A new amusement park is in the works, just a few hours from the Capital Region, in the Hudson Valley: LEGOLAND NY Resort.
It's being built in Goshen, NY and is scheduled to open on July 4, 2020. It's the 9th LEGOLAND theme park in the world, and only the 3rd in the United States.
"Orange County here in the Hudson Valley is such an amazing tourist destination. I think people are really starting to discover it and everything it has to offer." Matt Besterman, a spokesman for LEGOLAND NY Resort said.
To help celebrate their 150th anniversary, Cedar Point is looking for the best bands from all over to join their Bands in Residence program.
Chosen bands will be given the opportunity to share their music with the millions of guests who'll visit the park throughout the season.
Bands will be asked to perform multiple short sets each day for one week at one of Cedar Point's live entertainment venues.
A few lucky bands will have the chance to take the main stage for the three festivals weekends scheduled to close out the season.
Months after Disneyland opened the biggest expansion in its history, the Anaheim theme park raised ticket prices Tuesday, pushing the cost of some one-day passes above $200 for the first time. Prices of annual passes and the digital MaxPass climbed too.
Under a new five-tier pricing scheme that charges more for days when demand is highest, one-day ticket prices rose as much as 5%. For the lowest-demand days — such as Tuesdays and Wednesdays in March — a one-day ticket to visit either Disneyland or Disney’s neighboring California Adventure Park stayed unchanged at $104. For peak days, such as most Saturdays and Sundays, the price of such a ticket rose to $154 from $149. There are also three middle-priced tiers.
Six Flags Over Texas on Monday announced its newest water roller-coaster, Aquaman: Power Wave, the first of its kind in North America.
The entertainment park said "the first piece of track laid down at the ride site, this first-of-its-kind, in North America, ride."
Six Flags says the ride will launch riders backwards and forwards, "straight up colossal 148 feet twin track towers and then send them plunging straight down, screaming across more than 700 feet of track before hurtling at 63 miles per hour towards the ultimate massive splash down."
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Kennywood Park's general manager has stepped down, Kennywood spokesman Nick Paradise confirmed.
Jerome Gibas has stepped down as general manager of the park. Kennywood's spokesman did not say why he stepped down. Palace Entertainment Vice President of Theme Parks Rick Stammel will serve as interim general manager while a nationwide search is conducted for a permanent replacement, Palace Entertainment Chief Operating Officer John Reilly confirmed.
The park's marketing director, Chris Salerno, has also stepped down. It is unclear why he stepped down.
Fast Lane is a special ticket upgrade at Cedar Point that allows thrill seekers the opportunity to skip the line at some of the park’s most popular rides.
But in 2020, there are some notable changes coming to the park's Fast Lane ticket option.
First big change: Millennium Force has been added to the more expensive Fast Lane Plus ticket after previously being part of the lower-tier Fast Lane option.
Here are the rides included in Fast Lane Plus for 2020:
Tucked away in the northeast corner of Irondequoit is a piece of American history.
The Jack Rabbit, a wooden roller coaster at Seabreeze Amusement park, turns 100 years old this year.
Built in 1920, the Jack Rabbit is the nation’s oldest continuously operating roller coaster, according to Seabreeze officials. Additionally, it’s tied for fourth place in the world for the same category, according to the National Amusement Park Historical Association.
When it opened a century ago, the Jack Rabbit was the fastest coaster in the world.
In 2010, the thrill ride was included in a CBS News list of the five best roller coasters in the country.
Disney announced Thursday that reservations will open later this year for Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, a two-day, two-night, all-immersive vacation simulating life in the "Star Wars" universe.
Think cruise but, you know, far, far away.
"Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is a completely new type of experience," said Ann Morrow Johnson, executive producer for Walt Disney Imagineering, in a Disney blog post. "You're going to live onboard a star cruiser...and you can get wrapped up in the larger Star Wars story."
Though reservations are set to begin this year, the actual experience won't open until 2021, at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
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Coming this summer, you can "get your kicks" on the roller coaster at the Santa Monica Pier.
The coaster is getting a makeover, turning the ride into a tribute to the iconic Route 66.
When finished, the coaster cars will be modeled after classic roadsters.
Theme Parks to Implement Specialized Training to Better Serve Guests
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE:SIX), the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, today announced that each of its 26 parks will earn the Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). This initiative will mark the first-ever family of parks to earn the designation at all locations.
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“We are proud to partner with IBCCES to ensure that guests on the autism spectrum have the best possible experience when visiting our parks,” said Six Flags Vice President of Safety Jason Freeman. “The certification process will equip our team members with the tools and training needed to better serve guests with special needs. We want them to know Six Flags stands ready to welcome them with open arms.”
Many individuals and families with children on the autism spectrum or with sensory sensitivities find it challenging when visiting new places or planning family trips. The potential for sensory overload combined with a lack of understanding and awareness at parks and other recreational venues can often be overwhelming.
The CAC designation from IBCCES, the only credentialing board providing these services for the amusement and attractions industry, requires that at least 80% of guest-facing staff at each park complete a training and certification program through IBCCES as well as complete onsite audits and make a commitment to ongoing training. The staff training focuses on understanding the autism spectrum and strategies for communication, guest experience, and safety, while the onsite audit will give each park techniques and guidance on additional updates.
As a Certified Autism Center, Six Flags parks will provide:
“As a person on the spectrum, it is exciting to see more parks taking the extra steps to accommodate all guests,” said Dr. Stephen Shore. “The commitment Six Flags is making to a true certification process is impressive and means so much to millions of individuals and families. Creating family memories and recreation are essential for both individuals with ASD and their families as a whole.”
For almost 20 years, IBCCES has been the industry leader in cognitive disorder training and certification for healthcare, education and corporate professionals around the globe. IBCCES recognized that many families with children who have special needs have limited travel options. In response to this need, IBCCES created training and certification programs specifically for the attractions and travel industry. While many destinations tout “autism-friendly” options, this phrase means something different to everyone and does not necessarily indicate a true understanding or commitment to serving these guests.
Six Flags will also be the first network of parks to implement IBCCES’ Accessibility Card. The cards may be used during all Six Flag park visits. For more information on the Accessibility Card registration, visit www.accessibilitycard.org.
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company and the largest operator of waterparks in North America, with $1.5 billion in revenue and 26 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 59 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.
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Delivering The Global Standard For Training and Certification in The Field of Cognitive Disorders – IBCCES provides a series of certifications that empower professionals to be leaders in their field and improve the outcomes for the individuals they serve. These programs are the only training and certification programs endorsed by the largest grassroots autism organization in the world, The Autism Society of America, and recognized around the world as the leading benchmark for training and certification in the areas of autism and other cognitive disorders.
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