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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]
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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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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.
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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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.