The world’s oldest wooden roller coaster is returning to action for the first time in years, and it's at a park right in our back yard.
Leap the Dips has stood at Lakemont Park for 118 years.
The wooden coaster has been closed for almost four years, but starting Friday, park visitors can ride this piece of history once gain.
Two months after Kings Island's original opening date and three months since COVID-19 threatened to keep the park closed all year, the Mason, Ohio, theme park is finally opening for the 2020 season.
And the highlight is Orion, the coaster that the park started teasing in summer 2018 and called "Project X" during its planning phase. It's now Kings Island's longest, fastest and tallest steel coaster.
Six Flags has joined the growing list of companies that have pulled their advertising from Facebook, as well as other social media platforms, in protest over those platforms' promotion of lies and hate speech.
The amusement park chain posted the following statement across its social media accounts today:
Knoebels Amusement Resort has a staffing problem this season that is attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are 16 rides that might not operate full time due to the lack of staff, park spokesperson Stacy Ososkie said Tuesday.
The free admission amusement resort in Northumberland County during a typical summer will employ about 2,300. Currently, there are approximately 1,200 hired, she said.
Cast Members looking to return to the magic on their days off will find that Cast block-out calendars for Employee Self-Admission, Main Entrance Pass, and One Day Park Hopper Guest Tickets have been updated to reflect a full block-out through September 2020. At this time, the calendar does not extend past September.
If you lived in North Jersey in the 1980s, you probably have an Action Park story.
Maybe you suffered a bloody nose after your cart careened off the Alpine Slide. Or you collided with a friend sliding down Surf Hill. Or one of the gigantic waves in the Wave Pool knocked your bathing suit off.
Whatever your tale, you won’t have as many Action Park stories as Andy Mulvihill, who is out with a new book filled with his memories of the Vernon amusement park that brought joy, laughter and the occasional concussion to so many thrillseekers. “Action Park: Fast Times, Wild Rides, and the Untold Story of America’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park,” written by Mulvihill and Jake Rossen, hits bookstores Tuesday.
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The Jersey Devil will have to wait a little longer before taking flight over Six Flags Great Adventure.
A new thrill ride honoring the Garden State's homegrown cryptid, the Jersey Devil Coaster, was announced by the park in August 2019 and had been expected to welcome riders this summer. The ride is now set to open in 2021, the park announced Tuesday.
"Due to the pandemic, most construction projects were delayed or halted all together," reads a statement on the Six Flags Great Adventure website. "For this reason, Six Flags is making plans to debut Jersey Devil Coaster in 2021. We look forward to sharing more construction updates as we complete this record-breaking scream machine."
See you next year, Dragon Coaster.
For the first time since Rye Playland amusement park opened in 1928, it will be closed for an entire season, which includes World War II, fires and natural disasters.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer said the park would've been closed for the two most profitable days - Memorial Day and July 4 - and the health concerns greatly outweigh the benefits.
In some states and counties, people are required to wear masks in public and practice social distancing. But even in those areas, some businesses simply do not enforce the rules. On the other hand, many have praised theme parks, like Universal Orlando Resort, for their safe practices and extensive cleaning processes, including taking the temperature of every guest — something most grocery stores don’t do. We asked you, our readers, what you thought about safety measures in theme parks and at essential grocery stores.
Universal Studios is now rolling out “The Bourne Stuntacular,” a multimedia stage show, to its theme-park visitors. Although its status is “technical rehearsal,” the attraction appears to be on track to be the first major Orlando park debut in the post-coronavirus-shutdown era.
What audience members will see: a gigantic screen — it’s 130 feet wide and 28 feet tall — plus a mix of real and virtual actors (masks are one clue), fistfights, bursts of flames, chase scenes, gunplay, dangling from the ceiling and more for about 20 minutes. The choreography of effects is tight, and the action appears expertly rehearsed.