It may be cold outside but that did not stop one Atlanta swim club from participating in a chilling challenge.
On Wednesday, the Georgia Tech Swim Club accepted Six Flags’ Polar Coaster Challenge and geared up in their warmest swimsuits and speedos to ride a popular roller coaster. The team buckled up and enjoyed a nippy ride on the Twisted Cyclone roller coaster.
TAMPA BAY, FL
Tis the season!
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has put a Christmas tree at the top of its upcoming Iron Gwazi coaster.
"We put a Christmas tree on top of a roller coaster. What'd you do today?" Busch Gardens tweeted.
Borrego Solar Systems and sPower worked with the Six Flags Discovery Kingdom this year to manifest the first theme park on the West Coast powered by solar energy. In this case, the solar will account for 80% of the park’s energy usage.
One difference in this theme park’s solar installation from other similar installations is that it will be powered by one of the most substantial solar carport installations in the country. The choice of a carport installation is a wise choice. The clearing of land for the cement below the carport is already done. Its use prevents more land being cleared — even clearing land for a renewable project is not ideal and not always in the best interest of the environment.
The Six Flags solar-powered theme park will offset 168,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents over the next 20 years. It will be equivalent to taking the exhaust of 36,000 non-electric cars off the road per year, cleaning our air and protecting our atmosphere.
SAN DIEGO, CA
SeaWorld San Diego announced Friday that it reached a milestone in the construction of its ``dive'' roller coaster by installing the ride's highest section of track 153 feet above ground.
The ``topping-out'' ceremony included a crane placing an American flag at the ride's highest section. The ride, slated to open next summer, is being built adjacent to the Journey to Atlantis attraction, on what had previously been a parking lot. Construction on the ride, advertised as the tallest, fastest and longest such coaster in the state, began in August.
The park originally announced the ride in January with the name ``Mako'' after the endangered shark species, which is considered the fastest shark in the world. Park officials announced its new name, Emperor, last month, saying it would reflect the ability of emperor penguins to dive to depths of 1,800 feet in the waters of their native Antarctica.
Cedar Point — the Sandusky, Ohio-based mecca for roller-coaster enthusiasts — has big plans for its 150th anniversary next year.
The celebration includes a new boat ride, Snake River Expedition; a cellphone information system that tells you the history of the spot where you're standing, and parades with interactive floats.
But the biggest news: The park said it would give away about 150 special tickets, one a day, starting in February. The tickets allow holders free admission and parking, along with three guests, for the rest of their lives.
It's a ticket you can't buy, the park said. The first one went to a Cedar Point employee through a random drawing.
We're about to get an answer to one of the more frustrating questions of 2019 - when will West Coast Racers open?
Six Flags Magic Mountain held a kickoff event for the dueling street racing coaster way back in August 2018. But production and construction delays caused Magic Mountain to miss the 2019 summer season. Many fans even wondered if the coaster would debut in 2019 at all. But now it appears that West Coast Racers will make it to that finish line, if barely.
The park announced in an email to annual passholders today that West Coast Racers will open for Six Flags' Gold Plus, Platinum, Diamond, and Diamond Elite Members on December 21 and 22 from 10:30am through 9pm. The coaster will open to all Season Pass holders and Members starting the next day. That preview will run from 10:30am-7pm daily through December 31, then from 1o:30am-6pm on January 1-5.
The roof of a carousel at Six Flags in Agawam caught on fire Tuesday evening, amusement park officials told 22News.
Six Flags spokeswoman Jennifer McGrath confirmed the incident with 22News. She released the statement below on behalf of the entertainment amusement park.
"This evening there was a small contained fire on the roof of our carousel. Our safety team responded immediately and was able to extinguish the fire. There are no injuries and our attraction will receive a complete inspection prior to its operation." - Jennifer McGrath, communications manager of Six Flags New England
Do the screams from Kings Island's roller coasters last too long into the night?
Concerns have been raised by some people living around Kings Island regarding the noise from the park, which a sound company measured well above what is allowed. They say the levels exceed the noise ordinance in the city of Mason.
Cedar Point announces 150th anniversary details: Snake River Expedition, Celebrate 150 Spectacular, admission for life
Snake River Expedition, the new water ride at Cedar Point, will be equal parts new and nostalgic, featuring new boats, live actors and plenty of guest interaction.
The ride will operate in the space formerly home to Paddlewheel Excursions, a park favorite removed in 2011. “You can’t celebrate Cedar Point’s 150th without a new ride experience,” said General Manager Jason McClure. “We wanted a ride that complemented our history and engaged the whole family.”
Details of the new ride — including its name — were shared this morning, along with a list of 150th anniversary additions, via a live YouTube announcement from the historic rotunda of Cedar Point’s Hotel Breakers.
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is one of Universal’s most critically-acclaimed attractions — and one of the most unreliable in the entire theme park industry.
Operational difficulties are to be expected with new attractions, especially when they’re as technologically ambitious as the Hagrid coaster. The ride features seven launches, a vertical drop track and several animatronic figures.
“It’s very typical for a sophisticated ride of this type to have bugs and issues that they have to work out,” said Dennis Speigel, theme park consultant of president of International Theme Park Services. “Five to six months into the ride, that appears to be a little long to me” to be having such issues, he added.