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Roller coasters are loads of fun, even if you need to pre-game with a little bit of Dramamine before hitting the theme park. What is not fun are flying projectiles launching out of pockets, and that’s why Universal Studios is installing metal detectors before some of the biggest and baddest rides.
We’re pretty sure park officials encouraged storage of personal items in lockers before, but now they’ll know if you’re trying to smuggle that phone onto one of three rides. From the folks over at WESH in Orlando, Rip Ride Rockit, Dragon Challenge, and The Incredible Hulk at Universal Orlando will now all feature metal detectors as part of the line—at least there’s something to do while waiting for your turn.
Lockers are provided for those that need to stash their goodies, and thankfully that’ll be free of charge. If we remember correctly there are already nets in place to catch anything that may become loose during the ride, but hopefully this should prevent any other accidents. We’d imagine one of those big iPhone 6 Plus suckers would hurt pretty badly if it hit you in the head.
Even though the temperature where you call home might not be supporting the concept, spring has finally arrived across the top half of the globe. That means more time outdoors, more sunshine, and most importantly theme parks and roller coasters opening their turnstiles for the first time in months.
Over in New York some of the rides and attractions at Coney Island starting doing their thing for the first time in 2015; however, apparently there are still quite a few kinks to still work out. On Sunday the famous Cyclone got stuck at the top during its opening day, and riders had to climb down the lift hill to get back to the ground.
The roller coaster is celebrating year 88 of doing its thing, and we’re hopeful that this opening day mishap is only a hiccup in Luna Park’s—and the coaster’s—summer season. All in all there were 24 riders that were forced to take a different way down, and thankfully no one was injured. So a good story for those involved albeit a scary one in the moment!
[Photo of a better day: Todd Crusham]
[Photo of a better day: Todd Crusham]
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Pack your best roller coaster riding pants, as China is all set to welcome the thrills and chills of a major new attraction. The folks over at Universal Studios have been running the numbers, preparing the PowerPoint presentations, and now it’s time to start about building a new park over in Beijing.
The opening date of the park hasn’t been announced, but you can bet on it being a few years from now; the bulldozers haven't even arrived on scene yet. The planned park will take up around 1,000 acres, and will likely feature all kinds of superheroes and movie favorites from Spider-Man to Transformers.
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Cedar Point's record-breaking Mantis roller coaster may still have a little more than two weeks yet to live, but already the paint cans are open and hype machine on high for the ride's transformation to "Rougarou."
Losing its primary colors in favor of a fiery orange, Mantis ends its run on October 19 and will lose the stand-up style trains to become a sit-down "floorless" coaster named for a fictional monster. Or maybe it's not so fictional?
According to BigFootEvidence.com (hmm), a "Rougarou" is something not very nice:
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"Mantis gets squashed October 19."
These ominous words now greet visitors to the official Facebook page of Cedar Point, the Ohio amusement park known for its plethora of record-breaking rollers coasters. These words mean only bad news from Cedar Point, as their Mantis coaster will cease to operate after October 19, but no future plans have been announced.
Mantis was constructed at a cost of $12 million, and debuted for the summer of 1996. For that first year, it held a record with the "World's Tallest Vertical Loop," and the 3900' feet of track attracted coaster enthusiasts from around the world, all champing at the bit over experiencing an extreme stand-up coaster.
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.
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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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.
The world’s tallest roller coaster is on its way to the United States, and it will call Orlando home; however, it’s not scheduled to arrive at one of the Disney parks nor one of the offerings from the folks over at Universal Studios.
The plan is to bring the thing to a portion of International Drive, and it will make its debut—fingers crossed—at some point in 2016. The new behemoth of a roller coaster will be known as Skyscraper, and it’s going to call some kind of $200 million entertainment complex home. They’re going to call the whole darn thing SkyPlex, and it will be at the intersection of International Drive and Sand Lake Road.
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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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" tripa 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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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
[Photo: Andrew 94]
[Photo: Andrew 94]