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Halloween Theme Park Preview: Universal Hollywood's Werewolf Maze

August 15, 2014 at 8:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re halfway through August, and before you know it the cooler temperatures and spooky stuff of fall will be here. That means that Halloween marketing is starting to arrive. The candy might not be at the store just yet, but the theme parks are getting ready to celebrate the season—like Universal Studios Hollywood and Halloween Horror Nights.

The park over in California is taking a few pages out of their own film library, as they’re calling on An American Werewolf in London for inspiration on their latest seasonal selection.

The maze opens up for the season on September 19, and it sounds like they’re taking plenty of cues from the original film. Organizers promise totally convincing props, authentic music, and special effects that will scare you silly—especially when it comes to all things werewolf.

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Universal Orlando's 'Hogwarts Express' is Totally Showing Up Actual Amtrak Trains

August 11, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comment (1)

Already?!

That's the question being exclaimed by visitors to Universal Studios Orlando, as the theme park has announced that their newest ride—the Hogwarts Express within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley—just surpassed 1 million riders.

This train, a ride experience we heralded as "the most attractive ride at Universal Orlando" and which became our favorite of all at the park, only opened to the public on July 8, 2014. On August 7, the Universal Orlando Facebook page announced they'd reached the million riders, conveniently one day short of the ride's one month anniversary.

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This Indiana Theme Park is Spending $22 Million on Their Next Roller Coaster

July 31, 2014 at 7:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re right in the middle of theme park season, so it seems a little unusual for a park to start building excitement over some future rides and attractions. We’d think they would still be focusing on this year. However, we’ll just assume that the folks over at Holiday World know what they’re doing, as they just announced that they will be spending $22 million to construct a new roller coaster.

It will be the country’s first launched winged coaster, and it will be known as Thunderbird once the final bits and pieces are assembled in 2015. The details are still coming out, and we’ll know more as the construction progresses; however, we do know that the ride will hit 60 miles per hour in just over three seconds—hang on. There’s the usual twists, turns, and whatnot as well as 14-story version of something called an Immelmann loop.

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It'll Take $3.5 Billion to Build Asia's Newest Theme Park by 2018

Where: Korea
July 24, 2014 at 6:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like Asia is the hotspot when it comes to theme park construction and expansion, and now there’s news that the continent will be adding yet another place to hop on some rides and enjoy some attractions.

The company behind the new plans is 20th Century Fox, and they’re ready to build something brand new over in South Korea. Details like rides and attractions are limited at this point—as in non-existent. Alas, we do know that the new park will take up around 75 acres and be a key feature of the Ungdong Entertainment Complex in Changwon City.

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Six Flags is on the Move with Plans for China

Where: China
July 11, 2014 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

The last news from the folks over at Six Flags was all about their plans to bring plenty of roller coasters and other amusements over to Dubai, and now it sounds like the company is on the move once again.

Six Flags just announced plans to partner with a company over in China to open up a few parks here and there over the next decade or so. Right now details are limited, so maybe wait on packing your bag and applying for that visa.

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Say Bonjour to 'Ratatouille' at Disneyland Paris

Where: Paris, France
July 7, 2014 at 12:03 PM | by | Comment (1)

The parks over at Disneyland Paris don’t seem to get the new rides and attractions as often as we do here in the states, but that’s not the case this week as a fresh bit of Disney magic is headed overseas.

The new attraction is showing off a little fun from the movie Ratatouille, and it's scheduled to debut July 10. It’s the very first ride based on this film, and of course it only makes sense for Ratatouille to make a first amusement park showing in Paris, seeing as how the animated film was based there.

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Everything Old is New Again: Wooden Roller Coaster Debuts at Six Flags Great America

June 20, 2014 at 8:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve been awaiting its arrival since January of this year, and now it’s finally time for the roller coaster known as Goliath to make a debut.

This big and bad new coaster isn’t a usual hi-tech coaster offering either, as this thing is a wooden coaster—so expect all of that moving and shaking that goes along with a timber track. With its opening comes world records, as Goliath will feature the longest drop, the steepest drop, and the highest speed of any wooden coaster. Top speed is 72mph.

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More Money for Mickey as Disneyland Again Raises Prices

May 28, 2014 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

It seems like we were just talking about Disney and their plans to increase admission to some of their theme parks, and now just weeks later they’re doing it again—this time over in California.

The parks that make up Disneyland Resort are rising once again, and this is certainly going to take away from your oversized turkey leg and churro budget. Things have been bumped up by roughly four percent, as Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park will now set you back $96. Parking is also going up by a buck, and that’s now going to cost $17 for each and every vehicle heading into the lots.

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After Hours Attractions Arrive at Walt Disney World Just in Time for Summer

May 14, 2014 at 10:58 AM | by | Comment (1)

There’s more spots to spend those Disney dollars this season, as the theme parks in Florida are adding a couple new nighttime additions to the menu. That’s assuming that the usual opening hours aren’t enough for you, and that you haven’t returned to your hotel exhausted from the lines, the crowds, the children, and the fanny packs.

Over at Epcot they’re introducing something called Epcot After Hours Wind Down where visitors can enjoy a little extra fun after the park closes at around 9pm. Those willing to pay up $35 per person can enjoy wine pairings and tapas tastings across one of four of the different themed restaurants. This is in addition to your usual theme park admission, but it’s still not a bad idea—especially considering that booze is included.

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Dubai Gets All the Good Stuff, Including a Six Flags

May 1, 2014 at 9:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

It has happened before, and now it looks like it is happening again—someone is trying to build a Six Flags over in Dubai. This time the necessary bits and pieces seem to be in order, and as long as there’s not another global economic crisis things should finally get off the ground.

A group of rich people think roller coasters and a theme park are just what the region needs, and if they get their way the latest Six Flags venture will be rubbing elbows with all the skyscrapers of Dubai.

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Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: The Roller Coaster Capital of the World

April 22, 2014 at 11:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.

Sure, cultural experiences and taking in a little history are great options when heading out on holiday, but sometimes we recognize that a dose of serious fun is in order. That’s why we suggest skipping the long-haul hassle to hit up some summertime fun early in the season, and there’s nowhere better than to do so than Sandusky, Ohio.

Spread across 364 acres right on Lake Erie sits the world's best place to take in all things roller coaster. Cedar Point have over 70 rides and amusements, and when we last checked we think there were like 16 different roller coasters—although honestly we may have lost count. The park has been welcoming visitors as a summertime rite of passage since 1870, so you can bet they know how to keep a crowd happy.

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Opening Dates for 10 of the USA's Best Theme Parks

April 3, 2014 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

It feels like we're finally turing the corner when it comes to the warmer weather, and sooner than later it’ll be time for the calendar to flip over to May. That means theme park season will officially be underway, so here’s a quick rundown of when some parks across the country are set to fire up their coasters for the very first time:

· Carowinds – Charlotte, North Carolina - March 29

· Elitch Gardens Theme Park – Denver, Colorado - May 3

· Holiday World & Splashin' Safari – Santa Claus, Indiana - May 3

· Kennywood – West Mifflin, Pennsylvania - May 3

· Six Flags Great America – Chicago, Illinois - May 3

· HersheyPark – Hershey, Pennsylvania - May 9

· Cedar Point – Sandusky, Ohio - May 10

· Darien Lake – Corfu, New York - May 10

· Michigan's Adventure – Muskegon, Michigan - May 21

· Great Escape – Lake George, New York - May 23

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