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File this one under "wait and see," but there’s some evidence that a new theme park could be coming to the greater New York City area. It’s not another Six Flags or even a roller coaster kingdom, but something more interactive and imaginative. That's rightthe Hudson Valley may welcome its very own Legoland.
The plan is to utilize the site of the former Letchworth Village in Thiells within the town of Haverstraw. Recently the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council met to chat about stuff like economic development—ha—and the plans for the theme park received a positive reception.
Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey
Regardless of whether it’s a made-up holiday, Six Flags’ celebration of “National Roller Coaster Day” this Saturday, August 16th, should make for a better day at the park as each of its North American locations pay tribute with special roller coaster events and social media contests. Below, we highlight some fun facts and the majoring happenings at the different parks, which, in total, feature about 130 coasters. Links are provided for more information about each specific park.
• Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, California: This park in the valley boasts more coasters than any other on the planet. Saturday marks the last day of operation for the 36-year-old Colossus wooden coaster, and anyone who rides it will receive a farewell button.
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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That's the question being exclaimed by visitors to Universal Studios Orlando, as the theme park has announced that their newest ridethe Hogwarts Express within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alleyjust 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.
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.
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.
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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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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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 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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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.