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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

[Photo: Andrew 94]

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We Found A Little Bit of Coney Island Down Under in Australia

Where: Australia
March 24, 2014 at 1:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Wandering around Sydney and Melbourne, travelers will eventually look to grab a postcard to send home to friends and family. Amongst the shots of beaches, kangaroos, and the Opera House, one relatively scary image is that of Australia's very own amusement park, Luna Park.

The iconic gate tempting thrill-seekers of all ages can be found across Sydney's Harbour Bridge at Kirribilli as well as the sea-side shores of St. Kilda in Melbourne. Pass through Mr Moon's delightfully scary mouth and head into a small park that is more like a flashback into yesteryear of roller-coasters, sideshows, and games than the modern-day monoliths of Six Flags and Universal.

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Why One Canadian Theme Park is Psyched to Play with Lasers

Where: Canada
February 27, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s some goodies heading to Canada this theme park season, as one of the country’s best park’s—Canada's Wonderland—is adding a brand new attraction just in time for the warm weather. It’s not exactly a roller coaster, but at the same time it kind of is one too.

Things are set to open for the first time around the beginning of May, as the park cuts the ribbon on its $10-million investment in fun and entertainment. Known as Wonder Mountain’s Guardian, the new slice of theme park awesomeness will feature a 60-foot coaster hill to enter the dark ride environment.

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2014 in Theme Parks: What's Happening at Kentucky Kingdom

January 24, 2014 at 11:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s not every year that we get a brand new theme park, but 2014 is bringing exactly that. Sure this park might have done its thing in the past under a different flag—Six Flags to be specific—but that doesn’t lessen the need to hit up Kentucky Kingdom when it reappears on the amusement park map this summer.

After doing its thing in Louisville for a whole bunch of years the park has just been kind of hanging out for the last few; however, after a refresh, refurbishment, and renewal the new Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay is set to debut on May 24.

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Five Roller Coasters We're Looking Forward To During 2014

January 20, 2014 at 8:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

FireChaser Express…

We’re already sick of the winter weather and associated activities, so now it’s time to start looking forward to theme park season. Of course the fried food, corn dogs, and other treats will be on the menu; however, we’re most interested in the new roller coasters that will be arriving. Here’s five of the ones that we’re most excited to check out during 2014:

FireChaser Express – Dollywood

This steel coaster will do its thing at speeds of around 35mph, but don’t let that top speed fool you—this coaster sounds like it will still pack a punch. It’s a launch coaster so you’ll get up to speed in just seconds, as you twist and turn through a little less than a half a mile of track. FireChaser Express pays tribute through its theme to the volunteer fire departments that did their thing in and around the Great Smoky Mountains a couple generations ago, so it even has a backstory to go with it when it opens in March.

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A Sneak Peek at the Newest Addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park

December 3, 2013 at 11:37 AM | by | Comment (1)

Yup, that's it folks.

On a recent visit to Universal Studios in Orlando, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was as bustling as ever (even during a low-season week, too). But while the Butterbeer and other Hogwarts merchandise galore kept distracting us, we tried to keep our eyes on the construction rising beyond the Dragon Challenge roller coaster ride.

Remember, this is where a Diagon Alley will be built along with a real deal Hogwarts Express train, able to take visitors from the Islands of Adventure park (where WWoHP is located) over to the front of Universal Studios and vice versa. It will also feature the city of London as well as a Gringotts Bank, which will no doubt mirror the movies and books by featuring a thrilling ride around the vaults.

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The World's Highest Roller Coaster Drop Will Be Twice as Tall as the Statue of Liberty

September 3, 2013 at 11:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Despite the fact that the calendar has shifted from August into September theme park season is still going strong for a few more weeks. However, many spots are already looking towards the future with a focus on new rides, attractions, and construction. One such place is Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, as they just announced plans to bring the world’s tallest drop ride to the park.

The new track will bring passengers way up into the sky, and then drop them quickly back towards the earth. In total, the coaster will rise 415' into the air, and the free-fall will accelerate riders to roughly 90 miles per hour—oof. The ride will be located right under the park’s Kingda Ka roller coaster and, to terrify further, both rides will launch their riders in the same direction.

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2013's Hottest New Roller Coasters: The Iron Rattler at Six Flags Fiesta Texas

June 12, 2013 at 11:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

According to Mother Nature it’s not technically summer for at least another few weeks, but we go by the calendar and the season starts with Memorial Day weekend. Thankfully theme parks also seem to follow the calendar, so now is a good time to enjoy that new roller coaster smell. That’s especially the case over in San Antonio, as Six Flags Fiesta Texas is celebrating the start of the amusement park season with a new hybrid wood and steel roller coaster.

The folks down at Six Flags Fiesta Texas certainly have a unique and interesting recipe when it comes to coaster construction, as the park’s new thrill ride is one part wood and one part steel. They’re calling it some sort of hybrid coaster and that makes total sense, but once you climb aboard we’re thinking you won’t care what it’s made out of—just that it’s fun.

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2013's Hottest New Roller Coasters: Great America's GoldStriker

June 5, 2013 at 10:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

According to Mother Nature it’s not technically summer for at least another few weeks, but we go by the calendar and the season starts with Memorial Day weekend. Thankfully theme parks also seem to follow the calendar, so now is a good time to enjoy that new roller coaster smell. That’s especially the case over in Santa Clara, California, as California’s Great America is celebrating the start of the amusement park season with a new wooden roller coaster.

It sounds like the park’s latest roller coaster was an off-again on-again project for a few years before finally making its debut earlier this month. GoldStriker isn’t the usual wooden roller coaster, as this thing is the highest and fastest in Northern California.

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2013's Hottest New Roller Coasters: Six Flags Great America's BATMAN: The Ride

May 30, 2013 at 11:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

According to Mother Nature it’s not technically summer for at least another month, but we go by the calendar and the season starts with Memorial Day weekend. Thankfully theme parks also seem to follow the calendar, so the last few weeks of May are always a good time to enjoy that new roller coaster smell. That’s especially the case over in Gurnee, Illinois, as Six Flags Great America is celebrating the start of the amusement park season with a new take on an old ride.

BATMAN: The Ride has been doing its thing for plenty of summers now, and it’s proud to be known as the world’s first suspended looping coaster. Well this year things are a little different for the ride, as after a winter filled with upgrades and improvements the thing is now heading backwards.

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2013's Hottest New Roller Coasters: Cedar Point's GateKeeper

May 23, 2013 at 10:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

According to Mother Nature it’s not technically summer for at least another month, but we go by the calendar and the season starts with Memorial Day weekend. Thankfully theme parks also seem to follow the calendar, so the last few weeks of May are always a good time to enjoy that new roller coaster smell. That’s especially the case over in Sandusky, Ohio, as once again Cedar Point is welcoming the amusement park season with a brand new ride.

This year it’s GateKeeper that’s taking up a permanent residence inside the park, as the new roller coaster breaks all kinds of records. With a 164-foot drop and over 4,000-feet of track it’s the best in its class, and that’s even before your get buckled in for a ride.

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Season Opening Dates for 10 of the United States' Best Theme Parks

April 18, 2013 at 9:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

The weather is starting to get a little bit warmer, 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 - April 19

· HersheyPark – Hershey, Pennsylvania - May 3

· Elitch Gardens Theme Park – Denver, Colorado - May 4

· Holiday World & Splashin' Safari – Santa Claus, Indiana - May 4

· Kennywood – West Mifflin, Pennsylvania - May 4

· Six Flags Great America – Chicago, Illinois - May 4

· Cedar Point – Sandusky, Ohio - May 11

· Darien Lake – Corfu, New York - May 11

· Great Escape – Lake George, New York - May 18

· Michigan's Adventure – Muskegon, Michigan - May 22

[Photo: mgrayflickr]