fter two meetings in which they heard teachers groups advocate for local control, Senate study committee members looking at mandating later start dates for public schools were urged by the Atlanta Braves and executives from several theme parks to lengthen Georgia summers.
Derek Schiller, president and CEO of the Braves, told the 10 committee members present that more than half of those who attend ballgames at SunTrust Park are children who come with their parents. But as summer vacations get shorter, he said, there is a limited window for them to come see the games.
Schiller was followed by an all-star lineup of theme park executives from across Georgia, including Dale Kaetzel, park president of Six Flags over Georgia and White Water; Bill Doyle, president and CEO of Callaway Resort and Gardens; and Michael Dombrowski, vice president and general manager of Stone Mountain Park.
State police confirmed tear gas from their training drills infiltrated part of Hersheypark on Wednesday evening, causing the park to close three rides.
Hersheypark spokesperson Quinn C. Bryner said Thursday that the park received complaints of coughing and sore throat localized to their Midway America area.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we closed the rides where complaints were reported,” Bryner said. The rides closed were Music Express, Whip and Laff Trakk. The rides were closed until the source of the irritant could be identified.
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Published in 2010, “Knott’s Preserved: From Boysenberry to Theme Park, The History of Knott’s Berry Farm” sold out its initial printing.
Think of it as a pass into the theme park.
Now, a revised and expanded edition of Christopher Merritt and J. Eric Lynxwiler’s book has been published by Angel City Press.
Six people competed in the Holiday Dinner in a Cup eating challenge at Six Flags Over Georgia on Dec. 15.
Contestants had six minutes to eat as many cups filled with turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pie as they could for charity.
Jared Dalmas, a roller coaster enthusiast, took first place and a $1,000 grand prize by eating five cups. His winnings will be donated to Marietta-based Must Ministries.
The wizards who design Disney’s theme park rides enjoy a good challenge. Known as Imagineers due to their imaginative use of engineering, they have created everything from a fleet of fake submarines at Disneyland in California to a 200 feet tall abandoned Art Deco hotel at Walt Disney World in Florida. However, one of their most heroic feats was performed on the other side of the world.
When Disney bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion in 2009 industry observers soon started salivating at the prospect of interlinked theme park rides based on its iconic comic book characters like Spider-Man and the Hulk.
People typically associate theme parks with family vacations. But should you visit a theme park on your own?
Of course! Theme parks can accommodate groups from one up to, well, however many were in that small army that I saw blocking about half of Main Street at Disneyland yesterday. Going solo does not diminish the experience at all. In fact, visiting alone might make your theme park visit even better than going with a group.
Cedar Point’s Steel Vengeance has been nominated for USA Today’s “Best New Amusement Park Attraction” and it needs your votes.
Steel Vengeance is the first steel-on-wood “hyper-hybrid” rollercoaster over 200 feet tall.
The coaster has a 90-degree drop from 205 ft. It gives riders almost 30 seconds of airtime and has four inversions.
The coaster trains are now on track at Universal Orlando's new Harry Potter coaster. Who's ready for a ride on Hagrid's motorbike?
Twitter user @bioreconstruct, who specializes in aerial photography of Orlando-area theme parks and attractions, has posted from fresh images of the Harry Potter coaster construction site at Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park. In the images, we can see the coaster train, covered by white plastic.
Despite the covering, zooming in on the train image shows an outline that looks a lot like a series of motorbikes, with sidecars attached. Remember this from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?
Cedar Point is increasing its one-day adult gate admission price to $73 next season — just a $1 boost from its 2018 price.
While that may seem like a hefty price tag, by comparative industry standards and perceived value $73 for a day at the Sandusky amusement park suggest the price is a bargain.
“A lot of people are not paying $72 or $73. There are lot of discounts for an admission ticket. There’s always a supermarket that has a deal going with Cedar Point,” said Rick Munarriz, a Miami investor who covers Cedar Fair LP and other amusement and theme park companies for the Motley Fool online investing website.
Disney has purchased the BK Ranch, just southeast of Celebration, for $23 million. The BK Ranch is 965 acres, and is entitled for 3,000 homes and 378,000 square feet of commercial and office spaces.
The ranch is located on Old Tampa Highway. It is about a mile west of the Poinciana SunRail station. This was envisioned as a master-planned community that would compete directly with Celebration. The master plan even included plans for a grade school, high school, and parks.
The property has been for sale for over a decade. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent by the current owners to get the ranch properly zoned and permitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and South Florida Water Management District.