It took only a few seconds catching a clip of this beast in action on Twitter for me to roll into a ball and consider swearing off this amusement park beat entirely.
Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. This is actually a pretty genius concept in that it’s essentially two rides in one, a spinning coaster and a looping coaster, giving exhibitors two new attractions for the price of one. Yeah, the actual coaster part of this ride may not be the most elaborate or thrilling, but as a proof of concept, this is hard to find fault with. It’s the kind of high thrills fun that bring people out to amusement parks in droves, and it’s two different types of it. Just don’t expect me to ever get on this thing myself—even spinning coasters wipe me out, and the looping car would straight up kill me. I know my limitations.
As Great Coasters International celebrates its 25th anniversary, it unveiled its new steel roller coaster track product! The unveiling took place at Fun Spot America — Orlando on Wednesday evening, November 20. John Arie, Jr., of Fun Spot America theme parks offers his thoughts on the new track and GCI's new coaster cars (also unveiled during IAAPA Expo 2019).
Source: Amusement Today
Universal Studios stopped an Ormond Beach man from going into the parks for nearly an hour earlier this month because he wore a shirt that said he is a retired police officer.
Vincent Champion, a 22-year law enforcement veteran who retired in 2009 from the Ormond Beach Police Department, said he was stopped the theme park temporarily restricted his entry on Nov. 1.
Champion, 55, said the experience left him confused and angry and he vowed never to go to Universal again.
“I have never been treated this badly,'' he said. "It’s usually quite the opposite.”
Pictures that Champion shared show him in a gray, long-sleeved shirt with “Retired Police Officer” on the chest. On the back, it reads, “My time in uniform is over but my watch never ends.”
LEGOLAND® New York Resort, Holovis And ETF Ride Systems Reveal The World's First Ride Experience Featuring Technology That Turns Guests Into LEGO® Minifigures!
When it opens on July 4, 2020, LEGOLAND® New York Resort will introduce the LEGO® Factory Adventure Ride featuring the world's first use of on-ride tracking technology. By identifying the attributes of guests and mapping their position in the virtual space, the ride transforms riders into LEGO® Minifigures right before their own eyes! The family theme park revealed the news at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) annual Expo in Orlando in tandem with the ride technology designer, Holovis.
"Merlin Entertainments continues to grow in North America with more than 30 attractions and is already pushing boundaries with the LEGO Factory Adventure before LEGOLAND New York even opens," said Head of Public Relations North America for Merlin Entertainments Julie Estrada. "Imagine traveling through a LEGO Factory and suddenly seeing yourself as a LEGO Minifigure! With vision in hand, we looked to two of the world's leading developers, Holovis and ETF Ride Systems, to create this first of its kind dark ride experience. I can't wait to see the looks on our guests' faces when they experience it."
SAN DIEGO, CA
SeaWorld San Diego announced Tuesday that its “dive” roller coaster, which is scheduled to open next year, will be called “Emperor” in honor of a penguin species known for exceptional underwater diving ability.
SeaWorld first announced plans to build the ride in January in an area adjacent to the Journey to Atlantis attraction that has previously been a parking lot. Construction on the ride, advertised as the tallest, fastest and longest such coaster in the state, began in August.
TAMPA BAY, FL
A new record-breaking coaster is on the horizon for Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
On Tuesday, the theme park, along with manufacturer Rocky Mountain Construction, revealed the ride vehicle for its Iron Gwazi coaster at the IAAPA Expo.
The vehicle takes inspiration from the crocodile, with light and dark green colors.
As workers toil in the cold to build Kings Island's new giga coaster Orion, its manufacturer this week unveiled the train cars for the ride, at a theme park convention in much-warmer Orlando.
One of the cars is on display this week at the IAAPA convention, the Global Association for the Attractions Industry.
A photo of the car was tweeted early Tuesday by Attractions Magazine.
SeaWorld Orlando has unveiled the ride vehicle for Ice Breaker, its upcoming multi-launch family coaster.
The arctic-inspired coaster will feature four launches, going backward and forward. It will also sport a reverse launch that will send riders into a "beyond vertical drop,"a 93-foot-tall spike with 100 degree angle.
And those wanting thrills will not be disappointed. The coaster will have plenty moments of air time.
Ice Breaker will have a minimum height requirement of 48 inches.